Soul-Calendar, week 14 after Easter
- The 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'
Dr. Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us as well as in Nature during the year, starting with the first mantra every year on Easter Sunday. We experience all this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
The mantras for each week are well known to many students of Steiner, but the original 'Calendar ' also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be meditated with each month (to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos), plus a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each night (for sensing the 'lunar' forces), and a list of dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific days. Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form, with some details added on the planets in the night sky this week as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation GEMINI from June 16th to July 20th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the TWINS from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) in the color he said corresponded to the sign, yellow, is attached to this e-mail.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic spiritual path uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called 'Imaginations' ), to awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras ('Inspirations' ) to open 'spiritual hearing.' The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather what happens when you recite it and enter with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience. Also, these mantras were created in the German language and have their rhythms in that, so learning an English version is just a step to using the original; I've kept close to it in translating, so anyone can easily go from English to German.
* M A N T R A # 1 4 (Summer)*
An Sinnesoffenbarung hingegeben,
Verlor ich mein Eigenwesens Trieb,
Gedankentraum, er schien
Betäubend mir das Selbst zu rauben,
Doch weckend nahet schon
In Sinnenschein mir Weltendanken.
To Senses' offerings given over
I lose Self-Essence's Drive;
Dreaminess of Thinking, it seems
To stupefy me, the Self to rob,
But a waking now approaches
From Senses' Shining in me of World-Thinking.
An interpretation based on working with the mantras:
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light and warmth, so strong that it dims down the Ego's thinking; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are to find our "selves" again in the "World-Self".
This is the St. John's experience of "I must decrease that He may increase." This week that World-Thinking, the Ideas the Spirit uses to build Nature, now begins to approach us in our summer waking-dream state, where we are immersed in the senses' beauty.
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THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, July 4th Moon Aries. Last Quarter. Ulrich.
Monday, July 5th. Moon Taurus. Cyril and Methodius. Hosea (Prophet).
Tuesday, July 6th. Moon Taurus. Hus born 1369; Hus burned at the stake 1415. 1502 University of Wittenberg founded.
Wednesday, July 7th. Moon Taurus. Demetrius.
Thursday, July 8th. Moon Gemini. Aquila and Priscilla.
Friday, July 9th Moon Gemini. Anatolia.
Saturday, July 10th. Moon Cancer. 1509 Calvin born.
PLANETS in the Night Sky:
Brilliant VENUS is an 'evening star' in the West above the setting sun.
Reddish MARS is to its left, higher in the Western sky.
Between them is the Lion's heart, the bright star Regulus. Venus is approaching it now.
SATURN is in the southwest to the left of Mars, beneath the Lion's tail.
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