- 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 LEO from August 4th to September 7th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the LION from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) in the color he sais corresponded to the sign, blue, 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 # 20 *
So fühl ich erst mein Sein,
Das fern vom Welten-Dasein
In sich, sich selbst erlöschen
Und bauend nur auf eignem Grunde
In sich, sich selbst ertöten müsste.
So feel I first my Being
That far from World-Existence
In itself, itself loses,
And building only out of its own Ground
In itself, itself must die.
An interpretation based on working with the mantras:
This week one begins to feel one's self for the first time since 'losing' it in the light & warmth of the summer; but along with this is the feeling that the self, isolated from the world, will perish along with all that one attempts to build from self, if it is the sole basis of one's creations.
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THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 15th Moon Scorpio. Mary's Ascension to Heaven.
Monday, August 16th. Moon Scorpio. First Quarter. 1743 the Chemist Lavoisier born.
Tuesday, August 17th. Moon Sagittarius. Augusta.
Wednesday, August 18th. Moon Sagittarius. Joachim (Father of Maria).
Thursday, August 19th. Moon Capricorn. 1662 Blaise Pascal died.
Friday, August 20th Moon Capricorn. 1854 the Philosopher Schelling died.
Saturday, August 21st. Moon Aquarius. Sigismund.
PLANETS in the Night Sky:
Brilliant VENUS is an 'evening star' in the West above the setting sun. Dim, reddish MARS is to its left. Dimmer yellowish SATURN is to its right.
JUPITER has now become a brilliant "evening star", rising in the East between 10-11 PM. It is opposite Venus, Mars & Saturn, rising as they set.www.DrStarman.com