Week 25 after Easter -Being Alone
- 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 VIRGO from September 8th to Oct. 12th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the VIRGIN 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, Indigo, 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.
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Ich darf nun mir gehören
Und leuchtend breiten Innenlicht
In Raumes- und in Zeitenfinsternis.
Zum Schlafe drängt natürlich Wesen,
Der Seele Tiefen sollen wachen
Qnd wachend tragen Sonnengluten
In kalte Winterfluten.
I now must belong only to myself
And lightening, spread Inner Light
Into Space and Time's darkness.
As towards sleep draws all natural Essence,
The Souls's Deeps shall awaken
And waking, carry the Sun's Glow
Into the cold Winter-flowing.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature (outer)-consciousness we have in summer.
Last week in the soul, there was an intense becoming aware of itself, which reached down into the dark soul-contents, and through this the Will was unleashed.
This week this developing self-consciousness places us in a state where it is necessary to be completely ALONE, so that the Light which is only within can be shed on the otherwise dark outer world. This is the solar essence we carry within us into the night-time of the year.
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THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, September 19th Moon Aquarius. Eustachius.
Monday, September 20th. Moon Pisces. Castor.
Tuesday, September 21st. Moon Pisces. Matthew (the Evangelist).
Wednesday, September 22nd. Moon Pisces. 1452 Savanarola born.
Thursday, September 23rd. Moon Aries. Full Moon. 63 B.C. Augustus born.
Friday, September 24th Moon Aries. 1750 the Natural Scientist G. Werner born.
Saturday, September 25th. Moon Taurus. Cleophas (he who was a leader in the Gospels).
PLANETS in the Night Sky:
Brilliant VENUS is an 'evening star' in the West above the setting sun.
Almost equally brilliant JUPITER is also an evening star, in the East, opposite Venus, rising as it sets. The full moon appears close to it Wednesday and Thursday nights.