Soul-Calendar, Week 28 after Easter: New Hope
- 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.
* M A N T R A # 2 8 *
Ich kann in Innern neu belebt
Erfühlen eignen Wesens Weiten
Und kraftefüllt Gedankenstrahlen
Den Lebensrätseln lösend spenden,
Erfüllung manchem Wunsche leihen,
Dem Hoffnung schon die Schwingen lähmte.
I can in my Inner being, newly enlivened,
Feel my own Essence widen
And power-filled Thinking-rays
Out of the Soul's Sun-Might
Life-Riddles loosening giving,
Lending fulfillment to many Wishes
That before even the Hope for had had its wings lamed.
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 had all Summer.
This developing self-consciousness by last week had produced a powerful force in our soul-drives, which was sensed as a seed of future development going into the Autumn.
This week, we feel this new force enlivening our inner selves and causing our being to widen out of its isolation within self into the wide world, and newly-empowered thinking finds itself able to solve what had been before seemingly-insoluable mysteries of life--- which in turn leads to the feeling that many wishes, whose hopes of fulfillment we had given up on, we now see it will be possible to realize.
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THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, October 10th. Moon Sagittarius. Gideon.
Monday, October 11th. Moon Sagittarius. 1531 Zwingli died.
Tuesday, October 12th. Moon Sagittarius. Wilfred (acted for the spreading of Christianity in Sweden in the 11th century).
Wednesday, October 13th. Moon Capricorn. Angelus.
Thursday, October 14th. Moon Capricorn. First Quarter. Callistus.
Friday, October 15th. Moon Aquarius. 1844 Friedrich Nietzche born.
Saturday, October 16th. Moon Aquarius. Gallus (the appointer of the cloisters of St. Gallen).
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
VENUS is an evening star in the West, low above the setting sun. MARS is dimly visble close to it with binoculars or a telescope. The crescent moon is between the two on Sunday night.
JUPITER rises in the East as Venus sets. You can see both about 7:30 PM.