Calendar of the Soul, Week 39 after Easter
- Sorry to be late with this week's Calendar. -starman
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 SAGITTARIUS from Dec. 1st to Jan. 4th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the ARCHER from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) ----in an approximation of the color he said corresponded to the sign (one of 5 shades of purple we can't yet actually perceive) ---- 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 # 3 9 *
An Geistesoffenbarung hingegeben
Gewinne ich des Weltenwesens Licht.
Gedankenkraft, sie wächst
Sich klärend mir mich selbst zu geben,
Und weckend löst sich mir
Aus Denkermacht das Selbstgefühl.
"To Spirit-Revealing given over,
I win the World-Essence's Light.
Thinking's Strength, it grows
In clarity myself to give
And waking loosens for me
Out of Thinking's Might Self-Feeling."
Last week we felt ourselves give birth to a new consciousness that will grow out into the world all the year to come. This is the height of self-consciousness.
This week's verse describes how, when we give ourselves over to the revelations coming from our inner Spirit, we gain the experiencing of the Light that infuses the outer world; and the power of thinking (which we do with the Spirit) as it grows stronger, gives us the feeling of ourselves as a reality in the world.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, December 26th. Moon Virgo. St. Stephen, the first Martyr.
Monday, December 27th. Moon Libra. Day of John, author of the Gospel. Kepler born 1571.
Tuesday, December 28th. Moon Libra. Last Quarter. Day of Remembrance of the Innocent Children murdered by Herod.
Wednesday, December 29th. Moon Scorpio. The Prophet Nathan. Malthus the national economist died 1834.
Thursday, December 30th. Moon Scorpio. Day of David, King of Israel.
Friday, December 31st. Moon Scorpio. J. Wycleff died 1384.
Saturday, January 1st. Moon Sagittarius. Ulrich Zwingli born 1484.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Brilliant white JUPITER is high in the south at sunset and may be seen in the southern sky till after midnight.