Soul Calendar Mantra #9
- 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 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 # 9 *
* M A N T R A # 9 *
Vergessend meine Willenseigenheit
Erfüllet Weltenwärme sommerkündend
Mir Geist und Seelenwesen;
Im Lichte mich zu verlieren
Gebietet mir das Geisteschauen,
Und kraftvoll kündet Ahnung mir:
Verieren dich, und dich zu finden.
Forgetting my Egohood’s Will,
The World-Warmth, heralding Summer,
Fills my Spirit and Soul-Essence;
To lose myself in the Light,
Spirit-Vision commands me,
And powerfully prophesies to me:
Lose yourself, and yourself you’ll find.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The spiritual force of the light in the outer world grows so strong that the soul and spirit wants to let go of self-will and lose its being in it, and this is exactly what we should do at this time, for this is a stage in a process necessary in order to find one's being again later in the year in a new way.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, June 19th. Moon Aquarius. Council of Nicea 325 A.D.
Monday, June 20th. Moon Pisces. Silverius.
Tuesday, June 21st. Moon Pisces._ Eusebius.
Wednesday, June 22nd. Moon Pisces. Wilhelm von Humboldt born 1767.
Thursday, June 23rd. Moon Aries. Last Quarter. Colombus born 1456.
Friday, June 24th. Moon Aries. John the Baptist (St. John’s Day).
Saturday, June 25th. Moon Taurus. Wilhelm Jordan died 1904.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Dim, yellowish Saturn is in the south at sunset, amongst the stars of the Virgin. It makes a triangle with the 2 bright stars Spica and Arcturus.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning stars" Jupiter, Mars and Venus are visible in the east just before sunrise, rising in that order. The waning moon will be near Jupiter before sunrise Saturday morning.