Soul-Calendar, Week 30 after Easter: Autumn Awakening
- 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 1st mantra every year on Easter Sunday. We experience 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 SCORPIUS from Nov. 10th through 30th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the SCORPION 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, a shade of magenta, 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 # 30 *
Es spriessen mir im Seelensonnenlicht
Des Denkens reife Früchte
In Selbstbewusstseins Sicherheit
Verwandelt alles Fühlen sich.
Empfinden kann ich freudevoll
Des Herbstes Geisterwachen:
Der Winter wird in mir
Den Seelensommer wecken.
There sprouts in Soul-Sun-Light
The ripening Fruits of Thinking
Into Self-Consciousness' certainty
Transforming all Feelings.
I can perceive joyously
The Autumn's Spirit-Watch:
The Winter becomes in me
The Soul-Summer's wakening.
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 had all Summer.
Last week in this ongoing transformation, we felt a growing power of Thinking as the gift of our Summer experience, making sense out of all that seemed senseless, giving us a feeling of a rest and an expectation of good in the coming Winter.
This week, we feel this growing thinking consciousness directing all our feelings from vagueness to certainty, as our summer soul-experience awakens fully.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, November 13th . Moon Cancer. Moon Nicholas I (was in the 9th century as Pope defender of celibacy for priests).Monday, November 14th. Moon Cancer. 1716 the Philosopher Leibnitz died. 1825 Jean Paul died. 1831 Hegel died.Thursday, November 17th. Moon Leo. 1875 Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society.Friday, November 18th. Moon Virgo. 1789 Daguerre, the inventor of photography, born.Saturday, November 19th. Moon Virgo. Zacharius.FOR THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: Start with the 4th mantra today.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
"Evening stars" Venus and Mercury can both be seen low in the southwest right at sunset. Jupiter is the bright "star" high in the southeastern sky from sunset till shortly before dawn.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
"Morning star" dim, reddish Mars rises shortly after midnight and is visible directly south at sunrise.-Starman