Soul-Calendar, Week 34 after Easter
- 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 IMAGEThe Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation SAGITTARIUS from Dec. 1st through Jan. 4th in our era. A version (done by Margot 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 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 # 3 4 *
Geheimnisvolle das Alt-Bewahrte
Mit neuerstandnem Eigensein
Im Innern sich belebend fühlend:
Es soll erweckend Weltenkräfte
In meines Lebens Aussenwerk ergiessen,
Und werdend mich ins Dasein prägen.
Mysteriously what is preserved of Old
With newly-arisen Self-Being
Within me I feel enlivened:
It shall let flow awakened World-Power
Into my Life's outer work
And transforming me, make my imprint in Existence.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
Throughout the Fall our Self-Consciousness (instead of Outer World consciousness)grows.
Last week, this inner self-awareness grew to the point that we felt detached completely from the world, and saw it, without our soul's participation in it, as an icy, dead wasteland --- and saw that all we create detached from the world would likewise be dead.
Now, we find within this new growing self-consciousness, in a mysterious way, all our precious treasure of past experience--- all we have brought with us from our whole past life--- again come to life; and the World's power now consciously flows into the deeds of our life in such a way that the Self can imprint its nature onto the world.THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, December 11th. Moon Cancer. 1843 Robert Koch born.Monday, December 12th. Moon Cancer. Albrecht von Haller died 1777.Tuesday, December 13th. Moon Leo. Friedrich Hebbel died 1863.Wednesday, December 14th. Moon Leo. Tycho Brahe born 1546.Thursday, December 15th. Moon Virgo. St. Ignatius.Friday, December 16th. Moon Virgo. Ludwig van Beethoven born 1770. Wilhelm Grimm died 1878.Saturday, December 17th. Moon Virgo. Last Quarter. Day of Lazarus, he who by Christ was awakened.******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:"Evening star" Venus can be seen low in the southwest at sunset. Jupiter is the bright "star" high in the southern sky from sunset till shortly before dawn.******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:"Morning star" dim, reddish Mars rises about midnight and is visible directly south at sunrise. The waning (three-quarter) moon will be seen near it Friday and Saturday late nights.FOR THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: Start with the 8th mantra today.-Starman