Calendar of the Soul, Week 13 after Easter
- The 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'Friday July 6th. Moon Aquarius. Hus born 1369; Hus burned at the stake 1415. 1502 University of Wittenberg founded.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 GEMINI from June 16th to July 20th in our era. A version (done by Margot 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 # 13 *
Und bin ich in den Sinneshöhen,
So flammt in meinen Seelentiefen
Aus Geistes Feuerwelten
Der Götter Wahrheitswort:
In Geistesgründen suche ahnend
Dich geistverwand zu finden.
And when I am in the Senses' Heights
There flames up in my Soul's Depths
Out of Spirit Fire-Worlds
The Gods' Truth-Word:
"In Spirit-Ground seek expectantly
Your spirit-relation to find."
An interpretation of the mantra:
The spiritual force of the light is so strong that we lose ourselves totally in the senses, which IS the World Spirit--- and this is what we must experience fully at this time in order to find our own Spirit which is united to it.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, July 1st. Moon Sagittarius. G. W. Leibnitz born 1646.Monday, July 2nd. Moon Capricorn. 1778 Rousseau died.Tuesday, July 3rd. Moon Capricorn. Full Moon. Anatolius.Wednesday, July 4th. Moon Aquarius. Ulrich.Thursday, July 5th. Moon Aquarius. Cyril and Methodius. Hosea (Prophet)Saturday, July 7th. Moon Pisces. Demetrius.******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:"Evening stars" Mars and Saturn dominate the night sky. Reddish Mars is high in the south at sunset, to the left of the Lion. Yellowish Saturn is further east, above Spica, the ear of corn in the hand of Virgo the Virgin. Mars is approaching Saturn and will conjunct it in August.-Starman