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Calendar of the Soul, Week 20 after Easter

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  • Durward 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
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          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 LEO from August 4th to September 7th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the LION 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, Blue, is attached to this e-mail.


         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.                               

       *  MANTRA # 20 *

      So fühl ich erst mein Sein,

      Das fern vom Welten-Dasein

      In sich, sich selbst erlöschen

      Und bauend nur auf eignem Grunde

      In sich, sich selbst ertöten müsste.


      So feel I first my Being

      That far from World-Existence

      In itself, itself loses

      And building only out of its own Ground

      In itself, itself must die.


      An interpretation of this week's mantra:

          This week one begins to feel one's self for the first time since 'losing' it in the light & warmth of the summer; but along with this, is the feeling that oneself, isolated from the world, will perish along with all that one attempts to build from self--- if that is the sole basis of one's creations.


      Sunday, August 19th. Moon Virgo.   1662 Blaise Pascal died.

      Monday,  August 20th. Moon Libra 1854 the Philosopher Schelling died.

      Tuesday, August 21st. Moon Libra Sigismund.
      Wednesday,  August 22nd. Moon Scorpio. Hippolytus, Christian teacher of the 3rd century.

      Thursday, August 23rd. Moon Scorpio.  Claudius.

      Friday August 24th. Moon Sagittarius. First Quarter.
         Barnabas, the companion of Paul.

                   Bartholomew, the Christian Apostle to India.

      Saturday,  August 25th. Moon Sagittarius.
        Ludwig IX of France, the Crusader. 1900 Nietzche died. 1844 Herder born.


       "Evening stars" Mars and Saturn are conjunct, making a triangle with the star Spica in the west after sunset. The crescent moon will be seen next to both on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.


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