Calendar of the Soul, Week 29 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 LIBRA from October 13th through Nov. 9th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the VIRGIN 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, Violet, 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.* MANTRA # 29 *
Sich selbst des Denkens leuchten
Im Innern kraftvoll zu entfachen,
Erlebtes sinnvoll deutend
Aus Weltengeistes Kräftequell,
Ist mir nun Sommererbe
Ist Herbstesruhe und auch Winterhoffnung.
The Glowing Light of Thinking
Within oneself powerfully to enkindle,
Life's meaningfulness interpreting
Out of the World-Spirit's Power-Source,
Is to me Summer's inheritance,
Is Fall's Rest and also Winter's Hope.
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, we felt this growing self-consciousness cause our being to widen: thinking found itself able to solve seemingly-unsolvable mysteries of life, and in our feelings, many wishes we had given up on now we see it possible to realize.
This week, we should feel this growing power of Thinking as the gift of our Summer experience, making sense out of all that seemed senseless in life; giving us a feeling of a restful pause and an expectation of good in the coming Winter.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday October 26th. Moon Aries. Thaddeus (found in Matthew's Gospel).Sunday, October 21st. Moon Capricorn. First Quarter. Ursula (dignitary with 11,000 maidens imprisoned and executed by the Huns).Monday, October 22nd. Moon Aquarius. 1811 Franz Liszt born.Tuesday, October 23rd. Moon Aquarius. Ignatius.Wednesday, October 24th. Moon Pisces. Raphael (the Archangel).Thursday, October 25th. Moon Pisces. 1806 Max Stirner born.Saturday, October 27th. Moon Aries. Sabina.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Mars can still be seen near the bright red star Antares, heart of the Scorpion, in the southwest at sunset, except from high latitudes. Jupiter is the bright 'star' in the northeast that rises about 10 P.M.-Starman