Calendar of the Soul, Week 35 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 ofdates 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 December 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, one of 5 shades of 'Magenta' we can't yet actually see, 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 # 35 *
Kann ich das Sein erkennen
Dass es sich wiederfindet
Ich fuhle, das mir Macht verlieh'n
Das eigne Selbst dem Weltenselbst
Als Glied bescheiden einzuleben.
Can I so know Existence
That it is found again
In my Soul's Creative Urge?
I feel that Might is lent me
For my Self to live at one with
and be a modest instrument of the World-Self.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
Throughout the Fall our Self-Consciousness grows. Last week, we found
within this growing self-consciousness the World's power flowing into deeds
in such a way that the self could imprint its nature onto the world. This
week the soul seeks to so know the world that it is that world, not just the
self, which works creatively in us; and we feel power lent us to so be one
with the world.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday December 7th. Moon Libra. First German railroad opened 1835.Sunday, December 2nd. Moon Leo. Cortez died 1547.Monday, December 3rd. Moon Leo. St. Francis Xavier.Tuesday, December 4th. Moon Virgo. Thomas Carlyle born 1795. Galvani died 1798.Wednesday, December 5th. Moon Virgo. Mozart died 1791.Thursday, December 6th. Moon Virgo. Last Quarter. Nikolaus (Legend: A father, on the way to Hunger and Poverty, was going to hand over his three daughters to shamefulness; Nikolaus discovered this and at night threw a bundle of gold through the man's window, enough to provide his three daughters with a dowry and for the man to live on. From this the tradition, that on this day we give gifts to children.) Max Muller the Orientalist born 1833.Saturday, December 8th. Moon Libra. Festival of the Conception of Mary (Remembrance of the conception without sin of Mary through her mother Anna). Herbert Spencer died 1903.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the east that dominates the night sky, rising shortly after sunset, next to the bright star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.-Starman