Soul-Calendar, Week 14 after Easter (Summer)
- 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 GEMINI from June 16th through 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 below.THE WEEK'S MANTRA:For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophical 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 # 14 *
An Sinnesoffenbarung hingegeben,
Verlor ich mein Eigenwesens Trieb,
Gedankentraum, er schien
Betäubend mir das Selbst zu rauben,
Doch weckend nahet schon
In Sinnenschein mir Weltendanken.
To Senses' offerings given over
I lose Self-Essence's Drive;
Dreaminess of Thinking, it seems
To stupefy me, the Self to rob,
But a waking now approaches
From Senses' Shining in me of World-Thinking.
An interpretation of the mantra: The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light and warmth, so strong that it dims down the Ego's thinking; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are to find our "selves" again in the World-Self. This is the St. John's experience of "I must decrease that He may increase."
This week that World-Thinking, the Ideas the Spirit uses to build Nature, now begins to approach us in our summer waking-dream state, where we are immersed in the senses' beauty.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday July 5th. Moon Gemini. Cyril and Methodius. Hosea (Prophet).Sunday, June 30th. Moon Aries. Last Quarter. Festival in Memory of Paul.Monday, July 1st. Moon Taurus. G.W. Leibnitz born 1646.Tuesday, July 2nd. Moon Taurus. 1778 Rousseau died.Wednesday, July 3rd. Moon Taurus. Anatolius.Thursday, July 4th. Moon Gemini. Ulrich.Saturday, July 6th. Moon Cancer. Hus born 1369; Hus burned at the stake 1415. 1502 University of Wittenberg founded.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Venus is the bright white 'star' low in the West at sunset. It will rise higher every night over the next several months.Saturn is high in the southern sky at sunset. It is at its greatest brilliancy near the stars of Scorpius.-starman