Soul-Calendar, Week 17 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 CANCER from July 21st through August 3rd in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the CRAB 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, green, is attached to this e-mail.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 # 17 *
Es spricht das Weltenwort,
Das ich durch Sinnestore
In Seelengründen durfte führen:
Erfülle deine Geistestiefen
Mit meinen Weltenweiten,
Zu finden einstens mich in dir.
There speaks the World-Word,
That I, through the Senses' Gate,
Would let lead into the Soul's Ground:
"Fill your Spirit-Deeps
With my World-Widths
To find one day Me in you."
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
This week that world speaks to us through the senses' beauty which we take in to the soul's depths, saying that as we fill our "I" with the expanse of the world its very essence will become something permanently part of us.Sunday, July 21st. Moon Capricorn. Daniel.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday July 26th. Moon Aries. Anna.Monday, July 22nd. Moon Aquarius. Full Moon. Mary Magdalene. The astronomer Bessel born 1784.Tuesday, July 23rd. Moon Aquarius. Apollinaris, School of Peter. Syrus, Christian Teacher in Justinian's Time.Wednesday, July 24th. Moon Pisces. Christiana.Thursday, July 25th. Moon Pisces. St. Christopher.Saturday, July 27th. Moon Aries. Martha.Starman
******* 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, near the stars of Scorpius.