Soul-Calendar, week 19 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 LEO from August 4th through 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 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 # 19 *
Geheimnisvoll das Neu-Empfang'ne
Mysteriously the newly-received
Mit der Erinnerung zu umschliessen,
Within Memory to enclose,
Sie meines Strebens weitrer Sinn:
Be my Striving's wider Sense:
Es soll starkend Eigenkräfte
It will strengthen Self-forces
In meinem Innern wecken
In my Inner Self awaken
Und werdend mich mir selber geben.
And evolving me, give me my self.
An interpretation of the mantra:
*******The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light and warmth; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world (the senses, in other words), we are to find our "selves" again in the World-Self.
This week that process is at the point where we have received this 'world self' in the past month, have taken in to the soul's depths, and now we seek to enclose this Summer-Event within memory.
In the future, the world's very essence will become something permanently part of us, giving us a new 'self' as it evolves us further.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 4th. Moon Cancer. Dominic (Founder of the Dominican Order). Josias, King of Judea. Josias, the Prophet. Tertullian. Aristarchus. 1792 the Poet Shelley born.
Monday, August 5th. Moon Leo. 1396 Gutenberg born.
Tuesday, August 6th. Moon Leo. New Moon. Sixtus.
Wednesday, August 7th. Moon Virgo. Asra. Cajetan. Donatus. Petrus and Julianus. Ulrika.
Thursday, August 8th. Moon Virgo. Cyriacus. Justinus. Romanus. Eseverus. Smaragdus. Ladislaus.
Friday August 9th. Moon Virgo. Cajetan. Ericus.
Saturday, August 10th. Moon Libra. Agathe. Laurentius.
******* 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. The crescent moon is seen close to it Friday night.
Saturn is high in the southern sky at sunset, near the stars of Scorpius.
Starman Sorry to be so late with the Calendar this week.