Soul Calendar, Week 20 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 # 20 *
So fühl ich erst mein Sein,
So feel I first my Being
Das fern vom Welten-Dasein
That far from World-Existence
In sich, sich selbst erlöschen
In itself, itself loses
Und bauend nur auf eignem Grunde
And building only out of its own Ground
In sich, sich selbst ertöten müsste.
In itself, itself must die.
An interpretation of the mantra:
*******This week one begins to feel one's self for the first time since 'losing' it in the light & warmth of the summer; but along with this is the feeling that oneself, isolated from the world, will perish along with all that one attempts to build from self, if that is the sole basis of one's creations.-Starman
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 11th. Moon Libra. Alexander. Gottlieb. Hermann. Radegunde. Susanna. Tiburtius.
Monday, August 12th. Moon Scorpio. Clara. Hilaria. Sulpicius.
Tuesday, August 13th. Moon Scorpio. Hippolytus.
Wednesday, August 14th. Moon Sagittarius. First Quarter. Eusebius.
Thursday, August 15th. Moon Sagittarius. Mary's Ascension to Heaven.
Friday August 16th. Moon Sagittarius. 1743 the Chemist Lavoisier born.
Saturday, August 17th. Moon Capricorn. Augusta.
******* 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. The half-moon passes by it Monday and Tuesday nights.