Soul-Calendar, Week 21 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 attached to this e-mail.*******Last week one felt one's self for the first time since 'losing' it (in the Summer light & warmth); but along with this was an acute sense that one would perish along with all one's creations if built from that self alone.
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 # 21 *
Ich fühle fruchtend fremde Macht I feel bearing fruit a foreign Power
Sich stärkend mir mich selbst verleihn, Which strengthens me, my self to bestow,
Den Keim empfind ich reifend I sense the Seed ripening
Und Ahnung lichtvoll weben And a premonition of light-filled weaving together
Im Innern an der Selbstheit Macht. Of my Inner being with the Selfhood's Might.
An interpretation of the mantra:
This week, the spiritual 'seed' that was planted in the summer 'waking dream-state' reaches a stage of ripening where it may begin to 'lend' to us a 'spiritual Self' instead; and we have a strong fore-sensing this will be able to join with the deepest inner forces which the ordinary self would not be able to tap into.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 18th. Moon Capricorn. Joachim (Father of Mary).
Monday, August 19th. Moon Aquarius. 1662 Blaise Pascal died.
Tuesday, August 20th. Moon Aquarius. Full Moon. 1854 the Philosopher Schelling died.
Wednesday, August 21st. Moon Pisces. Sigismund.
Thursday, August 22nd. Moon Pisces. Hippolytus, Christian teacher of the 3rd century.
Friday August 23rd. Moon Aries. Claudius.
Saturday, August 24th. Moon Aries. Barnabas, the companion of Paul.
Bartholomew, the Christian Apostle to India.
******* 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.Sorry to be late with this week's Calendar. -Starman