Soul-Calendar, Week 22 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.
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 # 22 *
Das Lichte aus Weltenweiten,
Im Innern lebt es kräftig fort:
Es wird zum Seelenlichte
Und leuchtet in die Geistestiefen,
Um Früchte zu entbinden,
Die Menschenselbst aus Weltenselbst
Im Zeitenlaufe reifen lassen.
The Light out of World-Widths
Within me lives as a continuing power;
It turns into Soul-Light
And shines in Spirit-depths,
The Fruit to set free,
That Man's Self out of World's Self
In Time's course will allow to ripen.
An interpretation of the mantra:
*******This week, that which was received spiritually from the Summer Light and Warmth is felt as an ongoing power within, releasing the fruit of its working. That work is to evolve a new "Self" for us out of the "World-Self." At this time of change from Summer to Winter, we cease being very conscious of the external world and instead start to become conscious again of ourselves, as if awakening from a summer dream-state. Our Nature-Consciousness now strives to become inner Self- Consciousness. In other words, we've been experiencing the "World-Self" in Summer--- now that starts to become a new Self in us, different from last year's.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, August 25th. Moon Taurus. Ludwig IX of France, the Crusader. 1900 Nietzche died. 1844 Herder born.
Monday, August 26th. Moon Taurus. Samuel the Israelite Priest.
Tuesday, August 27th. Moon Taurus. 1770 Hegel born.
Wednesday, August 28th. Moon Gemini. Last Quarter. Augustine, the famous Church leader died 430. 1749 Goethe born.
Thursday, August 29th. Moon Gemini. Beheading of John the Baptist.
Friday August 30th. Moon Cancer.
1856 John Ross, the discoverer of the magnetic North Pole died.
Saturday, August 31st. Moon Cancer. Joshua, the successor to Moses. 1821 the Natural Scientist Helmholtz born.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:
Venus is the bright white 'star' in the West at sunset. It will rise higher every night over the next several months.
Saturn is in the southwestern sky at sunset, near the stars of Scorpius. Venus will approach closer to it over the next 3 weeks.-Starman