Soul-Calendar, Week 24 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 VIRGO from September 8th through October 12th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the VIRGIN 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, indigo, 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 # 24 *
Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
Des selbstsinns Willensfrucht .
In continually shaping one's Self,
The Soul's Being becomes of itself aware;
The World-Spirit, it strives forward
In Self-Knowledge newly living
And shapes out of Soul-Darkness
The Self-sense's Will-Fruit.
This week's mantra:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time: in the Summer 'waking dream-state' , while our consciousness was turned outwards to Nature, a spiritual 'seed' was planted, and it now ripens into a Self-consciousness instead of Nature-consciousness. This week, the Soul becomes aware of itself through this constant creating of that Self; this Self is the World-Spirit itself in us, the universe aware of itself through us. This now reaches into the dark soul-contents; and through this sensing of Self, the Will, its fruit, is unleashed.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, September 8th. Moon Scorpio. Birth of Mary. Corbinianus, spreader of
Christianity in France & Germany in the 8th century.
Monday, September 9th. Moon Scorpio. 1828 Tolstoy born.
Tuesday, September 10th. Moon Scorpio. Sosthenus (by Paul made a leader).
Wednesday, September 11th. Moon Sagittarius.Abraham (Race-father of the Old Hebrew People).
Thursday, September 12th. Moon Sagittarius. First Quarter. Tobias.
Friday September 13th. Moon Capricorn. 1872 the Philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach died.
Saturday, September 14th. Moon Capricorn. Heraclius, Festival of the High Cross.
brought in 629 the Cross of Christ to Constantinople. 1769 Alexander von Humboldt born. 1887 The
Philosopher Freidrich Theodore Vischer died.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:
Venus is the bright white 'star' in the West at sunset. Dimmer yellow Saturn is above and to the left of it. The crescent moon is near Venus Sunday night and Saturn Monday night.
Venus will conjunct Saturn about the 18th.-Starman