Soul-Calendar, Week 27 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 # 27 *
In meines Wesens Tiefen dringen:
Erregt ein ahnungsvolles Sehnen,
Dass ich mich selbstbetrachtend finde,
Als Sommersonnengabe, die als Keim
In Herbstesstimmung wärmend lebt
Als meiner Seele Kräftetriebe.
In my essence's depths is a force:
It excites a premonition-filled yearning
That I, in my self-contemplation, find
As Summer-Sun's gift, which as a seed
In Autumn's approach warming lives
As my Soul's Power-Drive.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
The season of Autumn is the 'Michaelmas' time, in which we are meant to develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature (outer)-consciousness we have in Summer.
Last week this developing ego-consciousness, the gift of the soul's experience in Summer, we carried into our own wills, and this gave backbone to the drives of our human spirits so that they had a stamp of Self-feeling; this is the solar essence we carry within us into the 'night-time' of the year.
This week's verse describes a feeling of simply finding a driving force present in our soul depths as a result of this; when I look within, I find a strong yearning for what I sense must now begin to happen in the future; a powerful force lives in the soul's drives, which we must sense as a seed of future development as we press on into the Autumn.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, September 29th. Moon Leo. Michael (the Archangel).
Monday, September 30th. Moon Leo. Hieronymus, died 420, Christian Church teacher.
Tuesday, October 1st. Moon Virgo. 1386 Founding of the University of Heidelburg. 1847 Annie Besant born.
Wednesday, October 2nd. Moon Virgo. Frumentius (spreader of Christianity in Ethiopia in the 4th Century). 1892 Ernst Renan died.
Thursday, October 3rd. Moon Libra. Dionysius the Aeropagite, comrade of Paul. Jairus (in Matthew's Gospel). Simplicius.
Friday October 4th. Moon Libra. New Moon. Marcianus (spreader of Christianity in Egypt in the 4th Century).1226 Francis of Assizi died.
Saturday, October 5th. Moon Scorpio. Placidus (bringer of Christianity to Sicily in the 6th Century). 1582 The Gregorian Calendar became established.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:
Venus is the bright white 'star' in the West at sunset. Dimmer yellowish Saturn is near it.-Starman