Soul-Calendar, Week 28 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 # 28 *
Ich kann in Innern neu belebt
Erfühlen eignen Wesens Weiten
Und kraftefüllt Gedankenstrahlen
Den Lebensrätseln lösend spenden,
Erfüllung manchem Wunsche leihen,
Dem Hoffnung schon die Schwingen lähmte.
I can, in my Inner being newly alive,
Feel my own Essence widen
And power-filled Thinking-rays
Out of Soul's Sun-Might
Life-Riddles loosening giving,
Lending fulfillment to many Wishes
That before even the Hope for had had its wings lamed.
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 had all Summer. This developing self-consciousness by last week had produced a powerful force in our soul-drives, which was sensed as a seed of future development going into the Autumn.\
This week, we feel this new force enlivening our inner selves and causing our being to widen out of its isolation within self into the wide world, and newly-empowered thinking finds itself able to solve what had been before seemingly-insoluable mysteries of life; which in turn leads to the feeling that many wishes, whose hopes of fulfillment we had given up on, we now see it will be possible to realize.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, October 6th. Moon Scorpio. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Angela (who converted Francis of Assizi to Christianity).
Monday, October 7th. Moon Scorpio. Serapius.
Tuesday, October 8th. Moon Sagittarius. Ephraim (Joseph's Son). 1502 Founding of the University of Wittenberg.
Wednesday, October 9th. Moon Sagittarius. Dionysius (he who conducted the counting of the years since the Birth of Christ and decided the the method for fixing the celebration of the Easter festival).
Thursday, October 10th. Moon Capricorn. Gideon.
Friday October 11th. Moon Capricorn. First Quarter. 1531 Zwingli died.
Saturday, October 12th. Moon Aquarius. Wilfred (acted for the spreading of Christianity in Sweden in the 11th century).
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:
Venus is the bright white 'star' in the West at sunset. The crescent moon is seen near it Monday and Tuesday nights.-Starman