Soul-Calendar, Week 12 after Easter (St. John's verse)
- 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 GEMINI from June 16th through July 20th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the TWINS 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, yellow, 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 # 12*******
Der Welten Schönheitsglanz,
Er zwinget mich aus Seelentiefen
Des Eigenlebens Götterkrafte
Zum Weltenfluge zu entbinden;
Mich selber zu verlassen,
Vertrauend nur mich suchend
Im Weltenlicht und Weltenwärme.
The world's beautiful glitter
Forces me, out of Soul's Depths,
My individual life's godly forces
To World-Flowing to release;
My self to abandon
Trusting only in my seeking
In World-Light and World-Warmth.
This week is the event the previous several week's mantras have been
leading up to: it is the irresistible drive of the deepest forces of the soul
to surrender ourselves to the light and warmth of the upper spheres.
The motif of St. John's/Midsummer: "To find yourself, first lose yourself."
( Although St. John's Day is June 24th on the calendar, this year we are only now reaching the 12th week after Easter.)
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday July 6th. Moon Scorpio. .Hus born 1369; Hus burned at the stake 1415. 1502 University of Wittenberg founded.Monday July 7th. Moon Scorpio. Demetrius.Tuesday July 8th. Moon Sagittarius. Aquila and Priscilla.Wednesday July 9th. Moon Sagittarius. Anatolia.Thursday July 10th. Moon Capricorn. 1509 Calvin born.Friday July 11th. Moon Capricorn. Pius I.
Saturday July 12th. Moon Aquarius. Full Moon. 1536 Erasmus of Rotterdam died.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is no longer visible as an "evening star."Mars is high in the south at sunset, a brilliant yellow-red "star". Very close to it is the bright star Spica (the ear of corn held by Virgo the Virgin).Much further to the left or east of Mars is dimmer yellowish Saturn; the moon "occults" it (covers it) Monday evening.-Starman