Soul-Calendar, Week 14 after Easter- SUMMER
- 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 CANCER from July 21st through August 3rd in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the CRAB 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, green, 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 # 14 (Summer)*******
An Sinnesoffenbarung hingegeben,
Verlor ich mein Eigenwesens Trieb,
Gedankentraum, er schien
Betäubend mir das Selbst zu rauben,
Doch weckend nahet schon
In Sinnenschein mir Weltendanken.
To Senses' offerings given over
I lose Self-Essence's Drive;
Dreaminess of Thinking, it seems
To stupefy me, the Self to rob,
But a waking now approaches
From Senses' Shining in me of World-Thinking.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light and warmth, so strong that it dims down the Ego's thinking; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are to find our "selves" again in the World-Self. This is the St. John's experience of "I must decrease that He may increase."
This week that World-Thinking, the Ideas the Spirit uses to build Nature, now begins to approach us in our summer waking-dream state, where we are immersed in the senses' beauty.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday July 20th. Moon Taurus. The Prophet Elijah (Elias).Monday July 21st. Moon Gemini. Daniel.Tuesday July 22nd. Moon Gemini. Mary Magdalene. The astronomer Bessel born 1784.Wednesday July 23rd. Moon Cancer. Apollinaris, Student of Peter. Syrus, Christian Teacher in Justinian's Time.Thursday July 24th. Moon Cancer. Christiana.Friday July 25th. Moon Cancer. St. Christopher.
Saturday July 26th. Moon Leo. New Moon. Anna.-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Mars is high in the southwest at sunset, a brilliant yellow-red "star". It's now between the bright star Spica (the ear of corn held by Virgo the Virgin) on the right and yellowish Saturn to the left (east).