Soul-Calendar, Week 17 after Easter (Northern Hemisphere)
- 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 LEO from August 4th through Sept. 7th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the LION 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, Blue, 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 # 17 *******
Es spricht das Weltenwort,
Das ich durch Sinnestore
In Seelengründen durfte führen:
Erfülle deine Geistestiefen
Mit meinen Weltenweiten,
Zu finden einstens mich in dir.
There speaks the World-Word,
That I through the Senses' Gate
Would let lead into the Soul's Ground:
"Fill your Spirit-Depths
With my World-Wideness
To find one day Me in you."
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 week that world speaks to us through the senses' beauty which we take in to the soul's depths, saying that as we fill our "I" with the expanse of the world we sense, its very essence will become something permanently part of us.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday August 10th. Moon AQUARIUS. Full Moon. Agathe. Laurentius.Monday August 11th. Moon PISCES. Alexander. Gottlieb. Hermann. Radegunde. Susanna. Tiburtius.Tuesday August 12th. Moon PISCES. Clara. Hilaria. Sulpicius.Wednesday August 13th. Moon ARIES. Hippolytus.Thursday August 14th. Moon ARIES. Eusebius.Friday August 15th. Moon TAURUS. Mary's Ascension to Heaven.
Saturday August 16th. Moon TAURUS. 1743 the Chemist Lavoisier born.-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Mars is in the southwest at sunset, the red "star" in the middle of three in a line, between the bright star Spica (the ear of corn held by Virgo the Virgin) on its right and yellowish Saturn to its left (east). Mars is approaching Saturn and will be conjunct it in about 2 weeks.