Calendar of the Soul, Week 23
- For those new to the 'Calendar': the cycle of the year can be a meditation
in itself, through which you can sense the Beings that are behind the
changing seasons, and Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Calendar of the Soul' to
do this. It's made up of 52 meditative mantras enabling one to consciously
experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within you as well as in
external Nature in the course of the year.
The 52 mantras are well known to many anthroposophists, but the original
Calendar published in 1912 ALSO contained 12 images of the zodiac (to be
meditated on to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos in the
day) and the Moon's position in the constellations was listed for each night
(for sensing the 'lunar' forces), as well as a list of saints and other
spiritual figures to meditate on connected with specific days of the week,
because the entrances and exits of human spirits are also connected with the
cosmos and Time. We're presenting all that here each week---this has not been
done since 1912, and is available nowhere else.
First, this week's meditative mantra in the original German and in
* M A N T R A # 2 3 *
Es dämpfet herbstlich sich
Der Sinne Reizesstreben;
In Lichtesoffenbarung mischen
Der Nebel dumpfe Schleier sich.
Ich selber schau in Raumesweiten
Des Herbstes Winterschlaf.
Der Sommer hat an mich
Sich selber hingegeben.
There is muffled Autumnally
The Senses' streaming Charms;
In Light-Revealings is mingled
The Fog's musty Veil.
I myself see in Space-Widenesses
The Autumn's Winter-Sleep.
The Summer has to me
Its own self given over.
This week's mantram:
Last week, that which was received spiritually from the Summer Light and
Warmth was felt as an ongoing power within releasing the fruit of its
working, to evolve a Self out of the World-Self. This is because, at the time
of change from Summer to Winter, we cease to be conscious of the external
world and instead become conscious again of ourselves, as if awakening from a
summer dream-state. Our Nature-Consciousness strives to become inner Self
Consciousness, but at first we may feel FEAR, due to no longer being able to
lean on outer things for consciousness--- which is why the symbol of the
warrior Archangel is placed before us at Michaelmas, summoning us to have
courage, for we are not going to die as our summer nature-consciousness
wanes, but rather awaken. This week's verse is the first appearance of Autumn
dulling the senses' summer brilliance; but that which has been gained from
the summer-experience now becomes our inner self-experience.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days. Attached to this post
is the symbolic image of the constellation of the VIRGIN---the Doctor said
the Sun is under its influence from Sept. 8th to Oct. 12th in our era.
Sunday September 16th. Moon Leo. 1736 The Natural Scientist Farenheit died.
Monday September 17th. Moon Virgin. New Moon. Justinus.
Tuesday September 18th. Moon Virgin. Titus (School of Paul).
Wednesday September 19th. Moon Virgin. Eustachius.
Thursday September 20th. Moon Libra. Castor.
Friday September 21st. Moon Libra. Matthew (the Evangelist).
Saturday September 22nd. Moon Skorpius. 1452 Savanarola born.
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