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 4 *
Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
Des selbstsinns Willensfrücht .
One's Self continually shaping,
Becomes Soul's Being of itself aware;
The World-Spirit, it strives forward
In Self-Knowledge newly living
And shapes out of Soul-Darkness
The Self-sense's Will-Fruit.
This week's mantram:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time: in the Summer 'waking
dream-state' , while our consciousness was turned outwards to Nature, a
spiritual 'seed' was planted, and it now ripens into a Self-consciousness
instead of Nature-consciousness. This week, the Soul becomes aware of itself
through this constant creating of that Self; this Self is the World-Spirit
itself in us, the universe aware of itself through us. This now reaches into
the dark soul-contents; and through this sensing of Self, the Will, its
fruit, is unleashed.
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.
'Und so langt du nicht hast dies, 'Stirb und Werde!'
Du ist nur ein trüber Gast en der dunkeln Erde.'
(Quoted from Goethe by memory, apologies for errors.)
And so long as you do not have this, "Die and Become!"
You are but a troubled guest on a darkened Earth.
May this Michaelmas find us all with the strength needed to face the
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 23rd. Moon Scorpius. 63 B.C. Augustus born.
Monday September 24th. Moon Sagittarius. First Quarter. 1750 the Natural
Tuesday September 25th. Moon Sagittarius. Cleophas (he who was a leader in
Wednesday September 26th. Moon Capricornus. Justina, who converted the
Magicians. Justinianus I, the founder of numerous
Thursday September 27th. Moon Capricornus. Cosmas u. Damian, famous medical
benefactor of the 3rd Century. 1825 Opening of the first railway.
Friday September 28th. Moon Aquarius. 1895 the Natural Scientist Pasteur
Saturday September 29th. Moon Aquarius. Michael (the Archangel).
P.S. The Moon will pass close by the planet Mars in the Southern sky Monday
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