The "Calendar of the Soul"
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 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. These are
well known to many anthroposophists; but the first 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), the Moon's position
in the constellations was listed for each night (for sensing the 'lunar'
forces), and there was a list of saints and other spiritual figures to
meditate on connected with specific days of the week. We're presenting all
that here each week---this has not been done since 1912, as far as we know.
First, this week's meditative mantra in the original German and in
* M A N T R A # 3 2 *
Ich fühle fruchtend eigne Kraft
Sich stärkend mich der Welt verleihn;
Mein Eigenwesen fühl ich kraftend
Zur Klarheit sich zu wenden
I feel my Power bearing fruit
Strengthening me, the World to lend;
My Ego-Essence I feel forcefully
Wending its way to Clarity
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images ("Imaginations") to awaken
spiritual sight and mantras ("Inspirations") to begin spiritual hearing. The
meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather
reciting it and entering 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.
This week's mantram:
The season of Autumn is the Michaelmas time, in which we are meant to
develop Self (inner)-consciousness instead of the Nature
(outer)-consciousness we had all Summer. Last week, we felt how the spiritual
light of thinking sought to turn to the outer world, turning into will-forces
for living and illuminating sense-existence, and thus started to turn the
blind urges of the soul into creatively-shaping forces. This week's verse
describes how these will-forces are now strong enough for the outer world to
connect with us (it is 'lent' to us), so that we gain clear insight into the
Destiny (karma) events in our lives.
* T H E W E E K S P I R I T U A L L Y *
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Scorpio from
Nov. 10th to 30th in our era. The symbolic image of Scorpio done from
Steiner's sketches & indications accompanies this post as an attachment.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some
of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday November 18th. Moon Sagittarius. 1789 Daguerre, the inventor of
Monday November 19th. Moon Sagittarius. Pontianus.
Tuesday November 20th. Moon Capricornus. Amos (the Prophet). 1497 Vasco de
Gama circumnavigated the Cape of Good Hope. 1910 Tolstoy died.
Wednesday November 21st. Moon Capricornus. Festival of the Offering of Mary.
Thursday November 22nd. Moon Aquarius. 1694 Voltaire born.
Friday November 23rd. Moon Aquarius. Clemens (the companion of Paul).
Saturday November 24th. Moon Pisces. 1632 Spinoza born.
Also, Tuesday and Wednesday nights the Moon will pass quite close to Mars
in the Southern sky.
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