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
first mantra every year on Easter Sunday.
These 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
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE:
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
constellation TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era.
A version of the new symbolic image of the BULL from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
attached to this e-mail, below.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path
uses symbolic images like the Zodiac image ("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
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.
* M A N T R A #7 *
Mein selbst, es drohet zu entfliehen,
Vom Weltenlichte m�chtig angezogen.
Nun trete du mein Ahnen
In deine Rechte kraftig ein
Ersetze mir des Denkens Macht
Das in der Sinne Schein
Sich selbst verlieren will.
My Self, it threatens to fly out
To World-Light mightily drawn.
Now enter you, my foreboding,
Into your rightful place forcefully,
Restore for me Thinking�s Might
That in the Senses� Shine
Would lose itself.
*******A few words about the mantra's meaning:
The weaving of the Sun in the springtime growth of the plants reveals the
Divine working in Nature. The past few weeks we can feel that spiritual
essence which we see working as being like our souls spread out in external
space, we feel joy in it just as if we were magically causing it.
But now,this week, the spiritual force of the light is SO strong that we
would dissolve into it--- and so, a feeling of anxiety about what is to come
in the future grows in us, to keep us from being
only in this present moment: that is, preventing thinking from losing itself
totally in the senses.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures and events connected with the days.
Sunday, May 20th. Moon Cancer. Columbus died 1506. John Stuart Mill born
Monday, May 21st. Moon Leo. Albrecht D�rer born 1471.
Tuesday, May 22nd. Moon Leo. Richard Wagner born 1813.
Wesnesday May 23rd. Moon Virgo. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.
Thursday, May 24th. Moon Virgo. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-Lytton
Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) born 1941.
Friday, May 25th. Moon Virgo. Laying of the Foundation Stone of the
Strassbourg Monastery 1277.
Saturday, May 26th. Moon Libra. The Venerable Bede (famous English monk of
the 8th century).
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Venus is a brilliant Evening Star high in the West above the setting sun
evening, near the Twins. The crescent Moon is a bit past it Sun. the 20th.
Saturn is in the stars of Leo in the southwest at sunset, at the feet of the
Lion. The Moon goes by it Monday and Tuesday nights.
Bright Jupiter rises in the southeast about an hour after sunset. The full
moon next week will be very close to it.
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