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 astralMessage 1 of 2 , Feb 28, 2010View Source
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. We experience all 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 in the night sky this week as well.
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THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation AQUARIUS from February 9th to March 8th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the WATER-BEARER from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) is attached to this e-mail.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic 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.
* M A N T R A # 4 7 *
Es will erstehet aus dem Weltenschoss
Die Sinnenschein erquickend, Werdelust.
Sie finde meines Denkens Kraft
Gerüstet durch die Gotteskraft
Die kräftig mir im Innern leben.
There will arise out of World-Womb
The Senses’ shine to quicken, Growth-Joy.
It shall find my Thinking’s Force
Prepared through the Gods’ Forces
That forcefully in my Inner self live.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We are heading towards spring, where the Earth awakens. This week, we feel how we find joy in that outer growth, and that our thinking is well prepared through the Divine to receive the world's revelations of new life.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, February 28th. Moon Virgo. Full Moon. Montaigne (the Skeptic) born 1533. Leander (Christian author).
Monday, March 1st. Moon Libra. Alcuin (teacher of Charlemagne, Christian author). 399 before Christ Socrates takes the poison. Swidbertus (conveyor of Christendom to the Frisians).
Tuesday, March 2nd. Moon Libra. 321 A.D. The celebration of Sunday begins to become common.
Wednesday, March 3rd. Moon Scorpio. Kunigunder (husband Heinrich I).
Thursday, March 4th. Moon Scorpio. Leopold van Buch, Geologist, died 1853.
Friday, March 5th. Moon Scorpio. Eusebius (Christian writer of Caesarea in the 4th c.), 1512 Mercator the Cartographer born. 1827 Laplace died.
Saturday, March 6th. Moon Sagittarius. 1274 Thomas Aquinas died. 1475 Michelangelo born. 1520 Australia was discovered. 1787 Fraunhofer born.
PLANETS in the Night Sky:
Bright yellowish-red MARS rises in the East as the sun sets in the West. It's at its closest approach to the earth now, in its 'retrograde loop', and therefore brightest.
SATURN rises in the East about 10 P.M. It's the yellowish object appearing close to the moon Monday night.
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