3718Calendar of the Soul, Week 7 after Easter
- May 13, 2002The "Calendar of the Soul"
The cycle of the year can be a meditation through which you can sense the
Beings that are behind the changing seasons, and Steiner gave out the
'Calendar of the Soul' to do this. It's 52 meditative mantras enabling you to
consciously experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within you as
well as in outer Nature in the course of the year. These 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), a listing of the Moon's phase
and position in the constellations each night (for sensing the 'lunar'
forces), and a list of saints and other spiritual figures connected with
specific days of the week. We're presenting all that here. We begin with the
mantra in the original German and in translation:
* M A N T R A #7 *
Mein selbst, es drohet zu entfliehen,
Vom Weltenlichte mächtig 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 Thinkings Might
That in the Senses Shine
Would lose itself.
The weaving of the Sun in the growth of the plants reveals the Divine
working. The past few weeks we can feel that spiritual essence working as
being like our souls spread out in external space. But now the spiritual
force of the light is so strong that we would dissolve into it--- so a
feeling of what is to come in the future grows in us to keep us from being
only in this present moment, preventing thinking from losing itself totally
in the senses.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Taurus from
May 1st to June 15th in our era. The symbolic image of Taurus done from
Steiner's sketches & indications is attached to this post as a JPEG, although
it may go through to you or not depending on your settings.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday May 12th. Moon Taurus. New Moon. Pancratius.
Monday May 13th. Moon Gemini. Carl von Linne born 1707. Cuvier (the great
natural scientist) died 1832.
Tuesday May 14th. Moon Gemini. Boniface. Ludwig Bechstein died 1860.
Wednesday May 15th. Moon Cancer. Torquatus Antonius, prophet in 15th century.
Thursday May 16th. Moon Cancer. Sarah. Suzanne.
Friday May 17th. Moon Leo. Bruno Magnus, Russian Apostle of the 11th century.
Saturday May 18th. Moon Leo. Isabella.
P.S. The Moon will be seen close to Mercury at sunset Monday, and near Saturn
at sunset Tuesday. Between Mercury and Saturn Venus & Mars are visible. The
Moon will be near Jupiter Wednesday and Thursday nights.
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