- THIS WEEKS SOUL-CALENDAR
Heres the Soul-Calendar verse for the 6th week after Easter, in German
and English. The Soul Calendar of Spiritual Science is 52 meditative verses
designed to enable one to experience the astral or soul events occurring both
within us and in the astral atmosphere in the course of the year.
* T H E M A N T R A *
Es ist erstanden aus der Eigenheit
Mein Selbst und findet sich
In Zeit- und Raumeskräften;
Die Welt, sie zeigt mir überall
Als göttlich Urbild
Des eignen Abbilds Wahrheit.
There has arisen out of my Egohood
My Self and finds itself
In Time- and Space-forces;
The World, it points out to me everywhere
As godly Archetypal picture
My own Images Truth.
* T H E W E E K *
In addition to the mantrams, the first Soul-Calendar contained 12
drawings of the zodiac to be meditated on to sense the working of the solar
forces in the cosmos in the daytime, and the Moon's position in the
constellations was given for each night, to sense the lunar forces. 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 the constellation Taurus is
attached to this post. The Moon positions and phases are listed below for
each night, along with some of the birth & death days of famous persons
published in the original Seelencalendar: their lives and contributions are
fruitful material for contemplation on their days. Im translating these to
restore the Calendar to its intended use with the full spiritual/solar/lunar
SUNDAY May 28th. Moon Pisces. Wilhelm.
MONDAY May 29th. Moon Pisces. Christiana.
TUESDAY May 30th. Moon Aries. The Maid of Orleans burnt 1431.
WEDNESDAY May 31st. Moon Aries. Angela.
THURSDAY June 1st. Moon Taurus. Nicodemus.
FRIDAY June 2nd. Moon Taurus. New Moon. Ascension Day. Erasmus.
SATURDAY June 3rd. Moon Gemini. Clotilde.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
Anthroposophy is a Western path of knowledge which begins with the use of
the logical mind, then an intensification process by use of visual images
called "Imaginations", and reciting mantras which lead to "Inspirations."
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not the essential
thing, but rather the repetitive recitation of them and entering with deeper
soul forces into the inner experience of what is described. Also, these
mantras were created in the German language and have their rhythm in it, so
learning an English version is just a step to using the mantram in the
original. (Chanting "the jewel in the lotus" is different from "Om mani padme
hum.") Steiner spoke of how German had preserved words lost by other
Indo-Aryan languages, and could be what Sanskrit was in olden times: the
language in which spirit-truths are expressed. So in translating, Ive tried
to keep close to the original so that one can easily go from English to