Here is the 43rd week of the "Soul-Calendar", which is made up of 52
meditative mantras enabling one to consciously experience the 'astral' (soul)
events occurring within one in the course of the year, 12 images of the
zodiac to be meditated on to sense the working of the solar forces in the
cosmos in the day and the Moon's position in those constellations for each
night, for sensing the lunar forces---along with a list of saints and other
spiritual figures & events for specific days of the week.
(Sorry we are late this week---server problem.)
First, the mantra in the original German and in English:
* M A N T R A # 4 3 *
In Winterlichen Tiefen
Erwarmt des Geistes wahres Sein;
Es gibt dem Weltenscheine,
Durch Herzenskräfte Daseinsmächt
Der Weltenkälte trotzt erstarkend
Das Seelenfeuer in Menscheninnern.
It Winter-like deeps
Grows warm the Spirit’s true Being;
It gives to World-Shining
Through Heart’s strength Existence’s Might,
The World-Cold despite, there strengthens
The Soul-Fire in Man’s Innerness.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
The anthroposophic path uses mantras to instill Inspiration or "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:
Last week we experienced the start of the gradual change back to the Summer
Nature-Consciousness rather than the Self-Consciousness of winter, as still
in winter-darkness, the soul felt its own strength growing supreme, and
through the warmth of the heart had a presentiment of the Sun's time to come.
This week, the human Spirit grows, giving to the mere appearance of the world
a reality of existence as its fiery force waxes.
* 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 Aquarius
from Feb. 9th to March 8th. The symbolic image of the 'Waterman' done from
Steiner's sketches & indications can't be sent with this post; we will send
it next week. The Moon phases and positions in the stars are listed below
for each night, along with the birth & death days of some of the spiritual
figures & events published in the first ‘Seelencalendar’: these are fruitful
material for contemplation on those days. I’m in the process of translating
these to restore the Calendar to its intended use with the full
Sunday Feb. 11th. Moon Virgo.1650 Descartes died.
Monday Feb. 12th. Moon Virgo. 1804 Kant died. 1809 Darwin born.
Tuesday Feb. 13th. Moon Libra. Agabus (Christian teacher of the Apostles'
Francis de Sales. 1883 Richard Wagner died.
Wednesday Feb. 14th Moon Libra. Seafarer Cook killed 1779. Nees v. Esenbeck,
Botanist, born 1776.
Thursday Feb. 15th Moon Scorpius. Last Quarter.1564 Galilei Born. 1781
Friday Feb. 16th Moon Scorpius. 1834 Haeckel born.
Saturday Feb. 17th Giordano Bruno burned 1600. Olcott died 1907.
P.S. The Moon and the planet Mars can be seen close together in Scorpius
Feb.14th, rising in the East about midnight and travelling together from East
to West till dawn.