Calendar of Astrality
- THE "SOUL-CALENDAR": 52nd week after Easter
Here is the Soul-Calendar verse for the 52nd and final week after
Easter, in German and English. Anthroposophys Soul Calendar is 52 meditative
verses designed to enable a meditator to experience the astral/soul events
within us in the course of the year.
Wenn aus den Seelentiefen
Der Geist sich wendet zu dem Weltensein
Und Schönheit quillt aus Raumesweiten,
Dann zieht aus Himmelsfernen
Des Lebens Kraft in Menschenleiber
Und einet, machtvoll wirkend,
Des Geistes Wesen mit dem Menschensein.
When out of the Souls Deeps
The Spirit winds its way to World-Being
And Beauty swells into the widths of Space,
Then is drawn from farthest Heavens
The Life Force into Mans bodies
And there becomes one, mightily working,
The Spirits Essence and Mans being.
***For those not familiar with the use of mantrams:
Anthroposophy is a Western path of knowledge which begins with reading of
books and use of the ordinary logical mind; then, an intensification process
can be begun by the use of visual images Steiner gave out called
"Imaginations" and reciting mantras or combinations of words which leads a
step higher to "Inspirations." (The 12 signs of the Zodiac, for instance,
are Imaginations.) The meaning of the words of a mantra as read 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, the mantrams were created in the German language and
have their rhythm from this, so that learning an English version is just a
step to learning to use the real mantram in the original, which is much
preferred. (Chanting "the jewel in the lotus" is very different from "Om mani
padme hum.") Steiner spoke often of the specialness of the German tongue, and
how it had preserved words lost by other Indo-Aryan languages, and said that
it could become what Sanscrit was in old Vedic times: the language in which
spirit-truths are expressed. In translating, I have tried to keep close to
the original so that one can most easily step from the English to the German.
* T H E W E E K *
In addition to the mantra for each week, in the original version of 1912
were 12 drawings of the zodiac to be meditated on, to sense the spiritual
working of the solar forces in the cosmos in the daytime each month, and the
Moon's position in the constellations was given for each night, to sense the
lunar forces of each evening. The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the
influence of Pisces from Mar. 9th to April 13th in our era. (Unfortunately we
cant send Steiners glyphs of the constellations through this medium yet.)
The Moon positions and phases are listed each night in the section below,
along with some of the birth & death days of famous persons published with
the first 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 spiritual, solar and lunar connections.)
SUNDAY April 2nd. Moon Pisces. Francis de Paul, founder of the order in the
15th century. Theodosia, martyr in 4th century. Charlemagne born 742.
Morse died 1872.
MONDAY April 3rd. Moon Pisces. The 3rd of April 33 A.D. Is what spiritual-
scientific investigation shows as the day of Death of Jesus Christ.
TUESDAY April 4th. Moon Pisces. New Moon. Bishop Ambrose died 398 (he
by whom Augustine was baptized). University of Basel founded 1460.
WEDNESDAY April 5th. Moon Aries. Vincentius (Christian writer, died 1264).
Volta died 1827.
THURSDAY April 6th. Moon Aries. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in 2nd century.
Raphael born 1483. Dürer died 1528.
FRIDAY April 7th. Moon Taurus. Egesippus (Christian writer of the second
century in Rome).
SATURDAY April 8th. Moon Taurus. Wilhelm von Humboldt died 1835.
NOTE: Also on Apr. 5th, the first crescent of the New Moon may be seen in the
West immediately after sunset, with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn above and to the
left of it. Thursday night the Moon is found between Mars and Jupiter
(beneath it and to the right) and Saturn (to her left). Friday night the Moon
has moved to the left of the gathering of the 3 planets (a conjunction only
possible every twenty years).
P.S. This year Easter comes late where last year it came early, with the
result that there is a gap of several weeks before the new soul-calendar
mantrams begin April 23rd. One strategy is to simply continue the 52nd verse
for a few weeks; or other meditative verses or Imaginations may be taken up
in the interim.