Soul-Calendar, Week 3
The "Calendar of the Soul"
Dr. Steiner gave out 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within and without during the year, starting with the first at Easter. These are well known to anthroposophists--- but the original "Calendar of the Soul" also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be meditated with each month to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos in the day, a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each night for sensing the 'lunar' forces, and a list of saints and other spiritual figures connected with specific days.
Here's the whole 'Soul-Calendar' restored to its original use.
* M A N T R A # 3 *
Es spricht zum Weltenall,
Sich Selbst vergessend
Und seines Urstands eingedenk,
Des Menschen wachsend Ich:
In dir, befreiend nich,
Aus meiner Eigenheiten Fessel,
Ergrund ich mein echtes Wesen.
There speaks to the World-All,
Of Self forgetful
And of its Primal state one in thinking,
Man's waxing "I":
' In you, freeing me
From my Selfhood's chains,
I penetrate to my true Essence. '
The spring is the time when we change from an inner "self-consciousness" to outer "nature-consciousness". Verse 1 (we always start at Easter) spoke of how the Sun and the Growth in the outer world of Nature spoke to our senses and joined us to the Spirit that calls forth this new life--- verse 2 of how our thinking loses its separated existence by joining with the senses, the plants springing forth and so on.
This week continues the theme of 'forgetting oneself': the first 4 lines
point to a distinction, so to speak, between self and Self, or the little ego
and the True Self: the true "I" within us now seeks to 'speak' to the
World-All, forgetful of the everyday 'self'. This means the Primal
Individuality we have within. In using these first 4 lines one should feel
these two 'selves' distinctly different, should feel this deep True Self is
now connecting with the World, forgetful of the everyday self.
In doing so, that true Primal Self 'speaks' the last 3 lines to the
World: one should recite these with the real feeling of speaking them to the
World-All. In you, freeing me from my selfhood's chains (meaning the little
'self'), I penetrate (dig down deep into) my True Essence (Being, Self---I
use 'essence' because the German word 'Wesen' is the source of it).
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era. A symbolic image of the Bull done from Steiner's sketches & indications is inserted below,
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday, May 4th. Moon Gemini. Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.
Monday, May 5th. Moon Cancer. Columbus discovers America 1492.
Tuesday, May 6th. Moon Cancer. John, writer of the Gospel and the Apocalypse.
Wednesday, May 7th. Moon Leo. Gottfried.
Thursday, May 8th. Moon Leo. The Prophet Micah. H.P. Blavatsky died 1891.
Friday, May 9th. Moon Leo. First Quarter. Schiller died 1805.
Saturday, May 10th. Moon Virgo. Gordian.
P.S. The Moon will appear close to the planet Saturn Sunday night and near Jupiter Thursday and Friday nights.
The verse for the Southern Hemisphere for this week:
* M A N T R A # 2 8 *
Ich kann in Innern neu belebt
Erfühlen eignen Wesens Weiten
Und kraftefüllt Gedankenstrahlen
Den Lebensrätseln lösend spenden,
Erfüllung manchem Wunsche leihen,
Dem Hoffnung schon die Schwingen lähmte.
I can in Inner newly alive
Feel my own Essence widen
And power-filled Thinking-rays
Out of Soul's Sun-Might
Life-Riddles loosening giving,
Lending fulfillment to many Wishes
That before even the Hope for had its wings lamed.