2602Calendar of the Soul, Week 44 after Easter
- Feb 15, 2004
The "Calendar of the Soul"
Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us and in Nature during the year, starting at Easter. These mantras for each week are well known to many students of Steiner, but the original "Calendar " also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be meditated with each month, to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos, plus a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each night (for sensing the lunar forces), and a list of people and events connected with specific days. Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation AQUARIUS from Feb. 9th to March 8th in our era. A version of the symbolic image of the WATER-MAN done from Steiner's sketches & indications:
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images like the above ("Imaginations") to awaken spiritual sight and mantras ("Inspirations") to begin 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.
* M A N T R A # 4 4 *
Ergriefend neue Sinnesreize
Eingedenk vollzogener Geistgeburt,
Verwirren sprossend Weltenwerden
Mit meines Denkens Schöpferwillen.
Grasping new sense-arisings
Mindful of acheived Spirit-Birth,
Entangling sprouting World-Becoming
With my Thinking's Shaping-Will.
This week's mantra:
We are heading towards spring and summer, when our inner selves once more
sleep while the Earth awakens. This week, stirrings of life in the wakening
outer world combine with our wills as we continue to unfold the spirit-birth
acheived at Christmas.
The verse for the Southern Hemisphere:
* M A N T R A # 1 9 *
Geheimnisvoll das Neu-Empfang'ne
Mit der Erinnerung zu umschliessen,
Sie meines Strebens weitrer Sinn:
Es soll starkend Eigenkräfte
In meinem Innern wecken
Und werdend mich mir selber geben.
Mysteriously the newly-received
With the Memory to enclose,
Be my Striving's wider Sense:
It will strengthen Self-forces
In my Inner awaken
And becoming me my self give.
*******The summer is when we are meant to lose ourselves in the play of light
and warmth; then, from out of the Spirit revealed in the outer world, we are
to find our "selves" again in the World-Self. This week that process is at
the point where we have received this 'world self' in the past month, have
taken in to the soul's depths, and now we seek to enclose this Summer-Event
within memory. In the future, the world's very essence will become something
permanently part of us, giving us a new 'self' as it evolves us further.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some of the spiritual figures and events connected with the days.
Sunday, February 15th. Moon Capricorn. Galilei Born 1564. Lessing died 1781.
Monday, February 16th. Moon Capricorn. Ernst Haeckel born 1834.
Tuesday, February 17th. Moon Aquarius. Giordano Bruno burned 1600. Olcott died 1907.
Wednesday, February 18th. Moon Aquarius. Luther died 1546. Michelangelo died 1564. Volta born 1745.
Thursday, February 19th. Moon Aquarius. Copernicus born 1473. 1700, Acceptance of the Gregorian Calendar by the Protestants.
Friday, February 20th. Moon Pisces. New Moon. Voltaire born 1694.
Saturday, February 21st. Moon Pisces. Spinoza died 1677.
The Planets : Brilliant Venus is visible in the West each night above the setting sun, as an "evening star", as are reddish Mars in the South, settting in the West before midnight, and yellowish Saturn, which can be seen in the East from sunset on to the right of the two stars Castor and Pollux of the constellation Gemini, then moving Westward all through the night. Jupiter rises not long after sunset, beneath the Lion. All these planets will be visible in the evening sky throughout the spring.
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