2730Calendar of the Soul, Week 7 after Easter
- May 16, 2004The "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 with the first mantra on Easter Sunday.
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 TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the BULL 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 #7 *
Mein selbst, es drohet zu entfliehen,
Vom Weltenlichte mächtig angezogen.
Nun trete du mein Ahnen
In deine Rechte kraftig ein
Ersetze mir des Denkens Macht
Das in der Sinne Schein
Sich selbst verlieren will.
My Self, it threatens to fly out
To World-Light mightily drawn.
Now enter you, my foreboding,
Into your rightful place forcefully,
Restore for me Thinking's Might
That in the Senses' Shine
Would lose itself.
The weaving of the Sun in the growth of the plants reveals the Divine
working. The past few weeks we can feel that spiritual essence working as
being like our souls spread out in external space. But now the spiritual
force of the light becomes SO strong that we would dissolve into it--- so, a
feeling of what is to come in the future grows in us to keep us from being
only in this present moment, preventing thinking from losing itself totally
in the senses.
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, May 16th. Moon Taurus. Sarah. Suzanne.
Monday, May 17th. Moon Taurus. Bruno Magnus, Russian Apostle of the 11th century.
Tuesday, May 18th. Moon Taurus. New Moon. Isabella.
Wednesday, May 19th. Moon Gemini. J.G. Fichte born 1762.
Thursday, May 20th. Moon Gemini. Ascension. Columbus died 1506. John Stuart Mill born 1806.
Friday, May 21st. Moon Cancer. Albrecht Dürer born 1471.
Saturday, May 22nd. Moon Cancer. Richard Wagner born 1813.
Planets : Brilliant Venus is seen in the West each night, appearing above the setting sun as the sky darkens, and staying up for about 1-2 hours after sunset. Dimmer, reddish Mars is above and to the left of it, and a little further up is yellowish Saturn---- all three quite close together in a row, underneath the stars of Gemini. Venus was approaching Mars, but has now turned back towards the Sun (retrograde) and will soon disappear as an "evening star." Mars is approaching Saturn and will conjunct it by the end of this week. The first thin crescent of the new Moon will be seen near Venus Thursday night, then close to Mars & Saturn Friday night.
Jupiter is the brilliant white "star" that can be seen high in the South at sunset and for several hours afterwards, amongst the stars of the Lion.
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