3145Soul-Calendar, Week 4 after Easter
- Apr 16, 2005The "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 every year on 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 dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific days. Here is the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation ARIES from April 14th to 30th in our era. Here' the symbolic image of the RAM in the original Soul-Calendar:
(This image represents the human being conscious in both the physical and "above", in the spiritual, as we will be in the next incarnation of the Earth, called "Jupiter." See the recent Steinerbooks re-print of the original "Calendar of the Soul" for more information.)
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 *
Ich fühle Wesen meines Wesens:
So spricht Empfindung,
Die in der sonnerhellten Welt
Mit Lichtesfluten sich vereint;
Sie will dem Denken
Zur Klarheit Wärme schenken
Und Mensch und Welt
In Einheit fest verbinden.
"I feel the essence of my essence":
So speaks Sensation,
That in the sun-illumined World
With flooding light becomes one;
It will join warmth
To Thinking's Clarity,
And Man and World
In oneness bind fast together.
Our thinking is drawn out by our senses, to find our connection to the
cosmos. The returning light makes us feel our essence is similar to it; and,
as we join our thinking to the senses, we re-unite it with the world.
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, April 17th. Moon Leo. Benjamin Franklin died 1790.
Monday, April 18th. Moon Leo. Apollonius (Christian philosopher of the 2nd century).
Tuesday, April 19th. Moon Virgo. Darwin died 1882.
Wednesday, April 20th. Moon Virgo. Sulpicius.
Thursday, April 21st. Moon Libra. Mohammed born 571.
Friday, April 22nd. Moon Libra. Kant born 1724.
Saturday, April 23rd. Moon Scorpio. George (slayer of the Dragon, that according to legend lived in the time of Diocletian). Shakespeare born 1564.
P.S. The bright "star" seen near the almost-full moon Friday and Saturday nights is the planet Jupiter.
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