3219Soul-Calendar, Week 11 after Easter
- Jun 5, 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 TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era. Here's the symbolic image of the BULL from the original Soul-Calendar:
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 # 1 1 *
Es ist in dieser Sonnenstunde
An dir, die weise Kunde zu enkennen;
An Weltenschönheit hingegeben,
In dir dich fühlend zu durchleben:
Verlieren kann das Menschen-Ich
Und finden sich im Welten-Ich.
It is, in this sun-hour,
For you, the wise prophecy to know;
To World-Beauty given over,
In you, you feel to live through:
'Man's I can lose itself
And find itself in the World-I.'
*******A partial interpretation: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses is now so strong that we must give ourselves over to it in feeling, and we have a fore-sense of the losing of one's ordinary selfhood to find ourselves again in spirit-being in the height of summer.
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, June 5th. Moon Gemini. Boniface (the Apostle to Germany in the 8th century).
Monday, June 6th. Moon Gemini. New Moon. Julian the Apostate born 331.
Tuesday, June 7th. Moon Cancer. Lucian.
Wednesday, June 8th. Moon Cancer. Muhammed died 632.
Thursday, June 9th. Moon Cancer. Columban.
Friday, June 10th. Moon Leo. Onophrius.
Saturday, June 11th. Moon Leo. Alexander the Great died 323 B.C. Roger Bacon died 1294.
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