4311Soul-Calendar, Week 4 after Easter
- Apr 29, 2007The "Calendar of the Soul"
Dr. Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 52
meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events
occurring within us as well as in Nature during the year, starting with the
first mantra every year 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 dates of births and
deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
constellation ARIES from April 14th through 30th in our era.
A version of the new symbolic image of the RAM from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
attached to this e-mail.
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path
uses symbolic images like the Zodiac image ("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
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 f�hle Wesen meines Wesens:
So spricht Empfindung,
Die in der sonnerhellten Welt
Mit Lichtesfluten sich vereint;
Sie will dem Denken
Zur Klarheit W�rme 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.
AN INTERPRETATION OF THIS WEEK'S MANTRA:
Our thinking is drawn out by our senses, to find our connection to the
world. The returning light makes us feel our inner essence is similar to the
light; and as we join our thinking to the senses, we re-unite it with the
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 29th. Moon Libra. The Virgin of Orleans frees Orleans 1429.
Monday, April 30th. Moon Libra. Seneca assassinated 65 A.D. Gauss (the
mathematician) born 1777.
Tuesday, May 1st. Moon Scorpio. Walpurgis.
Wesnesday May 2nd. Moon Scorpio. Full Moon. Leonardo da Vinci died 1519.
Novalis born 1772.
Thursday, May 3rd. Moon Sagittarius. Empress Helena found the Cross of
Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.
Friday, May 4th. Moon Sagittarius. Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.
Saturday, May 5th. Moon Sagittarius. Columbus discovers America 1492.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Venus is a brilliant Evening Star in the West above the setting sun each
Saturn is high in the sky in the stars of Leo in the southwest at sunset, at
the feet of and in front of the Lion.
Bright Jupiter rises in the southeast about an hour after sunset. The
'waning' moon (just past full) is seen near it Friday and Saturday nights.
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