5031Calendar of the Soul, Week 4 after Easter
- May 3 5:55 PM
The '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. We experience this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
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's the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form. I am adding some details on the planets as well.
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THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era.
A version (done by Margaret Roessler in the color of the sign, red) of a new symbolic image of the BULL from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) is attached to this e-mail.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic spiritual path uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called 'Imaginations' ), to awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras ('Inspirations' ) to open 'spiritual hearing.'
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather what happens when you recite it and enter 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 Spring 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.
Sunday, May 3rd. Moon Virgo.
Empress Helena found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.
Monday, May 4th. Moon Virgo.
Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.
Tuesday, May 5th. Moon Libra.
Columbus discovers America 1492.
Wednesday, May 6th. Moon Libra.John, writer of the Gospel and the Apocalypse.
Thursday, May 7th. Moon Scorpio.
Friday, May 8th. Moon Scorpio. Full Moon.
The Prophet Micah. H.P. Blavatsky died 1891.
Saturday, May 9th. Moon Sagittarius.
Schiller died 1805.
PLANETS: Saturn is visible in the East from sunset on, beneath the stars of the Lion.
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