5036Soul-Calendar, Week 6 after Easter
- May 18, 2009The '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, orange) 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 #6 *
Es ist erstanden aus der Eigenheit
Mein Selbst und findet sich
In Zeit- und Raumeskräften;
Die Welt, sie zeigt mir überall
Als göttlich Urbild
Des eignen Abbilds Wahrheit.
There has arisen out of my Egohood
My Self, and it finds itself
In Time- and Space-forces;
The World, it points out to me everywhere
As godly Archetypal picture
My own Image’s truth.
We can see that the spiritual essence working in Nature, as the transformation of spring goes on around us in time and space, is an image of our true Self, which this week rises out of our ego-consciousness to find itself mirrored there. Last week, we saw forces of the astral body (soul) pictured there; this week, the Ego.
Sunday, May 17th. Moon Pisces. Last Quarter. Bruno Magnus, Russian Apostle of the 11th century.
Monday, May 18th. Moon Pisces. Isabella.
Tuesday, May 19th. Moon Aries. J.G. Fichte born 1762.
Wednesday, May 20th. Moon Aries. Columbus died 1506. John Stuart Mill born 1806...
Thursday, May 21st. Moon Aries. Albrecht Dürer born 1471.
Friday, May 22nd. Moon Taurus. Richard Wagner born 1813.
Saturday, May 23rd. Moon Taurus. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.
PLANETS in the Night Sky: Saturn is visible in the South from sunset on, beneath the stars of the Lion.
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