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5160Soul-Calendar, Week 49 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Mar 14, 2010
       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 all this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
         The 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, with some details added on the planets in the night sky this week as well.

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                THE ZODIAC IMAGE
       The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation PISCES from March 9th  to April 13th in our era.  A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the FISHES 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 9  *

    Ich fühle Kraft des Weltenseins:

    So spricht Gedankenklarheit,

    Gedenkend eignen Geistes Wachsen

    In finstern Weltennächten,

    Und neigt dem nahen Weltentage

    Des Innern Hoffnungsstrahlen.


    “I feel the Power of the World-Existence”:

    So speaks Thinking’s Clarity,

    Thinking of its own Spirit-Waxing

    In the dark World-Night,

    And drawing close to nearing World-Day

    With its inner Rays of Hope.


    An interpretation of this week's mantra:

        We are heading towards spring, when the Earth awakens.  This week, as we begin to sense the World once more awakening, we realize it's similar to how our own Self-knowledge grew stronger as we went into winter. We know that, just as we gained power from our experience of this winter, so there will come to affect us a power for the good in the coming summer, an outer one rather than inner, and that what we have hoped for in the coming year will manifest outside.


              THE DAYS OF THE WEEK: 

    Sunday, March 14th Moon Pisces. Abigail (David’s Wife). Eutychius (Christian writer of the 10th century, who wrote a History of the World from the Creation down to his time). Mathildis (bringer of Christendom to Germany in the 10th century). Zacharias. Klopstock died 1803.   

    Monday,  March 15th. Moon Pisces. New MoonChristopher (who carried a Youth over the river, then saw that in him he had carried the Christ-Child). Longinus (captain in command in Matthew’s Gospel).

    Tuesday,  March 16th. Moon Aries. 1858 Nees v. Esenbeck died.


    Wednesday,  March 17th. Moon Aries. Patrick (Bringer of Christendom to Ireland). 180 Marcus Aurelius died.

    Thursday,  March 18th. Moon Taurus. Day of Remembrance of the First Day of the World.

    Friday,   March 19th. Moon Taurus. Joseph (husband of Mary). Mary of Bethany (Lazarus’ sister in John’s Gospel).

    Saturday,   March 20th. Moon Gemini. Joachim (father of Mary). Martin Scotus (worthy spreader of Christendom in Poland).


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    PLANETS in the Night Sky:  

    Bright yellowish-red MARS rises in the East as the sun sets in the West. 

    SATURN rises in the East about 9 P.M. 



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