5274Soul-Calendar, Week 45 after Easter
- Feb 6, 2011The '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 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.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation CAPRICORN from Jan. 5th through Feb. 8th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the SEA-GOAT from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) ----in an approximation of the color he said corresponded to the sign, one of 5 shades of "purple" we can't yet actually perceive ---- 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 5 *
Es festigt sich Gedankenmacht
Im Bunde mit der Geistgeburt,
Sie hellt der Sinne dumpfe Reize
Zur vollen Klarheit auf.
Sich mit dem Weltenwerden einen will,
Des Denkens Licht empfangen.
Fast is Thinking’s Might
In Union with the Spirit-Birth,
It brightens up the senses’ dim risings
To full Clarity.
With World-Becoming would become one,
Must Senses’ revelation
Thinking’s Light receive.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
Last week, as we head towards spring when the Earth awakens, stirrings of life in the wakening outer world combined with our wills as we continued to unfold the 'spirit-birth' acheived at Christmas.
This week, the power of thinking unites with what was born in us at Christmas to make clear to us all the early spring stirrings of new life in the external world. In order for the Soul's fullness of experience to unite with this "becoming" of Nature, we must now seek to unite our thinking to our perceptions.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, February 6th. Moon Aries.
1807 Abolition of Slavery in England.
Monday, February 7th. Moon Aries.
1446 Columbus born.
Tuesday, February 8th. Moon Aries.
Solomon, King of Israel. Leyden University founded 1575.
David Friedrich Strauss died 1874.
Wednesday, February 9th. Moon Taurus.
Apollonia, Christian martyr in Alexandria in the 3rd century.
Thursday, February 10th. Moon Taurus. First Quarter.
Theophany of Paul on the Way to Damascus.
1847 Edison born.
1755 Montesquieu died.
Friday, February 11th. Moon Gemini.
1650 Descartes died.
Saturday, February 12th. Moon Gemini.
1804 Kant died. 1809 Darwin born.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Brilliant white JUPITER may be seen in the southwestern sky till about midnight. The crescent moon is seen close to it Sunday and Monday nights. Dimmer, yellowish Saturn rises in the east shortly after Jupiter sets in the west.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning star" Venus is seen in the East every day before sunrise. Saturn is also visible low in the south at the same time, before sunrise.
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