5297Soul-Calendar, Week 2 after Easter
- May 1, 2011
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 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 this week as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation TAURUS from May 1sth to June 15th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) 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) in the color he said corresponded to the sign (orange) 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 # 2 *
Ins Aussre des Sinnesalls
Verliert Gedankenmacht ihr Eigensein;
Es finden Geisteswelten
Den Menschensprossen wieder,
Der seinen Keim in ihnen,
Doch seine Seelenfrucht
In sich muss finden.
In the outer World of the Senses
Thinking’s might loses its Self-existence;
The Spiritual Worlds find
The offspring of Man again,
Whose seed is in them
But who must find its Soul-Fruit
An interpretation of the mantra:
The dark time of Winter ends, the Sun returns. We are drawn out by our senses, to find our connection to the cosmos through them. Our thinking thus loses its character of closing itself off within itself--- and this IS the spiritual world itself finding ITSELF through us.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, May 1st. Moon Taurus.
Monday, May 2nd. Moon Taurus. New Moon.
Leonardo da Vinci died 1519.
Novalis born 1772.
Tuesday, May 3rd. Moon Gemini.
Empress Helena found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.
Wednesday, May 4th. Moon Gemini.Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.
Thursday, May 5th. Moon Gemini.
Columbus discovers America 1492.
Friday, May 6th. Moon Cancer.
John, writer of the Gospel and the Apocalypse.
Saturday, May 7th. Moon Cancer.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Dim, yellowish Saturn is in the south at sunset, amongst the stars of the Virgin.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning star" Venus is seen in the East every day before sunrise. Mercury, Jupiter and Mars are now also becoming visible, close to the sun just before sunrise.
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