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5409Soul-Calendar, Week 45 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Feb 26, 2012
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        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 1st 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.

       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 AQUARIUS from Feb. 9th  through  Mar. 8th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the WATER-MAN 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, a shade of magenta, is attached to this e-mail.


       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  # 45 *

    Es festigt sich Gedankenmacht

    Im Bunde mit der Geistgeburt,

    Sie hellt der Sinne dumpfe Reize

    Zur vollen Klarheit auf.

    Wenn Seelenfülle

    Sich mit dem Weltenwerden einen will,

    Muss Sinnesoffenbarung

    Des Denkens Licht empfangen.


    Fast is Thinking’s Might

    In Union with the Spirit-Birth,

    It brightens the senses’ dim risings

    To full Clarity.

    When Soul-fulfillment

    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 of 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 unite our thinking to our perceptions.


    Sunday, February 26th. Moon Taurus.      Jonas (the Prophet).              
    Monday,  February 27th. Moon Taurus.   Ernst Renan born 1823. Martialis (acted for the spreading of Christendom in Gallien in the 3rd century). RUDOLF STEINER 1861.     

    Tuesday, February 28th. Moon Gemini.  Montaigne (the Skeptic) born 1533. Leander (Christian author).
    Wednesday,  February 29th. Moon Gemini. First Quarter        

    Thursday, March 1st. Moon Gemini.   Alcuin (teacher of Charlemagne, Christian author). 399 before Christ Socrates takes the poison. Swidbertus (conveyor of Christendom to the Frisians).

    Friday,  March 2nd. Moon Cancer.  321 A.D. The celebration of Sunday begins to become common.

    Saturday,  March 3rd. Moon Cancer.   Kunigunder (husband Heinrich I). 


        "Evening star" Venus can be seen in the west at sunset, approaching conjunction to Jupiter, the bright "star" higher up in the sky. The moon will be seen near Jupiter Sunday night.


       Reddish Mars rises in the East before midnight and is visible in the southern sky until sunrise, to the east of the Lion.  It is approaching as close as it ever gets to earth in its orbit, so it will brighten to yellowish-red and turn retrograde in the sky, meaning it will appear to stay near the same stars it is near now for most of the coming spring and summer, in fact returning to the stars of the Lion is passed through this fall.

    FOR THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: Start with the 17th mantra today.


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