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5415Soul-Calendar, Week 50 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Apr 1, 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 PISCES from March 9th through  Apr. 13th in our era. A version (done by Margot 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) 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  # 50 *

    Es spricht zum Menschen-Ich

    Sich machtvoll offenbarend,

    Und seines Wesens Kräfte lösend

    Des Weltendaseins Werdelust:

    In dich mein Lebend tragen

    Aus seinem Zauberbanne

    Erreiche ich mein wahres Ziel.


    There speaks to Man’s I

    With mighty revelation,

    And its Essence’s Power unloosing

    The World-Existence’s Growth-Joy:

    “In you, my Life carrying

    Out of its magic spell,

    I reach my true aim.”


    An interpretation of this week's mantra:

         We are heading towards spring, when our inner selves once more go to 'sleep', while the Earth instead awakens. 

        Last week, we felt that what we have hoped for in the coming year will manifest. 

       This week, we feel through the use of the mantra, how the world's joyous springtime growth speaks to us as human beings, saying that it is spiritually under a spell, which can only be overcome by us carrying it into our own deeds.


    Sunday, April 1st. Moon Leo.   Hugo (11th cent. Guardian of the Cartesian Order).
    Monday,  April 2nd. Moon Leo.    Francis de Paul, founder of the order in the 15th century. Theodosia, martyr in 4th century. Charlemagne born 742. Morse died 1872.                                            

    Tuesday, April 3rd. Moon Virgo.  The 3rd of April 33 A.D. Is what spiritual-scientific investigation shows as the day of Death of Jesus Christ.   
    Wednesday,  April 4th. Moon Virgo.   Bishop Ambrose died 398 (he by whom Augustine was baptized). University of Basel founded 1460.

    Thursday, April 5th. Moon Libra.  Vincentius (Christian writer, died 1264). Volta died 1827.

    Friday,  April 6th. Moon Libra. Full Moon.    Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in 2nd century. Raphael born 1483. Dürer died 1528. 

    Saturday,  April 7th. Moon Scorpio.  Egesippus (Christian writer of the second century in Rome).


        "Evening stars" Venus and Jupiter are still conjunct in the west at sunset this week. Venus is the brighter one.


       Yellow-reddish Mars rises in the East at sunset and is visible in the southeastern sky all night to the east of the Lion.  It is approaching as close as it ever gets to earth in its orbit, so it has brightened and is returning to the stars of the Lion is passed through this fall. The "waxing" (almost-full) moon is seen near it Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

    FOR THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: Start with the 22nd mantra today.


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