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5421Soul-Calendar, Week 4 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Apr 29, 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 ARIES from Apr. 13th to 30th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the RAM 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, red, 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  # 4 *

    Ich fühle Wesen meines Wesens:

    So spricht Empfindung,

    Die in der sonnerhellten Welt

    Mit Lichtesfluten sich vereint;

    Sie will dem Denken

    Zur Klarheit Wärme schenken

    Und Mensch und Welt

    In Einheit fest verbinden.


    “I feel the essence of my essence”:

    So speaks Sensation,

    That in the sun-illumined World

    With flooding light becomes one;

    It will join warmth

    To Thinking‘s Clarity,

    And Man and World

    In oneness bind fast together.


     An interpretation of this week's mantra:

       Our thinking is drawn out by our senses, to find our connection to the
    cosmos. The returning light makes us feel our essence is similar to it, and
    as we join our thinking to the senses, we re-unite it with the world.



    Sunday, April 29th. Moon  Leo. First Quarter.   The Virgin of Orleans frees Orleans 1429. 

    Monday,  April 30th. Moon Virgo.   Seneca assassinated 65 A.D. Gauss (the mathematician) born 1777.                      

    Tuesday, May 1st. Moon Virgo.  Walpurgis.
    Wednesday,  May 2nd. Moon Libra.  Leonardo da Vinci died 1519. Novalis born 1772.

    Thursday, May 3rd. Moon Libra. Empress Helena found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.

    Friday,  May 4th. Moon Scorpio.  .Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.

    Saturday,  May 5th. Moon Scorpio. Columbus discovers America 1492. 


        "Evening star" Venus is high in the west at sunset. Yellow-red Mars is high in the south at sunset, next to the heart of the Lion, Regulus; the half-moon will pass by it Monday and Tuesday nights.  Dimmer, yellowish Saturn also rises in the southeast at sunset.; the almost-full moon passes close to it Friday and Saturday nights.


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