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5675Soul-Calendar, Week 41 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Jan 13, 2013
         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 Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation CAPRICORN from January 5th through Feb. 8th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the GOAT 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, one of 5 shades of 'Magenta' we can't yet actually see, is attached to this e-mail.


         For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophical 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. 
    * MANTRA # 41 *

    Der Seele Schaffensmacht,

    Sie strebet aus dem Herzensgrunde,

    Im Menschenleben Gotterkräft

    Zu rechtem Wirken zu entflammen,

    Sich selber zu gestalten

    Im Menschenliebe und im Menschenwerke.


    The Soul's Shaping-Might

    It strives from out of Heart's Ground,

    In Man's Life Godly Strength

    To righteous Work to enflame,

    So itself to form

    In Man's Love and in Man's Work.

       Last week's mantra, when worked with, led us to feel how our selfhood, which would otherwise remain an illusion, was made real by the fiery power of the World-Word, through Love.

         This week, this power working in the foundation of the soul strives outward, so that these fiery divine forces can pour themselves into what we create, both in our love and in our work.


    Sunday, January 13th. Moon Aquarius. Bernard of Clairveaux.

    Monday, January 14th. Moon Pisces  Reis, inventor of the telephone,  died 1874.

    Tuesday, January 15th. Moon Pisces Macarius, celebrated Egyptian hermit of 4th century.
    Wednesday,  January 16th. Moon Aries.   Faustus (lived in Alexandria in 3rd century). Historical writer Gibbon died 1794.   

    Thursday,  January 17th. Moon Aries.   Benjamin Franklin born 1706.

     January 18th. Moon Taurus. Last Quarter.   Montesquieu born 1689.                       

     January 19th. Moon Taurus.  James Watt born 1736.

       Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the east that dominates the night sky, already risen at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.


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