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5688Soul-Calendar, Week 50 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Mar 16, 2013
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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 Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation PISCES from March 9th through April 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, 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 # 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 Joy in Growth:

    “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.        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 (the world) is spiritually under a spell, which can only be overcome by us carrying it into our own deeds.


    Sunday, March 17th. Moon Gemini.  Patrick (Bringer of Christendom to Ireland). 180 Marcus Aurelius died.
    Monday, March 18th. Moon Gemini. First Quarter.   Day of Remembrance of the First Day of the World.

    Tuesday, March 19th. Moon Cancer.   Joseph (husband of Mary). Mary of Bethany (Lazarus’ sister in John’s Gospel).                      
    Wednesday,  March 20th. Moon Cancer.   Joachim (father of Mary). Martin Scotus (worthy spreader of Christendom in Poland).                 

    Thursday,  March 21st. Moon CancerBenedict (founded the Benedictine Order 529).  1685 J.S. Bach born. 1804 Napoleonic Code published.

     March 22nd. Moon Leo.   Leah (Laban’s older daughter). Goethe died 1832.                             

    Saturday,  March 23rd
    . Moon Leo. Theodoricus (worthy spreader of Christendom to Holland, 10th century).

       Jupiter is the bright white 'star' almost directly overhead at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus. The half moon is seen close to both Sunday and Monday nights.

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