5694Soul-Calendar, Week 2 after Easter
- Apr 7, 2013The 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'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 IMAGEThe 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.THE WEEK'S MANTRA: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 # 2 *
Ins Aussre des Sinnesalls
Verliert Gedankenmacht ihr Eigensein;
Es finden Geisteswelten
Den Menschensprossen wieder,
Der seinen Keim in ihnen,
Doch seine Seelenfrucht
In sich muss finden.
In outer World of the Senses
Thinking’s might loses its Self-existence;
The Spiritual Worlds find
The offspring of Man again,
Whose seed is in them
But who must find its Soul-Fruit,
An interpretation of the mantra:
The dark time of Winter ends, the Sun returns. We are thus drawn out by our senses, to find our connection to the cosmos through them. Our thinking thus loses its character of closing itself off within itself--- and this is the spiritual world itself finding itself through us.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday April 12th. Moon Taurus. Zeno.Sunday, April 7th. Moon Pisces. Egesippus (Christian writer of the second century in Rome).
Monday, April 8th. Moon Aries. Wilhelm von Humboldt died 1835.Tuesday, April 9th. Moon Aries. Mary Cleophas (who with Mary of Magdala and the Mother of Jesus in John’s Gospel was present at the Crucifixion). Theophilus (Bishop of Alexandria in the 5th century). Francis Bacon of Verulam died 1626.Wednesday, April 10th. Moon Taurus, New Moon. The Prophets Daniel and Ezekiel.Thursday, April 11th. Moon Taurus. Leo (Pope that turned back the wave of Attila from Italy).Saturday, April 13th. Moon Gemini. Justin Martyr (famous Christian writer of the time of Marcus Aurelius).
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' overhead at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.-Starman.
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