5700Soul-Calendar, Week 5 after Easter
- Apr 28, 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 ARIES from April 14th through 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.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 # 5 *
Im Lichte, das aus Gesistestiefen
In Raume fruchtbar webend
Der Götter Schaffen offenbart:
In ihm erscheint der Seele Wesen
Geweitet zu dem Weltensein
Aus enger Selbstheit Innenmacht.
In Light, that out of Spirit-Depths
Weaving in Space is bearing its fruit,
The Gods’ Shaping is revealed :
In it shines the Soul’s Essence
Widened to World-Existence
Out of narrow Selfhood’s Inner Might.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
The weaving of the Sun in the growth of the plants reveals the Divine working. We can feel that this spiritual essence working is similar to our own inner souls, that it is like our soul spread out in external space.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday May 3rd. Moon Pisces. Empress Helena found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.Sunday, April 28th. Moon Sagittarius. Eusebius.Monday, April 29th. Moon Capricorn. The Virgin of Orleans frees Orleans 1429.Tuesday, April 30th. Moon Capricorn. Seneca assassinated 65 A.D. Gauss (the mathematician) born 1777.Wednesday, May 1st. Moon Aquarius. Walpurgis.Thursday, May 2nd. Moon Aquarius. Last Quarter. Leonardo da Vinci died 1519. Novalis born 1772.Saturday, May 4th. Moon Pisces. Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the West at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.-Starman.
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