5702Soul-Calendar, Week 6 after Easter
- May 4, 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 TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the BULL 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, orange, 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 # 6 *
Es ist erstanden aus der Eigenheit
Mein Selbst und findet sich
In Zeit- und Raumeskräften;
Die Welt, sie zeigt mir überall
Als göttlich Urbild
Des eignen Abbilds Wahrheit.
There has arisen out of my Egohood
My Self, and finds itself
In Time- and Space-forces;
The World, it points out to me everywhere
As godly Archetypal picture
My own Image’s truth.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We can see that the spiritual essence working in Nature, as the transformation of spring goes on around us in time and space, is an image of
our true Self--- which this week rises out of our ego-consciousness to find
itself mirrored there.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday May 10th. Moon Gemini. Gordian.Sunday, May 5th. Moon Aries. Columbus discovers America 1492.Monday, May 6th. Moon Aries. John, writer of the Gospel and the Apocalypse.Tuesday, May 7th. Moon Aries. Gottfried.Wednesday, May 8th. Moon Taurus. The Prophet Micah. H.P. Blavatsky died 1891.Thursday, May 9th. Moon Taurus. New Moon. Ascension Day. Schiller died 1805.Saturday, May 11th. Moon Gemini. Otto von Guernicke (inventor of the air-pump) died 1686.
******* 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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