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5709Soul-Calendar, Week 10 after Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Jun 2, 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 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 below. 


           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 # 10 *

      Zu sommerlichen Höhen

      Erhebt der Sonne leuchtend Wesen sich;

      Es nimmt mein menschlich Fühlen

      In seine Raumesweiten mit.

      Erahnend regt im Innern sich

      Empfindung, dumpf mir kündend,

      Erkennen wirst du einst:

      Dich fühle jetzt ein Gotteswesen.


      To summer-like Heights

      Rises the Sun’s Light-filled Essence;

      It draws my human Feeling

      Into the widths of Space with it.

      There anxiously stirs in my Inner self

      Sensation, dimly prophesying to me

      You will realize one day:

      You feel now a God’s Essence.


             Interpretation of the mantra: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses, growing in this spring-time, is now so strong that it draws our feelings out with it, and we have a fore-sensing of the divine spirit-being we will contact in the heights of summer.


      Sunday, June 2nd. Moon Aries.  Erasmus.

      Monday, June 3rd. Moon Aries  Clotilde.

      Tuesday, June 4th. Moon Taurus.    Karpasius.
       Wednesday,  June 5th. Moon Taurus.  Boniface (the Apostle to Germany in the 8th century).

      Thursday,  June 6th. Moon Gemini.  Julian the Apostate born 331.

       June 7th. Moon Gemini.   Lucian.     

      Saturday,  June 8
      th. Moon Gemini. New Moon.   Muhammed died 632.

         Venus is the bright white 'star' low in the West at sunset, next to the slightly less bright Jupiter, now disappearing into the sun's glow for a few months. 
         Yellowish Saturn is high in the southern sky by midnight. It is reaching its greatest brilliancy, which is not very bright compared to Venus or Jupiter but still makes it stand out near the stars Arcturus and Spica. 


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