5777Soul-Calendar, Week 42 after Easter
- Jan 12, 2014The '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 CAPRICORNUS from January 5th through February 8th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the GOAT-FISH 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, a shade of 'magenta' we cannot yet 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 # 42 *
Es ist in diesem Winterdunkel
Die offenbarung eigner krafte
Der Seele starker Trieb,
In Finsternisse sie zu lenken,
Und ahnend vorzufühlen
Durch Herzenswärme Sinnesoffenbarung.
It is in this Winter-dimness
The revealing of its own Strength
The Soul’s strong Drive,
In Darkness so to lead,
And feeling full of presentiment
Through Heart's Warmth, of Senses' Revelation.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
Last week's verse, when worked with, led us to feel how the power working in the foundation of the soul strove outward, so that divine forces could pour themselves into what we create, both in our love and in our work.
This week we feel the strong drive to continue unfolding this power, and this gives us within our hearts a prophetic sensing of the reality to come in the coming spring and summer, when our inner selves once more 'sleep' while the earth awakens.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, January 12th. Moon Gemini. Gottschalk, Christian King in the 11th century.
Monday, January 13th. Moon Cancer. Bernard of Clairveaux.
Tuesday, January 14th. Moon Cancer. Reis, inventor of the telephone, died 1874.
Wednesday, January 15th. Moon Cancer. Full Moon. Macarius, celebrated Egyptian hermit of 4th century.
Thursday, January 16th. Moon Leo. Faustus (lived in Alexandria in 3rd century). Historical writer Gibbon died 1794.
Friday January 17th. Moon Leo. Benjamin Franklin born 1706.
Saturday, January 18th. Moon Virgo. Montesquieu born 1689.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:In the East, Jupiter rises next to the Twins at sunset.
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