5819Calendar of the Soul, Week 52 after Easter
- Mar 23, 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 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, 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 # 52 *
Wenn aus den Seelentiefen
Der Geist sich wendet zu dem Weltensein
Und Schönheit quillt aus Raumesweiten,
Dann zieht aus Himmelsfernen
Des Lebens Kraft in Menschenleiber
Und einet, machtvoll wirkend,
Des Geistes Wesen mit dem Menschensein.
When out of the Soul’s Depths
The Spirit winds its way to World-Being
And Beauty swells into the widths of Space,
Then is drawn from farthest Heavens
The Life Force into Man’s bodies
And there becomes one, mightily working,
The Spirit’s Essence and Man’s being.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday March 23rd. Moon Capricorn. Last Quarter.
Theodoricus (worthy spreader of Christendom to Holland, 10th century).Monday March 24th. Moon Capricorn.
Catherine (of the Christian song, which converted 50 philosophers to Christendom). The Archangel Gabriel.Tuesday March 25th. Moon Aquarius.
The Annunciation to Mary. Novalis died 1801.Wednesday March 26th. Moon Aquarius.
Israel (Isaac’s Son). Beethoven died 1827.Thursday March 27th. Moon Pisces.
1845 Röentgen born.Friday March 28th. Moon Pisces.
1749 LaPlace born.Saturday March 29th. Moon Aries.
1772 Swedenborg died.-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Brilliant Jupiter is ruling our night sky, high in the sky next to the Twins at sunset, going toward setting in the West by sunrise.