5821Soul-Calendar, week 52 after Easter
- Mar 30, 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.
There are more than 52 weeks between Easter 2013 and Easter 2014, so we are continuing with mantra 52 until April 19th.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday March 30th. Moon Aries. New Moon. Guido v. Arezzo (Benedictine monk of
the 11th century, worked at reforming Church music).Monday March 31st. Moon Aries. The Prophet Amos. The Prophet Jeremiah. Newton died 1727. Bunsen born 1811.Tuesday April 1st. Moon Taurus. Hugo (11th cent. Guardian of the Cartesian Order).Wednesday April 2nd. Moon Taurus. Francis de Paul, founder of the order in the 15th century. Theodosia, martyr in 4th century. Charlemagne born 742. Morse died 1872.Thursday April 3rd. Moon Gemini. The 3rd of April 33 A.D. Is what spiritual-scientific investigation shows as the day of Death of Jesus Christ.Friday April 4th. Moon Gemini. Bishop Ambrose died 398 (he by whom Augustine was baptized). University of Basel founded 1460.Saturday April 5th. Moon Cancer. Vincentius (Christian writer, died 1264). Volta died 1827.-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.