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5823Soul-Calendar, Last Week Before Easter

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  • Durward Starman
    Apr 13, 2014
           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 ARIES from April 14th through 30th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the RAM 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, red, 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. 



      There are more than 52 weeks between Easter 2013 and Easter 2014, so we are continuing with mantra 52 until April 19th.


      *******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.


      *******MANTRA # 1*******

      Wenn aus den Weltenweiten

      Die Sonne spricht zum Menschensinn

      Und Freude aus den Seelenteifen,

      Dem Licht sich eint im Schauen,

      Dann ziehen aus der Selbstheit Hülle

      Gedanken in die Raumesfernen

      Und binden dumpf

      Des Menschen Wesen und des Geistes Sein.


      When out of the Wide World

      The Sun speaks to Man’s Senses

      And Joy out of Soul’s Depths

      Becomes one with Light in vision,

      Then is drawn from the Ego’s Sheath

      Thinking into farthest Worlds

      And joins, dimly,

      Man’s Essence and the Spirit’s Being.


      Sunday April 13th. Moon Libra. 

      Justin Martyr (famous Christian writer of the time of Marcus Aurelius).

      Monday April 14th. Moon Libra. Full Moon. 

      Benedict Huygens, the great Physicist, born 1629.  

      Tuesday April 15th. Moon Scorpio

      Day of Remembrance of the Archangel Raphael.

      Wednesday April 16th. Moon Scorpio.    

      Petrus (Christian writer of the 6th century).

      Thursday April 17th. Moon Sagittarius. 

      Benjamin Franklin died 1790.

      Friday April 18th. Moon Sagittarius. 

      Apollonius (Christian philosopher of the 2nd century).

      Saturday April 19th. Moon Capricorn.