5825Soul-Calendar, Week 2 after Easter
- Apr 27, 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 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.
*******MANTRA # 2*******
Ins Aussre des Sinnesalls
Verliert Gedankenmacht ihr Eigensein;
Es finden Geisteswelten
Den Menschensprossen wieder,
Der seinen Keim in ihnen,
Doch seine Seelenfrucht
In sich muss finden.
In outer World of the Senses
Thinking’s might loses its Self-existence;
The Spiritual Worlds find
The offspring of Man again,
Whose seed is in them
But who must find its Soul-Fruit,
An interpretation of the mantra:
The dark time of Winter ends, the Sun returns. We are thus drawn out by
our senses, to find our connection to the cosmos through them. Our thinking
thus loses its character of closing itself off within itself--- and this IS
the spiritual world itself finding itself through us.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday April 27th. Moon Aries. Tertullian (famous Church teacher of the 3rd century). Socrates born 470 B.C. Emerson died 1882.Monday April 28th. Moon Taurus. Eusebius.Tuesday April 29th. Moon Taurus. New Moon. The Virgin of Orleans frees Orleans 1429.Wednesday April 30th. Moon Gemini. Seneca assassinated 65 A.D. Gauss (the mathematician) born 1777.Thursday May 1st. Moon Gemini. Walpurgis.Friday May 2nd. Moon Gemini. Leonardo da Vinci died 1519. Novalis born 1772.Saturday May 3rd. Moon Cancer. Empress Helena found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Brilliant Jupiter has for months been ruling our night sky, high in the West next to the Twins at sunset, setting a few hours later. Now Mars has become an "evening star", rising in the east at sunset, at its most brilliant yellow-red now because it's closest to the earth. Dimmer yellowish Saturn follows it up a few hours later.
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