5829Soul-Calendar, 4th Week after Easter
- May 11, 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 TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the BULL 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 # 4*******
Ich fühle Wesen meines Wesens:
So spricht Empfindung,
Die in der sonnerhellten Welt
Mit Lichtesfluten sich vereint;
Sie will dem Denken
Zur Klarheit Wärme schenken
Und Mensch und Welt
In Einheit fest verbinden.
“I feel the essence of my essence”:
So speaks Sensation,
That in the sun-illumined World
With flooding light becomes one;
It will join warmth
To Thinking‘s Clarity,
And Man and World
In oneness bind fast together.
An interpretation of the mantra:
Our thinking is drawn out by our senses, to find our connection to the
cosmos. The returning light makes us feel that our essence is similar to it, and as we join our thinking to the senses, we re-unite it with the world.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday May 11th. Moon Libra. Otto von Guernicke (inventor of the air-pump) died 1686.Monday May 12th. Moon Scorpio. Pancratius.Tuesday May 13th. Moon Scorpio. Carl von Linne born 1707. Cuvier (the great natural scientist) died 1832.Wednesday May 14th. Moon Scorpio. Full Moon. Boniface. Ludwig Bechstein died 1860.Thursday May 15th. Moon Sagittarius. Torquatus Antonius, prophet in 15th century.Friday May 16th. Moon Sagittarius. Sarah. Suzanne.Saturday May 17th. Moon Capricorn. Bruno Magnus, Russian Apostle of the 11th century.-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Brilliant Jupiter has for months been ruling our night sky, high in the West beneath the Twins at sunset and setting a few hours later. Now, Mars has become an "evening star", rising in the southeast at sunset. It is at its most brilliant yellow-red now because it's closest to the earth. The moon is seen close to Mars Sunday night. Dimmer yellowish Saturn follows Mars up in the East: the full moon is seen near it Tuesday and Wednesday nights.