5830Soul-Calendar, Week 5 after Easter
- May 18, 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, orange, 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 # 5*******
Im Lichte, das aus Gesistestiefen
In Raume fruchtbar webend
Der Götter Schaffen offenbart:
In ihm erscheint der Seele Wesen
Geweitet zu dem Weltensein
Aus enger Selbstheit Innenmacht.
In Light, that out of Spirit-Deeps
Weaving in Space bearing its fruit
The Gods’ Shaping is revealed :
In it shines the Soul’s Essence
Widened to the World-Existence
Out of narrow Selfhood’s Inner Might.
*******An interpretation of the mantra:
The weaving of the Sun in the growth of the plants reveals the Divine working. We can feel that this spiritual essence working is similar to our own inner souls, that it is like our soul spread out in external space.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday May 18th. Moon Capricorn. Isabella.Monday May 19th. Moon Aquarius. J.G. Fichte born 1762.Tuesday May 20th. Moon Aquarius. Columbus died 1506. John Stuart Mill born 1806.Wednesday May 21st. Moon Pisces. Last Quarter. Albrecht Dürer born 1471.Thursday May 22nd. Moon Pisces. Richard Wagner born 1813.Friday May 23rd. Moon Aries. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.Saturday May 24th. Moon Aries. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-Lytton born 1803. Bob Dylan born 1941.-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Brilliant Jupiter has for months been ruling our night sky; it's now high in the West beneath the Twins at sunset and sets a few hours later. Mars is also an "evening star", rising in the south at sunset, at its most brilliant yellow-red now because it's now closest to the earth, near the bright star Spica (the ear of corn held by Virgo the Virgin). Dimmer yellowish Saturn follows Mars up in the East.
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