923Calendar of the Soul, Week 5 after Easter
- May 1, 2002Sorry to be late this week. Happy Beltane (Walpurgis).
The "Calendar of the Soul"
The cycle of the year can be a meditation through which you can sense the
Beings that are behind the changing seasons, and Steiner gave out the
'Calendar of the Soul' to do this. It's 52 meditative mantras enabling you to
consciously experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within you as
well as in outer Nature in the course of the year. These are well known to
many anthroposophists; but the original Calendar published in 1912 ALSO
contained 12 Images of the Zodiac (to be meditated on to sense the working of
the 'solar' forces in the cosmos in the day), a listing of the Moon's phase
and position in the constellations each night (for sensing the 'lunar'
forces), and a list of saints and other spiritual figures connected with
specific days of the week. We're presenting all that here. This week we begin
with the first mantra, at Easter: here it is in the original German and in
* M A N T R A # 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 Souls Essence
Widened to the World-Existence
Out of narrow Selfhoods Inner Might.
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, is like our souls spread out in external space.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Taurus from
May 1st to June 15th in our era. The symbolic image of Taurus done from
Steiner's sketches & indications is attached to this post as a JPEG, although
it may go through to you or not depending on your settings.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with
some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday April 28th. Moon Sagittarius. Eusebius.
Monday April 29th. Moon Sagittarius. The Virgin of Orleans frees Orleans
Tuesday April 30th. Moon Capricorn. Seneca assassinated 65 A.D. Gauss (the
mathematician) born 1777.
Wednesday May 1st. Moon Capricorn. Walpurgis.
Thursday May 2nd. Moon Capricorn. Leonardo da Vinci died 1519. Novalis born
Friday May 3rd. Moon Aquarius. Last Quarter. Empress Helena found the Cross
of Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.
Saturday May 4th. Moon Aquarius. Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.
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