Soul-Calendar: Easter (Mantra #1)
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
Dr. Steiner gave out 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within and without during the year. He said to begin with the first one at Easter. These are well known to anthroposophists--- but the original "Calendar of the Soul" also had 12 Images of the Zodiac, to be meditated with each month to sense the working of the 'solar' forces in the cosmos in the day, a listing of the Moon's phases & position in the signs each night for sensing the 'lunar' forces, and a list of saints and other spiritual figures connected with specific days.
Here's the whole 'Soul-Calendar' restored to its original use.
*******MANTRAM # 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 Hulle
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.
This time of year we receive the Life Force from the returning Sun at Easter. The Spirit forms its annual connection with the Cosmos once again---after having withdrawn into the Earth in winter---and the etheric body is renewed through this connection to the World Spirit.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Aries from April 14th to 30th in our era. A symbolic image of the Ram done from Steiner's sketches & indications is inserted below.
The Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some of the spiritual figures connected with the days.
Sunday, April 20th. Moon Capricorn. Sulpicius.
Monday, April 21st. Moon Capricorn. Mohammed born 571.
Tuesday, April 22nd. Moon Capricorn. Last Quarter. Kant born 1724.
Wednesday, April 23rd. Moon Aquarius. George (slayer of the Dragon, that according to legend lived in the time of Diocletian). Shakespeare born 1564.
Thursday, April 24th. Moon Aquarius. Sigmund.
Friday, April 25th. Moon Pisces. Mark the Evangelist.
Saturday, April 26th. Moon Pisces. Uhland born 1787.
The verse for the Southern Hemisphere for this week:
* M A N T R A # 2 6 * (Michaelmas)
Natur, deine mütterliches Sein,
Ich trage es in meinem Willenswesen;
Und meines Willens Feuermacht,
Sie stählet meines Geistes Triebe,
Dass sie gebären Selbstgefühl,
Zu tragen mich in mir.
Nature, your mother-like Being,
I carry you in my Will-Essence;
And my Will's Fiery Might,
It steels my Spirit-Drive,
That this bears Self-Feeling,
To carry myself in me.