Calendar of the Soul, Week 5
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar', 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within and without during the year, starting at Easter. These are well known to anthroposophists--- 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 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.
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
Weaves 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.
*******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 Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era. A symbolic image of the BULL 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, May 18th. Moon Capricorn. Isabella.
Monday, May 19th. Moon Capricorn. J.G. Fichte born 1762.
Tuesday, May 20th. Moon Aquarius. Columbus died 1506. John Stuart Mill born 1806.
Wednesday, May 21st. Moon Aquarius. Albrecht Dürer born 1471.
Thursday, May 22nd. Moon Pisces. Last Quarter. Richard Wagner born 1813.
Friday, May 23rd. Moon Pisces. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.
Saturday, May 24th. Moon Pisces. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-Lytton born 1803.
P.S. The Moon passes close to the planet Mars Wednesday night, though it's visible only in the late evening.
The verse for the Southern Hemisphere for this week:
* M A N T R A # 30 *
Es spriessen mir im Seelensonnenlicht
Des Denkens reife Früchte
In Selbstbewusstseins Sicherheit
Verwandelt alles Fühlen sich.
Empfinden kann ich freudevoll
Des Herbstes Geisterwachen:
Der Winter wird in mir
Den Seelensommer wecken.
There sprouts in Soul-Sun-Light
The ripening Fruits of Thinking
Into Self-Consciousness' certainty
Transforming all Feelings.
I can perceive joyously
The Autumn's Spirit-Watch:
The Winter becomes in me
The Soul-Summer's wakening.