The Soul's Calendar
- THIS WEEKS SOUL-CALENDAR
Heres the Soul-Calendar verse for the 5th week after Easter, in German
and in English. Spiritual Sciences Soul Calendar is 52 meditative verses
designed to enable one to experience the astral/soul events occurring within
us in the course of the year.
* T H E M A N T R A *
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.
* T H E W E E K *
In addition to the mantras, the first Soul-Calendar contained 12 drawings
of the zodiac to be meditated on to sense the working of the solar forces in
the cosmos in the daytime, and the Moon's position in the constellations was
given for each night, to sense the lunar forces. The Sun, according to the
Doctor, is under the influence of Taurus from May 1st to June 15th in our
era. Steiner's symbolic image of the constellation Taurus is attached to this
post. The Moon positions and phases are listed below for each night, along
with some of the birth & death days of famous persons published in the
original Seelencalendar: their lives and contributions are fruitful
material for contemplation on their days. Im translating these to restore
the Calendar to its intended use with the full spiritual/solar/lunar
SUNDAY May 21st. Moon Capricornus. Albrecht Dürer born 1471.
MONDAY May 22nd. Moon Capricornus. Richard Wagner born 1813.
TUESDAY May 23rd. Moon Aquarius. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.
WEDNESDAY May 24th. Moon Aquarius. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-
Lytton born 1803.
THURSDAY May 25th. Moon Pisces. Laying of the Foundation Stone of the
Strassbourg Monastery 1277.
FRIDAY May 26th. Moon Pisces. The Venerable Bede (famous English monk of
the 8th century).
SATURDAY May 27th. Moon Aries. Maria of Magdala. Dante born 1265. Calvin
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
Anthroposophy is a Western path of knowledge which begins with the use of
the logical mind, then an intensification process by use of visual images
called "Imaginations", and reciting mantras which lead to "Inspirations."
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not the essential
thing, but rather the repetitive recitation of them and entering with deeper
soul forces into the inner experience of what is described. Also, these
mantras were created in the German language and have their rhythm in it, so
learning an English version is just a step to using the mantram in the
original. (Chanting "the jewel in the lotus" is different from "Om mani padme
hum.") Steiner spoke of how German had preserved words lost by other
Indo-Aryan languages, and could be what Sanskrit was in olden times: the
language in which spirit-truths are expressed. So in translating, Ive tried
to keep close to the original so that one can easily go from English to
- THE "CALENDAR OF THE SOUL"
Heres the "Soul-Calendar" for this 16th week after Easter. The Calendar's
52 meditative mantras enable us to experience the 'astral' or soul events
occurring within us in the course of the year. It's in the original German
and in English.
Zu bergen Geistgeschenk im Innern,
Gebietet strenge mir mein Ahnen,
Dass reifend Gottesgaben
In Seelengründen fruchtend
Der Selbstheit Früchte bringen.
To save the Spirit-Gifts in my Inner self
Bids me strongly my sensing of the future,
So that those ripening God-gifts
In the Souls Ground bearing fruit
The Selfhood's Fruit will bring.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
Anthroposophy intensifies the mind by the use of images called
"Imaginations" which awaken spiritual sight, and mantras which begin
'spiritual hearing' (or "Inspirations"). The meaning of the words of a mantra
at first sight is not the essential thing, but rather reciting it and
entering with deeper soul-forces into its inner experience.
These mantras were also, of course, created in the German language and
have their rhythms in that, so learning an English version is just a step to
using the original. Steiner spoke of how German has preserved words lost by
other languages, and could be for us today what Sanskrit was in olden times:
THE language in which spirit-truths are expressed. In translating therefore,
Ive tried to keep close to the original, so that anyone can easily go from
English to German.
This Week's Verse:
This week refers to the state of having received the 'gifts of the Spirit'
from immersion in It in its manifestation as pure sensation in this
summer-time, and now being moved by one's feeling of what is to come in the
future (ahnend) to take care to rescue them from loss ("bergen"= salvage,
rescue) within, for as what the Spirit has planted in us in these past few
weeks is allowed to ripen, the fruits of one's own self and its endeavors
Sorry, no Zodiac symbol or week's Moon listings/Saints' days this week.