Calendar of the Soul, Mantra #1
The "Calendar of the Soul"
Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, 52 meditative mantras to enable us to experience the 'astral' (soul) events occurring within us and in Nature during the year, starting at Easter. We start our "new year" with the first verse today, on Easter Sunday.
These 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 people and events connected with specific days. Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation PISCES from March 9th to April 14th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the FISHES done from Steiner's sketches & indications:
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path uses symbolic im-ages like the above ("Imaginations") to awaken spiritual sight and mantras ("Inspirations") to begin spiritual hearing. The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather reciting it and entering 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.
* M A N T R A #1 (EASTER) *
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 Hülle
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 The Spirit forms its annual connection with the Cosmos once again---after having withdrawn into the Earth in winter---and the etheric body is renewed through this connection to the World Spirit.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 Moon positions and phases for the week are listed below along with some of the spiritual figures and events connected with the days.
Sunday, April 11th. Moon Capricorn. Leo (Pope that turned back the wave of Attila from Italy).
Monday, April 12th. Moon Aquarius. Zeno.
Tuesday, April 13th. Moon Aquarius. Justin Martyr (famous Christian writer of the time of Marcus Aurelius).
Wednesday, April 14th. Moon Pisces. Benedict Huygens, the great Physicist, born1629.
Thursday, April 15th. Moon Pisces. Day of Remembrance of the Archangel Raphael.
Friday, April 16th. Moon Pisces. Petrus (Christian writer of the 6th century).
Saturday, April 17th. Moon Aries. Benjamin Franklin died 1790.
Planets : Brilliant Venus is visible in the West each night above the setting sun, an "evening star", as is much dimmer, reddish Mars above and to the left of it. Venus will be close to Mars all during April. Also an "evening star" is yellowish Saturn, which can be seen high in the south from sunset on, to the right of the two stars Castor and Pollux of the constellation Gemini, moving Westward to set with them about midnight. Jupiter is the brilliant white "star" in the East, beneath the stars of the Lion.
Happy Easter, all.