Soul-Calendar, Week 8 after Easter
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 with the first mantra 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 TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the BULL done from Steiner's sketches & indications:
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path uses symbolic images 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 # 8 *
Es wächst der Sinne Macht
Im Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen,
Sie drückt des Denkens Kraft
Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.
Wenn göttlich Wesen
Sich meiner Seele einen will,
Muss menschlich Denken
Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden.
There waxes the Senses' Might
In Union with the Gods' Shaping,
It draws my Thinking's Power
Down to Dream Dimness.
When godly Essence
With my soul would become one,
Must Man's Thinking
Quietly humble itself to Dream-existence .
Interpretation: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses,
growing in this spring-time, is so strong that it dims down thinking, and
this week that very dim dream state is more what we must pay heed to.
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, May 23rd. Moon Cancer. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.
Monday, May 24th. Moon Leo. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-Lytton born 1803.
Tuesday, May 25th. Moon Leo. Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Strassbourg Monastery 1277.
Wednesday, May 26th. Moon Virgo. The Venerable Bede (famous English monk of the 8th century).
Thursday, May 27th. Moon Virgo. First Quarter. Maria of Magdala. Dante born 1265. Calvin died 1564.
Friday, May 28th. Moon Libra. Wilhelm.
Saturday, May 29th. Moon Libra. Christiana.
Planets : Brilliant Venus is seen in the West each night, appearing above the setting sun and staying up for about an hour after sunset. Dimmer, reddish Mars is above and to the left of it as well as yellowish Saturn----these two now quite close together, underneath the stars of Gemini. Mars is conjunct Saturn Monday night. Venus has now turned back towards the Sun (retrograde) and will soon disappear as an "evening star."
Jupiter is the brilliant white "star" that can be seen high in the South at sunset and for several hours afterwards, amongst the stars of the Lion. The Moon will be seen near it Wednesday and Thursday nights.