Soul-calendar, Week 9 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 # 9 *
Vergessend meine Willenseigenheit
Erfüllet Weltenwärme sommerkündend
Mir Geist und Seelenwesen;
Im Lichte mich zu verlieren
Gebietet mir das Geisteschauen,
Und kraftvoll kündet Ahnung mir:
Verlieren dich, und dich zu finden.
Forgetting my Egohood's Will,
The World-Warmth, heralding Summer,
Fills my Spirit and Soul-Essence;
To lose myself in the Light,
The Spirit-Vision commands me,
And powerfully prophesies to me:
Lose yourself, and yourself you'll find.
The spiritual force of the light in the outer world grows so strong that
the soul and spirit wants to let go of self-will and lose our being in it;
this is what we should do at this time, for it's a stage in a process
necessary in order to find oneself again anew later in the year.
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 30th. Moon Libra. Angela.
Monday, May 31st. Moon Scorpio. Nicodemus.
Tuesday, June 1st. Moon Scorpio. Erasmus.
Wednesday, June 2nd. Moon Sagittarius. Clotilde.
Thursday, June 3rd. Moon Sagittarius. Full Moon. Karpasius.
Friday, June 4th. Moon Capricorn. Boniface (the Apostle to Germany in the 8th century).
Saturday, June 5th. Moon Capricorn. Julian the Apostate born 331.
Planets : Brilliant Venus is seen in the West each night, now disappearing into the setting sun as it finishes its time as an "evening star." Dimmer, yellowish Saturn is above and to the left of it as well as reddish Mars further above and to the left of Saturn----these two now quite close together, underneath the twin stars of Gemini, Castor and Pollux, for a short time in the West after sunset.
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 Full Moon will be seen near the stars of the Scorpion Wednesday and Thursday nights.