Soul-Calendar, Week 43
- Sorry to be late with this week's Calendar. -starman
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 every year 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 dates of births and deaths of spiritual figures and dates of events to contemplate on specific days. Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation CAPRICORNUS from Jan. 5th through Feb. 8th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the SEA-GOAT in the original Soul-Calendar, 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 # 4 3 *
In Winterlichen Tiefen
Erwarmt des Geistes wahres Sein;
Es gibt dem Weltenscheine,
Durch Herzenskräfte Daseinsmächt
Der Weltenkälte trotzt erstarkend
Das Seelenfeuer in Menscheninnern.
It Winter-like deeps
Grows warm the Spirit's true Being;
It gives to World-Shining
Through Heart's strength, Existence's Might.
Despite the World-Cold, there grows stronger
The Soul-Fire in Man's Innerness.
Last week's verse, when worked with, led us to feel the strong drive to
continue unfolding the inner soul's power, and this gave us within our hearts
a prophetic sensing of the reality to come in the coming spring and summer,
when our inner selves once more sleep while the Earth awakens. This week, the
spirit pours into the soul's fiery power growing stronger, and through the
heart gives to the mere appearance of the outer world a reality it otherwise
would not have.
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, January 30th. Moon Libra. Alexander.
Monday, January 31st. Moon Libra. Marcella. Petrus Nolascenus.
Tuesday, February 1st. Moon Scorpio. Brigid, patron saint of Ireland, died 500. Ignatius (school of the Evangelist John, by command of the Emperor Trajan torn apart by wild animals).
Wednesday, February 2nd. Moon Scorpio. Mary's Light-mass (Candlemas). Simeon (the old man. that according to the Evangelist recognized Jesus at his presentation in the Temple).
Thursday, February 3rd. Moon Sagittarius. Ansgarius (brought Christianity to the Swedes and Danes in the 9th century).
Friday, February 4th. Moon Sagittarius. Phileas (worker for Christianity in Egypt in the 4th century).
Saturday, February 5th. Moon Capricorn. . Thomas Carlyle died 1881.