Calendar of the Soul, Week 6 after Easter
- *******Sorry this week's mailing is late. -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.
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 is the Soul-Calendar restored to this 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' the symbolic image of the BULL in the original Soul-Calendar:
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 #6 *
Es ist erstanden aus der Eigenheit
Mein Selbst und findet sich
In Zeit- und Raumeskräften;
Die Welt, sie zeigt mir überall
Als göttlich Urbild
Des eignen Abbilds Wahrheit.
There has arisen out of my Egohood
My Self, and finds itself
In Time- and Space-forces;
The World, it points out to me everywhere
As godly Archetypal picture
My own Image's truth.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We can see that the spiritual essence working in Nature, as the transformation of spring goes on around us in time and space, is an image of our true Self, which this week rises out of our ordinary daily ego-consciousness to find itself mirrored there.
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 1st. Moon Aquarius. Walpurgis.
Monday, May 2nd. Moon Pisces. Leonardo da Vinci died 1519. Novalis born 1772.
Tuesday, May 3rd. Moon Pisces. Empress Helena found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.
Wednesday, May 4th. Moon Aries. Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.
Thursday, May 5th. Moon Aries. Columbus discovers America 1492.
Friday, May 6th. Moon Aries. John, writer of the Gospel and the Apocalypse.
Saturday, May 7th. Moon Taurus. Gottfried.
P.S. The moon may be seen very close to the planet Mercury in the East just before sunrise Friday morning.