Calendar of the Soul, Week 9 after Easter
- ********Sorry for the Calendar being VERY late this week. Just got done seting up an entire new computer set-up, an encrypted wireless router, etc., and got back online. -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 # 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:
Verieren 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,
Spirit-Vision commands me,
And powerfully prophesies to me:
Lose yourself, and yourself you'll find.
An interpretation: 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 22nd. Moon Scorpio. Richard Wagner born 1813.
Monday, May 23rd. Moon Sagittarius. Full Moon. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.
Tuesday, May 24th. Moon Sagittarius. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-Lytton born 1803.
Wednesday, May 25th. Moon Capricorn. Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Strassbourg Monastery 1277.
Thursday, May 26th. Moon Capricorn. The Venerable Bede (famous English monk of the 8th century).
Friday, May 27th. Moon Aquarius. Maria of Magdala. Dante born 1265. Calvin died 1564.
Saturday, May 28th. Moon Aquarius. Wilhelm.