Calendar of the Soul, Week 10
- 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 # 1 0 *
Zu sommerlichen Höhen
Erhebt der Sonne leuchtend Wesen sich;
Es nimmt mein menschlich Fühlen
In seine Raumesweiten mit.
Erahnend regt im Innern sich
Empfindung, dumpf mir kündend,
Erkennen wirst du einst:
Dich fühle jetzt ein Gotteswesen.
To summer-like Heights
Rises the Sun's Light-filled Essence;
It draws my human Feeling
Into the widths of Space with it.
There anxiously stirs in my Inner self
Sensation, dimly prophesying to me
You will realize one day:
You feel now a God's Essence.
An interpretation: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses, growing in this spring-time, is now so strong that it draws our feelings out with it, and we have a fore-sense of the divine spirit-being we will contact in the heights of summer.
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 29th. Moon Pisces. Christiana.
Monday, May 30th. Moon Pisces. Last Quarter. The Maid of Orleans burnt 1431.
Tuesday, May 31st. Moon Aries. Angela
Wednesday, June 1st. Moon Aries. Nicodemus.
Thursday, June 2nd. Moon Aries. Erasmus.
Friday, June 3rd. Moon Taurus. Clotilde.
Saturday, June 4th. Moon Taurus. Karpasius.