Calendar of the Soul, 1st Verse (Easter)
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
Rudolf Steiner gave out the 'Soul-Calendar' in 1912, consisting of 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 ARIES from April 14th through 30th in our era. Here's a version of the symbolic image of the RAM 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 #1 (EASTER) *
Wenn aus den Weltenweiten
Die Sonne spricht zum Menschensinn
Und Freude aus den Seelenteifen,
Dem Licht sich eint im Schauen,
Dann ziehen aus der Selbstheit Hülle
Gedanken in die Raumesfernen
Und binden dumpf
Des Menschen Wesen und des Geistes Sein.
When out of the Wide World
The Sun speaks to Man's Senses
And Joy out of Soul's Depths
Becomes one with Light in vision,
Then is drawn from the Ego's Sheath
Thinking into farthest Worlds
And joins, dimly,
Man's Essence and the Spirit's Being.
An Interpretation of the mantra:
This time of year we receive the Life Force from the returning Sun at Easter. The Spirit forms its annual connection with the Cosmos once again---after having withdrawn into the Earth in winter---and the etheric body is renewed through this connection to the World Spirit.
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, April 16th. Moon Sagittarius. Petrus (Christian writer of the 6th century).
Monday, April 17th. Moon Sagittarius. Benjamin Franklin died 1790.
Tuesday, April 18th. Moon Capricorn. Apollonius (Christian philosopher of the 2nd century).
Wednesday, April 19th. Moon Capricorn. Darwin died 1882.
Thursday, April 20th. Moon Aquarius. Last Quarter. Sulpicius.
Friday, April 21st. Moon Aquarius. Mohammed born 571.
Saturday, April 22nd. Moon Aquarius. Kant born 1724.