Soul-Calendar, Week 46 after Easter
- The "Calendar of the Soul"
Dr. 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 as well as 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
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to its complete form.
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the
constellation AQUARIUS from February 9th through March 8th in our era.
A version of the new symbolic image of the WATER-MAN from the original
Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications, is
attached to this e-mail.
This week's mantra.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic path
uses symbolic images like the Zodiac image ("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
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 6 *
Die Welt, sie drohet zu bet�uben
Der Seele eingeborene Kraft;
Nun trete du, Erinnerung,
Aus Geistestiefen leuchtend auf
Und st�rke mir das Schauen
Das nur durch Willenskr�fte
Sich selbst erhalten kann.
The World, it threatens to benumb
The Soul�s inborn strength;
Now tread you, Memory,
Out of Spirit-Deeps enlightening
And make strong for me Vision,
That only through Will-Strength
Can preserve itself.
A partial interpretation:
We in the Northern Hemisphere are heading towards spring and summer,
when our inner selves once more sleep, while the Earth awakens.
Last week, the power of thinking united with what was 'born' in us at
Christmas, and made clear all the early spring stirrings of new life in the
external world---we united with this "becoming" of
Nature as we thought about what we perceived.
This week, this surging new life in the outer world would 'benumb' our
souls, if the force of MEMORY didn't come in to play its proper role, that
of preserving the Vision the spirit has had --- of what it wishes to create
this year. So, the old returns in memory to strengthen the New.
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, February 25th. Moon Cancer. Cellini died 1571.
Monday, February 26th. Moon Cancer. Jonas (the Prophet).
Tuesday, February 27th. Moon Leo. Ernst Renan born 1823. Martialis (acted
for the spreading of Christendom in Gallien in the 3rd century). Dr. Rudolf
Steiner was born, 1861.
Wednesday, February 28th. Moon Leo. Montaigne (the Skeptic) born 1533.
Leander (Christian author).
Thursday, March 1st. Moon Leo. Alcuin (teacher of Charlemagne, Christian
author). 399 before Christ Socrates takes the poison. Swidbertus (conveyor
of Christendom to the Frisians).
Friday, March 2nd. Moon Virgo. 321 A.D. The celebration of Sunday begins to
Saturday, March 3rd. Moon Virgo. Full Moon. Kunigunder (husband Heinrich
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