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 PISCES from March 9th through April 13th in our era.
A version of the new symbolic image of the FISHES 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 # 5 0 *
Es spricht zum Menschen-Ich
Sich machtvoll offenbarend,
Und seines Wesens Kr�fte l�send
Des Weltendaseins Werdelust:
In dich mein Lebend tragen
Aus seinem Zauberbanne
Erreiche ich mein wahres Ziel.
There speaks to Man�s I
With mighty revelation,
And its Essence�s Power unloosing
The World-Existence�s Growth-Joy:
�In you my Life carrying
Out of its magic spell
I reach my true aim.�
About this week's mantra:
We are heading towards spring, when our inner selves once more go to
'sleep', while the Earth instead awakens.
This week, we feel, through the use of the mantra, how the world's joyous
spring-time growth speaks to us as human beings, saying that it is
spiritually under a spell, which can only be overcome by US carrying its
Life into our OWN deeds.
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 1st. Moon Libra. Hugo (11th cent. Guardian of the Cartesian
Monday, April 2nd. Moon Libra. Full Moon. Francis de Paul, founder of the
order in the 15th century. Theodosia, martyr in 4th century. Charlemagne
born 742. Morse died 1872.
Tuesday, April 3rd. Moon Libra. The 3rd of April 33 A.D. Is what
spiritual-scientific investigation shows as the day of Death of Jesus
Wednesday, April 4th. Moon Scorpio. Bishop Ambrose died 398 (he by whom
Augustine was baptized). University of Basel founded 1460.
Thursday, April 5th. Moon Scorpio. Vincentius (Christian writer, died 1264).
Volta died 1827.
Friday, April 6th. Moon Sagittarius. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in 2nd
century. Raphael born 1483. D�rer died 1528.
Saturday, April 7th. Moon Sagittarius. Egesippus (Christian writer of the
second century in Rome).
Venus is a brilliant Evening Star in the West above the setting sun each
Saturn is high in the sky in the stars of Leo in the southwest at sunset,
directly south about 8 PM.
The waning (past full) moon will be seen near the bright planet Jupiter
Friday and Saturday nights.
P.S. This is the last week of the "year" for the soul-Calendar, so we will
begin with Mantra #1 next Sunday.
It is also an anthroposophical tradition to meditate on the events of the
different days of Holy Week: the cursing of the fig tree on Monday (Moon),
the driving of the Money-Changers out of the temple on Tuesday (Mars), etc.
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