Soul-Calendar, Verse 3
- 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 ARIES from April 14th through 30th in our era.
A version of the new symbolic image of the RAM 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 # 3 *
Es spricht zum Weltenall,
Sich Selbst vergessend
Und seines Urstands eingedenk,
Des Menschen wachsend Ich:
In dir, befreiend nich,
Aus meiner Eigenheiten Fessel,
Ergr�nd ich mein echtes Wesen.
There speaks to the World-All,
Of Self forgetful
And of its Primal state one in thinking,
Man�s waxing �I�:
�In you, freeing me
From my selfhood�s chains,
I reach down to my true Essence�.
AN INTERPRETATION OF THIS WEEK'S MANTRA:
The spring is the time when we change from an inner "self-consciousness"
to outer "nature-consciousness". Verse 1 (we always start at Easter) spoke
of how the Sun and the Growth in the outer world of Nature spoke to our
senses and joined us to the Spirit that calls forth this new life--- verse
2, of how our thinking loses its separated existence by joining with the
senses (the plants springing forth and so on).
This week continues the theme of 'forgetting oneself': the first 4 lines
point to a distinction, so to speak, between self and Self, or the little
ego and the True Self: the true "I" within us now seeks to 'speak' to the
World-All, forgetful of the everyday 'self'. This means the Primal
Individuality we have within. In using these first 4 lines one should feel
these two 'selves' distinctly different, should feel this deep True Self is
now connecting with the World, forgetful of the everyday self.
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 22nd. Moon Cancer. Kant born 1724.
Monday, April 23rd. Moon Leo. George (slayer of the Dragon, that according
to legend lived in the time of Diocletian). Shaespeare born 1564.
Tuesday, April 24th. Moon Leo. First Quarter. Sigmund.
Wesnesday April 25th. Moon Leo. Mark the Evangelist.
Thursday, April 26th. Moon Virgo. Uhland born 1787.
Friday, April 27th. Moon Virgo. Tertullian (famous Church teacher of the
3rd century). Socrates born 470 B.C. Emerson died 1882.
Saturday, April 28th. Moon Libra. Eusebius.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Venus is a brilliant Evening Star in the West above the setting sun each
evening. The bright reddish star below and to the left of it is Aldebaran,
the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.
Saturn is high in the sky in the stars of Leo in the southwest at sunset, at
the feet of and in front of the Lion, directly south (on the meridian) about
Bright Jupiter rises in the southeast about an hour after sunset.
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