Easter---Calendar of the Soul Mantra #1
- 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 days.
Here's the Soul-Calendar restored to this complete form. I have added some details on the planets as well.
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THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation PISCES from March 9th to April 13th in our era.
A version of a 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.
THE WEEK'S MANTRA:
For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophic spiritual path uses symbolic images, like the Zodiac image (called 'Imaginations' ), to awaken 'spiritual sight', and mantras ('Inspirations' ) to open 'spiritual hearing.'
The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not important, but rather what happens when you recite it and enter 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.
This time of year we receive the Life Force from the returning Sun-Being at Easter. The Human 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 DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, March 23rd. Moon Scorpio. Theodoricus (worthy spreader of Christendom to Holland, 10th century).
Monday, March 24th. Moon Scorpio. Catherine (of the Christian song, which converted 50 philosophers to Christendom). The Archangel Gabriel.
Tuesday, March 25th. Moon Scorpio. The Annunciation to Mary. Novalis died 1801.
Wednesday March 26th. Moon Sagittarius. Israel (Isaac’s Son). Beethoven died 1827.
Thursday, March 27th. Moon Sagittarius. 1845 Röentgen born.
Friday, March 28th. Moon Capricorn. 1749 LaPlace born.
Saturday, March 29th. Moon Capricorn. Last Quarter. 1772 Swedenborg died.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT & MORNING SKY (Northern Hemisphere):
MARS is high in the south at sunset, above Orion the Hunter. It is bright yellowish-red, near the foot of Castor (one of the Twins).
Yellowish SATURN is in the East before midnight, beneath the Lion, south of the Big Dipper.
VENUS and JUPITER, the brightest objects in the sky besides Sun and Moon, can be seen as brilliant 'morning stars' in the southeast from about an hour before sunrise on till dawn. Bright white Jupiter is next to the stars of the Scorpion in the south; the waning moon is seen close to it Sunday and Monday mornings the 29th and 30th.
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