Soul-Calendar, Week 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 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 # 3 *
Es spricht zum Weltenall,
Sich Selbst vergessend
Und seines Urstands eingedenk,
Des Menschen wachsend Ich:
In dir, befreiend nich,
Aus meiner Eigenheiten Fessel,
Ergründ 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 penetrate to my true Essence’.
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.
In doing so, that true Primal Self 'speaks' the last 3 lines to the
World: one should recite these with the real feeling of speaking them to the World-All. In you, freeing me from my selfhood's chains (meaning the little 'self'), I penetrate (dig down deep into) my True Essence (Being, True Self---I use 'essence' because the German word 'Wesen' is the source of it).
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, April 6th. Moon Taurus. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in 2nd century. Raphael born 1483. Dürer died 1528.
Monday, April 7th. Moon Taurus. Egesippus (Christian writer of the second century in Rome).
Tuesday, April 8th. Moon Gemini. Wilhelm von Humboldt died 1835.
Wednesday April 9th. Moon Gemini. Mary Cleophas (who with Mary of Magdala and the Mother of Jesus in John’s Gospel was present at the Crucifixion). Theophilus (Bishop of Alexandria in the 5th century). Francis Bacon of Verulam died 1626.
Thursday, April 10th. Moon Cancer. The Prophets Daniel and Ezekiel.
Friday, April 11th. Moon Cancer. Leo (Pope that turned back the wave of Attila from Italy).
Saturday, April 12th. Moon Cancer. First Quarter. Zeno.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT & MORNING SKY (Northern Hemisphere):
MARS is on the meridian at sunset (close to directly overhead), near the foot of Castor (one of the Twins of Gemini).
Yellowish SATURN is in the south at sunset, beneath the Lion's Heart, Regulus.
JUPITER, the brightest object in the sky after the Sun, Moon and Venus, can be seen as a brilliant 'morning star' in the southeast before dawn, next to the stars of the Scorpion directly south.
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