Soul-Calendar, Week 8: Dream Existence
- 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 TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era.
A version of a new symbolic image of the BULL (from the original Soul-Calendar, done by an artist from Steiner's sketches & indications) , is attached to this e-mail--- but you may not be able to see it if your program removes or blocks the attachments.
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 # 8 *
Es wächst der Sinne Macht
Im Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen,
Sie drückt des Denkens Kraft
Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.
Wenn göttlich Wesen
Sich meiner Seele einen will,
Muss menschlich Denken
Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden.
There waxes the Senses’ Might
In Union with the Gods’ Shaping,
It draws my Thinking’s Power
Down to Dream Dimness.
When godly Essence
With my soul would become one,
Must Man’s Thinking
Quietly humble itself to Dream-existence .
The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses,
growing in this spring-time, is so strong that it dims down thinking.
This week that very dim dream state is more what we must pay heed to. It has its rightful place now.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK
Sunday, May 11th. Moon Leo. First Quarter. Otto von Guernicke (inventor of the air-pump) died 1686.
Monday, May 12th. Moon Virgo. Pancratius.
Tuesday, May 13th. Moon Virgo. Carl von Linne born 1707. Cuvier (the great natural scientist) died 1832.
Wednesday May 14th. Moon Libra. Boniface. Ludwig Bechstein died 1860.
Thursday, May 15th. Moon Libra. Torquatus Antonius, prophet in 15th century.
Friday, May 16th. Moon Libra. Sarah. Suzanne.
Saturday, May 17th. Moon Scorpio. Bruno Magnus, Russian Apostle of the 11th century.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT & MORNING SKY (Northern Hemisphere):
MARS is near the head of Pollux, one of the Twins of Gemini, high in the southwest at sunset. The crescent Moon is seen near it Sunday night for a few hours after sunset.
SATURN is one of the two bright 'stars' on the meridian at sunset (close to directly overhead), next to the Lion's Heart, Regulus. The Moon passes close to it Monday night.
JUPITER can be seen as a brilliant 'morning star' in the southern sky from shortly before midnight till dawn, next to the stars of the Scorpion. VENUS is a much-brighter morning star in the East from about 2 hours before sunrise until dawn.
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