- Happy Easter! We are starting again with the CALENDAR OF THE SOUL, a series of 52 mantras that enable you to experience the cycle of the year, so that ourMessage 1 of 1 , Apr 12, 2009View SourceHappy Easter!
We are starting again with the CALENDAR OF THE SOUL, a series of 52 mantras that enable you to experience the cycle of the year, so that our passage through Time can become an object for meditation, enabling us to see deeper into Time itself.
Along with using the mantras, a further dimension of Time can be sensed through the contemplation of the movements of the Sun,Moon and planets, and by reflecting on the birth and death days of important human beings as well as remembering the days in which tradition has recorded the especially strong influences of spiritual beings such as angels and archangels. Today, of course, we remember the Resurrection of the Christ Being Who had come into the man Jesus and went though death to overcome it as part of a Plan for our human redemption.
Recite and try to memorize the mantra, and then recall it through the week. If you have a meditation routine, use this mantra to attune to this time of your life!
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. We experience this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
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 am adding 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 ARIES from April 14th to 30th in our era.
A version (done by Margaret Roessler in the color of the sign, red) of a new symbolic image of the RAM from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. 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 there is drawn from the Ego’s Sheath
Thinking out into farthest Worlds
And joins together, dimly,
Man’s Essence and the Spirit’s Being.
An interpretation based on working with the verse:
This time of year we receive the Life Force from the returning Sun at Easter. The 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.
Sunday, April 12th. Moon Sagittarius. Zeno.
Monday, April 13th. Moon Sagittarius. Justin Martyr (famous Christian writer of the time of Marcus Aurelius).
Tuesday, April 14th. Moon Sagittarius. Benedict Huygens, the great Physicist, born1629.
Wednesday, April 15th. Moon Capricorn. Day of Remembrance of the Archangel Raphael.
Thursday, April 16th. Moon Capricorn. Petrus (Christian writer of the 6th century).
Friday, April 17th. Moon Aquarius. Last Quarter. Benjamin Franklin died 1790.
Saturday, April 18th. Moon Aquarius. Apollonius (Christian philosopher of the 2nd century).
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
SATURN can be seen amongst the stars of the Lion, in the southeast at sunset.
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