Calendar of the Soul, Week 2
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 # 2 *
Ins Aussre des Sinnesalls
Verliert Gedankenmacht ihr Eigensein;
Es finden Geisteswelten
Den Menschensprossen wieder,
Der seinen Keim in ihnen,
Doch seine Seelenfrucht
In sich muss finden.
In outer World of the Senses
Thinking’s might loses its Self-existence;
The Spiritual Worlds find
The offspring of Man again,
Whose seed is in them
But who must find its Soul-Fruit,
The dark time of Winter ends, the Sun returns. We are thus drawn out by
our senses, to find our connection to the cosmos through them. Our thinking
thus loses its character of closing itself off within itself--- and this IS
the spiritual world itself finding ITSELF through US.
Sunday, April 19th. Moon Aquarius. Darwin died 1882.
Monday, April 20th. Moon Pisces. Sulpicius.
Tuesday, April 21st. Moon Pisces. Mohammed born 571.
Wednesday, April 22nd. Moon Aries. Kant born 1724.
Thursday, April 23rd. Moon Aries. George (slayer of the Dragon, that according to legend lived in the time of Diocletian). Shakespeare born 1564.
Friday, April 24th. Moon Taurus. New Moon. Sigmund.
Saturday, April 25th. Moon Taurus. Mark the Evangelist.
PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
SATURN can be seen amongst the stars of the Lion, in the southeast at sunset.
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