Calendar of the Soul, Week 5 after Easter
- 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 TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era.
A version (done by Margaret Roessler in the color of the sign, orange) of a new symbolic image of the BULL 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.
Im Lichte, das aus Gesistestiefen
In Raume fruchtbar webend
Der Götter Schaffen offenbart:
In ihm erscheint der Seele Wesen
Geweitet zu dem Weltensein
Aus enger Selbstheit Innenmacht.
In Light, that out of Spirit-Deeps
Weaving in Space bearing its fruit
The Gods’ Shaping is revealed :
In it shines the Soul’s Essence
Widened to World-Existence
Out of narrow Selfhood’s Inner Might.
The working of the Sun in the springtime growth of the plants and all the awakening of Nature we experience now, reveals the Divine rising up from the invisible spiritual depths into materiality.
We can feel when we behold this, that this spiritual essence working is similar to our own inner soul feelings--- that it is like our feelings would be if set free from any limitation by the Ego, sprouting joyously all about us in external space.
Sunday, May 10th. Moon Sagittarius. Gordian.
Monday, May 11th. Moon Sagittarius. Otto von Guernicke (inventor of the air-pump) died 1686.
Tuesday, May 12th. Moon Capricorn. Pancratius.
Wednesday, May 13th. Moon Capricorn. Carl von Linne born 1707. Cuvier (the great natural scientist) died 1832..
Thursday, May 14th. Moon Aquarius. Boniface. Ludwig Bechstein died 1860.
Friday, May 15th. Moon Aquarius. Torquatus Antonius, prophet in 15th century.
Saturday, May 16th. Moon Aquarius.. Sarah. Suzanne.
PLANETS: Saturn is visible in the East from sunset on, beneath the stars of the Lion.
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