Soul-Calendar, Week 41 After Easter.
- Here is the 41st week of the "Soul-Calendar", which is made up of 52
meditative mantras enabling one to consciously experience the 'astral' (soul)
events occurring within one in the course of the year, 12 images of the
zodiac to be meditated on to sense the working of the solar forces in the
cosmos in the day and the Moon's position in those constellations for
each night, for sensing the lunar forces---along with a list of saints and
other spiritual figures & events for specific days of the week.
First, the mantra in the original German and in English:
* M A N T R A # 4 1 *
Der Seele Schaffensmacht,
Sie strebet aus dem Herzensgrunde,
Im Menschenleben Gotterkräft
Zu rechtem Wirken zu entflammen,
Sich selber zu gestalten
Im Menschenliebe und im Menschenwerke.
The Soul's Shaping-Might
It strives from out of Heart's Ground,
In Man's Life Godly Stength
To righteous Work to enflame,
So itself to form
In Man's Love and in Man's Work.
For those not familiar with the use of mantras:
The anthroposophic path uses mantras to instill Inspiration or "spiritual
hearing". The meaning of the words of a mantra at first sight is not
important, but rather reciting it and entering 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.
This week's mantram:
Last week we experienced how the Self was filled with the fiery power of
the Word within us as we experienced the depths of Love within our human
spirits. This week Divine power seeks to form itself in that Love and in our
Deeds, as the soul's creative forces strives out from the heart to incite us
to righteous works.
* T H E W E E K S P I R I T U A L L Y *
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of Capricornus
from Jan. 5th to Feb. 8th in our era. The symbolic image of the Goat done
from Steiner's sketches & indications accompanies this post as an attachment.
The Moon phases and positions in the stars are listed below for each night,
along with the birth & death days of some of the spiritual figures & events
published in the first ‘Seelencalendar’: these are fruitful material for
contemplation on those days. I’m in the process of translating these to
restore the Calendar to its intended use with the full spiritual/solar/lunar
Sunday January 28th. Moon Pisces. Day of Remembrance of Charlemagne (died
Monday January 29th. Moon Pisces. Constantine the Great (first Christian
Roman Emperor, baptized shortly before his death in 312 A.D.). Theobald
(advanced Christianity in England in the 13th century).
Tuesday January 30th. Moon Aries. Alexander.
Wednesday January 31st. Moon Aries. Marcella. Petrus Nolascenus.
Thursday February 1st. Moon Aries. Last Quarter. Brigid, patron saint of
Ireland, died 500. Ignatius (school of the Evangelist John, by command of the
Emperor Trajan torn apart by wild animals).
Friday February 2nd. Moon Taurus. Mary’s Light-Mass (Candlemas). Simeon
(the old man. that according to the Evangelist recognized Jesus at his
presentation in the Temple).
Saturday February 3rd. Moon Taurus. Ansgarius (brought Christianity to the
Swedes and Danes in the 9th century).
P.S. Thursday night Feb. 1st, the Moon can be seen near Saturn, near the eye
of the Bull (the star Aldebaran); the next night it will appear further to
the left, near bright Jupiter. All three are high overhead at sunset and
visible till midnight as they move West. Venus is also visible in the West
right after sunset and for about 2 hours afterwards.