Soul-Calendar Mantra #1 : Easter
- ******* Happy "new year" to any using the 52 soul-calendar mantras. Today we begin with the first, at Easter. -starman
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 all this unconsciously all through the year, but these meditative verses enable us to become conscious of it.
The 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, with some details added on the planets in the night sky this week as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation PISCES from March 9th to April 13th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the FISHES 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 into farthest Worlds
And joins, dimly,
Man’s Essence and the Spirit’s Being.
An interpretation: 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.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, April 4th Moon Capricorn. Bishop Ambrose died 398 (he by whom Augustine was baptized). University of Basel founded 1460.
Monday, April 5th. Moon Capricorn. Vincentius (Christian writer, died 1264). Volta died 1827.
Tuesday, April 6th. Moon Capricorn. Last Quarter. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in 2nd century. Raphael born 1483. Dürer died 1528.
Wednesday, April 7th. Moon Aquarius. Egesippus (Christian writer of the second century in Rome).
Thursday, April 8th. Moon Aquarius. Wilhelm von Humboldt died 1835.
Friday, April 9th Moon Pisces. Mary Cleophas (who with Mary of Magdala and the Mother of Jesus in John’s Gospel was present at the Crucifixion). Theophilus (Bishop of Alexandria in the 5th century). Francis Bacon of Verulam died 1626.
Saturday, April 10th. Moon Pisces. The Prophets Daniel and Ezekiel.
PLANETS in the Night Sky:
Brilliant VENUS has now become an 'evening star' and is seen in the West above the setting sun. It will appear there for about the next 9 months.
Reddish MARS is high in the southern sky at sunset, almost directly overhead (at the zenith).
SATURN is now at opposition to the sun, and rises in the East as the sun sets in the west, also an 'evening star' for the next 6 months.
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