Soul-Calendar, Mantra #5
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 TAURUS from May 1st to June 15th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) 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
Is 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 weaving of the Sun in the growth of the plants reveals the Divine working.
We can feel that this spiritual essence working is similar to our own inner souls, that it is like our soul spread out in external space.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, May 2nd Moon Capricorn. Leonardo da Vinci died 1519. Novalis born 1772.
Monday, May 3rd. Moon Capricorn. Empress Helena found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem 326 A.D.
Tuesday, May 4th. Moon Aquarius. Monica, mother of Augustine dies 387 A.D.
Wednesday, May 5th. Moon Aquarius. Last Quarter. Columbus discovers America 1492.
Thursday, May 6th. Moon Aquarius. John, writer of the Gospel and the Apocalypse.
Friday, May 7th Moon Pisces. Gottfried.
Saturday, May 8th. Moon Pisces. The Prophet Micah. H.P. Blavatsky died 1891.
PLANETS in the Night Sky:
Brilliant VENUS has now become an 'evening star' and is seen in the West above the setting sun.
Reddish MARS is high in the sky, almost directly overhead (at the zenith), at sunset.
SATURN rises in the southeast at sunset.
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