Soul-Calendar Mantra #8: Dream-Existence
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.
* M A N T R A # 8 *
Es wächst der Sinne Macht
Im Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen,
Sie drückt des Denkens Kraft
Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.
Wenn göttlich Wesen
Sich meiner Seele einen will,
Muss menschlich Denken
Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden.
There waxes the Senses’ Might
In Union with the Gods’ Shaping,
It draws my Thinking’s Power
Down to Dream Dimness.
When godly Essence
With my soul would become one,
Must Man’s Thinking
Quietly humble itself to Dream-existence .
An interpretation based on working with the mantra:
The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses, growing in this spring-time, is so strong that it dims down thinking to a level similar to the dream state---- and this week that very dim dream state is more what we must pay heed to.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, May 23rd Moon Libra. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.
Monday, May 24th. Moon Libra. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-Lytton born 1803.
Tuesday, May 25th. Moon Scorpio. Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Strassbourg Monastery 1277.
Wednesday, May 26th. Moon Scorpio. .The Venerable Bede (famous English monk of the 8th century).
Thursday, May 27th. Moon Sagittarius. Full Moon. Maria of Magdala. Dante born 1265. Calvin died 1564.
Friday, May 28th Moon Sagittarius. Wilhelm.
Saturday, May 29th. Moon Capricorn. Christiana.
PLANETS in the Night Sky:
Brilliant VENUS is an 'evening star' and is seen in the West above the setting sun, beneath the Twins.
Reddish MARS is high in the Western sky at sunset, beneath the stars of the Lion--- currently at the Lion's paw.
SATURN is in the south at sunset to the left of Mars, beneath the Lion's tail.
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