Calendar of the Soul, Week 43 after Easter
- Sorry to be late with this week's calendar. -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 CAPRICORN from Jan. 5th through Feb. 8th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the SEA-GOAT from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) ----in an approximation of the color he said corresponded to the sign, one of 5 shades of "purple" we can't yet actually perceive ---- 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 # 4 3 *
In Winterlichen Tiefen
Erwarmt des Geistes wahres Sein;
Es gibt dem Weltenscheine,
Durch Herzenskräfte Daseinsmächt
Der Weltenkälte trotzt erstarkend
Das Seelenfeuer in Menscheninnern.
It Winter-like depths
Grows warm the Spirit’s true Being;
It gives to World-Shining
Through Heart’s strength, Existence’s Might,
The World-Cold despite, there strengthens
The Soul-Fire in Man’s Innerness.
An interpretation of the mantra based on working with it:
Last week's verse, when worked with, led us to feel the strong drive to continue unfolding the inner soul's power, and this gave us within our hearts a prophetic sensing of the reality to come in the coming spring and summer, when our inner selves once more sleep while the Earth awakens. This week, the spirit pours into the soul's fiery power growing stronger, and through the heart gives to the mere appearance of the outer world a reality it otherwise would not have.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, January 23rd. Moon Libra.
Wedding Anniversary of Mary & Joseph.
Monday, January 24th. Moon Libra.
Day of St. Timothy (Student of Paul, stoned to death in Ephesus because of his preaching against the worship of Diana).
Tuesday, January 25th. Moon Scorpio.
Anniversary of Paul’s Conversion on the Way to Damascus. Philosopher Jacobi born 1743.
Wednesday, January 26th. Moon Scorpio. Last Quarter.
Polycarp (School of the Evangelist John, taken to Smyrna in old age and burned to death in the year 169).
Thursday, January 27th. Moon Scorpio.
John Chrysostom (Bishop to Constantinople, operated under Emperor Eudoxia, sharply censured him morally, burned 407). Mozart born 1756. Schelling born 1775. 1814 Fichte died. 1808 David Friedrich Strauss born.
Friday, January 28th. Moon Sagittarius.
Day of Remembrance of Charlemagne (died 814).
Saturday, January 29th. Moon Sagittarius.
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).
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Brilliant white JUPITER may be seen in the southwestern sky till about midnight.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning star" Venus is seen in the East every day before sunrise. The waning crescent moon is close to it Saturday morning. Yellowish Saturn is visible directly south until shortly before sunrise.