Calendar of the Soul, 44th Week after Easter
- 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 4 *
Ergriefend neue Sinnesreize
Eingedenk vollzogener Geistgeburt,
Verwirren sprossend Weltenwerden
Mit meines Denkens Schöpferwillen.
Grasping new sense-arisings
Mindful of acheived Spirit-Birth,
Entangling sprouting World-Becoming
With my Thinking’s Shaping-Will.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We are heading towards spring and summer, when the Earth awakens. This week in this gradual process, stirrings of life in the wakening outer world combine with our wills as we continue to unfold the spirit-birth achieved at Christmas.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, January 30th. Moon Capricorn.
Monday, January 31st. Moon Capricorn.
Tuesday, February 1sth. Moon Aquarius.
Brigid, patron saint of Ireland, died 500.
Ignatius (pupil of the Evangelist John, by command of the Emperor Trajan torn apart by wild animals).
Wednesday, February 2nd. Moon Aquarius. New Moon. Mary’s Light-mass (Candlemas).
Simeon (the old man. that according to the Evangelist recognized Jesus at his presentation in the Temple).
Thursday, February 3rd. Moon Aquarius.
Ansgarius (brought Christianity to the Swedes and Danes in the 9th century).
Friday, February 4th. Moon Pisces.
Phileas (worker for Christianity in Egypt in the 4th century).
Saturday, February 5th. Moon Pisces.
Thomas Carlyle died 1881.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Brilliant white JUPITER may be seen in the southwestern sky till about midnight. Dimmer, yellowish Saturn rises in the east shortly after Jupiter sets in the west.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning star" Venus is seen in the East every day before sunrise. The waning crescent moon may be seen beneath it Monday and Tuesday morings. Yellowish Saturn is also visible low in the south at the same time, before sunrise.