Soul-Calendar, Week 47 after Easter: Joy in Growth
- 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 AQUARIUS from Feb. 9th to March 8th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the WATER-BEARER 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" or magenta 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 7 *
Es will erstehet aus dem Weltenschoss
Die Sinnenschein erquickend, Werdelust.
Sie finde meines Denkens Kraft
Gerüstet durch die Gotteskraft
Die kräftig mir im Innern leben.
There will arise out of the World-Womb,
The Senses’ shine to quicken, Growth-Joy.
It shall find my Thinking’s Force
Prepared through the Gods’ Forces
That forcefully in my Inner self live.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We are heading into spring, when the Earth awakens.
Last week, we felt, by working with the mantra, the surging new life in the outer world, and this would have benumbed our souls if the force of Memory hadn't come in to play its proper role of preserving the Vision the Spirit had of what it wishes to create this year.
This week, we feel how we find joy in that growth, and that our thinking is well prepared through the Divine to receive the world's revelations of new life.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, February 20th. Moon Libra.
Voltaire born 1694.
Monday, February 21st. Moon Libra.
Spinoza died 1677.
Tuesday, February 22nd. Moon Scorpio.
Papias (Disciple of the Apostles, died as a martyr 116 A.D.) Schopenhauer born 1788.
Wednesday, February 23rd. Moon Scorpio.
Lazarus (the poor man in the Gospel).
Lazarus (who as described in John’s Gospel by Christ was awakened).
Mathematician Gauss died 1855.
Eduard von Hartmann born 1842.
Thursday, February 24th. Moon Sagittarius.
Matthias the Apostle, chosen in Judas’ place).
Gutenberg died 1468.
Friday, February 25th. Moon Sagittarius.
Cellini died 1571.
Saturday, February 26th. Moon Capricorn.
Jonas (the Prophet).
******* 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. The moon appears close by it Sunday and Monday nights.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning star" Venus is seen in the East every day before sunrise. Saturn is also visible low in the south at the same time, before sunrise.