Soul-Calendar, Week 51 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 PISCES from March 9th to April 13th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the FISHES 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 # 5 2 *
Wenn aus den Seelentiefen
Der Geist sich wendet zu dem Weltensein
Und Schönheit quillt aus Raumesweiten,
Dann zieht aus Himmelsfernen
Des Lebens Kraft in Menschenleiber
Und einet, machtvoll wirkend,
Des Geistes Wesen mit dem Menschensein.
When out of the Soul’s Deeps
The Spirit winds its way to World-Being
And Beauty swells into the widths of Space,
Then is drawn from farthest Heavens
The Life Force into human bodies
And there becomes one, mightily working,
The Spirit’s Essence and Man’s being.
The dark time of Winter ends, the Sun returns. We are drawn out of ourselves, to find our connection to the cosmos through the beauty of the senses in the outer world, and this begins the annual renewal of our life forces.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, March 27th. Moon Capricorn.
1845 Röentgen born.
Monday, March 28th. Moon Aquarius.
1749 LaPlace born.
Tuesday, March 29th. Moon Aquarius.
1772 Swedenborg died.
Wednesday, March 30th. Moon Pisces.
Guido v. Arezzo (Benedictine monk of the 11th century, worked at reforming Church music).
Thursday, March 31st. Moon Pisces.
The Prophet Amos.
The Prophet Jeremiah.
Newton died 1727.
Bunsen born 1811.
Friday, April 1st. Moon Pisces.
Hugo (11th cent. Guardian of the Cartesian Order).
Saturday, April 2nd. Moon Aries.
Francis de Paul, founder of the order in the 15th century.
Theodosia, martyr in 4th century.
Charlemagne born 742.
Morse died 1872.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Dim, yellowish Saturn rises in the east shortly after sunset, amongst the stars of the Virgin.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning star" Venus is seen in the East every day before sunrise. The waning crescent moon is seen near it Thursday and Friday mornings. Saturn is also still visible low in the southwest at the same time.