Soul-Calendar, last week before 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 this week as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation ARIES from April 14th to 30th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the RAM from the original Soul-Calendar (created originally by artist Imma von Eckherdstein from Dr. Steiner's sketches & indications) ----in the color he said corresponded to the sign, red ---- is attached to this e-mail.
THE WEEK'S MANTRAS:
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.
FIRST AND LAST (52nd) VERSES OF THE SOUL-CALENDAR
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 Depths
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 Man’s bodies
And there becomes one, mightily working,
The Spirit’s Essence and Man’s being.
*******MANTRA # 1*******
Wenn aus den Weltenweiten
Die Sonne spricht zum Menschensinn
Und Freude aus den Seelenteifen,
Dem Licht sich eint im Schauen,
Dann ziehen aus der Selbstheit Hülle
Gedanken in die Raumesfernen
Und binden dumpf
Des Menschen Wesen und des Geistes Sein.
When out of the Wide World
The Sonne speaks to Man’s Senses
And Joy out of Soul’s Depths
Becomes one with Light in vision,
Then is drawn from the Ego’s Sheath
Thinking into farthest Worlds
And joins, dimly,
Man’s Essence and the Spirit’s Being.
An interpretation of this week's mantras:
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 52nd verse describes this as a movement from within us out to the world, while the first verse describes a response coming to us from the world. Our etheric bodies are regenerated through an impulse coming from the heavens connected with the sunlight, one of which our current science knows nothing.
The year from Easter to Easter is of uneven length because Easter is a "movable feast", being the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox. This year it comes almost the latest it possibly can, April 24th. So we have now reached the 54th week after last year's Easter. What I do is continue using the 52nd mantra until Easter comes again. This week I thought people might be interested to compare the final verse with the 1st, which is a mirror of it, just as the 2nd is a mirror of the 51st, the 3rd a mirror of the 50th, and so on.
At the Goetheanum, what they decided was to take the time from Easter to Easter and divide it by 52, but then we aren't actually using weeks of 7 days as a "week" is supposed to be (the old English "woche" being one-quarter of a "moonth"). It's up to individuals to decide what they want to do --- but all of us will begin again with mantra #1 on April 24th.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, April 17th. Moon Scorpio. Benjamin Franklin died 1790.
Monday, Aprll 18th. Moon Scorpio. Apollonius (Christian philosopher of the 2nd century).
Tuesday, April 19th. Moon Sagittarius. Darwin died 1882.
Wednesday, April 20th. Moon Sagittarius. Sulpicius.
Thursday, April 21st. Moon Sagittarius. Mohammed born 571.
Friday, April 22nd. Moon Capricorn. Kant born 1724.
Saturday, April 23rd. Moon Capricorn. George (slayer of the Dragon, that according to legend lived in the time of Diocletian). Shakespeare born 1564.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Dim, yellowish Saturn rises in the east shortly after sunset, amongst the stars of the Virgin. The full moon is seen near it Sunday night.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning star" Venus is seen in the East every day before sunrise.