Soul-Calendar Mantra#7: Foreboding of the Future Keeps Us From Being Lost in the Present Moment
- Sorry this week's mailing of the 'Calendar' was so delayed. -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 this week as well.
THE ZODIAC IMAGE
The Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation TAURUS from May 1sth to June 15th in our era. A version (done by Margaret Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the BULL 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 (orange) 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 # 7 *
Mein selbst, es drohet zu entfliehen,
Vom Weltenlichte mächtig angezogen.
Nun trete du mein Ahnen
In deine Rechte kraftig ein
Ersetze mir des Denkens Macht
Das in der Sinne Schein
Sich selbst verlieren will.
My Self, it threatens to fly out,
To World-Light mightily drawn.
Now enter you, my foreboding,
Into your rightful place forcefully,
Restore for me Thinking’s Might
That in the Senses’ Shine
Would lose itself.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The weaving of the Sun in the growth of the plants reveals the Divine working. The past few weeks we can feel that spiritual essence working as being like our souls spread out in external space. But now the spiritual force of the light is so strong that we would dissolve into it--- so a feeling of what is to come in the future grows in us to keep us from being
only in this present moment, preventing thinking from losing itself totally in the senses.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:
Sunday, June 5th. Moon Leo.
Boniface (the Apostle to Germany in the 8th century).
Monday, June 6th. Moon Leo.
Julian the Apostate born 331.
Tuesday, June 7th. Moon Virgo.
Wednesday, June 8th. Moon Virgo. First Quarter.Muhammed died 632.
Thursday, June 9th. Moon Libra.
Friday, June 10th. Moon Libra.
Saturday, June 11th. Moon Scorpio.
Alexander the Great died 323 B.C.
Roger Bacon died 1294.
******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:
Dim, yellowish Saturn is in the south at sunset, amongst the stars of the Virgin. It makes a triangle with the 2 bright stars Spica and Arcturus. The waxing moon is seen near it Friday and Saturday nights.
******* PLANETS IN THE MORNING SKY:
The brilliant "morning stars" Jupiter, Mars and Venus are visible in the east just before sunrise, rising in that order.