Soul Calendar Mantra #1 : 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 1st mantra every year on Easter Sunday. We experience 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 IMAGEThe Sun, according to the Doctor, is under the influence of the constellation PISCES from March 9th through Apr. 13th in our era. A version (done by Margot 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 the color he said corresponded to the sign, a shade of magenta, 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 # 1 (EASTER)*
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 Sun 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 mantra:
This time of year we receive the Life Force from the returning Sun at Easter. The Spirit forms its annual connection with the Cosmos once again---after having withdrawn into the Earth in winter---and the etheric body is renewed through this connection to the World Spirit.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, April 8th. Moon Scorpio. Wilhelm von Humboldt died 1835.Monday, April 9th. Moon Sagittarius. Mary Cleophas (who with Mary of Magdala and the Mother of Jesus in John’s Gospel was present at the Crucifixion). Theophilus (Bishop of Alexandria in the 5th century). Francis Bacon of Verulam died 1626.Tuesday, April 10th. Moon Sagittarius. The Prophets Daniel and Ezekiel.Wednesday, April 11th. Moon Capricorn. Leo (Pope that turned back the wave of Attila from Italy).Thursday, April 12th. Moon Capricorn. Zeno.Friday, April 13th. Moon Aquarius. Last Quarter. Justin Martyr (famous Christian writer of the time of Marcus Aurelius).Saturday, April 14th. Moon Aquarius. Benedict Huygens, the great Physicist, born1629.******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:"Evening stars" Venus and Jupiter are in the west at sunset. Venus is the brighter one higher up.Yellow-reddish Mars is high in the southeast at sunset, to the east of the Lion. It is approaching as close as it ever gets to earth in its orbit, so it has brightened and is returning to the stars of the Lion is passed through this past fall (is retrograde).Dimmer, yellowish Saturn rises in the southeast at sunset and is visible all night long.-Starman