Soul-Calendar, Week 7 after Easter (Foreboding of Future Combats Losing Oneself in Light)
- 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 TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era. A version (done by Margot 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 springtime growth of the plants reveals the Divine working. The past few weeks, we can feel that this spiritual essence working is like our soul spread out in external space.
But now, this week, 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, May 20th. Moon Gemini. New Moon. Columbus died 1506. John Stuart Mill born 1806.Monday, May 21st. Moon Gemini. Albrecht Dürer born 1471.Tuesday, May 22nd. Moon Gemini. Richard Wagner born 1813.Wednesday, May 23rd. Moon Cancer. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.Thursday, May 24th. Moon Cancer. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-Lytton born 1803.Friday, May 25th. Moon Leo. Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Strassbourg Monastery 1277.Saturday, May 26th. Moon Leo. The Venerable Bede (famous English monk of the 8th century).******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:"Evening star" Venus has disappeared from the evening sky for the next 9 months. Yellow-red Mars is high in the south at sunset, next to the heart of the Lion, Regulus. Dimmer, yellowish Saturn rises in the southeast at sunset, next to Spica, the ear of corn in the hand of Virgo the Virgin.-Starman