Soul-Calendar Mantra 8: Dreams
- 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 # 8 *
Es wächst der Sinne Macht
Im Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen,
Sie drückt des Denkens Kraft
Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.
Wenn göttlich Wesen
Sich meiner Seele einen will,
Muss menschlich Denken
Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden.
There waxes the Senses’ Might
In Union with the Gods’ Shaping,
It draws my Thinking’s Power
Down to Dream Dimness.
When godly Essence
With my soul would become one,
Must Man’s Thinking
Quietly humble itself to Dream-existence .
An interpretation of this week's mantra: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses, growing in this spring-time, is so strong that it dims down our thinking--- and this week, that very dim dream state is more what we must pay heed to.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, May 27th. Moon Leo. Pentacost (Whitsun). Maria of Magdala. Dante born 1265. Calvin died 1564.Monday, May 28th. Moon Virgo. First Quarter. Wilhelm.Tuesday, May 29th. Moon Virgo. Christiana.Wednesday, May 30th. Moon Libra. The Maid of Orleans burnt 1431.Thursday, May 31st. Moon Libra. AngelaFriday, June 1st. Moon Scorpio. Nicodemus.Saturday, June 2nd. Moon Scorpio. Erasmus.******* PLANETS IN THE NIGHT SKY:"Evening star" Venus is disappearing from the evening sky, for the next 9 months. It can be seen only for the first few minutes after sunset, low in the west. Yellow-red Mars is high in the south at sunset, next to the heart of the Lion, Regulus. The moon will be seen near it Monday and Tuesday nights. Dimmer, yellowish Saturn rises in the southeast at sunset, next to Spica, the ear of corn in the hand of Virgo the Virgin. The moon passes near it Thursday night.-Starman