Soul-Calendar, Week 43 after Easter (Candlemas)
- 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 CAPRICORN from January 5th through Feb. 8th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the GOAT 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, one of 5 shades of 'Magenta' we can't yet actually see, is attached to this e-mail.THE WEEK'S MANTRA:For those not familiar with the use of mantras: The anthroposophical 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.* MANTRA # 43 *
In Winterlichen Tiefen
Erwarmt des Geistes wahres Sein;
Es gibt dem Weltenscheine,
Durch Herzenskräfte Daseinsmächt
Der Weltenkälte trotzt erstarkend
Das Seelenfeuer in Menscheninnern.
It Winter-like deeps
Grows warm the Spirit’s true Being;
It gives to World-Shining
Through Heart’s strength Existence’s Might,
The World-Cold despite, there strengthens
The Soul-Fire in Man’s Innerness.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
Last week's verse, when worked with, led us to feel the strong drive to
continue unfolding the inner soul's power, and this gave us within our hearts
a prophetic sensing of the reality to come in the coming spring and summer,
when our inner selves once more 'sleep' while the Earth awakens.
This week, the spirit pours into the soul's fiery power growing stronger, and through the heart gives to the mere appearance of the outer world a reality it otherwise would not have.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday February 1st. Moon Libra. Brigid, patron saint of Ireland, died 500. Ignatius (school of the Evangelist John, by command of the Emperor Trajan torn apart by wild animals).Sunday, January 27th. Moon Leo. John Chrysostom (Bishop to Constantinople, operated under Emperor Eudoxia, sharply censured him morally, burned 407). Mozart born 1756. Schelling born 1775. 1814 Fichte died. 1808 David Friedrich Strauss born.Monday, January 28th. Moon Virgo. Day of Remembrance of Charlemagne (died 814).Tuesday, January 29th. Moon Virgo. Constantine the Great (first Christian Roman Emperor, baptized shortly before his death in 312 A.D.). Theobald (advanced Christianity in England in the 13th century).Wednesday, January 30th. Moon Virgo. Alexander.Thursday, January 31st. Moon Libra. Marcella. Petrus Nolascenus.Saturday, February 2nd. Moon Scorpio. Mary’s Light-mass (Candlemas). Simeon (the old man. that according to the Evangelist recognized Jesus at his presentation in the Temple).
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the east that dominates the night sky, already risen at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.The waning moon can be seen rising in the east about midnight Saturday night, and the yellowish dot of light near it is the planet Saturn.-Starman