Calendar of the Soul, Week 44 after 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 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 # 44 *
Ergriefend neue Sinnesreize
Eingedenk vollzogener Geistgeburt,
Verwirren sprossend Weltenwerden
Mit meines Denkens Schöpferwillen.
Grasping new sense-arisings
Mindful of achieved Spirit-Birth,
Combining sprouting World-Becoming
With my Thinking’s Shaping-Will.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We are heading towards spring and summer, when our inner selves once more
sleep while the Earth awakens. This week, stirrings of life in the wakening
outer world combine with our wills as we continue to unfold the spirit-birth
achieved at Christmas.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday February 8th. Moon Aquarius. Solomon, King of Israel. Leyden University founded 1575. David Friedrich Strauss died 1874.Sunday, February 3rd. Moon Scorpio. Ansgarius (brought Christianity to the Swedes and Danes in the 9th century).Monday, February 4th. Moon Sagittarius. Phileas (worker for Christianity in Egypt in the 4th century).Tuesday, February 5th. Moon Sagittarius. Thomas Carlyle died 1881.Wednesday, February 6th. Moon Capricorn. 1807 Abolition of Slavery in England.Thursday, February 7th. Moon Capricorn. 1446 Columbus born.Saturday, February 9th. Moon Aquarius. New Moon. Apollonia, Christian martyr in Alexandria in the 3rd century.
******* 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 Sunday night, and the yellowish dot of light near it is the planet Saturn.-Starman