Soul-Calendar, week 45 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 AQUARIUS from February 9th through March 8TH in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the WATER-MAN 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 # 45 *
Es festigt sich Gedankenmacht
Im Bunde mit der Geistgeburt,
Sie hellt der Sinne dumpfe Reize
Zur vollen Klarheit auf.
Sich mit dem Weltenwerden einen will,
Des Denkens Licht empfangen.
Firm is Thinking’s Might
In Union with the Spirit-Birth,
It brightens the senses’ dim arisings
To full Clarity.
With World-Becoming would become one,
Must Senses’ revelation
Thinking’s Light receive.
AN INTERPRETATION OF THIS WEEK'S MANTRA:
Last week, as we head towards spring when the Earth awakens once more, stirrings of life in the wakening outer world combined with our wills as we continued to unfold the 'spirit-birth' achieved at Christmas.
This week, the power of thinking unites with what was born in us at Christmas to make clear to us all of the early spring stirrings of new life in the external world. In order for the Soul's fullness of experience to unite with this "becoming" of Nature, we must unite our thinking to what we perceive.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday February 15th. Moon Taurus. Galilei Born 1564. Lessing died 1781.Sunday, February 10th. Moon Pisces. Theophany of Paul on the Way to Damascus. 1847 Edison born. 1755 Montesquieu died.Monday, February 11th. Moon Pisces. 1650 Descartes died.Tuesday, February 12th. Moon Aries. 1804 Kant died. 1809 Darwin born.Wednesday, February 13th. Moon Aries. 1883 Richard Wagner died.Thursday, February 14th. Moon Aries. Seafarer Cook killed 1779. Nees v. Esenbeck, Botanist, born 1776.Saturday, February 16th. Moon Taurus. Ernst Haeckel born 1834.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the east that dominates the night sky, almost directly overhead at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.-Starman