Soul-Calendar, Week 47 after Easter: "Joy in Growth"
The 'CALENDAR OF THE SOUL'www.DrStarman.comDr. 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 # 47 *
Es will erstehet aus dem Weltenschoss
Die Sinnenschein erquickend, Werdelust.
Sie finde meines Denkens Kraft
Gerüstet durch die Gotteskraft
Die kräftig mir im Innern leben.
There will arise out of the World-Womb
The Senses’ shine to quicken, Growth-Joy.
It shall find my Thinking’s Force
Prepared through the Gods’ Forces
That forcefully within me live.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We are heading towards spring, when the Earth awakens. Last week, we felt by working with the mantra how the surging new life in the outer world would have benumbed our souls if the force of Memory hadn't come in to play its proper role of preserving the Vision the Spirit had of what it wishes to create this year. This week, we feel how we find joy in that spring growth, and that our thinking is well prepared through the Divine to receive the world's revelations of new life.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday March 1st. Moon Scorpio. Alcuin (teacher of Charlemagne, Christian author). 399 before Christ Socrates takes the poison. Swidbertus (conveyor of Christendom to the Frisians).Sunday, February 24th. Moon Leo. Matthias the Apostle, chosen in Judas’ place). Gutenberg died 1468. George Harrison 1943.Monday, February 25th. Moon Virgo. Full Moon. Cellini died 1571.Tuesday, February 26th. Moon Virgo. Jonas (the Prophet).Wednesday, February 27th. Moon Libra. Ernst Renan born 1823. Martialis (acted for the spreading of Christendom in Gallien in the 3rd century). Rudolf Steiner 1861.Thursday, February 28th. Moon Libra. Montaigne (the Skeptic) born 1533. Leander (Christian author).Saturday, March 2nd. Moon Scorpio. 321 A.D. The celebration of Sunday begins to become common.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' almost directly overhead at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.-Starman