Soul-Calendar, Week 48 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 # 48 *
Im Lichte, das aus Weltenhöhen
Der Seele machtvoll fliessen will,
Erscheine, lösend Seelenrätsel
Des Weltendenkens Sicherheit,
Versammelnd seiner Strahlen Macht
Im Menschenherzen Liebe weckend.
The Soul mightily would flow into
Light, that out of World-Heights
Appears, solving Soul-Riddles
By the World-Thinking’s Certainty,
Assembling its rays of Might
To awaken Love in human Hearts.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
We are heading towards spring, when our inner selves once more go to 'sleep', while the Earth instead awakens.
Last week, we felt, by working with the mantra, Joy in the growth seen in Nature--- our thinking well prepared through the Divine to receive the revelations of this new life.
This week, the growing Light we feel resolving all the World-Riddles that make our minds anxious, and instead it awakens Love in our hearts.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday March 8th. Moon Aquarius. Philemon (companion of Paul).Sunday, March 3rd. Moon Sagittarius. Kunigunder (husband Heinrich I).Monday, March 4th. Moon Sagittarius. Last Quarter. Leopold van Buch, Geologist, died 1853.Tuesday, March 5th. Moon Capricorn. Eusebius (Christian writer of Caesarea in the 4th c.), 1512 Mercator the Cartographer born. 1827 Laplace died.Wednesday, March 6th. Moon Capricorn. 1274 Thomas Aquinas died. 1475 Michelangelo born. 1520 Australia was discovered. 1787 Fraunhofer born.Thursday, March 7th. Moon Aquarius. Felicitas u. Perpetua (Christian martyr under the Emperor Severus, thrown to wild beasts in Alexandria).Saturday, March 9th. Moon Aquarius. Cyril and Methodius (Greek monks, in the 10th century proclaimed Christendom in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. Cyril is inventor of the Slav letter-script and translated the Bible into Slavic). Gregory of Nyssa 4th century. 1758 Phrenologist Gall born.
******* 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 (sorry to be delayed this week).