Soul-Calendar, Week #1 - 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 PISCES from March 9th through April 13th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the FISHES 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 # 1 *
Wenn aus den Weltenweiten
Die Sonne spricht zum Menschensinn
Und Freude aus den Seelenteifen,
Dem Licht sich eint im Schauen,
Dann ziehen aus der Selbstheit Hülle
Gedanken in die Raumesfernen
Und binden dumpf
Des Menschen Wesen und des Geistes Sein.
When out of the Wide World
The Sun speaks to Man’s Senses
And Joy out of the Soul’s Depths
Becomes one with Light in vision,
Then is drawn from the Ego’s Sheath
Thinking into farthest Worlds
And joins, dimly,
Man’s Essence and the Spirit’s Being.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
This time of year we receive the Life Force from the returning Sun at Easter. The Spirit forms its annual connection with the Cosmos once again---after having withdrawn into the Earth in winter---and the etheric body is renewed through this connection to the World Spirit.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday April 5th. Moon Aquarius. Vincentius (Christian writer, died 1264). Volta died 1827.Sunday, March 31st. Moon Sagittarius. The Prophet Amos. The Prophet Jeremiah. Newton died 1727. Bunsen born 1811.
Monday, April 1st. Moon Sagittarius. Hugo (11th cent. Guardian of the Cartesian Order).Tuesday, April 2nd. Moon Capricorn. Last Quarter. Francis de Paul, founder of the order in the 15th century. Theodosia, martyr in 4th century. Charlemagne born 742. Morse died 1872.Wednesday, April 3rd. Moon Capricorn. The 3rd of April 33 A.D. Is what spiritual-scientific investigation shows as the day of Death of Jesus Christ.Thursday, April 4th. Moon Aquarius. Bishop Ambrose died 398 (he by whom Augustine was baptized). University of Basel founded 1460.Saturday, April 6th. Moon Pisces. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyon in 2nd century. Raphael born 1483. Dürer died 1528.
******* 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.