Soul-Calendar, Week 7 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 TAURUS from May 1st through June 15th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the BULL 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, orange, was posted here last week.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 # 7 *
Mein selbst, es drohet zu entfliehen,
Vom Weltenlichte mächtig angezogen.
Nun trete du mein Ahnen
In deine Rechte kraftig ein
Ersetze mir des Denkens Macht
Das in der Sinne Schein
Sich selbst verlieren will.
My Self, it threatens to fly out
To World-Light mightily drawn.
Now enter you, my foreboding,
Into your rightful place forcefully,
Restore for me Thinking’s Might
That in the Senses’ Shine
Would lose itself.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The weaving of the Sun in the growth of the plants reveals the Divine
working. The past few weeks we can feel that spiritual essence working as
being like our souls spread out in external space. But now, the spiritual
force of the light is SO strong that we would dissolve into it--- so an
apprehensive feeling (German 'ahnung', fore-sensing or foreboding)of what is to come in the future grows in us, to keep us from being only in this present moment--- preventing thinking from losing itself totally in the senses.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday May 17th. Moon Leo. Bruno Magnus, Russian Apostle of the 11th century.Sunday, May 12th. Moon Gemini. Pancratius.Monday, May 13th. Moon Cancer. Carl von Linne born 1707. Cuvier (the great natural scientist) died 1832.Tuesday, May 14th. Moon Cancer. Boniface. Ludwig Bechstein died 1860.Wednesday, May 15th. Moon Leo. Torquatus Antonius, prophet in 15th century.Thursday, May 16th. Moon Leo. Sarah. Suzanne.Saturday, May 18th. Moon Virgo. First Quarter. Isabella.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' in the West at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus. The crescent moon is near it Saturday and Sunday nights, shortly after sunset, low in the west.Yellowish Saturn is high in the southern sky by midnight. It is reaching its greatest brilliancy, which is not very bright compared to Jupiter but still makes it stand out near the stars Arcturus and Spica.-Starman.