Soul-Calendar, 8th Week after Easter: 'Dream-Existence'
- 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, 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 # 8 *
Es wächst der Sinne Macht
Im Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen,
Sie drückt des Denkens Kraft
Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.
Wenn göttlich Wesen
Sich meiner Seele einen will,
Muss menschlich Denken
Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden.
There waxes the Senses’ Might
In Union with the Gods’ Shaping,
It draws my Thinking’s Power
Down to Dream Dimness.
When godly Essence
With my soul would become one,
Must Man’s Thinking
Quietly humble itself to Dream-existence .
An interpretation of the mantra:
The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses,
growing in this spring-time, is so strong that it dims down thinking --- and
this week that very dim dream state is more what we must pay heed to.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday May 24th. Moon Sagittarius. Full Moon. Copernicus died 1543. Lord Bulwer-Lytton born 1803.Sunday, May 19th. Moon Virgo. J.G. Fichte born 1762.Monday, May 20th. Moon Libra. Columbus died 1506. John Stuart Mill born 1806.Tuesday, May 21st. Moon Libra. Albrecht Dürer born 1471.Wednesday, May 22nd. Moon Scorpio. Richard Wagner born 1813.Thursday, May 23rd. Moon Scorpio. Savanarola burnt at the stake 1498.Saturday, May 25th. Moon Sagittarius. Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Strassbourg Monastery 1277.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Jupiter is the bright white 'star' low in the West at sunset, next to the bright orange-red star Aldebaran, the Eye of the Bull of Taurus.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. The almost-full waxing moon passes near it Wednesday and Thursday nights.-Starman.