Soul-Calendar, Week 9 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, 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 # 9 *
Vergessend meine Willenseigenheit
Erfüllet Weltenwärme sommerkündend
Mir Geist und Seelenwesen;
Im Lichte mich zu verlieren
Gebietet mir das Geisteschauen,
Und kraftvoll kündet Ahnung mir:
Verliere dich, und dich zu finden.
Forgetting my Egohood’s Will,
The World-Warmth, heralding Summer,
Fills my Spirit and Soul-Essence;
To lose myself in the Light,
Spirit-Vision commands me,
And powerfully prophesies to me:
Lose yourself, and yourself you’ll find.
An interpretation of the mantra:
The spiritual force of the light in the outer world grows so strong that
the soul and spirit wants to let go of self-will and lose our being in it;
this is what we should do at this time, for it's a stage in a process
necessary in order to find oneself again anew later in the year.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday May 31st. Moon Pisces. Last Quarter. Angela.Sunday, May 26th. Moon Capricorn. The Venerable Bede (famous English monk of the 8th century).Monday, May 27th. Moon Capricorn. Maria of Magdala. Dante born 1265. Calvin died 1564.Tuesday, May 28th. Moon Aquarius. Wilhelm.Wednesday, May 29th. Moon Aquarius. Christiana.Thursday, May 30th. Moon Scorpio. The Maid of Orleans burnt 1431.Saturday, June 1st. Moon Pisces. Nicodemus.
******* 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. Mercury and Venus are both close to it this week, but only visible for a short time after sunset and only low on the horizon.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