Soul-Calendar, Week 11 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 below.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 # 11 *
Es ist in dieser Sonnenstunde
An dir, die weise Kunde zu enkennen;
An Weltenschönheit hingegeben,
In dir dich fühlend zu durchleben:
Verlieren kann das Menschen-Ich
Und finden sich im Welten-Ich.
It is in this sun-hour
For you, the wise prophecy to know;
To World-Beauty given over,
In you you feel to live through:
'Man's I can lose itself
And find itself in the World-I.'
An interpretation of the mantra: The spiritual force of the light in the outer world of the senses is now
so strong that we must give ourselves over to it in feeling, and we have a fore-sensing of the losing of one's ordinary selfhood, to find ourselves again in spirit-being in the height of summer.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Friday June 14th. Moon Virgo. Basilius.Sunday, June 9th. Moon Cancer. Columban.Monday, June 10th. Moon Cancer. Onophrius,Tuesday, June 11th. Moon Cancer. Alexander the Great died 323 B.C. Roger Bacon died 1294.Wednesday, June 12th. Moon Leo. Basilides.Thursday, June 13th. Moon Leo. Alfred.Saturday, June 15th. Moon Virgo. Vitus.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Mercury and Venus are the bright white 'stars' low in the West at sunset; the crescent moon appears close to both after sunset Sunday and Monday nights.Yellowish Saturn is high in the southern sky by midnight. It is reaching its greatest brilliancy, which makes it stand out near the stars Arcturus and Spica.-starman