Soul-Calendar, 46th Week 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 AQUARIUS from February 9th through March 8th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the WATER-MAN 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, a shade of 'magenta' we cannot yet 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 # 46 *
Die Welt, sie drohet zu betäuben
Der Seele eingeborene Kraft;
Nun trete du, Erinnerung,
Aus Geistestiefen leuchtend auf
Und stärke mir das Schauen
Das nur durch Willenskräfte
Sich selbst erhalten kann.
The World, it threatens to benumb
The Soul’s inborn strength;
Now tread you, Memory,
Out of Spirit-Deeps enlightening
And make strong for me Vision,
That only through Will-Strength
Can preserve itself.
An interpretation of the mantra: We are heading towards spring and summer, when our inner selves once more
sleep, while the Earth awakens. Last week, the power of thinking united with what was 'born' in us at Christmas, and made clear all the early spring stirrings of new life in the external world---we united with this "becoming" of
Nature as we thought about what we perceived. This week, this surging new life in the outer world would 'benumb' our souls if the force of MEMORY didn't come in to play its proper role, that of preserving the Vision the spirit has had of what it wishes to create this year.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Sunday, February 9TH. Moon Gemini. Apollonia, Christian martyr in Alexandria in the 3rd century.-Starman
Monday, February 10TH. Moon Cancer. Theophany of Paul on the Way to Damascus. 1847 Edison born. 1755 Montesquieu died.
Tuesday, February 11TH. Moon Cancer. 1650 Descartes died.
Wednesday, February 12TH. Moon Leo. 1804 Kant died. 1809 Darwin born.
Thursday, February 13TH. Moon Leo. 1883 Richard Wagner died.
Friday, February 14TH. Moon Leo. Full Moon. Seafarer Cook killed 1779. Nees v. Esenbeck, Botanist, born 1776.
Saturday, February 15TH. Moon Virgo. Galilei Born 1564. Lessing died 1781.
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:In the East, brilliant Jupiter rises next to the Twins at sunset. The moon appears close to it Monday and Tuesday nights.