Soul-Calendar, 51st 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 PISCES from March 9th through April 13th in our era. A version (done by Margot Roessler) of a new symbolic image of the FISHE 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 # 51 *
Ins Innre des Menschenwesens
Ergiesst der Sinne Reichtum sich,
Es findet sich der Weltengeist
Im Spiegelbild des Menschenauges,
Das seine Kraft aus ihm
Sich neu erschaffen muss.
Into the Inner Essence of Man
Gush the Senses’ Riches;
The World-Spirit finds itself
In mirror-image of Man’s Eye,
That its Power out of this
Must shape anew.
An interpretation of this week's mantra:
Last week, we felt, through the use of the mantra, how the spring's growth spoke, saying that Nature is spiritually under a spell which can only be overcome by us carrying it into our own deeds.
This week we should feel the richness of all the sprouting new growth of nature pour into us, so that Nature itself is transformed into something new through our beholding its power within us.
THE DAYS OF THE WEEK:Moon Libra. Full Moon. 1858 Nees v. Esenbeck died.
Sunday March 16th.Monday March 17th. Moon Libra. Patrick (Bringer of Christendom to Ireland). 180 Marcus Aurelius died.
Tuesday March 18th MoonDay of Remembrance of the First Day of the World. Edgar Cayce born 1877.Libra.Wednesday March 19th. Moon Scorpio. Joseph (husband of Mary). Mary of Bethany (Lazarus’ sister in John’s Gospel).Joachim (father of Mary). Martin Scotus (worthy spreader of Christendom in Poland).
Thursday March 20th. Moon Scorpio.. Benedict (founded the Benedictine Order 529). 1685 J.S. Bach born. 1804 Napoleonic Code published.
Friday March 21st. Moon Sagittarius-Starman
******* PLANETS IN THE EVENING SKY:Brilliant Jupiter is high in the sky next to the Twins at sunset.