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- The quotation from R. Steiner is incomplete. According to the original Calendar of the Soul, the poem goes this way:8
20.-31.MaiEs 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.
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Subject: Calendar of the Soul 8 - anthro on the net
Date: Sun, 27 May 2007 17:12:13 -0700Anthroposophy on the Net - Calendar of the SoulSee printable version aboveRudolf Steiners
Calendar of the SoulThe power of the senses growsIn union with the gods creation,And vigour of thought subsidesTo a dreamlike drowsiness.When godly being willsUnion with my soul,Then thinking must acceptIn quietness the state of dream.* translation by John Thomson._____________________The might of the senses is growingin union with the creative Godhead,to suppress my force of thinkinginto a dull and drowsy dreaming.When Godly Being seeksto unite itself with my soul,then my human thinkingmust humbly live in a world of dreams.* translation by Dennis Klocek.____________________The power of the senses,
entwined with gods' creating,
now begins to grow---
and thus reduces the force of thinking
to the dullness of a dream.
If a divine being would unite
with my soul---
then human thinking must resign itself
to this dull dream existence.* translation by Tom Mellett.____________________The senses' might grows strongUnited with the gods' creative work;It presses down my power of thinkingInto a dreamlike dullness.When godly beingDesires union with my soul,Must human thinkingIn quiet dream-life rest content.* translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch___________________Es wächst der Sinne MachtIm Bunde mit der Götter Schaffen,Sie drückt des Denkens KraftZur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.Wenn göttlich Wesen* original German by Rudolf Steiner.____________________The ascendancy of sense in megrows, with the gods' creative act in league,subduing thought from vigorous to vague.If Life divine is to unitewith the coming-into-being of the world,this human thought must modestly retirecontented to endure as a dream.The Year Participated
translation by Owen Barfield
______________________________About the Calendar of the Soul - by Rudolf SteinerThe year has a life of its own, and the human soul can share in that life and become part of it. In listening week by week to the changing language of the year, the soul will find a way to discover also its own nature; it will realize how forces are stirring within its being and giving it new life and strength. Such forces are awakened if one develops a profound sympathy with the course of the year and all the meaning it brings to the changing world. Only through such sympathy can the soul become aware of the fine but significant threads that bind it to the world into which it is born.In this Calendar the verse given for each week is intended to help the soul into an experience of that week as part of the life of the whole year. The Calendar is designed to express all that echoes in the soul when it unites itself with that life. It aims at creating a healthy feeling of at-one-ness with the goingson of nature, and consequently a strong self-discovery, in the belief that to share in the yearly movement of the world, in the manner exemplified in these verses, is something for which the human soul has a deep longing, if only it understands its own nature.* PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION (1918).
______________________________________________History of the Calendar of the Soul VersesThe first limited edition of The Calendar of the Soul Verses was published in March 1912 as part of a calendar, never to be reissued. Imma von Eckhardstein illustrated the calendar, following Steiners indications, mainly of the twelve zodiacal images. In 1918, the verses of the Calendar of the Soul were distributed along with a short introduction by Rudolf Steiner, was packaged together with Waldorf Astoria cigarettes to reach German soldiers struggling at the end of World War I. This was part of a project, initialized by Emil Molt, the owner of the Waldorf Astoria Cigaretten Gesellschaft, which also evolved into a publication of the verses as an insert in a few Herman Hesse editions reaching German prisoners of war.
"You will find meditative verses for the individual weeks of the year. You should take these meditations quite particularly into your hearts, for they contain what can make the soul alive and what really corresponds to a living relationship of the soul forces to the forces of the macrocosm." - Rudolf Steiner
______________________________________________About the 'flowing nature' of the German version
of the Calendar of the Soul- by John RiedelThe verses in Steiner's Calendar of the Soul have a system of organization in German in which the words and lines flow smoothly. Breaks in this seem to be for emphasis. Just as the words must be translated into English words, the system must be translated into an English system of equal grace and flow. I have rhymed somewhat more than is found in the original German, but it is part and parcel of the system that I have used to translate the full sense of the German, and should not be considered an arbitrary add-on.Many earlier translations have relied heavily on the word cosmic for the German Welten, but for an English-speaking scientist cosmic means high powered rays coming from the stars. Welten usually refers to a definite planetary body or sphere, or the spiritual being therein, but might refer to everything outside of a man up to and including the stars and universe, a seeming reprise of the Ptolemaic system.Steiner's calendar clearly begins in the Spring. Easter, St.John's, Michaelmus, and Christmas may have somewhat different names and exact dates of celebration in different traditions, but it is clear that these four main festivals occur around the times of the equinoxes and solstices.(this weeks verse)The awakening power of my mind________________________________________
May share with work of God in kind,
But forms of thought drawn down to me
Will dull and mostly dreamy be.
When godlike ways will enter me
And will with me united be,
Must mental work of human bent
In dream-creations be content.St.John's ----------> 12-1310 15(this week's verse) ----------> 8 194 23Easter------------> 1-26 <------ Michaelmas27 - 5229 4932 45 <------(polar verse)34 42Christmas----------> 38-39* provided by translator Tom Mellett: go to www.antroposofi.org____________________________* the Calendar of the Soul is a series of 52 verses, one for each week of the year._________________________________CONTRIBUTORSPlease express your appreciations to the parties below:
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- Painting by Anne Stockton: annestockton@...
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