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Anthroposophy on the Net - Calendar of the SoulSee printable version aboveRudolf Steiner’s
Calendar of the Soul“I feel the essence of my being,”So speaks an inward senseWhich in the sun-illumined worldUnites with the flowing light.For it would pour its warmthInto thinking’s clarityAnd bind in oneThe human being and the world.* translation by John Thomson._____________________I feel my Beings very BeingSo speaks the souls feeling of knowingwhich in the Sun-illumined worldunites itself with floods of light.The touch of my True Being will suffusemy daily thoughts with warm clarityand firmly marry the human beingand the universe in oneness.* translation by Dennis Klocek.____________________Sensation speaks!
"I feel the essence of my being!" ---
swirling through torrents of light
in the sun-brightened world.
How sensation yearns
to bestow upon thinking
the gift of warmth
that leads to clarity---
and fuses into unity
the human being and the world.* translation by Tom Mellett.____________________I sense a kindred nature to my own:Thus speaks perceptive feelingAs in the sun-illuminated worldIt merges with the floods of light;To thinking's clarityMy feeling would give warmthAnd firmly bind as oneThe human being and the world.* translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch___________________Ich fühle Wesen meines Wesens:So spricht Empfindung,Die in der sonnerhellten WeltMit Lichtesfluten sich vereint;Sie will dem DenkenZur Klarheit Wärme schenkenUnd Mensch und WeltIn Einheit fest verbinden.* original German by Rudolf Steiner.____________________`I feel the very Being of my being,'so the responsive soul,which in a wide world rinsed with radiant sunwith flowing light grows one;imparting warmth to mind's transparency,such is her will,so knitting man and world in unison.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 goings–on 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 Steiner’s 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
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