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Anthro on the Net - Calendar of the SoulRudolf Steiner’sCalendar of the SoulTwenty-ninth WeekTo kindle in myself with all my strengthThe radiance of thinking’s power,To read the meaning of experienceFrom the cosmic Spirit’s source of strength;For me all this is summer’s heritage,Is autumn’s rest and winter’s hope._____________________My True Selfmust now work within meto foster the light of thinkingwhich will infuse my life with inner meaningout of the spirit fountain of strength.This is my summer inheritance,my source of autumnal serenity,and my deepest hope in winter.* translation by Dennis Klocek.____________________To ignite the light of thinking
so forcefully within me---To live within the meaning
of the cosmic spirit's source of power---
This is for me:
The heritage of summer,
The tranquillity of fall,
The hope of winter.* translation by Tom Mellett.To fan the spark of thinking into flameBy my own strong endeavor,To read life's inner meaningOut of the cosmic spirit's fount of strength:This is my summer heritage,My autumn solace, and my winter hope.* translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch___________________Sich selbst erschaffend stets,Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;Der Weltengeist, er strebet fortIn Selbsterkenntnis neu belebtUnd schafft aus SeelenfinsternisDes Selbstsinns Willensfrucht.* original German by Rudolf Steiner.____________________Vigorously to kindle here withinthe shining light of thought,from out of the World-spirit's well of strengthto draw up meaning and make senseof past experience:all this for me is summertime's bequest,is winter's hope and autumn's rest.The Year Participatedtranslation 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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