Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 26

O Nature, your maternal life
I bear within the essence of my will.
And my will's fiery energy
Shall steel my spirit striving,
That sense of self springs forth from it
To hold me in myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 52

When from the depths of soul
The spirit turns to the life of worlds
And beauty wells from wide expanses,
Then out of heaven's distances
Streams life-strength into human bodies,
Uniting by its mighty energy
The spirit's being with our human life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Goethes Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften
GA 1

In the collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's works in German, the volume containing the German text is entitled Goethes Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften, Einleitungen, (Vol. I in the Bibliographic Survey). It was originally published as introductions to Goethe's Natural-Scientific Works in Kürschner's Deutsche National Literatur, edited by Rudolf Steiner, with introductions, footnotes, and annotations in four volumes, 1883–1897. Also translated as Goethe the Scientist.

This translation into English was made by William Lindeman, and is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Cover graphic form by Rudolf Steiner (originally as a study for the book Truth and Science). Layout and lettering, Peter Stebbing. Text by John Roland Penner.


  1. Einleitung
  2. Die Entstehung der Metamorphosenlehre
  3. Die Entstehung von Goethes Gedanken über die Bildung der Tiere
  4. Über das Wesen und die Bedeutung von Goethes Schriften über organische Bildung
  5. Abschluss über Goethes morphologische Anschauungen
  6. Goethes Erkenntnis-Art
  7. Über die Anordnung der naturwissenschaftlichen Schriften Goethes
  8. Von der Kunst zur Wissenschaft
  9. Goethes Erkenntnistheorie
  10. Wissen und Handeln im Lichte der Goetheschen Denkweise
  11. Verhältnis der Goetheschen Denkweise zu anderen Ansichten
  12. Goethe und die Mathematik
  13. Das geologische Grundprinzip Goethes
  14. Die meteorologischen Vorstellungen Goethes
  15. Goethe und der naturwissenschaftliche Illusionismus
  16. Goethe als Denker und Forscher
  17. Goethe gegen den Atomismus
  18. Goethes Weltanschauung in Seinen «Sprüchen in Prosa»

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