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Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 35

Can I know life's reality
So that it's found again
Within my soul's creative urge?
I feel that I am granted power
To make my self, as humble part,
At home within the cosmic self.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 9

When I forget the narrow will of self,
The cosmic warmth that heralds summer's glory
Fills all my soul and spirit;
To lose myself in light
Is the command of spirit vision
And intuition tells me strongly:
O lose yourself to find yourself.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Goethe's Conception of the World
GA 6

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First published in 1897 in German as, Goethe's Weltanshauung, this edition is the first English publication of this work, and is the authorised English translation, edited by Harry Collison. Here, Goethe's outlook is presented not only as a self-contained system, but also in connection with the ideas of Schiller and Hegel. A certain emphasis on Platonism is made, and its bearing on Goethe and his outlook. Chapters emphasize Goethe's work, such as the process of metamorphosis, and studies in color.

We present this First Edition work with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, in Dornach, Switzerland.

Foreword I
Foreword II
Introduction
The Position of Goethe in the Evolution of Western Thought
I.Goethe and Schiller
II.The Platonic Conception of the World
III.Consequences of the Platonic View of the World
IV.Goethe and the Platonic View of the World
V.Personality and View of the World
VI.The Metamorphosis of Phenomena
Views Concerning Nature and the Development of Living Beings
VII.The Doctrine of Metamorphosis
VIII.The Phenomena of the World of Colour
IX.Thoughts Concerning the Evolutionary History of the Earth
X.Observations on Atmospheric Phenomena
XI.Goethe and Hegel
Afterword to the New Edition

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