Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 18

Can I expand my soul
That it unites itself
With cosmic Word received as seed?
I sense that I must find the strength
To fashion worthily my soul
As fitting raiment for the spirit.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 44

In reaching for new sense attractions,
Soul-clarity would fill,
Mindful of spirit-birth attained,
The world's bewildering, sprouting growth
With the creative will of my own thinking.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Occult Science - An Outline
GA 13

Preface to the 1920 Edition

For this edition I have almost entirely rewritten the opening chapter on the character of Occult Science. I think there will now be less cause for misunderstanding. How often have I heard it said: While other branches of learning offer scientific proofs, this pretended science merely declares that such and such are the findings of Occult Science. It is a natural objection. The proof of supersensible knowledge can never be as tangible and compelling as with things seen and experienced by the outer senses. It is a misconception none the less, and in the altered version I have tried to bring this out more clearly than I appear to have succeeded in doing in the earlier editions.

For the rest, I have introduced changes and additions, trying to make the explanations clearer and more cogent. In many parts of the book, the oft-repeated experience of the spiritual realities described convinced me of the need to modify the forms of expression in which I try to clothe them, and I have done my best to make the necessary changes.

Rudolf Steiner    

Berlin, May 1920

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