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.

The Riddle of Man
GA 20

This first English translation of Rudolf Steiner's Vom Menschenrätsel is by William Lindeman. Vom Menschenrätsel was first published in 1916; the most recent 4th German edition, published by the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland, appeared in 1957 as Bibl.–Nr.20 in the collected works of Rudolf Steiner.

Published in German as: Vom Menschenrätsel. Ausgesprochenes und Unausgesprochenes im Denken, Schauen, Sinnen einer Reihe deutscher und österreichischer Persönlichkeiten, this book was translated by William Lindeman. We present it here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

Translator's Introduction

Foreword and Introduction
Thought - World, Personality, Peoples
Addition, for the Second Edition of 1918

German Idealism's Picture of the World
Idealism as an Awakening of the Soul: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Idealism as a View About Nature and the Spirit: Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling
German Idealism as the Beholding of Thoughts: Hegel

A Forgotten Stream in German Spiritual Life
Pictures from the Thought-Life of Austria
New Perspectives

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