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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Week 27

When to my being's depths I penetrate,
There stirs expectant longing
That self-observing, I may find myself
As gift of summer sun, a seed
That warming lives in autumn mood
As germinating force of soul.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 1

When out of world-wide spaces
The sun speaks to the human mind,
And gladness from the depths of soul
Becomes, in seeing, one with light,
Then rising from the sheath of self,
Thoughts soar to distances of space
And dimly bind
The human being to the spirit's life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Esoteric Lessons I
GA 266

Number 20

Berlin, 10-18-'07

In November 1879 Michael conquered the spirit of hindrances, Mammon, on the astral plane. The battle must still be fought out on the physical plane. Michael will fight with the spirit of darkness for another 400 years. We pupils of the school are called upon to spread light and spiritual life during this time. Mammon, the spirit of hindrances and darkness, has countless helpers who are often incorporated in bacteria and bacilli; all perversities and sins are from him.

Oriphiel gets his forces from Saturn: he ruled until about 109 A.D.

Anael (Ananiel) — Venus: ruled until about Constantine's time; catacombs, martyrs, great devotion.

Zachariel — Jupiter: folk migrations, breakup of Visigoths.

Raphael — Mercury: ca. 817–1171 A.D.

Samael — Mars: crusades, bellicose religiosity

Gabriel — Moon: ca. 1525–1879 A.D.

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