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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.

The Festivals and Thier Meaning:
Ascension and Pentecost

This volume is a tremendous help for participating in the deep spiritual realities behind the Ascension and Pentecost festivals. Throughout his life Steiner talked about a modern spiritually conscious approach to the festivals of the year. Here is a compilation of what he had to say at various times about Ascension and Pentecost.

Six lectures given between the years 1908 and 1924. This translation, from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer, is by George Adams (Kaufman), Jesse Darrell, and Dorothy S. Osmond. Revised and edited by Alan P. Shepherd.

Foreword
I. The Whitsun Mystery and its connection with the Ascension May 7th, 1923
II. Whitsun: the Festival of the free Individuality Whitsunday, 1910
III. World-Pentecost: the Message of Anthroposophy May 17th, 1923
IV. Whitsun: a Symbol of the Immortality of the Ego June 6th, 1916
V. Whitsun: the Festival of united Soul-Endeavour June 7th, 1908
VI. The Whitsun Festival. Its place in the study of Karma June 4th, 1924
Whitsun Verse

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