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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 Balance in the World and Man,
Lucifer and Ahriman
GA 158

Steiner explains that the human being is constantly influenced by Lucifer and Ahriman. These beings have access to almost every part of the human being. For example, the luciferic beings can enter the etheric body with our breath. Only in the center of the heart is there a space that cannot be reached by either Lucifer or Ahriman, and it is from this tiny spot that the human being must maintain his balance and thus his true humanity in the face of these cosmic opponents.

These are lectures nine, ten, and eleven from the lecture series entitled, The Human's Connection with the Elemental World, published in German as, Der Zusammenhang des Menschen mit der Elementarischen Welt. Kalewala. Olaf Asteson. Das russische Volkstum. Die Welt als Ergebnis von Gleichgewichtswirkungen. This is the uthorized translation from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. Lecture I was translated by Dorothy S. Osmond, while lectures II-III, were translated by Mary Adams.

Lecture I November 20, 1914
Lecture II November 21, 1914
Lecture III November 22, 1914

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