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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.

Colour
Part III
GA 291

Introduction

The content of this third part of Rudolf Steiner's Doctrine of Colour consists of two illuminating lectures on the Nature of Colour. The first lecture has already been published in Ways to a New Style in Architecture, but without the coloured diagram which belongs to it. This is of such fundamental importance to the painter who wants to paint “from the colour,” that it is indispensable to his practice, and is therefore included in this volume.

The last lecture in the volume forms in certain respects a conclusion, or final summary. It is a beacon to the worlds in which colour has its home. To reach it is the objective of a long road for the earnest seeker after an approach to colour.

With these are printed such parts of two lectures as are concerned with the subject of colour. The lectures themselves deal with various arts, — Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Music, Poetry and so on.

It was thought best to collect everything in these volumes on Rudolf Steiner's Doctrine of Colour which bore directly on the question of the world of colour, and therefore the following extracts were made of those parts of greatest importance to the student of colour.

In a fairly large number of Rudolf Steiner's lectures there are indications which go deep into the knowledge and experience of colour; but as they are so much bound up with the context, they would lose their connection with an organic whole if they were taken out. In the case of these two extracts, however, it appeared possible to separate them, since in another way they could be welded into a great continuity, namely, the great spiritual continuity of Rudolf Steiner's Doctrine of Colour.

Marie Strakosch

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