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Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 19

In secret to encompass now
With memory what I've newly got
Shall be my striving's further aim:
Thus, ever strengthening, selfhood's forces
Shall be awakened from within
And growing, give me to myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 45

My power of thought grows firm
United with the spirit's birth.
It lifts the senses' dull attractions
To bright-lit clarity.
When soul-abundance
Desires union with the world's becoming,
Must senses' revelation
Receive the light of thinking.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Cycle of the Year
GA 223

These lectures focus on the four Christian festival seasons, elaborating on the complementary nature of Christmas with Midsummer and Easter with Michaelmas. The esoteric realities behind the festivals are discussed in relation to sub-earthly and super-earthly powers, the equinoxes, the ancient Mysteries, Michael's activity, morality, and the musical-poetic and visual arts. This volume along with Michaelmas and the Soul-Forces of Man completes the entire German volume GA 223.

In the collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's works, the volume containing the German texts is entitled Der Jahreskreislauf als Atmungsvorgang der Erde und die vier grossen Festeszeiten. (Vol. 223 in the Bibliographic Survey). They were translated from the German by Barbara D. Betteridge and Frances E. Dawson. Cover Design by Peter Stebbing.

Translators Note
Foreword
Lecture I March 31, 1923
Lecture II April 01, 1923
Lecture III April 02, 1923
Lecture IV April 03, 1923
Lecture V April 04, 1923

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