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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.

Esoteric Lessons II
GA 266

Lesson 20

Stuttgart, 1-1-'11

A famous inscription, the Delphic E (Ei) stood over the portal of the Delphi's temple. The Delphic E means “you are.” Plutarch said it was a greeting to the Godhead by the people who entered the temple. The Delphic E also means the number 5, or the five rising signs in the zodiac. It was adopted by the Gnostics to indicate the Savior, and it's often found on the early Christians' talismans and amulets. It's also found on Seleucid anchors … Maha aya=the great nonexistence. I/A=existence, ch=shaping oneself, im=becoming aware of oneself. The word Iachim (Joachim) has a pedagogically healing effect. Should be said as a prayer in morn and eve for the sake of children and sick people.

To combat vanity, pride, and arrogance think about theosophical teachings; envy and jealousy — think of a beautiful work of art; talkativeness, curiosity, and aggravation — 15 minutes quiet every day.

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