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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 43

In winter's depths is kindled
True spirit life with glowing warmth;
It gives to world appearance,
Through forces of the heart, the power to be.
Grown strong, the human soul defies
With inner fire the coldness of the world.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 17

Thus speaks the cosmic Word
That I by grace through senses' portals
Have led into my innermost soul:
Imbue your spirit depths
With my wide world horizons
To find in future time myself in you.

—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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