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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Week 27

When to my being's depths I penetrate,
There stirs expectant longing
That self-observing, I may find myself
As gift of summer sun, a seed
That warming lives in autumn mood
As germinating force of soul.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 1

When out of world-wide spaces
The sun speaks to the human mind,
And gladness from the depths of soul
Becomes, in seeing, one with light,
Then rising from the sheath of self,
Thoughts soar to distances of space
And dimly bind
The human being to the spirit's life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Festivals and Their Meaning I:
Christmas

Christmas Meditation

In der Zeiten Wende
Trat das Welten-Geistes-Licht
In den irdischen Wesenstrom;
Nacht-Dunkel hatte ausgewalte;
Taghelle Licht erstrahlte in Menschenseelen; Licht, das erwärmet die armen Hirtenherzen;
Licht, das erleuchtet die weisen Königshäupter.

Göttliches Licht, Christus-Sonne
Erwärme unsere Herzen;
Erleuchte unsere Häupter;
Dass gut werde,
Was wir aus Herzen gründen,
Was wir aus Häuptern
führen wollen.

At the turning-point of time,
The Spirit-Light of the World
Entered the stream of Earthly Evolution.
Darkness of Night had held its sway;
Day-radiant Light poured into the souls of men,
Light that gave warmth to simple shepherds' hearts,
Light that enlightened the wise heads of kings.

O Light Divine! O Sun of Christ!
Warm Thou our hearts,
Enlighten Thou our heads,
That good may become
What from our hearts we would found
And from our heads direct
With single purpose.

Rudolf Steiner, Christmas, 1923.

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