Corner icon Lectures Section image

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.

The Festivals and their Meaning II:


To Rudolf Steiner the Mystery of Golgotha was far more than the central event of the Christian religion. It was the pivotal event of the whole divine process of creation, of the whole process of human evolution from its beginnings in the womb of the Spirit to its final far-distant consummation in man's attainment of his divine nature. Its significance, he held, must be looked for in all human history, in all the arts, in human thinking, in all social relationships, and, if men could but see it, even in the materialistic triumphs of science.

So too the Christian Festivals were never for him merely the commemoration of the great historical events or truths of the Christian revelation. They are in themselves, each year, spiritual events, carrying a significance that grows and deepens with the developing phases of human evolution. Especially is this true of the Easter Festival, with its answer to man's deepest needs, its quickening of his highest hopes; with its message of the victory of good over evil, of light over darkness, of life over death. Again and again, from all points of view, Rudolf Steiner lectured upon the deep meaning of the Easter Festival in the eternal working of the divine worlds upon mankind, in the prefiguring myths and symbols of the ancient Mystery religions, in its relation to the world of nature and the cosmic universe, in which the date of its keeping contains unique, but almost forgotten, significance. But, above all, he speaks of it as the Festival of man's spiritual future, the Festival of Hope and also the Festival of Warning.

This book contains a selection from many lectures. They were given originally to those who were familiar with Steiner's anthroposophical teaching, and to those they will be a mine of meditative reading. To the ordinary reader, much in them will perforce be strange, at times startling and even provoking. But we live, not by what we already think we know, but by what we can receive in revelation. Those who read these lectures in that spirit will find in them illumination and inspiration, the opening of new doors, and the unexpected lighting of dark places by the freshly-revealed significance of familiar Easter truths.

Support Our Services

The Archive is a "pay what you can" service. If you or your organization use and value our work, please consider making a financial contribution. Visit our Help Out page for additional ways to support us. Thank you!

Please Donate!