Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere

Week 5

Within the light that out of spirit depths
Weaves germinating power into space
And manifests the gods' creative work:
Within its shine, the soul's true being
Is widened into worldwide life
And resurrected
From narrow selfhood's inner power.

Southern Hemisphere

Week 31

The light from spirit depths
Strives to ray outwards, sun-imbued;
Transformed to forceful will of life
It shines into the senses' dullness
To bring to birth the powers
Whereby creative forces, soul-impelled,
Shall ripen into human deeds.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Macrocosm and Microcosm
GA 119

Varying terminology employed (see Lecture Six and onwards) for the super-sensible worlds:

In Oriental Theosophy:

  • Physical Plane
  • Astral plane
  • Rupa-Devachan or Lower Mental plane
  • Arupa-Devachan or Higher Mental plane

In Rosicrucian Theosophy:

  • Physical World
  • Imaginative World
  • World of Inspiration or of the Harmony of the Spheres
  • World of true Intuition

In the Movement that has associated itself with that of the Rosicrucians:*This fivefold division is based on a different approach.

  • The Little World or the World of the Intellect
  • World of the Elements (Elementary World)
  • World of Spirit (or, occasionally, Heaven World)
  • World of Reason
  • World of Archetypal Images or World of Providence

The Astral World might also be called the Soul-World and the Devachanic World the Spirit-Land. (See the book, Theosophy) European languages, “if they are honest with themselves”, have as yet no designations suitable for application to the Nirvana plane.

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