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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.

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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