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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.

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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