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Calendar of the Soul

ST. JOHN'S TIDE

Northern Hemisphere
Week 12

The radiant beauty of the world
Compels my inmost soul to free
God-given powers of my nature
That they may soar into the cosmos,
To take wing from myself
And trustingly to seek myself
In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 38

The spirit child within my soul
I feel freed of enchantment.
In heart-high gladness has
The holy cosmic Word engendered
The heavenly fruit of hope,
Which grows rejoicing into worlds afar
Out of my being's godly roots.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Balance in the World and Man,
Lucifer and Ahriman
GA 158

Steiner explains that the human being is constantly influenced by Lucifer and Ahriman. These beings have access to almost every part of the human being. For example, the luciferic beings can enter the etheric body with our breath. Only in the center of the heart is there a space that cannot be reached by either Lucifer or Ahriman, and it is from this tiny spot that the human being must maintain his balance and thus his true humanity in the face of these cosmic opponents.

These are lectures nine, ten, and eleven from the lecture series entitled, The Human's Connection with the Elemental World, published in German as, Der Zusammenhang des Menschen mit der Elementarischen Welt. Kalewala. Olaf Asteson. Das russische Volkstum. Die Welt als Ergebnis von Gleichgewichtswirkungen. This is the uthorized translation from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. Lecture I was translated by Dorothy S. Osmond, while lectures II-III, were translated by Mary Adams.

Lecture I November 20, 1914
Lecture II November 21, 1914
Lecture III November 22, 1914

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