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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 42

In this the shrouding gloom of winter
The soul feels ardently impelled
To manifest its innate strength,
To guide itself to realms of darkness,
Anticipating thus
Through warmth of heart the sense-world's
revelation.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 16

To bear in inward keeping spirit bounty
Is stern command of my prophetic feeling,
That ripened gifts divine
Maturing in the depths of soul
To selfhood bring their fruits.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Chance, Necessity and Providence
GA 163

Chance, necessity, and providence are related to love, loyalty and grace. Into this central theme Steiner introduces a fascinating description of the nature spirits. He also relates his penetrating insights into the question of the death of children and the significant role this plays in earthly culture and the spiritual worlds.

These lectures, given by Rudolf Steiner in the early Fall of 1915, are published in German as, Zufall, Notwendikeit und Vorsehung. Imaginative Erkenntnis und Vorgaenge nach dem Tode.

I. Probability and Chance, Fritz Mauthner's Studies of Improbability August 23, 1915
II. Consciousness in Sleeping and Waking States August 27, 1915
III. Necessity and Chance in Historical Events August 28, 1915
IV. Necessity as Past Subjectivity August 29, 1915
V. Necessity and Past, Chance and Present August 30, 1915
VI. Imaginative Cognition Leaves Insights of Natural Science Behind September 4, 1915
VII. The Physical Body Binds Us to the Physical World, the Etheric Body to the Cosmos September 5, 1915
VIII. Death, Physical Body and Etheric Body September 6, 1915

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