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Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere—
Summer Solstice
Week 11

In this the sun's high hour it rests
With you to understand these words of wisdom:
Surrender to the beauty of the world,
Be stirred with new-enlivened feeling;
The human I can lose itself
And find itself within the cosmic I.

Southern Hemisphere—
Winter Solstice
Week 37

To carry spirit light into world-winter-night
My heart is ardently impelled,
That shining seeds of soul
Take root in grounds of worlds
And Word Divine through senses' darkness
Resounds, transfiguring all life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Necessity and Freedom
GA 166

Publisher's Note

During the war years Rudolf Steiner spoke the following commemorative words before every lecture he gave to the Anthroposophical Society of countries affected by the war:

My dear friends, let us think of the guardian spirits of all the people out on the battlefields:

Spirits ever watchful, guardians of your souls,
May your pinions carry
Our souls' imploring love
To the human beings upon earth committed to your care;
That, united with your power,
Our prayer may radiate with help
To the souls whom our love is seeking.

And let us turn to the guardian spirits of all those souls who have already passed through the portal of death because of the catastrophes of our time:

Spirits ever watchful, guardians of your souls,
May your pinions carry
Our souls' imploring love
To the human beings in the spheres committed to your care
That, united with your power,
Our prayer may radiate with help
To the souls whom our love is seeking.

And may the Spirit whom we have for many years sought to approach with our spiritual science, the Spirit who passed through the Mystery of Golgotha for the salvation of the earth and the freedom and progress of humanity, may that spirit be with you in your arduous tasks.

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