Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere

Week 6

There has arisen from its narrow limits
My self and finds itself
As revelation of all worlds
Within the sway of time and space;
The world, as archetype divine,
Displays to me at every turn
The truth of my own likeness.

Southern Hemisphere

Week 32

I feel my own force, bearing fruit
And gaining strength to give me to the world.
My inmost being I feel charged with power
To turn with clearer insight
Toward the weaving of life's destiny.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

What is the principal secret of the universe?

The ancient mystery saying called on the human being to ‘Know Yourself!’ Rudolf Steiner explains that this maxim is not asking us to study subjectively our own personal character, but rather to come to a knowledge of our true, archetypal human nature — and with it the position we occupy in the universe.

In these eloquent lectures, Rudolf Steiner speaks of the human being as the model of creation, the primary focus of the cosmos. In an extensive exposition he talks of the constellation of cosmic forces, zodiac and planets amongst which we find ourselves situated. Only a true knowledge of our human nature and the spiritual forces which surround us — the microcosm within the greater macrocosm — can enable humanity to progress, he says. This book is an important contribution to that goal: the development of a contemporary spiritual science of the human being.

Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. In the Complete Edition of the works of Rudolf Steiner the original German text is published with the title: Entsprechungen zwischen Mikrokosmos und Makrokosmos. Der Mensch — eine Hieroglyphe des Weltenalls.

 Cover Sheet  
Lecture One April 09, 1920
Lecture Two April 10, 1920
Lecture Three April 11, 1920
Lecture Four April 16, 1920
Lecture Five April 17, 1920
Lecture Six April 18, 1920
Lecture Seven April 23, 1920
Lecture Eight April 24, 1920
Lecture Nine April 25, 1920
Lecture Ten May 01, 1920
Lecture Eleven May 02, 1920
Lecture Twelve May 08, 1920
Lecture Thirteen May 09, 1920
Lecture Fourteen May 14, 1920
Lecture Fifteen May 15, 1920
Lecture Sixteen May 16, 1920

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