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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.

Man — Hieroglyph of the Universe
GA 201

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.

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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