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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Week 27

When to my being's depths I penetrate,
There stirs expectant longing
That self-observing, I may find myself
As gift of summer sun, a seed
That warming lives in autumn mood
As germinating force of soul.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 1

When out of world-wide spaces
The sun speaks to the human mind,
And gladness from the depths of soul
Becomes, in seeing, one with light,
Then rising from the sheath of self,
Thoughts soar to distances of space
And dimly bind
The human being to the spirit's life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Michaelmas and the Soul-Forces of Man
GA 223

Translator's Note

When a wholly untranslatable word occurs in a text there is no adequate alternative to retaining it. The dictionary translates Gemüt as “heart, soul, mind,” seeming to imply, “take your choice.” But the word Gemüt must not be thought of as having these three separate meanings, but rather as a unified concept embracing all three. Let us think of Gemüt, then, as meaning something like

the mind warmed by a loving heart and stimulated by the soul's imaginative power.

Or again, it might be described as

the soul in a state of unconscious intuition arising from the working together of heart and mind.

It is a very beautiful and comprehensive word with which every student of anthroposophy should be on intimate terms — a statement amply confirmed by a sentence that occurs in the text:

“This human Gemüt dwells in the very center of the soul life.” (Steiner)

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