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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.

The Cycle of the Year
GA 223

These lectures focus on the four Christian festival seasons, elaborating on the complementary nature of Christmas with Midsummer and Easter with Michaelmas. The esoteric realities behind the festivals are discussed in relation to sub-earthly and super-earthly powers, the equinoxes, the ancient Mysteries, Michael's activity, morality, and the musical-poetic and visual arts. This volume along with Michaelmas and the Soul-Forces of Man completes the entire German volume GA 223.

In the collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's works, the volume containing the German texts is entitled Der Jahreskreislauf als Atmungsvorgang der Erde und die vier grossen Festeszeiten. (Vol. 223 in the Bibliographic Survey). They were translated from the German by Barbara D. Betteridge and Frances E. Dawson. Cover Design by Peter Stebbing.

Translators Note
Foreword
Lecture I March 31, 1923
Lecture II April 01, 1923
Lecture III April 02, 1923
Lecture IV April 07, 1923
Lecture V April 08, 1923

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