Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 36

Within my being's depths there speaks,
Intent on revelation,
The cosmic Word mysteriously:
Imbue your labor's aims
With my bright spirit light
To sacrifice yourself through me.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 10

To summer's radiant heights
The sun in shining majesty ascends;
It takes my human feeling
Into its own wide realms of space.
Within my inner being stirs
Presentiment which heralds dimly,
You shall in future know:
A godly being now has touched you.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Easter Festival in Relation to the Mysteries
GA 233a

Rudolf Steiner leads us to an understanding of the true meaning of Easter by tracing its history from the pre-Christian era to our time. He shows it is ultimately through knowing the true significance of Easter that we come to understand our relationship to spiritual reality:

“The original idea of any sacred festival is to make the human being look upward from his dependence on earthly things to those things that transcend the Earth.” (From Lecture II)

Translated by George Adams.

Lecture I April 19, 1924
Festivals and the Mysteries. The Adonis Mystery. The Easter Thought.
Lecture II April 20, 1924
Moon-birth and Sun-birth. Necessity and Freedom. Stages of the ancient Easter Initiation.
Lecture III April 21, 1924
The Moon Secret. Spring and Autumn Mysteries.
Lecture IV April 22, 1924
The Mysteries of Ephesus. The Aristotelian Categories.

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