Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 19

In secret to encompass now
With memory what I've newly got
Shall be my striving's further aim:
Thus, ever strengthening, selfhood's forces
Shall be awakened from within
And growing, give me to myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 45

My power of thought grows firm
United with the spirit's birth.
It lifts the senses' dull attractions
To bright-lit clarity.
When soul-abundance
Desires union with the world's becoming,
Must senses' revelation
Receive the light of thinking.

—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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