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Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 42

In this the shrouding gloom of winter
The soul feels ardently impelled
To manifest its innate strength,
To guide itself to realms of darkness,
Anticipating thus
Through warmth of heart the sense-world's

Southern Hemisphere
Week 16

To bear in inward keeping spirit bounty
Is stern command of my prophetic feeling,
That ripened gifts divine
Maturing in the depths of soul
To selfhood bring their fruits.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Significant Facts Pertaining to the Spiritual Life of the Middle of the XIXth Century
GA 254

Three lectures delivered in Dornach, Switzerland, in October and November, 1915. Authorized translation from the German of Notes unrevised by the lecturer.

A part of Steiner's Lectures on the Anthroposophical Movement and Society, these are lectures 11, 12, and 13 of 13 lectures from the lecture series: Occult Movements of the 19th Century (formerly Bn 164.2, GA 164). Published in German as: Die Okkulte Bewegung Im Neunzehnten Jahrhundert und Ihre Beziehung zur Weltkultur. Bedeutzames aus dem aeusseren Geistesleben um Mitte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts. Translated by D. S. Osmond

Lecture I October 31, 1915
A convulsive element is at work in the evolution of humanity during the 19th century. Two examples from European literature of significant insight into happenings in the spiritual worlds: “The Mahaguru,” a novel by Gutzkow, and “The Undivine Comedy,” a drama by Zigmunt Krasinski.
Lecture II November 1, 1915
When most of the souls now living are reincarnated they will know as a natural matter of course that there are many earthly lives. The men of the Lemurian and Atlantean epochs and their occult arts. Knowledge and application of hidden forces of nature. The gradual development of free will and a new knowledge of nature. Decadent remains of ancient, occult chemistry, for example in Tibet. Necessity for acquiring knowledge of Lucifer and Ahriman, The Ego must be permeated by Christ. Senses-perceptions and ideas. The concept of knowledge and the concept of life. Extract from a letter written by Petrarch to Boccaccio. Ahasver, the Wandering Jew. “Christ is seeing us.”
Lecture III November 7, 1915
The tragic wrestling with knowledge. How can man find the link with the true realities in the cosmos? Fechner and the discovery of medicaments. The moral physiognomy of men in the sixth post-Atlantean epoch as the nemesis of materialism. Gradual stiffening of the etheric body, and its consequences.

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