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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.

Esoteric Lessons II
GA 266

Lesson 20

Stuttgart, 1-1-'11

A famous inscription, the Delphic E (Ei) stood over the portal of the Delphi's temple. The Delphic E means “you are.” Plutarch said it was a greeting to the Godhead by the people who entered the temple. The Delphic E also means the number 5, or the five rising signs in the zodiac. It was adopted by the Gnostics to indicate the Savior, and it's often found on the early Christians' talismans and amulets. It's also found on Seleucid anchors … Maha aya=the great nonexistence. I/A=existence, ch=shaping oneself, im=becoming aware of oneself. The word Iachim (Joachim) has a pedagogically healing effect. Should be said as a prayer in morn and eve for the sake of children and sick people.

To combat vanity, pride, and arrogance think about theosophical teachings; envy and jealousy — think of a beautiful work of art; talkativeness, curiosity, and aggravation — 15 minutes quiet every day.

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