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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 43

In winter's depths is kindled
True spirit life with glowing warmth;
It gives to world appearance,
Through forces of the heart, the power to be.
Grown strong, the human soul defies
With inner fire the coldness of the world.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 17

Thus speaks the cosmic Word
That I by grace through senses' portals
Have led into my innermost soul:
Imbue your spirit depths
With my wide world horizons
To find in future time myself in you.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Esoteric Lessons III
GA 266

Lesson 3

Stuttgart, 2-17 (20)-'13

A quite particular language is given to central Europe out of a mystical mission, in which every single sound of words and their sequence expresses something occult as for instance in the statement Es denkt mich, it thinks me. A long E expresses the reigning, weaving, creating Gods in the world order and in men, and S spoken long expresses the wavy astral element that snakes its way through everything. Mich — that means my I. In other words, the Gods think my I. After meditating on this one should make one's soul completely empty and only have the deepest feeling of piety in it.

Second mantric statement: Es webt mich, It weaves me. That means the Gods weave my I. We should have a feeling of the greatest thankfulness for this. Es wirkt mich, It works me, that is, divine forces work my I. Again feel the divine forces in e, then the astral s, as we also feel the deepest reverence and devotion.

A modern esoteric knows that his ego and astral body leave the physical and etheric bodies behind every night. He should then imagine that a demon took possession of his physical and etheric bodies and that the ego and astral body couldn't go back into their dwelling. On awaking he should ask himself: What did you think and do shortly before awaking? An advanced esoteric does this before he wakes with full consciousness. At first one can't recall that one thought or did anything. But after one has pursued this idea for awhile a thought first flits by and then takes on increasingly firm forms: You thanked the Gods that they let you live again in the body that they built for you. — We're born from the Gods: Ex Deo nascimur. We should repeat these three words every morning and accompany them with a feeling of deepest thankfulness that we've sunk our ego-consciousness back into the temple that the Gods built for us during Saturn, Sun and Moon evolution. We no longer have our ego-consciousness at death. Ancient Atlanteans still entered the spiritual worlds with full consciousness at death. This was gradually lost, until the Greeks were very afraid of the realm of the shades. This became different through the Christ event. By taking Christ into ourselves we can again get to the point where we press into spiritual worlds consciously after death, that means to die in Christ: In Christo morimur. One must always meditate these three words with a feeling of the deepest piety in one's heart. And then we must get to the point where we're conscious of our divine I; it must as it were be born in us again: Per Spiritum Sanctum reviviscimus.

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