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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
revelation.

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.

Lectures to the First Class
Volume III
GA 270

During the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society at Christmas 1923, Rudolf Steiner also reconstituted the “Esoteric School” which had originally functioned in Germany from 1904 until 1914, when the outset of the First World War made it's continuance impossible. However, the original school was only for a relatively few selected individuals, whereas the new school was incorporated into the School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.

By the time Rudolf Steiner had given the first nineteen First Class Lessons (Volumes One and Two), so many new members had joined, or wanted to join, that he felt it necessary to recapitulate the lessons already given rather than continue to advance. However, although the mantras (verses) used are the same as in Volume One, the descriptions are sufficiently different to justify a new volume. Furthermore, much new and valuable material is introduced, which is not in the previous volumes.

Introduction
Apologia
Lesson XX (recapitulation of Lesson I) September 06, 1924
Lesson XXI (recapitulation of Lesson II) September 09, 1924
Lesson XXII (recapitulation of Lesson III) September 11, 1924
Lesson XXIII (recapitulation of Lesson IV) September 13, 1924
Lesson XXIV (recapitulation of Lesson V) September 15, 1924
Lesson XXVI (recapitulation of Lesson VI) September 17, 1924
Lesson XXVI (recapitulation of Lesson VII) September 20, 1924

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