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Calendar of the Soul


Northern Hemisphere
Week 12

The radiant beauty of the world
Compels my inmost soul to free
God-given powers of my nature
That they may soar into the cosmos,
To take wing from myself
And trustingly to seek myself
In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 38

The spirit child within my soul
I feel freed of enchantment.
In heart-high gladness has
The holy cosmic Word engendered
The heavenly fruit of hope,
Which grows rejoicing into worlds afar
Out of my being's godly roots.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Eurythmy as Visible Singing
GA 278



A, ‘ah’, as in father
E, ‘a’, as in mate
I, ‘ee’, as in meet
0, ‘o’, as in ought
U, ‘oo’, as in moot
Ö, ‘ir’, similar in birth
Ü,‘eu’, similar in feud
AI, ‘ei’, as in height
AU, ‘ow’, as in how
W, ‘v’, as in volume

The above are approximate English equivalents (for example, ‘a’ and is actually a dipthong). The vowels of German resemble Scots pronunciation of English, rather than that of some English as spoken in America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and so on. (The eurythmy gestures for the vowels, it should be noted, are archetypal gestures, standing behind local and national variations of pronunciation, including those of the German language.)

To avoid possible confusion in the text, phonetic spelling has been reproduced in italics. In Lecture 4, where a poem by Goethe is discussed, some German sounds are also given, with phonetic reminders as listed above.



AP Anthroposophie Press, New York.
GA Gesamtausgabe; Bibliographic Survey numbers of Steiner's complete works (Dornach 1961).
MS Manuscript translation awaiting funding for possible publication.
OUP Oxford University Press, Oxford.
RSP Rudolf Steiner Press, London.
Tb Taschenbuch, paperback edition, Dornach, Switzerland.

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