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Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 19

In secret to encompass now
With memory what I've newly got
Shall be my striving's further aim:
Thus, ever strengthening, selfhood's forces
Shall be awakened from within
And growing, give me to myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 45

My power of thought grows firm
United with the spirit's birth.
It lifts the senses' dull attractions
To bright-lit clarity.
When soul-abundance
Desires union with the world's becoming,
Must senses' revelation
Receive the light of thinking.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Pastoral Medicine
GA 318

Publisher's Foreword

This volume contains material which for many years was circulated in manuscript form among priests and doctors. The audience to whom the lectures were given was restricted to priests and doctors as they really were intended to serve the esoteric needs of these two professions. In this respect it gives insights into how Steiner went about laying the foundations for an esoteric path connected with a particular vocation. It is reasonable to assume that had he lived longer he would have delivered similar courses to other professional groups. Of particular significance is the giving of a mantric verse for the support of the vocational activity (see last lecture), a verse specific to the vocation. The receiving and working with such a verse would presumably be connected with the task and responsibilities an individual would assume when he or she worked out of one of the Sections of the School for Spiritual Science in the realm of a particular vocation.

Needless to say, the material assumes a certain maturity in anthroposophy which at a minimum means a familiarity with the basic books. Anyone attempting this cycle without such a background is advised to do the necessary studies before trying to read this volume.

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