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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 26

O Nature, your maternal life
I bear within the essence of my will.
And my will's fiery energy
Shall steel my spirit striving,
That sense of self springs forth from it
To hold me in myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 52

When from the depths of soul
The spirit turns to the life of worlds
And beauty wells from wide expanses,
Then out of heaven's distances
Streams life-strength into human bodies,
Uniting by its mighty energy
The spirit's being with our human life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Spiritual Ground of Education
GA 305

Foreword

This course of nine lectures was given by Doctor Rudolf Steiner at Mansfield College, Oxford, in August, 1922, three years after the foundation of the Waldorf School. It is the first of the three courses of lectures on education given by Rudolf Steiner for an English audience.

Mrs. Millicent Mackenzie, at that time professor of Education at University College, Cardiff, was an active member of the committee who promoted the conference and she took the chair throughout these lectures. Principal L. P. Jacks, then head of Manchester College, gave an address of welcome to Dr. Steiner at the opening of the conference. Mr. H. A. L. Fisher, then Minister of Education (to whose message Dr. Steiner refers in Lecture II) had signified his intention to be present.

The colloquial style has been retained in translation since, although Steiner would no doubt have revised the MS. for publication, it seems less presumptuous to leave in what he might have left out than to risk leaving out what he might have left in.

D.H.

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