Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere

Week 5

Within the light that out of spirit depths
Weaves germinating power into space
And manifests the gods' creative work:
Within its shine, the soul's true being
Is widened into worldwide life
And resurrected
From narrow selfhood's inner power.

Southern Hemisphere

Week 31

The light from spirit depths
Strives to ray outwards, sun-imbued;
Transformed to forceful will of life
It shines into the senses' dullness
To bring to birth the powers
Whereby creative forces, soul-impelled,
Shall ripen into human deeds.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Festivals and Thier Meaning:
Ascension and Pentecost

This volume is a tremendous help for participating in the deep spiritual realities behind the Ascension and Pentecost festivals. Throughout his life Steiner talked about a modern spiritually conscious approach to the festivals of the year. Here is a compilation of what he had to say at various times about Ascension and Pentecost.

Six lectures given between the years 1908 and 1924. This translation, from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer, is by George Adams (Kaufman), Jesse Darrell, and Dorothy S. Osmond. Revised and edited by Alan P. Shepherd.

Foreword
I. The Whitsun Mystery and its connection with the Ascension May 7th, 1923
II. Whitsun: the Festival of the free Individuality Whitsunday, 1910
III. World-Pentecost: the Message of Anthroposophy May 17th, 1923
IV. Whitsun: a Symbol of the Immortality of the Ego June 6th, 1916
V. Whitsun: the Festival of united Soul-Endeavour June 7th, 1908
VI. The Whitsun Festival. Its place in the study of Karma June 4th, 1924
Whitsun Verse

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