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Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 34

In secret inwardly to feel
How all that I've preserved of old
Is quickened by new-risen sense of self:
This shall, awakening, pour forth cosmic forces
Into the outer actions of my life
And growing, mould me into true existence.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 8

The senses' might grows strong
United with the gods' creative work;
It presses down my power of thinking
Into a dreamlike dullness.
When godly being
Desires union with my soul,
Must human thinking
In quiet dream-life rest content.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

The Cosmic New Year
GA 195

During Christmastime of 1919 to 1920, Rudolf Steiner was in Stuttgart to celebrate the end of the first semester of the first Waldorf school and participate in its Christmas festivities. During his visit, he gave not only two courses for teachers (The Light Course and The Genius of Language), but also the five lectures for Anthroposophical Society members collected in this book.

Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. In the Complete Edition of the works of Rudolf Steiner the original German text is published with the title: Weltsilvester und Neujahrsgedanken (No. 195 in the Bibliographic Survey, 1961).

This translation has been made from the original of Rudolf Steiner by permission of Harry Collison, M.A., Oxon. It is presented here with the permission of the Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

I. The Three Streams in the Life of Civilization. December 21, 1919
II. The Michael Path to Christ: A Christmas Lecture December 25, 1919
III. The Mystery of the Human Will December 28, 1919
IV. The Breaking-in of Spiritual Revelations Since the Last Third of the Nineteenth Century December 31, 1919
V. The Dogma of Revelation and the Dogma of Experience January 1, 1919

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