SOUL CALENDAR 52 weekly verses
G i v e n b y R u d o l f S t e i n e r i n 19 2 5 .
Translated from the German original by Brian Keats
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When out of world widths In the outwardness of the senses The waxing human I In light, that out of spirit deeps
I feel the being of my being:
The sun speaks to human mind 1 Loses mind might its ego existence; 2 Itself forgetting 3 4 5
So speaks perception, In space fruitfully weaving
And joy out of the soul deeps Human offspring And of its foundation mindful, In the sun clear world The gods’ creation reveals:
With light itself unites in vision, 26 52 Find spirit world again, Speaks to the world all: 24 50 It unites itself with floods of light; 22 48
Then drift out of self hood’s veil
25 51 23 49 The soul being appears in it
Your own seed is in it, In you, liberating myself It wishes to bestow warmth Expanded into the world existence
Thoughts into space expanses But your soul fruit From my egohood’s shackles, For clarity of thinking
And dimly bind 27 28 29 30 And has risen up 31
Within yourselves must find. Fathom I my real essence. And human and world From narrow selfhood’s inner might.
Human Being to spirit existence. In oneness firmly bind.
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It is arisen out of egohood My Self, it threatens to escape, It grows the senses might Oblivious of my own will traits, 9 To summer’s heights
My Self and finds itself 21 47 By world light mightily attracted. 7 In bond with the gods’ creation, 8 Summer heralding world warmth Rises sun’s shining being itself; 10
As world revelation Now step you my intuition It presses thinking’s forces Fills my spirit and soul being; 18 44 It carries my human feeling
In forces of time and space; 32 Into your rights enforcingly, 20 46 To dream’s dullness down. 19 45 Lose myself into light With it into widths of space. 17 43
The world, it indicates to me everywhere Replace for me thinking’s might, When divine being Bids my spirit vision, Perception intuiting within me
35 Arouses itself, dimly calls to me,
As godlike archetype That in the senses sheen 33 With my soul wants to unite, 34 And force enfilled intuitiveness suggests to me: 36
My own image’s truth. Will lose itself. Must human thinking Lose yourself, in order yourself to find. In time you will realize:
Humbly still itself to dream existence. A divine being feels you now.
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It is in this sun hour 11 The world’s glowing beauty, 12 And when I am in the sense heights, 13 To sense revelation surrendered 14 I feel as if enchanted
For you, the wise lore to discern: It compels me out of soul deeps So flames in my soul deeps I lost ego being’s drive, In world appearance of spirit’s weaving.
To go through feeling yourself, 16 42 To release to world flight 15 41 The gods’ word of truth
14 40 Thought dream, it seemed 13 39 It has in sense dimness 15
Surrendered to world beauty; The ego-life’s divine forces; From spirit’s fire worlds: Numbly me the self to rob, Enfolded my ego being,
Lost be can the human I 37 Myself to let loose, In spirit grounds seek intuitingly But rousing world thinking 40 To bestow on me the force, 12 38
And find itself in world I.
38 Your spirit kinship to find. 39 Already draws near within sense sheen.
Trustingly seeking myself only That my I, placed in its limits,
In world light and world warmth. Is mightless to give itself.
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To shield spirit gift within, 16 It speaks the World Word, Can I the soul widen, Mysteriously the newly received Thus I first feel my existence, 20
My intuition bids me sternly, That I through sense doors So that she herself unites To enfold within my memory, That far from world existence
So that ripening divine gifts 11 37 Was allowed to lead into soul grounds: 17 With received World Germinating Word? Shall be my striving’s broader purpose: 19 In itself extinguishes itself, 7 33
In soul grounds fruiting Infuse your spirit depths I intuit, that I force must find, 18 It shall strengthening ego forces And building solely from grounds,
Bring fruits for self hood. With my World Widths, 10 36 The soul worthily to fashion, Rouse within me In itself, must slay itself .
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To find one day Me in you. To mould herself to a spirit mantle. And in becoming give myself to me.
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I feel unfamiliar fructifying might The light from world widths 22 The sense enticements 23 Soul being becomes aware of itself, I may now to myself belong
Strengthening itself, to lend my Self to me. It lives enforcingly on within: Dampen themselves autumn like; Continually creating itself; 24 And lucently spread inner light 25
I perceive the seed ripening 21 It turns into soul light 5 31 The dim veil of fog The World Spirit, it strives on Into the darkness of space and time.
In light revelation blends itself. 4 30 3 29
And intuition light full weaving And shines into the spirit deeps With new life in self cognizance Being of Nature draws to sleep; 2 28
In selfhood’s might within. 6 32 For fruits to bear, I see in the expanses of space And creates from soul darkness The soul’s deeps shall waken
That Human Self from World Self
48 The autumn’s winter sleep. 49 Will fruit from sense of Self. 50 And wakefully carry sun glowing
The summer has to me 51
47 Lets ripen in the flow of time. Itself surrendered. Into cold winter flowing.
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Nature, your maternal existence, 26 Into my being’s deeps penetrate: I can feel my own essence’s widths 28 The thinking’s shining The thinking’s ripe fruits
I carry it in my will’s being; A stirred intuition filled yearning, Freshly enlivened within, To kindle force enfilled within oneself, 50 24 Sprouts for me in soul sunlight,
And my will’s fire might, 1 27 That self contemplating I find myself, 27 And force filled thought rays 51 25 Interpreting life’s sense full experiences In self consciousness certainty
It steels my spirit’s drives, As a gift of seed from summer sun Out of soul sun might From world spirit’s force wellspring, All feelings transform themselves. 49 23
So that they birth Self feeling Warmingly living in autumn mood 52 26
3 I can experience joyfully
52 Loosening life expended riddles, Is to me now summer legacy,
To carry myself in me. As my soul’s driving force. Lending fulfillment for many a wish, 2 Is autumn repose and also winter hope. Autumn’s wakening spirit: 4
1 To the wings of hope already lamed. Winter will in me
Rouse the soul’s summer.
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The light from spirit deeps, I feel my own force fructifying Thus initially I feel the world To feel newly standing ego existence Can I recognize the existence,
Strives outwards like a sun. 48 22 That lends me to the world with strength; That separate for my soul’s witnessing, 33 Full of mystery within That finds itself again
It becomes life will force I feel my ego being force-filling Is only frosty empty life Enlivening the inheritance of ages:
45 19 In soul’s creation urgings?
32 46 20 It shall rouse world forces I feel, that might is lent to me, 44 18
And shines into the dullness of senses, 5 Turning itself to clarity Manifesting itself without might,
To let loose forces, In life’s destiny weaving. In souls creating itself anew, To pour into my life’s external works 8 To humbly immerse the Self
That creative might from soul drives
47 21 Solely in itself, could find but death. 7 And in becoming imprint me into existence. As a member into the World Self. 9
Allow to ripen in human works.
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In my being’s deeps speaks To carry spirit light into world winter night I feel the spirit child in soul womb 38 To spirit revelation surrendered And when I am in spirit deeps,
36 39 40
Urging towards revelation Strives blissfully my heart’s drive, Freed from enchantment. Gain I the World Being light. Then in my soul grounds
Mystery full the World Word: That lucently soul seeds 37 It has in heart brightness 41 15 Thought force, it grows From heart’s world of love
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Fulfill your labour’s aims In World Ground roots, Begotten the Holy World Word Clarifying to give me myself, The egohood’s empty delusion
With My spirit light, And God’s Word in sense gloom 42 16 The heavenly fruit of hope, 12 And rousing releases in me Is filled with World Word’s fire force.
To offer up yourself through Me. 10 Tones transfiguring all existence. That jubilantly grows in world extents From thinker might Self sense. 13 14
11 Out of my being’s godly ground.
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It sets itself thinking’s might
The soul’s creation might It is in this winter gloom In wintery deeps 36 10
41 Grasping new sensations In bond with spirit birth,
Strives out of heart’s ground, The soul’s strong drive 37 11 Warms the spirit’s true being; Single minded in full draught of spirit birth, It clears dull sense enticements
In human life divine forces The revelation’s own force, It offers to world appearance 44
38 12 17 Soul clarity is filling, Into full clarity.
For righteous acts to enflame, To guide into darkness Might of existence through heart’s forces; 19
16 Bewildering sprouting world becoming When soul fullness
She herself to shape And intuitingly to fore feel, The soul’s fire in human core
In human love and human work. 15 Through heart’s warmth, senses’ revelation.
With my thinking’s will shaping. 35 9 Wants to unite itself with World Becoming,
Strengthening defies the world cold. Sense revelation must
18 Receive the light of thinking.
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The world, it threatens to benumb 46 Quickening desire-to-become sense sheen, In light, that out of world heights I feel the force of World Existence: It speaks to human I,
The soul’s own born force;
49 Revealing itself mightily
Will arise out of World Womb. 47 Of soul mightily wants to flow,
Thus speaks thought clarity, 29 3
Now step you, remembrance, 33 7 It finds my thinking’s force Appears certainty of world thinking, Recalling its own spirit’s waxing And its being’s forces loosening,
From spirit deeps lucently up Prepared through the divine forces, 32 6 Loosening soul riddles, In darkest world nights, 30 4 World Existence’s desire-to-become:
31 5 In you my life carrying
And strengthen my beholding, That enforcingly live within me. And assembling its mighty rays, And to the nearing world day
That only through will forces 20 Rousing love within human hearts. It tends the rays of hope within. 23 Out of its enchantment spell,
Can it uphold itself. Accomplish I my true aim.
51 52 The course of the year has its own life with which the human soul can accompany. Opening the soul to the influences that speak to it, can bring about
Into the inwardness of the human being, When out of the soul deeps a sensitivity to the spiritual forces growing within it, and help us realise the union between the World and our own Self.
The senses riches gush. The spirit turns itself towards World Existence How to start: The Calendar begins on Easter Sunday with verse 1, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, and verse 27 if you reside in the Southern.
The World Spirit finds itself And beauty wells from widths of space, 52 The verse is read and contemplated for a week. On the following Sunday the next verse is worked with, and so on. You will find next to each verse a
As mirror image of human eye, Then draws from heaven’s extents lemniscate (figure 8) symbol surrounded by four numbers. The TOP number is the primary verse for the week. You can choose to work the current
That its force out of itself The life force into human bodies 27 1 week’s polar verse as well and the BOTTOM number references it. The verses also belong in a complementary set of four which is expressed in the LEFT
Must newly create itself. And working mightily, unites and RIGHT numbers. You can work with all four. These are ways of approaching the Soul Calendar. There are no fixed rules or expectations. It is up to
25 The spirit being with Human Existence. each individual to find their own way of working with these verses.
Each German word has a consistent translation throughout to enable the reader to follow the manifold word threads through the year’s course.