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The Calendar of the Soul

(CW 40)

December 2006
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  • Publisher
    Mercury Press
  • Published
    1st December 2006
  • ISBN 9781957569185
  • Language English
  • Pages 120 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"

A Compilation of Six Different Translations

Rudolf Steiner’s German verses are presented side by side with six translations along with paraphrased text by Owen Barfield, each representing a facet of the original.

Reflecting the passage of the sun between the spring and fall equinoxes—Easter to Michaelmas and back again—Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul is composed of corresponding verses that reveal the polarity of the earth’s rhythm of breathing out and breathing in.

The light of the Soul Calendar’s true language—our soul's language—shines through these translations of Steiner's 52 mantric verses, enabling those who contemplate them to imbue their own soul’s language with their wisdom.

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner, 1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.