Calendar of the Soul

Verses by Rudolf Steiner
English Translations by Tom Mellett

Forty Fifth Week / Eighth Week


Here is the next pair of Calendar of the Soul verses for this week (#45) and its polar opposite (#8). Note how the verses have diverged from the lemniscate's crossing point at Michaelmas, (which is Verse #26 with Polar verse #27). We have passed Christmas (#38), which occurs right after the Winter Solstice and marks the bottom of the lemniscate. (St. John's Tide marks the top). We are now moving toward the crossing point which will occur at Easter (#1) while the polar verse has is moving to Easter (#1) from the future.


For the Easter 2000 to Holy Saturday 2001 cycle:
This week's verse (#45) has dates of: February 10 - 17
The polar verse (#8) corresponds to the week: June 1 - 6


[Note: The dates with the verses are the original dates given by Steiner.]


              St.John's ---------->   12-13
                                    10    15
          (polar verse) ----------> 8      19
                                     4    23
                  Easter------------> 1-26 <------ Michaelmas
                                    27 - 52
                                   29     49
                                  32       45 <------(this week's verse)
                                   34     42
                Christmas----------> 38-39





S'.    45. Woche    (9. - 15. Februar)
Es festigt sich Gedankenmacht
Im Bunde mit der Geistgeburt,
Sie hellt der Sinne dumpfe Reize
Zur vollen Klarheit auf.

Wenn Seelenfuelle
Sich mit dem Weltenwerden einen will,
Muss Sinnesoffenbarung
Des Denkens Licht empfangen.




S'.    45th week:    (February 9 - 15)
The power of thought secures itself
in a bond with spirit birth---
and exposes in full brilliance
the stupefying seductions of the senses.

If this soul's profusion
would fuse itself
with the universe evolving,

then is sense revelation
obliged to admit
the light of thinking.




H.    8. Woche    (26. Mai - 1. Juni)
Es waechst der Sinne Macht
Im Bunde mit der Goetter Schaffen,
Sie drueckt des Denkens Kraft
Zur Traumes Dumpfheit mir herab.

Wenn goettlich Wesen
Sich meiner Seele einen will,
Muss menschlich Denken
Im Traumessein sich still bescheiden





H.    8th week:    (May 26 - June 1)
The power of the senses,
entwined with gods' creating,
now begins to grow---
and thus reduces the force of thinking
to the dullness of a dream.

If a divine being would unite
with my soul---
then human thinking must resign itself
to this dull dream existence.