Calendar of the Soul

Verses by Rudolf Steiner
English Translations by Tom Mellett

Eighteenth Week / Thirty Fifth Week

Here is the next pair of Calendar of the Soul verses for this week (#18) and its polar opposite (#35). Note how the verses have diverged from the lemniscate's crossing point at Easter, (which is Verse #1 with Polar verse #52). We have passed St. John's Tide (#12), which occurs right after the Summer Solstice and marks the top of the lemniscate. (Christmas marks the bottom). We are now moving toward the crossing point which will occur at Michaelmas (#26) while the polar verse (#35), is now 3 weeks before Christmas.

For the Easter 2000 to Holy Saturday 2001 cycle:
This week's verse (#18) has dates of: August 4 - 10
The polar verse (#35) corresponds to the week: December 1 - 7

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

         St.John's ---------->  12-13
                               9     15
                              6       18 <------(this week)
                                3    23
             Easter------------> 1-26 <------ Michaelmas
                               27 - 52
                              30     49
                             33       45
      (polar verse) ------->  35     40
           Christmas----------> 38-39

R.    18. Woche    (4. - 10. August)
Kann ich die Seele weiten,
Dass sie sich selbst verbindet
Empfangenem Welten-Keimesworte?

Ich ahne, dass ich Kraft muss finden
Die Seele wuerdig zu gestalten
Zum Geistes-Kleide sich zu bilden.

R.    18th week:    (August 4 - 10)
Can I expand my soul
to unite
with the Cosmic Word
now conceived
as seed?

I sense that
I must find the force
to fashion my own soul
as a worthy garment
for the spirit.

I'.    35. Woche    (1. - 7. Dezember)
Kann ich das Sein erkennen,
Dass es sich wiederfindet
Im Seelenschaffensdrange?

Ich fuehle, dass mir Macht verlieh'n,
Das eigne Selbst dem Weltenselbst
Als Glied bescheiden einzuleben.

I'.    35th week:    (December 1 - 7)
Can I become so conscious
of my being---
that I may find myself again
in the urge of my soul
to create?

I feel that I have
borrowed strength
to fit my own self
into the self of the universe---
with humility.