Calendar of the Soul

Verses by Rudolf Steiner
English Translations by Tom Mellett

Twenty Second Week / Thirty First Week

Here is the next pair of Calendar of the Soul verses for this week (#22) and its polar opposite (#31). 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 (#31), is now fast approaching Michaelmas "from the future."

For the Easter 2000 to Holy Saturday 2001 cycle:
This week's verse (#22) has dates of: September 1 - 7
The polar verse (#31) corresponds to the week: November 3 - 9

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

         St.John's ---------->  12-13
                               9     15
                              6       22 <------(this week)
                                3    23
             Easter------------> 1-26 <------ Michaelmas
                               27 - 52
                              30     49
      (polar verse) -------> 31       45
                              35     40
           Christmas----------> 38-39

V.    22. Woche    (1. - 7. September)
Das Licht aus Weltenweiten,
Im Innern lebt es kraeftig fort:

Es wird zum Seelenlichte
Und leuchtet in die Geistestiefen,
Um Fruechte zu entbinden,

Die Menschenselbst aus Weltenselbst
Im Zeitenlaufe reifen lassen.

V.    22nd week:    (September 1 - 7)
The light from all around the universe
Powerfully survives within me.

It will become the light of my soul
And shine into the spirit depths---

To liberate fruits from the cosmic self
and let them ripen---
within the course of time---
Into my own human self.

E'.    31. Woche    (3. - 9. November)
Das Licht aus Geistestiefen,
Nach aussen strebt es sonnenhaft.

Es wird zur Lebenswillenskraft
Und leuchtet in der Sinne Dumpfheit,
Um kraefte zu entbinden,

Die Schaffensmaechte aus Seelentrieben
Im Menschenwerke reifen lassen.

E'.    31st week:    (November 3 - 9)
The light from the depths of the spirit---
Striving outward like the sun---
Becomes the force of life and will,
And shines on the senses' dullness---

In order to liberate
Powers of creativity
From the urges of the soul,
And so to let them ripen as the deeds
Of women and of men.