Calendar of the Soul

Verses by Rudolf Steiner
English Translations by Tom Mellett

Thirty Third Week / Twentieth Week

Here is the next pair of Calendar of the Soul verses for this week (#33) and its polar opposite (#20). Note how the verses have diverged from the lemniscate's crossing point at Michaelmas, (which is Verse #26 with Polar verse #27). We are moving towards Christmas (#38) which occurs right after the Winter Solstice and marks the bottom of the lemniscate. (St. John's Tide marks the top).

For the Easter 2000 to Holy Saturday 2001 cycle:
This week's verse (#33) has dates of: November 17 - 23
The polar verse (#20) corresponds to the week: August 18 - 24

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

         St.John's ---------->  12-13
                               9     17
                              6       20 <------(polar verse)
                                3    24
             Easter------------> 1-26 <------ Michaelmas
                               27 - 52
                              29     49
(this week's verse) -------> 33       45
                              35     40
           Christmas----------> 38-39

G'.    33. Woche    (17. - 23. November)
So fuehl' ich erst die Welt,
Die ausser meiner Seele Miterleben
An sich nur frostig leeres Leben

Und ohne Macht sich offenbarend,
In Seelen sich von neuem schaffend,
In sich den Tod nur finden koennte.

G'.    33rd week:    (November 17 - 23)
With only my soul to experience it,
I finally feel the world---
but by itself, its life is:
frozen, empty, powerless.

The world reveals itself in our souls.
It re-creates itself---
yet all it can find within itself is---

T.    20. Woche    (18. - 24. August)
So fuehl' ich erst mein Sein,
Das fern vom Welten-Dasein
In sich, sich selbst erloeschen
Und bauend nur auf eig'nem Grunde
In sich, sich selbst ertoeten muesste.

T.    20th week:    (August 18 - 24)
I finally feel my being
far removed from cosmic life.
And by itself, my being must decay---

and building only upon
its own foundation
deep within itself---
must always bring upon itself---