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Calendar of the Soul

The Year Participated (CW 40)

Paperback
July 2006
9781855841888
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    1st July 2006
  • ISBN 9781855841888
  • Language English
  • Pages 64 pp.
$8.00

In listening to the changing language of the year, said Rudolf Steiner, we can rediscover our individual nature. These meditative verses—one for each week of the year—help awaken a feeling of unity with nature while also stimulating self-discovery. Through intensive work, Steiner’s unique meditations will lead to a greater feeling of unity with the surrounding world.

This budget-priced pocket version features Owen Barfield’s pioneering translation— “paraphrased for an English ear” —based on more than fifty years studying this text. As Barfield asserts, no simple translation can convey the real thrust of these verses. Because of this, he tries to “suggest” rather than simply reproduce the original in exact English translations.

The Calendar of the Soul is a translation of “Anthroposophischer Seelenkalender,” included in Wahrspruchworte (GA 40).

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf 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.