The verses in ‘The Calendar of the Soul’ were written by Rudolf Steiner for each week of the year (original in German), reflecting the soul experiences we can feel and through which we can inwardly grow in relationship to the time of the year. Through such reflections and meditations on the changing soul experiences through the year, one can develop a deep inner soul connection to the cycle of the seasons. They can be a soul-full companion and inner help through trials as well as joys through the year.*
(*Regarding the dates for each verse, see the explanatory note before Week 1)
Below, step by step, we’ll add the current verse for the week we are in (using various translations) – the rhythm and flow of the verses, as with any attempted translations of poetry, is best in the original German: if you can understand German, click on the link here or at the bottom of the page for the originals). In time, we’ll have them all listed here, trying to keep the current ones towards the top…
Week 29 (fourth week of October)
To fire thinking’s radiance
Forcefully within myself,
Find meaning in experience,
From World-Spirit’s fount of strength —
For me is summer’s heritage
Is autumn’s calm and winter’s hope.
I can, revived within myself,
Experience my being’s breadth
And filled with strength, spend rays of thought
From sun-might of the soul,
Resolving enigmas of life,
Fulfillment grant to many a wish
Whose wings before, by hope, were lamed.
Week 27 (second week of October)
To penetrate my being’s depths:
A longing filled with boding stirs,
That I in self-beholding find myself
As sun-gift of the summer which as seed
In mood of autumn, warming lives
As driving forces of my soul.
Week 26 (Michaelmas and 1st week October)
Nature, your essence motherly,
I bear within the being of my will;
And my will’s fire-force,
It steels impulses of the spirit,
So they may bear a sense of self
To bear myself in me.
Week 25 (fourth week of September)
Now I may belong to myself
And luminous, spread inner light
Into the darknesses of time and space.
All Nature-being tends towards sleep;
The depths of soul shall now awake
And waking bear the warm sun-glowing
To freezing winter-flowing.
Week 24 (third week of September)
In constant self creating,
Soul-being becomes self aware;
The cosmic Spirit forward strides
Through self-cognition new enlivened
And shapes from darkness of the sould
Will-fruit of sense of self.
Week 23 (second week of September)
Autumnnally is dimmed
The sense drive to enticements;
In light unfoldings mingle
The misty veilings of the fogs.
I can behold in space expances
The winter sleep of Fall.
The summer has surrendered
Its very self to me.
Week 22 (first week of September)
The light from world expanses
Lives on within me forcefully:
It transforms to light of soul
And shines into the Spirit depths,
To liberate the fruit
That may let ripen human self
In course of time from cosmic self.
Week 21 (last week of August)
I feel an unknown force that ripens,
Which gaining strength, grants me myself;
I sense the seed maturing,
And light-filled anticipation weaving
Within me for my selfhood’s strength.
Week 20 (third week of August)
And now I feel that my existence,
Remote from the world’s reality,
Alone might cease to be,
And if building only on its own foundation
Alone, would bring death upon itself.
Week 19 (mid August)
In secret to encompass now
With memory what I’ve newly got
Shall be my striving’s further aim:
Thus, ever strengthening, selfhood’s forces
Shall be awakened from within
And growing, give me to myself.
Week 18 (2nd week August)
Can I expand my soul
That it unites itself
With cosmic Word received as seed?
I sense that I must find the strength
To fashion worthily my soul
As fitting raiment for the spirit.
Week 17 (beginning of August)
Thus sepaks the cosmic Word,
Which I through gates of senses
Might lead into the depths of soul:
Fill full your depth of spirit
From out my width of worlds,
To find in future Me in you.
Week 16 (last week of July)
To shelter spirit grace within
Is stern command of my prophetic feeling,
That ripening godly gifts
Maturing in the depths of soul
To selfhood their fruits may bring.
Week 15 (3rd week of July)
I feel enchanted weaving
Of spirit within outer glory.
In dullness of the senses
It has enwrapt my being
In order to bestow the strength
Which in its narrow bounds my I
Is powerless to give itself.
Week 14 (2nd week of July)
Surrendering to senses’ revelation
I lost the drive of my own being,
And dreamlike thinking seemed
To daze and rob me of myself.
Yet quickening there draws near
In sense appearance cosmic thinking.
Week 13 (first week of July)
And when I live in senses’ heights,
There flames up deep within my soul
Out of the spirit’s fiery worlds
The gods’ own word of truth:
In spirit sources seek divining
To find your spirit kinship.
The radiant beauty of the world
Compels my inmost soul to free
God-given powers of my nature
That they may soar into the cosmos,
To leave myself below,
And trustingly to seek myself
In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.
Week 11 (3rd week of June, up to summer solstice time)
It is your task in this Sun-hour
The tidings, wosdom-filled, to recognise:
Surrendered now to cosmic beauty,
To feel yourself in self, experience this:
The human “I” can lose itself
And find itself in cosmic “I”.
Week 10 (second week of June)
To lofty summer heights
The gleaming being of the Sun ascends;
It takes my human feeling
Along with it to space expanses.
In boding, stirs within my being
Sensation, dimly heralding,
One day you will discern:
A godly being senses in you.
Week 9 (first week of June)
Forgetting now my personal self-will,
The cosmic warmth, the harbinger of spring,
Fills full my soul and spirit;
To lose myself in light
Entreats my spirit-vision now,
And forcefully foreboding tells me:
First lose yourself, to find yourself.
Week 8 (last week of May)
The might of senses grows
In covenant with God’s creative work;
It suppresses thinking’s force
Into the dimness of a dream.
When godly being
Will with my soul unite,
Must human thinking
To cream existence humbly yield.
Week 7 (4th week of May, from Whitsun*)
My self is threatening to fly forth,
Lured strongly by the world’s enticing light.
Come forth, prophetic feeling,
Take up with strength your rightful task:
Replace in me the power of thought
Which in the senses’ glory
Would gladly lose itself.
(*See explanatory note before Week 1)
There has arisen from my egohood
My Self, and finds itself
As cosmic revelation
In pulse of time and space;
The world shows everywhere to me
As godly archetype
The truth of my own image.
Week 5 (2nd week of May)
In light, which out of spirit depths
In space fruit-bearing weaving,
Reveals the gods’ creating:
The essence of the soul appears
Expanded to the universe
From narrow selfhood’s inner might.
Week 4 (4th week after Easter* – ca. first week of May)
I sense the essence of my being:
Thus does feeling speak
Which in the sunlit universe
Unites itself with floods of light.
It would bring warmth
To thinking’s clarity,
And Human Being and World
In oneness firmly weld.
(*See explanatory note before Week 1)
Week 3 (3rd week after Easter*)
To cosmic All there speaks,
And mindful of its primal state,
The waxing human “I”:
In you, in liberating myself
From my subjective fetters,
I fathom essence of my being.
Week 2 (2nd week after Easter*)
Within the senses’ outer realm
The power of thought loses its own existence;
Realms of spirit once more
Discover their human offspring
Who must find in them
His seed, yet in himself
The harvest of the soul.
When from the realms of space
The sun speaks to human beholding,
And gladness from the depths of soul
Unites with light in seeing,
Then rising from the sheath of self,
Thoughts soar to distances of space
And gently link
The human essence to the Spirit’s Being.
*In the Calendar of the Soul, the verses begin with Easter week as week 1.
As the date of Easter varies from year to year, this means that, at some point in the first weeks or months, the period for reading the verses has to be shortened or lengthened. As the solstice and equinox verses along with a few others are specified, this adjustment needs to take place before June. Steiner as author commented on this, noting that each set of three verses generally carries a similar mood, so one can shift by one or two verses and still be living within the soul mood of the time. How this is done specifically, he left to the discretion of the reader. Some feel the verse for Week 7 very much fits the mood for Whitsun, thus the adjustment for them would be after the 7th week. Others adjust already in the first weeks after Easter. Likewise, many users begin a new verse on Sunday, as was with the dates when originally given. In your own meditative contemplation, you can find what has meaning for you.
Week 52 (last week before Easter)
When from the depths of soul
The spirit turns to the life of worlds
And beauty wells from wide expanses,
Then out of heaven’s distances
Streams life-strength into human bodies,
Uniting by its mighty energy
The spirit’s being with our human life.
Week 51 (fourth week of March)
Into our inner being
The riches of the senses pour.
The Cosmic Spirit finds itself
Reflected in the human eye,
Which ever must renew its strength
From out that spirit source.
Week 50 (third week of March)
Thus to the human ego speaks
In mighty revelation,
Unfolding its inherent powers,
The joy of growth throughout the world:
I carry into you my life
From its enchanted bondage
And so attain my truest goal.
Week 49 (second week of March)
I feel the force of cosmic life:
Thus speaks my clarity of thought,
Recalling its own spirit growth
Through nights of cosmic darkness,
And to the new approach of cosmic day
It turns its inward rays of hope.
Week 48 (first week of March)
Within the light that out of world-wide heights
Would stream with power toward the soul,
May certainty of cosmic thinking
Arise to solve the soul’s enigmas —
And focusing its mighty rays,
Awaken love in human hearts.
Week 47 (last week of February)
There will arise out of the world’s great womb,
Quickening the senses’ life, the joy of growth.
Now may it find my strength of thought
Well armed by powers divine
Which strongly live within my being.
The world is threatening to stun
The inborn forces of my soul;
Now, memory, come forth
From spirit depths, enkindling light;
Invigorate my inward sight
Which only by the strength of will
Is able to sustain itself.