Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations
soul-calendar-12

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-12 meditation verse by Rudolf Steiner. For a brief introduction to this project, please see the blog post for week 49, which is when I started this..

Soul-Calendar-12 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-12 meditation
June 22-30

Der Welten Schönheitsglanz,
Er zwinget mich aus Seelentiefen
Des Eigenlebens Götterkräfte
Zum Weltenfluge zu entbinden;
Mich selber zu verlassen,
Vertrauend nur mich suchend
In Weltenlicht und Weltenwärme.

My translation*:
The world's beauty-shine,
It compels me from soul-depths
My-own-life's gods'-forces
To the world-flight to release;
My self to leave,
Trusting yet myself seeking
In world-light and world-warmth.

*As I don't want to infringe any copyright, I am offering my own, literal, translations here. There are many excellent translations available at calendarofthesoul.net but keep in mind that most translations lose at least some of the various possible meanings that lie within the original German. Starman's translation tends to be the most literal.

My interpretation of the soul-calendar-12 meditation

It's been quite a journey towards the "sun's own hour" (week 11) and it feels as if finally we're beginning to exhale, after a very long in-breath. Where I am, in Scotland, the weather has been fairly gloomy, with occasional bursts of sun and as I write this the sky is overcast and grey, the wind is gusty and the rain shows itself intermittently. So what of the world's 'beauty-shine' then? Well, nature of course savours the water and the plants become strong with the winds. Nature is at its peak, but I need to use my feeling sense and my imagination to tune into the beauty. Of course everything does look very green and there are lots of flowers which even without the un-obscured light from the sun, shine forth despite the gloom. This morning I felt a very strong sense of exhaustion and the only way forward seemed to be to give in to it, which I did. Continuing the journey towards myself, apparently it is important to consciously allow my own forces to fly away into the world. It is as if the world out there is making it necessary for me to muster certain soul-forces that are quite different from intellectual or mind-forces. They are forces in the realm of feeling. Maybe they are divine forces or spiritual forces, or whatever you like to call such forces that can be felt but not seen. To set them free on their world-flight. Wow, what does this mean? I sense a kind of strange and seemingly contradictory dynamic of sending out my own unique, individual gifts into the world, while at the same time completely leaving myself behind, forsaking myself. Perhaps a kind of trust is needed here in the cosmic forces that live within me and that I generally don't cognise and that I generally seem to ignore altogether. So I leave myself behind on the solid earth, trusting that I will encounter myself again out there in the light and warmth of those other worlds, those worlds of invisible forces and beings, always maintaining in the back of my consciousness the search for myself to which this life seems dedicated. And I must trust that whatever soul forces I have been able call upon, they are somehow, somewhere, some time, doing their work through all the possible worlds.

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