Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-19 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-19 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-19 meditation
August 11-17

Geheimnisvoll das Neu-Empfang'ne
Mit der Erinnerung zu umschliessen,
Sei meines Strebens weitrer Sinn:
Er soll erstarkend Eigenkräfte
In meinem Innern wecken
Und werdend mich mir selber geben.

My translation
Mysteriously the newly-received
With the recollection to embrace,
Be my striving’s further wish:
This shall fortifying own-strength
In my inner wake
And becoming me to myself give.

*As I don't want to infringe any copyright, I am offering my own, literal, translations here. There are many excellent translations available at 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-19 meditation

Once again we come back to the gift we have received. I am striving to hold this in memory, to enclose it with the recollection of having received it. What is this gift? Remember? Something was bestowed on us while we were lost in the weaving and wafting of the summer sun. This gift, while gaining strength, will wake up a force within me a 'self-force' or 'own-strength' which during it's own becoming will give me to myself. Give me to myself? What might this mean? With the gradual leaning of the season towards the autumn, the mood changes and my gaze gradually turns within. Who am I really? What is 'being human' all about? How is that can feel so disconnected from myself and the world? If I just sit back and enjoy the ride, so to speak, I will continue to be subject to the comings and goings of sense-perceptions, meandering thoughts, moods and feelings. I need to find within myself the strength, the will-power to see what part of me is simply given by nature and what part of me reaches out beyond nature. It is, I think, the latter part that we're progressively hoping to discover within ourselves. Once I find that part of myself I might discover that this self, this 'lower' self, that I have known pretty much all my life, that carries my name, my habits, my likes and dislikes and so in, is just a shadow of that other 'higher' self who lies outside the sense-perceptible realm and who, in tuth, stands invisibly behind me. But this discovery is an active one, and one that I need to make again and again because it is mobile, ever-changing, in contrast to the more or less static nature of my day to day lower self. Therefore I need to find the inner strength to go and climb that mountain towards it and apparently the gift we were given will help me to develop that specific self-searching strength, which will itself, in time, be able to give me to myself.

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