Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-21 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-21 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-21 meditation
August 25-31

Ich fühle fruchtend fremde Macht
Sich stärkend mir mich selbst verleihn,
Den Keim empfind ich reifend
Und Ahnung lichtvoll weben
Im Innern an der Selbstheit Macht.

I feel fruiting strange power
Itself strengthening to me myself bestowing
The seed feel I ripening
And premonition light-filled weaving
In the innermost for the selfhood power.

*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-21 meditation

Here we once more are tuning in to the spiritual gift that lies within me and I sense something new, something unfamiliar or 'strange' growing within. A strange power is gaining strength with the single purpose of bestowing me to myself. I feel I am being prepared, very subtly, for a new waking up, a waking up from being awake, where, in the process of this new awakening, my normal waking state reveals itself as a form of sleep. I sense this tender shoot gently ripening within me and anticipation filling me with light within my heart of hearts, my deepest inner realm, in order to strengthen my true selfhood. Now, can I truly experience all this? Am I able to go quiet and sense very gently, very precariously into that deepest realm of my soul where the warmth and love of summer's sun has been stored up and where it is gently transforming into a new power of self, a whole new self perhaps, a self that is able to know itself rooted in heaven, rooted within the love and ministry of the spiritual worlds? Do I dare to acknolwedge my own divine origin, the truth of my own being? I'm patiently awaiting, with active poise, this quiet, inner, revolution.

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