Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-32 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-32 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-32 meditation
10-16 November

Ich fühle fruchtend eigne Kraft
Sich stärkend mich der Welt verleihn;
Mein Eigenwesen fühl ich kraftend
Zur Klarheit sich zu wenden
Im Lebensschicksalsweben.

My translation
I feel bearing fruit my strength
Itself increasing myself to the world to bestow;
My selfhood feel I strengthening
To the clarity itself to turn
In the life-destiny-weaving.

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*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-32 meditation

In plain English, this might read something like this: I feel my own inner strength coming to fruition and increasing in order to bestow or lend me to the world. I feel my essence strengthening in order to be able to face up to, or to attend to clarity in how life's destiny comes about. In other words, I feel that I am growing stronger within, to such an extent that finally I begin to understand what I am about and what my relationship is to the world and how I and the world are really one, and how the world manifests in me and I in the world. I feel that the core of my being is gaining strength in order to direct its gaze towards the mystery of my own life's destiny.

Well, I cannot assert that this verse speaks of something I can claim for myself yet, but perhaps there is a sense of this possibility, a sense that when I really feel and know my kinship to the entire world or cosmos, I also get a sense of how my unfolding life is governed by higher powers who want me to grow in consciousness and who want me to become a true human being and who in the meantime, help me through my life's events to grow towards my true self. I guess that once I really know that I am fundamentally a spiritual being, as in really know it, without there no longer being any doubt at all in my mind and heart about this, then maybe the doors open wide to a deeper and clearer understanding of destiny, of karma and of my own journey through repeated earth lives.

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