Imma von Rickardstein was advised to awaken each morning and meditate on the sunrise, paying close attention to its position in the sky and relativity to the planets. She then drew what she saw, an Imagination of the zodiac. Rickardstein and Steiner collaborated closely and used the drawings as inspiration for verses of poetry to characterize each week of the year. He compiled these poems and named them The Soul Calendar.
The intention of the Soul Calendar is to capture the mood of the season. Therefore, it begins on Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. Yearly, the Soul Calendar is aligned with this holiday where the spiritual meets the soulful.
This week, we had the pleasure of hearing the Soul Calendar read in German, the language in which it was originally written. That was quite the treat. Below is this week’s verse translated into English by Ruth and and Pusch (as mentioned in a previous post).
To fan the spark of thinking into flame
By my own strong endeavor,
To read life’s inner meaning
Out of the cosmos spirit’s fount of strength:
This is my summer heritage,
My autumn solace, and my winter hope.