Calendar of the Soul V

SEELENKALENDER “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fifth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Im Lichte, das aus Geistestiefen Im Raume fruchtbar webend Der Götter Schaffen offenbart: In ihm erscheint der Seele Wesen Geweitet zu dem Weltensein Und auferstanden…

Calendar of the Soul IV

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Fourth Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Ich fühle Wesen meines Wesens: So spricht Empfindung, Die in der sonnerhellten Welt Mit Lichtesfluten sich vereint; Sie will dem Denken Zur Klarheit Wärme schenken….

Excerpts: Rudolf Steiner on Theoria

Wenn der eine, der ein reiches Seelenleben hat, tausend Dinge sieht, die für den geistig Armen eine Null sind, so beweist das sonnenklar, daß der Inhalt der Wirklichkeit nur das Spiegelbild des Inhaltes unseres Geistes ist und daß wir von außen nur die leere Form empfangen. Freilich müssen wir die Kraft in uns haben, uns…

A Contemplation of Enfolded Butterflies: Emotion

Of all of the nebulous uses of language, perhaps none are so obscure as the deployment of the words “feeling” and “emotion.” Community depends on common meaning. In the Confucian spirit of “Rectifying the Names,” therefore, I wish to offer a brief reflection following an investigation of emotion on its own terms, and a consideration…

Calendar of the Soul III

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Third Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Es spricht zum Weltenall, Sich selbst vergessend Und seines Urstands eingedenk, Des Menschen wachsend Ich: In dir, befreiend mich Aus meiner Eigenheiten Fessel, Ergründe ich…

A Circuit Through the Cloud of Unknowing

In the now infamous & unforgettable answer to a question at the U. S. Department of Defense news briefing in February 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld stated: Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know….

Calendar of the Soul II

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ Second Week of the Year ∆ Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translation into English. Ins Äussre des Sinnesalls Verliert Gedankenmacht ihr Eigensein; Es finden Geisteswelten Den Menschensprossen wieder Der seinen Keim in ihnen, Doch seine Seelenfrucht In sich muss…

The Sound Hypothesis: Appendices

Appendix: Towards a Rectification of Names Confucius advocated “The Rectification of Names” as the foundation of an healthy society: A superior human, in regard to what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve. If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance…

The Sound Hypothesis: Apollo’s Lyre

To be clear, it is by no means the intention of this consideration to contest any of the quantitative observations by admirable men and women of the scientific endeavor in general, nor in the field of neuroscience in particular. In the first place, I am not possibly qualified to dispute findings of neurology with a…

The Sound Hypothesis: Observation & Theory

The views in the preamble were offered in an attempt to provide a general portrayal of scientific materialism as a world-conception. To recapitulate, according to this view, only what is measurable and without quality is real. The world’s qualitative and immeasurable aspects—the very form and substance of concrete experience itself—“are consigned to the trash heap”…

Lectio Divina: Reading in the Lumen Gloriae

Reality is a reunion of the What and the How in the theatre of human consciousness after a provisional separation as an accident of the human sensory organisation. Every essence clothes itself in accidents as a condition for its appearance to the senses. The latter appears outwardly and invokes the former, which appears inwardly. The unassuming activity of reading this very sentence exemplifies…

Face to Face with Invisible Honeybees

We are the bees of the Invisible. Passionately, we plunder the honey of the visible, in order to gather it in the great golden hive of the Invisible. These are the words of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, from a letter to his friend Witold Hulewicz, 1925. It has been a life dream of mine…

The Signs of the Times (3): New Sunrise of the Lógos

Conspectus, in brief: to modern consciousness, the world appears to consist in material entities entirely under the government of the laws of physics and chemistry. Such a world is utterly bereft of soul and spirit. Silent are the gods who once spoke to human hearts, ever since scientific investigation has revealed them to be coinages…

The Signs of the Times (2): Sunrise of the Idols

Where no gods are, spectres rule. —Novalis The most precise investigations of folklore place the following fateful event in the autumn of 1666: it was one sultry English afternoon in that season when the infamous imaginary apple was loosed from its imaginary bough and proceeded to knock the celebrated Sir Isaac Newton about the sconce…

The Signs of the Times (1): Twilight of the Gods

…ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not read the signs of the times? —Matthew 16:3 “Dubito ergo cogito, cogito ergo sum:” René Descartes’ famous dictum (captured in this gloss by the critic Antoine Léonard Thomas of the Father of Modern Philosophy’s 1644 Principia Philosophiae) is, in an important sense, the…

But Now Face to Face: Philosophy as Letters & Spirit

Does not Sophia (“Wisdom”) call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries… They are all straight to one who understands and right to those who find…

Calendar of the Soul I

SEELENKALENDAR “Calendar of the Soul”—Rudolf Steiner’s 52 Verses for the Year ∇ First Week of the Year ∆  Below is Dr Steiner’s original verse followed by my translations into Swedish and English. OSTER STIMMUNG Wenn aus den Weltenweiten Die Sonne spricht zum Menschensinn Und Freude aus den Seelentiefen Dem Licht sich eint im Schauen, Dann…