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About The Calendar of the Soul
"I regard the Calendar of the Soul as very important. For each consecutive week I have tried to draw up verses for meditation, the effect of which will enable the soul gradually to discover in itself and in its own experiences the connection with the great cosmic constellations.

These formulae for meditation do in all reality lead the soul out of its narrow confines to experience of the heavens. I can assure you that the results of long, long occult investigations are contained in these 52 verses which will enable the soul to find access to happenings in the great universe and thereby to experience the Spirits working in the onward flow of Time.

But if you ponder on the texts of the verses in the Calendar you will discern an element of Timelessness, in rhythmic alternation, an element that is experienced inwardly by the human being, the laws of which run parallel to those of Time in the outer world. Mere analogies do not suffice here.

Each one of you will be able to use this Calendar of the Soul every year. In it you will find something that might be described as the finding of the path leading from the human soul to the living Spirit weaving through the Universe.

The course of the year has its own life which the human soul can accompany and take part in. It may rightly find itself when such a sharing is sensitive to that which changes from week to week, and may feel how it gains strengthening forces from within. One will realize that such soul forces are waiting to be roused by participating in the meaning of the world's journeying and how it unfolds in the course of time. Thus one becomes aware of the delicate but vital threads that unite the soul with the world into which it is born."

Rudolf Steiner
About The Calendar of the Soul


"In this calendar there is a verse for each week composed so that the soul can experience the appropriate part of the year's journey, and something of the life that can thrive in the soul when it is thus united.

Then a healthy feeling of at-one-ness with the course of nature and a strong sense of self can develop, for undoubtedly, the soul bears a yearning to participate in the world's journeying by means of what these verses offer."

Rudolf Steiner
Preface of the second edition in 1918/19
About The Calendar of the Soul Online
The main mission of The Calendar of the Soul Online is to make way for a living relationship towards the Calendar of the Soul as given by Rudolf Steiner.

The Calendar of the Soul Online, is an automated to semi-automated web based and mobile phone optimized application that consists of 52 meditational verses, aka The Verses of the Week or Weekly meditations, a selection of spiritual observations based on Rudolf Steiner's work, the anthroposophical path of knowledge.

This online edition differs from the original booklet known as The Calendar of the Soul in that, in addition to Rudolf Steiner's original verses of The Calendar of the Soul, German: Anthroposophischer Seelenkalender, it contains an extensive collection of translations in various languages.

The entire Calendar of the Soul Online is copyright © 1998 - 2019 The Calendar of the Soul Online & Marcel Solca, with this representing the respective copyrightholders who own their translations respectively translator's copyright as follows:

Antroposofiska Bokförlaget, The Anthroposophic Press, Arne Krohn Nielsen/Eivind Thomassen, Doorlie Gerdes, Durward J Starman, Editions Anthroposophiques Romandes, John F Gardner, John Salter, John Victor Roy/The Glasgow Steiner School, Lennart & Anne Marie Lundström, Marcel Solca, Marina Sagramora, Nora Rodríguez Galíndez, Ove Frankel, Pierre Paccoud, Roswitha Spence/Hawthorn Press, Roy Sadler, Rudolf Steiner Nachlass-verwaltung, Rudolf Steiner Press and Tom Mellett.

I would like to take the opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all individuals, translators, publishers, authors, programmers, sharers of all kinds of knowledge, donators, communicators, visitors and many others (nor categorized nor mentioned, still remembered), who in one way or another contributed to The Calendar of the Soul Online throughout the years.

THANK YOU!
All of you made it all possible!

Marcel Solca
The Calendar of the Soul Online
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Latest updates
2019 04 21 Version 2019.RS.
Resume of version updates log. Update of DP, addition of Sundays DP, addition of direct DP Info, addition of Easter dates list, addition of Quotes, Affirmations, BirthVerse and Search and find, all of them adaptations from the standard "CS Retro" version (active between 1999 and 2019 and still available), addition of the Screen adjustment add-on, improvements of already available functions and complementary adjustments as well as bugfixes.

Apologies for temporary inavailability of the system during updates! Do you have suggestions on how to develop it? Find contact details at the end of this page.
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About Dating plans
How to use the dating plans *
"Our desire is to express in the Calendar the objective fact of the birth of the Ego. We reckon from the Mystery of Golgotha, hence from Easter to Easter, not from one New Year's Day to the next. This has been the cause of derision and mockery, because it compels us to reckon with years of unequal length. But in what is unequal there is life; in what is uniform and fixed there is the impress of death, and our Calendar is intended to be a creative impulse for life."
Rudolf Steiner
Cologne 1912

When simply browsing among the verses of The Calendar of the Soul, no particular dating plan is needed. A dating plan's configuration becomes useful when immersing oneself in the verses during a longer period of time as the Calendar of the Soul displays certain verses on certain days and the importance of a plan becomes obvious when following it through the course of the year on a regular basis.

So, dating plans for the Calendar of the Soul (with one exception mentioned below) follow the Gregorian dates table, which is based upon the Vernal Equinox known as the official Vernal Equinox (dated March 21) and the full moon known as the official full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) - in other words: Western Easter (Easter according to the Gregorian calendar) occurring the day according to the currently used calendars. Some dating plans recognize some annual festivals as indicators (or clues) corresponding to certain verses of The Calendar of the Soul, whereby dating plans can be adjusted. Some dating plans do not. (For more information about dating and adjustments, learn about the different dating plans below).

The verses (meditations) of The Calendar of the Soul cover the 52 (+/-) weeks of the year beginning at Easter, ending at Holy Saturday, which gives us the possibility of four different numbers of days from Easter to Easter: 350 days (50 weeks), 357 days (51 weeks), 378 days (54 weeks) and 385 days (55 weeks). In the original booklets containing the 52 verses, each verse was either accompanied by a certain date span and/or a given week of the year. The Calendar of the Soul, according to Rudolf Steiner, should always begin at Easter Sunday and end on Holy Saturday, the First Of April dating plan being an exception mentioned below. Such an Easter-to-Easter year he named "The Year of the Self" and the first verse of the 1912 calendar was the verse he assigned to the week beginning with Easter Sunday. This verse he called verse of the first week after Easter.

When asked about the change of dates from year to year due to the movable date of Easter, Rudolf Steiner emphasized that what mattered was to begin with the first verse at Easter. "The change of dates is not of great importance, since three successive verses of The Calendar of the Soul are kept in the same mood." Whichever dating plan used, this makes way for any reasonably scheduled dating plan to sync with the original intentions of dating The Calendar of the Soul verses, from which the initial dates that can be found in various printed reissues and facsimiles originate.

When initializing/loading the Calendar of the Soul Online application, the verse of the current week after Easter according to a certain dating plan will always be the one displayed by default. This can also be achieved from within the app when clicking/tapping the Today button or The Calendar of the Soul Online title bar (see the Buttons section for more info).

There are various dating plans to choose from (see the following sections):
* The 2019/20 dating plan
Since Rudolf Steiner's intention was to begin the Calendar of the Soul's course through the year with the first verse at the movable date of Easter Sunday and ending it with the fifty-second verse the week just before subsequent Easter Sunday, the verses have to be dated differently every year in order to meet his intentions.

The Calendar of the Soul Online's dating plan of the current year (2019/20), aside from aiming at fulfilling these intentions, goes a step further in that it, as the original dating plan suggests, pays respect to fixing certain verses to recurring festivals such as Ascension, Whitsunday, Midsummer's Day/St John's Tide Day, Michaelmas, Christmas and Lent, which makes this dating plan the one to recommend.

* The Equalization dating plan of 2019/20
Since Rudolf Steiner's intention was to begin the Calendar of the Soul's course through the year with the first verse at the movable date of Easter Sunday and ending it with the fifty-second verse the week just before subsequent Easter Sunday, the verses have to be dated differently every year in order to meet his intentions of dating the verses.

The 2019/20 Equalization dating plan will always aim at fulfilling these intentions but does not intentionally synchronize with recurring festivals other than Easter. However, it offers the possibility to examine an unexplored, hence still experimental dating method that has a different approach on dating the verses than traditional practice.

The eclectic Equalization dating plan divides the entire year between Easter and succeeding Easter into 52 equally long periods of time down to seconds, still making both ends meet at midnight between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, which is almost impossible to achieve without computing. The aforementioned 350 days, 357 days, 378 days or 385 days that elapse between Easter feasts, gives us four different possibilities of shortened or prolonged weeks (2 decimals): 6,73 days/week, 6,87 days/week, 7,27 days/week and 7,40 days/week.

Eq is a variable measure with a scale based on percentages whose length is determined by the effective time that elapses between Easter feasts. The Eq interval is a variable measure as well. It is a time segment made of the effective time that elapses between the verses, which is the Year of the Self divided with 52 verses.

This dating plan requires that the exact dates of Easter occurring every year be known. All the rest has been taken care of by computing certain circumstances that normally would have been necessary to be dealt with manually. In order to follow The Calendar of the Soul in a continuously equable rhythm throughout the years, the Equalization dating plan is the one to recommend.

The Equalization dating plan does not recognize the annual festivals as indicators (or clues) corresponding to certain verses of The Calendar of the Soul, which makes them coincide with respective verses only incidentally. However, beginning the dating with Easter Sunday, makes each verse related to a specific event be close at hand and using this dating method there will never be a gap between the last verse and the first one to follow.

Throughout the Calendar of the Soul's Equalization dating plan of 2019/20 the Eq interval (the interval between the verses) is approximately 6 days 20 hrs 46 mins 9 secs.

When reading the current verse according to the Equalization dating plan, click/tap the small Eq DP label at the top right hand for extensive Equalization information.

You are welcome to try out the Eq dating plan and get involved! Is this an acceptable dating method? Does it comply with what you find necessary as a foundation for a reasonable way of dating the Calendar of the Soul verses? Is there something you wish to add or to be changed? Would you like to contribute with your own experiences? Share your thoughts and send an email to the address at the bottom of this page!
* Your BirthVerse
BirthVerse is part of the Calendar of the Soul's Equalization and First of April dating plan. The formula simply calculates which date a verse has been or will be the current verse. BirthVerse is part of Preferences in the CS menu at the top right corner of the verse display box. So, which is your BirthVerse?

Note: Using different dating plans may, obviously, may give different BirthVerses, since every plan has a different approach on how to date the verses, which will give Rudolf Steiner BirthVerse 48 according to the Equalization dating plan and the First of April dating plan and 47 according to the dating plans of 1912 and 1918, while the Sundays dating plan suggests that verse 46 be his BirthVerse. Once saved, the number of your BirthVerse will have a star added after it in the Verse select box and the verse itself will feature a green star at the top right hand side.
* The Sundays dating plan
Since Rudolf Steiner's intention was to begin the Calendar of the Soul's course through the year with the first verse at the movable date of Easter Sunday and ending it with the fifty-second verse the week just before subsequent Easter Sunday, the verses have to be dated differently every year in order to meet his intentions of dating the verses.

The Sundays dating plan will always aim at fulfilling these intentions but does not intentionally synchronize with recurring festivals other than Easter. It is a straight-forward dating plan in that it presents a new verse every Sunday, 52 verses in succession if the number of weeks of the Year of the Self were 52 weeks, which never occurs. If the Year of the Self lasts 50 or 51 weeks, subsequent verses after Easter will override the remaining verse(s) when a new year begins. If it lasts 54 or 55 weeks, it will display the 52nd verse during the remaining week(s) until subsequent Easter. No prolongation of weeks will be applied for any other verse than, if necessary, verse 52. No verse will be disregarded other than, if necessary, verses 51 and/or 52.
When reading the current verse according to the Sundays dating plan, click/tap the small Sundays DP label at the top right hand for more extensive information.

The drawback of this dating plan (as mentioned above): There may be more or less weeks than the 52 verses, which you have to deal with by yourself in the best possible way.

* The 1912/13 dates dating plan
It is also possible to use the original dating plan, which means the original dates that were valid in 1912/13, when the Calendar of the Soul was published for the first time. The drawback: Current dates rarely coincide with the ones given in 1912/13, which makes this dating plan be merely of historical interest. This dating plan requires no further planning.
* The 1918/19 dates dating plan
This dating plan differs slightly from the previous, from which Rudolf Steiner made a specific update for this special edition published to fit the year of 1918/19. The drawback: Current dates rarely coincide with the ones given in 1918/19, which makes this dating plan be of historical interest only. This dating plan requires no further planning.
* The First of April (April 1st) dating plan
Rudolf Steiner mentioned that one could date the verses starting with April 1 to achieve a periodical dating plan running from year to year. This dating plan requires no further planning. One year, according to the Gregorian calendar, has approximately 52 weeks in that 365 days divided by 7 days equals 52.1428571 weeks, on a leap year 366 days divided by 7 days equals 52.2857 weeks. Since the Calendar of the Soul contains 52 verses, this dating plan seems to be straight forward. Nevertheless, being just one of many different ways of dating the First of April variation, there are some adjustments to be made to keep the First of April dating plan proportional toward other dating plans, toward itself and toward leap year occurrences. This version of the First of April dating plan is adjusted to make verses 12, 26 and 38 coincide with St. John (Midsummer), St. Michael and Christmas.
A significant drawback: This dating plan does not meet Rudolf Steiner's fundamental intentions of distributing the verses throughout the Year of the Self nor do the latest dates of Easter between April 22 and April 25 (when occurring) meet the intention of three verses being kept in the same mood as Rudolf Steiner's initial intentions of dating the verses do suggest. It is therefore not of great interest to follow this plan, which makes it supposedly be of historical interest only.
When reading the current verse according to the First of April dating plan, click/tap the small April 1st DP label at the top right hand for more extensive information about the distribution of the First of April dating plan.
How to choose a different dating plan
Choose either one of the available dating plans of your choice in Preferences after clicking/tapping the CS menu at the top right corner of the verse display box. A dating plan will always persist until change.
About choosing translations
How to choose a different translation
Click/tap the Translation select box on the upper row of the buttons panel and make your choice. Note: Rudolf Steiner's original handwritten verses will appear as one of the options in the Translation select box as well.
How to set the favourite default translation
Your current selection will always be your default translation until you make another choice. This option has been made possible thanks to contributions of donators. Thank you!
How to only show Rudolf Steiner's original verse in German
To have no translation displayed at all, click/tap the Translation select box on the upper row of the buttons panel and choose Steiner (Deutsch) Only.
About Buttons, Select boxes and navigation
How to browse the verses in either direction
To take advantage of the Navigation Areas, click/tap the left or right side of the verse display box. To swipe left or right you may also activate the complementary Swipe area in the center of the verse display box.

For demonstration purposes, change to visible Navigation areas. When swipe is switched off, the click/tap areas are active on the left (red) and on the right (blue) half of the verse window, when swipe is switched on, the click/tap areas are limited to the outer quarters (red and blue) with the center area (orange and green) reserved for swiping left and right.
How to use and explain the Today button
The Today button on the Panel as well as The Calendar of the Soul Online title bar will allow you to instantly display the verse of the week that has been assigned to be the verse during the current week according to the dating plan you have chosen (activated) to be your basic dating plan. This means that if clicking/tapping the Today button or the title bar while another dating plan is active, you may face another verse of the week as the current one.
How to switch to the corresponding verse
Click/tap the Corr button on the lower row of the buttons panel to toggle between the pair of corresponding verses. When starting with verse one at Easter for the very first time, it is recommended to omit using the corresponding verse until reaching the 27th verse. The opposite verse will then correspond as the year's second half starts with verse #27. Verse #26 will correspond to it and so on.

For each week that passes, the corresponding verses reappearing in descending succession, will equally complement the verses in ascending succession. Once this process is activated around Michaelmas, every week will have the two corresponding qualities of these verse pairs even thereafter.
How to switch to the opposite (southern) verse
Click/tap the Oppo button on the lower row of the buttons panel to toggle between the pair of opposite verses. For users living in the Southern Hemisphere: In order to start the Calendar of the Soul Online showing the opposite verse (Southern Hemisphere View) by default, bookmark this link.

The term Southern Hemisphere View is merely a hypothetical way of approximately reversing the active dating method to fit in the Southern Hemisphere. The verses for the Southern Hemisphere, as dated by The Calendar of the Soul Online, follow the currently used interval of the Northern Hemisphere, reversed to a simple, straight forward Southern Hemisphere displacement.
- If the original verse/week was to have a number between 1 and 26, then 26 (weeks) are added to the actual verse number (eg 7 plus 26 make 33).
- If the original verse/week was to have a number between 27 and 52, then 26 (weeks) are subtracted from the actual verse number (eg 33 minus 26 make 7).
About Preferences
How to adjust the calendar to your preferences
Click/tap the CS Preferences symbol at the top right corner of the verse display box (on mobile devices, swipe upward). You then will be able to choose from all options available in Preferences.
How to use the pins in Preferences
Pinning the pin in Preferences, enables you to change several preferences until you unpin. Unpinned you will return to the verse screen after each change.
How to choose a different verse
Click/tap the Verse select box on the lower row of the buttons panel and make your choice.
How to make either the original or translated verse appear first
Choose either Translation first or Original first in Preferences after clicking/tapping the CS menu at the top right corner of the verse display box. This determines if the translation is shown first (above the German original) or the other way around. Rudolf Steiner's original handwriting on white background will temporarily override this option.
About the Panel
How to make the panel appear/disappear
Choose either Visible or Hidden panel clicking/tapping the CS menu at the top right corner of the verse display box. The buttons panel, while hidden, will become visible instantly, when hovering over the imaginary area of it. Although it requires some training to find the hidden panel, this function offers a cleaner and more compact look when reading or printing out a verse. For mobile devices, swipe downward to reveal the panel.
How to use the pins in the Panel
Pinning the Panel, makes it stay put until you unpin it either on the panel or in Preferences. Note that there are some differences between various web browsers regarding display of the panel. There will be a notice in Preferences when such a difference occurs.
Various...
The CS Booklet
If you prefer to use The CS Booklet, find it here. Bookmark the URL for direct use.
CS Retro
Please note: The Retro version will be discontinued shortly, which means one of the coming years! Until then, some options will gradually stop functioning. If you prefer to use the Calendar of the Soul Online the way it used to be, find it here. Bookmark the URL for further use. The Retro version, in fact, is the original Calendar of the Soul Online, which contains extensive information, options and links for further exploration.
Development
This standalone web application is subject to spontaneous development without further notice at any given time. Updates are done both live and in the back-end, why small disturbances may occur at any given time.
Fonts
The mainly used font, Sophia, is used by kind permission of Lutz Baar and can be found at FontSpace. The Drop Caps feature the Calligraffitti font which can be found at FontSpace as well.
How to get in touch with the creator of The Calendar of the Soul Online
Feel free to send me an email to:
nospam10562938@calendarofthesoul.net.

Note: The Calendar of the Soul Online is a work in progress!

Enjoy!
Marcel