The Calendar of the Soul: A Commentary
The Calendar of the Soul
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The Calendar of the Soul: A Commentary

Karl König meditated intensely on the fifty-two weekly verses of Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul. He often encouraged his colleagues to find inner strength from the verses and wrote this commentary as a guide for them, drawing out the patterns through the course of the year.

Also included are lecture notes and additional essays. This book will be a useful and inspiring guide for anyone who wants to better understand and experience Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul.

C O N T E N T S:

Editor’s Remarks
Introduction by Richard Steel

Karl König’s Work with the Calendar of the Soul in Camphill
by Christof-Andreas Lindenberg

Four Addresses about the Calendar of the soul
∞ Advent Address
∞ Whitsun Address
∞ Eve of St. John’s Day Address
∞ Impressions of South Africa

A Guide to the Anthroposophic Calendar of the Soul

The Metamorphosis of the Cross
∞ Color Plates

Essays about the Calendar of the Soul
∞ The Word “boding” (Ahnung)
∞ The Winter and Christmas Verses
∞ On the Words “Heights” and “Depths”
∞ The Sense of Self
∞ Heaven’s own Fruit of Hope
∞ Forgetting and Losing

Index of Verses

About the Author

Karl König (1902–1966) was born in Vienna, in Austria-Hungary, the only son of a Jewish shoemaker. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna and graduated in 1927, with a special interest in embryology. After graduating, he was invited by Ita Wegman to work in her Klinisch-Therapeutisches Institute, a clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland for people with special needs. He married Mathilde Maasberg in 1929. Dr. König was appointed pediatrician at the Rudolf Steiner-inspired Schloß Pilgrimshain institute in Strzegom, where he worked until 1936, when he returned to Vienna and established a successful medical practice. Owing to Hitler’s invasion of Austria, he was forced to flee Vienna to Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1938. Dr. König was interned briefly at the beginning of World War II, but on his release in 1940 he set up the first Camphill Community for Children in Need of Special Care at Camphill on the outskirts of Aberdeen. From the mid-1950s, König began more communities, including one in North Yorkshire, the first to care for those beyond school age with special needs. In 1964, König moved to Brachenreuthe near Überlingen on Lake Constance, Germany, where he set up another community, where he died in 1966.

Richard Steel was born in 1952 in Oxford. He trained at the Camphill seminar in Föhrenbühl am Bodensee, where he lived with his family in a household with children and young people. He is an administrator for the estate of Karl König and works for the Karl König Archive in Berlin.

Additional information

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.75 × 8.5 in


Simon Blaxland-de Lange


Richard Steel




January 2011






Floris Books


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