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Calendar of the Soul

Have you ever contemplated the effect of the changing seasons of the year on your inner life?  Have you ever worked with Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul?  “In listening week by week to the changing language of the year, the soul will find a way to discover also its own nature: it will realize how forces are stirring within its being and giving it new life and strength.”  Rudolf Steiner in ‘The Illustrated Calendar of the Soul’.

A new pubSeasons of the Soullication by Michael Hedley Burton brings something quite new to working with these verses.  Burton is the author of ‘In the Light of a Child’, where the verses were given in a form appropriate for children.  Now, in his new book, ‘Seasons of the Soul’, he offers verses that have been freely paraphrased and translated, and combines them with original poems in which he hopes to “release some of the incredible concentration” of the verses in German.  His foreword and introductory chapters contain an exploration of some of the questions relating to working with the calendar in the southern hemisphere and the tropics.  Anybody who has worked with the Calendar of the Soul, or wanted to, will find a work of immense value in this book.

Calendar 1912 - 1913 Another publication we have in stock is a ‘Facsimile Edition of the original book containing the calendar created by Rudolf Steiner for the year 1912-13’.  It contains an English introduction, the Facsimile Edition (in German) containing monthly, weekly and daily cosmic references, a translation of all the verses, and Rudolf Steiner’s sketches.  It is a fascinating book for the dedicated student.

Some of the other Calendar of the Soul publications also available

How do you celebrate Christmas?

How do you celebrate Christmas in your family?  When you become parents, you get an opportunity to think about this in a different way.  What traditions from your own childhood do you carry forward?  Are there things you want to do differently?  It dawns on you that you are creating your children’s memories – and the urge to make Christmas special and meaningful burns brightly.

Getting together with family – sharing food and gifts and time together – feature in most people’s picture.  Can we call this ‘honey time’? Time that is sweet and fluid and oh so nourishing.

But it’s not all sweetness and light, is it? It can turn out to be a very stressful time of the year.   Getting together with family often opens old wounds and there are so many things happening at this time of year that it can get a bit much: the school year finishes, summer holidays need to be prepared for, office parties, neighbourhood gatherings, Christmas cards to send, baking and gift buying… It can be a time of contradictions.

Here at The Honeyclock, we wish for you some sweet honey time.  Relaxed, stress-free, uncomplicated.  Some time to connect with your dear ones and nourish yourself.  We wish for you a lovely break!

And, if you’re still not quite ready for Christmas or stocked up on your Dr Hauschka or cleaning needs for the three weeks we will be closed, pop in to The Honeyclock this week and see us!  Our latest newsletter  gives you a brief overview of our shop and some of what we have to offer you this Christmas…

Books: Global Hive, Toyo, Dreamtime

Sometimes, as a bookshop, we get to meet authors or other people very close to a book’s publication.  What a glow surrounds them as their precious creation, which has been so long in the making, is finally ready to meet the world.  Three such new books in our store – all very different from each other – are Global Hive: Bee Crisis and Compassionate Ecology by Horst Kornberger; Toyo by Lily Chan; and Dreamtime: An Age-Related Aboriginal Curriculum for Classes 1 – 7 by Diane Watkin.

Global Hive is essential reading for anyone – no, everyone! – who has ever thought about the environment.  I loved this book!  It is a very readable exploration, firstly, about the bee crisis – colony collapse disorder – which threatens world food production and biodiversity on an unthinkable scale; but, secondly and more profoundly, about ways of thinking about it.  Einstein’s “We cannot solve problems with the same mindset that created them” stimulates the search for an alternative mindset.  Here, Horst introduces some of history’s great thinkers and provokes the reader to enter a different paradigm, where the realm of imagination works in service of humanity, alongside science.  It is a book for our time.

Toyo was brought into The Honeyclock by the author’s father.  He wanted to order copies to send to family in Japan, but lent us a copy to have a look at.  My own connection with Japan goes back to my year spent as an exchange student, aged 17 so, yes, there was a reason for me to read it.  But, oh my, what a beautiful read!  Toyo is the story of the author’s grandmother, a memoir, spanning her life from the traditional world of pre-war  Osaka, through war-time, to her post-war marriage into a Chinese Japanese family, and ultimately migration to Australia.  It was the onset of dementia that prompted Lily to write her grandmother’s story.  I can only describe it as exquisite writing.  Tender, poetic, intimate, touching.  A beautiful read.

Dreamtime reached us by word of mouth, as things often go between teachers, and resulted in a phone call with its author, Diane Watkin who lives in Sydney.  She was just in the process of finalising the second print run, and walking the fine line of balancing cost with quality.  Dreamtime is indeed an age-related Aboriginal [studies] Curriculum for Classes 1 – 7!  As well as stories, drawings, handcrafts and other teaching ideas, each chapter includes a description of developmental considerations for the year level to guide the teacher in programming.  It is aimed at supporting the Steiner class teacher but would be a welcome resource for any primary school teacher.

Silver Tree Steiner School Spring Fair & Open Day

Come and see The Honeyclock   at Silver Tree Steiner School’s Spring Fair & Open Day tomorrow from 10 – 3.  We have just packed up some of the shop and will be bringing a large selection of our books, wooden people and wheeled toys, puzzles and games, dolls, a selection of our Sphagni range and bath milks and a sprinkling of Christmas goodies for early birds including our beautiful advent calendars.

Experience Silver Tree’s beautiful school, set in bush surroundings, visit open classrooms and chat about Waldorf education.  Enjoy community stalls with high quality crafts, books, clothing & gifts, garden art & photography exhibits. Storytelling & entertainment.  Enjoy home made food, cafe-style coffee, tea & cake.

See you there!

Express yourself in a Journal

We’ve been looking for Journals for our shop and we feel like we’ve found some, a beginning to a collection perhaps.  Our difficulty has been in finding blank journals that look and feel beautiful.  We want blank journals because they give you a freedom to write or draw, large or small, doodle or paste, blank gives you the freedom to enter into your journal however you desire.  This being said we also have a few lined journals because we understand that this is what some desire, lines to hold and carry what you place on them…   What style of page carries you into expression?