December 25-26 – Aquarius
Night of John. The Eagle of the soul circling high on its wings and looking back from a great height, observes its own life. And now the man recognizes the Laws of Karma.
The Mystery: Choosing the narrow and difficult path or the path that is wide and easy.
For those who are born of flesh it is hard to find the path of the spirit.
Bhagavad Gita: A selfish life, or a life devoted to humanity?
Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the Holy Nights given to Herbert Hahn
The child is born in our soul sending the Eagle into flight. From this great height we become aware of the Eagle and all that it represents. As the dove brings the seed of the Holy Spirit into our being, the Eagle draws us to the heights of Intuition. Intuition is not a sixth sense, not a psychic instinct; Intuition is the highest human faculty of knowledge. Through it we experience the Word which St John tells us was in the beginning. John knows this Word because he is the first human being to hear it resound silently within him.
We all experience Intuition, consciously or unconsciously. We experience it when we surrender ourselves and enter into others. Are we up for this? Can we enter into another person’s pain and recognize the Laws of Karma playing out within them? We can’t if we are absorbed in our own karma. We have to step out of our own karma as we would step out of a tent, and not only step out of the tent but also step out of it naked, like a newborn.
In this condition we can enter purely into the other person and truly know them. Of course, they have to be willing to allow this to take place. It is this union that gives us the ability to soar like an Eagle and circle at a great height. From this perspective we see the overview, but also with the eye of the Eagle we see every minute detail. In this way we become devoted to humanity, not sentimentally but with true knowledge and great compassion.
John the Evangelist on Patmos, 1490 Sigmund Gleismüller (1449-1511)