Holy Night 8
December 31 – January 1 – Leo
The cross on the pommel (the counterweight at the end of the hilt): Sacrifice. The tongue, girded with the sword of Christ Power, speaks the truth without being able to hurt. It is the night of the Ent-setting.*
Mystery: The knight, the fighter with the lance of the will and the sword of knowledge. The dog as a symbol of obedience, by his side. Behind him, death and the devil! On certain levels of knowledge, each false step leads rapidly to destruction, the victory will be achieved through the fulfillment and the unremitting faithfulness to the duties of the lion.
Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the Holy Nights given to Herbert Hahn
* Ent-setzens: Ent-setting means horror, terror, but “Ent-setzen” does not exist, so, it could be a play on words “move away from fear and horror”
This is a new translation using Google to translate from the original German and adjusted by Laura Zanutto and slightly tweaked by Kristina Kaine 2015
8. Heilige Nacht
31./1. – Löwe
Das Kreuz am Schwertknauf: Das Opfer. Umgürtet mit dem Schwert der Christuskraft spricht die Zunge die Wahrheit, ohne verletzen zu können. Es ist die Nacht des Ent-setzens.
Mysterium: Der Ritter, der Streiter mit der Lanze des Willens und dem Schwert der Erkenntnis. Der Hund als Symbol des Gehorsams, ihm zur Seite. Hinter ihm Tod und Teufel! Auf bestimmter Erkenntnisstufe führt jeder falsche Schritt schneller ins Verderben, der Sieg wird errungen durch das Erfülltsein und der unermüdlichen Treue gegenüber den Aufgaben des Löwen.
Eighth Contemplation: Kristina Kaine
Spiritual development has consequences. As we develop our ability to see truth, the first thing we see is the truth about our own nature, especially our lower nature. Are we strong enough to deal with this? Can we counterbalance our higher and lower nature? It is for this reason that we need a relationship with Christ. He will help us see the flaws of our lower nature and deal with the horror we feel. We must always remember that our life is not just about facing difficulties; the difficulties are there giving us something to overcome and in this way hone our will.
When the Christ Power speaks we are reminded that it is the Logos, the Creative Word, resounding through the universe from the beginning of creation. Of course we won’t measure up to the perfection of the Creative Word, nor will we be hurt by it. Knowing about these experiences prepares us by strengthening us and helping us to realise that without the lower self we would never be in a position to have a personal experience of ourselves as eternal beings.
This is a tricky time in our development. Even if we are unsure of the Christ Being – which is understandable because he has been so misunderstood and misrepresented – we can decide to develop some confidence in his purity and power. Simply through our openness and willingness to meet Christ, we leave death and the anti-forces behind. Leaving them behind doesn’t mean they disappear, we simply see them for what they are – stages on our journey.
While these ideas may seem daunting, we can be sure that we each have deep levels of courage (lion) to face any danger. We also have companions on our journey who lovingly support our efforts. 2015