January 2-3 – Libra
The night in which the greatest sacrifice grows from service: learning to listen to the inner voice and the signs of divinity, and to hear them obediently.
Mystery: the voice calling in us through our various incarnations. Its clarity grows through sacrifice and decision.
Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the Holy Nights given to Herbert Hahn
Translation from German by Laura Zanutto 2015 and Mark Willan 2016
10 Heilige Nacht
2./3. Januar – Waage
Die Nacht, in der aus dem Dienen das größte Opfer erwächst, Gehorsam-Horchen-Hören lernen, auf die innere Stimme und das Zeichen des Göttlichen.
Mysterium: Der Rufer in uns durch die verschiedenen Inkarnationen hindurch: Seine Klarheit nimmt zu durch Opfer und Entscheidung. Rudolf Steiner
Tenth Contemplation by Kristina Kaine
The second night of the crown speaks to us of the spiritual faculty of Inspiration. This is not the primitive consciousness of premonition but rather hearing a clear inner voice speaking to us. When we hear this voice, we know what is true and what is not true. We experience Inspiration when feeling is freed from our body. The feelings that we usually experience are mirrored reflections of cosmic Inspiration, they are not the real thing.
As the word Inspiration suggests, it is connected with the breath and the rhythms of the heart and lungs. We know that we take our first breath when we leave the womb and take possession of our incarnation as a human being. There is a connection here between this life and our previous lives that lie behind us. When we experience Inspiration, we begin to discover our own pre-earthly existence, especially as it relates to this incarnation.
Sacrifice and service are connected with this because we cannot enter into these great mysteries unless we are fully prepared. We must come to the point of fully understanding what it means to serve. What are we serving? We are serving the cosmos and its creators. They are waiting for us to come to this knowledge. They have served us; by giving us life and the freedom to use this life as we choose. Now we must strive to understand how we can serve them and how this is connected with sacrifice. We find the clues when we look at the life of Jesus; his birth, and his role in the baptism, crucifixion, and resurrection. This is what helps us make the decision.
Art: Wilton Diptych, Panel from portable altarpiece ~1395-9