January 4-5 – Sagittarius
During the 12th night the crowns won are placed at the feet of the divine, because we have struggled against ourselves, but what we have wrung from it is grace, is the law of the spirit. Because grace is a stream from a source that a human being cannot reach with human power. Now is the start and end of a spaceless time – timeless space. Now everything is eternal and holy! Sagittarius’ power striving towards the goal must be directed in this way, so that it can take up the spiritual Good it receives.
We must now take on into our lives what we have recognized and received in the twelve holy nights, and spiritualise matter and the soul.
Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the Holy Nights given to Herbert Hahn
Translation from German by Laura Zanutto 2015 and Mark Willan 2016
12 Heilige Nacht
4./5. Januar – Schütze
In der 12. Nacht wird die errungene Krone zu Füssen des Göttlichen niedergelegt, denn wir haben sie zwar selbst erkämpft, aber daß wir sie erringen durften ist Gnade, ist Gesetz des Geistigen. Denn Gnade ist Zustrom aus einer Quelle, die der Mensch mit menschlicher Kraft nicht zu erreichen vermag. Nun wird Anfang und Ende eines, raumlose Zeit – zeitloser Raum. Alles ist ewiges, heiliges Jetzt! Die zielstrebigen Kräfte des Schützen müssen so eingesetzt werden, daß er geistiges Gut in Empfang nehmen kann.
Das, was wir in den zwölf Heiligen Nächten erkannt und empfangen haben, müssen wir nun in das Leben hineintragen und die Materie und das Seelische durchgeistigen. R. Steiner
Contemplation 12: Kristina Kaine
Our crown is not for our own benefit. If we earn the crown we place it at the feet of all creation. If we think it is our own crown, and that because we made the effort we should therefore reap the benefit, then we might be very surprised to one day discover who bestows these benefits.
The crown of humanity is the I AM and the essence of the I AM is love. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends;” 1 Cor 13 When we experience this love we stand in the eternal “time without space and space out of time.” This is the experience of the I AM. All boundaries disappear and we stand in our eternal being.
As we have travelled through these twelve holy nights, every glimpse of truth that has come to us has been received by the holy hierarchy and the divine trinity who hold us in their care. They receive our gifts of understanding and pour this out for all humanity. In these words we encounter the misunderstanding that as human beings we are beholden to God, or the gods. This is not true. We are free to earn the crown, wear the crown and offer up the crown to the whole of creation. May we carry this knowledge through each day of the coming year.
Art: The Coronation of the Virgin Mary. Fra Angelico. 1434-1435
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