December 29-30 – Gemini
Now follow the three nights of the sword.
Peter’s night. Night of the consecration of the sword. Each of us must forge his or her own sword of discernment. Each of us must unite our spiritual will with the eternal, the immortal, and the perishable, and in this way we shall recognize the truth.
Mystery: Bring together the Son of God with the Son of Man – Unity.
Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the Holy Nights given to Herbert Hahn
Translation from German by Laura Zanutto 2015 adjusted by Mark Willan 2016
- Heilige Nacht
29./30. – Zwillinge
Die drei Nächte des Schwertes.
Petrus-Nacht. Nacht der Schwertweihe. Jeder muss sich das Schwert der Unterscheidung selbst schmieden. Jeder muss mit gesteigerter Willenskraft die beiden Stücke, das Todlose, Ewige und das Vergängliche zusammenschmieden, um die Wahrheit kennen zu lernen.
Mysterium: Gottessohn mit Menschensohn verschmelzen. Einssein!
Sixth Contemplation: Kristina Kaine
Uniting our spiritual will with the eternal and, at the same time, with the perishable, seems like an impossible task at this stage in the evolution of our consciousness. In fact many aspects of spiritual development seem beyond our capabilities. On the one hand we know that we have to personally achieve spiritual growth, and on the other, we think we can wait until we are further evolved. Yet we have access to this process today, now! We can “Bring together the Son of God with the Son of Man.” This is possible if we acquaint ourselves with the presence of Christ within us. Rudolf Steiner spoke these beautiful words to his Esoteric Class students on September 24, 1907. We can repeat them every day until they are etched on our soul.
“Christ is a sun-spirit, a fire-spirit.
[He created the sun through aeons of imaginative thinking.]
It’s his spirit that reveals itself to us in sunlight.
It’s his breath of life in the air that sweeps around the earth and presses into us with every breath.
His body is the earth on which we live.
He actually feeds us with his flesh and blood, for all the food we eat is taken from the earth, from his body.
We breathe his breath of life that he streams to us through the earth’s plant-cover.
We see in his light, for the sunlight is his spirit-radiation.
We live in his love, even physically, for the sun’s warmth that we get is his spiritual force of love, that we perceive as warmth.
And our spirit is drawn towards his spirit, as our body is fettered to his body.
That’s why our body must be consecrated, because we walk on his body. The earth is his holy body that we touch with our feet. And the sun is the manifestation of his holy spirit to which we are allowed to look up. And the air is the manifestation of his holy life that we are allowed to take into us.”
Guardians of the Nativity (left side) by Brian Jekel
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