>From: Stephen <celestial_vision@...>
>Durward Starman wrote:
>Any suggestions for anthroposophy to study for the 12 Holy Nights?
>Can you write a little piece (or point me to one) about the nature and
>definition of the "12 Holy Nights" along with their significance, power,
>etc? Then it might be easier to make a suggestion - for me at least.
*******Sure, probably the best place to start is the "Draumkvedet" or
Dream-Song of Olaf Astesson (from Norway) and Steiner's lectures on it. It's
an old traditional rhyme that has been Christianized but clearly has many
pre-Christian elements of mythology in it: it tells of a man who falls
asleep on Christmas Eve and sleeps all the traditional 12 Nights of
Christmas and then wakes up from this out-of-body experience and tells all
the people gathered in the church on Epiphany what he experienced in other
worlds while out of the body.
Steiner pointed to this as a survival of traditions about the old pagan
initiations of mid-winter, where for instance the old earthwork of New
Grange in Ireland was made to only be filled with the sun's light on the
shortest day of the year, the time of the "death and rebirth" of the sun.
He said that during these 12 Nights the spiritual world was closest to human
beings, and suggested that groups take up a book to study intensively every
night during this time, seeking the inspiration from the Spirit that can
come most easily then.
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