“In the darkness of winter’s night, when the great breath of the Earth Mother finds its greatest point of inhalation, human beings are afforded the grace to touch into both magic and miracle. In the pause between her mighty in-breath and out-breath there is a still-point of rest. This still-point has long been known as the Holy Nights.”
We are moving quickly through the holiday season. It won’t be long until it’s Christmas Night and the presents have all been opened. Family members, like Santa, will have come and gone. Time to get back to normal, right? Well, not exactly. Truth is, Christmas night heralds the beginning of a spiritually significant period of time, referred to as the 12 Holy Nights.
The nights between the Nativity and the Epiphany, December 25th to January 5th, are thought to be the time when the veil between the spirit realm and the human realm is thinnest. It is the “time between the years”–a fixed focal point where the past meets the future in the present.
Spanning the last six days of the old year and the first six days of the new, this interval of the 12 Holy Nights is said to be an actual cosmic event. It is believed that frequencies of higher vibration are showered upon the earth and its inhabitants, providing an opportunity for deep inner growth and renewal. It is of such spiritual significance that ancient wisdom teachings refer to this period as the “Holiest of Holies.”
These 12 Holy Nights act as windows to your soul’s purpose and can empower your new year–if you have the awareness to pay attention. Like the moment between a stimulus and the response, this still point provides an opportunity to consciously choose how you want to move forward. It is an energetically powerful time to declare your intentions for the year ahead and to say good-bye to whatever no longer serves you.
This is a magical time for divination, dreaming, and intuition. Our ability to connect with spiritual guidance is enhanced, offering insight as to what is ours to do. We may also catch a glimpse of the coming year, as each of the 12 Holy Nights corresponds to a month of the solar calendar ahead.
Some ideas to help you tap into the sacred power of the 12 Holy Nights:
- Use a positive affirmation each of the 12 Holy Nights that supports your future vision.
- Create an atmosphere of quiet and peace. Turn off the TV. Dine by candlelight. Be open to new revelations.
- Make a conscious effort to be aware of your dreams. Keep a dream journal. Maybe even go to bed an hour earlier to get more sleep and more dream time.
- Make a spiral of 12 stars representing the route traveled by the Wise Men (symbolizing the development of the soul). Light one candle each night, using a different virtue or bible verse for discussion or meditation. On the 12th night, your entire spiral will be lit, reflecting the light of your soul.
- Light a candle each night as it grows dark, discussing the darkness that enfolds us in winter, what light offers to us, and how we might offer light to others.
- Draw a card from your favorite divination deck asking for awareness for the year ahead. Choose a card each of the 12 Holy Nights, recording the message in a journal or notebook. Connect the Holy Night and the solar year time period it represents and as the year passes, spend time in mediation or contemplation of that virtue.
- Create a vision board or personal journal for the year ahead. Go through magazines picking images that you resonate with and that grab your attention. After accumulating an assortment of pictures, gather your markers and sit with a poster board or created journal. Contemplating the year ahead, label a page or section of your journal to represent the upcoming solar months. Intuitively add images, words, and illustrations for reflection each month. Leave space for personal reflection and insights when that time comes.
The 12 Holy Nights conclude with the Feast of the Epiphany, when the birth of Christ Consciousness was revealed to the world. With conscious use of this time, we can experience our own personal epiphany–an ‘aha’ moment–when new awareness and new ideas are revealed to us.
“Just as the force contained in the seed of every plant is bound up with the physical forces of the earth, so is the inmost being of the human soul bound up with the spiritual forces of the earth. And just as the seed of the plant sinks into the depths of the earth at the time we know as Christmas, so does the soul of man descent at that time into deep, deep spirit realms, drawing strength from these depths as does the seed of the plant for its blossoming in spring.”