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Twelfth Day of Christmas: God Created Man in His Own Image

The Twelfth Day of Christmas
Evening of January 5th

Tonight we celebrate the last day of Christmas before Epiphany, and meditate on the qualities of Pisces: adaptability, generosity, openness to emotions, receptivity, affection, and honesty; and on the negative side, scatter-brained, needy, intense, unreliability, unmotivated, gullible, indecisive.  This day is also associated St. Peter, who, through his faith, became a rock of initiation.  While meditating, feel free to visualize the symbol of Pisces displayed below, focus on an icon or holy card of St. Peter, or simply light a pink candle.

Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Pisces that you recognize in yourself.

“So God created man in His own image.” – Genesis 1:27

Knowing that you can move past these negative aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Pisces you possess.  Remember that we are the very image of the Divine, and as God possesses all qualities, it is in balancing the positive and negative that we can realize our own divine nature.  It is the illusory nature of this world that causes us to divide pairs of opposites into “this” and “that,” but the reconciliation of opposites is assuredly the foundation – the rock – of True Initiation.  Can a foundation stone be anything but balanced?  It’s fitting on this night before Epiphany to seek this “rock,” as some may be preparing to receive the initiatory sacrament of Baptism tomorrow, while others may be recalling our own baptism, and what receiving this holy sacrament truly means.

“He is perfect, the invisible God to whom one speaks in silence: His image is moved when it is directed, and it governs.Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth

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Eleventh Day of Christmas: Ye Are My Friends

The Eleventh Day of Christmas
Evening of January 4th

Tonight we meditate on the qualities of Aquarius: creativity, progressiveness, stimulation, independence, non-judgmental, loyal, dignified; and on the negative side, unemotional, intractability, perverseness, coldness.  This day is also associated St. Matthew, who renounced all worldly possessions.  While meditating, feel free to visualize the symbol of Aquarius displayed below, focus on an icon or holy card of St. Matthew, or simply light a blue candle.

Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Aquarius that you recognize in yourself.

“Ye are my friends.John 15:4

Knowing that you can move past these negative aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Aquarius you possess.  The negative qualities of Aquarius can sometimes  make it difficult to make and keep close friends, and often puts other people off – but its qualities of loyalty and a non-judgmental nature produce a humanitarian and progressive nature that balances itself out.  It is this progressiveness, along with a love for independence that can free us of all attachment to the world, just as St. Matthew, so that we may receive the Gnosis of Life, Liberty, Love, and Light.

“Entrust yourself to this pair of friends: reason and mind; and no one will be victorious over you.The Teachings of Silvanus

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Tenth Day of Christmas: Let the Christ Be Formed in You

The Tenth Day of Christmas
Evening of January 3rd

Tonight we meditate on the qualities of Capricorn: ambition, patience, responsibility, stability, trustworthiness, persistence, honesty; and on the negative side, pessimism, melancholy, a demanding nature, unwillingness to listen to others’ opinions.  This day is also associated St. Simon, brother of James and Jude, whose one desire was to serve the Lord.  While meditating, feel free to visualize the symbol of Capricorn displayed below, focus on an icon or holy card of St. Simon, or simply light a black candle.

Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Capricorn that you recognize in yourself.

He who will drink from my mouth will become as I am: I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him.” – Gospel of Thomas, 108

Knowing that you can move beyond these negative aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Capricorn you possess.  St. Simon was at first reluctant about accepting the divinity of the Lord, despite their close family ties.  But when he was finally awakened by the Christ, his dedication was complete.  Know that through patience and persistence, you too can overcome any pessimism or doubt in your mind, and cultivate the singular desire to serve the Lord, so that neither life nor death will have any meaning for you.

“Let the Christ be formed in you.Galatians 4:19

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Ninth Day of Christmas: Ye Are the Light of the World

The Ninth Day of Christmas
Evening of January 2nd

Tonight we meditate on the qualities of Sagittarius: ethics, humor, generosity, honesty, intelligence, independence, open-heartedness, compassion, and energy; and on the negative side, boastfulness, tactlessness, lacking in concentration, impatience, bluntness, argumentative.  This day is also associated St. Philip, and a spiritualized mind.  While meditating, feel free to visualize the symbol of Sagittarius displayed below, focus on an icon or holy card of St. Philip, or simply light a green candle.

Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Sagittarius that you recognize in yourself.

Samael said, ‘If any other thing exists before me, let it become visible to me!’ And immediately Sophia stretched forth Her finger and introduced light into matter; and She pursued it down to the region of chaos.” – Hypostasis of the Archons

Knowing that you can move beyond these negative aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Sagittarius you possess.  Samael, in his ignorance and boastfulness believed himself to be the One True God, but Sophia brought the Light of Spirit into the world he created, so that we may overcome the hold the demiurge has on us.  Holy Philip is the perfect example to follow on the Path of Light – before he found the Lord, he had no idea what a spiritualized or Christed mind would mean in his life.  He was a mentalist, or in Gnostic terms, a hylic.  But after the light of Christ was shed up him, he became worthy to be numbered among the Immortal Twelve.

 “Ye are the light of the world.”Matthew 5:14

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Eighth Day of Christmas: Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

The Eighth Day of Christmas
Evening of January 1st

Tonight we meditate on the qualities of Scorpio: intensity, determination, passion, intuition, power, rebirth; and on the negative side, jealousy, introversion, distrustfulness, tendency toward pride.  This day is also associated St. John the Beloved.  Transmutation was the keynote of his life, and he progressed so far in the divine science of transmuting matter into spirit, that some say he never knew death.  While meditating, feel free to visualize the symbol of Scorpio displayed below, focus on an icon or holy card of St. John, or simply light a brown candle.

Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Scorpio that you recognize in yourself.  It’s interesting that some of the “negative” qualities here also have the capability of being positive, and some of the “positive” qualities can, in fact, become quite negative.  For these meditations, don’t stick strictly to the negative/positive separation presented here – rather, consider both aspects of qualities such as passion, power, pride, and introversion.

Do not, then, let terms trouble thee; action and passion are both the selfsame thing. ” – Corpus Hermeticum, 12:11

Knowing that you can move beyond these negative aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Scorpio you possess.  St. John’s association with transmutation, and Scorpio’s quality of rebirth are closely related.  At this time when we welcome the new solar year of the civil calendar, let the dross matter that is weighing you down burn away, and be reborn.  St. John is the perfect model for the inner tradition of Christianity – he alone listened to the heartbeat of God, as he rested his head upon His chest.  Remember that introversion is not really a bad quality, for turning inward and being still is the only way we will ever be able to hear the heartbeat of God for ourselves.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8

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Seventh Day of Christmas: Ye Shall Know the Truth

A happy and joyous New Year to you all! Before presenting the Christmas meditation for today, I’d like to start out with a prayer for the new year, from the Lectionary of the Ecclesia Gnostica, which I find to be very beautiful:

“O Omnipotent God, who fillest and dost govern the immensity of worlds which have come forth from Thee; Thou verily art the eternal new-born Child, and yet Thou art the Ancient of Days! Thou hast veiled Thine ineffable glory and splendor in the garment of time, and the cloak of space; Thou wilt transform all things so that they might return unto Thee, to Thy timeless essence. We dedicate our lives to Thee, and we resolve to so live throughout this year, that Thy glory might increase, and fill the earth as the waters cover the sea. Amen.”

The Seventh Day of Christmas
Evening of December 31st

Tonight we meditate on the qualities of Libra: Justice, Charm, Perception, Idealism, Refinery, and Diplomacy; and on the negative side, narcissism, bossiness, desire for popularity.  This day is also associated with St. Jude Thaddeus, minister of the beautiful, and patron of impossible cases.  While meditating, feel free to visualize the symbol of Libra displayed below, focus on an icon or holy card of St. Jude, or simply light a dark red candle.

Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Libra that you recognize in yourself.

“Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8: 32

Knowing that you can move beyond these aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Libra you possess.  Always see the beauty in the world, even when it may be obscured – it’s always there.  As is written in the Gospel of Thomas: “Cleave a piece of wood and I am there, lift up a stone and you will find me there,” and “The kingdom of heaven is spread out upon the earth, but men do not see it.”  Just as St. Jude has accomplished impossible miracles, you too are capable of seemingly impossible feats, and transforming the world so that its inner beauty may shine forth.

“Most blessed sight were it, my son, to see all these beneath one sway – the motionless in motion, and the unmanifest made manifest; whereby is made this order of the cosmos and the cosmos which we see of order.” – Corpus Hermeticum, 5:5

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Sixth Day of Christmas: He That is Greatest Among You Shall Be Your Servant

The Sixth Day of Christmas
Evening of December 30th

Tonight we meditate on the qualities of Virgo: purity, service, diligence, self-sufficiency, freedom-loving, order, modesty; and on the negative side, materialism, hypochondria.  This day is also associated with St. James the Just, brother of Jude and Simon.  St. James represents purity of character, and consecration to selfless service, a theme which can be easily seen in his epistle.  While meditating, feel free to visualize the symbol of Virgo displayed below, focus on an icon or holy card of St. James, or simply light a gold candle.

Read the following scripture, and then focus on the negative qualities of Virgo that you recognize in yourself.

“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” – Matthew 23:11

Knowing that you can transform these aspects of yourself, read the following scripture, and meditate upon the positive qualities of Virgo you possess, and how they apply to your life.  After having “put off the old man” yesterday, we can dedicate ourselves to purity and selflessness by following the example of James, “for whose sake heaven and earth came into being” (Thomas 12).

Gnosis of Joy hath come to us, and on its coming, son, sorrow will flee away to them who give it room. The Power that follows Joy do I invoke, thy Self-control. O Power most sweet! Let us most gladly bid it welcome, son! How with its coming doth it chase Intemperance away!”Corpus Hermeticum, 13:8

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