December 19, 2006 at 11:32 am #19889
Cosmic Significance of 12
A lovely video sent to my in response to my Winter Solstice email, a woman named Lynn Jericho who identifies the Dark Goddess with the Sophia tradition. See link below. this is part of her commentary, from her site.
There are Twelve Nights between Nativity and Epiphany. They are a sacred time for our souls. They begin with wonder and conclude with wisdom. It is during these nights that the veils lift between the earthly world and the spiritual world and between our earthly nature and our spiritual nature. It is the time for knowing the mysteries of the outer world and the Cosmos and the inner world of our souls._
Twelve is a very special number. It is most related to the circle and the cyclical divisions of sun time with twelve months to the year and twelve hours of light and twelve hours of night in the image of the day. It is the number of cosmic completion as represented in the zodiac. There are twelve units to governance, as in the twelve tribes of Israel, and to fair judgment, as in twelve members of a jury. _
Most meaningful to me are the twelve pairs of ribs that embrace and protect our hearts and lungs. The heart is the location of the holy of holies the dwelling place of personal divinity. The lungs are the organs of transformation of blood and breath. _
There are twelve cranial nerves coming from and going to the brain. They serve as pathways for the perceptions we receive and actions take in our lifetimes._
Twelve is also the result of multiplying 3 by 4. Three is representative of divinity in many belief systems. Four is the number earthly existence as in the four elements of earth, water, air and fire. Twelve is the fulfillment of the meeting of our earthly and divine natures. No other number of nights could fulfill the sacred gesture of this time.
The Twelve Holy Nights are a cosmic and human harmony. Although Christianity has laid claim to this mysterious time, we can see that this harmony has existed as long as the sun has been pouring forth light and warmth into the world and wonder and wisdom has been living in human souls. These nights and their mysterious powers of spiritual renewal belong to everyone throughout all time.
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