Inner Practices for the Twelve Nights of Yuletide by Anne Stallkamp and Werner Hartung
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A practical guide to contemplative and spiritual practices for the magical season of Yuletide, December 21 through January 2
• Explains how the 12 nights after the winter solstice offer the ideal opportunity for inner focusing, seeing signs, and laying the foundation for the year to come
• Shares reflective themes and exercises for each night (and the day to follow) and guided meditations to deepen the experience
The season of Yuletide--the 12 nights following the winter solstice--offers the ideal opportunity for inner focusing, for seeing signs, and for planting seeds for the future. This guide explores inner practices for the magical Yuletide season, the period between December 21 and January 2, when the veil between worlds is thin.
Revealing the deeper meaning of the darkest time of the year, the authors discuss how the 12 nights of Yuletide were significant in pagan and Nordic traditions long before Christmas was grafted onto them. A special Yuletide channeling explains the ancient and modern significance of the heathen holy days. Each night (and the day that follows) has a particular energy quality and is dedicated to a theme upon which to reflect as you look at the 12 months past and ahead. The authors introduce and explain each of the respective themes of the 12 nights, such as humility and devotion, truth and clarity, the power of the heart, and self-care. They also share a series of ideas to consider for the year just gone by along with insights and guidance to contemplate for the one to come.
Through the questions, exercises, and tools linked to each specific night and its theme we can gain valuable insights and shape our future. Journaling is an essential part of this work, enabling us to reflect our thoughts actively as well as record them for use during the coming year. The authors also include guided meditations for each of the Yuletide nights, enabling readers to deepen their experience.
Working with the magical power of Yuletide and the 12 holy nights is a ritual that can be repeated year after year, offering the reader a completely new understanding of this very special time and a way to lay the foundations for the new year ahead.