Today is January 6th, the Day of the Epiphany. There are few things I love more than when ancient wisdom, culture (and yes, dogma) meet my personal experience or gnosis. I think this is because, although I wouldn’t say I am a Christian, my lineage is the Western Mystery School tradition which, like Christianity, has it’s roots in the Mystery Schools of Greece, Egypt and the Judaic Essenes.
Throughout the world, January 6th is known as Three Kings Day or the Day of the Epiphany. It marks the end of Yule and the twelve sacred days between Christmas Eve and the start of the ancient New Year as observed by many cultures. During these twelve sacred days, time seems to stand still. The old is not entirely released and the new has not firmly taken root. Although the days have technically gotten longer, darkness still seems to prevail.
But what I learned from my ancestors is on January 6th we begin to experience the victory of the light and feel the longer days.
Interestingly enough, in the Christian tradition, it is on January 6th that the three kings, or three magi arrived at the place of Jesus’ birth. I find this fascinating. It is not that Jesus hadn’t been born, but it was twelve days later that this Light of the World could actually be perceived.
By definition, Epiphany means, a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way.
This particular Yule Season captured my attention. As I shared in my two seasonal posts, Yule and the Return of Light and Hope and Post Winter Solstice Blues, this year I was taken by the darkness and held; almost to the point of suffocation. There was no rushing the recovery or coming up for air. It required a surrendering to the season and waiting.
With renewed trust and faith I allowed myself to free fall into the chaos of the old dancing with the new and prayed for Grace and Wisdom.
Today, I woke up with a strange sense of newness. The world around me felt fresh and there was a palpable ease. It wasn’t until mid-morning that I realized it was January 6th, the Day of the Epiphany – the day where the new light is actually perceived. Coincidence? I wonder…
All I can say is…trust the season you are in…