January 5th, 2007

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

The Twelve Days of Christmas, Eleventh Day, Eve of Epiphany


This evening is a mysterious one. It is the Eve of Epiphany in The Twelve Days, one of those nights when heaven meets earth. It is the night when the Three Kings, after following a star for a long, long time, came to the stable and recognized him Jesus as a divine child, bearing the hope of heaven and earth.

Epiphany means heavenly revelation or divine apparition. In a epiphany you become aware of something that you did not know before, or was only half aware of. An epiphany comes from the divine and it is always something of importance for one who receives it; it shows him or her a way.

The spread that belongs to this day is called “Epiphany Spread”. The kernel of this spread is a Epiphany, a divine revelation; a message from heaven. The spread consists of eight cards. The first three cards are showing the events or behavioral patterns that lead to the epiphany. Card 4 shows the epiphany itself. Card 5, 6 and 7 show what you will do with the message you have received in the epiphany, the image that you have seen in it. Card 8 shows you the end result.

4 8

The epiphany I have received (card 4) is Six of Swords, from the Arthurian Tarot. Pictured is a barge in a sunny winter landscape. In the boat is a sword that is shining bright. Usually this card means getting perspective, safety and protection, and finding a way out of trouble. It means the same here. 


To me it means that in order stay away from trouble, it is important for me not to get too involved into issues (I care about), and to be very clear to myself and others: speaking my truth, saying what I desire and want, all in all staying close to myself. It were the cards before and after the epiphany that helped me to interpret the epiphany in the way I did. The end result is Ace of swords, a cutting clarity.

This spread is taken from and based on: Edain Mc.Coy, Past-Life & Karmic Tarot, Llewellyn, 2004, p.135-138.
The whole project of The Twelve Days of Christmas in spreads is inspired by: John Matthews, The Winter Solstice, Godsfield Press, 2003 (1998).
Painting: Epiphany by Giotto.