12 Days of Christmas – Day 9

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE.

The Nine Ladies Dancing

This is the result of my research:
The Nine Ladies Dancing Are The Nine Fruits Of The Spirit (Gal.5)

“… many non-Christian people danced from left to right because they were worshipping the sun (round) as a way of representing the sun’s movement from east to west. The sun was a priority in many dances. They didn’t do it as a form of evil. In some cases, the dances were done in a circle around a fire. The fire represented the sun’s light, warmth and purifying qualities. Eventually, the Christian church failed in banning dancing, especially in circles going left. And, by the 15th century the word for carole was replaced with the word branle, because dancing was then associated with songs. Eventually, the songs turned into stories, like those about Christmas. This is how the term Christmas Carols came about. As the years went on, the round dance, grew into many different types of dances.”
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I very much like the idea of dancing being a way of worshipping. Observing the dervishes dancing is enlightening. As they swirl around they reach a level of meditative consciousness that allows them to connect with the divine. I do believe that one symbol of the dancing ladies is the joyful nature of spirit. It reminds us to dance and have fun in our lives because it is meant to be a gift.

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit, according to chapter 5 of the Epistle to the Galatians. source
“… The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6) ” The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbour as yourself” (Gal 5:14)But the fruit of the Spirit is
Love (Hebrew: agape, Latin: caritas)
Joy (Greek: chara, Latin: gaudium)
Peace (Greek: eirene, Latin: pax)
Patience (Greek: makrothumia, Latin: longanimitas)
Kindness (Greek: chrestotes, Latin: benignitas)
Goodness (Greek: agathosune, Latin: bonitas)
Faithfulness (Greek: pistis, Latin: fides)
Gentleness (Greek: prautes, Latin: modestia)
Self-control (Greek: egkrateia, Latin: continentia).” (Gal 5:22)
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spiri
t.” (Gal 5:25)

Once again, we are reminded of the qualities that allow us to live in Spirit. I believe the qualities stated above need no explanation. Read the text on the picture below. The one Fruit with 9 parts is the Soul itself expressing Its inherent qualities.

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