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New Moon of Cancer

Cancer-Tammuz- Kabbalah

The Zodiac by Kagaya

Cancer is the only sign ruled by the moon, and because of this, the moon’s energy is purely and completely manifested in Cancer. The moon’s influence is magnified even further because Cancer is a water sign, and we all know how the pull of gravity is responsible for the oceans’ tides.

To understand the sign of Cancer, then, we begin by considering the moon, the symbol of variability and our planet’s closest neighbor. Each and every night, the moon shows us a different face. With such a changeable ruling planet, Cancer’s feelings of instability, uncertainty, and insecurity should come as no surprise. Nor should we be surprised at Cancer’s attempts to regain security and stability by seeking reassurance in material comforts. Cancers are like the children of unpredictable and inconsistent parents: Such children compensate for their lack of security by becoming cautious, apprehensive, and acquisitive. Like their symbol, the Crab, Cancers may create a protective shell of material things to shield them from what seems to be capricious and uncertain world. (more…)

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New Moon of Aries

New Moon of Aries

Aries

Nissan is the first month of the lunar year. Ruled by the planet Mars and named after the Roman god of war, it is a month filled with opportunities in the form of confrontations, battles, and potential antagonism. Because of this, Kabbalah tells us that the force of miracles is present in the universe during the month of Nissan.

The Aramaic letters connecting us to the positive aspects of the month are Hei ה which created the sign of Aries and represents the Desire to Receive, and Dalet ד, which created Mars and means “poor”. The combination of these two letters is interpreted to mean that during the month of Nissan, we should strive to diminish our Desire to Receive for the Self Alone. By contemplating these two Aramaic letters, we can tap into the energy necessary to attain this goal. (more…)

Capricorn – Part 2

Capricorn

Capricorn

Thankfully, Capricorns are patient, too, and are happy to wait for their ship to come in. The flip side to this staid behaviour is that Goats can become quite unforgiving of those who aren’t as diligent or ambitious as they are. Capricorns need to remember that they do need allies along the way, ambitious or otherwise. In any case, once Capricorns receive the recognition and social status they so fervently crave, it’s likely that all will be forgiven.

Those born under this sign also want to be the top dog, and they’re smart enough to know that the title won’t simply be handed to them. Caps are happy to work for it, and luckily they possess enough discipline and sense of responsibility to get them there. Capricorns tend to be mature and are amply blessed with common sense, two more qualities which help their success-driven endeavours.

Caps are traditional (but not quite the button-down stiffs some would suggest) and somewhat inhibited, prompting others to wonder if they can ever enjoy success and its rarefied air. Rest assured, these folks will be smiling inside. (more…)

Capricorn – Part 1

Capricorn

Capricorn

Tevet is the tenth month on the Aramaic calendar and is ruled by the planet Saturn. Of the five inner planets created by the Aramaic letters, Saturn is the farthest from the sun. Because of this distance, Kabbalah tells us that Capricorn is the sign that most nurtures delusions.

The month of Capricorn is a very spiritual month. The planet Saturn was created by the letter Bet ב, and Capricorn was created by the letter Ayin ע. Together, these two letters link us directly to the 72 channels of energy through which Light descends into the world. They also connect to the element of water, which is a symbol of mercy.

Capricorn is an earth sign, and Capricorns are often somewhat slow and heavy in their demeanor. They are usually reserved and not very talkative; it takes them awhile to warn up and smile. Capricorns often have a bony look, and their appearance is very grounded. Is it any wonder that the organs of the body that correspond to Capricorns are the skin and the bones? They usually prefer their own company to a busy social life—just like hermits. Capricorns are deeply attached to the physical realm in which the Desire to Receive manifests itself.

From an early age, Capricorns feel they have to assume responsibility. Often they prematurely abandon their dreams to face the cold realities of adulthood. Because of this, in later years they may feel they were deprived of something. They are generally serious people and do not give of themselves readily. In their minds, people are responsible for their own lives. To a Capricorn, everything has to be earned—there are no “free lunches.” In short, Capricorns have a very matter-of-fact and often uncharitable view of the world. (more…)

Powerful cosmic openings to connect to the Light

There is an importance of being able to distinguish what is ordinary from what is significant.

Specifically, there are powerful cosmic openings to connect to the Light, and it’s important to be aware of these opportunities so that we don’t miss them. In these brief windows of time, we should invest more of ourselves – more effort and more energy. Shabbat, holidays, and New Moon (Rosh Chodesh) connections are examples of these occasions.

Lessons from Shabbat Terumah

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