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Kabbalah on Astrology

The Month of Nissan : Aries

Aries is the first of the fire signs and the first sign in the both the Lunar and Solar astrological cycles. Even though the Hebrew calendar recognizes Rosh Hashanah as the new year, Nissan is actually the first month of the calendar year.

Those born under the sign of Aries are typically powerful, energetic, vigorous, pioneering, aggressive, progressive, militant and domineering. When it comes to fighting, they will do anything to be the winner and the first to hit the target and defeat the enemy.

Historically, the month of Nissan marks the Israelite exile from Egypt, the beginning of the journey from slavery to salvation, from bondage to freedom. According to Kabbalah, this month provides us with the cosmic strength to break free of all limitations and bondage of any kind.

Nissan allows us to leave behind the personal blockages that prevent us from achieving true freedom in all areas of life. The same energy that was revealed when the Israelite nation left Egypt is revealed every fourteenth day of Nissan, when the moon is in full force. Nissan is ruled by Mars, the planet of war, which allows us to wage war on the conflicts in our own lives. It supports us in infusing the year with the right consciousness in any war zone, whether it is between nations, people, or our in the conflict that rages between us on a daily basis – the fight between the desire to receive for the self alone and the desire to share.

The opportunity to redesign our entire year, to implement order instead of chaos, freedom instead of slavery, falls on the fourteenth of Nissan, at the event commonly known as the “Seder”. Each one of us has been given the power to utilize this cosmic window and reign victorious in this battle against negativity.

The Month of Taurus: Iyar

Taurus is a fixed sign, ruled by Venus (Noga, in Hebrew), and the Hebrew letters Pei and Vav. Taurus’ inner energy is fire, as it is the left column of the earth signs. Because Taurus is an earth sign, Taureans are in a constant search for stability in life and financial security. They are typically self-employed business owners which places them in “control” of their monies and property. Taureans have a very strong will to purchase and buy property, houses, land and real estate – all in order to support their need for security. Taureans are very capitalistic, jealous and possessive of their property. They will frequently experience loss of money to learn to let go of the physical world’s domination over their lives.

Taureans have healing powers and deep talents to be doctors, astrologers, artists, chefs, singers and, of course, businesspeople. The Hebrew name for the month is Iyar, which stands for “Ani Hashem Rofecha” – “I am God, your Healer”. This offers us all the ability to instigate healing processes during this month. The signs that best suit Taurus are water signs: Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio, or the earth signs: Virgo and Capricorn.

Taurus is associated with the Thyroid gland and the neck, best known by their “stiff-necked” stubbornness.

The entire month of Iyar falls during the period of Sfirat Haomer (the Counting of the Omer). During this time we count 49 days between Passover and Shavuot, and each day gives us an opportunity to correct negative things we did in our past. These 49 days are seven times seven different levels of negativity, all leading up to the revelation on Mount Sinai and Immortality, accessed on Shavuot. Because the month of Iyar always falls during the Omer, it is time of low energy. It is a time in which we can earn the Light that we received on Passover and prepare ourselves for freedom from all forms of death and end – in relationships, business, health, and all aspects of life.

The Month of Gemini: Sivan

Sivan is the third month of the Hebrew (lunar) year, and is Central Column of the air signs.

The controlling planet is Mercury, in Hebrew – Kochav. Kochav’s numerical value is Caf Vav = 26 (the Yud Hei Vav Hei the Tetragrammaton) and Caf Bet = 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, together creating the most powerful and energetic combination.

Mercury is the planet of communication, which means it has the qualifications of an electrical cable, telephone wire, a teacher, an adviser, a story teller - basically anything that can transfer any information from point a to point b.

The letter (Zayin) created the sign of Gemini and the letter (Resh) created Mercury. Together these two letter create the word Raz, whose numerical value is 207 - Light (Or). Raz also means secret (sod) in Hebrew.

Many secrets were revealed in the cosmos during the month of Sivan. Sivan is known as the month of “Matan Torah - the giving of the Torah.” The sixth day of the month, the holiday of Shavuot, is the cosmic day on which we finish the the counting of the Omer and culminates the 49 days that we began counting on the first day of Passover. When the awesome light of freedom was revealed on Passover, this light was given to us with no effort from our side. That is why we “count the Omer”; to build vessels, through correcting our actions that cause the Light to be concealed. On this fiftieth day after Passover, we reach the level of Binah. An awesome amount of light is revealed on this day, as it is the anniversary of when people of the world received the Torah. The energy of Zeir Anpin - the endless Light of “bila hamavet lanetzach – when death was swallowed up forever, which resulted in immortality. The very same energy of immortality is revealed each year on Shavuot. The Ari says that whoever remains awake on Shavuot, engaging in Zohar study, is promised to be total protection and safety until Rosh Hashanah.

Geminis are intellectuals who have the desire to know everything, and an unlimited curiosity to collect information of every kind. This is because knowledge is power, and the more information gathered today will make future choices easier to make. The Gemini’s need to collect information enables them to choose what is good and what is bad, what is right or wrong. This explains Gemini’s tendency to jump from one subject to the other, and that is why, of course, they have many questions, doubts and uncertainties. The end result is their reluctance to enter any sort of commitment.

The solution for this personal obstacle is to find a teacher, someone that is able to give satisfactory answers to all questions. This will enable the Gemini to focus on one way, one God, which gives them a better chance to reach certainty. There is no greater teacher than a Gemini with a firm sense of certainty. As a communication sign, Gemini can be the perfect channel, one who can learn, understand and teach. The ideal for a Gemini is to be a channel for as many people as possible, especially for those who are lost on their path, and help others to reach their own personal certainty.

The duality of Gemini is expressed in every area of life. They embody the ability to do more then one task at the same time, as well as the the difficulty to commit in relationships. They have trouble with loyalty to one political party (as the servant of two masters), and they tend to change moods, like the wind changes direction and strength. That is why Geminis can be a different person each day.

The Astrological Chart of Rosh Chodesh Sivan

The New Moon of Sivan is on: May 12, 2002

The sun and the moon are still in Taurus for another eight days, but four planets have moved to Gemini: Mercury, Saturn, Mars and Venus. The Correction point is also in Gemini. The air element is definitely dominant, which means communication is the main issue during this month.

Study: This month is an important time in which a lot of knowledge is reaching everyone. Knowledge in different fields offers the freedom of choice between the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Of course there is a duality; questions and doubts, uncertainty and a strong desire to collect as much information as possible in order to have a better variety of ideas in order to choose the best way to focus and reach the certainty of Tree of Life. Once they reach the focus, the choice of one way, one truth then there is the possibility to become a channel and bring Light to other people.

Coupling: Now is an excellent time for meetings that can bring true connections at the soul level. Venus and Mars are conjunction at the same degree in Gemini, so relationships can now be based on spiritual and intellectual development, mutual ideas, and thinking on the same wavelength will bring fruitful togetherness.

Business: In international business, money will come through cooperation, partnership, and family. In the realms of communication, any business or technology that involves, fashion, real estate, food or any creative thinking that is open for change, vision and imagination is sure to succeed. Throughout the month, steer clear of laziness, stagnation, stubbornness and inflexibility, and illusions.

The Month of Tammuz : Cancer

Tammuz is one of the three negative months of the year: Tevet, Tammuz and Av. In Tevet, the siege of Jerusalem began, in Tammuz the walls around Jerusalem were penetrated and in Av the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem took place. Kabbalah teaches us that the course of history transpires as a result of the cyclical energy processes of the year rather than because of physical events. Therefore, by looking at the time at which each moment in history occurs, we can better understand why it happened.

Tammuz is controlled by the Moon. There are seven plants that the Kabbalistic Astrology is based upon: the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Each planet controls two signs, except for the Sun, which controls only Leo (Av) and the moon, which controls only Cancer (Tammuz).

Mars controls Aries (fire) and Scorpio (water)
Venus controls Taurus (earth) and Libra (air)
Mercury controls Gemini (air) and Virgo (earth)
Jupiter controls Sagittarius (fire) and Pisces (water)
Saturn controls Capricorn (earth) and Aquarius (air)
Moon controls Cancer (water)
Sun controls Leo (fire)

Because the sun and the moon control one sign each, an unbalanced situation is created in each of these months. This imbalance causes the crab, the symbol for the month of Tammuz, to walk sideways rather than forward and backward. This also gives the month of Tammuz the opening for Cancer to begin, and it is the only month that is named after a disease.

On the seventeenth day of Tammuz, Moses came down form Mount Sinai with the Tablets, bringing to the world the power and energy of immortality. However, the Israelites and the mixed multitude were waited impatiently for Moses to come down from Mount Sinai and built the Golden Calf, the sight of which caused Moses to shatter the Tablets. This moment was marked by a clashing of two energies: the power of immortality and chaos with suffering, depression and death.

The historical fact that the walls were broken on the seventeenth of Tammuz was simply a manifestation of the incompatibility between the potential of the spiritual vessel and the reality of desire to receive for oneself alone.

If we do not make an effort to “love our neighbor as ourselves”, we are essentially choosing the Golden Calf, and similarly, we cause our own walls to break down and begin destruction in various aspects of our lives.

Sartan (Eng. Cancer), in Aramaic is made up of two parts: Sar - to remove and clean all the negativity, and Tan - chaos, hatred, animosity and any aspect of negativity. The power of the month of Cancer is to remove any problems or negative situations in our lives that might cause this disease to come to our lives.

According to “The Book of Formation” by Avraham Avinu, the month of Cancer was created by the Hebrew letters Chet (which created Tammuz) and Taf (which created the Moon). The moon is unlike any other celestial body, as it changes its position each day, but remains visible nonetheless. It begins each lunar month as a thin scythe and reaches its fullest brightness on the fifteenth. From the moment that the fifteenth day is over, the light of the moon begins to wane, and this cycle repeats itself each month.

This explains the Cancerian’s high sensitivity. They seem to need more love than other sign. The moon’s waning causes them to feel that there is always something missing, and this leads to depression. The cure for these low moments is caring, sharing, loving, and giving to others. In addition, Cancerians must do their best to let go of the past and see beyond ill feelings and wounds. This is the only way for them to find truly happiness and love.

Cancerians are very domestic people. Their motto is “my house is my fortress,” and they are strongly connecting to family and home. They love history and archaeology - anything that reminds them of the past. They have a sensitive stomach, as this is the body part they hold in the tension and unsolved emotional difficulties.

Kabbalistic tools like the Zohar, Ana B’koach, and the letters of the month we can see ourselves responsible for what is happening to us and build a protective shield from any possible chaos in life, and make our immune system stronger.

The Third meal of Shabbat, which provides us with a special energy and strength to keep our immune system from any calamity provides us with additional support during the month of Cancer, to build a wall of health, happiness and power.

The Month of Leo : Av

Av is one of the three most negative months of the year. The other two are Tevet (Capricorn), because it is ruled by Saturn, which a planet of harsh judgments,. and Tammuz (Cancer) because it is ruled by the moon.

Av - sign of Leo – is ruled by the sun, and is the Left Column of the fire signs. This indicates an added influence of fire which is expressed as judgments, burning and consuming fire with no balance. This is the reason we experience a polarity of events, some negative and some positive. The Book of Formation says the letter Tet created Leo and the letter Caf created the sun. Together we get the energetic combination of that controls the month of Av and Leo.

At the center of our solar system, the sun brings each of the planets light, heat and life, without which organic life could not exist.

People born in this month are famous (or infamous) for behaving like the sun. Their trademarks are leadership, determination, domination and power, and in full force, this combination can lead to the pitfalls of ego and pride. Leos easily fall into perceiving that they are king. The only control we have is self-control. Any feelings of ego, pride and superiority can only prevent us from helping others, and that can never be good.

The month of Av is known for the massive occurrences of negativity that have transpired throughout history during this time: The Spanish Inquisition, the signing of Hitler’s Final Solution, and the Destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem, which all took place on the ninth of Av.

The number nine, represented by the Hebrew letter Tet, connects us to Sfirat Yesod, which manifests all of the energy that is gathered from all the upper luminous emanations. Jerusalem was and remains the energy center of the world. When the people of Israel, and the residents of Jerusalem specifically, chose not behave with human dignity toward one another, and this energy was created and accumulated in Yesod, it had to manifest itself, and did so in an explosion of negativity on the ninth day of Av, in a deadly short circuit.

The ninth day of Av is a fasting day, not because the two Temples were destroyed, but it is a day that lends itself to calamity. When there is no unity, no minimum of human dignity between people - this negative energy is accumulated and culminates on the ninth of Av. What is the solution? A change of consciousness and behavior. It is very easy to point fingers and blame others, but it is harder to transform oneself and change one’s attitude, be patient, forgiving, and loving. If each of us could perceive ourselves as though we are ticking time bombs, and any self-serving action would trigger the fuse, we would be much more careful with our actions and words. The ninth day of Av is a day of destruction, but at the same time it is the birth of Messiah. Where there is the greatest darkness, therein also lies the biggest potential to reveal tremendous light, but it all depends on our actions.

To lessen the judgment of this month we also have two very positive events:

THE FIFTH DAY OF AV - the death anniversary of Rabbi Isaac Luria (the Ari). He chose to leave the world on the fifth day - which represents the luminous emanation of Hod, in order to transform daveh (poor and weak) to Hod. The death of the Ari, which does not represent an actual physical death, provides us with an opening for awesome light we can connect to by studying his writings on that night.

FIFTEENTH DAY OF AV - the happiest day of the year. On this day, both the sun and the moon are full. The sun - Zeir Anpin, the positive pole – represents the male aspect of our universe. The moon - Malchut, the negative pole – represents the female aspect of the universe. When the moon reflects the light of the sun, we receive this power to “return light” – the strength to give, to care, and to love unconditionally. This is why our sages stated that there is no happier day in the year, and this rare cosmic opportunity allows us to find our soulmate. The same way the sun and the moon are in harmony on this day, so too can we draw this partnership to our lives.

The Month of Elul : Virgo

The month of Elul is the completion of the lunar year. This month corresponds to the sign of Virgo, which is an earth sign and is ruled by Mercury. The sign of Virgo is connected to the practicality, working and serving others. People born in this month feel the need to achieve financial security through working, and also have a great need to serve society.

People under the sign of Virgo find success in community careers: as doctors, nurses, or any profession healing the body and the soul; as social workers, service technicians, bankers, accountants, and in professions of beauty and fashion.

The end of the lunar year expresses the Virgo's need to check and criticize their actions, like a business man that reviews the year-end balance, profit and loss. That is how Virgos acquire their attribute of criticism.

It easier to criticize and see what is wrong with others, but much harder to do criticize oneself, and this is the real lesson Virgos should learn.

When is the correction of the Virgo complete? When they learn to love, honor and accept the other person as they are without criticism, judgment or trying to change them to their own criteria.

Once the Virgo achieves completely unconditional love, they have finished their correction.

Mercury in Hebrew is Kochav. Numerology value is Caf and Vav = 26 = Yud Hei Vav Hei and Caf Vet = 22 = the 22 letters of the Hebrew Aleph Bet, which indicates that Mercury is a planet of communication.

Financially it is not an easy month. Many important change might happen, the need for new business ventures, different ones with new consciousness. International business connections can take place.

There is also a large incident of immigration in this month, where more people find the need to leave their homelands in order to go to new places, looking for their luck and to change their lives.

In personal relationships there are more international connections and meetings, which means there is more openness to go out of the family circle/tribe tradition to meet new and different people and nations.

There is a greater inclination to widen and enlarge the metaphysical vessel in order to better understand - through the kabbalistic understanding - the meaning of life, both in the personal and global realms.

The Month of Tishrei : Libra

Tishrei is the sign of Libra - the seventh month of the astrological wheel that begins in Nissan - sign of Aries. Libra is Mozna’aim in Hebrew meaning scale, the scale on which we weigh fruits, vegetables or any other things. In ancient times, the scale was used by putting on the objects to be weighed on one side and stones in units of measurement on the other. In our modern times we use digital scales, and the effect of the scales has been lost.

In any case, the idea of the scale it to take two opposite and different things and check the difference between them. On Rosh Hashanah this metaphysical action is takes place when all of our actions are being weighed, the good deeds and the bad deeds. The scales are being examined, actually, and the decision is made as to who will live who will die, who will be rich who will be poor according to how the scale tips.

The month of Tishrei was created by the letter Lamed . This letter is very special as it is the only letter in the Hebrew Aleph Bet which goes above the line. Lamed is built from two triangles - upper and lower - to show us that we can build the balance between the parallel universe, as Rabbi Berg explains. We live in a physical world, but the true world is the metaphysical one. The scales can help us to connect and fuse the two worlds.

Lamed is the letter of learning, and that is why people born under the sign of Libra are generally very intellectual people, with big desires to study, learn, know and understand.

The planet Venus is rules the sign of Libra. This is the planet which rules love, couples, money and art. Liras are romantic people, sensitive, loving and also make good business people. They love esthetics, music and visual arts.

Noga (Venus) was created by the Hebrew letter Pei . Together the two letters Pei and Lamed are the letter of the sign of Libra.

Libras have the tendency to please the whole world, and some time they lose the Libran balance because they give too much. They must make a point of saying no from time to time. Libras are good business people. Venus controls money, which is why Librans need to learn to give charity, donations and tithing, in order to infuse the money with positivity and give the money the right balance.

The first ten days of Libra are called “The Ten Days of Repentance”, the peak of which is Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement - the day on which the verdict is given. Repentance, Prayer and Charity can nullify any negativity headed our way.

What is happening in this month astrologically?

The Sun and the Moon are together in Virgo, the seventh house - the house of Libra. There is no doubt that there is a very serious closure of a chapter. A change is on its way. The astrological chart emphasizes the need for change, which means heading towards a new beginning.

Criticism is in the air, and there is a heightened ability to see what is wrong, what is not working in professional fields, as well as in the personal and marital life - there is a need for a thorough housecleaning - to look inside and see what needs to be changed.

Due to the cosmic pressure, there is an unusual need to take on new responsibilities that will result in year-long commitments in multiple fields Be open to new ideas and stay flexible. You will notice power plays and control issues at work and on personal fronts. Don’t feel threatened.

Mercury not only influences this month, but maintains influence throughout the coming year. Mercury in Libra puts us at a very positive angle, enabling us to experience beautiful relationships where the key words are love and understanding. Listen and accept others with an open mind and a welcoming heart. Through this openness we build a positive and intellectual energy that will influence the course of this month in the social-human domain. It will also bear influence in the world of technology. An increase in knowledge and a fortification in romantic and familial partnerships create a strong vessel for personal and global livelihood. Each one of us has the personal responsibility to understand (the word understand, להבין in Hebrew, has the same root as Binah בינה) that each and every one of us is like a grain of wheat When put on the cosmic scale, each grain can change the way the scales tip, right or left, to life or, God forbid, to death.

The Month of Mar Chesvan : Scorpio

The astrological month of Scorpio, or as it is called in Hebrew Mar-Cheshvan (Bitter Cheshvan), is the Left column water sign, and is ruled by the plant Mars (Ma’adim) and Pluto.

The Book of Formation speaks of seven planets in the solar system. In the last century, three more planets were revealed and as a result, Pluto has been found to bear influence on the sign of Scorpio.

All water signs are emotional, but Scorpions are particularly irrational when it comes to their emotions. They go to extremes, in both positive and negative respects. There is only black and white in the world of the Scorpion; no gray areas. If you are not their friend, then you are by default their enemy, and you will most definitely be treated that way.

As the Left Column of the water signs, Scorpios have a tremendous desire for power and control, and seek these measures at any cost. They do not waver, they do not falter, and they stay their course with total determination and strength, which can sometimes result in unnecessary force and violence. Mars, which rules the month of Scorpio, is the planet and Greek god of war, which makes all Scorpios warriors who have the drive to eliminate their enemy no matter what toll it takes on anyone else.

Pluto rules life and death, as well as the power and energy of the seed, which at best manifests itself as new life. It also gives Scorpios deep sexual desires that are rooted in the compulsion to propagate the human race. In their efforts to “be fruitful and multiply,” Scorpios can go so far as to damage their reproductive and sexual organs, leading to impotency, infertility, and cancer.

Scorpio is a fixed sign, which means that they do not like change and want to harness total control over their lives and the lives of those around them. Their greatest fear is to lose control.

In the Scorpio world of extremes, love is everything. If they feel their love is not reciprocated, this love can turn into hate. It is very difficult for Scorpios to forgive and forget. The typical Scorpio will not rest until he has his revenge on the friend that betrayed him and let him down. This is the hardest Tikun (correction) of Scorpions - to find the Central Column, control the urge to avenge, and to live, love and let go.

Mar-Cheshvan, as the month is formally known, in Hebrew means bitter Cheshvan. However, it can be transformed into Ram Cheshvan (elevated Cheshvan). Our job throughout the month is to transform that which is bitter into sweet, that which is lowly to lofty. It takes a strong consciousness and self-control to achieve this transformation. It is not easy to make the dark forces completely white.

Scorpions are very good businesspeople. They like money because it gives them control and power. They are very good politicians, doctors, physiologists, astrologers, and financiers. They have a very powerful metaphysical ability and intuition, very strong mystical and spiritual powers. If a Scorpio chooses the “wrong path”, they can be the most lethal and ruthless members of the Mafia.

The Great Deluge took place in the month of Cheshvan. Noah’s generation was very corrupt and God saw no other way but to destroy it completely with the flood. Only Noah, his family, and a pair of all of Earth’s creatures remained alive because of the protection provided by the Ark.

Cheshvan tends to be a cumbersome month of negative energy. It is one of the only months lacking in holidays, which makes it a good time to focus on the patterns in which we have fallen, the ill feelings we harbor, and the grudges that we still bear.

If we overcome the natural tendency toward revenge, toward taking the law in our hands, toward giving people what they “deserve”, and stick to revealing more Light in the world, we can hope to survive this tenuous month. As Rav Berg says, the war against the darkness is not fought with guns and artillery but by lighting as many candles as possible. The more Light we bring to the world, the more darkness we eradicate, for darkness cannot exist where there is Light.

The Month of Kislev : Sagittarius

Kislev is the sign of Sagittarius. It is central column of the fire signs, ruled by Jupiter, in Hebrew “Tzedek”, and the Hebrew letters Samech and Gimel . The letter Samech created the sign of Sagittarius. Samech comes from the phrase Somech noflim (supporting the fallen). In the Zohar, the article called “the letter of Rav Hamnuna Saba (the Elder)”, it says that the Hebrew letters came before the Creator to ask that the world be created beginning with each one. When the letter Samech came before the Creator, the Creator told it to go back to its place, which is after the letter Nun ?, and to support the Nun from falling. That is how we get the word nes ?? (Eng. miracle). The letter Nun created the sign of Scorpio in which the Flood happened, and after the Flood God put the rainbow in the sky as an omen that there never be a flood again.

Sagittarius in Hebrew is called Keshet, or rainbow. This is the rainbow in the sky, an omen between God and Noach a flood would never destroy the land. Keshet is represented by the centaur, the mythological half-man, half-horse figure who hunts with a bow and arrow.

The letter Gimel created Jupiter, which controls expansion and the ability to expand metaphysical vessels. Jupiter represents the desire to learn, to know, and the fields of science, biology, education, art and music. Sagittarius is a born optimist; for him everything is always okay and always arranged in the best way possible. Sagittarians feel they can solve all problems and will do all things required of them.

Sagittarians are prone to over-optimism, exaggeration, mockery, gambling and light-headedness. They are natural philosophers, teachers, educators, lovers, communicators, and friends. They like to travel, they love their freedom and space, and they are interested in world exploration as well as the study of human behavior, culture and religion. They share their knowledge with whoever seeks it. They love life and can be quite mischievous children.

Because Sagittarius is the central column (air element) of the fire signs, it has the additional influence of air. Air fuels the fire and enable it grow and expend, this is why the Sagittarius can be a channel - instructor - teacher - salesman or any job in communication that combine the knowledge with humanity.

Sagittarians are adventurous people who make excellent drivers, race drivers, and pilots. They love sports and challenge their destiny by taking unnecessary risks. Everything they do is on a large scale, with the help of Jupiter, which expands the Sagittarian’s mind in business, social and romantic endeavors!

The most important days in Kislev are the days of Chanukah, which begins on the 24th of Kislev and ends on the 2nd of Tevet. We light Chanukah candles to connect to the miracle that happened in the time of the Hasmoneans, when a one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This amazing example of “mind over matter” took place because of the two letters that control this month; Gimel ? whose essence is Gomel Dalim (rewarding the poor), and the letter Samech, which created the month of Kislev. These conditions, together with the metaphysical actions that the Hasmoneans did, brought about this miracle that happened 2000 years ago. We are subject to the very same conditions every year on 24th day of the month of Kislev. This energy is revealed again for eight days as long as we connect to it through the Chanukah candles, and allows us to create tremendous miracles in our lives. The power of miracles exists and is available for us to access every day of the year. We must simply light the candles with the right and proper meditations and by that we activate this metaphysical system of miracles in our lives.

The Month of Tevet : Capricorn

The month of Tevet and the sign of Capricorn are both ruled by Saturn. Saturn provide the law enforcement in the cosmos, giving us each exactly what we deserve. This is the reason that Saturn has gotten such a bad rap amongst astrologers. The Book of Formation, written by Abraham the Patriarch more than 4,000 years ago, reveals that Saturn is responsible for the distractions, diseases, death, jails, poverty, disgrace, shame and the many other obstacles that plague our lives.

Capricorn is an earth sign, with a strong connection to the material world. People born in this month have a strong need for financial security. They believe only in what their five senses convey and have trouble seeing beyond the apparent. Capricorn represents the Right Column of the earth signs, which signifies that its internal energy is water. This translates into the Capricorn’s helpful and caring character.

Capricorns are family-oriented and have strong ties to the home. They are great caretakers who can often lack faith in the Light-force because they are easily controlled by physical forces. They fear what tomorrow might bring and a potential lack of funds for survival. These fears keep many Capricorns from becoming more spiritual.

Those born in Tevet are traditionally reliable, responsible, caring, thrifty, and punctual. After all, time is money! They make excellent business people, accountants, engineers, attorneys, and in any disciplinary position, from crossing guard to drill sergeant.

According to Book of Formation, the Ayin and Bet are the Hebrew letters controlling this month. The letter Ayin created Capricorn and the letter Bet created Saturn. The combination of Ayin and Bet is the level of Chochmah when the Yud Hei Vav Hei is spelled out, and Capricorns do have this wisdom, because the original desire of Saturn is to reach the Light.

The first verse of the Ana B’koach “Ana B’koach G’dulat Yeminech Tatir Tzerurah” is the verse of this month, and gives us the energy to overcome the limitations of the physical world.

Capricorn is one of the three hardest months of the year, but thanks to the holiday of Chanukah, which extends itself to the first two days of Tevet, we do receive an injection of Light-force that can sustain us through the month.

The Month of Shevat : Aquarius

The month of Shevat correlates with the astrological sign of Aquarius, which is an air sign. It is the third of the air signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Aquarius represents the Left Column of the three. Aquarius is ruled by two planets. Traditional astrology attributes control of this month to Saturn, and modern astrology has given credit to Uranus, discovered by the astronomer William Hershel on March 13, 1781. For more information on this important discovery, see the book “Miracles Mysteries and Prayer” by Rav Berg).

Saturn, the seventh planet in the solar system, is the planet of judgment, order, responsibility, discipline and laws (Book of Formation, page 102). Uranus is the eighth planet in the solar system, the one that breaks the proximity and limitations of seven - seven days, the seventh day, seven colors, seven notes etc.

Uranus elevates us to new consciousness and new concepts beyond limitation. This is why the Age of Aquarius and the month of Aquarius are considered times of change. Both are times of new knowledge, inventions, humanity, the need to help, to understand and to support the needy.

The energy of Uranus also connects to the air element - intellectualism, innovations, and new concepts that will bring the world to a higher level of consciousness.

Aquarians are rebellious by nature because they are constantly faced with penetrating questions concerning their individuality, their uniqueness and their identity. This is the reason that they strive to break old boundaries. To Aquarians, the past is but a fleeting moment, and they disconnect from the past in order to find a fresh and unfamiliar reality, a new truth to fit the new times. Uranus orbits the sun every 84 years, which explains the common phenomenon of the “midlife crisis” that plagues 40-42 year olds. It is actually a case of Aquarius-it is, when we begin to question our life’s purpose and make plans for the next 40 or so years.

Aquarians make excellent computer technicians, scientists, and social workers. They thrive doing anything revolutionary, especially in tasks that carry the flag of social-political revolution.

The Sign Aquarius

The Kabbalists explain that the Age of Aquarius began approximately 400 years ago and is considered the Age of Revelation, or the Age of Redemption. Why does Aquarius, or "Shvat" according the Hebrew calendar, symbolize redemption? Because Aquarians perceive the world as unified, and Kabbalists consider this to be the basis of true redemption. Redemption is when all negativity is cleansed, when humanity is free of evil and fragmentation. Because of their higher level of consciousness, Aquarians are directly linked to this redemptive moment.

Aquarians are unique… they stand out in a crowd and cannot be ignored. They show great promise as children and as adults they are idealists who strive to change the universe with original ideas. They are rebels, and their concern is the well being of humanity as a whole. They rebel against established ways of doing things, always looking to find new, better ways to solve world problems.

Though Aquarians seek justice for all, this is a global quest, not a personal one. They support things that are grand and noble, while they fail to be sensitive to those around them who are suffering. Aquarians often lack a sense of the practical, and they are passionately independent and private. Their desire for originality causes them to set themselves apart from the crowd. Despite their friendliness and open-mindedness, they are also the most stubborn of all signs. They reject all established structures, and fight to maintain their individuality and freedom in order to exercise their innovative ideas. They detest confinement of any sort.

Yet the most challenging barrier they face is most often their own egos. Even as they begin to make changes in their lives, their focus tends to be external, and they have trouble really changing from deep within.

Aquarians have the power to break free of the limitations of the physical world. But to manifest this power, they must control the aspects of their nature that interfere with its accomplishment. Aquarians are capable of helping humanity, as long as their own ideas do not become more important than the cause itself. True spirituality means being part of humanity, not above it. Unfortunately, Aquarians usually have such high opinions of themselves that imposing their own views can become their sole objective. Aquarians must conquer their pride, and realize that they have been entrusted with their attributes in order to manifest a certain force in this world. They are merely channels for this energy, and so are not entitled to personal glory.

For those born under the sign of Aquarius and for those now about to become influenced by the cosmic energy of Aquarius, you can attain the consciousness of a cosmic reality and feel responsible for humanity as a whole. You can know true friendship and perhaps even universal fraternity. And Aquarians have the strength for this task, from past lives. You can experience an exceptional and unique adventure in the history of humanity if you manage the most difficult restriction – silencing your ego and practicing humility and modesty while living in simplicity.

The Month of Adar : Pisces

Pisces completes the astrological cycle that begins with Aries. It is Central Column of the water signs, and is controlled by two planets, Jupiter and Neptune.

Jupiter controls two signs: Pisces and Sagittarius. These two months, Adar and Kislev, are characterized by the tremendous miracles that took place because of the energy of Jupiter. Sagittarius marks the miracles of Chanukah. Adar coined the miracle of Purim, created by Esther, Mordechai, and the unity between the Jews in Shushan, Persia. This “togetherness” and mass effort of unconditional sharing caused the miracle that prevented the total extermination of the Jews in Persia, under Achashverosh’s rule.

Jupiter is the planet of success, miracles, expansion of the metaphysical vessel and our extension of our spiritual ability.

The second planet that rules Pisces, Neptune, was discovered only in the 19th century as the planet to rule the abstract; the planet itself has no boundaries or limitations, as it is surrounded by gas. It controls intuition, imagination, creativity and art. It provides us with the ability to see and understand beyond our five senses.

The combination of these two planets gives Pisces a very powerful emotional ability. They are remarkably sensitive and vulnerable with the strongest intuition of any sign. They are very deep people, whether it comes to opinion, thought, or inspiration. Pisceans have an uncanny talent for sensitivity toward others, for they can truly enter a person’s heart and mind and experience the pain and suffering of others.

They have the metaphysical ability predict the future, and they can often be psychic and clairvoyant. Many Pisceans have a gift for mathematics, science, and metaphysics (Albert Einstein was a Pisces). The symbol for Pisces is two fish swimming in opposite directions. The fish swimming against the stream represents the powerful “Pisces” potential. They can be “sharks” – as charismatic and strong leaders with vision and clarity about leadership that can guide an entire nation, like Moses, who was also a Pisces. But those Pisces who prefer to go with the flow can be weak people who get carried away easily and are prone to addictive patterns of behavior.

Adar is known for the holiday of Purim. According to the sages, it will be the only holiday that will continue to be celebrated throughout the world after the Messiah comes. “When Adar begins, joy enters,” as the famous Hebraic phrase goes. It is a month of happiness, miracles and wonders. It affords us the ability to achieve mind over matter, to overcome our doubts and connect to the Light.

Adar is the only month that repeats itself in a single calendar year. Because of the difference between the lunar and the solar year, the sages add an extra Hebrew month to the lunar year in order to balance the two. This instance occurs randomly 7 times every 19 years. When we experience two months of Adar, we are given an extra dose of that powerful energy. Adar is the last of the feminine months and is the sixth month since Libra and the Jewish New Year. Six represents Yesod, the luminous emanation that transfers energy to Malchut (our realm), so Adar gives us even more potential to become channels for others.

 

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