Moon of Endings and Beginnings (July/August)
Av is a month for us to tear down our walls, both physical and emotional, challenge what we believe we need to thrive, and get ready to do the work of beginning again.
- Linear Month: 11
- Torah Month: 5
- Season: Summer
- Holidays: Tisha B’Av, Tu B’Av
- Offerings1: Grapes & Grape Leaves
- Element2: Aish (אֵשׁ) Fire
- Spiritual Focus3: Creativity through Divine Connection
- Netivah: Chochamah (חָכמָה) Wise Woman
- Constellation: Aryeh – אַריֵה (Leo/Lion)
- Letter: Tet – ט
- Tribe: Simeon – רְאוּבֵן
- Sense: Sight
- Tarot Card4: Strength -כּוֹחַ
- Soul Trait5: Chachamah (חָכְמָה) Courage
Note: Letter, Tribe, and Sense are derived from the Sefer Yetzirah
See NOTES for additional information on sources of these all correspondences.
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1: Offerings & symbols were developed by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet for use as physical offering practices or in artwork.
The interpretations of the Sephirot are also from Rabbi Jill’s teachings. Specifically, they are from her Omer Calendar of Bibilical Women.
3: The spiritual focus is my own concept of sustainable spiritual practice. It is based on my interpretation of the wheel of the year and the Jewish holidays, as taught by many. The specific focus is for a season, as based on the element have/need system taught by R’Jill Hammer in the The Jewish Book of Days, as referenced above. For example Autumn is the time of Air within Earth, we have Earth we need Air and is the spiritual focus of Community (Air) within Resources (Earth) or more simply: communal resources.
4: While tarot is not intrinsically Jewish, it is a derivative of Kabbalah and a can be a useful tool for self discovery and exploration. Tarot correspondences here follow Kabbalistic tree of life by Issac ben Luria, the Ari, as opposed to some of the more common Christian systems.
5: The soul-traits for each month are based on Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, developed by Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet.