Naming the Moons

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Many people use the Native American naming of the moons, without even thinking about it — or naming which tribe’s moons they are using. Inspired by Worts + Cunning and Kohenet Ryn Silverstein, I created my own naming of the moons of the Jewish year.


Tishrei

Moon of Gathering (September/October)
It is the month where we gather our families, tribe, ancestors, and final harvest before winter.

Cheshvan

Moon of Stillness (October/November)
The month that invites introspection to allow us to see what we may have forgotten along the way.

Kislev

Moon of Dreaming (November/December)
As the nights grow longer, we read many Torah portions about dreams and dreaming. In these long nights, take the time to dream and re-ignite your creativity.

Tevet

Moon of Clarity (December/January)
Tevet isa month to seek clarity on our path; even though the days are still short and the nights are long and dark.

Shevat

Moon of Centering (January/February)
Shevat is our cosmic opportunity to center ourselves and determine our priorities for the busy growing seasons of late spring, summer, and fall.

Adar

Moon of Revealing (February/March)
Be perceptive to the things that may be hidden from plain sight and reveal things in their right time.

Nisan

Moon of Speaking (March/April)
New Year of Kings
In Nisan we are challenged to speak the truth so we may find freedom and take responsibility for our lives.

Iyyar

Moon of Healing (April/May)
Iyyar is an acronym for “I am YHVH your Healer” (Ex 15:26).  It is a month to explore healing practices for ourselves, our communities, and our world.

Sivan

Moon of Receiving (May/June)
Sivan is the month of receiving both communal and personal revelations at Sinai on Shavuot.

Tammuz

Moon of Change (June/July)
Tammuz is the month of claiming personal sovereignty and risking success, failure, and change.

Av

Moon of Endings & 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.

Elul

Moon of Making Space (August/September)
In Elul … “we become hollow to see what we will create in the space we make. We do tzimtzum, self-contraction, in memory of the first moment of making.”
~Rav Kohenet, Rabbi Jill Hammer via Telshemsh.org