Elul: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Elul. Consider the Hermit card of the tarot and the message of Elul.  What private journeys must you take before you are ready for the new year?  What truths must you seek out?  What hidden things must you illuminate? Connect to the…

Elul: Tarot Card: Hermit

In Av we explored the meaning of Strength.  Now in Elul, we must find the strength to Journey alone.  Elul is a month of private reflection and inward turning.  We turn inward, so we are ready to stand in-front of our community at the Days of Awe and state our case to be written and…

Av: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Av. Consider the Strength card of the tarot which shows a woman in control of a lion or a woman holding up a pillar.  What does each of these say about the power of the a wise woman?  What does this say…

Av: Tarot Card/ Strength

Chariot — Strength — Hermit It’s very interesting to me that the months of Av and Elul, I have in previous years assigned different cards and/or Netivot.  In theory, I’ve been using the same system for several years — but for some reason these months were reassigned. I don’t think there is any one system,…

Shimon: Tribe of Av

Shimon, also known as Simon and Simeon, is the second son of Jacob and Leah. His name alludes to the word for “hearing” in Hebrew, as Leah said in Genesis 29, “because the LORD hath heard that I am hated, He hath therefore given me this son also.” His story is often one of the wielding…

Iyyar: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Iyyar. It’s said that the flavor of manna was like “wafers made with honey,” (Exodus 16:31) so you can honor this and the double portion of manna provided for the Sabbath by being sure to purchase two challah and dipping your challah…

Issachar: Tribe of Iyyar

Issachar is the tribe associated with the month of Iyyar, which generally falls between April and May. What does the name Issachar (יִשָּׂשׁכָר) bring to mind?  Anything? Do any famous stories from the Torah come to mind?  Probably not, yet Issachar holds a special place in Jewish tradition. Issachar was the 5th son of Jacob and Leah,…

Iyyar: Tarot Card/ Hierophant

Emperor — High Priest — Lovers The High Priest (Hierophant) is a connection between the manifest world of man (Emperor) and the pure world of Divine fire (Lovers).  This could also be seen as the connection between Assiyah (Earth) and Aztilut (fire).  The Kohen Gadol (High Priest) cannot be lost in the firey love connection…

Nisan: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Elul. Have a Chametz cleaning ritual.  Symbolically burn the final grains of chametz from your home and think about what you need cleaned out of your life to find freedom. Explore different haggadot and add new elements to your seder this year. …

Nisan: Tarot Card/ Emperor

Moon — Emperor — High Priest With Nisan we leave the lunacy of Adar behind.  Rosh Chodesh Nisan is the New Year of Kings, so it makes complete sense that the Emperor (קֵיסָר) is the card for the month.   In the Transparent Tarot, the image is of a city.  It is the man-made world, well…