Iyar- The Month of Love & Light

Constellation/Mazal- Taurus Element- Air Ruling Planets- Venus Tribe- Issachar Stone- Sapphire Color- blackish Symbol- sun and moon Letters- Vav (ו) Direction- East This week we once again celebrated the new moon and with it, we celebrated the new month of Iyar. The history of this word is unknown, but it is generally accepted to meanContinue reading “Iyar- The Month of Love & Light”

Personal Reflections on the Passover Seder

I was not raised in Judaism. I came to it in my early 30s. I was not accustomed to the traditions of Passover. I attended my first seder in 2012. Since then, I’ve participated in my share of them- at least one, usually more, each year. I have accumulated several observations and thoughts over theContinue reading “Personal Reflections on the Passover Seder”

Nisan- The Month of Leadership and Redemption

Constellation/Mazal- Aries Element- Fire Ruling Planets- Mars Tribe- Judah Stone- Turquoise Color- Sky Blue Symbol- Lion Letters- Hei (ה) Direction- East This past week marked Rosh Chodesh Nisan, the beginning of the month of Nisan Nisan is a Babylonian term meaning setting out or putting to sleep. Both of these meanings are appropriate for theContinue reading “Nisan- The Month of Leadership and Redemption”

Jewitch Wheel of the Year

Most witchy types are familiar with the Celtic and/or pagan wheel of the year that includes the Quarter and Cross Quarter days of the year. I have been looking for a Jewitch specific wheel of the year, and haven’t really found anything that includes what I was looking for. So, I decided to make myContinue reading “Jewitch Wheel of the Year”

Adar- The Month of Good Fortune

Constellation/Mazal- Pisces Ruling Planets- Jupiter Tribe- Joseph (Ephraim & Menashe) Stone- Onyx Color- black Symbol- Egypt, Ox, Unicorn Letters- Kof ק and Gimmel ג Direction- West Rosh Chodesh Adar (head or beginning of the month) begins on the evening of February 24, 2020. The word Adar comes from ancient Babylonian and Hebrew. It means “toContinue reading “Adar- The Month of Good Fortune”

Celebrating Trees and the Environment

Environmentalism plays a large role in modern Judaism. While it is a year round focus, one day of the year is devoted to trees and the environment- Tu B’Shevat. The name literally means fifteenth of Shevat, and falls at the full moon of Shevat. Falling in either January or February, it is one of severalContinue reading “Celebrating Trees and the Environment”

Shevat- The Month of Blessing and Righteousness

Constellation: Aquarius Ruling Planets: Saturn & Uranus Tribe: Asher Stone: Chrysolite Color: Blue-Green Symbol: Olive Tree Letter: Tzadi צ  Direction: North Rosh Chodesh Shevat (head or beginning of the month) began on the evening of January 26, 2020. The word Shevat comes from ancient Akkadian. It means “lashing” and refers to the lashing rains thatContinue reading “Shevat- The Month of Blessing and Righteousness”

Leshem- A Stone Like Sapphire

Today I wanted to discuss more regarding the month of Tevet. Specifically, I wanted to discuss the month in relation to the tribe of Dan,  astrology, and gemology. I thought this might lead to an interesting recurring theme over this year. I began by looking up the gems that correspond to each month and tribe.Continue reading “Leshem- A Stone Like Sapphire”

The Month of Tevet- Darkness to Light

We are currently in the Hebrew month of Tevet and the Gregorian month of January. Tevet began at the new moon in December and will end at the new moon in January. The lights of the last days of Chanukah are the brightest spot during Tevet, with the long, dark nights of winter making upContinue reading “The Month of Tevet- Darkness to Light”

Solstice Lights

My favorite part of the winter holiday season is the importance placed on lights. It doesn’t matter what holiday it is, or what the religious connections are, each celebration this time of year revolves around light and, ultimately, the winter solstice.  The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year. For several days theContinue reading “Solstice Lights”