Inspirations from OUR ANCIENT MOTHER’S ALPHABET

9 December 2018 or 1 Tivet 5779
100 ק Quf Back of the Head, Ape, Moon

Essence: Signifying the back of the head, an ape or monkey, Quf begins our return to Wholeness. If we cry out to the Holy One from our dark brokenness, The Holy One then cries out for us. When we face our shadow we can know and heal our darkness and become whole. Rider-Waite Tarot: The Moon

Quf is the number one hundred. It signifies the back of the head and may also signify a monkey or ape or our primitive undeveloped self. Just as the moon can only reflect the sun but not initiate its own light. As the number one hundred, Quf maintains multiple relationships with both the Infinite one Aleph, and the ifinitely small Yod, ten. It is also symbolic of the moon since the visible moon is always in transition from undeveloped to fullness and back again.

Where the number Aleph, 1, is symbolic of the beginning of expansion into the multiplicity of the macrocosm, and the Yod, 10, expresses an inward, microcosmic journey, Quf, 100, is the beginning of the journey back to the whole holiness of the One. By embracing and integrating our shadow, we begin our journey to wholeness. 

Ayin, 70, our eyes reflect the Holy I and lets us know when and how we can come into awareness, without illusion to see clearly. Tzaddi, 90, is the fishhook by which we fill our vessel with mindfulness so we may share ourselves. Quf, 100, is what we seek and why we come to earth. We learn in Quf to separate the stories, tricks and illusions we tell ourselves from the Truth of our Holy connection.

The head gains its ability for expression from the face, as Quf, more than any other letter, draws its meaning from the letters around it. Alone, it is a blank, and can not be whole. Thus, Quf as in Kadosh becomes Wholeness, Holiness. 

When Quf is joined with Dalet, it becomes separate or set apart in a specific way. If we wish to discern that which is holy from the profane, mind and heart must separate. We learn to distinguish what comes from our heart rather than our mind, and thus make mind serve the heart.

At the darkest hour when we feel abandoned, cut off, in fear and trembling, Quf is the cry for reunification. Only when lost may we be found. Only when we fall, can we be lifted. At a time when there is nothing left but a fragile hope, nothing we can do but pray, Quf is the prayer of the all that is primitive and undeveloped in us calling out from our depths to the Great and Holy. When we who are small, paltry and weak cry out in longing for reunion, our tears open the gates of Heaven. Then, Quf is the Holy One sheltering and reaching down in longing for us to acknowledge, welcome, and receive. Mutual longing unites reciprocal energies so that the small and Great, the high and lowly may come together.

Quf is the unexplored territory that draws us. As the back of the head, it is symbolic of the grave or tomb, wherein we have shut up what was too frightening or self-disintegrating to face. It is our shadow, that which we own but do not want to acknowledge. Quf is the invitation to know the secret sin with our hopeful prayer for assurance: that even crying out from the grave, our voice is heard. It is the promise of the rainbow. Our brokenness allows us to be made whole, Holy. Quf, reassures us that the Holy One is in the still small voice that prays with us as we pray and that makes the whole world Holy. It is the voice of the heart that draws loved ones together.  Our existence itself is the result of the divine union of opposites. In this way Quf also encompasses the idea of balance.

Quf shares some meanings with the Rider-Waite Tarotcard, The Moon. For it can be the Shekinah, Feminine Face of God’s dark visage, the dark moon, fear in the night, the severe and bitter Tree of Death and the ancient coldness, crying out that we have cut off our own light—Her own light.    

Reversed: When the Quf is reversed in a reading, it is because we are in danger of cutting ourselves off from the truth of who we are.

The reversal recommends we ask the difficult questions we’ve avoided facing:

“What am I trying to hide?”

“What am I hiding from?”

“What am I ignoring?”

“How am I cut off?”

”What is in danger of destruction?”

“What do I need to face up to?”

The whole of creation, the good and bad, superior, and inferior, dark and light, pure and impure, are one. To ignore or attempt to cut off any aspect is to deny Holiness and, ultimately, to self-destruct.

With Quf reversed, we need to receive and accept the mirror that presents our own dark face: our severity, our mercilessness, our own tree of death, where we close our ears to Truth. In our dark misery, we learn that even with our wealth of gifts we are helpless.

Feeling lost we call out to the Holy One, who loves, and invites us to love, even our imperfection. Even as we call out to God, God calls out to us. Oneness cannot be without us. Together we are lover and beloved.

             

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8 December 2018 or 30 Kislev 5779
100 ק Quf Back of the Head, Ape, Moon

Essence: Signifying the back of the head, an ape or monkey, Quf begins our return to Wholeness. If we cry out to the Holy One from our dark brokenness, The Holy One then cries out for us. When we face our shadow we can know and heal our darkness and become whole. Rider-Waite Tarot: The Moon

Quf is the number one hundred. It signifies the back of the head and may also signify a monkey or ape or our primitive undeveloped self. Just as the moon can only reflect the sun but not initiate its own light. As the number one hundred, Quf maintains multiple relationships with both the Infinite one Aleph, and the ifinitely small Yod, ten. It is also symbolic of the moon since the visible moon is always in transition from undeveloped to fullness and back again.

Where the number Aleph, 1, is symbolic of the beginning of expansion into the multiplicity of the macrocosm, and the Yod, 10, expresses an inward, microcosmic journey, Quf, 100, is the beginning of the journey back to the whole holiness of the One. By embracing and integrating our shadow, we begin our journey to wholeness. 

Ayin, 70, our eyes reflect the Holy I and lets us know when and how we can come into awareness, without illusion to see clearly. Tzaddi, 90, is the fishhook by which we fill our vessel with mindfulness so we may share ourselves. Quf, 100, is what we seek and why we come to earth. We learn in Quf to separate the stories, tricks and illusions we tell ourselves from the Truth of our Holy connection.

The head gains its ability for expression from the face, as Quf, more than any other letter, draws its meaning from the letters around it. Alone, it is a blank, and can not be whole. Thus, Quf as in Kadosh becomes Wholeness, Holiness. 

When Quf is joined with Dalet, it becomes separate or set apart in a specific way. If we wish to discern that which is holy from the profane, mind and heart must separate. We learn to distinguish what comes from our heart rather than our mind, and thus make mind serve the heart.

At the darkest hour when we feel abandoned, cut off, in fear and trembling, Quf is the cry for reunification. Only when lost may we be found. Only when we fall, can we be lifted. At a time when there is nothing left but a fragile hope, nothing we can do but pray, Quf is the prayer of the all that is primitive and undeveloped in us calling out from our depths to the Great and Holy. When we who are small, paltry and weak cry out in longing for reunion, our tears open the gates of Heaven. Then, Quf is the Holy One sheltering and reaching down in longing for us to acknowledge, welcome, and receive. Mutual longing unites reciprocal energies so that the small and Great, the high and lowly may come together.

Quf is the unexplored territory that draws us. As the back of the head, it is symbolic of the grave or tomb, wherein we have shut up what was too frightening or self-disintegrating to face. It is our shadow, that which we own but do not want to acknowledge. Quf is the invitation to know the secret sin with our hopeful prayer for assurance: that even crying out from the grave, our voice is heard. It is the promise of the rainbow. Our brokenness allows us to be made whole, Holy. Quf, reassures us that the Holy One is in the still small voice that prays with us as we pray and that makes the whole world Holy. It is the voice of the heart that draws loved ones together.  Our existence itself is the result of the divine union of opposites. In this way Quf also encompasses the idea of balance.

Quf shares some meanings with the Rider-Waite Tarotcard, The Moon. For it can be the Shekinah, Feminine Face of God’s dark visage, the dark moon, fear in the night, the severe and bitter Tree of Death and the ancient coldness, crying out that we have cut off our own light—Her own light.    

Reversed: When the Quf is reversed in a reading, it is because we are in danger of cutting ourselves off from the truth of who we are.

The reversal recommends we ask the difficult questions we’ve avoided facing:

“What am I trying to hide?”

“What am I hiding from?”

“What am I ignoring?”

“How am I cut off?”

”What is in danger of destruction?”

“What do I need to face up to?”

The whole of creation, the good and bad, superior, and inferior, dark and light, pure and impure, are one. To ignore or attempt to cut off any aspect is to deny Holiness and, ultimately, to self-destruct.

With Quf reversed, we need to receive and accept the mirror that presents our own dark face: our severity, our mercilessness, our own tree of death, where we close our ears to Truth. In our dark misery, we learn that even with our wealth of gifts we are helpless.

Feeling lost we call out to the Holy One, who loves, and invites us to love, even our imperfection. Even as we call out to God, God calls out to us. Oneness cannot be without us. Together we are lover and beloved.

             

 

 

 

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7 December 2018 or 29 Kislev 5779
400 ת תּ Tav Signature, Sign of Perfection, Completion

Essence: Symbolically, mark (of Perfection) in Tav, the perfect union of opposites, all forces and energies together, as both completion and beginning anew in a process of perpetual creation. Our lives fill with goodness, compassion, clarity and Truth.  Rider-Waite Tarot: The World or Universe

Tav is the number 400. Because it has two forms, one with the center Dagesh (dot) and one without a Dagesh, the letter Tav encompass the idea of perfection, perpetually beginning and ending only to begin anew.  The Dagesh in the center of the Tav can be seen as the Aleph (1). Thus, the end becomes the beginning.

In the evolution of Tav (400) we begin with Dalet (4), the door through which all life must pass—the Mother perpetually giving birth. Next, in Mem (40) the Mother gives up the child The sacrifice of the mother/child relationship must happen for individuation to occur—so her child can become a man or a woman. Finally, in Tav the lovers have come together as reciprocal co-creators. Tav with the Dagesh is symbolic of the Female and Male of God with their Androgynous child. When Tav (400) is numerologically reduced to 4, it forms the Divine Quaternity expressed in the Divine, unpronounceable Name of God (Yod, Heh, Vav, He), both beginning and completion, which equals the number 8 (The Infinite One).

In Tav, Zayin, (the sword) is reversed to become a support for the Resh (head). Tav is symbolic of perfection: the dynamic union of opposites. Resh is the innocence of the original male/female androgyny, Shin is the new birth process, and Tav is the perfection that we are born from, and into. It is the absolute reciprocal union of male and female, within and without supporting and nourishing one another and, by so doing, joyously and perpetually birthing new creations.

In Tav, the desire and longing created by the sword of discernment and order finds fulfillment in union with the fertile and resonant chaos. It is the compassionate harmony, the interpenetration of these two cosmic principles, which allow all meaningful activity to take place. The Feminine Tree of Life and Wisdom rests over the sword, Zayin. Now, Zayin reversed has become the support for the abundantly productive tree, which is both supported by and supports the sword on which it rests.

In the Genesis of Shin, we were once again given choice, and this time chose the fruit of responsibility, wisdom and non-dualistic unity with the Divine. With Tav, we are given the opportunity to hear the voice of God again and to receive the healed Torah, where the black and white letters swirl in a dance of wondrous delight. The Dagesh in the center of the Tav is the twin-souled baby, the joyous prayer realized, the perfect healing of the Perfection. Tav is the Divine Vessel again whole and once more containing the light of the Infinite Divine compassion.

Now, in a process of perpetual, perfecting creation, all aspects dance together. The completion of Tav provides us with the openness and clarity to live with the order in chaos, and with the chaos in order. Here is spontaneous joy that allows us to follow the path of our Heart. All aspects of life dance together and we are capable of living to our potential. Now, in spite of our fears, we can live with full participation in a paradoxical world, even if we never receive final answers to the mystery and meaning of our existence. Without ultimate guarantees, we nevertheless have developed our ability to love. By so doing, we appreciate the miraculous sacredness of all life.

Tav shares some meaning with the Rider-Waite Tarot, World or Universe card.

Tav is a card of goodness, activity, openness, of perpetual newness and compassion, of self-integration and growth.

Reversed: When Tav is reversed its a warning not to throw oneself away on the world through impatience and possessiveness. The attitude, “I want it all and I want it now!” cannot help but throw us back into a state of illusion and grief.

We are at risk of losing what we have journeyed so far to gain. Tav reversed might describe a situation similar to the story of the fishermans wife, who went from satisfaction to desiring and receiving more and more until at last she was thrown back into the poverty from which she had come, and in some sense had never left.

 

 



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6 December 2018 or 28 Kislev 5779
300 ש שׁ‫‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Shin , Serpent's Tooth‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 3rd Mother, Fire

    Essence: Symbolic of a serpent’s tooth, Shin is the fiery serpent Mother, destroyer of illusion. Shin first offers us choice, knowledge, power and the ability to be free. Our world explodes awake to a new perceptual paradigm. Our life’s meaning is transformed. Rider-Waite Tarot: TheJudgment, Swiss Tarot: The Fool

Shin is the number three hundred. It is the symbol of the serpents tooth. Here in the realm of Shin, the fiery serpent offers us the choice of obedience to the Father Protector, who tells us that if we eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil we will die. We can also choose to accept the advice of the wise Mother Serpent who promises us both wisdom and divinity if we eat the fruit. Three times the tree is referred to as the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, indicating by the use of the word an expression of a non-dualistic Divine reality.

Gimel, 3, is a conduit for the Divine Energy from the heavens, to descend into the world. Lamed, 30, is the illuminating Divine Energy of the world rising up from earth to the heavens. Shin, 300, moves neither solely up nor down, but rather into a wholly new dimension. The merging of the three mothers: Aleph, Mem and Shin, Air, Water and Fire, symbolically come together in Shin to prepare for the birth of Mother Earth, a new form—a new reality. The most difficult questions asked in Quf are answered in Shin.

After our re-creation in Resh (in the garden of double blessing of Genesis I) we find ourselves like Adam and Eve in Genesis II, facing Shin, the fiery serpent mother of birth, death and rebirth. Where Resh is the innocents in the Garden of Eden, Shin is the serpent’s entry into a new world.

The Sacred Serpent’s bite instantaneously solves all riddles, transporting us to the heart of All Truth. Gimel and Lamed involve movements of the Divine Energy in the dimensions of time and space, whereas Shin refers to a reality existing beyond time and space—a dimension where there is no need for energy to travel from here to there because there is no “there.”

In Shin, God the Divine Perceiver speaks to us of our mortality when we are one with the masculine aspect of God. The Perceived Mother Serpent offers us immortality in the wisdom of Shekinah, the Feminine aspect. Actually Perceived and Perceiver are one. It is the same inseparable Eternal One who in the book of Genesis speaks, saying, “Let Us make Man in Our image and after Our likeness…” that now presents the polarized voices of opportunity.

As the destroyer of illusion, Shin‘s wisdom encourages us to see our nakedness, surrender our fears and know our true selves. We are both mortal and immortal, male and female, good and evil, yet above all we are whole. The tooth that tears down limitations of form cuts through from one reality to another.

The serpent bite of the Shin carries us beyond the materialist idea of reality. We enter the domain of consciousness—of timeless Self where creation and dissolution flow simultaneously, forming, and transforming. For Shin is neither animal nor human, neither angelic nor demonic, neither day nor night but always, all ways.

Shin explodes the solid appearance and apparent safety of our world. It is the exalting transformer, awakening us first to our death and aloneness, and then, if we can stand it, to the interweaving Perfection, the experience of Shema,(Hearing, to Know Gods Unity). In Shin we enter the realm where words fail, where all experience vibrates with the radiant Great Mystery. Shin involves awakening to a new perceptual paradigm, transforming the context and meaning of our life. The experience of the most intense joy, simultaneously of such terrifying and awesome beauty, moves us to inexpressible realms beyond our normal understanding.

Shin is Shabbat (the Sabbath) the creative silence of the heart resting with the Divine, and shalom, the peace we make when we live with the consciousness of the multiple unity of ourselves and God. Shin represents the power of three multiplied one hundred times, thereby increasing and emphasizing the symbolic power of the triad to both transform and harmonize the opposing forces of duality. The ternary (triad) symbolized by Shin, represents the inner structure of The Holy Unity.

The Shin is similar to Rider-Waite Tarotcard, Judgment andSwiss Tarot card of The Fool. It represents equilibrium, which might last a second or a lifetime. We are balanced rejoicing in the Divine presence. We stand between wisdom and madness. Shin is also like Rider-Waite Judgment card, and Swiss Tarot, Fool, as both involve being awakened or reborn into a new perceptual paradigm.

Reversed: The Shin reversed may indicate a lack of balance, or that we have become imbalanced in any number of ways. It could be warning us that we are standing on thin ice. We may feel overwhelmed, flooded with more sensory, psychological or spiritual input than we are able to stand. We may need to develop blinders in order to slow down the flow of input to a level, which we can safely handle.

When our card is reversed, it can indicate a time of clairvoyance or healing crisis. We could be experiencing a time when we are either in or out of our mind, or both simultaneously. In times of great internal transformation, we are advised to insure we maintain our psychological and spiritual equilibrium.

Because Shin is joy, laughter, clarity, judgment, and rest, when we cultivate these traits, we can find a way to regain, and maintain, our needed balance.

 

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5 December 2018 or 27 Kislev 5779
5 ה Heh Wind-Door, Breath of Life

Essence: Heh as Wind-door is symbolic of where we know ourselves to be inspired—literally, breathed into life by the Divine breath. We become individuated, begin to make our own choices and create our life, yet we remain in communication with the Mother. Rider-Waite Tarot: Emperor

Heh, the number 5, represents a window or wind-door. Unlike Dalet, Heh is the door for air, for the breath of life. It is allows us to receive our first breath and return to Source, our last breath. Heh is to breathe, to be, to form, to become anything, to be changed and be capable of changing oneself. As air is in the space between beings, Heh is to be individuated. Yet as the air we breathe is the same air breathed by all that lives or has ever lived, it is also that which connects us to the Whole.

To understand Heh, it helps to see the evolution from Aleph to Heh as follows: Aleph is before beginning. It is the Great Mystery, all-potential, the fertile chaos. Bet is the beginning of order, focus. It is the impulse to create an other, a yearning to give life. Bet is the beginning of duality, the beginning to create and the first seed of creation. Gimel channels The Creative Energy, bringing this Source-energy in to nourish the first seeds—first creation. Dalet is the door through which all must pass to be born into individual life. And Heh is the first breath we take in order to become a living, individual existence. It is the moment we are inspired by the Divine breath, the moment the Divine enters us.

The number five, Heh, reflects our five senses, which awaken with the breath of the Eternal. Our fingers and toes, our four limbs plus our body, even the five seeds nestled at the heart of a cut apple all reflect and announce the sacred presence of Heh.

Now we are invited to spread our wings and fly. We can know that each breath is a gift and to trust the blessing of existence.  As we fully experience breathing life as life breathes us, Heh is to answer, to Shine and to be fully present. We need breath to speak, and so in the sound of every word there is breath. So Heh is the sound of being fully alive, grounded, present.  Heh is where we come close to the Divine Energy, opening the wind-door that breathes us and invites our participation. Heh is God asking us, as God asked Adam, ”Where are You?” And we answering, “Here I am.” Here, we enter the real world: Being, where we may become and express our lowest or highest. Heh is a dreamer, a visionary, inspired, and yet still practical, grounded and capable of turning our dreams and visions into tangible achievements.

The Heh shares some symbolism with the archetype of the Rider-Waite Tarot Emperor.

The Heh has left the body of the mother, drawn a first breath and by so doing, has become an individual existence, a separate being, yet still in relationship to Mother. Heh is the counterpart of the Dalet the Divine Feminine. The Heh card may also represent one who is capable of uniting with the Divine in the act of mutual creation: Male and Female as the Hieros Gamos, uniting heaven and earth. “…he that looketh forth at the windows, showing himself through the lattice…” (Solomon’s Song,2:9), Heh is the curtain that moves in the breeze as He shows Him Self at the window. The connection flows with love.

Reversed: When reversed the breath is suffocated, all speech silenced. There is no air and so our vital connection is lost. 

When Heh is out of relationship to the Feminine it is a mocker or fool, only concerned with worldly power. Reversed Heh is to be forgotten and to have to review the lessons that remind us that we are but a part and not the whole. It is rigidity and inability to be fully present for the other, an inability to love.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 December 2018 or 26 Kislev 5779
10  י   Yod,  Finger              

Essence:  The image representing a finger or hand, symbolic of the microcosm, carries all potential for manifestation. Withdrawing into our center we invite Holy Wisdom to infuse us. Complete in our self we can join others or remain single.

Rider-Waite Tarot:Hermit

Yod is the number 10, a finger, or a hand.  As the smallest letter, it holds all potential to become manifest.

Where the Aleph is One containing the multiplicity, the macrocosm, Yod represents the microcosm. This letter, like the recently discovered Higgs Particle, has a magnetic quality, which draws others in to join it to co-create a new essence.

Unique, singular and alone, although complete in itself, Yod still longs to be together with another. Yod is the gravity which unites, the yoni drawing the lover in, the moon pulling the tides, the Absolute Creative Essence, God in unison–magnetic Wholeness. As the central point, Yod simultaneously ends one cycle and begins the next, for following its ultimate contraction, Yod must expand outward again.

Because the Yod represents the most microcosmic particle, it indicates the necessity of withdrawing into our center, our point of quietude, and it speaks of the place where the still, small voice can be heard.

If we are open in a state of creative rest, of expectant anticipation of union, of Shabbat, then inspiration will come. This is the time to wait and trust in the Holy One. We are required to pause, just as Moses at the Reed Sea did.  With his hand (five fingers) and his rod (the tool or sixth finger) raised, he waited to be united with the seventh, the Yod of God the Divine Creative Essence. It is these seven together which cause the sea to open. The miracle can happen only when we are united with Creator of ALL, the Eternal One. Thus, Yod teaches us not to overwork or strain, but to combine work and rest, striving and relaxed openness. It urges us to become patient and expectant like the dry earth awaiting the first rain.

Just as the Rider-Waite TarotHermit card indicates an internal journey, the Yod expresses the need for being alone, having a restful and contemplative openness of mind.

Reversed: If the Yod is reversed, it means we are trying too hard. We may not know or recognize what we have. Here, it is also the still small voice, begging us to stop and listen.

This reversal serves as a reminder that, just as a woman in labor must combine work with openness, periods of deep faith and relaxation for the birthing process to succeed, it is the same with all that we would bring to birth.

“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, ‘Open to me my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled; for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.” (Solomon’s Song, 5:2)

Yod reversed reminds us some things must not be forced. That which we desire comes only when we, and it are ready. The land lies fertile, waiting for the first raindrops.

everywhere the dew

so small

the smallest inevitability



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3 December 2018 or 25 Kislev 5779
100 ק Quf Back of the Head, Ape or Monkey, Moon

Essence: Signifying the back of the head, an ape or monkey, Quf  begins our return to Wholeness. If we cry out to the Holy One from our dark brokenness, The Holy One then cries out for us. When we face our shadow we can know and heal our darkness and become whole. Rider-Waite Tarot: The Moon

Quf is the number one hundred. It signifies the back of the head and may also signify a monkey or ape or our primitive undeveloped self. Just as the moon can only reflect the sun but not initiate its own light. As the number one hundred, Quf maintains multiple relationships with both the Infinite one Aleph, and the ifinitely small Yod, ten. It is also symbolic of the moon since the visible moon is always in transition from undeveloped to fullness and back again.

Where the number Aleph, 1, is symbolic of the beginning of expansion into the multiplicity of the macrocosm, and the Yod, 10, expresses an inward, microcosmic journey, Quf, 100, is the beginning of the journey back to the whole holiness of the One. By embracing and integrating our shadow, we begin our journey to wholeness. 

Ayin, 70, our eyes reflect the Holy I and lets us know when and how we can come into awareness, without illusion to see clearly. Tzaddi, 90, is the fishhook by which we fill our vessel with mindfulness so we may share ourselves. Quf, 100, is what we seek and why we come to earth. We learn in Quf to separate the stories, tricks and illusions we tell ourselves from the Truth of our Holy connection.

The head gains its ability for expression from the face, as Quf, more than any other letter, draws its meaning from the letters around it. Alone, it is a blank, and can not be whole. Thus, Quf as in Kadosh becomes Wholeness, Holiness. 

When Quf is joined with Dalet, it becomes separate or set apart in a specific way. If we wish to discern that which is holy from the profane, mind and heart must separate. We learn to distinguish what comes from our heart rather than our mind, and thus make mind serve the heart.

At the darkest hour when we feel abandoned, cut off, in fear and trembling, Quf is the cry for reunification. Only when lost may we be found. Only when we fall, can we be lifted. At a time when there is nothing left but a fragile hope, nothing we can do but pray, Quf is the prayer of the all that is primitive and undeveloped in us calling out from our depths to the Great and Holy. When we who are small, paltry and weak cry out in longing for reunion, our tears open the gates of Heaven. Then, Quf is the Holy One sheltering and reaching down in longing for us to acknowledge, welcome, and receive. Mutual longing unites reciprocal energies so that the small and Great, the high and lowly may come together.

Quf is the unexplored territory that draws us. As the back of the head, it is symbolic of the grave or tomb, wherein we have shut up what was too frightening or self-disintegrating to face. It is our shadow, that which we own but do not want to acknowledge. Quf is the invitation to know the secret sin with our hopeful prayer for assurance: that even crying out from the grave, our voice is heard. It is the promise of the rainbow. Our brokenness allows us to be made whole, Holy. Quf, reassures us that the Holy One is in the still small voice that prays with us as we pray and that makes the whole world Holy. It is the voice of the heart that draws loved ones together.  Our existence itself is the result of the divine union of opposites. In this way Quf also encompasses the idea of balance.

Quf shares some meanings with the Rider-Waite Tarotcard, The Moon. For it can be the Shekinah, Feminine Face of God’s dark visage, the dark moon, fear in the night, the severe and bitter Tree of Death and the ancient coldness, crying out that we have cut off our own light—Her own light.    

Reversed: When the Quf is reversed in a reading, it is because we are in danger of cutting ourselves off from the truth of who we are.

The reversal recommends we ask the difficult questions we’ve avoided facing:

“What am I trying to hide?”

“What am I hiding from?”

“What am I ignoring?”

“How am I cut off?”

”What is in danger of destruction?”

“What do I need to face up to?”

The whole of creation, the good and bad, superior, and inferior, dark and light, pure and impure, are one. To ignore or attempt to cut off any aspect is to deny Holiness and, ultimately, to self-destruct.

With Quf reversed, we need to receive and accept the mirror that presents our own dark face: our severity, our mercilessness, our own tree of death, where we close our ears to Truth. In our dark misery, we learn that even with our wealth of gifts we are helpless.

Feeling lost we call out to the Holy One, who loves, and invites us to love, even our imperfection. Even as we call out to God, God calls out to us. Oneness cannot be without us. Together we are lover and beloved.

 

 

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2 December 2018 or 24 Kislev 5779
10  Malkhut Of Swords

 

Essence: Thought’s ability to solve our life problems has carried us as far as it can. Now our cool intellect merges with the warmth of the heart, becoming compassion, true wisdom and love.

The Malkhut (ten) of Swords is the end of thought. Thinking has reached its limit: the revelation that thought alone has not and cannot bring us the answers we seek. Those things which thinking has created have at best, solved only issues of communication, or pragmatic and technological problems. We learn that only when the lightning of thought merges with the deep ground of our heart can it become true intelligence, compassion and love. Thought now must come to rest before it can evolve to love. Love is ever changing: a vital, spontaneous, complete and responsible involvement with another.

At the height of our thinking ability we become self-directed, exercising conscious wariness that alerts us to our habitual thought processes. Detecting and naming the thoughts that chain us to our destructive emotions—paranoia, hatred, obsession, and envy—enables us now to detach. We are now willing to sacrifice our illusions and become mindful of our conditioning. Increasing consciousness can help us become free from enslavement. As we release those negative mental habits that lie at the root of all duality, sadness and fear, we begin to recognize our connection to ALL. We are awakening on the fertile ground of our immediate and perpetually changing truth.

Reversed: When the Malkhut of Swords is reversed, our energy is not grounded. The Swords point down becoming a sharp rain descending to cut our imagined reality to ribbons. All we have clung to for security is shredded. The ground beneath our feet has shifted. We fear that mental anguish, death, ruin, sorrow, grief, fear or misfortune, are upon us. And they may be.

If this is the case, we can grow through this bad time by recognizing we may call upon resources other than thought to restructure our reality.

We need to remind ourselves that the one thing we can be certain of is change. Everything changes and so we gain the strength we need by focusing on our breath and on remaining present in the moment.

Or, we may choose to put off thinking about or dealing with a fear inspiring issue. Now we can safely allow ourselves to think about or deal with it at another time. We can remind ourselves that tomorrow is another day.

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1 December 2018 or Kislev 23 5779
 300 ש שׁ‫ Shin Serpent's Tooth, 3rd Mother, Fire

Essence: Symbolic of a serpent’s tooth, Shinis the fiery serpent Mother, destroyer of illusion. Shinfirst offers us choice, knowledge, power and the ability to be free. Our world explodes awake to a new perceptual paradigm.  Our life’s meaning is transformed.  Rider-Waite Tarot: TheJudgment  Swiss Tarot: The Fool

Shin is the number three hundred. It is the symbol of the serpents tooth. Here in the realm of Shin, the fiery serpent offers us the choice of obedience to the Father Protector, who tells us that if we eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil we will die. We can also choose to accept the advice of the wise Mother Serpent who promises us both wisdom and divinity if we eat the fruit. Three times the tree is referred to as the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, indicating by the use of the word an expression of a non-dualistic Divine reality.

Gimel, 3, is a conduit for the Divine Energy from the heavens, to descend into the world. Lamed, 30, is the illuminating Divine Energy of the world rising up from earth to the heavens. Shin, 300, moves neither solely up nor down, but rather into a wholly new dimension. The merging of the three mothers: Aleph, Mem and Shin, Air, Water and Fire, symbolically come together in Shin to prepare for the birth of Mother Earth, a new form—a new reality. The most difficult questions asked in Quf are answered in Shin.

After our re-creation in Resh (in the garden of double blessing of Genesis I) we find ourselves like Adam and Eve in Genesis II, facing Shin, the fiery serpent mother of birth, death and rebirth. Where Resh is the innocents in the Garden of Eden, Shin is the serpent’s entry into a new world.

The Sacred Serpent’s bite instantaneously solves all riddles, transporting us to the heart of All Truth. Gimel and Lamed involve movements of the Divine Energy in the dimensions of time and space, whereas Shin refers to a reality existing beyond time and space—a dimension where there is no need for energy to travel from here to there because there is no “there.”

In Shin, God the Divine Perceiver speaks to us of our mortality when we are one with the masculine aspect of God. The Perceived Mother Serpent offers us immortality in the wisdom of Shekinah, the Feminine aspect. Actually Perceived and Perceiver are one. It is the same inseparable Eternal One who in the book of Genesis speaks, saying, “Let Us make Man in Our image and after Our likeness…” that now presents the polarized voices of opportunity.

As the destroyer of illusion, Shin‘s wisdom encourages us to see our nakedness, surrender our fears and know our true selves. We are both mortal and immortal, male and female, good and evil, yet above all we are whole. The tooth that tears down limitations of form cuts through from one reality to another.

The serpent bite of the Shin carries us beyond the materialist idea of reality. We enter the domain of consciousness—of timeless Self where creation and dissolution flow simultaneously, forming, and transforming. For Shin is neither animal nor human, neither angelic nor demonic, neither day nor night, but always all ways.

Shin explodes the solid appearance and apparent safety of our world. It is the exalting transformer, awakening us first to our death and aloneness, and then, if we can stand it, to the interweaving Perfection, the experience of Shema, (Hearing, to Know Gods Unity). In Shin we enter the realm where words fail, where all experience vibrates with the radiant Great Mystery. Shin involves awakening to a new perceptual paradigm, transforming the context and meaning of our life. The experience of the most intense joy, simultaneously of such terrifying and awesome beauty, moves us to inexpressible realms beyond our normal understanding.

Shin is Shabbat (the Sabbath) the creative silence of the heart resting with the Divine, and shalom, the peace we make when we live with the consciousness of the multiple unity of ourselves and God. Shin represents the power of three multiplied one hundred times, thereby increasing and emphasizing the symbolic power of the triad to both transform and harmonize the opposing forces of duality. The ternary (triad) symbolized by Shin, represents the inner structure of The Holy Unity.

The Shin is similar to Rider-Waite Tarot card, Judgment and Swiss Tarot card of The Fool. It represents equilibrium, which might last a second or a lifetime. We are balanced rejoicing in the Divine presence. We stand between wisdom and madness. Also like the Rider-Waite card, Judgment and the Swiss Tarot, Fool, Shin involves us being awakened or reborn into a new perceptual paradigm.

Reversed: The Shin reversed may indicate a lack of balance, or that we have become imbalanced in any number of ways. It could be warning us that we are standing on thin ice. We may feel overwhelmed, flooded with more sensory, psychological or spiritual input than we are able to stand. We may need to develop blinders in order to slow down the flow of input to a level which we can safely handle.

When our card is reversed, it can indicate a time of clairvoyance or healing crisis. We could be experiencing a time when we are either in or out of our mind, or both simultaneously. In times of great internal transformation, we are advised to insure we maintain our psychological and spiritual equilibrium.

Because Shin is joy, laughter, clarity, judgment, and rest, when we cultivate these traits, we can find a way to regain, and maintain, our needed balance.

 

 

 

 

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30 November 2018 or 22 Kislev 5779
3  Binah Of Wheels

Essence: We have begun our mission. Although our way is clear and things seem to flow easily, there is much work to do. We need to plan and use our energy wisely. We realize we can’t do it all alone, and find it’s time to prioritize goals and enlist able helpers.

The Binah (three) of Wheels represents a time when wisdom and understanding are joined to the initiatory impulse. We now possess the right vehicle for obtaining the materialization of our dreams. We have the inspiration, grace, passion and skill to create our heart’s desire.

The work has begun. We have the map and know how to use it. Our way is clear. Our plans for the house, job, marriage, or some other goal lie open on the desk; we’re ready to create the foundation. It seems all our plans will come together almost effortlessly. While we enjoy this propitious beginning, we still must plan accordingly, prioritizing our time and energy in preparation for the labor ahead.

The Binah is a time to re-examine our goals and review our plans. When we accurately assess our strengths and weaknesses we know what skills require further development, what weakness need strengthening. In the light of this new information we can see with grater clarity. We may now decide to alter and possibly reorganize our plans. This may mean we realize we need to gather some new materials and or helpers that will be needed as our work progresses. Also re-examining our plans provides us with a chance to make whatever changes are necessary before it’s too late, or too costly to turn back easily.

Reversed: When The Binah is reversed it represents a warning against growing too comfortable or careless. It reminds us that now is the time we need to pay attention to even the smallest details of our process if we want the outcome to be successful.

Also, this reversal reminds us to plan for any unexpected or unanticipated problems that might arise. Since there can be unexpected changes in plans or in our situation it is important even at this early stage to plan for all eventualities.

 

 

 

 

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30 November 2018 or 21 Kislev 5779
6 Tiferet Of Wands

Essence: Equilibrium is attained. Our creative work and personal life flows effortlessly. Even so we must stay awake to unforeseen pitfalls that may undermine our project. There’s a necessity for vigilance and attention to detail as the time of transition nears completion.  

The Tiferet (six) of Wands refers to a time when the transition from the old to the new is nearing completion. The forces that usually tended in different directions are harmonized. It is a time of perfect equilibrium. In principle, everything is where it belongs and proceeds as if without effort. It can be tempting to complacently drift along and let things take their course. Just as in the Genesis story when, following the creation of the world, the serpent appears with its potential for enlightening or for throwing all into chaos or death, it is most important to remain awake and vigilant even to seemingly insignificant details.

Hence, the Tiferet of Wands refers to a time of completion, enjoyment, harmonious relationships. Simultaneously, it is a time for remaining alert. With self-awareness and internal watchfulness, the seemingly insignificant evilwill not go unnoticed. We must avoid becoming complacent, conditioned, or habitual. The times now require us to remain awake and vigilant, regarding our internal processes even as the external aspects of our life appear to have reached a state of harmony. We must remain humble, orderly, grounded, responsible, awake and watchful. Resist the temptation to impulsivity, carelessness or simply drifting along.

 

Reversed: When reversed, the meaning of the Tiferet of Wands is essentially the same, but we are  more vulnerable to the dangers of complacency. Habitual ways of thinking and being, also our addiction to comforts are symptomatic of mental stagnation and its resulting dangers.

This reversal invites us to question our motives and ask, “Is my work here really as good as it can be?”

“Am I too anxious to be finished?” 

“What might I be forgetting or leaving out? Is any step in my process incomplete?”

 

 

 

 

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28 November 2018 or 20 Kislev 5779
10 Malkhut Of Cups

Essence: Love brings the heart’s repose. Perfection is experienced as an ever-changing experience of Love’s manifestation in a long-term relationship, both mundane and miraculous.

The Malkhut (ten) of Cups is the earth, the material world where we can actually touch God in our relationships. Here, love in all its totality brings the heart’s repose. Perfection is experienced as an ever-changing experience of love’s manifestations. We have entered the essential Holy wholeness. The highest and most profound is united with the lowest and most mundane of our activities. Even when we are deep in the well, beneath the dark waters of conflict, anger and frustration, we feel the shining fluorescence–the enlightening Light, Love.

All of experience is permeated with the manifestation of the Divine when we take responsibility for our contact with the deep inner source, which is always whole and perfect.

There is Grace even in our most mundane actions: organizing a space or project, cleaning up a mess, housework, child-care, correcting punctuation. The conscious realization of our participation in the miraculous nowmanifests in our relationship to life. This card represents a depth and history of commitment and responsibility that many years of shared love and compassion have forged. We are grateful for blessings. Our Prayers and efforts flow together with the Divine. 

Reversed: When the Malkhut of Cups is reversed, there is an inability to see the forest for the trees. Confusion or lack of perspective due to old or habitual ways of relating dominate. We are losing sight of the whole as we become consumed with petty disagreements and difficulties. Things of no real significance are getting blown out of proportion. Let them go. If you get tired of picking up your partner’s socks off the living room floor, learn to live with a messy house or hire a housekeeper. Or, choose to live separately even while still in love. Explore what options are possible if we allow ourselves to think outside the box.

The reversal of the Malkhut may indicate a time when we need to ask ourselves, “What in this relationship, or in my expectations, do I need to alter or let go?”

Finally, as the Malkhut position in any suit is symbolic of a culmination, this card is about the part of loving that involves letting go. It can mean letting go of fruitless expectations that peoples natures will change. It can refer to the letting go of children so that they can make their own lives. It may involve letting go of each other, as we all must in the end.

When we release our grasp on the other and let go, only the clinging is gone. Love alone remains. 

 

 



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27 November 2018 or 19 Kislev 5779
7 Netzach Of Cups

Essence: Relaxation and joy born of mutual fulfillment as the relationship grows effortlessly. This is a restful, contemplative period, a time of internal growth, like an untroubled pregnancy (either figurative or literal).

The Netzach (seven) of Cups represents a time of deep mutual fulfillment for the relationship. The relationship grows without apparent effort on our part. It is a time of relaxation and joy. It is, for example, the restful contemplation and unhurried pace of an easy pregnancy. This card represents the internal growth necessary before the relationship can expand into the world in a new way or with a new orientation. As partners we review our shared past, grateful for the mutual efforts that have brought us to this present moment.

As we may also be partner to our self, we may have recently resolved an internal conflict. Now, no longer divided into two minds or hearts in a matter, the partner this card refers to may actually be an aspect of our own internal self.

When we are at rest, we have a chance to re-collect ourselves and gather strength as we look forward to a new beginning. This may take the form of a physical child, or any other new shared endeavor or labor of love that will expand from the protected womb of our relationship into the world. Possibly our priorities have shifted in an unexpected direction that requires us to use this break in momentum to prepare for the beginning of a renewed expansiveness.

Growth now involves an internal, possibly unconscious or undirected process. What is needed is patience, appreciation, mutual nurturing of each other and creative openness. There is no need to push the river. Instead we are called upon to allow ourselves to drift on the current and absorb the beauty that surrounds us. A time to enjoy, be grateful, and just be.

Reversed: The Netzach of Cups reversed may be an indication that we are coveting the good fortune of others instead of appreciating and cultivating our own relationship. We may feel like an outsider and resent other people for blessings that appear to come so easily to them while they are so hard for us to attain.

The reversal of the Netzah can indicate the need to take responsibility for the difficulties or shortcomings we are experiencing as we try to create and maintain healthy, fulfilling relationships. Only then can we find the resources and develop the skills we need to create the kinds of relationships we aspire to.

This reversal may occasionally signal an unrealistic or inappropriate yearning for a child, as in the case of a couple who wants a child to keep their marriage together, or the woman or teenager who wishes for a baby to have somebody to love them.

Finally, this reversal might refer to the desire to jump into a marriage or partnership prematurely, without really understanding what such a partnership would involve. 

 

 



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26 November 2018 or 18 Kislev 5779
3 Binah Of Cups

Essence: The process of falling in love, or reawakening our love again for the world, our life, our purpose, a beloved, or a friend. Euphoria, joy and a sense of discovery fills our heart. This is an exciting magical time of closeness, shared growth and gratitude.

The Binah (three) of Cups contains the process of falling in love. It energizes all aspects of our life bringing forth feelings of intense euphoria, joy, and harmony. We share our dreams and life stories. There is a feeling of having discovered a place where we can express our whole selves, someone we can really talk to. We experience an intense drive to be fused with the object of our love. Now that we have finally discovered our perfect place or soul mate, even the most mundane things, when done together, take on a magical and wondrous quality. This is a time of sharing growth on many levels, of deep communication and communion. Although by necessity this heightened state is temporary, it nevertheless can form the foundation for dedication to our life’s true passion, and to love and a lasting relationship.

It often involves the discovery of the anima or animus in the other. Those repressed, neglected or latent qualities, which we may not yet but need to see in our selves, are enlivened and revealed. This is a wonderful time for learning and expanding awareness of our potential.

The Binah of Cups may also represent a time in an established relationship when both parties suddenly look at each other with new eyes, and their appreciation and love’s original intensity is rekindled. It is these moments that nourish even longstanding relationships. It may be that after a time of taking them for granted, we are awakened again to the value and importance of our longstanding friendships.

This might simply describe our awakening to those moments that nourish and enlighten any aspect of our life and life’s work.The passion and dedication we feel for our chosen path, although not romantic, can also be imbued with the transformative magic which makes it as necessary, vital and important as a personal relationship.

Reversed: When reversed, this cardmay indicate a one-sided or imbalanced love where one person loves more than the other. Or it might indicate unrequited love.

It could be a signal or caution that, just as a student who believes her teacher, when he looks toward her side of the room, is making eyes just at her, we are indulging in a one-sided or delusional projection.

The Binah reversed can serve as a warning against the delusional belief that we can make or force the object of our desire to fall in love with us. Such delusions create a dangerous, or at the very least an unfulfilling situation.

When we examine our projections and reclaim them as our own we learn much from this experience. In reclaiming our projections and realizing that the beauty and gifts we see in the other are actually our own, we free ourselves and take back our power.

 

 

 

 

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25 November 2018 or 17 Kislev 5779
10 Malkhut Of Cups

Essence: Love brings the heart’s repose. Perfection is experienced as an ever-changing experience of Love’s manifestation in a long-term relationship, both mundane and miraculous.

The Malkhut (ten) of Cups is the earth, the material world where we can actually touch God in our relationships. Here, love in all its totality brings the heart’s repose. Perfection is experienced as an ever-changing experience of love’s manifestations. We have entered the essential Holy wholeness. The highest and most profound is united with the lowest and most mundane of our activities. Even when we are deep in the well, beneath the dark waters of conflict, anger and frustration, we feel the shining fluorescence–the enlightening Light, Love.

All of experience is permeated with the manifestation of the Divine when we take responsibility for our contact with the deep inner source, which is always whole and perfect.

There is Grace even in our most mundane actions: organizing a space or project, cleaning up a mess, housework, child-care, correcting punctuation. The conscious realization of our participation in the miraculous nowmanifests in our relationship to life. This card represents a depth and history of commitment and responsibility that many years of shared love and compassion have forged. We are grateful for blessings. Our Prayers and efforts flow together with the Divine. 

Reversed: When the Malkhut of Cups is reversed, there is an inability to see the forest for the trees. Confusion or lack of perspective due to old or habitual ways of relating dominate. We are losing sight of the whole as we become consumed with petty disagreements and difficulties. Things of no real significance are getting blown out of proportion. Let them go. If you get tired of picking up your partner’s socks off the living room floor, learn to live with a messy house or hire a housekeeper. Or, choose to live separately even while still in love. Explore what options are possible if we allow ourselves to think outside the box.

The reversal of the Malkhut may indicate a time when we need to ask ourselves, “What in this relationship, or in my expectations, do I need to alter or let go?”

Finally, as the Malkhut position in any suit is symbolic of a culmination, this card is about the part of loving that involves letting go. It can mean letting go of fruitless expectations that peoples natures will change. It can refer to the letting go of children so that they can make their own lives. It may involve letting go of each other, as we all must in the end.

When we release our grasp on the other and let go, only the clinging is gone. Love alone remains. 

 

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24 November 2018 or 16 Kislev 5779
2  Hokhmah Two Of Wheels

Essence: Dissatisfaction with the status quo impels our creative efforts in pursuit of our goals. Desire for what we feel is missing in our material world, be it property, status, a child or connection to a person or persons.

The Hokhmah.(two) of Wheels represents a sense of lack, creating the desire for material fulfillment. We experience a need for money, status, a child, love, a home, or property—whatever it is in the material world we consider our self to be separated from.

Motivated by a sense of unfinished business or a feeling of lack, we seek fulfillment for some missing area of our lives. The Hokhmah may also be indicative of our yearning for a nonspecific object, something missing or something more, that now needs to be articulated so that we may discover and receive the satisfaction we crave.

Feeling complete yet unfulfilled without the object or success we desire can be a useful prod. It may stimulate us to realize that we actually have the potential for attaining our goals. We discover resources we never knew we had. We find we have the ability to delay immediate gratification, commit to a goal, and be willing to work toward the fulfillment of our ambitions.

Reversed: The Hokhmah reversed can indicate that, because of the addictive nature of desire, we have become greedy. It may well be that even when our goal is reached or desired object obtained, it is merely traded for a new one.

It is possible that this reversal is a suggestion we need to cultivate our ability to be satisfied. We also are encouraged to examine more critically the nature of ourdesires.

When the Hokhmah is reversed our feelings of lack and need are almost overwhelming. We may have all our hopes and dreams pinned to something which even when attained will almost certainly not live up to our fantasy. Our yearning for an idealized object, goal or future can so overshadow what we already have as to render us blind to wealth we already possess.

 

 



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23 Novembeer 2018 or 15 Kiselev 5779
4 Hesed Of Wheels

Essence: Expansive good fortune. Our way is open and effortless. Everything we do comes out right and furthers our ambitions. Nevertheless in fat times moderation is necessary so as not to be caught short in the lean times which may follow.

The Hesed (four) of Wheels is like a gift from the universe. Thereis great expansion in the material world. Money and good fortune pour in. That for which we have been striving seems to come with ease and grace. We seem to have the Midas-Touch. In this time of great abundance we are suddenly able to attain the object of our desires.

Enjoy the feeling of expansive abundance and freedom from want, while still remembering to set a portion aside, in terms of material wealth and physical and emotional energy, so that when reversals come we have not depleted all our stores.

In spite of the appearance of total success, the Hesed reminds us that now,while we are living in abundance, we must use this prosperous time to be grateful, remembering that our good fortune is not a reward, is not only from our own doing, and to prepare for the lean times which may well follow. In anticipation of a reversal, it is essential to be moderate in our expenditures and to avoid wasting our time, energy or resources. If we are careful to gather and store nourishment before the famine comes, we will be protected and not taken unaware.

As part of our preparations we gather the able helpers we will need, assemble the colleagues and people who are trustworthy, capable and who hold the same values as we do. The work ahead will require collaboration, flexibility and possibly a group effort. It is also important to remain generous to our associates. If we are circumspect, we will make it through the lean time ahead and emerge from it with even greater prosperity.

Reversed: If the Hesed is reversed, we are in danger of throwing ourselves away or wasting ourresources. We need to consider whether we are allying ourselves with unworthy people or casting pearls before swine.

Conversely, we may be not listening to good advice because of the source from which it comes. It is important now to re-examine, and possibly value more highly, the advice we receive even if it comes from an unlikely source.

 

 



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22 November 2018 or 14 Kislev 5779
3  Binah Of Wheels

Essence: We have begun our mission. Although our way is clear and things seem to flow easily, there is much work to do. We need to plan and use our energy wisely. We realize we can’t do it all alone, and find it’s time to prioritize goals and enlist able helpers.

The Binah (three) of Wheels represents a time when wisdom and understanding are joined to the initiatory impulse. We now possess the right vehicle for obtaining the materialization of ourdreams. We have the inspiration, grace, passion and skill to create our heart’s desire.

The work has begun. We have the map and know how to use it. Our way is clear. Our plans for the house, job, marriage, or some other goal lie open on the desk; we’re ready to create the foundation. It seems all our plans will come together almost effortlessly. While we enjoy this propitious beginning, we still must plan accordingly, prioritizing our time and energy in preparation for the labor ahead.

The Binah is a time to re-examine our goals and review our plans. When we accurately assess our strengths and weaknesses we know what skills require further development, what weakness need strengthening. In the light of this new information we can see with grater clarity. We may now decide to alter and possibly reorganize our plans. This may mean we realize we need to gather some new materials and or helpers that will be needed as our work progresses. Also re-examining our plans provides us with a chance to make whatever changes are necessary before it’s too late, or too costly to turn back easily.

Reversed: When The Binah is reversed it represents a warning against growing too comfortable or careless. It reminds us that now is the time we need to pay attention to even the smallest details of our process if we want the outcome to be successful.

Also, this reversal reminds us to plan for any unexpected or unanticipated problems that might arise. Since there can be unexpected changes in plans or in our situation it is important even at this early stage to plan for all eventualities.

 

 

 

 

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21 November 2018 or 13 Kislev 5779
Princess Of Swords

Essence: The Princess archetype describes a mentally quick, energetic and witty youthful person. It may be a warning against impatience and the danger of acting precipitously.It could mean the swift approach of an important message, possibly of a legal nature.

When the Princess of Swords refers to a person, it’s someone who is mentally quick, energetic and witty. Often this archetype has a biting and insightful sense of humor. Using her wit like a rapier, she can cut others to ribbons or cut through to the truth of a matter. She can be iconoclastic, outrageous, daring and outspoken.

Like her brother, the Prince of Swords, she may also be a dancer or one who thinks with her body. She has a skillful, highly developed physical awareness.

Being enthusiastic and youthful, whatever her chronological age, her impatience may make her seem unsympathetic or insensitive when she is confronted with the troubles of others. Not being one to weep into her beer, she may be impatient with the bad luck of others or of her own bad luck, health problems and weaknesses.

The Princess of Swords may not refer to a person, but rather may indicate a messenger swiftly arriving with news. It can often indicate communication on a legal matter. Other cards in the reading determine whether the news it brings will be good or bad.

Sometimes the Princess of Swords, whether upright and reversed, can be interpreted as a warning against actingimpulsively or without thinking. Too often our ill-consideredwords have a disastrouseffect on our relationships. Many terrible accidents and even fatalities are also the result of careless or thoughtlessaction.

Reversed: If in a reading this card refers to the Querent, it can be a warning that our own quick mouth can be our worst enemy.

As above, the Princess of Swords may be interpreted as a warning against acting precipitously. In this case the warning is even more urgent. Again, it’s important to note that most terrible accidents and fatalities are often the result of an ill-considered, impatient or ungrounded action. Also, be aware there is a danger of attracting another’s impulsivity to ourselves.

The Princess has appeared to warn us against indulging in behavior or weakness that, while appearing harmless and inviting, can be disastrous.  Here the warning is to steer clear of anything which, while appearing charming, weak and small, might tempt us into thinking it will do us no harm.  If we dally, if we ignore or underestimate it, it can tear our lives to ribbons.

When reversed, the person described by the Princess of Swords may be self-involved, controlling and lacking in compassion.

Princess of Swords reversed may also refer to a person with some of the positive qualities listed above; however, she is cunning and prone to gossip as a way of attaining power. This might make her a dangerous and often hypocritical opponent.

Finally, this reversal may appear as a warning to look before you leap in regards to actions and relationships. Also, to not place trust in a person or message since motives may not be as harmless and transparent as they appear.

 

 

 

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20 November 2018 or 12 Kislev 5779
60  ס Samekh  Prop,  Support, Arrow, Completion, All That Reaches an End

Essence: Samekh is symbolic of a prop or support; also an arrow and all that reaches an end. It encompasses all concepts of circumferential limit or cyclical movements: the year, destiny, and fatality. Samekh references all that links ends to means, and beginnings to endings, so as to begin anew. Rider-Waite Tarot: Death

Samekh is the number 60. Symbolic of a prop or support and also an arrow, what these apparently divergent objects have in common is that they all lead to an end. The prop or support ends at the roof or other object it is supporting. Likewise, an arrow’s journey through the air ends either when gravity halts its flight or when it meets an object. Just as a circle both encloses and terminates the flow of energy between inside and outside, Samekh describes all concepts, which pertain to a circumferential limit, circular or cyclical movements. It is therefore the year, destiny, to come to an end, fatality and the angel of death itself. Endings and beginnings and the journey are all One.

Yet,Samekh symbolizes a paradoxical ending. Because Samekh has alittle tail, it can actually be seen to represent the beginning of an evolving spiral as viewed from above. It lacks the fixity of a closed circle (O). Samekh spins crossing over its original starting point as we spiral through our life’s lessons. Thus, as one cycle ends another begins. Samekh is the cycle of destiny coming full circle only to begin once more.

In Samekh the connecting power of the Vav has come full circle, lowering itself down into the earth and then coming round back up to meet itself again in the heaven of its origin; from whencethe cycle can repeat itself again and again.

Samekh describes how what we send out returns again to transform our lives. It refers to a turn of events, and also to turn around. It gives us the opportunity to transform ourselves. Consciously or unconsciously, willingly or not, we are transformed. We turn into death and return to our origin. We are transformed by lifetime after lifetime. Samekh is both death and infinity. It is the end, which links all that exists. Even death ends in the Eternal Infinite Holy One.

In its power for transformation the Samekh card resembles the Tarot’s Death Card.

Reversed: When reversed in a reading, this card may be indicative of the results of past actions returning or of our past catching up with us.

The contrary Samekh card is also an indication that we are rationalizing our means in order to attain a goal. We are being reminded that the end does not justify the means. This reversal warns that we are heading for a difficult time ahead. If we do not turn from our present course of action an unwanted transformative experience awaits us. The time has come to ask our self, “What do I need to turn around or return to? Is there a bad habit I need to break? Can I make a better choice or come up with a more effective solution?”

This may be a time to delay gratification, sublimate or transform our desires. And this ispossible, for Samekh represents both the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new one.

 



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19 November 2018 or 11 Kislev 5779
6 ו וּ Vav Peg, Nail​

Essence:  Vav represents a nail or link to join separate parts as we build. In building relationships Vav is to meet and through sharing our depths, to be truly known. It is the penis linking one body to another, and the child who links us to the future.  Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priest / Pope           

Vav, the number 6, derives from a symbol representing a peg, hook, nail, or link.  When we need to build something, it is to assemble, to nail down, to put together. Vav is to meet, to share ourselves, to be known.

As a means of connection, Vav is the element with which we join the sometimes disparate elements of our lives.  It is the way we link our lives with others.  Vav is the penis, which links one body to another, and the child who connects us to the future.

While the Heh represents the individual still deeply immersed in relationship with Shekinah, the Feminine Presence, Vav is representative of the method by which this connection is accomplished. It describes that solid yet available Presence which links the otherwise opposite worlds of the Divine consorts.

We recognize now that we are each unique yet can work together, because Vav is also to engage in discussion and to compromise. Most important, when we confess, bringing to light the truth where there has been a lie, Vav is how, by so doing, we join ourselves to another. Through revealing our inner darkness and bringing it into the light of relationship, we allow ourselves to be fully known. It’s about the need for self-acceptance and for accepting others for their unique selves. When we connect we become whole. SoVav can bring high and low together, linking heaven to earth, for to know our full selves is to know God.

The Vav card can be compared to the Rider-Waite TarotHigh Priest, in that both archetypes address themselves to the ways in which we link ourselves to God.

Reversed: If the Vav card is reversed, it speaks of the need to confess that which we might rather not reveal.  It speaks of shame which keeps us from being fully present and connected to others and even life itself.

When reversed this card reminds us of our lack of compassion and conversely the necessity of developing greater compassion for others and especially ourselves.

In reversal the Vav may refer to a tendency to give away our power or shut off our ability for discernment so that others are able to shame us. By so doing, we may give away our authority, as we are wrongly led to believe that only they can create the connection, instead of trusting our own ability to do it ourselves.

Conversely, Vav reversed may be warning us to not allow our sense of connection to the Highest, to God, result in our becoming lost in the fog where delusions of grandeur lead us to stop listening to the Other, as we believe our ideas and in extreme cases, even our bodies are infallible. 

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18 November 2018 or 10 Kislev 5779
6 ו וּ Vav Peg, Nail

Essence:  Vav represents a nail or link to join separate parts as we build. In building relationships Vav is to meet and through sharing our depths, to be truly known. It is the penis linking one body to another, and the child who links us to the future.  Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priest / Pope           

Vav, the number 6, derives from a symbol representing a peg, hook, nail, or link.  When we need to build something, it is to assemble, to nail down, to put together. Vav is to meet, to share ourselves, to be known.

As a means of connection, Vav is the element with which we join the sometimes disparate elements of our lives.  It is the way we link our lives with others.  Vav is the penis, which links one body to another, and the child who connects us to the future.

While the Heh represents the individual still deeply immersed in relationship with Shekinah, the Feminine Presence, Vav is representative of the method by which this connection is accomplished. It describes that solid yet available Presence which links the otherwise opposite worlds of the Divine consorts.

We recognize now that we are each unique yet can work together, because Vav is also to engage in discussion and to compromise. Most important, when we confess, bringing to light the truth where there has been a lie, Vav is how, by so doing, we join ourselves to another. Through revealing our inner darkness and bringing it into the light of relationship, we allow ourselves to be fully known. It’s about the need for self-acceptance and for accepting others for their unique selves. When we connect we become whole. SoVav can bring high and low together, linking heaven to earth, for to know our full selves is to know God.

The Vav card can be compared to the Rider-Waite TarotHigh Priest, in that both archetypes address themselves to the ways in which we link ourselves to God.

Reversed: If the Vav card is reversed, it speaks of the need to confess that which we might rather not reveal.  It speaks of shame which keeps us from being fully present and connected to others and even life itself.

When reversed this card reminds us of our lack of compassion and conversely the necessity of developing greater compassion for others and especially ourselves.

In reversal the Vav may refer to a tendency to give away our power or shut off our ability for discernment so that others are able to shame us. By so doing, we may give away our authority, as we are wrongly led to believe that only they can create the connection, instead of trusting our own ability to do it ourselves.

Conversely, Vav reversed may be warning us to not allow our sense of connection to the Highest, to God, result in our becoming lost in the fog where delusions of grandeur lead us to stop listening to the Other, as we believe our ideas and in extreme cases, even our bodies are infallible. 

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17 November 2018 or 9 Kislev 5779
6 ו וּ Vav Peg, Nail​

Essence:  Vav represents a nail or link to join separate parts as we build. In building relationships Vav is to meet and through sharing our depths, to be truly known. It is the penis linking one body to another, and the child who links us to the future.  Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priest / Pope           

Vav, the number 6, derives from a symbol representing a peg, hook, nail, or link.  When we need to build something, it is to assemble, to nail down, to put together. Vav is to meet, to share ourselves, to be known.

As a means of connection, Vav is the element with which we join the sometimes disparate elements of our lives.  It is the way we link our lives with others.  Vav is the penis, which links one body to another, and the child who connects us to the future.

While the Heh represents the individual still deeply immersed in relationship with Shekinah, the Feminine Presence, Vav is representative of the method by which this connection is accomplished. It describes that solid yet available Presence which links the otherwise opposite worlds of the Divine consorts.

We recognize now that we are each unique yet can work together, because Vav is also to engage in discussion and to compromise. Most important, when we confess, bringing to light the truth where there has been a lie, Vav is how, by so doing, we join ourselves to another. Through revealing our inner darkness and bringing it into the light of relationship, we allow ourselves to be fully known. It’s about the need for self-acceptance and for accepting others for their unique selves. When we connect we become whole. SoVav can bring high and low together, linking heaven to earth, for to know our full selves is to know God.

The Vav card can be compared to the Rider-Waite TarotHigh Priest, in that both archetypes address themselves to the ways in which we link ourselves to God.

Reversed: If the Vav card is reversed, it speaks of the need to confess that which we might rather not reveal.  It speaks of shame which keeps us from being fully present and connected to others and even life itself.

When reversed this card reminds us of our lack of compassion and conversely the necessity of developing greater compassion for others and especially ourselves.

In reversal the Vav may refer to a tendency to give away our power or shut off our ability for discernment so that others are able to shame us. By so doing, we may give away our authority, as we are wrongly led to believe that only they can create the connection, instead of trusting our own ability to do it ourselves.

Conversely, Vav reversed may be warning us to not allow our sense of connection to the Highest, to God, result in our becoming lost in the fog where delusions of grandeur lead us to stop listening to the Other, as we believe our ideas and in extreme cases, even our bodies are infallible. 

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16 November 2018 or 8 Kislev 5779
9  Yesod Of Cups

Essence: We enter the ongoing process of self-knowing and of letting ourselves be known by others. We continue to discover how to live with our own and another’s imperfections, while we increase our ability to cultivate and nurture our authentic selves.

The Yesod (nine) of Cups represents how we are able to link ourselves to the whole. It is the foundation of all true and fruitful relationships, the ongoing process of self-knowing and allowing our self to be known. We learn to live honestly with our own and others’ imperfections and vulnerability. We engage in the process of questioning and awareness. Our capacity for seeing the truth of who we are, and for staying in touch with that dynamic truth, becomes the foundation for all our relationships. The ability to combine truthfulness and compassion determines our relationship’s vitality and degree of mutual satisfaction and learning.

How responsible and committed we are to following our heart’s wisdom will determine where that path will lead. We learn that relationship is not some thing done to us or for us, but like a garden takes constant nurturing and care. We develop the skills to recognize our destructive patterns, weeding out false judgments, cultural expectations, past injuries and our own insecurities. If we want beautiful flowers and fruits, we must pool our energies and work together.

Reversed: When the Yesod of Cups is reversed, it means we are taking too much for granted. It is a reminder that we need to take more responsibility for our relationships and not expect a garden that is uncared for to feed us. We are called upon to work on uprooting the weeds beneath which our flowers struggle. 

The reversed Yesodcalls us to become more conscious. To be unconscious is to be out of touch. If we lose our capacity for seeing the truth and staying in touch with each other, either literally or figuratively, we damage the foundation of our relationships. This leads to self-deception and to our being the subject of deception.

                                   

 

 

 

 

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15 November 2018 or 7 Kislev 5779
90 צץ Tzaddi Fish-Hook

Essence: Tzaddi is symbolic of a fishhook. Now we can draw up nourishment from the depths and gather gifts, both for ourselves and to share with others. Righteousness and goodness connect us to each other and Divine Source. We can fulfill our purpose to share our authentic selves. Rider-Waite Tarot: The Star

Tzaddi is the number 90. It is symbolic of a fishhook. Tzaddi is the means by which we dip down into the dark Waters. In the depths of our own unconscious, we find, glistening in the murky deep, that our connection to the Mother’s Wisdom waits. Our responsibility is to know that the gifts we now draw up are not only for our own use and edification, not only for our individual development. They must be shared. Tzaddi, righteousness, is a reminder that a gift is nothing unless it is shared. It was through and for sharing that the earth was created.

While Pe, 80, is the mouth, Tzaddi, 90, is the fishhook with which we lure and catch what we choose to nourish ourselves with. As the number 90, Tzaddi is a faceted reflection of Tet, 9, the Wise Serpent who led us to the knowledge of good and evil, and now demands that it be used and shared for the good of all.

When we can only fish with our hands, we are lucky to catch enough fish to feed ourselves. But with a fishhook enough may be caught to feed a family, providing sustenance both for ourselves, others and for the world. Sharing is so important; it is said that without the selfless acts of giving by the thirty-six Tzadiks,or righteous ones, the earth itself would perish. The use we make of our acquired wisdom and experience reflects our choice to nourish others or only our greed. Tzaddi is to serve and sustain others in the multi-hued joy of creation as we give back to the world the products of our rich accumulation. Eternally capable of giving and receiving, we can draw down inspiration from the Divine Source to put to practical use. We find food for body and soul, for ourselves and for the community at large. We realize our most profound and important purpose in this life is to share ourselves. Tzaddi symbolizes the goal or end toward which all Good tends, and the means to attain it as well.

Tzaddi shares symbolism with the Rider-Waite Tarot card,The Star, as it simultaneously reaches up into the heavens for inspiration, and plunges down into the depths, in order to obtain and share the fruits of Divine revelation.

Reversed: When reversed Tzaddi is a warning against hoarding. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I  being miserly?”

“What and how much do I need to feel secure?”

“What is holding me back from sharing?”

“What am I afraid of losing?”

If we feed our emotional projections such as fear, envy, jealousy and prejudice, these projections interfere with our ability to give of our self. It may also be that we undervalue our own gifts because we are comparing them to others and need to recognize our uniqueness. We need to remind ourselves that nevertheless this is what we are here for. If we don’t hold back, but instead give of our authentic selves with a full heart, it is enough.

It may also be reversed because we lack inspiration. In that case we might ask ourselves, “What can I do to feel creative and inspired?”

“What action will help me stimulate and awaken my inspiration?”

The Tzaddi card is upside down because we need to be reminded that in the bounty of the Divine giving and receiving, there is no lack and therefore no necessity for fear.

 

 



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14 November 2018 or 6 Kislev 5779
6 ו וּ Vav Peg, Nail

Essence:  Vav represents a nail or link to join separate parts as we build. In building relationships Vav is to meet and through sharing our depths, to be truly known. It is the penis linking one body to another, and the child who links us to the future.  Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priest / Pope           

Vav, the number 6, derives from a symbol representing a peg, hook, nail, or link.  When we need to build something, it is to assemble, to nail down, to put together. Vav is to meet, to share ourselves, to be known.

As a means of connection, Vav is the element with which we join the sometimes disparate elements of our lives.  It is the way we link our lives with others.  Vav is the penis, which links one body to another, and the child who connects us to the future.

While the Heh represents the individual still deeply immersed in relationship with Shekinah, the Feminine Presence, Vav is representative of the method by which this connection is accomplished. It describes that solid yet available Presence which links the otherwise opposite worlds of the Divine consorts.

We recognize now that we are each unique yet can work together, because Vav is also to engage in discussion and to compromise. Most important, when we confess, bringing to light the truth where there has been a lie, Vav is how, by so doing, we join ourselves to another. Through revealing our inner darkness and bringing it into the light of relationship, we allow ourselves to be fully known. It’s about the need for self-acceptance and for accepting others for their unique selves. When we connect we become whole. SoVav can bring high and low together, linking heaven to earth, for to know our full selves is to know God.

The Vav card can be compared to the Rider-Waite TarotHigh Priest, in that both archetypes address themselves to the ways in which we link ourselves to God.

Reversed: If the Vav card is reversed, it speaks of the need to confess that which we might rather not reveal.  It speaks of shame which keeps us from being fully present and connected to others and even life itself.

When reversed this card reminds us of our lack of compassion and conversely the necessity of developing greater compassion for others and especially ourselves.

In reversal the Vav may refer to a tendency to give away our power or shut off our ability for discernment so that others are able to shame us. By so doing, we may give away our authority, as we are wrongly led to believe that only they can create the connection, instead of trusting our own ability to do it ourselves.

Conversely, Vav reversed may be warning us to not allow our sense of connection to the Highest, to God, result in our becoming lost in the fog where delusions of grandeur lead us to stop listening to the Other, as we believe our ideas and in extreme cases, even our bodies are infallible. 

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13 November 2018 or 5 Kislev 5779
50   נן     Nun   Fish,   Child,    Soul

Essence:  As a fish, Nun, dependent on Mother Water, also symbolizes a child or fruit. More importantly, Nun is symbolic of the soul, which is viewed as swimming between worlds, integrating opposites as it unites the truth of what we are with all we can be.  The Eternal sings in our depths. Rider-Waite Tarot: Temperance                     

The Nun is the number 50.  Its symbol is a fish.  Because of its dependence on the Mother Sea, Nun also symbolizes the child and also any fruit or produced being.  It represents all living beings that reflect and express the fecundity of The Mother.

Released from Mother Mem, the child Nun, no longer enclosed in the watery amniotic depths, begins the individuation process. While still connected the child no longer cries to its mother for salvation; no more does she depend on another to be complete.

The plunge into the deep, the sacrifice of the ego’s need (required in Mem) has freed us, so that now we can see and finally accept, own, and own up to both our positive and negative characteristics. The soul has become an integrated being in itself.

Having risen with the Lamed and descended into the oceanic depths of the Mem, Nun is the child of two worlds. One face of the image rises up into the waters above (heavens) while the other descends into the waters below. Having been raised up by the Lamed and thrown into dissolution in Mem we incorporate the experience of each. Nun is the soul that dwells within our bodies and outside it in the Eternal realms. In its progress the soul swims between worlds and lifetimes. It is the truth of what we are and what we can become. Nun is the soul completing its work and preparing for its next development. It is the soul learning to surrender, to be true to itself.

 Nun is that which is Holy in a person. It is the tiny spark of the Eternal singing in our depths. It is the music. Listen!

The Nun card shares some meaning with the Tarot card, Temperance, since it involves the mingling of opposites. Just as Temperance is preparing an interfusion, which at a later time will be ready for release, Nun joins the ocean of earth and ocean of heaven in its integrative dance.

Reversed: When reversed, it is an indication that we are becoming divided by the temptations and distractions always clamoring for our attention. The Nun card in this position is a warning to not lose focus as we try to integrate the apparently opposite pulls of our life.

We are advised that while mingling our forces is important, there is some danger we may be succumbing to the temptation to dither away our time and energies. The Nun reversed may refer to a tendency for procrastination. Or, it may be an indication that we are allowing ourselves to become engaged with trivial or meaningless pursuits.

This is the time to consider the choices we would make if we were given only a short time to live. For the Nun, as our soul, reminds us that our days are numbered.

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12 November 2018 or 4 Kislev 5779
8   Hod Of Wands

Essence: We’ve learned to trust our Divine Guidance. Time to act on and exemplify our newfound awareness. Take a risk, change direction. Now we need to review our creation and decide if it’s working or not. The wisest choice may sometimes be to tear up our lovely page for the good of the whole.

The Hod (eight) of Wands says that, having had rest and the chance for reflection and gratitude (as required by the Netzach of Wands), the time now demands we act. It is time to live fully with the lesson of faith, to practice, work and exemplify our new awareness. We are called to risk ourselves yet have faith in the invisible.  It is important to trust in our vision, even if this trust goes counter to all our rationality.

Though coupled with feelings of fear, there is a great potential for spiritual growth here. We leap like divers into a lake. Even fearing the cold mysterious water that swirls beneath the board, we still take the breath and plunge into the freedom of the unknown. The world may disappear, but the illusion of security that the shore offers is not important. What matters is our commitment to the Encounterto Life. In a time of spiritual testing, we are called to move beyond our fears. This is when we need to let down our walls and defenses and stretch ourselves to manifest our highest possibilities. We can only become fully alive as we develop the inner strength to live with sometimes almost overwhelming anxiety and insecurity, as well as the sensitivity required by our creative passion.

Reversed: If the Wands Hod position is reversed, fear is stopping us from fulfilling our potential. A greater understanding of the dynamics of fear is needed.  We may ask, “What is the worst that can happen if I do this?”

Really examine your worst imagining, then ask “what then?”

With each answer, keep asking this question as you enter into, visualize and examine the worst result.

Inaction is still action. Stagnation is not a solution.

This reversal reminds us that our situation now requires a commitment to stay in the dynamic present rather than reacting in a habitual way. If we submit to fear and doubt, we will freeze our potential and stifle our creative connection. Trusting, or at least acting as we might if we did have trust, is essential so that we may take a needed plunge into the chill dark water wherein our treasure lies.

 



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11 November 2018 or 3 Kislev 5779
6 ו וּ Vav Peg, Nail

Essence:  Vav represents a nail or link to join separate parts as we build. In building relationships Vav is to meet and through sharing our depths, to be truly known. It is the penis linking one body to another, and the child who links us to the future.  Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priest / Pope           

Vav, the number 6, derives from a symbol representing a peg, hook, nail, or link.  When we need to build something, it is to assemble, to nail down, to put together. Vav is to meet, to share ourselves, to be known.

As a means of connection, Vav is the element with which we join the sometimes disparate elements of our lives.  It is the way we link our lives with others.  Vav is the penis, which links one body to another, and the child who connects us to the future.

While the Heh represents the individual still deeply immersed in relationship with Shekinah, the Feminine Presence, Vav is representative of the method by which this connection is accomplished. It describes that solid yet available Presence which links the otherwise opposite worlds of the Divine consorts.

We recognize now that we are each unique yet can work together, because Vav is also to engage in discussion and to compromise. Most important, when we confess, bringing to light the truth where there has been a lie, Vav is how, by so doing, we join ourselves to another. Through revealing our inner darkness and bringing it into the light of relationship, we allow ourselves to be fully known. It’s about the need for self-acceptance and for accepting others for their unique selves. When we connect we become whole. SoVav can bring high and low together, linking heaven to earth, for to know our full selves is to know God.

The Vav card can be compared to the Rider-Waite TarotHigh Priest, in that both archetypes address themselves to the ways in which we link ourselves to God.

Reversed: If the Vav card is reversed, it speaks of the need to confess that which we might rather not reveal.  It speaks of shame which keeps us from being fully present and connected to others and even life itself.

When reversed this card reminds us of our lack of compassion and conversely the necessity of developing greater compassion for others and especially ourselves.

In reversal the Vav may refer to a tendency to give away our power or shut off our ability for discernment so that others are able to shame us. By so doing, we may give away our authority, as we are wrongly led to believe that only they can create the connection, instead of trusting our own ability to do it ourselves.

Conversely, Vav reversed may be warning us to not allow our sense of connection to the Highest, to God, result in our becoming lost in the fog where delusions of grandeur lead us to stop listening to the Other, as we believe our ideas and in extreme cases, even our bodies are infallible. 

 

 

 

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10 November 2018 or 2 Kislev 5779
400 ת תּ Tav Mark of Perfection, Completion

Essence: Symbolically, mark (of Perfection) in Tav, the perfect union of opposites, all forces and energies together, as both completion and beginning anew in a process of perpetual creation. Our lives fill with goodness, compassion, clarity and Truth. Rider-Waite Tarot: The World or Universe

Tav is the number 400. Because it has two forms, one with the center Dagesh(dot) and one without a Dagesh, the letter Tav encompass the idea of perfection, perpetually beginning and ending only to begin anew.  The Dagesh in the center of the Tav can be seen as the Aleph (1). Thus, the end becomes the beginning.

In the evolution of Tav (400) we begin with Dalet (4), the door through which all life must pass—the Mother perpetually giving birth. Next, in Mem (40) the Mother gives up the child The sacrifice of the mother/child relationship must happen for individuation to occur—so her child can become a man or a woman. Finally, in Tav the lovers have come together as reciprocal co-creators. Tav with the Dagesh is symbolic of the Female and Male of God with their Androgynous child. When Tav (400) is numerologically reduced to 4, it forms the Divine Quaternity expressed in the Divine, unpronounceable Name of God (Yod, Heh, Vav, He), both beginning and completion, which equals the number 8 (The Infinite One).

In Tav, Zayin, (the sword) is reversed to become a support for the Resh (head). Tav is symbolic of perfection: the dynamic union of opposites. Resh is the innocence of the original male/female androgyny, Shin is the new birth process, and Tav is the perfection that we are born from, and into. It is the absolute reciprocal union of male and female, within and without supporting and nourishing one another and, by so doing, joyously and perpetually birthing new creations.

In Tav, the desire and longing created by the sword of discernment and order finds fulfillment in union with the fertile and resonant chaos. It is the compassionate harmony, the interpenetration of these two cosmic principles, which allow all meaningful activity to take place. The Feminine Tree of Life and Wisdom rests over the sword, Zayin. Now, Zayin reversed has become the support for the abundantly productive tree, which is both supported by and supports the sword on which it rests.

In the Genesis of Shin, we were once again given choice, and this time chose the fruit of responsibility, wisdom and non-dualistic unity with the Divine. With Tav, we are given the opportunity to hear the voice of God again and to receive the healed Torah, where the black and white letters swirl in a dance of wondrous delight. The Dagesh in the center of the Tav is the twin-souled baby, the joyous prayer realized, the perfect healing of the Perfection. Tav is the Divine Vessel again whole and once more containing the light of the Infinite Divine compassion.

Now, in a process of perpetual, perfecting creation, all aspects dance together. The completion of Tav provides us with the openness and clarity to live with the order in chaos, and with the chaos in order. Here is spontaneous joy that allows us to follow the path of our Heart. All aspects of life dance together and we are capable of living to our potential. Now, in spite of our fears, we can live with full participation in a paradoxical world, even if we never receive final answers to the mystery and meaning of our existence. Without ultimate guarantees, we nevertheless have developed our ability to love. By so doing, we appreciate the miraculous sacredness of all life.

Tav shares some meaning with the Rider-Waite Tarot, World or Universe card.

Tav is a card of goodness, activity, openness, of perpetual newness and compassion, of self-integration and growth.

Reversed: When Tav is reversed its a warning not to throw oneself away on the world through impatience and possessiveness. The attitude, “I want it all and I want it now!” cannot help but throw us back into a state of illusion and grief.

We are at risk of losing what we have journeyed so far to gain. Tav reversed might describe a situation similar to the story of the fishermans wife, who went from satisfaction to desiring and receiving more and more until at last she was thrown back into the poverty from which shehad come, and in some sense had never left.

 

 



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9 November 2018 or 1 Kislev 5779
50 נן Nun Fish, Child, Soul

Essence:  As a fish, Nun, dependent on Mother Water, also symbolizes a child or fruit. More importantly, Nun is symbolic of the soul, which is viewed as swimming between worlds, integrating opposites as it unites the truth of what we are with all we can be.  The Eternal sings in our depths.  Rider-Waite Tarot: Temperance                

The Nun is the number 50.  Its symbol is a fish.  Because of its dependence on the Mother Sea, Nun also symbolizes the child and also any fruit or produced being.  It represents all living beings that reflect and express the fecundity of The Mother.

Released from Mother Mem, the child Nun, no longer enclosed in the watery amniotic depths, begins the individuation process. While still connected the child no longer cries to its mother for salvation; no more does she depend on another to be complete.

The plunge into the deep, the sacrifice of the ego’s need (required in Mem) has freed us, so that now we can see and finally accept, own, and own up to both our positive and negative characteristics. The soul has become an integrated being in itself.

Having risen with the Lamed and descended into the oceanic depths of the Mem, Nun is the child of two worlds. One face of the image rises up into the waters above (heavens) while the other descends into the waters below. Having been raised up by the Lamed and thrown into dissolution in Mem we incorporate the experience of each. Nun is the soul that dwells within our bodies and outside it in the Eternal realms. In its progress the soul swims between worlds and lifetimes. It is the truth of what we are and what we can become. Nun is the soul completing its work and preparing for its next development. It is the soul learning to surrender, to be true to itself.

Nun is that which is Holy in a person. It is the tiny spark of the Eternal singing in our depths. It is the music. Listen!

The Nun card shares some meaning with the Tarot card, Temperance, since it involves the mingling of opposites. Just as Temperance is preparing an interfusion, which at a later time will be ready for release, Nun joins the ocean of earth and ocean of heaven in its integrative dance.

Reversed: When reversed, it is an indication that we are becoming divided by the temptations and distractions always clamoring for our attention. The Nun card in this position is a warning to not lose focus as we try to integrate the apparently opposite pulls of our life.

We are advised that while mingling our forces is important, there is some danger we may be succumbing to the temptation to dither away our time and energies. The Nun reversed may refer to a tendency for procrastination. Or, it may be an indication that we are allowing ourselves to become engaged with trivial or meaningless pursuits.

This is the time to consider the choices we would make if we were given only a short time to live. For the Nun, as our soul, reminds us that our days are numbered.

           



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8 November 2018 or 30 Heshvan 5779
8  Hod Of Wheels

Essence: We are excited about exploring new interests. As we develop a clear sense of our goals we can focus on expanding our education to that end. We gain the skills we need. We learn from our failures and mistakes as well as our successes.

The Hod (eight) of Wheels represents industry. It is a time of action. We are learning new skills, expanding our knowledge, responsibilities and contacts. This is a time to explore new interests, and for the development and refinement of skills.

We are willing to put forth the hard work and perseverance needed because we understand their importance as we pursue our goals. We also focus on building our skill at networking and the development of our community relationships.

Here, there is an interdependence of goals, skills and interpersonal relations. We recognize and are grateful for the support we receive and for all that has brought us to this moment.

Reversed: When the Hod is reversed, it represents industry carried to excess: overbuilding, overproduction, hoarding and anxiety over resources and our abilities. Here is the workaholic so involved with money, power, or material satisfactions that they neglect all else. Our relationships suffer as a result, as might also our health. Family-, social- and love-life can deteriorate from neglect. It is important to slow down, relax and develop greater trust and better communicationskills.

If we don’t slow down and listen to other people’s needs, interests, and ambitions as well as our own, we risk burning out our associates as well as ourselves.

If we can learn to focus on all aspects of our chosen work or project, we will realize what techniques and interpersonal skills we need to develop or refine. Then we can learn from our failures and mistakes as well as our successes.

It may be we are required to work at networking and developing our community relationships. We become willing to put forth the hard work, compassion and perseverance needed. We understand their importance as we pursue our goals.

 

 

 

 

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7 November 2018 or 29 Heshvan 5779
Prince Of Wands

Essence: A child or childishly impulsive, impatient person who needs to develop receptivity and trust to realize their creative potential. Or it may indicate a serendipitous message or discovery.

The Prince of Wands may announce the arrival of an inspiring or fortunate message. When referring to a person, the Prince of Wands is a scholar: friendly, inquisitive and possibly creative, his impulsiveness, spiritual impatience and his scholarliness keep him off center. In the realm of creativity we need to be receptive rather than pursuant.

It may indicate one who is caught in the impatient acquisitiveness of youth, or it may represent a young person (male or female) who has not yet matured. In this card, his hand is still partially outstretched toward the figure before him. As in the myth of Apollo and Daphne, in chasing and attempting to possess or force Inspiration from Creative Source, he has inadvertently caused it to fly from him. The tree before him has the figure of a woman caught in the action of running from his spiritually acquisitive energy and need to control what is essentially Holy Great Spirit’s bestowal or revelation.

Here his feminine side has not yet been integrated into his consciousness, and therefore he has cut himself off from what he most fervently desires. His mouth is still open from talking rather than listening.

There is hope that this may not be a permanent situation. The branch above his head is still awaiting his notice and attention, if he can stop his overly intellectual approach and tune into his unconscious. He’s called upon to trust the creative energy to be there. Instead of attempting to force it, he can cultivate a little emptiness. Then, the Creative will have room to enter.

Reversed: If the card is reversed, it refers to one who is an energy drain on others, through talking and never listening. It might be indicating someone who has a pompous, overly intellectual approach to life.

This card could also refer to a woman or man who acts too much from the energy of animus, reflecting the androcentric, patriarchal values of our contemporary culture, and who thus freezes his or her own creativity.

 

 

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6 November 2018 or 28 Heshvan 5779
100 ק Quf Back of the Head, Ape, Moon

Essence: Signifying the back of the head, an ape or monkey, Quf begins our return to Wholeness. If we cry out to the Holy One from our dark brokenness, The Holy One then cries out for us. When we face our shadow we can know and heal our darkness and become whole. Rider-Waite Tarot: The Moon

100  ק Quf   Back of the Head,   Ape or Monkey,   Moon

 Quf is the number one hundred. It signifies the back of the head and may also signify a monkey or ape or our primitive undeveloped self. Just as the moon can only reflect the sun but not initiate its own light. As the number one hundred, Quf maintains multiple relationships with both the Infinite one Aleph, and the ifinitely small Yod, ten. It is also symbolic of the moon since the visible moon is always in transition from undeveloped to fullness and back again.

Where the number Aleph, 1, is symbolic of the beginning of expansion into the multiplicity of the macrocosm, and the Yod, 10, expresses an inward, microcosmic journey, Quf, 100, is the beginning of the journey back to the whole holiness of the One. By embracing and integrating our shadow, we begin our journey to wholeness. 

Ayin, 70, our eyes reflect the Holy I and lets us know when and how we can come into awareness, without illusion to see clearly. Tzaddi, 90, is the fishhook by which we fill our vessel with mindfulness so we may share ourselves. Quf, 100, is what we seek and why we come to earth. We learn in Quf to separate the stories, tricks and illusions we tell ourselves from the Truth of our Holy connection.

The head gains its ability for expression from the face, as Quf, more than any other letter, draws its meaning from the letters around it. Alone, it is a blank, and can not be whole. Thus, Quf as in Kadosh becomes Wholeness, Holiness. 

When Quf is joined with Dalet, it becomes separate or set apart in a specific way. If we wish to discern that which is holy from the profane, mind and heart must separate. We learn to distinguish what comes from our heart rather than our mind, and thus make mind serve the heart.

At the darkest hour when we feel abandoned, cut off, in fear and trembling, Quf is the cry for reunification. Only when lost may we be found. Only when we fall, can we be lifted. At a time when there is nothing left but a fragile hope, nothing we can do but pray, Quf is the prayer of the all that is primitive and undeveloped in us calling out from our depths to the Great and Holy. When we who are small, paltry and weak cry out in longing for reunion, our tears open the gates of Heaven. Then, Quf is the Holy One sheltering and reaching down in longing for us to acknowledge, welcome, and receive. Mutual longing unites reciprocal energies so that the small and Great, the high and lowly may come together.

Quf  is the unexplored territory that draws us. As the back of the head, it is symbolic of the grave or tomb, wherein we have shut up what was too frightening or self-disintegrating to face. It is our shadow, that which we own but do not want to acknowledge. Quf is the invitation to know the secret sin with our hopeful prayer for assurance: that even crying out from the grave, our voice is heard. It is the promise of the rainbow. Our brokenness allows us to be made whole, Holy. Quf, reassures us that the Holy One is in the still small voice that prays with us as we pray and that makes the whole world Holy. It is the voice of the heart that draws loved ones together.  Our existence itself is the result of the divine union of opposites. In this way Quf also encompasses the idea of balance.

Quf  shares some meanings with the Rider-Waite Tarotcard, The Moon. For it can be the Shekinah, Feminine Face of God’s dark visage, the dark moon, fear in the night, the severe and bitter Tree of Death and the ancient coldness, crying out that we have cut off our own light—Her own light.    

Reversed: When the Quf is reversed in a reading, it is because we are in danger of cutting ourselves off from the truth of who we are.

The reversal recommends we ask the difficult questions we’ve avoided facing:

“What am I trying to hide?”

“What am I hiding from?”

“What am I ignoring?”

“How am I cut off?”

”What is in danger of destruction?”

“What do I need to face up to?”

The whole of creation, the good and bad, superior, and inferior, dark and light, pure and impure, are one. To ignore or attempt to cut off any aspect is to deny Holiness and, ultimately, to self-destruct.

With Quf reversed, we need to receive and accept the mirror that presents our own dark face: our severity, our mercilessness, our own tree of death, where we close our ears to Truth. In our dark misery, we learn that even with our wealth of gifts we are helpless.

Feeling lost we call out to the Holy One, who loves, and invites us to love, even our imperfection. Even as we call out to God, God calls out to us. Oneness cannot be without us. Together we are lover and beloved.

             

 



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3 November 2018 or 27 Heshvan 5779
30  ל  Lamed   Ox-Goad,   Upraised Arm,   Lightening           

Essence: As an ox-goad or upraised arm, Lamed refers to all that raises and extends to impel an animal. It is related to the idea of lightening and all that lifts us up, eases and elevates us, and to lightning, which by illuminating the darkness, transforms and enlightens us. Rider-Waite Tarot: Strength

The Lamed is the number 30, the symbol of an Ox goad or an arm upraised. It represents all that extends, uplifts or unfolds. Lamed is what impresses or impels the animal to some course or activity.  Because it is upraised, it is related to ideas of elevation and inspiration.  It is the serpent energy in the body, our animal self that can be raised through the center to merge with the Divine. By extension, Lamed also addresses the opportunity to be transformed or to transform others through learning or study. Aware as teacher we are also the student, we can be called upon to teach, charm or inspire, and by so doing raise up that which is down.

The Hebrew word meaning “night,” Lila, is Lamed, also the name of the Angel of the Night. Within the body of the Midrash (stories or interpretations which elaborate on the deeper meanings of incidents in the Bible) it is Lila who educates the soul. She carries the soul throughout the universe, teaching it all it can learn in the months before its emergence into the world as a newborn.

The darkness of the night and the white flame blade of lightning that illuminates and throws everything suddenly into focus, into consciousness are Lamed.           

Lamed had a special relationship to the Vav (6) because together they form magical number 36, the number representing Life eternal. Also, the Lamed Vav, or thirty-six truly righteous and good beings born in every generation. It is said that if even one of these humble, and thus hidden in plain sight, persons were missing, the world would come to an end,

It exemplifies the strength the small must have to balance the great or powerful.  On Chanukah, the darkest night of the year, it is the strength of a single candle flame that by its existence balances the vast darkness. Lamed is the summer rainstorm that refreshes nature and relieves a prolonged state of tension. Like the electrical energy that comes rushing up from the earth, Lamed is the heart singing and healing laughter. We delight in learning through joy, for that which the heart learns, the mind remembers. Finally, Lamed is the fool having the chutzpah to talk back to the Eternal One, and the miracle of the Eternal One listening.

The card Lamed shares some meaning with the Rider-Waite Tarot’sStrength card.

This is a spiritual strength, a triumph of intelligence over brutality. It is not the strength that vanquishes or eradicates the opposition. Instead, it is the strength that integrates opposites and maintains balance in both the personal and universal realms. It is about gaining a new perspective. For like the lightning, Lamed is the sudden illumination that brings understanding and enlightenment.

Reversed: When the message of Lamed is reversed, it means that we are too stale and weighty. Time to stop feeling helpless or pessimistic. Time to lift off our heavy stones of guilt. We need to forgive ourselves and others as we realize that the weight of blame, hurt, anger or resentment crushes our lives. The time for awakening, to become enlightened by a fresh perspective is now!

 

 

 

 

 

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4 November 2018 or 26 Heshvan 5779
2 ב בּ Bet House, Womb, Great Grand Mother

Essence:  Held and protected, Bet is “house” or “womb,” our home before we emerge into the world. Bet may be empty, receptive, longing to be filled; or it may be full, as we begin to experience the creation and expansive movement and mystery of developing new life. Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priestess.

 Bet is the numeral 2, meaning “house” or “womb.” It is that place wherein we are held and protected; our dwelling, before we emerge to face the world. Bet is the number two and the first double letter. Bet without the Dagesh (signifying dot) is the empty house, the home waiting for your return, a blessing waiting for the receptive spirit. Bet is first the womb empty, longing to be filled. Bet is the beginning of creation and so Holy One creates Duality as out of that longing Bet creates the first spark of existence; the first blessing. Thus, Bet is blessing and the beginning of structure or order, the beginning of creation. The world is created through Bet.  It is inspiration and expansive movement. Bet is that which precedes our entrance. It is the womb that protects, nurtures and prepares us for entrance into the world. Bet is new, virginal. Bet is the potential of chaos containing the seed of order. And so, with the Dagesh, Bet is a womb containing a child.

In Bet, the undifferentiated I Am of Aleph forms itself into the Goddess; Her womb first empty, then full of life. Thus with Bet out of the One, duality is created. 

Within her womb forms the first duality, the first fruits: the first rain, the first-born girl, first-born boy. She is a Goddess of wisdom and fertility. In a reading, the Bet card refers to the longing for wisdom through and because of which we begin to create our selves. Bet also speaks of the internal growth necessary before the external can exist. Because Bet is also Binah, (3rd Sefirot, Understanding) it is a card of understanding and scholarship, of guidance and spiritual nourishment. Bet is the Spirit of the Womb of Creation, the loving home which sustains us when we go out and welcomes us in when we return.

Because of its feminine implication, Bet is symbolically similar to the High Priestess in the Tarot, for Bet is the Virgin Goddess, who, out of longing for a mirror reflection, creates the Other.

Reversed:If the Bet card is reversed, it’s about being empty, as in vacant, uncultivated or unfulfilled. The reversal may indicate that we’ve neglected or wasted our blessings or potential. This card can indicate isolation, loneliness or emptiness that does not invite an entrance. It may refer to a house without love. Bet reversed may indicate our cup is so filled with longing there’s no room for what we long for to enter. So have a good cry and self-pity fest. It’s okay. Sometimes we need that. It’s just there’s no life, or potential for life in there.  Then, think.

 We’re reminded that this moment is everything. It is all we have. If I think what I have now is all I’ll ever have, my only choice is to be happy or miserable. When we bless our moment, choose to be happy or satisfied, whatever our circumstances, our cup, no longer filled with longing, may then find true fulfillment.



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3 November 2018 or 25 Heshvan 5779
30  ל  Lamed   Ox-Goad,   Upraised Arm,   Lightening           

Essence: As an ox-goad or upraised arm, Lamed refers to all that raises and extends to impel an animal. It is related to the idea of lightening and all that lifts us up, eases and elevates us, and to lightning, which by illuminating the darkness, transforms and enlightens us.  Rider-Waite Tarot: Strength

The Lamed is the number 30, the symbol of an Ox goad or an arm upraised. It represents all that extends, uplifts or unfolds. Lamed is what impresses or impels the animal to some course or activity.  Because it is upraised, it is related to ideas of elevation and inspiration.  It is the serpent energy in the body, our animal self that can be raised through the center to merge with the Divine. By extension, Lamed also addresses the opportunity to be transformed or to transform others through learning or study. Aware as teacher we are also the student, we can be called upon to teach, charm or inspire, and by so doing raise up that which is down.

The Hebrew word meaning “night,” Lila, is Lamed, also the name of the Angel of the Night. Within the body of the Midrash (stories or interpretations which elaborate on the deeper meanings of incidents in the Bible) it is Lila who educates the soul. She carries the soul throughout the universe, teaching it all it can learn in the months before its emergence into the world as a newborn.

The darkness of the night and the white flame blade of lightning that illuminates and throws everything suddenly into focus, into consciousness are Lamed.           

Lamed had a special relationship to the Vav (6) because together they form magical number 36, the number representing Life eternal. Also, the Lamed Vav, or thirty-six truly righteous and good beings born in every generation. It is said that if even one of these humble, and thus hidden in plain sight, persons were missing, the world would come to an end,

It exemplifies the strength the small must have to balance the great or powerful.  On Chanukah, the darkest night of the year, it is the strength of a single candle flame that by its existence balances the vast darkness. Lamed is the summer rainstorm that refreshes nature and relieves a prolonged state of tension. Like the electrical energy that comes rushing up from the earth, Lamed is the heart singing and healing laughter. We delight in learning through joy, for that which the heart learns, the mind remembers. Finally, Lamed is the fool having the chutzpah to talk back to the Eternal One, and the miracle of the Eternal One listening.

The card Lamed shares some meaning with the Rider-Waite Tarot’sStrength card.

This is a spiritual strength, a triumph of intelligence over brutality. It is not the strength that vanquishes or eradicates the opposition. Instead, it is the strength that integrates opposites and maintains balance in both the personal and universal realms. It is about gaining a new perspective. For like the lightning, Lamed is the sudden illumination that brings understanding and enlightenment.

Reversed: When the message of Lamed is reversed, it means that we are too stale and weighty. Time to stop feeling helpless or pessimistic. Time to lift off our heavy stones of guilt. We need to forgive ourselves and others as we realize that the weight of blame, hurt, anger or resentment crushes our lives. The time for awakening, to become enlightened by a fresh perspective is now!



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2 November 2018 or 24 Heshvan 5779
Prince Of Cups

Essence: A masculine archetype of a romantic, humorous and charming youth, who is handsome, poetic, understanding and sensitive. This card may also refer to the arrival of a message of an emotional nature.

The Prince of Cups can symbolize communication concerning a love relationship.  It might also indicate the search for a passion or that this is a time of emotional growth and experimentation. Allowing ourselves to risk some emotional vulnerability is necessary for growth. It may be time to follow our heart, rather than head, to trust in the absolutely irrational power of love.

The archetype of the Prince of Cups can represent a romantic young man: handsome, poetic, understanding and sensitive. He is a humorous and charming person. The soft dove-shaped beret he wears connects him to the Mother. With a seductive smile he offers a cup of sparkling wine to the person he desires. It is through offering himself that he finds the support he needs.

The ability to give himself wholeheartedly to any endeavor is his greatest strength and virtue. He can be a considerate and tender lover, brave and protective of his home and family. Like a rushing springtime river, his energy propels him, carrying others along with his intuitive leadership and enthusiastic momentum. It is therefore most important for this youth to remember to remain considerate of others. Even in his exuberance he must be careful not to lose touch with ethical values in the pursuit of his goals.

Reversed: If the card is reversed, it may indicate a danger of throwing ourselves away or wasting energy on unworthy pursuits or people. It may be a warning against our selfish impulses and behavior or that of a friend or lover.

Reversed, the Prince may be hypocritical, giving only the appearance of positive aspects. Actually he is a seducer in the worst sense, for his own ends or ego.

He may need to develop circumspection and patience so that he does not throw himself away on unworthy people or pursuits. He may be manipulative of the emotions of others, a dance-away lover, full of hollow promises, irresponsible in his emotional treatment of others. Thus, this card reversed may indicate a need to wait and look carefully before being swept away by another’s enthusiastic energy.

 

 



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1 November 2018 or 23 Heshvan 5779
King Of Wands

Essence: Creative and spiritual, he’s a dreamer. A truly independent spirit, he can be a good husband, but his freedom is paramount. Being receptive, empathic and playful, the King is able to inspire the young and can be good father, teacher and partner.

The King of Wands is a man who, like the Queen, is connected with the creative. The flaming wand grows up beside him. King of the Wood, he is the King of green branches in the warmth of the sun, one with the creative abundance of the summer, laughing and playful. The king is a truly independent spirit whose freedom comes from his connection to Source. He has an enormous capacity for creative work. He is one whose masculine energy manifests as a dreamer who can channel the animating fire, represented by his salamander, that unites all life in the co-creating. This is a man who can be sympathetic and even motherly, for he is so receptive to the Feminine aspect. He is trustworthy, and honest, a good friend and father. His male and female aspects are welded into one, so her understands, teaches, sympathizes with, and inspires the young. The King of Wands is never mean, petty or manipulative. He is proud but not usually prideful. He is a magician, although not necessarily the kind that does tricks. His magic is the artistic manifestation of his creative channeling. He may be a religious leader or a spiritual person.

Reversed: When the card is reversed, it may indicate insensitivity to the feelings of others. Because he can become so involved in his creative endeavors, he can shut out his own physical needs as well as the physical or emotional needs of others. He can be impractical, someone with his head in the clouds.He can be unpredictable but never boring. Since money is not of any particular importance, he may or may not have very much, although there’s usually enough to get by.

As a potential partner it’s important to know he views financial security or any other security as illusory. This belief, which can appear as stinginess, may make him insecure about resources. Or he may seem reluctant to make a concrete commitment, since in his philosophy, change is the only thing he knows can be counted on.

 

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31 October 2018 or 22 Heshvan 5779
3 Binah Of Cups

Essence: The process of falling in love, or reawakening our love again for the world, our life, our purpose, a beloved, or a friend. Euphoria, joy and a sense of discovery fills our heart. This is an exciting magical time of closeness, shared growth and gratitude.

The Binah (three) of Cups contains the process of falling in love. It energizes all aspects of our life bringing forth feelings of intense euphoria, joy, and harmony. We share our dreams and life stories. There is a feeling of having discovered a place where we can express our whole selves, someone we can really talk to. We experience an intense drive to be fused with the object of our love. Now that we have finally discovered our perfect place or soul mate, even the most mundane things, when done together, take on a magical and wondrous quality. This is a time of sharing growth on many levels, of deep communication and communion. Although by necessity this heightened state is temporary, it nevertheless can form the foundation for dedication to our life’s true passion, and to love and a lasting relationship.

It often involves the discovery of the anima or animus in the other. Those repressed, neglected or latent qualities, which we may not yet but need to see in our selves, are enlivened and revealed. This is a wonderful time for learning and expanding awareness of our potential.

The Binah of Cups may also represent a time in an established relationship when both parties suddenly look at each other with new eyes, and their appreciation and love’s original intensity is rekindled. It is these moments that nourish even longstanding relationships. It may be that after a time of taking them for granted, we are awakened again to the value and importance of our longstanding friendships.

This might simply describe our awakening to those moments that nourish and enlighten any aspect of our life and life’s work.The passion and dedication we feel for our chosen path, although not romantic, can also be imbued with the transformative magic which makes it as necessary, vital and important as a personal relationship.

Reversed: When reversed, this cardmay indicate a one-sided orimbalanced love where one person loves more than the other. Or it might indicate unrequited love.

It could be a signal or caution that, just as a student who believes her teacher, when he looks toward her side of the room, is making eyes just at her, we are indulging in a one-sided or delusional projection.

The Binah reversed can serve as a warning against the delusional belief that we can make or force the object of our desire to fall in love with us. Such delusions create a dangerous, or at the very least an unfulfilling situation.

When we examine our projections and reclaim them as our own we learn much from this experience. In reclaiming our projections and realizing that the beauty and gifts we see in the other are actually our own, we free ourselves and take back our power.

 

 

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30 October 2018 or 21 Heshvan
Princess Of Cups

Essence: The new moon. A usually feminine archetype of a joyful, curious, romantic person. One who is affectionate and open hearted, youthful, loving and lovable. Although moody the moods don’t usually last long. When not referring to an actual person she represents our need to express and share love, heartfelt joy, playfulness and enjoyment of life and the pleasures of the sensual world.

Beneath her crescent crown is the warm and slightly mischievous smile of a younger sister who offers a cup of sparkling wine, balanced delicately and effortlessly between her fingers. This archetype encompasses the romantic, playful, curious nature and innocent vulnerability of youth.

When the Princess appears in our life the energy she represents is that of a bubbly, affectionate, open-hearted, generous and inviting person–loving and lovable. Her vitality, like a clear stream, reveals the shimmering depths of her soul. This has given her an optimistic and trusting nature. Generosity of spirit and wholeheartedness bring support for all endeavors. She is open about her feelings, and trustworthy. Usually cheerful, her angry or melancholy moods rarely last. She is beloved, sensuous and delighted by life.

When someone is reflecting this archetype they’re one whose life has been like a brook traversing a countryside filled with fields and wildflowers, woods and gentle hills. We may find the depths of innate wisdom and creativity are benefited when we join together with inspiring friends, where the learning and teaching are reciprocal,or by seeking the guidance of a wise guide or teacher who, like a riverbed, can hold and guide our energy.

The Princess card when not referring to an actual person can represent the new moon, awakening of love, our need to express and share love, heartfelt joy, playfulness and enjoyment of life and the pleasures of the sensual world.

Reversed: When reversed, The Princess can be easily distracted or careless. Especially when she is swept up with enthusiastic enjoyment she may lose sight of the ground and her footing.

There is some danger that our energy will slowly dissipate into selfish complacency and emotional immaturity. This may be a warning concerning a tendency to stagnate.

This archetype may also indicate a shallow and self-indulgent young person or woman who uses her feminine wiles to manipulate others in order to further her own ends and ambitions. It may be a woman or a girl who uses the appearance of innocence to her own advantage. Finally, both this card and the Prince of Cups can represent our internal anima or animus, and the necessity of bringing these spontaneous internal manifestations of the self into the light of consciousness. They may operate in their most creative aspects, rather than their most destructive.

 

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29 October 2018 or 20 Heshvan 5779
2  Hokhmah Two Of Wheels

Essence: Dissatisfaction with the status quo impels our creative efforts in pursuit of our goals. Desire for what we feel is missing in our material world, be it property, status, a child or connection to a person or persons.

The Hokhmah, (two) of Wheels represents a sense of lack, creating the desire for material fulfillment. We experience a need for money, status, a child, love, a home, or property—whatever it is in the material world we consider our self to be separated from.

Motivated by a sense of unfinished business or a feeling of lack, we seek fulfillment for some missing area of our lives. The Hokhmah may also be indicative of our yearning for a nonspecific object, something missing or something more, that now needs to be articulated so that we may discover and receive the satisfaction we crave.

Feeling complete yet unfulfilled without the object or success we desire can be a useful prod. It may stimulate us to realize that we actually have the potential for attaining our goals. We discover resources we never knew we had. We find we have the ability to delay immediate gratification, commit to a goal, and be willing to work toward the fulfillment of our ambitions.

Reversed: The Hokhmah reversed can indicate that, because of the addictive nature of desire, we have become greedy. It may well be that even when our goal is reached or desired object obtained, it is merely traded for a new one.

It is possible that this reversal is a suggestion we need to cultivate our ability to be satisfied. We also are encouraged to examine more critically the nature of ourdesires.

When the Hokhmah is reversed our feelings of lack and need are almost overwhelming. We may have all our hopes and dreams pinned to something which even when attained will almost certainly not live up to our fantasy. Our yearning for an idealized object, goal or future can so overshadow what we already have as to render us blind to wealth we already possess.

 

 

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28 October 2018 or 19 Heshvan 5779
7 Netzach Of Wheels

Essence: Now we turn our attention inward. Although material satisfaction is still important, we focus more of our energy on living a meaningful life. Our allowing of others to support us relinquishes our need to be controlling. We can trust in others’ abilities as well as our own.

The Netzach (seven) of Wheels represents a time when we are removed from the world of material fulfillment. Although the means for obtaining material satisfactions are available, we are no longer driven by other-directed ideas of success. We have an understanding of unnecessarily fearful visions of failure and of the pointlessness of striving after culturally defined illusions of success. Our values and attention are focused inward. We live beyond the realm of superficial concerns. We are no longer driven by shallow desires nor obsessed with outwardly directed symbols of security or status. The process of discovering security in the depths of the Greater Self becomes our main focus.

To set aside our false pride, let our vulnerability show and ask directly for what we need, we give others the benefit of being able to share their gifts and take care of us. As our ego releases our need to control others, we can appreciate others’ abilities and skills. We realize that each has their own unique perspective and contribution that may enrich the whole.

Reversed: When Netzach is reversed, we need to ask, “Am I trying to make others second guess me rather than asking directly for what I need?”

The Netzach upside-down can be an indication that we, or someone close, is being lazy and egocentric. We might explore whether our desire to share responsibility reflects a reluctance to complete an unpleasant task.

We may behave in a childish way to feed our need for power, trying to manipulate others to do for us as a means of control. Conversely, someone close to us may be trying to manipulate or control us in this same way.

There is a tendency toward parasitic behavior on our or someone else’s part. We, or someone close to us, may be using ill health or physical weakness to avoid responsibility or to manipulate the other person.

This reversal can also represent a failure to take responsibility for spiritual, emotional or material relationships.

When we are honest with ourselves we not only benefit ourselves, we are also support our relationships and business interests.

 

 

 

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27 October 2018 or 18 Heshvan 5779
10  Malkhut Of Swords

Essence: Thought’s ability to solve our life problems has carried us as far as it can. Now our cool intellect merges with the warmth of the heart, becoming compassion, true wisdom and love.

The Malkhut (ten) of Swords is the end of thought. Thinking has reached its limit: the revelation that thought alone has not and cannot bring us the answers we seek. Those things which thinking has created have at best, solved only issues of communication, or pragmatic and technological problems. We learn that only when the lightning of thought merges with the deep ground of our heart can it become true intelligence, compassion and love. Thought now must come to rest before it can evolve to love. Love is ever changing: a vital, spontaneous, complete and responsible involvement with another.

At the height of our thinking ability we become self-directed, exercising conscious wariness that alerts us to our habitual thought processes. Detecting and naming the thoughts that chain us to our destructive emotions—paranoia, hatred, obsession, and envy—enables us now to detach. We are now willing to sacrifice our illusions and become mindful of our conditioning. Increasing consciousness can help us become free from enslavement. As we release those negative mental habits that lie at the root of all duality, sadness and fear, we begin to recognize our connection to ALL. We are awakening on the fertile ground of our immediate and perpetually changing truth.

Reversed: When the Malkhut of Swords is reversed, our energy is not grounded. The Swords point down becoming a sharp rain descending to cut our imagined reality to ribbons. All we have clung to for security is shredded. The ground beneath our feet has shifted. We fear that mental anguish, death, ruin, sorrow, grief, fear or misfortune, are upon us. And they may be.

If this is the case, we can grow through this bad time by recognizing we may call upon resources other than thought to restructure our reality.

We need to remind ourselves that the one thing we can be certain of is change. Everything changes and so we gain the strength we need by focusing on our breath and on remaining present in the moment.

Or, we may choose to put off thinking about or dealing with a fear inspiring issue. Now we can safely allow ourselves to think about or deal with it at another time. We can remind ourselves that tomorrow is another day.

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26 October 2018 or 17 Heshvan5779
3 Binah Of Swords

Essence: Indecision, worry or frustration traps us in an endlessly repeating pattern of negative thoughts. We are anxious and can obsess over fearful imaginings. We need to examine our assumptions and possible areas of self-deception.

The Binah (three) of Swords represents a time when our thinking is circular. Indecision turns to worry, to anger, to increased anxiety and obsessive thinking. Unable to break free of a fixed thought pattern we feel frustrated and trapped. This becomes yet another obsessive thought pattern.

Our rationalizations appear true. Self-deception or worries only dig our rut deeper. The problem requires we open ourselves to additional ways to understand reality. Sometimes thinking is not the only way to solve a problem. Here, the Binah reminds us that sometimes we can’t think our way out of a situation or solve our problems. In that case, it may be wise to invite advice from a trusted friend or counselor, or to turn to books or other sources for help.

This is when we need to ask ourselves, ”What other way can this problem be approached?

“Would even an arbitrary or spontaneous action help bring more options to light?”

“What are my feelings and emotions?”  

“What intuitive sense or aid can I turn to, or trust?” 

TheBinahof Swords may be inviting us to go into our fears instead of denying them, so we can finally see through them to the truth of the situation.

Reversed: When The Binah of Swords is reversed, the way out is harder. We may be in danger of drowning in self-hate or self-pity.

 It may also indicate our focus is too outwardly directed and caught in the externals of the situation.

The Binahof Swords reversed can indicate there is an urgent need and benefit to be gained from seeking guidance from outside inspirational or emotional sources. It’s strongly recommended we look to someone who can lead us to deeper awareness where we can explore our own inner wisdom, or introduce us to more profound sources of knowledge that can help us break out of fixed, obsessive or habitual thought patterns.

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25 October 2018 or 16 Heshvan 5779
2  Hokhmah Two Of Wheels

Essence: Dissatisfaction with the status quo impels our creative efforts in pursuit of our goals. Desire for what we feel is missing in our material world, be it property, status, a child or connection to a person or persons.

The Hokhmah, (two) of Wheels represents a sense of lack, creating the desire for material fulfillment. We experience a need for money, status, a child, love, a home, or property—whatever it is in the material world we consider our self to be separated from.

Motivated by a sense of unfinished business or a feeling of lack, we seek fulfillment for some missing area of our lives. The Hokhmah may also be indicative of our yearning for a nonspecific object, something missing or something more, that now needs to be articulated so that we may discover and receive the satisfaction we crave.

Feeling complete yet unfulfilled without the object or success we desire can be a useful prod. It may stimulate us to realize that we actually have the potential for attaining our goals. We discover resources we never knew we had. We find we have the ability to delay immediate gratification, commit to a goal, and be willing to work toward the fulfillment of our ambitions.

Reversed: The Hokhmah reversed can indicate that, because of the addictive nature of desire, we have become greedy. It may well be that even when our goal is reached or desired object obtained, it is merely traded for a new one.

It is possible that this reversal is a suggestion we need to cultivate our ability to be satisfied. We also are encouraged to examine more critically the nature of ourdesires.

When the Hokhmah is reversed our feelings of lack and need are almost overwhelming. We may have all our hopes and dreams pinned to something which even when attained will almost certainly not live up to our fantasy. Our yearning for an idealized object, goal or future can so overshadow what we already have as to render us blind to wealth we already possess.

 

 

 

 

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24 October 2018 or 15 Heshvan 5779
2 ב בּ Bet House, Womb, Great Grand Mother

Essence:  Held and protected, Bet is “house” or “womb,” our home before we emerge into the world. Bet may be empty, receptive, longing to be filled; or it may be full, as we begin to experience the creation and expansive movement and mystery of developing new life.  Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priestess.

 Bet is the numeral 2, meaning “house” or “womb.” It is that place wherein we are held and protected; our dwelling, before we emerge to face the world. Bet is the number two and the first double letter. Bet without the Dagesh (signifying dot) is the empty house, the home waiting for your return, a blessing waiting for the receptive spirit. Bet is first the womb empty, longing to befilled. Bet is the beginning of creation and so Holy One creates Duality as out of that longing Bet creates the first spark of existence; the first blessing. Thus, Bet is blessing and the beginning of structure or order, the beginning of creation. The world is created through Bet.  It is inspiration and expansive movement. Bet is that which precedes our entrance. It is the womb that protects, nurtures and prepares us for entrance into the world. Bet is new, virginal. Bet is the potential of chaos containing the seed of order. And so, with the Dagesh, Bet is a womb containing a child.

In Bet, the undifferentiated I Am of Aleph forms itself into the Goddess; Her womb first empty, then full of life. Thus with Bet out of the One, duality is created. 

Because of its feminine implication, Bet is symbolically similar to the High Priestess in the Tarot, for Bet is the Virgin Goddess, who, out of longing for a mirror reflection, creates the Other. Within her womb forms the first duality, the first fruits: the first rain, the first-born girl, first-born boy. She is a Goddess of wisdom and fertility. In a reading, the Bet card refers to the longing for wisdom through and because of which we begin to create our selves. Bet also speaks of the internal growth necessary before the external can exist. Because Bet is also Binah, (3rd Sefirot, Understanding) it is a card of understanding and scholarship, of guidance and spiritual nourishment. Bet is the Spirit of the Womb of Creation, the loving home which sustains us when we go out and welcomes us in when we return.

Reversed: If the Bet card is reversed, it’s about being empty, as in vacant, uncultivated or unfulfilled. The reversal may indicate that we’ve neglected or wasted our blessings or potential. This card can indicate isolation, loneliness or emptiness that does not invite an entrance. It may refer to a house without love. Bet reversed may indicate our cup is so filled with longing there’s no room for what we long for to enter. So have a good cry and self-pity fest. It’s okay. Sometimes we need that. It’s just there’s no life, or potential for life in there.  Then, think. 

 We’re reminded that this moment is everything. It is all we have. If I think what I have now is all I’ll ever have, my only choice is to be happy or miserable. When we bless our moment, choose to be happy or satisfied, whatever our circumstances, our cup, no longer filled with longing, may then find true fulfillment.



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23 October 2018 or 14 Heshvan 5779
5  Gevurah Of Cups

Essence: We come back to our selves. The challenge or demands of the project or relationship become clear. We realize we are still individuals. Our own needs and sense of self forces us to emerge from absorption in the relationship’s cocoon and grow.

The Gevurah (five) of Cups refers to a time of emotional contraction. Having given ourselves away, we now take ourselves back. Suddenly we find ourselves in the opposite position from our Binah, longing for togetherness. Now our desire is to contract and assert our separateness. We no longer want to be absorbed in another and look instead at our differences. It may be that the very thing we loved in the other shows its annoying side. The free spirit we married seems irresponsible. That responsible and prudent person is suddenly seen as uptight and overly controlled or controlling.

Where in the Hesed of Cups we said, “I love you completely; take all of me; I want to satisfy your every need,” we now say, “Prove you love me; I also have needs; give me some space.” 

In the Gevurah of Cups we experience the karma of having been taken for granted, or of ourself taking the beloved for granted. Stereotypical and habitual ways of seeing and relating to each other becomes a source of growing discomfort.  We no longer see one another as we are, but feel confined in our beloved’s stagnant vision. Unless we recognize each other’s continually evolving selves, we risk the relationship exploding in our faces.

The Gevurah of Cups looks like a rocket or firecracker, and so it is. If used well, this explosive energy can light up the dark sky of illusion and by its light reveal new areas for communication, growth and awareness.

This is a time of struggle between polarities. Because we have contracted to take back ourselves, we are now suddenly offered the opportunity to see each other more clearly.

Reversed: When the Gevurah of Cups is reversed, it may point to a time when the truth of who the individuals in the relationship really are, is revealed. In the light, all we have kept secret or hidden shows itself.  This may be too difficult for the relationship to bear.

An extreme example might be that our mate who had been easily jealous and controlling suddenly turns scary or abusive. An overly solicitous mate suddenly reveals that theynever loved us, or has found someone new and are now leaving. Or, we discover our partner has a hidden and therefore unrecognized addiction. 

At any rate, the reversed Gevurah of Cups can indicate a severe lack of communication. This may either spell the end of the relationship or a huge opportunity for growth and healing. When the masks come off, we can learn to really love.  

 

 



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22 October 2018 or 13 Heshvan 5779
Prince Of Wheels

Essence: A sensuous youth or one who is just young at heart. He or she may be a student: successful, free-spirited, athletic, and friendly. This person may be a good lover because of a sensuous nature and the pleasure they derive from giving pleasure to others.

When referring to a person, The Prince of Wheelsis friendly and down to earth. When not referring to an individual known to the Querent, the card may indicate the arrival of a stranger, male or female, who can be of help to the Querent in some important and practical way. She can be a successful and powerful businesswoman or a teacher with a youthful outlook and the ability to inspire others with her ideas and, sometimes, her playful energy. This card might also refer to a student, or to one starting out on a journey or quest. He or she, is intelligent and sympathetic, a sensuous, pleasure-loving person whose ability to share their physical delight in life may make them a good lover.

The Prince of Wheels is open and honest and can be a loyal friend, loves animals and children, and can be a lot of fun to be with. He can be a helpful employee or co-worker. His advice is often both practical and relevant to the situation at hand.

He can be a creative and spontaneous person, yet his feet are always firmly planted in reality.

Reversed: When reversed, this person can be hard to know or secretive. It may be a source of frustration when we attempt to get to any emotional depth. The reversed Prince can represent the type of person who appears to be open and warm with great potential for relationship, but who is actually somewhat remote and evasive when we get too close.

 

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21 October 2018 or 12 Heshvan 5779
8  Hod Of Cups

Essence: Following rest and reflection, we welcome the new elements introduced into our relationship, though we again must face unexpected demands, stresses and frustrations that push us to grow and adapt to new challenges. 

The Hod (eight) of Cups represents the reverberation from the idyll of the Netzach (seven) of Cups. The child has been born. The parents or partners discover that the mutual nurturing of the product of their relationship is its own product and demands work. 

The stress of parenthood, the unexpected differences in parenting styles and values, differing emotional and/or physical energy levels: all of these put new and more complex demands on the partners. There is a call for increased communication, compromise, emotional and physical commitment.

This is a time of conflict and even rage we never thought we had, a time of growth as we again struggle to learn how to resolve differences and preserve our self as well as our relationship. This can be difficult and often frustrating. As we are pushed beyond what we thought were our limits we discover capacities for love, understanding, compassion and a level of patience and forgiveness we never imagined we had. 

The Hod of Cups also pertains to the struggles any effective group goes through. It reflects the necessary, and often painful lessons we must absorb as we learn to handle our emotional responsibilities to the group.

Reversed:  When the Hod of Cups is reversed, we may be attempting to escape from conflict or avoid communication by internalizing anger, sorrow, disappointment or frustration.  It may be that some of the feelings we are experiencing seem somehow unacceptable or go against the image we like to have of’ ourselves. We try not to see them. It is important to realize that ignoring feelings does not make them go away. 

We must ask ourselves, “What am I trying to hide from myself’?”

“What am I afraid of seeing?”

“Why am I afraid to communicate with my partner?” 

If this state of withheld communication continues, it can be damaging to us as well as to any of our relationships.

 

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20 Octobwe 2018 or 11 Heshvan 5779
Prince Of Wands

Essence: A child or childishly impulsive, impatient person who needs to develop receptivity and trust to realize their creative potential. Or it may indicate a serendipitous message or discovery.

The Prince of Wands may announce the arrival of an inspiring or fortunatemessage. When referring to a person, the Prince of Wands is a scholar: friendly, inquisitive and possibly creative, his impulsiveness, spiritual impatience and his scholarliness keep him off center. In the realm of creativity we need to be receptive rather than pursuant.

It may indicate one who is caught in the impatient acquisitiveness of youth, or it may represent a young person (male or female) who has not yet matured. In this card, his hand is still partially outstretched toward the figure before him. As in the myth of Apollo and Daphne, in chasing and attempting to possess or force Inspiration from Creative Source, he has inadvertently caused it to fly from him. The tree before him has the figure of a woman caught in the action of running from his spiritually acquisitive energy and need to control what is essentially Holy Great Spirit’sbestowal or revelation.

Here his feminine side has not yet been integrated into his consciousness, and therefore he has cut himself off from what he most fervently desires. His mouth is still open from talking rather than listening.

There is hope that this may not be a permanent situation. The branch above his head is still awaiting his notice and attention, if he can stop his overly intellectual approach and tune into his unconscious. He’s called upon to trust the creative energy to be there. Instead of attempting to force it, he can cultivate a little emptiness. Then, the Creative will have room to enter.

Reversed: If the card is reversed, it refers to one who is an energy drain on others, through talking and never listening. It might be indicating someone who has a pompous, overly intellectual approach to life.

This card could also refer to a woman or man who acts too much from the energy of animus, reflecting the androcentric, patriarchal values of our contemporary culture, and who thus freezes his or her own creativity.



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19 October 2018 or 10 Heshvan 5779
6 ו וּ Vav Peg, Nail

Essence:  Vav represents a nail or link to join separate parts as we build. In building relationships Vav is to meet and through sharing our depths, to be truly known. It is the penis linking one body to another, and the child who links us to the future. Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priest / Pope           

Vav, the number 6, derives from a symbol representing a peg, hook, nail, or link.  When we need to build something, it is to assemble, to nail down, to put together. Vav is to meet, to share ourselves, to be known.

As a means of connection, Vav is the element with which we join the sometimes disparate elements of our lives.  It is the way we link our lives with others.  Vav is the penis, which links one body to another, and the child who connects us to the future.

While the Heh represents the individual still deeply immersed in relationship with Shekinah, the Feminine Presence, Vav is representative of the method by which this connection is accomplished. It describes that solid yet available Presence which links the otherwise opposite worlds of the Divine consorts.

We recognize now that we are each unique yet can work together, because Vav is also to engage in discussion and to compromise. Most important, when we confess, bringing to light the truth where there has been a lie, Vavis how, by so doing, we join ourselves to another. Through revealing our inner darkness and bringing it into the light of relationship, we allow ourselves to be fully known. It’s about the need for self-acceptance and for accepting others for their unique selves. When we connect we become whole. SoVav can bring high and low together, linking heaven to earth, for to know our full selves is to know God.

The Vav card can be compared to the Rider-Waite TarotHigh Priest, in that both archetypes address themselves to the ways in which we link ourselves to God.

Reversed: If the Vav card is reversed, it speaks of the need to confess that which we might rather not reveal.  It speaks of shame which keeps us from being fully present and connected to others and even life itself.

When reversed this card reminds us of our lack of compassion and conversely the necessity of developing greater compassion for others and especially ourselves.

In reversal the Vav may refer to a tendency to give away our power or shut off our ability for discernment so that others are able to shame us. By so doing, we may give away our authority, as we are wrongly led to believe that only they can create the connection, instead of trusting our own ability to do it ourselves.

Conversely, Vav reversed may be warning us to not allow our sense of connection to the Highest, to God, result in our becoming lost in the fog where delusions of grandeur lead us to stop listening to the Other, as we believe our ideas and in extreme cases, even our bodies are infallible. 

 

     

 

 

 

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18 October 2018 or 9 Heshvan 5778
7 Netzach Of Wheels

Essence: Now we turn our attention inward. Although material satisfaction is still important, we focus more of our energy on living a meaningful life. Our allowing of others to support us relinquishes our need to be controlling. We can trust in others’ abilities as well as our own.

The Netzach (seven) of Wheels represents a time when we are removed from the world of material fulfillment. Although the means for obtaining material satisfactions are available, we are no longer driven by other-directed ideas of success. We have an understanding of unnecessarily fearful visions of failure and of the pointlessness of striving after culturally defined illusions of success. Our values and attention are focused inward. We live beyond the realm of superficial concerns. We are no longer driven by shallow desires nor obsessed with outwardly directed symbols of security or status. The process of discovering security in the depths of the Greater Self becomes our main focus.

To set aside our false pride, let our vulnerability show and ask directly for what we need, we give others the benefit of being able to share their gifts and take care of us. As our ego releases our need to control others, we can appreciate others’ abilities and skills. We realize that each has their own unique perspective and contribution that may enrich the whole.

Reversed: When Netzach is reversed, we need to ask, “Am I trying to make others second guess me rather than asking directly for what I need?”

The Netzach upside-down can be an indication that we, or someone close, is being lazy and egocentric. We might explore whether our desire to share responsibility reflects a reluctance to complete an unpleasant task.

We may behave in a childish way to feed our need for power, trying to manipulate others to do for us as a means of control. Conversely, someone close to us may be trying to manipulate or control us in this same way.

There is a tendency toward parasitic behavior on our or someone else’s part. We, or someone close to us, may be using ill health or physical weakness to avoid responsibility or to manipulate the other person.

This reversal can also represent a failure to take responsibility for spiritual, emotional or material relationships.

When we are honest with ourselves we not only benefit ourselves, we are also support our relationships and business interests.

 

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17 October 2018 or 8 Heshvan 5778
2 ב בּ Bet House, Womb, Great Grand Mother

Essence:  Held and protected, Bet is “house” or “womb,” our home before we emerge into the world. Bet may be empty, receptive, longing to be filled; or it may be full, as we begin to experience the creation and expansive movement and mystery of developing new life. Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priestess.

Bet is the numeral 2, meaning “house” or “womb.” It is that place wherein we are held and protected; our dwelling, before we emerge to face the world. Bet is the number two and the first double letter. Bet without the Dagesh (signifying dot) is the empty house, the home waiting for your return, a blessing waiting for the receptive spirit. Bet is first the womb empty, longing to be filled. Bet is the beginning of creation and so Holy One creates Duality as out of that longing Bet creates the first spark of existence; the first blessing. Thus, Bet is blessing and the beginning of structure or order, the beginning of creation. The world is created through Bet.  It is inspiration and expansive movement. Betis that which precedes our entrance. It is the womb that protects, nurtures and prepares us for entrance into the world. Bet is new, virginal. Bet is the potential of chaos containing the seed of order. And so, with the Dagesh, Bet is a womb containing a child.

In Bet, the undifferentiated I Am of Aleph forms itself into the Goddess; Her womb first empty, then full of life. Thus with Bet out of the One, duality is created. 

Because of its feminine implication, Bet is symbolically similar to the High Priestess in the Tarot, for Bet is the Virgin Goddess, who, out of longing for a mirror reflection, creates the Other. Within her womb forms the first duality, the first fruits: the first rain, the first-born girl, first-born boy. She is a Goddess of wisdom and fertility. In a reading, the Bet card refers to the longing for wisdom through and because of which we begin to create our selves. Bet also speaks of the internal growth necessary before the external can exist. Because Bet is also Binah, (3rd Sefirot, Understanding) it is a card of understanding and scholarship, of guidance and spiritual nourishment. Bet is the Spirit of the Womb of Creation, the loving home which sustains us when we go out and welcomes us in when we return.

Reversed: If the Bet card is reversed, it’s about being empty, as in vacant, uncultivated or unfulfilled. The reversal may indicate that we’ve neglected or wasted our blessings or potential. This card can indicate isolation, loneliness or emptiness that does not invite an entrance. It may refer to a house without love. Bet reversed may indicate our cup is so filled with longing there’s no room for what we long for to enter. So have a good cry and self-pity fest. It’s okay. Sometimes we need that. It’s just there’s no life, or potential for life in there.  Then, think. 

 We’re reminded that this moment is everything. It is all we have. If I think what I have now is all I’ll ever have, my only choice is to be happy or miserable. When we bless our moment, choose to be happy or satisfied, whatever our circumstances, our cup, no longer filled with longing, may then find true fulfillment.

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16 October 2018 or 7 Heshvan 5779
20 ככּךּ Kaf, Hand, Palm of Hand

Essence:  Symbolic of the palm of the hand in its three positions: empty to receive, containing another or grasping, and compressed into a fist. It may indicate a turning point. We are processing a change in outlook or outward circumstance, a change in fortune. Rider-Waite Tarot: Wheel of Fortune

Kaf is the number 20. Symbolically Kaf is the palm of the hand. The letter Kaf has three forms. First, without the Dagesh, or center dot, the hand is empty, inviting or letting go. The second form contains the Dagesh and could be seen as a hand gently holding another. In its third form, the hand is contracted into a fist, squeezing.

The cycle from the Aleph through the Yod represents the contracting of the energy to its center. As the central point, Yod simultaneously ends one cycle and begins the next. Following its ultimate contraction, Yod must inevitably expand outward again. Kaf with the Dagesh symbolizes the primal eternal microcosmic essence of Yod (as Source) surrounded by the many forms of the macrocosm, the eternity of Yod surrounded by the transitory nature of Kaf.  The Kaf is therefore the Bet inside out.  Where Bet was female, forming from her projected energy the beginning male within her, the Dagesh in the Kaf is the essential Female encircled by the Male energy.

Without the dot, the palm of the hand is empty, expectant, cupped to receive riches and welcomes life’s creative energies. The center Dagesh here, is the archetypal and eternal, while encircling it is the specific and ephemeral form of the Kaf. Kaf is living life with energy and appreciation for the gift. It is the river of life filling and flowing eternally through us. We are always shaping and being shaped.

Comparable to the Rider-Waite Tarot: Wheel of Fortune card, Kaf is the sun that rises, shines, and sets only to rise once again, like ancient ritual re-enactments of the myths of a God-King who, once chosen, crowned and exalted, is given the world and then sacrificed, only to rise again. In a reading it is indicative of a turning point, a time for changing direction, for moving on.  It may indicate we are processing a change in outlook or change in fortune.

Reversed: Kaf reversed may mean we are resisting a necessary change. It can indicate an unhappy turn of events due to the time or our own inability to adapt and go with the flow. We may sometimes think a change of fortune is bad luck when it might actually bring good fortune.

When this card is upside down it can be seen as an indication that we are holding too tightly to some thing, some idea or someone. Here is a warning not to make our holding a prison. Kaf reversed reminds us that even “Truth”, if squeezed too tightly, becomes the lie. We are called to learn and understand the important distinction between holding and grasping. Sometimes the only thing we can hold on to is our awareness that life offers no security except for the certainty of change.

 

 

 

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15 October 2018 or 6 Heshvan 5778
2 ב בּ Bet House, Womb, Great Grand Mother

Essence:  Held and protected, Bet is “house” or “womb,” our home before we emerge into the world. Bet may be empty, receptive, longing to be filled; or it may be full, as we begin to experience the creation and expansive movement and mystery of developing new life. Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priestess.

Bet is the numeral 2, meaning “house” or “womb.” It is that place wherein we are held and protected; our dwelling, before we emerge to face the world. Bet is the number two and the first double letter. Bet without the Dagesh (signifying dot) is the empty house, the home waiting for your return, a blessing waiting for the receptive spirit. Bet is first the womb empty, longing to be filled. Bet is the beginning of creation and so Holy One creates Duality as out of that longing Bet creates the first spark of existence; the first blessing. Thus, Bet is blessing and the beginning of structure or order, the beginning of creation. The world is created through Bet.  It is inspiration and expansive movement. Betis that which precedes our entrance. It is the womb that protects, nurtures and prepares us for entrance into the world. Bet is new, virginal. Bet is the potential of chaos containing the seed of order. And so, with the Dagesh, Bet is a womb containing a child.

In Bet, the undifferentiated I Am of Aleph forms itself into the Goddess; Her womb first empty, then full of life. Thus with Bet out of the One, duality is created. 

Because of its feminine implication, Bet is symbolically similar to the High Priestess in the Tarot, for Bet is the Virgin Goddess, who, out of longing for a mirror reflection, creates the Other. Within her womb forms the first duality, the first fruits: the first rain, the first-born girl, first-born boy. She is a Goddess of wisdom and fertility. In a reading, the Bet card refers to the longing for wisdom through and because of which we begin to create our selves. Bet also speaks of the internal growth necessary before the external can exist. Because Bet is also Binah, (3rd Sefirot, Understanding) it is a card of understanding and scholarship, of guidance and spiritual nourishment. Bet is the Spirit of the Womb of Creation, the loving home which sustains us when we go out and welcomes us in when we return.

Reversed: If the Bet card is reversed, it’s about being empty, as in vacant, uncultivated or unfulfilled. The reversal may indicate that we’ve neglected or wasted our blessings or potential. This card can indicate isolation, loneliness or emptiness that does not invite an entrance. It may refer to a house without love. Bet reversed may indicate our cup is so filled with longing there’s no room for what we long for to enter. So have a good cry and self-pity fest. It’s okay. Sometimes we need that. It’s just there’s no life, or potential for life in there.  Then, think. 

 We’re reminded that this moment is everything. It is all we have. If I think what I have now is all I’ll ever have, my only choice is to be happy or miserable. When we bless our moment, choose to be happy or satisfied, whatever our circumstances, our cup, no longer filled with longing, may then find true fulfillment.

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14 October 2018 or 5 Heshvan 5779
Prince Of Wands

Essence: A child or childishly impulsive, impatient person who needs to develop receptivity and trust to realize their creative potential. Or it may indicate a serendipitous message or discovery.

The Prince of Wands may announce the arrival of an inspiring or fortunate message. When referring to a person, the Prince of Wands is a scholar: friendly, inquisitive and possibly creative, his impulsiveness, spiritual impatience and his scholarliness keep him off center. In the realm of creativity we need to be receptive rather than pursuant.

It may indicate one who is caught in the impatient acquisitiveness of youth, or it may represent a young person (male or female) who has not yet matured. In this card, his hand is still partially outstretched toward the figure before him. As in the myth of Apollo and Daphne, in chasing and attempting to possess or force Inspiration from Creative Source, he has inadvertently caused it to fly from him. The tree before him has the figure of a woman caught in the action of running from his spiritually acquisitive energy and need to control what is essentially Holy Great Spirit’s bestowal or revelation.

Here his feminine side has not yet been integrated into his consciousness, and therefore he has cut himself off from what he most fervently desires. His mouth is still open from talking rather than listening.

There is hope that this may not be a permanent situation. The branch above his head is still awaiting his notice and attention, if he can stop his overly intellectual approach and tune into his unconscious. He’s called upon to trust the creative energy to be there. Instead of attempting to force it, he can cultivate a little emptiness. Then, the Creative will have room to enter.

Reversed: If the card is reversed, it refers to one who is an energy drain on others, through talking and never listening. It might be indicating someone who has a pompous, overly intellectual approach to life.

This card could also refer to a woman or man who acts too much from the energy of animus, reflecting the androcentric, patriarchal values of our contemporary culture, and who thus freezes his or her own creativity.

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13 October 2018 or 4 Heshvan 5779
6 Tiferet Of Cups

 Essence: Personal growth within the relationship. We learn to balance our absorption in and nurturing of a relationship with our need to withdraw. Still committed to the relationship, we take ourselves back to nurture ourown needs, desires and interests as well.

The Tiferet (six) of Cups represents compassion, empathy, true understanding. The soul-mates are joined, but in a vital relationship where both the dark and light sides of the partners are revealed to each other and themselves.

Though it is not without conflict, it is a dance where the partners have their differences and yet accept themselves and each other.Snow White turns out to be a lousy housekeeper without her retinue of dwarves. Prince Charming never picks up his clothes or puts the toilet seat down. She likes parties and travel while he needs quiet and time to be alone. Yet their love allows each to fully grow and be themselves. They share a love deeper than each their differences and flaws.

The Tiferet of Cups combines passion for each other and self-love. Communication and compassion are joined. Both parties are committed and dedicated to keeping the relationship true, vital and alive. Their recognition and respect for their differences and different needs, increases their love and enriches them both.

The Tiferet of Cups represents a time when we may look at our mutual creation that is a relationship and appreciate its goodness.

This card refers to a way of being in all our relationships. The relationship with a beloved is only used as an example, since the Tiferet of Cups can refer to any or all of our important relationships. In an individual reading it may refer to the relationship between parent and child, between friends, or even a business partnership.

Reversed: When the Tiferet of Cups is reversed, it is a reminder that life can always cause even the most secure and established relationships to change course. It addresses the importance of staying current in our awareness of each other. Tiferet reversed may be trying to warn us against becoming complacent. 

We need to ask ourselves “Am I seeing my partner as they truly are or am I projecting onto them my own reality?”

“Am I really willing to listen to what they are trying to communicate?”

“Am I willing to ask a hard question?”

“Can I speak my truth?”

Conflict is important for growth. If we only see our own distorted projection of our partner, even if it’s an attractive picture, we put our selves and our relationship in danger. All that can help is vigilance so that we can see through the projections to the reality.

                             

 

 

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12 October 2018 or 3 Heshvan 5779
6 ו וּ Vav Peg, Nail

Essence:  Vav represents a nail or link to join separate parts as we build. In building relationships Vav is to meet and through sharing our depths, to be truly known. It is the penis linking one body to another, and the child who links us to the future. Rider-Waite Tarot: High Priest / Pope           

Vav, the number 6, derives from a symbol representing a peg, hook, nail, or link.  When we need to build something, it is to assemble, to nail down, to put together. Vav is to meet, to share ourselves, to be known.

As a means of connection, Vav is the element with which we join the sometimes disparate elements of our lives.  It is the way we link our lives with others.  Vav is the penis, which links one body to another, and the child who connects us to the future.

While the Heh represents the individual still deeply immersed in relationship with Shekinah, the Feminine Presence, Vav is representative of the method by which this connection is accomplished. It describes that solid yet available Presence which links the otherwise opposite worlds of the Divine consorts.

We recognize now that we are each unique yet can work together, because Vav is also to engage in discussion and to compromise. Most important, when we confess, bringing to light the truth where there has been a lie, Vav is how, by so doing, we join ourselves to another. Through revealing our inner darkness and bringing it into the light of relationship, we allow ourselves to be fully known. It’s about the need for self-acceptance and for accepting others for their unique selves. When we connect we become whole. SoVav can bring high and low together, linking heaven to earth, for to know our full selves is to know God.

The Vav card can be compared to the Rider-Waite TarotHigh Priest, in that both archetypes address themselves to the ways in which we link ourselves to God.

Reversed: If the Vav card is reversed, it speaks of the need to confess that which we might rather not reveal.  It speaks of shame which keeps us from being fully present and connected to others and even life itself.

When reversed this card reminds us of our lack of compassion and conversely the necessity of developing greater compassion for others and especially ourselves.

In reversal the Vav may refer to a tendency to give away our power or shut off our ability for discernment so that others are able to shame us. By so doing, we may give away our authority, as we are wrongly led to believe that only they can create the connection, instead of trusting our own ability to do it ourselves.

     

 



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11 October 2018 or 2 Heshvan 5779
2 Hokhma Of Cups

Essence: Ready for relationship, openness and anticipation. Feeling comfortable and happy alone awakens the desire to share ourselves with a mate, partner or others with whom we can build a deep relationship.

The Hokhma (two) of Cups represents the realization of our desire to find a mate, collaborator or work-partner. We are comfortable in our skin, sensing our own individuality. Even when alone, we enjoy our life and creativity, while simultaneously yearning to share our love, creativity and life with another. We are whole, integrated and also open for another to enter. There is a readiness for relationship.

No longer fearing a lonely future, we know how to create our own joy and life. The cup of our heart is no longer filled to overflowing with yearning. We don’t need another to make us happy and so our heart, emptied of longing, has room for love to pour in and fill it.

We may experience feelings of anticipation and a sense ofexpectation awaiting an impending arrival.While knowing we can be happy alone, we are nevertheless available to love and intimate relationships. 

Reversed: When the Hokhma of Cups is reversed, we feel lonely and incomplete without a mate. We may believe our only possibility for joy and happiness in life depends on our finding someone to love and be loved by. This may leave us so intensely filled with longing for a friend, a mate, or a child, that nothing can enter. The ground is too full of bitterness, fear or grief. It is important at this time to find happiness within our selves. 

We are being invited to release our fear of being alone and seek our awareness of connection first within our own heart. Now is not the time to look for someone to love us or make us happy. With no beloved other in our life, we need to accept that we can’t count on an ephemeral future. The present is all we have.

What is not here will not be out there. The only future we can count on is our life as it is now. Ask, “If I’m to be alone forever, do I choose to be happy alone or unhappy alone?” If we choose to be happy alone, we may find this choice is the very thing that empties our cup of longing so that love can fill it.

 

 



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10 October 2018 or Heshvan 1 5779
400 ת תּ Tav , Signature, Sign of Perfection, Completion

Essence: Symbolically, mark (of Perfection) in Tav, the perfect union of opposites, all forces and energies together, as both completion and beginning anew in a process of perpetual creation. Our lives fill with goodness, compassion, clarity and Truth. Rider-Waite Tarot: The World or Universe

Tav is the number 400. Because it has two forms, one with the center Dagesh (dot) and one without a Dagesh, the letter Tav encompass the idea of perfection, perpetually beginning and ending only to begin anew.  The Dagesh in the center of the Tav can be seen as the Aleph (1). Thus, the end becomes the beginning.

In the evolution of Tav (400) we begin with Dalet (4), the door through which all life must pass—the Mother perpetually giving birth. Next, in Mem (40) the Mother gives up the child The sacrifice of the mother/child relationship must happen for individuation to occur—so her child can become a man or a woman. Finally, in Tav the lovers have come together as reciprocal co-creators. Tav with the Dagesh is symbolic of the Female and Male of God with their Androgynous child. When Tav (400) is numerologically reduced to 4, it forms the Divine Quaternity expressed in the Divine, unpronounceable Name of God (Yod, Heh, Vav, He), both beginning and completion, which equals the number 8 (The Infinite One).

In Tav, Zayin, (the sword) is reversed to become a support for the Resh (head). Tav is symbolic of perfection: the dynamic union of opposites. Resh is the innocence of the original male/female androgyny, Shin is the new birth process, and Tav is the perfection that we are born from, and into. It is the absolute reciprocal union of male and female, within and without supporting and nourishing one another and, by so doing, joyously and perpetually birthing new creations.

Text Box: In the evolution of Tav (400) we begin with Dalet (4), the door through which all life must pass—the Mother perpetually giving birth. Next, in Mem (40) the Mother gives up the child The sacrifice of the mother/child relationship must happen for individuation to occur—so her child can become a man or a woman. Finally, in Tav the lovers have come together as reciprocal co-creators. Tav with the Dagesh is symbolic of the Female and Male of God with their Androgynous child. When Tav (400) is numerologically reduced to 4, it forms the Divine Quaternity expressed in the Divine, unpronounceable Name of God (Yod, Heh, Vav, He), both beginning and completion, which equals the number 8 (The Infinite One). In Tav, Zayin, (the sword) is reversed to become a support for the Resh (head). Tav is symbolic of perfection: the dynamic union of opposites. Resh is the innocence of the original male/female androgyny, Shin is the new birth process, and Tav is the perfection that we are born from, and into. It is the absolute reciprocal union of male and female, within and without supporting and nourishing one another and, by so doing, joyously and perpetually birthing new creations.

In Tav, the desire and longing created by the sword of discernment and order finds fulfillment in union with the fertile and resonant chaos. It is the compassionate harmony, the interpenetration of these two cosmic principles, which allow all meaningful activity to take place. The Feminine Tree of Life and Wisdom rests over the sword, Zayin. Now, Zayin reversed has become the support for the abundantly productive tree, which is both supported by and supports the sword on which it rests.

In the Genesis of Shin, we were once again given choice, and this time chose the fruit of responsibility, wisdom and non-dualistic unity with the Divine. With Tav, we are given the opportunity to hear the voice of God again and to receive the healed Torah, where the black and white letters swirl in a dance of wondrous delight. The Dagesh in the center of the Tav is the twin-souled baby, the joyous prayer realized, the perfect healing of the Perfection. Tav is the Divine Vessel again whole and once more containing the light of the Infinite Divine compassin.

Now, in a process of perpetual, perfecting creation, all aspects dance together. The completion of Tavprovides us with the openness and clarity to live with the order in chaos, and with the chaos in order. Here is spontaneous joy that allows us to follow the path of our Heart. All aspects of life dance together and we are capable of living to our potential. Now, in spite of our fears, we can live with full participation in a paradoxical world, even if we never receive final answers to the mystery and meaning of our existence. Without ultimate guarantees, we nevertheless have developed our ability to love. By so doing, we appreciate the miraculous sacredness of all life.

Tav shares some meaning with the Rider-Waite Tarot, World or Universe card.

Tav is a card of goodness, activity, openness, of perpetual newness and compassion, of self-integration and growth.

Reversed: When Tav is reversed its a warning not to throw oneself away on the world through impatience and possessiveness. The attitude, “I want it all and I want it now!” cannot help but throw us back into a state of illusion and grief.

We are at risk of losing what we have journeyed so far to gain. Tav reversed might describe a situation similar to the story of the fishermans wife, who went from satisfaction to desiring and receiving more and more until at last she was thrown back into the poverty from which she had come, and in some sense had never left.

 

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