ladyofthemoor (ladyofthemoor) wrote,
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Rosh Chodesh, Nissan

I have pulled a card for Rosh Chodesh, the new moon. In Jewish thought the moon is the Sjechina, the feminine side of God. The cyclus of the moon, from new to full to dark and coming back again, symbolizes that God can renew himself. Since we are partners of God, we can do this too. Just as God, we have the ability to renew ourselves.

In the Torah Nissan is the first month of the year. Therefore new beginnings are a theme of this month. Passover is the festival of this month. In this feast is celebrated that the Jewish people left Egypt and their pharaoh who held them as slaves, to become a free people. This month we have the chance to become aware of the manners by which we limit and constrain ourselves (our inner pharaoh), helped by an awareness of an other way of living, in which we feel more whole; not always by changing our our our outer circumstances -that is not always possible- but by a change in ourselves.

The card that I have pulled for this month is Three of Quills (Swords) from the Tarot of Jane Austen. Depicted is Jane Bennet who is heartbroken. 

                          

What I can renew this month is that I see the joy there is (flowers in the card). I need to be careful not to dwell on feelings of loss and sadness, and I need be on the look out for dramatizing situations, making things worse than they are.

I end with a prayer.

Dear God,
thank you for the Shechina in our lives,
for the renewal you show us.
Thanks for the chance of becoming aware of our constraints,
for having the ability to see what is holding us back from wholeness,
and for the opportunity of inner change.
Amen               
Tags: rosh chodesh, tarot of jane austen, three of swords
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