January 8th, 2008

new moon

Rosh Chodesh January, Looking Back on December

Today it is Rosh Chodesh, the Jewish festival that celebrates the emergance of a tiny silvery moon a symbol for God's renewal and our renewal.

Time to look back and to look forward. Yesterday, at Yom Kippur Katan, I reflected on my sin of the past month. Today I take a look at other issues of the past moon month. At Rosh Chodesh in December I’ve picked a card that showed what I could renew this past moon month and I pulled the Empress from the Jane Austen Tarot. 

Depicted is Anne Westwood, a happy married woman who devotes herself to her husband and all people close to her. This was my theme past month. Just as in the earlier months the combination work and home proved difficult. I did my best, as the entry of yesterday showed, but it was not always easy. At one time in the Christmas Season I found myself in the supermarket shouting to my husband: “I want that desert!” I am used to do the shopping alone, but a few times we did it together. His eyed bulged from surprise. It shows that I had to find a new place as Empress. It became better towards the end of the month: a renewal.
new moon

Kabbalah Month by Month

Just before Christmas an interesting book arrived in my mailbox. It is called “Kabbalah Month by Month” by Melinda Ribner. She explains how to deploy the energy of the month to your benefit. The book follows the Jewish months. They are different than the Roman Calendar. They start and finish with Rosh Chodesh, the festival of the new moon. 

The energy of the month that is lying behind us is Tevet. Ribner states that the area of healing is ‘Anger’, and the energy ‘Purification and transformation of Negative Emotions’. I so recognized this. I know anger in many more months, but during this past month there were many conflicts. I was involved in them, but also the people around me did have them. My husband remembered last year it was just the same. The darkest month of the year challenges us to deal with anger and negative energies. I like Ribners positive take on the difficult emotions: she says they challenge us to become stronger. Well, Tevet is lying behind us now, Shevat has begun.