Chodesh Shvat Tov!
The Hebrew Month of
Shvat begins at Sundown on January 1st.
Shvat belongs to the Tribe of
Asher, and is associated with the Mazal of "Dlee," the pitcher of water,
otherwise known as Aquarius, the Water-Bearer.
Shvat's element is
Fixed Air (even though Aquarius is the water-bearer!) and, appropriate
to the Tribe of Asher (which is associated with delicious foods) the
Sefer Yetzirah tells us that the stomach is the body organ associated
with Shvat, and the Tikkun of Shvat has to do with eating.
The Bnei Yisachar ("Discourses on Shvat") says that according to
Astrology, Dlee-Aquarius is the sign of the Jewish People. No other sign
of the Zodiac is as concerned with issues of humanitarianism,
universalism and the brotherhood of mankind as is Aquarius. The bucket
of water is an appropriate sign for Israel, because water is a symbol
for Torah, and it is Israel's job to be the water-bearer for this world.
of the Four Elements (Fire, Air, Earth and Water) operate in one of
Three Modalities (Cardinal/Initiating, Fixed/Establishing or
Mutable/Transforming). The Month of Shvat is the Fixed Air Sign of the
All three Air Signs (Gemini/Sivan, Libra/Tishrei and
Aquarius/Shvat) are associated with the Torah - which was given over by
Moshe ("Mishna Torah") beginning on Rosh Chodesh Shvat (Aquarius, Fixed
Air, Establishing Torah). The Torah was given to the Jewish Nation at
Sinai during the Month of Sivan (Gemini, Mutable Air, Transforming
Torah) and during Tishrei the Second Set of Tablets were given (Libra,
Cardinal Air, Initiating Torah).
It is interesting to note the Planets associated with the Months and their Modalities in this example. The Planet Mercury (Kokhav) which has to do with communication, is associated with Gemini (Mutable/Transforming Air) and the Tribe of Zebulon, known for conducting commerce (via shipping) with foreign nations.
The Planet Venus (Noga) is associated with Libra (Cardinal/Initiating Air) and the Tribe of Ephraim. Venus is concerned with beauty, relationships, balance and justice/fairness, as well as the arts and romantic love. The Second Set of Tablets that were given by Moshe during Tishrei were the sign of the RELATIONSHIP that HKBH could live with in regards to the Jewish People.
There are two Planets associated with Aquarius. One is Saturn (Shabtai) which co-rules Capricorn/Tevet, and the other is Uranus (Oron). There are good reasons for the co-rulership and the evolving of our consciousness about the Planets in general and their relationship to the Nations of this world.
Saturn (Shabtai) is concerned with structure, order, organization, boundaries and restriction ("Tzimtzum"). The relationship between Tevet and Shvat is most interesting. They are the Months on this side of the year said by the Ari as "belonging to Esav" from Rosh Chodesh Tevet - which remember, is STILL within Chanukah! - until Tu b'Shvat). Tevet and Shvat are the two eyes (according to the Holy Ari who attributed facial organs to the Hebrew Months), Tevet is "Ayin" and associated with the right eye, and Shvat is "Tzadik" and associated with the left eye. One needs both the right and left eye to see properly and in perspective.
Uranus (Oron) is originality, individualism, humanitarianism, a visionary perspective. It's the energy associated with hiddushim, original insights. No other Sign of the Zodiac has more talent for originality, or is so intellectually curious, as Aquarius. It is interesting to recall that both Copernicus and Galileo were Aquarians. Shvat is the Month most conducive to original thought.
Wishing everyone a Happy Solar/Gregorian New Year 2014, and a happy and holy Chodesh Shvat 5774!
Astrolojew The Jewish Astrology Podcast
NEW! Check out my PODCAST on Anchor!
NEW: JOURNEY THROUGH THE JEWISH YEAR! Recordings of all 12 Zodiac Signs / Jewish Months on my YouTube Playlist
IN THE MEDIA:
"As Above So Below: Astrology in Jewish Cultural History" - a presentation to the Jewish Museum of Maryland, March 18 2021, as part of their "Jews in Space" exhibition.
Astrolojew featured in "Moment Magazine"
LISTEN to my interview about Jewish Astrology for "Align With Your Light" Radio
MONTHLY ASTROLOGY COLUMNS:
READ my FULL monthly Jewish Astrology Column in the Jerusalem Post !
CAN YOU READ FRENCH? "Astrolojew" Now Featured in France's Biggest Online Jewish Publication, Alliance France
"Astrolojew" Jewish Astrology Column coming soon (Chodesh Iyar 5781) to the St. Louis Jewish Light!
READ Lorelai Kude's Monthly "Mainstream" Astrology Column, Exclusive to Hudson Valley's Chronogram
Thank you for supporting my work! It takes me thousands of hours to research and write the original content on this blog. Your loving donation is deeply appreciated - from the heart!
GIVE THE GIFT OF "ASTROLOJEW"
Looking for a unique gift for a special someone? A gift certificate for a 1-hour personalized natal chart reading from "Astrolojew" is the gift that keeps on giving! Email firstname.lastname@example.org