Sunday, August 16, 2015

Chodesh Elul Tov!

Chodesh Elul Tov from Astrolojew!

Elul is associated with the Zodiac Sign of Virgo. Virgo is the Mutable Earth (Transformative Manifestation) Sign, whose function is that of sifting, separating and purifying.

On Shabbat there is a form of "work" called "borer" which we are forbidden to do. "Borer" is about separating the useful from the not-useful. This is Virgo's function and it is Elul's specialty. All month we do "borer" to our own soul - sifting, separating that which is useful from that which no longer serves, analyzing ourselves under the microscope of our own truth, confronting and owning our part in whatever it is that is holding us back from fully engaging with our spiritual lives.

Wishing everybody a good "housecleaning". Don't be too harsh or hard on yourself, and don't let judgmental, punishing perfectionism fool you into thinking that you're really bad. Remember Elul is an acronym for "Anee l'Dodi v'Dodi Li" - "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine". What is beloved is already perfect. Love is perfect. You are perfect. Elul is the perfect time to become deeply connected with that reality.

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