People born in this month are famous or infamous for behaving like the sun. Their trademarks are leadership, determination, domination and power, and in full force, this combination can lead to the pitfalls of ego and pride. Leos easily fall into perceiving that they are king. The only control we have is self-control. Any feelings of ego, pride and superiority can only prevent us from helping others, and that can never be good. The number nine, represented by the Hebrew letter Tet, connects us to Sfirat Yesod, which manifests all of the energy that is gathered from all the upper luminous emanations.
Jerusalem was and remains the energy center of the world. When the people of Israel, and the residents of Jerusalem specifically, chose not behave with human dignity toward one another, and this energy was created and accumulated in Yesod, it had to manifest itself, and did so in an explosion of negativity on the ninth day of Av, in a deadly short circuit. The ninth day of Av is a fasting day, not because the two Temples were destroyed, but it is a day that lends itself to calamity.
When there is no unity, no minimum of human dignity between people — this negative energy is accumulated and culminates on the ninth of Av. What is the solution? A change of consciousness and behavior.
If each of us could perceive ourselves as though we are ticking time bombs, and any self-serving action would trigger the fuse, we would be much more careful with our actions and words. The ninth day of Av is a day of destruction, but at the same time it is the birth of Messiah. Where there is the greatest darkness, therein also lies the biggest potential to reveal tremendous light, but it all depends on our actions.
He chose to leave the world on the fifth day — which represents the luminous emanation of Hod, in order to transform daveh poor and weak to Hod. The death of the Ari, which does not represent an actual physical death, provides us with an opening for awesome light we can connect to by studying his writings on that night. On this day, both the sun and the moon are full. The sun — Zeir Anpin, the positive pole — represents the male aspect of our universe.
The moon — Malchut, the negative pole — represents the female aspect of the universe. This is why our sages stated that there is no happier day in the year, and this rare cosmic opportunity allows us to find our soulmate. The same way the sun and the moon are in harmony on this day, so too can we draw this partnership to our lives.
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Elul Virgo. The month of Elul is the completion of the lunar year. This month corresponds to the sign of Virgo, which is an earth sign and is ruled by Mercury. The sign of Virgo is connected to the practicality, working and serving others. People born in this month feel the need to achieve financial security through working, and also have a great need to serve society. People under the sign of Virgo find success in community careers: as doctors, nurses, or any profession healing the body and the soul; as social workers, service technicians, bankers, accountants, and in professions of beauty and fashion.
The end of the lunar year expresses the Virgo's need to check and criticize their actions, like a business man that reviews the year-end balance, profit and loss. That is how Virgos acquire their attribute of criticism. It easier to criticize and see what is wrong with others, but much harder to do criticize oneself, and this is the real lesson Virgos should learn.
When is the correction of the Virgo complete? When they learn to love, honor and accept the other person as they are without criticism, judgment or trying to change them to their own criteria. Once the Virgo achieves completely unconditional love, they have finished their correction. Mercury in Hebrew is Kochav. Financially it is not an easy month. Many important change might happen, the need for new business ventures, different ones with new consciousness.
International business connections can take place. There is also a large incident of immigration in this month, where more people find the need to leave their homelands in order to go to new places, looking for their luck and to change their lives. There is a greater inclination to widen and enlarge the metaphysical vessel in order to better understand — through the kabbalistic understanding — the meaning of life, both in the personal and global realms. Tishrei Libra. Tishrei is the sign of Libra — the seventh month of the astrological wheel that begins in Nissan — sign of Aries. In ancient times, the scale was used by putting on the objects to be weighed on one side and stones in units of measurement on the other.
In our modern times we use digital scales, and the effect of the scales has been lost. In any case, the idea of the scale it to take two opposite and different things and check the difference between them. On Rosh Hashanah this metaphysical action is takes place when all of our actions are being weighed, the good deeds and the bad deeds. The scales are being examined, actually, and the decision is made as to who will live who will die, who will be rich who will be poor according to how the scale tips.
The month of Tishrei was created by the letter Lamed. This letter is very special as it is the only letter in the Hebrew Aleph Bet which goes above the line. Lamed is built from two triangles — upper and lower — to show us that we can build the balance between the parallel universe, as Rav Berg explains. We live in a physical world, but the true world is the metaphysical one. The scales can help us to connect and fuse the two worlds. Lamed is the letter of learning, and that is why people born under the sign of Libra are generally very intellectual people, with big desires to study, learn, know and understand.
The planet Venus is rules the sign of Libra. This is the planet which rules love, couples, money and art. Liras are romantic people, sensitive, loving and also make good business people. They love esthetics, music and visual arts. Noga Venus was created by the Hebrew letter Pei. Together the two letters Pei and Lamed are the letter of the sign of Libra. Libras have the tendency to please the whole world, and some time they lose the Libran balance because they give too much. They must make a point of saying no from time to time.
Libras are good business people. Venus controls money, which is why Librans need to learn to give charity, donations and tithing, in order to infuse the money with positivity and give the money the right balance. Repentance, Prayer and Charity can nullify any negativity headed our way. The Sun and the Moon are together in Virgo, the seventh house — the house of Libra. There is no doubt that there is a very serious closure of a chapter. A change is on its way. The astrological chart emphasizes the need for change, which means heading towards a new beginning. Criticism is in the air, and there is a heightened ability to see what is wrong, what is not working in professional fields, as well as in the personal and marital life — there is a need for a thorough housecleaning — to look inside and see what needs to be changed.
Due to the cosmic pressure, there is an unusual need to take on new responsibilities that will result in year-long commitments in multiple fields Be open to new ideas and stay flexible. You will notice power plays and control issues at work and on personal fronts.
Mercury not only influences this month, but maintains influence throughout the coming year. Mercury in Libra puts us at a very positive angle, enabling us to experience beautiful relationships where the key words are love and understanding. Listen and accept others with an open mind and a welcoming heart. Through this openness we build a positive and intellectual energy that will influence the course of this month in the social-human domain.
It will also bear influence in the world of technology. An increase in knowledge and a fortification in romantic and familial partnerships create a strong vessel for personal and global livelihood. Mar Cheshvan Scorpio. The Book of Formation speaks of seven planets in the solar system. In the last century, three more planets were revealed and as a result, Pluto has been found to bear influence on the sign of Scorpio. All water signs are emotional, but Scorpions are particularly irrational when it comes to their emotions.
They go to extremes, in both positive and negative respects. There is only black and white in the world of the Scorpion; no gray areas. If you are not their friend, then you are by default their enemy, and you will most definitely be treated that way. As the Left Column of the water signs, Scorpios have a tremendous desire for power and control, and seek these measures at any cost. They do not waver, they do not falter, and they stay their course with total determination and strength, which can sometimes result in unnecessary force and violence. Mars, which rules the month of Scorpio, is the planet and Greek god of war, which makes all Scorpios warriors who have the drive to eliminate their enemy no matter what toll it takes on anyone else.
Pluto rules life and death, as well as the power and energy of the seed, which at best manifests itself as new life. It also gives Scorpios deep sexual desires that are rooted in the compulsion to propagate the human race. Scorpio is a fixed sign, which means that they do not like change and want to harness total control over their lives and the lives of those around them. Their greatest fear is to lose control.
In the Scorpio world of extremes, love is everything. If they feel their love is not reciprocated, this love can turn into hate. It is very difficult for Scorpios to forgive and forget. The typical Scorpio will not rest until he has his revenge on the friend that betrayed him and let him down. This is the hardest Tikun correction of Scorpions — to find the Central Column, control the urge to avenge, and to live, love and let go. Mar-Cheshvan, as the month is formally known, in Hebrew means bitter Cheshvan.
However, it can be transformed into Ram Cheshvan elevated Cheshvan. Our job throughout the month is to transform that which is bitter into sweet, that which is lowly to lofty. It takes a strong consciousness and self-control to achieve this transformation. It is not easy to make the dark forces completely white. Scorpions are very good businesspeople. They like money because it gives them control and power.
They are very good politicians, doctors, physiologists, astrologers, and financiers. They have a very powerful metaphysical ability and intuition, very strong mystical and spiritual powers. The Great Deluge took place in the month of Cheshvan. Cheshvan tends to be a cumbersome month of negative energy. It is one of the only months lacking in holidays, which makes it a good time to focus on the patterns in which we have fallen, the ill feelings we harbor, and the grudges that we still bear.
As Rav Berg says, the war against the darkness is not fought with guns and artillery but by lighting as many candles as possible. The more Light we bring to the world, the more darkness we eradicate, for darkness cannot exist where there is Light. Kislev sagittaurus.
Kislev is the sign of Sagittarius. The letter Samech created the sign of Sagittarius. Samech comes from the phrase Somech noflim supporting the fallen. When the letter Samech came before the Creator, the Creator told it to go back to its place, which is after the letter Nun, and to support the Nun from falling.
The letter Nun created the sign of Scorpio in which the Flood happened, and after the Flood God put the rainbow in the sky as an omen that there never be a flood again. Sagittarius in Hebrew is called Keshet, or rainbow. This is the rainbow in the sky, an omen between God and Noach a flood would never destroy the land. Keshet is represented by the centaur, the mythological half-man, half-horse figure who hunts with a bow and arrow.
The letter Gimel created Jupiter, which controls expansion and the ability to expand metaphysical vessels. Jupiter represents the desire to learn, to know, and the fields of science, biology, education, art and music. Sagittarius is a born optimist; for him everything is always okay and always arranged in the best way possible. Sagittarians feel they can solve all problems and will do all things required of them. Sagittarians are prone to over-optimism, exaggeration, mockery, gambling and light-headedness. They are natural philosophers, teachers, educators, lovers, communicators, and friends.
They like to travel, they love their freedom and space, and they are interested in world exploration as well as the study of human behavior, culture and religion. They share their knowledge with whoever seeks it. They love life and can be quite mischievous children. Because Sagittarius is the central column air element of the fire signs, it has the additional influence of air. Air fuels the fire and enable it grow and expend, this is why the Sagittarius can be a channel — instructor — teacher — salesman or any job in communication that combine the knowledge with humanity.
Sagittarians are adventurous people who make excellent drivers, race drivers, and pilots. They love sports and challenge their destiny by taking unnecessary risks. The most important days in Kislev are the days of Chanukah, which begins on the 24th of Kislev and ends on the 2nd of Tevet. These conditions, together with the metaphysical actions that the Hasmoneans did, brought about this miracle that happened years ago. We are subject to the very same conditions every year on 24th day of the month of Kislev. This energy is revealed again for eight days as long as we connect to it through the Chanukah candles, and allows us to create tremendous miracles in our lives.
The power of miracles exists and is available for us to access every day of the year. We must simply light the candles with the right and proper meditations and by that we activate this metaphysical system of miracles in our lives. Tevet Capricorn. The month of Tevet and the sign of Capricorn are both ruled by Saturn. Saturn provide the law enforcement in the cosmos, giving us each exactly what we deserve. This is the reason that Saturn has gotten such a bad rap amongst astrologers. The Book of Formation, written by Abraham the Patriarch more than 4, years ago, reveals that Saturn is responsible for the distractions, diseases, death, jails, poverty, disgrace, shame and the many other obstacles that plague our lives.
Capricorn is an earth sign, with a strong connection to the material world. People born in this month have a strong need for financial security. They believe only in what their five senses convey and have trouble seeing beyond the apparent. Capricorn represents the Right Column of the earth signs, which signifies that its internal energy is water. Capricorns are family-oriented and have strong ties to the home. They are great caretakers who can often lack faith in the Light-force because they are easily controlled by physical forces. They fear what tomorrow might bring and a potential lack of funds for survival.
These fears keep many Capricorns from becoming more spiritual. Those born in Tevet are traditionally reliable, responsible, caring, thrifty, and punctual. After all, time is money! They make excellent business people, accountants, engineers, attorneys, and in any disciplinary position, from crossing guard to drill sergeant. The letter Ayin created Capricorn and the letter Bet created Saturn. The combination of Ayin and Bet is the level of Chochmah when the Yud Hei Vav Hei is spelled out, and Capricorns do have this wisdom, because the original desire of Saturn is to reach the Light.
Capricorn is one of the three hardest months of the year, but thanks to the holiday of Chanukah , which extends itself to the first two days of Tevet, we do receive an injection of Light-force that can sustain us through the month. Shevat Acquarius. The month of Shevat correlates with the astrological sign of Aquarius, which is an air sign.
It is the third of the air signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Aquarius represents the Left Column of the three. Aquarius is ruled by two planets. Traditional astrology attributes control of this month to Saturn, and modern astrology has given credit to Uranus, discovered by the astronomer William Hershel on March 13, Saturn, the seventh planet in the solar system, is the planet of judgment, order, responsibility, discipline and laws. Uranus is the eighth planet in the solar system, the one that breaks the proximity and limitations of seven — seven days, the seventh day, seven colors, seven notes etc.
Uranus elevates us to new consciousness and new concepts beyond limitation. This is why the Age of Aquarius and the month of Aquarius are considered times of change. Both are times of new knowledge, inventions, humanity, the need to help, to understand and to support the needy. Not only that, but you always have the opportunity to alter your destiny and achieve your true potential. Everybody can make it — no one is too young or too old or too stuck in their ways!
We all have the ability to find meaning and achieve fulfillment beyond our wildest dreams and imaginings. You have no limits; you can soar.
Nader Ghiam can be found on Tuesday evenings leading his popular, mystical, and inspiring Kabbalah classes which are usually buzzing with or so enthusiastic members engaged in lively discussion. His joyful energy and depth of knowledge are woven into all the teachings he joyfully shares. On Friday night, he is found in one of his other happiest places…leading Shabbat services in conjunction with the Rabbi.
Nader is an integral part of the High Holidays services as well.
His infectious charisma and mystical insight are probably a large part of why Eretz members numbered over in our most recent Passover service. When he started leading Shabbat services in the small synagogue that were Kabalistic in nature, the attendance grew until they had to be moved to the main synagogue. He is pleased to see that at least half of those who attend are women, and often notices that the group is quietly attentive while he does his best to clarify the deeper meaning of the prayers, the Torah portion, how they help and why they matter on a daily basis.
He has been committed for many years to actively participating in growing this community and helping it to transform into the modern and heart centered family that it is today. He and his wife were married here, have raised their two children here, and he has generously volunteered his time and teaching of Kabbalah to our community for the past 15 years.
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After he started studying Kabbalah himself, he soon discovered the joy it brought him to also share it. Eight years later, he began teaching. He feels that it elevates him and he hopes that it does the same for the members, both in personal consciousness and the group. Teaching Kaballah began for him when his sister became ill. He had started sharing the teachings with her and her friends.