People have been looking to the stars and the changing seasons for clues and guidance about their lives since the beginning of time. In fact, the Hebrew calendar and the Jewish way of tracking time was designed around these natural cycles and still guides Judaism today. The holidays, metaphors, and teachings we are familiar with all began as connections to the natural world: shifts in the night sky, changes in the moon, the ripening fruits, the changing wind temperature. When we connect to this way of keeping time, we also connect with ancient Judaism, with our ancestors, and with our inner knowing. Often, the honoring or the neglect of the lunar phases and the life cycles of the plants coincides with the honoring or neglect of the sacred feminine within. These horoscopes are a synthesis of listening deeply to the wisdom of the Hebrew calendar and to the world around us. We invite you to take these words as inspiration to connect more deeply with yourself, your ancestors, the Hebrew calendar, and the natural world.
Were you born during this Hebrew month? If you’re not sure, you can use hebcal.com to look up your Hebrew birthday.
Were you born in the month of Cheshvan?
Some may call you bitter, but you’re just pragmatic. You like to get things done, no goofing around. Others rely on you to get things going, organize the teams, and set goals. You are analytical with information, figuring out how to categorize, prioritize, and streamline. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun along the way, especially during your birthday month. In the coming weeks, make space for things that will make you laugh. You might also want to find someone with big dreams that you can help get organized. Communicating your systems is important and working with others can be good practice for this. Whether you prefer to talk things out or write them down, make sure to get it all out of your head and into the world in order to effect change.
If this is not your birthday month, here’s what Cheshvan might have to teach you:
When the parties and celebrations of last month’s end, you can find your new flow. This month is time to settle into a good routine and to keep up your commitments from last month. Make space for reflection, so you can notice the new flow and appreciate how you’re changing. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s important to maintain healthy habits as the weather begins to turn, and the days are getting shorter. This month is associated with the sense of smell, so take in the smells of pumpkin, spice, cool nights, and fall foliage.
Mo Golden and Amanda Herring are the cofounders of GoldHerring, where they create immersive products that deepen people’s connection to Jewish wisdom and culture. Their collaboration is based on making ancient wisdom relevant and accessible to contemporary Jewish life. You can check out their Jewish Planner, Omer Workbook, and other offerings at GoldHerring.com.