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 Nisan?
You’re a free spirit, you walk to the beat of your own drum, and you’re comfortable in your skin. The world is your oyster, you scoff at those who hold fast to expectations or assumptions. You are independent and find creative solutions to your problems. You know what brings you joy. You shake loose from restrictions and systems that don’t serve you, and you inspire others to do the same. You are great at beginning things and bringing new energy to any project. Be sure to team up with someone who is good at maintaining order and sustaining energy.
If this is not your birthday month, here’s what Nisan might have to teach you:
Spring is here, celebrate freedom by getting outside and reconnecting with the earth with all your senses. Eat some leafy green vegetables and herbs, smell a beautiful blooming flower. Nisan is another new year on the calendar, it’s another chance to start fresh with new intentions and new energy for the second half of the year. Nisan is also the start of the Omer counting season. This is a great time to commit to a new habit, to reading a book you’ve been meaning to tackle, or to starting a big project. Nisan is a great time to clean, consider donating some clothing, clearing clutter, or organizing a space in a new way. What can you do to help others become freer this month?
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.
Collage by Rebecca Katz (@katzcomics).