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 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 Elul?
You’re a romantic, you love to reminisce, and you need passion and fireworks in your romantic relationships. Friendships are very important to you, you are honest with others when you are in the wrong, and will be very bothered if someone else leaves things unresolved. You’re insightful and people are drawn to you for advice and interesting ideas. You’re good at organizing information, taking stock, and finding new perspectives. You need to learn to be in the moment and remember to take care of your physical body.
If this is not your birthday month, here’s what Elul might have to teach you:
Elul is a month of reflection. As summer draws to a close, you may find yourself looking back on the year and considering what you learned. How have you grown, how could you have done better? This is an excellent month to try a meditation practice or a journaling practice. Find a way to do some introspection. How will you prepare for fall? Elul is also the new year for animals. Animals respond to the changing of seasons in intuitive and physical ways, shedding their coats, building nests, or migrating. See what you notice about the animals that live around you, and what you can learn from them. Elul is a great month for nesting in your home, consider redecorating or rearranging your space.
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).