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 Av?
You can swing from extreme high to extreme low with little time between. You’re no stranger to sadness or starting over, you know that you have to break something in order to change it. You can teach others from your experiences and hard times, it will give meaning to those experiences if they help others avoid your mistakes. You’re not afraid to cry. Try eliminating something from your plate, free up some space and see how it allows you to focus more on what’s important.
If this is not your birthday month, here’s what Av might have to teach you:
This month is about destruction and love. It’s an emotional and volatile month. It may be time to let go of a friendship, cancel plans, or move. A clean slate is refreshing and can allow you to open space for something new. A messy breakup is also the process by which we learn what we want in our next relationship. Know that there may be tears this month, and that’s okay. Sit with the sadness, don’t push it away. This too we can learn from.
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).