Tevet: Tarot Card: Devil

Tevet is a month of seeking clarity in darkness.  Tevet is the month our vices have the most opportunity to enslave us. Tevet is the crucible.  Without this difficult month the promise of Kislev’s rainbow can never be realized as the star of Shevat. Anything we did in Kislev that we shouldn’t have, will rear…

Shevat: Tarot Card: Star

Shevat (שְׁבָט) is a breath of fresh air.  We may have a way to go, but we can see the light at the end tunnel.  We are released from the bonds of Tevet (טֵבֵת) and get our first promise of the spring to come with the holiday of Tu b’Shevat (ט״ו בשבט‎) and feed the…

Tevet: Sakranut (סקרנות) Curiosity| Doreshet | Practices

PRACTICES Practices for Sakranut include a song offering from Amy Wachtel, altar practice from Kohenet Bekah Starr, Scentuality by K’Alumah Schuster, sigils and boundary Work from Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet, and a meditation from Kohenet Judith Idit. Song from Amy Wachtel (Tzovah) What Is Life? by Black Uhuru.I feel it raises a question, if not questions….

Kaddish – a prayer from the living

Mourner’s Kaddish is an ancient prayer in Aramaic that never speaks of death. It’s a prayer of celebration of the Divine. These interpretations of Mourners’ Kaddish by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet endeavors to capture that celebratory aspect as well as engage with death. The first version is from the point of view of the mourners and…

Owls in Jewish Tradition

Want to learn all about Jewish views, teachings, and traditions about owls and how they were used as an anti-Semitic symbol in medieval Europe?

Rue

Jewish sources and resources for the herb Rue/Ruda (Ruta Graveolens) aka Peigam (פיגם) and Herb of Grace.

Barley: Symbol of Iyyar

I’m not sure there can be a more potent symbol of the month of Iyyar, which generally falls between April and May, than barley (שְׂעֹרָה). Many of us are disconnected from the agricultural cycles of our world, and especially disconnected from the agricultural cycles that part of Jewish tradition.  But in the ancient world, and…

Cups: Symbol of Shevat

The month of Shevat and the holiday of Tu b’Shevat are our chance to rebalance ourselves and our energy before the season of real growing begins.  I bet you expected this month’s symbol to be all about trees and planting of trees — but that’s so easy to find! Here we’re going to talk about drinking and drinking vessels! How did…