Guide to Counting the Omer

Welcome to the Devotaj Sacred Arts Guide to  Counting the Omer.  I first created this guide to help people explore the practice of counting the omer in an earth-based, embodied, witchy way — many years ago for Peeling a Pomegranate. This year (5781/2021), I’m refreshing it for Devotaj Sacred Arts. Each week I’ll release the…

Av | Ometz Lev (אמץ לב) Courage

Welcome to Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, where we explore the soul-traits through the wheel of the year and the Netivot from Kohenet teachings. In Av, we turn to the soul-trait of Ometz Lev (אמץ לב) Courage and the Wise Woman.

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…

Tammuz | B’lev Shalem (בלב שלם) Wholehearted

Welcome to Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, where we explore the soul-traits through the wheel of the year and the Kohenet Netivot. In Iyyar, we turn to the soul-trait of Emet (אמת) Truth and the Neviah – Prophtess.

Kislev – A Study in Opposites

This is the season of Fire within Water, according to Rabbi Jill Hammer in the The Jewish Book of Days .  The fire of the season is easy to see with the lighting of Hanukkah candles and in the way our Christian neighbors light up the nights with decorative lights.  The water, for many of us, appears…

Kislev: Spiritual Alchemy

There is so much we could say about Kislev, but I think the spiritual focus is an important one to focus on this year. Within this system I’ve been developing this season is the one where we naturally focus on our connections to the Divine through creative expression. For me, fire (אֵשׁ) represents the element of personal…

Cattle: Symbol of Elul

Elul is a month of preparation for Rosh Hashanah — at least in modern Judaism.  It’s interesting then, that the first of Elul is the “New Year of Cattle.”  In ancient Israel it’s the time when the cattle were counted and tithed.  Cows are mentioned from time-to-time in the Tanakh and other scripture — think about…

Elul: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Elul. Consider the Hermit card of the tarot and the message of Elul.  What private journeys must you take before you are ready for the new year?  What truths must you seek out?  What hidden things must you illuminate? Connect to the…