Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Av.
Consider the Strength card of the tarot which shows a woman in control of a lion or a woman holding up a pillar. What does each of these say about the power of the a wise woman? What does this say about strength and power? What is the difference between the two? How can you have power in situations when you feel like you don’t. What is the role of strength, even if you think you are powerless? Think on the message of this card in your life.
What is the difference between Wisdom (chochma) and Understanding (binah)? Explore how you see these two parallel, and sometimes opposing forces.
Read Lamentations and explore the meaning of this book for yourself. It is traditional to read Lamentations on Tisha B’Av. Consider the concept of the Strength card in contrast with the destruction in Lamentations. What kind of strength do you need when the walls are torn down and it seems like nothing is left? How do you move on? What do you do? Where do you go? Look at the different versions of the card — who is the lion and who is the Wise Woman?
Begin to explore the unhealed rifts and tragedies in your own life that hold you back? What do you need to heal to move on in your own life?
Hold a Tu B’Av clothing drive!
Hold a ritual for Tu B’Av to honor the grape harvest. Use the Teleshemesh ritual or create your own.
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