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 in the form of snow or rain.  The astrological symbol of the month, the keshet (archer’s bow), is often seen as the rainbow, which is the result of the blending of fire of the sun and water from rain, and is the symbol of G!d/dess’ promise to humanity that the world will never again be destroyed through a flood.

In the traditional images of the Temperance card you will see irises, and some say the Angel in on the card is intended to be Iris: the Greek goddess who personified the rainbow1.  In this month where the triumph over the Greeks and Hellenized Jews is celebrated with the holiday of Hanukkah, it is synchronicitious that Greek goddess should hidden in plain site on the tarot card associated with the month.

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Adapted from a post originally written for Peeling a Pomegranate, 2011