Shevat / שְׁבָט

Moon of Centering (January/February)
Shevat is our cosmic opportunity to center ourselves and determine our priorities for the busy growing seasons of late spring, summer, and fall.

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Basics

  • Linear Month: 5
  • Torah Month: 11
  • Season: Winter
  • Holidays: Tu B’Shevat
  • Offerings1: Pine Cones, Tree Branches, Tree Bark, Tree Syrup and Sap, Water
  • Symbol1: Cups
  • Element2Eish (אֵשׁ) Fire within Mayim (מַיִם) Water transitions to Aphar (עָפָר) Earth within Ruach (רוּחַ) Air
  • Spiritual Focus3: Personal connection to Divine through creative expression
    transitions to Resources through Community
  • Netivah: Ohevet (אוהבת) Lover
  • Constellation: D’li (דלי) Aquarius
  • Letter: Tzadi – צ
  • Tribe: Asher – אָשֵׁר
  • Sense: Taste – טָעֹם
  • Tarot Card4: Star
  • Soul Trait5: Achrayut (אחריות) Responsibility

Note: Letter, Tribe, and Sense are derived from the Sefer Yetzirah
See NOTES for additional information on sources of these all correspondences.


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Adapted from a post originally written for Peeling a Pomegranate (2003-2013) by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet

Notes

1: Offerings & symbols were developed by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet for use as physical offering practices or in artwork.

2: Elements follow R’Jill Hammer’s elemental system as explained on her website www.telshemesh.org and her book The Jewish Book of Days. See pages 16-19 for explanation of elemental system.

The interpretations of the Sephirot are also from Rabbi Jill’s teachings.  Specifically, they are from her Omer Calendar of Bibilical Women.

3: The spiritual focus is my own concept of sustainable spiritual practice.  It is based on my interpretation of the wheel of the year and the Jewish holidays, as taught by many.  The specific focus is for a season, as based on the element have/need system taught by R’Jill Hammer in the The Jewish Book of Days, as referenced above.  For example Autumn is the time of Air within Earth, we have Earth we need Air and is the spiritual focus of Community (Air) within Resources (Earth) or more simply: communal resources.  

4: While tarot is not intrinsically Jewish, it is a derivative of Kabbalah and a can be a useful tool for self discovery and exploration. Tarot correspondences here follow Kabbalistic tree of life by Issac ben Luria, the Ari, as opposed to some of the more common Christian systems.

5: The soul-traits for each month are based on Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, developed by Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet.

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