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…

Milk: Symbol of Sivan

It’s traditional to eat dairy on Shavuot, which begins the first week of Sivan.  So let’s explore dairy for the month of Sivan. Let’s start with the separation of milk and meat in the Torah.  What it actually says is “don’t boil a kid in its mother’s milk” (לֹא-תְבַשֵּׁל גְּדִי, בַּחֲלֵב אִמּוֹ). This prohibition is…

Sivan: Rituals and Activities

Dairy Altar Connect the milk aspect of Sivan, create a special lamp for your altar this month using clarified butter or ghee and a wick. You’d be amazed how cleanly it can burn, if you’ve never tried it!  Try to make sure you are using butter from cows (or goats) that are ethically treated and…

Sivan: Tarot Card/ The Lovers

At first glance, it seems like the tarot card for the month of Sivan ( סִיוָ) should be the Tower because life is changed forever with the covenant at Sinai, but it’s not. The card of the month is the Lovers, but when you think about it finding your soul’s other half, is a pretty life…

Zevulon: Tribe of Sivan

Zevulon (זְבוּלֻן), also pronounced Zebulon, is the sixth son of Jacob and Leah.  His name comes from the word “zeved” (זֵבֶד), which means dowry or gift. Leah saw him as G!d(dess) endowing her with a good dowry with her six sons (Genesis 30:20).   His standard, based on the blessing Jacob bestowed upon him in Genesis…

Sivan / סִיוָן

Moon of Receiving (May/June)Sivan is the month of receiving both communal and personal revelations at Sinai on Shavuot. Want to share this? Use short link: https://bit.ly/devotaj-sivan Basics Linear Month: 9 Torah Month: 3 Season: Spring Holidays:  Shavuot Offerings1: Wheat, Dairy, First Fruits Element2: Mayim (מַיִם) Water within Eish (אֵשׁ) Fire Spiritual Focus3: Uncover and expose hidden…