Nisan: Tarot Card/ Emperor

Rosh Chodesh Nisan is the New Year of Kings, so it makes complete sense that the Emperor (קֵיסָר) is the card for the month.

Judah: Tribe of Nisan

Judah (יְהוּדָה), associated with the month of Nisan (נִיסָן), is the fourth son of Leah and Jacob.  In Judaism the number four, the letter Dalet (ד), represents doorways. There are also four new years in Judaism, and the Nisan is the first — the doorway (הדלת) to the year.  Considering the number of fours found in the…

Adar: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Adar. Rosh Chodesh Meditations for Offerings:  Think about where you were when the last leap year occurred? (If it’s a leap year, if not think back to last year) What foolish things are you holding on to that you can release? What makes…

Dinah: Tribe of Adar I

Adar I (אֲדָר א) is Dinah’s (דִּינָה) month, at least as far as I’m concerned.  Rabbinical tradition equates Naphtali with both Adar I & Adar II in a leap year, but many modern feminists have argued well that the extra month should belong to Jacob’s daughter, the 13th tribe.   To be honest, I’ve really…

Shevat: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Shevat. Create or update your altar with symbols of Shevat.  Bring in pinecones, tree branches, buds, saplings, feathers, water vessels, stars; river rocks (for Shabbat Shirah). Celebrate Shabbat Shirah, when we read the story of the parting of the Red Sea, by…

Dan: Tribe of Tevet

How do we know the difference between good and bad judgment?  How do we know the choices we make are the right ones?  What do we allow to influence us?  What we do allow to blur our vision?  What do we use to clear our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to turn back to…

Tevet: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Tevet. Creativity to Reconnect: this is the season of creative expression.  In theory, it should reconnect us to the Divine.  We bake. We decorate. We shop. We wrap.  Take the time to let your creativity reconnect you to the Divine. Celebrate Chag…

Benjamin: Tribe of Kislev

Kislev (כִּסְלֵו) is called the month of dreams because nine of the ten dreams explicitly mentioned in the Torah occur in the Torah portions of Kislev (Inner.org), which explains why Kohenet associates Kislev with the Baalot Ov (בַּעֲלַת-אוֹב)– but what does that have to do with Benjamin?   Benjamin is the last son of Jacob and the only full brother…

Adar / אֲדָר‎

Moon of Revealing (February/March)Be perceptive to the things that may be hidden from plain sight and reveal things in their right time. Want to share this page? Use short link: https://bit.ly/devotaj-adar Basics Linear Month: 6 Torah Month: 12 Season: Spring Holidays:  Purim Offerings1: Hamentaschen, Poppy Seeds, and Myrhh   “As myrrh (mor) is the foremost of spices…

Tishrei / תִּשְׁרִי

Moon of Gathering (September/October)It is the month where we gather our families, tribe, ancestors, and final harvest before winter. Want to share this page? Use short link: https://bit.ly/devotaj-tishrei Basics Linear Month: 1 Torah Month: 7 Season: Autumn Holidays:  Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah Offerings1:: Sweet Foods, Lulav & Etrog, Water Element2: Air…