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Sivan 5778


New Moon Reading

In the longstanding tradition of mystical Jews and lifestyle publications, we bring you New Moon Readings. They aren’t fortune telling or magic, and they’re not about luck or a mysterious power. They draw upon on the wise monthly themes of the Hebrew calendar, the influence of the solar system on our daily lives, and, sometimes, totally pagan prognostication tools (tarot!) to guide us.

This is New Moon Reading is brought to you by At The Well.

Two moons ago, in the month of Nisan, we started our journey to freedom with the ritual storytelling of Passover, releasing ourselves from the personal pharaohs prohibiting us from becoming our most expansive selves.

Last month, in Iyar, we took the first steps in our new freedom. We healed and transformed, finding a new sense of wholeness and wellbeing.

Now, in this month of Sivan, it’s time to harvest.

We relish the first fruits, marvel at the clarity of vision gained from the journey of spring, and appreciate a new sense of fulfillment borne of personal growth.

In Sivan, we celebrate the Torah’s birthday on Shavuot. It’s the day when Moses received Judaism’s teachings from the Divine on Mount Sinai and transcribed this wisdom to share with all the Israelites.

In studying Torah, the goal isn’t simply to gain more knowledge, but rather to better understand how we as humans relate to Oneness, the energy of the Universe, and to each other.

Like Shavuot, the work of Sivan is all about acceptance and receiving.

We ask ourselves, what does it mean to receive? How can we fully prepare ourselves for this moment? Perhaps an answer is in the invitation to practice presence, to practice being right here, open and without agenda. Remember, our capacity for openness correlates directly with how much we can receive.

Sivan is the time to express your creativity, bring forth and communicate whatever’s inside you, and revel in the clarity of your life’s purpose.

This is the month to get in touch with where you’re going, identify the goals you’re pursuing, and plan how you’ll actualize your passions. This open-hearted month is the perfect moment to share your vision with others, inviting those you love to witness you in your clear truth.

This New Moon Reading is brought to you by At The Well, which connects women to body, soul, and community through wellness education and Jewish spirituality.

Images by Annie Spratt (thumbnail) and Brooke Lark

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