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By Matityahu Glazerson

Above the Zodiac: Astrology in Jewish Thought uncovers the profound connection among Jewish mysticism and vintage astrology via mentioning the various references scattered all through Jewish literature to the impression of the celebs on human future. Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson provides a month-by-month rendering of Jewish astrology based on kabbalah, summarizing the complicated approach of components in Jewish suggestion that correlates to every astrological signal. The ebook additionally explains the original courting the Jewish humans need to astrology, and below what situations astrological consultations are approved to contributors.

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Correspondingly, the winter months-Tevet, Shevat, and Adar-fell to the lot of Esau. And as it was with Elul, so with Adar (the month that contains the Purim festival); it was turned over to the Jewish people. An allusion to the initiation of the period of strict judgment marked by the month of Tammuz is found in the letter combination of the divine Name, which in this month is spelled the opposite of its original order; in place of Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh, we have Heh, Vav, Heh, Yod. The first symbolizes kindness; the second, judgment.

The Zohar, however, bases its correspondences on the order of birth of the twelve sons of Jacob, as described in Genesis. According to the Zohar, Nissan corresponds to Reuben, Iyar to Simon, and Sivan to Levi. ) examines these correspondences and tries to shed light on the teachings they may yield for the divine service. Nissan corresponds to seeing, for reiyah (vision) is the root word of the name Reuben, as our Matriarch Leah remarked when she named him (Genesis, ch. 29, v. " Iyar, corresponding to Simon, denotes the faculty of hearing, as Leah stated upon naming him: "Shamah Hashem"-"God has surely heard .

These qualities find concurrence in the events of Jewish history that happened during this month. During this month, we received the Torah. This gave us the vehicle with which to unify our consciousness and the means of direct communication with the Divine; thus, it provides us with an enduring way of life. The speed of Mercury is denoted in the letter assigned to it by the Sefer Yetzirah, the Resh, which by its sound is intuitively associated with speed. In the science of astrology we find that each sign contains its own characteristics.

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