Category Archives: Transformation
Sometimes something needs to be torn down and destroyed in order for a more solid structure to be erected in its place.
This is the secret of why the first and second temples were destroyed in the month of Av (Leo), and why the eternal third temple, constructed first and foremost inside the heart, will be erected in this month precisely.
The advantage of the third temple in relation to the first and second is akin to the relationship between the righteous and the penitent, of those who never fall to those who fell, and rose again, and who incorporate all stumbling into their new stature.
This is the secret of the eternal nature of the third temple – it cannot be destroyed, because it has already incorporated destruction into growth, and draws its life-force directly from the divine crown itself, and is eternally created anew.
For more on the three weeks of mourning that are destined to transform into three weeks of celebration, see here.
The new moon in Virgo on Saturday night bathes us in the light of the unblemished divinity within us once more before we enter the chamber of Libra. We are given the gift of understanding that everything emanates from the point of singularity, and then we are asked to create a more perfect world beginning with ourselves.
The new moon will be squaring Jupiter in Gemini and the mind may have to surrender again to the mesmerizing wisdom of the heart. Ultimately the heart will lead the brave journey of constructing the bridge to connect the rational and supra-rational realms, a grand project taking place within us to heal the millennia-old tear between the parts of the divine mind that lie in exile. The chaos we may sense within and outside are ultimately part of the process of reconnecting parts of ourselves and of God that were sawed apart when we were banished from Eden. The reality we feel when we encounter puzzle pieces that do not fit together both in ourselves and in the world is a result of the fact that we are still becoming acquainted with the glue that can mend the pieces together. This magical mechanism that binds together that which seems to our senses as disparate will reveal itself when we come to a situation is a position of humility, the essence of prayer. Nothing in us need be subdued when we stand before God, we must take in only the vastness of that which we are standing before and truly give that which we stand before the benefit of no limits, the benefit of the unknown, of surprise, of complete upheaval for the sake of complete resolution, of complete trust, only because we are turning to the Creator of trust. There are basic truths we can cultivate throughout the process to guide us even when the thread guiding us disappears momentarily:
We are loved
We are being guided
We are sought out by the greatest force in the universe
We are part of something as we are
We are at our essence God
God desires our innermost essence incessantly and desperately
New levels of love is the glue between that which appears disparate
When we believe in the beauty of this universe and all it has yet to reveal us, we stand in awe and thereby create the grid for all there is to be shown. As it says in the Talmud: “If only…a person could pray all day long.” When our basic orientation towards life is one of prayer, of total openness to the miraculous, of humble stepping into the moment and all that it may become, when we find the seat of our soul that knows the wondrous Father and Mother with us in every moment and seeks to build our lives with them, with both love of their deep intimacy with us and awe of how they lie beyond our grasp, if only to allow even more of their gifts to pour down, we step into the new age in which we are co-creators, not from our own egos but from our innate membership to the Creative Force, where our identities aren’t lost but found in the original, unitary and endlessly multifaceted and intricate and Whole being of which we are all part.
The new Kabbalistic year of 5773 begins on Sunday night. The numerology of the year teaches:
תהא שנת גן עדן
May this be a Year when we re-enter the Garden of Eden.
With all the changes occurring in the world, we are deeply in need of a path that can lift us up individually and collectively to a state above the good and evil that pervades. This is the path of the true mystic, of she who sees the true source and spark of divinity in everything, through the divine Mother that speaks within. Once we redeem the non-otherness of that which we witness, all that has become convoluted through our perception and the refracted light of this realm realigns, because the deepest desire of all that has been set in motion is to find its place in the whole through the aid of the conscious shamanic observer who carries the stamp of the divine in her every glance, inclination, utterance and step. The sanctuary of the holy city will be constructed from many such yearlings to rectify and step into the new age in unison in a grand spiral circle dance, each doing their part and coordinated from above.
May it be a year of Great Delight,
תהא שנת עונג גדול
Past shows include:
Kabbalah, Reincarnation and the Soul (2/12/2012)
The Divine Feminine, the Mystical Significance of the 613 Commadments, and Alchemy (2/4/2012) I begin speaking 1 hour into the show
From the law of attraction we learn that we attract that which is in alignment with our current vibration: if we feel abundant and rich, we attract fortune and wealth; if we are constricted and fearful, we attract negativity and obstacle. What is the way out of this maze? How can we leap from fear, negativity and constriction to abundance, joy and prosperity? How can we shift our vibration when we feel locked in predetermined cycles and deep-ingrained fears, constrictions and patterns?
The Kabbalistic approach to the Law of Attraction has a twist to it: All darkness is actually in essence condensed light; all obstacles contain within them the key to transcending them; all fallen manifestations are in fact reflections of spheres of wholeness and perfection on high. In astrology, we see this in the ability of an astrolger or an individual to transform challenging aspects or placements into opportunities for growth; in Tarot, cards of misfortune as guiding posts and friction which can be mobilized for epic shifts; in meditation, we can focus on pain until it becomes fluid enough to provoke healing. In all spiritual and intuitive disciplines, the practitioner has the power to shift perspective and transform hardship into gain merely by infusing the layout with light, joy and conscious awareness.
The hardships we are sent are not merely thought patterns or experiences from which we are asked to flee for abstract hopes of serenity, but are rather the building blocks from which Source Divine wants us to reach our serenity. And in fact, by accepting our current situation for what it is–building blocks–we have already arrived at serenity, the vibration from which all blessing begins and to which all blessing flows.
The first potential pitfall arrives the moment we feel the discomfort of the obstacle, when it nags at our very being and desperately tugs at our ego’s particular view on how things should be. We are paralyzed by the stark contrast between the riches we have began cultivating and the dagger that has been thrown directly into our palace, we are programmed to stand aghast at the irrationality of a universe that could send such an unfitting disturbance into our midst at such a critical time. The origin of our reaction of such a cry of injustice derives from two faulty assumptions: the first is that our present justification that the way in which we are carrying forth is unblemished and in its highest, most perfect form. The second is that that which has disturbed us has arrived to throw us off, holds no message of its own, and is best dealt with by building missile defense systems and counter-missiles until we feel secure in the fortress of our own self-justification and the nihilation of all that is foreign to the narrow way in which we have defined ourselves and our purpose.
Yet if we align ourselves to a Higher self within our own creative process and within our own self-development, we will become so attuned that we will even pick up on the molecules of goodness that are contained in that which we had initially identified as an intruder. For nothing exists in this world without a spark of the divine; and in fact, once we identify the divine spark within a thing, that which was abhorrent, constrictive, and derailing in the disturbance falls away, and for this purpose it came our way. In a dualistic world of spirit and matter, our task is to refine matter in a way that it reflects the highest vibration of Spirit, through our daily interaction with outside events and with our own thoughts and emotions. Moreover, whereas in previous generations this process took place mostly on the scale of world history and society at large, today it takes place mostly in the realm of our own individual experience.
In other words the battlefield for the cosmic battle of liberating God from within the constricting vibration of matter takes place within the world of our own thought, and in particular, within the minds of those who become aware of the importance of their own conscious mental abilities. When we can relinquish attachment to the rigidity of the ego and attune ourselves selflessly in search of the Higher good in that which may appear as an opposition, we are actually working out the remaining “kinks” of God Himself. Every time we transcend ourselves and orient towards that which appears to threaten our smaller selves with an intention to redeem the Light from within the constriction, we are doing something which has never been done quite like this before; we are alchemizing the very molecules of thought, emotion and everything that will unravel from this point forward.
Because of the supreme importance of this momentary disassociation with self, disciplined surrender to the vibration of that which feels contrary to self, and the redemption of that which corresponds to Higher Self from within the disturbance, there are bound to be immense difficulties on this path. Density prefers if we ignore our disturbances, label them as useless, and toss them into the Trash bin–rather than the Recycle bin. However, if we are bold enough to believe that the Source of everything is Spirit, and that no density is strong enough to conceal Light in the face of unprecedented willpower flowing from our exhilaration of Oneness, then we can actually undo the last knots of God’s being, and prepare for the complete unravelling of matter into its true nature and its true holographic reality–the Spirit from which it came, and the Spirit which is its destiny.
Those who sow in sorrow will harvest in joy–the seeds within the earth’s clefts of matter are the very nuggets of immortality which will become the new soil from which eternal Life will begin, and the souls who believed in this reality all along will be the leaders in the Dance of Exaltation for all that is eternal, true and joyful in this universe, for that which they knew all along was inseparable from source.
– from a conversation with Giovanni Recanati, Fall equinox 2011 / Elul 24 5771
When transiting Pluto forms aspects to our natal planets, we can feel a powerful undercurrent of transformation rock an area of our life that we were sure stood steady. Pluto is best at pointing out the deepest layers of hypocrisy, self-escape, or hidden insecurities and instead exposing our vulnerabilities, re-igniting unmet dreams and buried parts of our identity, and unearthing discontinuities between our deepest, highest selves and the way in which we have lived our lives up until this point. Pluto’s methods are aimed at total, uncompromising revealing of all truths–kind of like a surprise police search–which can be completely unsetting and even frightening, as there are no more drawers, cabinets and safes in which the ego can hide; all has been opened, and almost violated. Yet in this case the means justify the ends: Pluto is constantly moving towards and is guided by the unwavering urge to manifest that which is most precisely aligned with the soul’s essence and life purpose.
With Pluto presently at 4 Capricorn, this transit will have a particularly strong effect on those with their sun, rising sign, or key planets in the opening arc of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). As Pluto aligns with our natal planets, it unearths all the dirt that has accumulated in the recesses and clears the channel between us and our planets. Even if a certain planet has brought us a lot of blessings, those blessings can only be fully integrated into our personalities and brought into the world if they are pure, that is, if they are deeply and authentically aligned with our true self. And if we need a refresher on who our true self is, Pluto is happy to provide it, although the void may come before the answer. What’s important to remember in a Pluto transit is that destruction is the basis for rebuilding, darkness precedes light, and void opens the space for Life.
Are you curious how Pluto’s transit through Capricorn is affecting your own birth planets? Feel free to post your birth time and place and/or your planets’ coordinates if you know them, and I’ll offer what I can see through my own study and intuition. Also feel free to share whatever you wish about current issues you are facing and resolutions you are seeking.