Category Archives: Virgo

Yom Kippur practices for all

On Yom Kippur it is customary to fast from sunset on the 25th through nightfall on the 26th. Unlike other fasts, on Yom Kippur we fast because we are like the angels.

I would also recommend reading the ten psalms:

10 Psalms recited every day which assures that one’s soul will find one’s true destined pathway without being interfered with or side-tracked by other people, the negative influences of klipot.

The essence of Tikkun Klali is that one is looking for one’s true destined pathway, asking for guidance to be in the right place with the right destined soul mate, livelihood and true purpose in life.

Of course what matters is what’s on the inside but these practices help open up the gateway available on this day insofar as we are enmeshed in physicality and distracted.

Astrologically the 26th this year is a powerful chart, there’s a grand air trine between Mercury, Jupiter and the moon, which could facilitate prophecy, messages from guides, and intuitiveness as well as mental powers. In terms of current events there is also a Pluto in Cap – Sun in Libra – Uranus in Aries t-square which feels explosive and unstable to me. Secretive power plays, pretensions of justice, and hasty action for a brief window on this day…

To all fasting have an easy fast and may you all be inscribed in the book of life!

On this day we are cleansed of all iniquity and at the exit of the holiday we begin again pure.

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New moon Virgo and Rosh Hashanah

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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

~ Ayala

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Virgo – Betula

Virgin Enthroned by Abbott Handerson Thayer (1891)

Since August 31st, we have been in the Hebrew month of Elul, which corresponds to the traditional Zodiac sign of Virgo. In Kabbalistic astrology, Virgo is called “betula”, the biblical word for virgin. What is the deeper meaning of the betula? The betula signifies wholeness, purity, that which is unblemished and unmarred, who manages to stay pure in any situation. She is powerful feminine energy, and she hovers close to God, even above the saints. Inside each of us there is a point at which we are complete genuine, with no effort, a point at which we can relate to God out of our own essence, a place from which we can channel divine power, where we can create, bless and sanctify.

What does it really mean to be genuine? Nearly every part of our lives demands from us that we put on some mask to navigate complex relationships and systems, most of which are based on incessant cost-benefit analysis and advancement of ego. We know no other way because we take this as the nature of this world. And yet right beneath the layer that we usually act out of is a force of uniqueness and spontaneity that is our God-given heritage. Thank God we all have some places in our life that we can act out of our essence, out of our genuine self, that which knows no other way than to simply be itself, because it is a ray of the Divine that knows only how to shine.

This month is a time for us to take special time on our own, with our loved ones and with God to let ourselves believe that there is a place within us that has never taken a blow from this world, that is whole and pure…like a Virgin. With this freshness and tenderness, we can unleash great sources of healing, inspiration and optimism from within our own beings, which will be available to us year-round. It is a month for believing in our divine potential, and for turning belief, drop-by-drop into a lived reality. There is no effort in accessing the Betula, because she is already there, eager to be revealed and noticed, if only for a moment, before she blushes, and refuses to take on any self-awareness, preferring only to dive into the river of life itself.

Famous Virgos include: Roald Dahl, Michael Jackson, D.H. Lawrence, Mother Teresa

Please share your betula-virgin experiences, intentions dreams this month, if you wish!