New moon at 2pm PST Monday afternoon ~ the Kabbalistic month of Elul (Virgo) begins tonight!
The new moon also features the closening Jupiter-Pluto opposition that bridges the gate of man and gate of God. Our transformation in a way that brings other realms down to earth is nurtured by our faith in moments of unclarity in this realm. The bridge between realms climaxes on Wednesday.
Next weekend the balance-seeking, heart-centered Libra moon and the fiery Mercury mind form a yod (finger of God) with Neptune in Pisces. A new inner spiritual dimension may be revealed that bridges mind and heart and allows one to swim along with God in the world. This will manifest in the house where Neptune is found in our natal charts.
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!