The Kabbalistic month of Elul begins today, August 7th. This month takes us through the last lunar cycle of 5773 before the onset of the new energy of 5774, which culminates at the fall equinox which marks 9 months from the winter solstice that left us suspended between heaven and earth. The following are key stepping stones in working through this last layer that reveals the essential light that is to be unleashed in the monumental year of 5774:
8/9 – Gimmel Elul – the yartzeit of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the great 20th century mystic. Rav Kook was from the messianic age and lived before his time. On this day his soul now free in heaven and its powers are especially available to us in perceiving the signs of redemption in the reality that surrounds us. Psalms and studying his teachings are good today.
8/10 – Shabbat Shoftim – 4th of Elul – on Sabbath afternoon a yod points at Neptune in Pisces and births a new multidimensional center within ourselves that can coexist in realms of heaven and earth through the friction we have trudged through of mind and heart.
8/11 – three months to 11/11. In the morning (11am PST), Saturn at 5 Scorpio squares Mercury at 5 Leo. The gatekeeper helps our minds and heart cultivate patience that knows all things come in good time.
8/13 Pluto quincunx Mercury at 9 degrees. Leo and Capricorn relationship is tested. Mercury in Leo brings a fiery mind to everything, but it must first take a seat at the table of the elders. Then its fire can be as potent and everlasting as only Mercury and Pluto can do. This directive about taming fiery Merucry with the power of the ages lasts throughout the month.
8/16 – Friday; the 10th of Elul – Jupiter trine north node. An expansive, visionary leap towards our life purpose appears on this day and throughout Shabbat. We are led to our personal Land of Israel, the land that G-d has hinted he will show us, the land that is our inheritance.
8/19 – the 13th of Elul, alluding to the 13 principles of compassion that envelop this month. Venus quincunx Neptune at 4 degrees (Libra; Pisces). In time, going deeper will bring about a greater harmony.
8/21 – full moon, the 15th of Elul. One month until the feast of Tabernacles and the fall equinox. Uranus squares Jupiter at 12 degrees Aries, Cancer. The soul feels the pain of the separation of principles that posits freedom and creativity against security and the womb, and knows that at their source the two are one. The wounded healer will glean deep lessons.
8/24- the 18th of Elul, the birthday of the Ba’al Shem Tov and the author of the Tanya, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. Also the day of the revelation of the Ba’al Shem Tov. A day of the start of the revelation of one’s inner godliness. On this day the oppression of the miracle worker and the sacred priestess is in abeyance and a new revelation to the inner sphere that manifests in the outer sphere takes place. For more on Chai Elul see here.
8/25 – The second star of David between the planets encompasses the earth, this time along with a grand cardinal cross between Jupiter, Venus, Pluto and Uranus. This is the climax of this year’s energy and out of it the peaks of the new year will be born.
8/27 – Mars moves into Leo. The energy of 5773 will finish off with a bang.
8/31 – Shabbat Nitzavim/Vayelech – On this day on the Kabbalistic calendar, the world was created. New creative energy pulsates throughout creation and it is literally reborn. Transformation potential is huge. What is yearned for during this week will be birthed during the month of Tishrei which begins on September 4th at sunset. If we make the most of what is on our plate, utilizing study and prayer, we can ascend to become divine co-creators which has always been our destiny (with the grace of Hashem).
9/2 – Neptune quincunx Mars (Pisces / Leo) – 27th of Elul – the primordial separation of water and fire occurred on this day. During the messianic era the elements will no longer be in battle but will be united in their common source as they are in heaven. May he who makes peace above make peace below.
9/4 Rosh Hashana – the 1st of Tishrei begins at sunset. Enter this space like a newborn, and come out a new being. The world is literally born anew in these 48 hours. Believe in the power of transformation and the divine ear. It is traditional to recite the entire book of Psalms and to refrain from unnecessary chatter. Remember, you are given the experiences you are needed for these milestones in time. Look in the sky for the new crescent. As the moon is renewed, so will you. Your consciousness creates the space for your new beginning. Hashem has been and is at your side all along.
Happy 5774 – May you be inscribed in the Book of Life – and step into the new revelation of 5774 – a revelation birthed out of the contrasts & experiences of this last climactic month of 5773 – the month that takes us through the last subconscious layer that shields the great light of last winter solstice, we are preparing to assimilate it all, to know G-d as we truly are, to be seen as we truly are, and each moment of light and shade is our evolutionary homework: we call AYEKAH or where are you? in the shade, and draw a bit of light down, and praise in the light, connecting light and darkness, until enough agents have remembered themselves and reached a threshold of belief in the miracle of existence that the everlasting light of the soul will have its day to shine forth as bright as the light of creation, as bright as the candles of channukah.
From the Star of David Alignment to the Fall Equinox / Feast of Tabernacles: A Portal Fully Embodied on Earth
We feel something opened, and is now building from the ground up. A portal has opened, in a big way, and now we integrate the energy into our lives by drawing it down and uplifting to that level. There are some alignments in the star that only become precise as late as Sept 20th, like the mutually receptive Saturn-Pluto sextile. Because of this some feel that something opened yesterday which builds and culminates at the fall equinox. This also dovetails with prophecy in the Zohar about a star in the east and sixty days of an open portal (thanks to Rabbi David Katz for this synthesis). After that, expect more accelerated upgrades through Thanksgiving and the winter solstice.
So if yesterday was intense and today is slow, take this as Day 1 of growing towards that energy in a way that will be fully embodied on earth.
It’s time to ALCHEMIZE. The uniqueness of this portal is the transmutation of dark forces to light. (Thanks again to Rabbi Katz)