• August 28th, 2022
  • Elul 1st, 5782

ROSH CHODESH SIVAN

Month of Duality

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Rosh Chodesh Sivan - Gemini

The month of Sivan is connected to the astrological sign of Gemini. Kabbalists explain that Sivan or Gemini is the third month in the Hebrew calendar and symbolizes the "central column", represented by the number 3. As the central column, the month has the energy of balance - balancing the right column energy of mercy and the left column energy of judgment. Likewise we have an opportunity during Sivan to balance the opposing energies of the astrological twins of Gemini. We read about twins in the Torah story of Rebecca who is carrying twin sons Jacob and Esau. Every time she would pass a Holy place representing spirituality, Jacob would kick. When she passed a negative place representing physicality, Esau would kick. We have the power during Sivan to combine the opposing energies of the twins into one and integrate the energies of Light and Darkness within each of us.

Letters of the Month - Resh & Zayin

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According to the "Sepher Yetzirah", the Hebrew letters are spiritual frequencies that created the universe. A different Hebrew letter controls or influences the constellation and planet of the month. By connecting to these letters through meditation we can draw down specific energy to empower and enlighten us. The letters for the month of Sivan are Resh and Zayin. http://www.torah.com/rosh-chodesh-sivan-month-of-duality/ . Resh created the planet Mercury and rules over the month of Sivan. Mercury is "Kokhav" in Hebrew. If we parse Kokhav into two parts, we get the letters Caf Vav which has the numerical value of 26, the same as the tetragrammaton, the holiest 4-letter combination of G-d's name and the essence of the spiritual realm. The second half of the word is Caf Bet which has the numerical value of 22, representing the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet which created our physical world. We can see here another hint towards the unification of spiritual and physical energies through Mercury, the ruling planet of Gemini. The letter Zayin created the constellation of Gemini. The letters Resh and Zayin when taken together creates the word Raz, which means secret. It is during the month of Sivan that the Torah was given to the Israelites on Mt. Sinai, the ultimate secret to the workings of the universe. When taken together and meditated upon, Resh and Zayin can connect us to the energy of unity, unifying the spiritual and physical and light and dark in the month of Sivan.

Days of Connection in Sivan

The holiday of Shavuot always falls in Sivan and further represents the unification of the spiritual and physical with the giving of the Torah and 10 Commandments by G-d on Mt Sinai to Moses and the Jewish people. The Zohar states that Shavuot is like a wedding day with the Jewish people representing the bride, and the Torah, the ultimate spiritual revelation, representing the groom.