Above the Zodiac: Astrology in Jewish Thought by Matityahu Glazerson

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By Matityahu Glazerson

Above the Zodiac: Astrology in Jewish Thought uncovers the profound connection among Jewish mysticism and vintage astrology through bringing up the numerous references scattered all through Jewish literature to the impression of the celebrities on human future. Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson offers a month-by-month rendering of Jewish astrology based on kabbalah, summarizing the advanced process of components in Jewish inspiration that correlates to every astrological signal. The publication additionally explains the original dating the Jewish humans need to astrology, and below what situations astrological consultations are accredited to members.

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It precedes the letters on the right side (Mem to Tav), whose combination forms the word meth (death). So, too, Tishrei marks the end of the first half of the year (which began with Nissan) and the beginning of the second half. It is regarded as the heart of the year, as the heart receives and distributes the spiritual energy for the entire year. Following the month of Elul with its letter Yod, Tishrei with its letter Lamed combines with the Yod to form one word, limine (unto me). This symbolizes the unification of God with his people in the image of a wedding, when the groom tells his bride, "Harei at mekudeshet li .

The shepherd does not demand any labor of his sheep; on the contrary, his main concern is finding them nourishing pasture. So, too, during Nissan, the heavenly interaction with the Jewish people takes the form of unconditional love, grace, and caring. This is the spirit in which Passover is celebrated; we experience and reciprocate these feelings. After we have built a strong foundation of love of God during the month of Nissan (which corresponds to the tribe of Judah, the tribe that brings glory to God by manifesting royalty and thereby unifying the Jewish people as one heart), one begins to complement the state of grace with the attributes of restraint and awe.

The letter Vav of the divine Name (Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh) is associated with the six attributes that arise from the union of thought and understanding. The attributes are further refined through fear of God and by the development of the conscious control of one's inclinations. The energy for this work is contained in the sign of this month, the bull, which symbolizes the power of judgment. Regarding the bull, the prophet Isaiah says (Isaiah, ch. 1, v. " The bull thus symbolizes perceptive discriminatory knowledge, as is also indicated by the Hebrew synonym for bull (the word usually used is shor), bakar, which, according to the Shem MiShmuel, is etymologically related to the Hebrew word bikur, discernment and investigation.

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