How many times have you read something and then read the same thing later only to discover information than what you learned before? It is a common experience that happens to us all! In kabbalah, there is a belief that if we have not elevated (fancy word for ‘ready’) to receive information a screen or a curtain is produced that prevents us from fully absorbing what is being read or studied, and as a result we frequently forget the material all together. So, the next time you are reading something for the second time and realize how much material you missed, it was not because you are mentally deficient it is because you were not ready to receive the material.
This week we read the Kabbalistic portion known as Vaetchanan. It is one of my favorite portions because it reveals that we should always be absorbed in our spiritual studies. Why? When you disconnect from your spiritual studies, you separate yourself from the energy of life and disconnect from mastering mind over matter. In other words, you begin to live in the physical world only.
According to the Zohar (above), if we continue to focus on spirituality and spiritual studies then it will remove all forms of fear from our lives. This can be outside fears, inside fears, fear from other people, fear in the stock market, fear of financial failure or any other fear that you can imagine. Why? When we are connected to the laws of mind over matter, we realize that our day to day problems are simply there to teach us a lesson. If we stay connected to the Light and our tools (prayer, meditation, and continued inner work) there is simply nothing to fear.
This week there are two different tools that I want to introduce that are powerful tools to assist with awareness and transformation, but first the astrology…
The Astrology for this week is rather interesting because it involves the building up of a rather challenging grand cross that will occur next week. Whenever, we have challenging aspects of this nature it is always good to stay up to date on weather activities especially next week as there is a strong likelihood for a rather intense weather to occur – this could include hurricanes, floods, and tornados.
Venus Sextile Saturn:
On Sunday and Monday we have our first astrological aspect which is a sextile (opportunities) between Venus and Saturn. Any aspect with Saturn will make us feel a bit more withdrawn than normal, but since this is an easy aspect we will often find it easier to get the support that we need from the people around us. However, we still may feel very wary of social circumstances. This is a week for us to begin to focus and concentrate all of our efforts into our work life. Saturn is the natural ruler of the 10th house of work and Venus is the natural ruler of the 2nd house of money, and with these two in positive aspect it is a time for us to be resolute, reliable, and not swayed by our emotions. It is a great day to put the nose to the grindstone and complete any projects that have been collecting dust or need to be completed.
Mars square Uranus/Mars oppose Pluto:
On Tuesday and Wednesday, two rather intense aspects occur – Mars will square Uranus, and then Mars will oppose Pluto. This is a very potent and powerful combination that is the beginning of the grand cross (Saturn joins the fun) next week. The planet Mars has to do with getting what we want, and has the ability to aggressively go out and get it. He is the fighter planet! However, with Uranus (liberation and freedom) and Pluto (survival) Mars becomes a super charged powerhouse that is not concerned with limitations of civilized society. Needless to say, this will create an enormous amount of friction (especially with others) throughout the week, as everyone attempts to get what they want. Although it will be very difficult try to remain calm throughout the week, because the smallest provocation could easily raise our Martian spirit which likes to fight. Furthermore, the likelihood of power battles, unresolved conflicts, and spitefulness could arise. If you can stay out of the ‘den of iniquity’, then do so!
Full Moon in Aquarius:
At the end of the week, The Full Moon will occur in the sign of Aquarius. This is a beautiful Full Moon because the Sun will be conjoined with Venus and opens us up to social situations. This will be a great weekend to go out and spend time with friends and associates. Moreover, we can use this weekend as a great day to take advantage of the Venusian energy (love and money), and do some intention work to bring in money and love.
Your Cosmic Weather Forecast:
The portion of Vaechanan is filled with many secrets. However, one of its most potent messages involves our need to study spirituality. As I stated earlier, when we are connected to spiritual issues we are not concerned with outside influences or outside difficulties as we know they are lessons to teach us to grow spiritually. However, if we are not connected to a spiritual system, then we tend to focus only on the 1% reality that is presented to us.
Of course, we are not connected spiritually (even me) 100% of the time, and there are certain pressing issues that no matter how hard we focus and how hard we try to restrict it takes us over. According to the Ari (Isaac Luria – the father of modern kabbalah), these areas of difficulty are called ‘husks’ (klipot) that we have to break through and crack, and his own remedy for breaking through difficulties that cause us problems is through study. We can do this in two different ways – bibliomancy and bibliotherapy.
Bibliomancy is a long standing tradition in many spiritual ideologies about using sacred books to receive messages that are important to you. You simply grab a book (I did this to write about this week and what you are reading is the message) that you find sacred and lay the book on its spine. Close your eyes and let the book open to a certain page. That page will hold a message for you. If you are using a book such as the bible, once you get your page open then you close your eyes again and place your finger down on the book. The verse that your finger lands on will have a message for you. You can also use a random number generator (many are available online) and tell the program how many pages are within the book and it will select a number. You can then use that page information to get your message. However, if you land on a blank page while doing bibliomancy it is recommended that you do some form of spiritual cleansing before proceeding.
Recently, psychology (as of the 1930’s) has entered into the fray of bibliomancy with a unique form of bibliotherapy (which is not really that unique considered the Ari wrote about it in the 1500’s). Bibliotherapy is the use of books and our relationship to the books content as a form of therapy or healing. This has been very successful when treating depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder. So, whatever issue you are going through you can get a book on the subject matter and you will begin to notice (over time) a healing beginning to occur for you on the subject matter. According to the Ari repetition (studying the same material over and over to get a breakthrough) is one of the most powerful tools that we can use to break through our self-defeating behaviors that are preventing our spiritual growth. I will state, that I have been playing with bibliotherapy (rather ironic that when I used bibliomancy to find a topic to write about it would be on this subject matter) for a few weeks and have found some amazing personal results with it.
Step 1: This week we are not really going to use Tarot, but I am still going to call it a Tarot Tune-Up. Get out a book that you value and you treasure. Ask the book the following question – what lessons do I need to learn in my life now? Lay the book on its spine (if you have problems with the pages opening up, just use your fingers to find a page while your eyes are closed) and allow it to open up to a page. What message did you receive?
Let me know in the comments below what message you received!
Step 2: Whatever message you received, get yourself a book on the subject matter. You can get this on amazon, on kindle, or you can even go to webpages that deal with the message. You will find out tons of information to help you resolve your problems and make lasting change in your life.
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