The first suggestion we make is to read what we said last year about the month of Adar. What will be said this year will build on what we said last year and the year before.
Below is the link to last years Blog about Adar. Please press your back button to return to this location after you read last year's Blog.
In Hebrew, Pisces is called Dagim, which means “fishes.” Please make a note the word is in the plural. There is more than one fish. We will discuss this below. The letters of this word Dag (fish) refer to a uniquely Piscean concept: Gomel Dalim, meaning “help the poor.” One of the problems faced by Pisceans and the energy influence on all of us during Adar is their Desire to Receive, or the lack thereof. Pisceans are satisfied with what they have and who they are. If and when they do have a desire for something more, or for something difficult to obtain, Pisceans may sometimes lack the spiritual wherewithal to fight for it. More than any other sign, Pisceans know that in the end, everything will be fine. They are well aware that everything in this world is an illusion—that everything has already been decided, and that the suffering of this world is only temporary. So why struggle? After all, life is only a game, and the dice have already been cast. This passive, reactive perception of the world often condemns Pisceans to a complacent life, like fish in an aquarium—one in which all their needs are met. But Pisceans have not been put on this earth to simply sit back and let things happen. They need to be reminded that their reason for being here is to manifest the Light, and that without action, no Light can be revealed.
One of the reasons that the Picean feels this comfort level and acts in a passive way is that they have been through many previous lifetimes as the other signs. This lifetime is generally considered the opportunity to complete their tikune. The life lessons from their earlier lives and the other signs having been learned lead them to realize that this world is a world of truth and perfect justice. Therefore they will decide that HaShem knows best. Why try to change the mind of HaShem since what is happening in their lives is perfectly just. How can they know better than HaShem? Yet that is the lesson that they must learn. To strive for the knowledge to be like HaShem and know better than He. Just as a father takes pride in his children when they out perform him, HaShem wants us, His Children, to outperform him even if that is impossible, it is important to strive for that goal.
While this influence is more prevalent on the person born in Picses, it has various influences on all of us during the month. We must be aware of this and strive against this complacency. When we do strive against this complacency the effect is an increase in Joy. As our Sages say When Adar comes in Joy increases.
This astrological influence manifested during Adar is teaching the importance of action, meaning manifestation, during this Month. So what is it we are supposed to manifest? Ultimately our personal desire to receive! The creator created each one of us to reveal something unique. That is our personal desire to receive. That is what we are to manifest. In the process of discovering what that is we build our vessel to reveal more of the light of the Creator. That is why the energy of Mashiach was manifested during the actions depicted during the story of Purim. This story took 14 years. During that time the unity of the Jewish Nation was paramount. This is why the energy of Mashiach manifested. Yet Mashiach did not manifest, and the answer for why not, is simple. Not every soul was on the earth in that generation. When every soul is on the earth, and each one is manifesting his desire to receive in order to share, and we are in unity because we appreciate the diversity of these desires, Mashiach will no longer be coming, He will be here.
This is the influence of Adar and Pisces on all of us. Be aware that in manifesting your personal desire you need to be aware of the desire and needs of all of the other people. It is only when you are aware of the desires and needs of others that you are able to manifest your desires for them. After all when you sense a lack that someone else has that lack is your mirror suggesting that you also have this lack. Since you have this lack you can manifest it for the other person. This is desire to receive in order to share. This is the lesson for all of us during Adar.
Let me give you an example of this working in our world right now. I want peace. I want personal peace. I want peace in my home, in my city, country and ultimately peace in the world. How can i achieve peace when those fanatics, those suicide bombers are trying to kill me to influence the world to follow their lead towards power and destruction. This seems to be mutually exclusive.
The answer is to search for truth amidst the lies, one person at a time. When the veil of deceit is lifted the suicide bomber will realize that destroying me he destroys himself. He will realize that he is part of the lost Tribes of Israel and know that the Land belongs to he and i together. When we work together we will achieve the true revelation of our true desires and thereby reveal God in the physical world. This is the energy available in Adar.
This is why the Sages have told us, When Adar enters, (the potential for) Joy increases. Joy is only available when our desires are fulfilled. This is the energy of Adar.
Letters for control of the month of Adar אדר are the Koof ק and the Gimmel ג. See below for these letters and also the permutation of the Tetragramaton. These assists you to take and keep control of the Astrological influences for the month.
Since the month of Adar is considered the final month of the year, it is recommended to utilize all 12 permutations of the Tetragramaton (see below) for control of all aspects of the Sephira of Malchut which has no light of its own but is connected to all of the other months by virtue of it being Malchut.
The Sephira of Malchut is the only Sephira where desires actually manifest. In order to manifest Malchut must receive the fulfillment from all of the other Sephirot. Now reread this paragraph and substitute the word month for Sephira and know that the month of Malchut is Adar, since it is the last month of the year.
It is recommended to scan all 12 Permutations during Rosh Chodesh of the month of Adar.
Here are all 12 Permutations
The word Adar, in Hebrew, means a garment. It also is a verb meaning to glorify. The highest form of glorification of the Creator is to become joyfull. It is taught in Kabbalah, when the month of Adar enters so does joy increase.
This year Rosh Chodesh Adar starts Motzei Shabbat February 9 2013 and concludes at sundown on February 11 2013. There are 2 days of Rosh Chodesh. Please note that during Nissan (the next month) there are unique rituals the first 15 days that are extremely beneficial to utilize and perform.
Also please note, the self evaluation in preparation for the Holiday of Passover (Pesach) begins immediately after the Holiday of Purim in Adar. Remember Spring Cleaning is not about making yourself crazy with physical cleaning. It is about removing your ego so that you can get closer to God. That can be done by physical cleaning with the consciousness that this action is cleansing me spiritually.
Now, lets look at the permutation of the Tetragramaton for the month of Adar and what we can learn.
The Tetragramaton is normally spelled יהוה. When the Yood is in the first position. The first position is normally considered the World of Atzilut (Emanation). The second position normally has a Hay and is considered the world of Brea (Creation). The third position normally has a Vav and is considered the World of Yetzirah (Formation). The fourth position normally has a Hay and is considered the world of Assiya (Action or Manifestation).
All of these worlds in the paragraph above relate to descriptions and teachings in Kabbalah. They are metaphors to help us understand and relate to these worlds that we do not see with our physical senses.
In this permutation,three of the four letters are in a different position than normal.The upper Hay is the only letter that is in its regular position. This Hay represents the level of Mind but it is not receiving its normal level of light that the Yood in the higher position represents. As such Adar is not a month dealing with higher mind or logic consciousness. Our minds and logic is not the best tool to be using during Adar. (It is more difficult to be happy when we intellectualize). The Hay in the highest position indicates a strong connection to our intuition and that is probably the best tool we have to use during the month of Adar. The yood representing the smallest letter being in the level that relates to emotion, indicates that it is not a good time to change emotions. It is best to Just Be Happy and remain Happy. Many people do not think that they can control their emotions. They are wrong. Using the Hebrew letters allows us to maintain the connection to the emotion of Joy. It is best to grow our connection to the Creator. The tool that works this best is "to be happy" and connecting to Joy or Simcha which is the Hebrew word. This may be the reason that the Sages teach us when Adar comes in Joy increases.
As we learn in Kabbalah experience creates knowledge within us. Knowing that HaShem is Good allows us to remain joyful. The more we contemplate this truth during Adar the better prepared we will be for the month of Nissan where we break out of our self imposed limitations. The Holiday of Purim is the energy of Mashiach and that energy is CERTAINTY THAT HASHEM IS GOOD!
There are three levels of CERTAINTY. The highest being experiencing the knowledge that everything will manifest as you expect and only for the Good. A lower level of CERTAINTY is to allow some doubts to enter your mind yet still move forward with your actions to manifest the Good in your life and the lives of others. The lowest level is to hope that things will be good by seeing the "glass half full instead of half empty. The choice of which level you will reach during the month of ADAR is yours.
The gematria of the word ADAR אדר is 205.We can substitute a Hay ה for the letters Aleph א and Dalet ד. This is because the gematria of aleph is 1; the gematria of dalet is 4 and 1 + 4 = 5 which is the gematria of the Hay. This leaves us with the word Har הר which means mountain. In the Torah the word Har is used to refer to Mount Sinai. This has the meaning of the revelation of the light of God or the fulfillment of everyone's desire to receive.
Another word with that same gematria is "Vetzadakah" וצדקה. This word means "And the Righteous". The Astrological sign of the Dagim - fishes relates to the idea of the Righteous as the Kabbalists teach that Righteous people reincarnate as fishes (if they need to have any physical lives) so that they are always surrounded by water which is the energy of loving kindness or Chesed. This is one reason that the Kabbalists elevate the soul of the Righteous person who comes to their table within the fish on Shabbat. To assist this process they do not drink while eating the fish and only use liquor and a meditation at the end of the fish dish to culminate that process. In exchange the Tzadik (Righteous) soul assists the people who consume him until he actually elevates to the next higher realm of existance.
The first energy day in Adar is Rosh Chodesh. This year there are 2 days of Rosh Chodesh. This happens when the time of the New Moon occurs sometime during the day. This means that the energy of the New Moon is not complete. There is not 24 hours of the New Moon energy, during the first day of Rosh Chodesh. That is why there are two days of Rosh Chodesh for some months. This year Adar will have two days of Rosh Chodesh.
We will be having an on line connection at 9 PM (West Coast time) Motzei Shabbat February 9 2013. The phone number is 605-475-5950, the code is 911904#. There is also an video conference for those who have that connection capability. This needs to be set up at least 2 days in advance. Please consider doing it as soon as possible to join in other events that we will be doing together during Adar, or for Rosh Chodesh Nissan (see below). Don't wait until it is too late to participate in these ways.
The next energy day is the 7th of Adar. This is the Hilulah (Day of elevation or Death Anniversary) for Moshe Rabaynu. It is also his birthday. We will have a connection Motzei Shabbat February 16, 2013 at 10 PM. Please see above for the information regarding the phone call and the Internet video conference.
Our Tzadikim have given us a great tool. Themselves! Their Hilulah is the opportunity to utilize their connection to the Creator to make our connection easier. The method we use is to light a Yahrzeit candle (25 hour candle) and learn about the Sage. This strengthens our connection to the Tzadik and through that connection allows us to reach the Creator more easily.
The next energy day is Shabbat Zachor (Remembrance). This year that is on the 3rd of March. The Halacha states that every man, women, and child, has the obligation to hear the reading of the Maftir of "Remember what Amalek did to you on the way". What did Amalek do to us? They attacked, when we lost our certainty since the nation of Amalek represents the energy of doubt. This reading prepares our soul to connect to the energy of certainty we receive from hearing the Scroll of Esther. We need this preparation to receive all of the energy available to us through the Holiday of Purim.
There is another energy day during the month of Adar. This day is called the Fast of Esther. It is a sunrise to sunset Fast. This year it happens on the 7th of March which is the 13th day of Adar. Many people teach that the Fast of Esther is done to help celebrate the Holiday of Purim. After all, the scroll of Esther (which tells the story of Purim) describes a 3 day Fast which Esther requested of the Jewish people in those days. Kabbalah teaches that there is never an action done due to history. All of the actions done around our Holidays is done to increase our connection to energy.
We will discuss the reason why there is a Fast of Esther below after we understand the Energy of the Holiday of Purim.
On Wednesday evening March 7th we end our fast of Esther ONLY after hearing the reading of the Scroll of Esther. The scroll of Esther is actually called Megillat Esther. When we look at the shoreshim, the roots of the words Megillat and Esther we find that this phrase means the Revelation of the Concealed.
The name of the Holiday is Purim which means "lots". What is a lot and what is the plural meaning of Lots? To understand the meaning, the energy of Purim we need to understand the meaning of Lots.
The word lot is referring to the rolling of dice. The midrash is that the infamous villain Hamen, rolled dice to determine the best astrological day to kill the Jews. That day turned out to be the 14th day of Adar, according to Astrological rules and chance.
The true purpose of the reading of the Megillah is to connect to the energy of certainty and to protect ourselves from falling to the energy of doubt.
In order to connect to certainty and avoid doubt it is necessary for people to reveal the concealed. Hashem is concealed in our world. He must be revealed by our actions. The name of Hashem does not appear in the Scroll of Esther. When we read the surface level of the Scroll and KNOW that Hashem was active in all aspects of the miracle of Purim, both the mundane, and the Holy aspects, we connect to the energy of certainty.
The fast of Esther is a spiritual cleansing in preparation to receive this energy of certainty that we get from the reading of the scroll. That is why we do not end the fast until after the reading of the Scroll.
It is a minhag - a custom to dress in costumes during the reading. What is the connection to a costume and the Holiday of Purim? Essentially it relates to Revealing the Concealed. Where was Hashem during the events. Where is Hashem in our lives. Hashem is concealed. Hashem is in costume. So we emulate Hashem and become someone or something that can be revealed just as we hope Hashem will reveal himself and manifest Mashiach in our lives, in our time, and in our world.
There is also a minhag - a custom to drink and become intoxicated on Purim, because we are supposed to reach an elevated state of consciousness where we can not tell the difference between the two phrases Bless Hamen and Curse Mordechai. NO I DID NOT WRITE THAT INCORRECTLY! This elevated state of consciousness is one where we are able to see that curses or negativity is also a tool of Hashem. It is part of the plan of Creation that negativity exist and be utilized by mankind. Not to harm but to benefit. I bless you and curse you with this consciousness so that you will understand this paragraph on Purim.
Here is a hint. A blessing uses words. A curse uses words. What is the difference? CONSCIOUSNESS! Mordechai the hero, and Haman the villian are both tools of the Creator.
There is another minhag that is different for the Kabbalists than for almost all of the rest of the Jewish Nation. In most synagogues the children and adults bring groggers to make noise and drown out the Name of Hamen. In Kabbalistic synagogues there is absolute quiet when Hamen's name is read. Instead each person is meditatiing on the 8th of the 72 names of God. This is the word Caf Hay Tav כהת. This name acts like a narrow focused beam of LIght, like a laser, that destroys negativity. Hamen is demolished by this meditation. After all Hamen is a descendant of the nation of Amalek.
There are 5 Mitzvoth connected to the Holiday of Purim.
1. Hear the Scroll read twice - once in the evening after a day fast and once in the morning on the day of the Holiday. We will be reading the Megillah (Scroll) at both times. The times will be Motzei Shabbat February 23 2013 at 9 PM West Coast Time and Thursday February 24 2013 at 10 AM West Coast Time. We will also have Purim Scroll Readings for Shushan Purim on the evening of February 24 2013 at 9 PM.
2. We need to "Give Gifts to the Poor". This is a very special Mitzvah, in my opinion. What is the idea of Gifts to the Poor? The poor person is all of us who have lack. We only give gifts to people we consider our equal which is who we consider our friends. To give gifts to the poor is demonstrating the consciousness of equality of people.
Do you consider yourself greater than someone else? Do you consider yourself lower than someone else? What does it mean to be equal to another person? Have you reached this level of consciousness? Are you able to understand the idea of Gifts to the Poor?
3. We need to celebrate the Holiday with a festive meal.
4. At this festive meal we also give gifts of food. This is unusual in that the foods must be of two different types, and this giving is done through a channel. It means one person gives to another by asking a third to be the delivery person. This creates a circuit of energy consisting of the basic pattern of our creation. The tree of Life using Kabbalistic language or the atom using scientific language. The basic pattern of creation is 3 components, as follows: A sharing person, a receiving person, and a third person who balances the two by being the intermediary between the two. This mitzvah is very important and it is important to understand what it truly teaches us.
5. The giving of the 1/2 Shekel for the upkeep of the Temple. Most people think that this Mitzvah does not need to be done since the Temple is destroyed. Yet it does need to be done since the giving of the 1/2 Shekel does much more than keep the Temple repaired. We have to realize that the Temple does not wear out just like our clothing and shoes did not wear out while walking in the desert. The meaning behind this action is our certainty in being able to use Mind Over Matter. This is implemented when we unify all of the worlds by living the consciousness of certainty in control of our physical world. The Kavenah when we do this action is truly important. The ritual according to the Kabbalists is to elevate 5 silver coins from the Table representing Malchut and the world of action to the level of our eyes representing the world of Atzilut. Please do this action at your home or synagogue and have the Kavenah of unifying all of the worlds so that we can reveal the Light of God in our physical world. That is how we reveal the concealed. Then make a donation to a truly poor person. I suggest email@example.com as a truly poor person.
Here are the connection to the Tribe for the month and the Leader of that Tribe from our website, with information about the Nasi and the attributes dealing with this month.
The Tribe for the month of Adar is the Tribe of Naphtali.
Here are strategies to adopt for this month of Adar that will help keep you in balance.
1) Create MORE JOY in your life
Our sages teach that when Adar comes in Joy increases. Remember this important fact: Just because the energy of Joy increases does not mean you connect to it. You have to create methods that increase YOUR joy. Knowing what gives you pleasure is a first step in creating more joy in your life. Once you identify what you enjoy, then make and keep those plans during this month. The actual mechanism to increase joy is to make sure that other people receive the things or energy that gives you joy. When you are the channel for their joy that energy increases in your life.
Let me explain this more clearly. Lets say what you desire is to have a baby or strengthen your relationship or even find the person you are to marry. The best way for that to happen in your life is when you pray for someone else in the same situation to receive their fulfillment. The way the universe works is if you pray for someone else to be fulfilled, then you become fulfilled. Yes it is a paradox. Try it and see that it works.
2)Complementary to increasing joy is eliminating pain and suffering
Ask yourself what separates YOU from the Creator? It is our selfish desires or our ego. Once you identify these things you can choose to change them and become closer to the Creator. We know that the closer we are to the Creator the greater our pleasure and the less chaotic our lives.
3)Why do we not maintain Joy and Happiness in our life?
We can be constantly happy although it is difficult to maintain this connection. Why? It is because we lack the certainty that we can always be happy. Work on this connection to certainty not only during Adar but all year long.
4)Remove your personal Amalek
What is our personal Amalek? It is the still voice that says we do not deserve this joy. It is the internal voice that says what right do we have to be happy. It is all that internal mental discussion we have with ourselves that makes us think less of ourselves.
Give additional Charity during the month of Adar
Tzedakah saves one from death. It helps us remove limitation in our life. When we go outside of our comfort zone we are actually building our vessel to receive more from the Light, more joy, more happiness, and more fulfillment.
What does it mean to go outside our comfort zone? Our comfort zone is what we are used to doing. It is what we find comfortable. It is what we usually spend our time doing. When was the last time you asked yourself IN WHAT WAYS CAN I SHARE MORE? How about going to visit someone i do not know who finds themselves in the Hospital. Is that within my comfort zone? or is it outside of my comfort zone? There are many other ways to go outside your comfort zone - look for them in Adar. Make it a habit to look for ways all year long to go outside your comfort zone.
The more we engage in the pursuit of happiness to fill our own desires, the more elusive joy will be. Likewise, the more we dedicate ourselves to bringing happiness to others, the more joy will rain down upon us from the heavens above. This is the paradoxical power of Adar. This is why the astrological influence is called Dagim - Fishes (in the plural). This month, focus on bringing happiness to others so that you will receive happiness yourself. This is the most important rule to practice during Adar and also during the balance of the new year that starts in Nissan.
If your lunar north node is in the Zodiac sign of Pisces, your Tikune is in Pisces.
If you do not know where your north node is within your astrological chart send me your birth date birth location and birth time to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will send you information on how to find your north node and your personal Tikune.
The tikune in Pisces is transforming from seeing the world through physical senses to recognizing and acting upon your spiritual senses. Why do you need to do that? After all, for centuries people have been taught that what they see is the cause of things and even then they do not understand why things seem to happen to them, they normally survive and eventually thrive again. Yet that is not the point or the process.
If you throw a baseball at a window, the window will break. True or False? Take a video of the flight of the ball and you will see that the window starts to break a moment before the ball strikes the window. What is it we learn from this? Nothing happens in our world that has a physical cause. The cause of everything that happens in the physical world has a spiritual cause.
This is the tikune of the Piscean and this is the influence of everyone during the month of Pisces. This is why the Holiday of Purim, which gives us the opportunity to "see" the spiritual cause behind the story of Purim and to "see" the ultimate spiritual cause of everything, which is HASHEM, is read during the month of Pisces - Adar.
During Adar look for the concealed. Look for the actual cause the spiritual cause. The person born in Pisces is given psychic abilities so that they will be able to see the spiritual causes. During Adar all of us will find it easier to see these spiritual causes, even without our psychic abilities being active.
I am going to end this Blog with a wonderful story suitable for Adar and Pisces
Three people were waiting at the gates of Heaven (Shamayim in Hebrew). The first one was a Talmid Chacham - a student of Torah. He was told that he would have to wait while the court of Angels reviewed his Torah study to determine if he had brought out anything new in Torah during his lifetime.
The second one was a Tzadik, a Righteous person. He also was told that he would have to wait while his deeds were reviewed to see that he had never hurt someone with his Righteous actions.
The third one was an innkeeper. He was told to go right on into Shamayim.
After the other two were allowed to enter Shamayim they asked why the innkeeper was let in first. They were told that even though the action of being an innkeeper was how he earned his living, his job was actually providing Chesed (Loving Kindness) for all of the Travelers who needed a safe place while traveling on the road. It also helped that a few times when the traveler could not afford to pay the full price for the room for that night, he let them stay for free.
This story truly is teaching the lessons of the influence of Adar. LOOK for HASHEM! Look for the ultimate cause of things! Do additional acts of Chesed like fasting, like giving charity, like visiting the sick, like smiling at someone you pass on the street, like adding to someone else's joy and happiness. Don't look at what you get from these actions in the physical world because the purpose of life is to be Happy where ever you are, when ever you are.
Have a wonderful JOYFUL month of Adar. You can see Mashiach in every person you meet, because every person you meet is an opportunity to bring Mashiach through GOOD DEEDS and ACTS OF CHESED. You are Mashiach for every person to whom you bring joy and happiness. Thank you Mashiach!
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