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7 Lessons (36m)
    • 1. Introduction to Kabbalah and Astrology

    • 2. Jewish Calendar

    • 3. The Kabbalistic Point of View

    • 4. Modern Astrology

    • 5. The Tetragrammaton

    • 6. The Moon Influencies

    • 7. Wrap Up and What's Next


About This Class

We will examine the unique relationship between Kabbalah and Astrology.  To do this we will start by looking at the structure of the Jewish Calendar and then how the story of Abraham and the stars, Astrology and the Tetragrammaton, and finally how to use the journey of the stars to affect change in this world. 


1. Introduction to Kabbalah and Astrology: Welcome to Kabbalah and astrology. I'm Heidi Snelgrove. I read Tero is Mystic tree. The goal of this class is to understand the very unique relationship that exists between Kabbalah and astrology and how it could be useful to you in your daily lives. The perspective that carbolic studies gives us changes the way it astrology has looked at Fundamentally. So in order to facilitate that conversation, we're gonna go through a series of lessons. This is our an intro to what will be doing in the next lesson. We're gonna look at the Jewish calendar because you have to have It is a framework for how the Kabbalah deals with time. Then we're gonna take a look at the unique. The reason for the unique way that Kabbalist look at astrology. We're going back up a minute and takes and examine modern astrology and its terms and what makes it up? It's gonna be a whole astrology course by any means, but it has to give you familiar with what is out there so that you can see how it interacts with kabbalah. We're gonna take a look at every bit of symbolism that exists. Look, kabbalah can be tied back to the tetra Grammy Nation. And so we're gonna take a moment and see how that you know if it that huge thing is part of this. Finally, we're going talk specifically about moon influences and other influences and how we could make use of them. And then we'll do a brief. What's next for this class? The project is gonna be a little different. I'm gonna ask you to go to one of the many astrology sites out there and look up your and have it generate a natal chart for you. To do that, you'll need your date of birth, preferably your time of birth. But if the time of birth isn't on your birth certificate, er is not known to you at least see if you can talk to family and find out whether it was an AM or PM, because it does affect your chart and you'll get a better chart that way. And then I want you to take a look. One of the things the Natal chart does is it gives you a lot of detail about your supposed personality and what's gonna happen in your life. I want you to find one element of it you dislike You disagree with this is not what you want. And then we're gonna look at how mixing Kabbalah and the system astrology can help you change that element. Because that's what this is all about. So that's how this course is gonna go. It's gonna be fairly brief, but I hope you enjoy it. We won't really work on the project until the very last lesson. Have a good day and I'll see you in the next lesson. 2. Jewish Calendar: Welcome back to Kabbalah and astrology. I'm Heidi Snelgrove. Reading Tero is Mystic Tree, and in this lesson we're gonna specifically talk about the Jewish calendar. The Jewish calendar is unique because most calendar systems are either son driven or their moon driven, but the Jewish calendar is actually both, and so the way that works is this. The Jewish calendar counts months based on each new moon, so the Newman is considered the first day of the month, and the full moon is the 15th. And then the length of the calendar is of that month is determined by when the date of the next new moons. So it could be 28 days. It could be 30. It could be 29 could be 31 but it's based all on the moon. The first, the first month of the year, is at the second half of March or the first half of April, and it's whenever the new moon occurs during that range. This is also how Easter is determined. If you've ever wondered why it moves around the calendar the way it does, it's because it's done with this. So I provided a list of the names of the months in the Jewish calendar, but but they only came about after the babble of time in Babylonia. Prior to that, they were literally just called first month, second month, third month You get the idea, so the names or not substantially important to you in this context. Now, I said it was both moon and sun driven in order for the calendar to be both in order for them to account for the fact that there is more than 12 full moons during one rotation of the Earth around the sun. There's often every other year 1/13 men during that 13th Newman during that time, and the way that's handled is when there are 13. We simply move the names of the of the moons, Uh, from the 1st 2nd 3rd what have you. But then when we get to the 4/12 we actually caught a deer one and then the 13th moon becomes a destitute and this balance is the calendar out. And this is their way of dealing with that shame thing that we deal with in the standardized calendar, where there's really not 365 days in our son year, there's 365.44 point 25 So we have a leap here in in February every year instead of doing it in fit in what we would think February. But if you think about it because they start their year in March, February is actually there last month, so they're accomplishing it the same way they just do it with, ah, full moon, as opposed to adding a day, they had an entire cycle, so it doesn't happen every four years, like our leap here. It happens about every 30 years to their way of thinking. And it's this blending of the two in the adding of the 13th moon that allows their calendar to be both moon driven and son driven, making it a very unique calendar of the ancient calendars within the system. Now that you have a basis for the Jewish calendar, next time we meet, we will proceed to start talking about what makes the wake kabbalah and astrology works so different than every other. Every other interaction with astrology 3. The Kabbalistic Point of View: Welcome back to Kabbalah and astrology. I'm Heidi Snelgrove's I read Terrorist Mystic Tree. All right, so we want to look at a Kabbalah point of view. There is a saying, and my Hebrew is not good enough that I'm gonna read it to you in Hebrew. But in English, it simply is that Israel is not subject to the influence of the stars. That is a statement that's made in both the Tom odd and in the Zohar. So it's something that that is an established idea. But what does that really mean? Well, right now, I'm gonna take a moment and I'm gonna play you me a passage of from Hebrew texts in Hebrew because to me, this is something you even if you don't understand Hebrew, it's worth listening to because it speaks to man on a on a different level. Even though consciously, you may not be read understanding every word you hear subconsciously you are As I go to the next slide. I actually have the text written in both Hebrew and in English for you to read as its read to you very hard to deny and a gram Bama has more with a Graham. I'm looking again. So I kind of had a baby. Oh, Lord. Like a problem. I know him. Market leave. I'm looking on Hari. We've been measured, Betty, with domestic Elian's what You owe me a broom. En li. They never been bitty Your rash 40. You need a valid tonight and probably more know him yet by yourself. You are my yeoman. Have bet Nachama was for him. I will never reach a point where listening to Hebrew red is not to me one of the most beautiful things there is. It speaks to me on a level that I can't even quite understand. But the point of this it's a story that if you've ever had any experience with Jewish traditions or Christian teachings, you probably heard the story before. It's the conversation between the Lord or the voice of God and a neighbor Abraham. And he says, I'm never gonna have kids. And the Lord replies, look towards the heaven and count the stars if you are able to count them. And then he added, Social, your offspring big the catalyst. See a second layer in the story. And that layer is this idea that yeah, there's more going on there than just the fact that Abrahams gonna have as many offspring as there are stars in the sky. While that was one layer of what's being said, you have to understand some context here. Abraham was not a simple sheep herder, which is what I grew up having been told he waas me by Sunday school teachers. In reality, Abraham was an extremely learned man that had spent much time in Egypt, where he married one of his wives his second life, and he was considered a man of the stars. He was somebody that understood astrology, which was one of the most math, which was the basis for math and science in the world that he lived it. So when he's asked to look at the stars and understand that that is offsprings there, he's also being told. I get that it's written in the stars in astrology, that you're not going to have Children. But I am at an I and as such I'm overruling that what may appear to be your destiny is simply not your destiny, because I've deemed that it not be, and it's from this passage that we get this beginnings of this idea and cut capitalism that what's written in the stars isn't for us. It's really a frame of mind by that. What I mean is the people I know who who follow astrology, and I have quite a few friends because of the terror community that are very industry astrology. And even as a child, I remember my parents reading their horoscopes every day. They always said they didn't take it seriously, but yet they read them every day out loud at the breakfast table, so there was always an undercurrent to it. But there was something more to it, even though being Southern Baptists, we weren't actually supposed to practice such things. We just not not week when Gluck get them. But it's this idea predestination if it's written. If your future is written in the stars, if your natal chart tells your lifetime at your birth, then you are. It's yet again another way that you're abdicating responsibility for what you do during your lifetime because you're only limited to what your destiny. It's only what's written in the stars, and it was specifically the frame of mind and of the Children of Israel that that was not the case, that that may be true for everybody else, but we know better. That is not what our lot in life is. And so we carry that forward into a brand a cat capitalism. And we say that it may be written this way, but I am powerful enough to change what is written. But you can't change what is written if you don't know what is written, because changing it has got to be something you do actively. It's not passive. And so the frame of mind here is I acknowledge that this is what they say is good is true and I Then I'm going to exert energy. I'm going to put some of my personal power behind the fact that this is not gonna be true for May, and that's the frame of mind that a Kabbalist approaches this. So we're gonna back off and talk about modern astrology for a minute so that we can get the tools together 4. Modern Astrology: All right. Welcome back to Kabbalah In astrology today, we're gonna talk about modern astrology for those of you who don't necessarily have a frame of reference for this and in specifically the areas of astrology that we're going to talk about our Natal charts, daily readings and the 12 houses A natal chart is simply a me. It's looking at the stars based on where you were born when you were born. What the stars were ahead above you and what time at the exact moment of your birth and using that to determine not only that, what's your sign, but taking it beyond that? And how do you relate to all of the sons? We've all most everybody you talk to Comptel. You what? They're Sinus. I'm a Virgo, but we're actually taking it a step behind that. And looking at all of the details, there's that there's the element of daily readings, horoscopes and what your specific sign says is going to specifically be true in that day. Based on what is directly overhead in your world, in the stars on a given day, one of the houses and how do they interact with your energy so It's the the universe's energy and your energy and how the two will interact. And that's the basis of astrology. All of those things are easy to find out in today's world there are websites that will give you that. Now, before we get too far down this road, I will tell you average my natal chart. I've also done my function Waker. I used to be big into that at some point, and I think that they're all interesting. And I'm even recommending that in that you go when you get a natal chart for this exercise for this class. But I want you to understand that once you do this once you've done the project for this class. The best thing I can tell you to do with that is put it aside and forget it. I don't look at daily horoscope readings at all. I haven't awareness of where we are directly overhead as far as the 12 houses ago. But I use that for something very different, then astrology, and we'll come to that in the last lesson. So this is gonna be a short one today. Since last. Yes, The last lesson was so long when we come back together, we're gonna talk about the name of God 5. The Tetragrammaton: Welcome back to Kabbalah and astrology. I'm Heidi. Snow Grove Reading Tero is Mystic Tree. In this lesson, we're gonna talk about the Tetra Graham in ation and how astrology links indeed. Yet with in Kabbalah, everything ties back to the four letters that make up the name of God. Every single kind of symbolic system that you can look at with in Kabbalah comes back here . You'll see that this written Why H? VH or White? Wh Both of them are correct. It's just a matter of how they reckon how they placed these letters. But these air course assembles for the Hebrew letters. Now one of the things that we talked about briefly in the carbolic overview class was the idea that one practice of Jamaan Tria was taking the same letters of a word and reordering them in different ways. And that, as you do, that each of the words that are created are related. That is not any different with this word. In fact, it's probably one of the most often done this way, and this is how we find it tying into Strahl it one of the ways we find it tying into astrology each of the astrological signs has been linked with a permutation of the name of God. The practical application for this is that gearing times a prayer. It was common to not to say each prayer multiple times and the last time that you said the rehearsed prayer or rabbi would speak Not at and I but he might actually say or pronounce the permutation For the time period, he was saying the prayer. I don't do that. My Hebrew is not very good and I don't tend, I think, out of their long tradition, to speak out the name of God at all. But one thing I do frequently do is there's a serious of hand motions that you can go through that tell the name of God. So as I speak or pray or cast whatever I'm doing, I will speak one of the lesser names so you may hear me say, Add Nai Elohim for just a simply father or all father. Any of those to me are common with common ways of doing this. But what I will do, especially in terms of meditation or chanting, is it. When I come across this name, I will do the hand motions that go with it. So therefore letters and with each letter is a distinct hand motion for yoed. You're talking about somebody who's taken something or receive something, so it's taking a hand palm up and making a fist, as if you just clasping something that was handed to you with he we have the open hand. In this case, it's in the receiving because you've just taken so literally opening the hand up and pointing the finger slightly down is if I'm about to receive something or give something to you that was in my palm. Vaid Vaid is the action of taking that hand and moving it forward out towards the person, the recipient. And then we go back to Hey and this time where before we were opening the hand up to give this time, we're going to open the hand up in more and outstretched receiving, and it's a very simple motion, and the idea behind it is to come bay all the various parks or manifestations, the name of God. So using the correspondents action for each of those letters to each of the permutations, you simply reorder so with areas the permutation is the standard one. With Tarsus, we see the first of the permutations. The 1st 2 motions remain the same. This idea of crafting something in your hand that's been handed to you and then opening it is if you're giving, giving it to somebody else and then simply pulling the hand back and repeating that motion for the second hey and then ultimately extending the hand even further out. So there. It's very subtle, and it takes practice. And it's not about you getting it exactly right or not, right. It's about you creating a mindfulness of each of the letters, as you said, and each what the letters represent as aspects or part of the divine, this young and yang of pull and push of, of give and receive, both being part of this relationship. That's what you're focusing on. And this is just another way by engaging your body as well as your mouth that you have of doing that. Those same kind of energies are in the correspondences that we deal with during the year. Every astrological system I've ever looked at has had each of the houses or periods, astrological symbols, however you want to put it assigned either kind of a yin or yang energy of masculine or feminine injury. What makes the Jewish concept a little unique is that they actually just divide the year into two, and as such, each gets two letters. So areas through Virgo becomes hot. Hey, which is a receiving energy and a masculine energy. I'm sorry, giving in a masculine energy and then Liberia tip ICI's becomes Vaid Hey, or the receiving or feminine energy. And so this makes a lot of sense if you think about it in terms of the seasons of the year . What we see in the Northern Hemisphere is that from the March of Aires on through September , this is a time where we're planting where doing, things were prepping, the earthward were giving life, and then we switch from from Labra to Park Levorato. Prices hit network prices. We're seeing a much more It's the time of harvest. It's time of in gathering. It's much more about the receiving from the earth. So I understand where they got this correspondence and it does become the framework. I have included a download of the permutations with this class, and you're welcome to grab that. It's in pdf format so that you can take a look at it and add it to your notes. And just think about adding this element into your practice as however it fits best for you . 6. The Moon Influencies: Welcome back to Kabbalah and astrology. We've talked about how all this comes together, but now I'm gonna talk about some more practical things. Did this the reason that in my mind as a catalyst, I can't just say I dismissed astrology, and for years, that's exactly what I did. I took one look at it and said, This isn't for May. It didn't feel right. I stayed away from it. I knew about it. I I was in a couple of classes where it was talked about, but I honestly, I just kind of not. For May, however, there's some practical applications to some of this that I cannot deny. I would not be opening my eyes to the realities of the world I live in. If I didn't pay attention to the fact the moon has a great deal of influence on tides and what kind of moon you have influences, how the tides come in, how hard they come in, how tall they are, how hot, how they fluff. I live in Florida. This is very much a part storm surge. Tide surge is a thing. For years I have read about people who planted in the harvest by the sign of the moon and I . The more I've gotten into purporting with perennial plants and annuals, the more I really invested in this idea. So I believe, not quite a bit working with the V o. C. Times. We're going to talk more about that in a moment because to me that's more than just a quick inspiration. And then working with the journey through the 12 houses, the board, of course, times during the time of my journey, where I was embracing paganism more than Chris more than a Baranek studies. I heard a lot about void, of course, and I thought kind of play out. It wasn't until later that I came to the current understanding I have of the topic. What this is is this is the time period in which the moon is between two houses, so it's on its journey. It's leaving one sign. It's entering the other, and there's a brief time period where it's really not owned by either house. And originally, I was told, Just avoid those don't do anything, and sometimes it's a matter of minutes, and sometimes this can be a matter of hours, just depending on where the sky, What's going on in the Sky. And so originally I was taught to fear these as a catalyst, Nothing in the stars. Nothing in the course of the moon holds any fear for May. So I had to reconcile those two things, and where I've come to is this is kind of wild energy. The reason the pagans talk about fearing this time, I think, is because with it not being ruled by either type of known energy, it can be kind of unpredictable. The better way to look at it, The thing that finally and it was Actually it was actually Maria K. Sims, who wrote a book called Time for Magic that gave me my first insight toe how they deal with this, reconcile this idea. And it's the idea that is opposed to board. Of course, being that time when you do nothing, it's more about embracing that energy. So for me, I try if I know there's a law, I mean, if it's a minute or two, I just kind of ignore it. But when I have, you know, when there's 20 minutes an hour during the day, that's gonna be bored Of course, then I want to engineer my world to the best of my ability, that that is a time when I am sitting down and writing or I'm doing something created. Maybe I'm working in glass, but I'm gonna try to do something that allows the freedom of that energy toe work for May. And that's how I encounter void. Of course, when it comes to working with the houses, there's amazing book out there, called the Bio Dynamic. My brain just went, I'll post the title of it. At the end of this, I'll throw a picture up of it, but it goes through and it talks about how you can plant by the moon, but not the basic understanding that I started with planting by the moon on certain days, but more towards what you want. The intention of that plant to bay and and it's fascinating. It's a great book. It has lots of information in it, and so I'll post a picture of that one after the landslide you're seeing right now, if you want to know how to track void, of course, there's a lot of places out there that do it, but one go to that I've found over the years. Llewellyn does an astrological pocket calendar planner, and it's got room to make notes yet, so it's an easy $10 by every year. And then you can't beat the Farmer's Almanac for good basic information. To me, I wouldn't go a year without having that on my shelf. So those are the tools I used to accomplish this. 7. Wrap Up and What's Next: Welcome back to the last lesson in Kabbalah and astrology. This is Heidi Snelgrove, Mystic tree. All right. So I asked you at the beginning of this to take time and look up your natal chart and find at least one prediction that you dislike and and then actually, for the project, all were wanting is I don't want your date of birth. I don't think you should be putting that up. Their universe. Certainly, Doctor time of birth. What we want from you is what is the prediction? What is the trait? Maybe it's a personality trait. Whatever it is that you dislike about your natal chart, and then how can you change it? What are you going to do to make it not right? Because this is about conscious choice. And so it's it's taking that. Here's the thing I don't like. Here is my conscious choice, Virgos by nature, our kind of anal. They are hyper organized sometimes, and I grew up in a world where there was a lot of hyper organization. I was a military brat. I grew up a lot of hyper organization. But during my second marriage, I was married to a man whose career dictated that we didn't know a lot about. We didn't know what his day off was gonna be. We didn't know how long he'd be home. We there were more. We didn't know when he was gonna be available to talk on the phone. There were a lot more weeded knows we didn't know what holidays he'd be home for until the last minute. Everything about him was a question mark and that challenged me to change the way I function. I still hyper organized about certain things, but I can tell you 16 years later that I'm much more rolled with the punches than I ever was before. And so that was something that is decisively unburden, Go of May. And it's definitely true. But it was something I had to work to change, that I had to make a concentrated effort to change the way I waas. And that's the point of this is what is it you that is quote unquote part of your destiny that you want to change and that you're gonna put energy into making different? The goal of this class was to understand the unique relationship between kabbalah and astrology and the fact that we don't use it to dictate our lives. We use it as a guys to know what, where to put our energy to change our lives. We did an intro. We looked at the Jewish calendar. We looked at the Capulet catalyst Point of view, and the story of Abraham did a brief look at modern astrology. Just get some terminologies tied this back to the check recrimination. Look at the moon influences, and now we're finishing up. As for next, there's a class coming in that could challenge you quite a bit. If you let it call the statement of belief, it will be up in the next two weeks. And I would really if it's really encourage you to go down that road. There is something cathartic about taking a moment to write down exactly what you believe. It's something I do yearly, and so here at the beginning of this year, I've created this to share with you, and it's a good way to put in your own mind the answers to questions. Also, there'll be another Tero meditation coming out, and there's an upcoming perennial food plants class coming. So that's what I've got coming up next and I look forward did meeting with you again