Adar or Pisces: ‘Enemy’?

This year 5780/2020, the lunar month of Adar starts with the new moon at the end of February and continues through its lunar phases until the new moon of Nisan, at the end of March.

Each lunar month in the Hebrew calendar is associated with a sign of the zodiac: Nisan with Aries, Iyar with Taurus, etc.  The Jewish kabbalah discusses these months and the signs of the zodiac assigned to each.

An important keyword is associated with each lunar month and sign.  For example, Nisan or Aries has the keyword, in Hebrew, chaim or life – as when we toast our friends l’chaim!, ‘to life!’.  Life is a fitting word for Nisan, in the Land of Israel, the month of spring and nature’s renewal.

The keyword for Adar or Pisces is oyev or enemy.  At first glance, it is not at all apparent why the end of the zodiac is associated with a word that denotes hostility and hate.

Each sign is also associated with a tribe of the 12 tribes of Israel.  Pisces is associated with Joseph.  In Genesis, we learn that Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and taken to Egypt.  After going through many hardships, Joseph miraculously rose to become the main counselor to the pharaoh, the ruler of the land.   Ultimately, Joseph, by holding an important position in the royal court, was able to rescue his brothers and their families from famine and starvation.  In this there is a parallel to Queen Esther, also an important personage in a royal court, the queen of the Persian king, who saved her brothers and sisters from annihilation as is related in the story of Purim.

Purim is celebrated in the lunar month of Adar and as indicated by the story of Queen Esther, it is a time for overcoming adversity.  It is the story of how the enemy Haman was defeated by Queen Esther.  Joseph and Esther personify the power of self-sacrifice in order to benefit others and overcome hate and adversity.  Their stories are associated with Adar and Pisces, the end of the lunar year, a month and sign that symbolize facing troubles and overcoming the enemy.  And, then, the joy of Purim replaces the fear of defeat or as Shakespeare says:  “All’s well the ends well”.


Washington or Lincoln?

There is an astrological secret about these Presidents of the United States. The birth chart of the first president, George Washington, (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799), shows that he is born in the sign of Pisces.  In the Jewish Lunar Calendar, Washington’s birthday is in Shvat — Aquarius, the sign of friendship. freedom, reform, and rebellion.  

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) is an Aquarius by the traditional zodiac, born with the Sun located in the sign of Aquarius and by the Jewish Lunar Calendar, Lincoln is also born in the Jewish Lunar Calendar month of Shevat or Aquarius.

Using a calendar date conversion tool to determine on which day of the lunar month Shvat these great presidents were born shows that they were born on the 26th day of Shvat!    The establishment of the USA (Washington) its continued existence (Lincoln) seems to have been destined to fall on the shoulders of two presidents born on the same day!


Libra & Hearing the Shofar — What is the Common Side?

Inner ear and balance. Loop-shaped canals in your inner ear contain fluid and fine, hairlike sensors that help you keep your balance.  —

What is the connection between ear, balance, and Libra?

In astrology every sign of the zodiac has its symbol — Taurus, the Bull, Leo, the Lion — Libra’s symbol is the Balances and symbolizes the ideal of  a balanced relationship in which each person is an equal partner, i. e., equal in importance.

While Jewish Astrology shares this iconic symbol for Libra, its also has another meaning because Libra is associated with the Jewish lunar month of Tishrei, the seventh month.  Jewish tradition celebrates the first day of the seventh month as Rosh Hashanah, the New Year.  This first day is also called the ‘Day of Judgment’.  Thus, Libra, the Balances, is given another profound interpretation: the Scales of Judgment.

And even the name of the sign in Hebrew, Moznaim, from the verb ‘ee-zeyn’ אזן  – to balance – has the same letters as the noun, ‘o-zen’ אזן‘ear’.   New Year’s day has one primary act to perform and that act is to hear the sound of the Shofar!

Man’s Search for Meaning

Dr. Victor E. Frankl,  March 26, 1905 – September 2, 1997, Creator of  Logotherapy


In Kabbalah, we learn that each individual is born according to their specific mazal (destiny or fate) on the day and hour chosen by God to provide the new born the appropriate opportunities to advance its spiritual development and thus, achieve its life’s fulfillment and thereby, participate in Tikkun ha’Olam.

Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.
Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning









Coincidences: Look at it this Way

Astrology (as science, art, philosophy, or perhaps as a future religion) does not subscribe to any belief in the word “coincidence.”  It says that there are truly remarkable things in the universe, and as a result of this there are awe-inspiring occurrences in our lives.
— Martin Schulman, Celestial Harmony

A coincidence is, astrologically speaking, a fact — a meaning and significance is assigned to that ‘coincidence’— for example, a conjunction of two planets in an individual’s birth chart or embarking on a travel adventure just as transiting Jupiter applies an exact aspect to the cusp of the 9th house.  

Astrological facts are symbolically displayed on a horoscope or birth chart.  Some of these facts are observed only after an analysis of their implications.  For example, a birth chart with Sun at 20 degrees Aries has one meaning for an individual age 10 and another for an individual age 50 — in first instance, the progressed Sun is entering Taurus, while in the second it is entering Gemini.  An astrologer’s practiced eye sees these deeper levels of meaning of these identical astrological facts.

These astrological facts give a needed perspective: seeing life from above, from a panoramic point-of-view.   This perspective sees truly remarkable things in the universe  and one can understand and participate in awe-inspiring occurrences — these occurrences are not coincidences.