By Matityahu Glazerson

Above the Zodiac: Astrology in Jewish Thought uncovers the profound connection among Jewish mysticism and vintage astrology via bringing up the various references scattered all through Jewish literature to the impact of the celebs on human future. Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson offers a month-by-month rendering of Jewish astrology in accordance with kabbalah, summarizing the complicated procedure of components in Jewish proposal that correlates to every astrological signal. The ebook additionally explains the original dating the Jewish humans need to astrology, and lower than what situations astrological consultations are approved to participants.

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The element of Tammuz is water. It shares this element with the month of Cheshvan, whose sign is Scorpio. The similarity between these two months (Tammuz and Cheshvan) is contained in the meaning of the Hebrew names of their signs. Sartan (Cancer) contains the word Satan, and akrab (Scorpio) contains akar (uprooted, destroyed) and bet (house). This 38 TAMMUZ-CANCER (CRAB) denotes that the Flood that destroyed the world, which was full of adultery and uncontrollable evil expression, occurred during the month of Cheshvan, whose element is water.

Coming as it does after the month of Tishrei, which is full of festivals, culminating in the festival of Simchat Torah (The Joy of the Torah), the month of Cheshvan is set aside for the integration of the sacred joy one experiences during Tishrei. As Nissan, with its festival Passover, corresponds to Tishrei (six months later), Iyar corresponds to Cheshvan. We may therefore expect to find many examples of correspondence. The letter Vav of Iyar symbolizes Joseph, the sixth of the seven "shepherds" of the Jewish people (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, and David), who correspond to the seven attributes of grace, power, beauty, victory, glory, foundation, and kingdom.

The sight and divine awareness of Nissan is aroused from Above (just as-usually-sight is associated with some external object in the field of vision), and brings a person to realize the divine Providence. This was clearly revealed to us in the great vision of the grace of God that the Jewish people experienced at the crossing of the Sea of Reeds; as it is written (Exodus, ch. 14, vol. 31), "And Israel saw the great Hand . . " So, too, in all future generations, a person may merit the grace of God by his divine service, in realizing that it is due only to one's God-given strength and inspiration that one can engage in such divine service.

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