Eyes, Symbol of Tammuz

Something's watching...
Photo by Vik Walker, used by CC-A permissions

Tammuz 5772 begins at sundown on June 20, 2012 and ends at sundown July 19, 2012.

Tammuz is another one of those months with no holidays, except for a minor fast, and no real practices associated with it.  At least not any I’ve found.  This makes a lot of sense when you think of the Jewish wheel of the year in relationship to agrarian cycles.  The summer months are when there is too much work to be done in the fields sowing, tilling, planting and harvesting.   Even though there isn’t a specific practice that we can associate with Tammuz, there is a theme.  It’s vision and eye sight.  Tammuz is a month that challenges us to really see what’s in front of us and focus.

If vision is the theme, then eyes are the symbol.

The practice for Tammuz then, is to see.  Open your eyes.  Look at the world around you this summer.  Take in all the color, the wonder, the humor, the magick and mystery of the summer as it unfolds.  Notice things you’ve just walked past before.  See the beauty in everything, from graffiti to the most luscious garden.

Take pictures and share the beauty that you find.  Find new ways to see old things and share that.

See.  Really see.  See those around you.  See yourself.

Tammuz is a month for clarity and vision. So open your eyes.

ברוּכָה אַת, שְכִינָה, אֱלֹהֵינוּ רוּחַ הָעוֹלָם, פּוֹקֵֽחַ עִוְרִים

Blessed are you Holy One, your Presence fills creation, opening the eyes.