Kislev: Spiritual Alchemy
There is so much we could say about Kislev, but I think the spiritual focus is an important one to focus on this year. Within this system I’ve been developing this season is the one where we naturally focus on our connections to the Divine through creative expression. For me, fire (אֵשׁ) represents the element of personal connection to G!(d)dess and water (מַיִם) is the element of personal creative expression. Put together we have a season where we can rebuild our personal Divine connection through the act of creativity. As seen through the images from The Transparent Tarot above (L-R), the changes and harvest of Chesvhan (Death card) are transformed and bridged in Kislev (Temperance card), but can also trap us in Tevet (Devil card) if we are not careful.
Imagine taking this perspective to the gift giving of the season! Suddenly, it’s about being creative to recharge your personal bridge to the G!(d)dess. Consider the sign of the Bow (קֶשֶׁת) and the Tarot card, Temperance, in this perspective. The bow bridges the worlds of fire and water and creates something beautiful and transient in between. Now instead of seeing gift giving as a crass, commercialization of spirituality — see how you can use your creativity to reconnect you to G!(d)dess. Instead of hitting the sale circulars, get creative. Make your own holiday cards (digital or snailmail). Make your own Hanukkah candles or havdalah candles! You could bake cookies, try a new craft, or explore new music! Or go shopping – there’s no reason that can’t be a creative and spirit filled exercise. Maybe it’s at the mall or maybe you find a local craft fair or artisans to support.
It’s also worth noting that there is a strong connection to Kislev and dreaming – the realm of the Baalot Ov (בַּעֲלַת-אוֹב). Maybe for you it’s time to start a dream journal and reconnect to G!(d)dess through the creativity of your dreams. The final Parshat of Kislev, Vayeshev, connects us to Joseph the dreamer, just as Hannukah connects us from Kislev into Tevet.
There are so many opportunities to try something new and be creative during the month of Kislev. Whatever you decide to do, focus on using this creativity to reignite your connection to G!(d)dess.