Moon Over Maui

A Jewish Mystical Journey through the Year

Hating to Heal

Written By: Jueli Garfinkle - Jan• 11•12

During every moon cycle, according to the Sefer Yetzirah, one specific area of sensory experience is on the hot seat of healing. In Tevet—until January 24—it’s anger. To increase healing during the moon of Tevet, we’re encouraged to recognize and feel our personal and cosmic anger. Typically, we learn to control anger. Or worse, strive to artificially eliminate or deny it. Under the Tevet moon, however, healing occurs by acknowledging anger. Not acting it out, no, no, no. But paying attention to it: noticing the heat that rises in your body when you feel wronged; catching feelings of disappointment before they morph into projected criticism; recognizing the armor of protection around your heart; gently exploring subtle blame or resentment that quietly (or not!) festers within you.

In these final days of the Tevet moon, pay attention to your emotions, especially those typically considered “negative,” such as anger, frustration, irritation, criticism, blame, judgment, anxiety, etc. All feelings are by Divine design. Recognize their power and invite them into your consciousness. They are the harbingers of deep healing.

Tevet Haiku:

Allowing Anger

Brings my ego to its knees

Tevet morning moon

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