The following is part of a letter I wrote to subscribers of the Times and Seasons box club. They get a flower essence for the month and a relevant piece of jewelry along with this heads up, but you need this info too!
So it's the Hebraic month of Av, and if you know much about it, or are in the right circles of people who do, it's usually preceded by nervousness and hand wringing. We aren't going to go there.
When I was attempting to write, and doing the research, I kept falling asleep and having dreams making it clear that we are not going there and what this is supposed to be about.
You're good to go.
There are three things I believe we are supposed to "get" this month. One is that we are enough. More than enough. You have been throughly prepared and everything you need is present to step into that place you've been working toward. All the things about you that make you "you," even some things you might consider a liability, are what positions you to overcome your obstacles. Buttercup and Elecampane are your backups to help with this mindset this month.
Open up your ears!
The second is our spiritual hearing. We need a good strong connection in order to take some serious ground this month. We need our intuition fully functional.
Heal wounds inflicted by fathers and father figures.
The third is healing our relationship with our father. The name Av literally means "father." Most of us didn't have perfect ones, I had a pretty good one and still went through some healing on Sunflower essence. If we are not healed in this area, we tend to have a distorted perception on how God is as a father. This can cause you to shut down your spiritual hearing, "la la la, I don't want to listen to you." Even on a subconscious level we can rebel if we had a strict dad, an angry dad or one who didn't care. Sunflower also works on your confidence level. We could probably take on Av with it alone.
Why taking new ground is crucial this month
Ok, so let me back up and unpack this a little further. The original problem with the 9th of Av was that during Tammuz, 12 spies, one from each tribe, were sent to check out the promised land. I don't know why they were called spies, it sounds very espionagey. I'd say they were scouts. They were supposed to find out the practicals of moving in. What the geography was, is it farmable, best access routes etc. God set them up in every way to succeed. Their assignment was to find out how to conquer the territory, but somewhere in the midst, it became a question of should we or shouldn't we, rather than how exactly.
So when the spies came back on the 9th of Av, two of them were super excited about giant fruit and abundant resources while the other ten were intimidated by the giants living there. The ten convinced the people that waited behind that this was not a good idea and that God and Moses were the bad guys for bringing them there. They wished they had stayed slaves.
Meanwhile, the two spies that were trusting that God would help them out were trying to build faith back into the people. Faith that God was with them and had brought them to this place for a purpose, not just to die. The people threatened to stone them.
God's response was that if they didn't want to go to the promised land, they didn't have to go to the promised land. They could stay in the desert for the rest of their lives and He took care of them there, but it was far from the best that He had in mind for them. The next generation and the two spies were the only ones who entered the land.
What does this look like for you?
So backing up to Nissan, and personalizing it, when you were declaring yourself free in Nissan, what was it from? What were you hoping to move toward? Do you see yourself on the cusp of that now? What are some of the things that are intimidating you? What obstacles are you facing? In light of what I just said, how are you going to respond? (You can't stone me.)
Listen, we have got to push through. Many tragedies have happened to the Jewish people on the 9th of Av. It's as if this one event of inferiority complex and lack of faith opened a door to devastation. Let's be courageous. And we'll need some Borage, Yellow Monkeyflower and some Lovage to do it.
Angels driving the point home.
I was grocery shopping the second day I tried to write this, and when I was checking out, I couldn’t find the 20 I thought I had put in my pocket. Later at home writing, an angel came by and placed a 20 dollar bill next to me. In that instant, I had a rush of every instance of “20” that had come up over the past couple days and I knew it was more significant than “Hey, here’s that 20 you were missing.”
So I dug into the significance of 20. In Hebrew 20 is the letter caph, and it means to seize and hold. It also means a complete waiting period by several examples in Hebrew text. Jacob waited 20 years for possession, Israel waited 20 years for deliverance. This is just more confirmation that the time is now. It may be like that that instance of mine, one minute you don’t have it, and then it miraculously gets handed to you. Seize the month!
The tribe associated with Av is Simeon. Simeon means "to hear" and that is the spiritual sense associated with this month. You're gonna get some Mullein to help with that. Simeon's stone was a green one, and I was drawn to these African jade pebbles.
So on this hearing business, not only do you need your spiritual ears open, but you need to be careful who you listen to. The 10 in the above story were the naysayers, the play it safers, who dissuaded a huge population from reaching the dream. You're going to need to resolve to be unstoppable, and not let other people’s doubts get in your head. Bonus points for sticking tightly to encouragers and/or other people who are doing what you want to do. Go it alone if you have to, but go. It’s your appointed time to conquer a new area.
See you on the other side.
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