Marcheshvan is the 8th Month in the Hebrew Calendar.

The days of the month correspond to a Sefirah/Sefirot:
Rosh Chodesh - Aspect of Keter
2nd-8th of the Month - Aspect of Chochmah
9th-15th - Binah
16th to 22nd - Zeir Anpin (Chesed, Gevurah, Tiferet, Netzach, Hod, Yesod)
23rd to Last Day - Malchut


The verse from Torah that corresponds to the month of Marcheshvan:

DIVINE NAME:

SIGN:
LETTER OF THE MONTH:
PLANET:
Mars
TRIBE:
Menashe
COLOR:
Violet
ENERGY:
The Inner Work of Personal Transformation
FOCUS:
Smell
CONTROLLER/ORGAN:
Intestines
HOLIDAYS:
None

After a month of fully of holidays, this month of Cheshvan is quite a challenge. The word mar means bitter and the kabbalists teach that this month is called bitter because it was during this month that the great flood occurred. The energy of this month seems to also be bitter or negative on the surface. However, if we look deep within we will see that this month is really a catalyst to reveal an enormous amount of Light. During Cheshvan we see a lot of rain, we are surrounded by water. Water is the best conductor of energy and its energy is that of Chesed, which is mercy or sharing. Water can conduct energy unlike any other element so we should be careful to not transmit negative energy or bitterness during this month. During Tishrei we received many blessings and were inspired to make changes in our lives. Now in Cheshvan we are invited to the inner work of personal transformation, to take that energy we received and use it for our inner transformation. Water reminds us to share and to share abundantly with others and the world around us. We have the power to take the mar out of this month and to infuse the Chesed of water into our lives.

Chodesh tov,    

Marcheshvan - By Rabbi Max Weiman

Resources used:  Sefer Yetzirah, Kabbalah Month by Month by Melinda Ribner. 

 

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