Day 33: Hod (Lag B’Omer)

This year Emme and Seth decided to take a break from Omer with Tarot. But we are taking a break from our break to acknowledge Lag B’Omer, which is in itself a break during the seven week Omer period.

The Omer is a journey of wisdom, as we count the 49 days between Passover, which celebrates liberation from oppression, and Shavuot, which celebrates revelation and new insight. Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day of this journey.

One of the traditions from the Talmud associated with the Omer that is particularly poignant this year is that during this time a plague struck the disciples of Rabbi Akiva. On Lag B’Omer, the plague was lifted.

This Lag B’Omer, the pandemic that strikes us is not over. However, we can take this day to pause and reflect on what life might be like when it does.

The kabbalistic sephira associated with this week of the Omer is Hod, understood to embody both splendor and humility, and is closely connected with last week’s sephira, Netzach, or endurance. The card drawn for this day is Magician Reversed.

Magician Reversed invites us to work with the sacred to examine what is in our control, and what is out of our control. During these days is feels like much is out of our control. This is humbling. At the same time we know have the tools we need, and once we understand, we can put them to good use. This leads to splendor.

What are your tools? And how are you putting them to good use? And what’s next?

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