Rebekah Erev is a queer, Jewish, Hebrew Priestess, and feminist artist, and she will be sharing a different divination card with us each month.
This month's card is: # 25 Veils.
Card for the Month: # 25 Veils (Yiddish: SHLEY-ers)
From the Moon Angels / Malakh Halevanah Cards, a set of divination cards based on the cycle of the moon to help guide your days and nights.
In Judaism feelings are considered angels, so when you have a feeling it's an angel visiting you. Rebekah Erev, the creator of the deck has embraced this non-patriarchial notion of feelings being positive gifts. The cards offer a chance to connect with the cycle of the moon and one’s own intuition which can serve as a guide through emotional states. This deck is as much an oracle deck as an art deck: beautifully designed, locally printed and includes original gouache paintings on each card.
As we move into the end of the gregorian year and into the darkest time of the year, we’re given the opportunity to face what may have been obscured or hidden below layers because it’s been too painful to look at. However, with the recent election, the scab of our dwindling democracy was peeled away and the wound is infected, bleeding, throbbing.
There’s emotional pain but there’s also the pain we feel in our bodies. This is often a veil to something deeper. The physical pain covers up and hides the spiritual and pain of the world we all hold on some level. This pain in our bodies can also hide from us the beauty and bliss of the world.
Beyond the veil of pain is beauty. For me, my pain gives me an opportunity to feel the beauty of life. (That’s in a good moment. Sometimes I’m like FML for several days of the month because of endometriosis.) We can’t experience joy without pain. There’s an acuteness, a vividness to life I experience after an episode of pain.
Veils are things that obscure something else. I’ve often heard, we are spiritual beings living in physical bodies. So, in this way our bodies are veils but they are also tools, an opportunity to stay tethered to the earth with our physical pain but also with our joy of earthly things. Ah, to have a body, to have sensation, to be alive.
Rebekah Erev is an ordained Kohenet (Hebrew Priestess), who officiates weddings, commitment ceremonies and rituals. She specializes in helping people negotiate their distinct spiritual and secular backgrounds and blend their individual customs to create beautiful, unique ceremonies. A queer, feminist artist who works in object-making, ritual, performance and the written word, Erev self-published the Moon Angel / Malakh Halevanah deck and book, a modern day spiritual tool that centers the care of our bodies, nurtures our intuition, inspires creativity and honors the cycles of the earth.