To understand what Kabbalistic Astrology is , we must first understand where the word Kabbalah comes from (or Kabbalah – you can find it written both ways). The word comes from the Hebrew and means “to receive”. Receive in the sense of being a field of study, a knowledge that is received directly from God. Simply put, Kabbalah is the branch of study of Jewish mysticism. Many religions have a more “mystical” or “hidden” side and in Judaism this more restricted knowledge is transmitted through the study of Kabbalah.
In this way, Kabbalistic Astrology is the astrology studied by Kabbalists and, therefore, to understand it it is necessary to study Jewish Kabbalah and the elements of this culture, especially the Hebrew alphabet.
As for the similarities with Western and contemporary astrology, Kabbalistic astrology also studies the energies related to the planets and signs of the zodiac and also has a way of elaborating and studying the person’s astrological chart from the place, date and time of birth. Regarding the differences, we can mention mainly that Kabbalistic Astrology uses the Hebrew calendar, instead of the solar / Gregorian calendar. The Hebrew calendar takes into account, in addition to the position of the sun in the solar system, also the position of the moon, so the energy of the sign that enters each new moon is very important for this type of astrology.
Another important point that I must highlight about Kabbalistic Astrology is how it is linked to the beliefs and studies of Kabbalists. Kabbalists believe in reincarnation and that with each incarnation that you come to this planet, the zodiacal energies present on your map are key to understanding what are the challenges to be overcome and what lessons you must have in this life to evolve. This goes far beyond the simple use of using astrology to try to “guess the future by looking at horoscopes” and leads us to much deeper reflections, such as the search for answers to who you really are, what you are doing in this world and what the best decisions to be made to fulfill your “destiny” (“mazal” in Hebrew).
If you are interested in this type of astrology and Jewish culture, I recommend you to look for centers of serious study on Kabbalah and Judaism. This is a knowledge that can benefit your life a lot and lead you to get in touch with a rich and very wisdom culture that is Judaism. Good luck in your studies!
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