17th of Tammuz and the 21 days until the 9th of Av
We just began a period of three weeks from the 17th of Tammuz (Cancer) until the 9th of Av (Leo). The name came from the verse in Lamentation 1:3, it says “גָּלְתָה יְהוּדָה מֵעֹנִי, וּמֵרֹב עֲבֹדָה–הִיא יָשְׁבָה בַגּוֹיִם, לֹא מָצְאָה מָנוֹחַ; כָּל-רֹדְפֶיהָ הִשִּׂיגוּהָ, בֵּין הַמְּצָרִים”
“Judah is gone into exile because of affliction, and because of great servitude; she dwelleth among the nations, she findeth no rest; all her pursuers overtook her within the straits”
During this time the elements of judgment (Left) are stronger that Chessed (Right). Besides the destruction of the two Holy Temples, the history is full of negative events that happened to the Israelites. The month of Tammuz (Cancer) is full of confusion and doubts in the ways of God. The sin of the Golden calf was in Tammuz and that created a cosmic event that is repeated every year. The main impact is on the level of connection between us and the Light of the Creator. The forces of the negative side with the help of the Erev Rav has greater ability to bring chaos on us.
On the 9th of Av, at the end of the three weeks (21 days), we read the entire book of Lamentation. It is written in special orders of the 22 Hebrew letters to correction and bring the light in order that will shine 7 days after, on the 15th of Av that we know as the day with the highest level of unification between the light and the vessel..
The remedy to overcome the situation of “all her pursuers overtook her within the straits” is a stronger connection to the sources of light that is available to us. We start with the Zohar to help us get charged with the energy of love to each other. Especially during this period we should avoid conflicts because negativity can easily set a burning fire in every situation.
Until the 9th of Av, we should be carefully with every action that we do and avoid judgment as much as you can. Starting new or buying new things may include more of the aspect of judgment so we better avoid purchasing anything unless it is vital to our daily routines, personal or business.