In the Land of OM – Part 3

Cat Chin

This is the last event I attend at the Tadasana Festival in Santa Monica. It is called “Universal Kabbalah”, and was featured in the “Daily Love Lounge Speaker” Series. Madonna is supposedly an avid devotee of Kabbalah. Unfortunately I arrive late, so I miss the first ten minutes. (I was trying out a circular hanging bed, which was so inviting, that I kind of lost track of time. It was like lying on a suspended flying saucer). Two speakers are leading the entire room in a breathing exercise that is meant to relax and then invigorate you. Then they explain the concept of Kabbalah, but only scratch the surface. There is so much to learn. It is a religion and a belief system tied into how the number seven is connected to everything in the universe. There are seven days in the week, seven holes in your head, seven planets that rule the zodiac, seven wonders of the world, seven deadly sins…you get the picture, the list goes on and on. This is fascinating. I am sure I have some of the information wrong, but this is just what I remember.

The seven planets that rule the zodiac are: the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. I wonder what happened to Uranus, Neptune and Pluto? As it turns out, each planet corresponds to a day of the week, as follows:
Sun – Sunday
Moon – Monday
Mars – Tuesday
Mercury – Wednesday
Jupiter – Thursday
Venus – Friday
Saturn – Saturday

So the day you were born on determines which planet rules you. This affects your personality. For example, if you were a Friday baby, Venus rules over you. Which means you are romantic, a bit of a party animal, etc. – whatever attributes are tied to that planet. There were too many examples given for me to relate here, and also I’ve forgotten much of the information. I did not have a notebook with me at the time, so these are bits of info that I remembered and wrote down when I got home that night.

I have to admit that this speaker series is very intriguing, and it has created a curiosity for me about the Kabbalah. I would like to investigate it further. In fact, the whole day has been quite informative and satisfying. The major impression that this Tadasana Festival has left me with is to keep an open mind and enjoy the adventure of a new experience, especially one that is out of your comfort zone. I am surprised what a fun time I had, and would love to see what they do next year. I just wish I had more time to attend the evening music events. Maybe next year. And forget Coachella!

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