March 5, 2015
Today’s Full Moon at 15 Virgo/Pisces coincides with Purim, a two-day Jewish Mardi Gras of sorts. It’s at Purim that we read the “Megillah” a/k/a The Book of (Queen) Esther which tells the saga of how Queen Esther saved the Jews from genocide in 5th century B.C. Persia (now Iran) .
The Book of Esther is a rather complex story: Although the Jews are ultimately saved and (temporarily) enjoy a pleasant fate (at least until the next persecution pops up), there are off-putting anti-feminist undertones that disturb: Esther was chosen by King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) to replace the banished Queen Vashti (who refused to be ordered around and objectified) – but more on that at another posting. The King did not know that his beautiful, gracious and compliant new wife Esther was Jewish. So that when, in court, Esther’s cousin Mordechai made waves by observing Jewish law by refusing to bow to Haman (the Prime Minister who found out that Mordechai was Jewish), the King had no problem with agreeing to Haman’s scheme to kill all the Jews.
The word Purim means lottery. And by drawing lots, Haman selected the date (the 13th of Adar) as the one on which the the massacre was to take place. However, when push came to shove, Esther revealed to the king that she was Jewish, and the rest is history.
But back to our triangular pastry: Haman, the villain in the story wore at hat of three corners. And tradition has it that by eating the three cornered poppy-filled pastry we disempower Haman and all potential enemies.
The astrologer in me can’t help but notice the grand trine symbolism baked into Hamantaschen and wonder whether eating triangular food every now and then might, in fact, increase our luck. Something to think about.