While most Americans will wait til January 1st, those who follow the ancient Hebrew calendar will celebrate the New Year Wednesday night September 4th, called Rosh HaShannah. Looking at the moon and the sun, it would appear irrelevant which day you pick to mark a 365 day or 12 lunar month cycle. But the Jewish sages say the day that marks a new year is crucial. A spiritual influence can be felt now. You can tap into a higher potential.
The Jews rejoice, rejuvenate, renew their commitment to spiritual good, recharge their spiritual batteries, and push the reset button on their values and priorities. Resolutions are nice but if you don't put real time and energy into soul searching, you may be like all those who have a list of unfulfilled resolutions at the end of the year. Is that what you want?
The Jewish tradition focuses more on introspection and inner change. If you can uproot the desire to smoke, you can stop smoking. If you just quit and write it down on your list, you will most likely fall into old habits as the year wears on.
Maybe make a resolution not to make resolutions.
The astrological sign at this time is Libra, the symbol of scales. Little do people know that traditional Judaism and the Biblical holidays match up perfectly with the astrological signs. Despite the taboo on consulting an astrologer, the sign of scales reminds us that we are judged in Heaven every year at this time. We want to use this period for a spiritual accounting.
You can hire a spiritual accountant or you can try to do it yourself. But there is no online filing option. You must show up at synagogue.