Embrace the Nun
which weaves with Reiach, Smell...
calling you to 

 
Breathe in deeply this Moon that which heals...
      as you fortify yourself... for a different kind of traveling....

   From the joining of Nun and Reiach springs...
Akrav, the Scorpion, in the Universe....
 
Queen of death...able to defend herself if threatened....she says,
     Travel now with your eyes and senses wide open....

Able to live above and below the earth's surface, she digs down,
 
exploring realms invisible to the eye...
    Escort of the souls of the dead, she travels the edges...calling
        Remember the thin lines between worlds...the swift passage of time...
     
Just as the scorpion lives in two realms...so too the Nun...
  At the beginning and in the midst of words, she, the bent one, embodies humility...
    Yet at a word's end she takes on new form, standing regal, majestic, she turns into
       a column of flame..feet below the line, dipping into mystery...saying...

   Walk modestly... while...
     moving forward with power...to claim your life...Now...

   Nun, Reiach, and Akrav moor in the soil of
Cheshvon, in the year...
 
the 8th month...
    number of spiritual wholeness...
     
Moon when the Temple was completed...

Following Tishrei in contrast, Cheshvon with no chagim teaches...
  Times of activity need the balance of times of stillness...

  Nun, Reiach, Akrav, and Cheshvon join with the powerful champion
 planted in your body...
Dakin, (intestine) in your soul....
  which absorbs needed nutrition, and eliminates the extraneous...calling you to
    Take in now that which deeply nourishes you...
      Release that which does not....while remembering...
        "With every ending comes a new beginning"....

Nun's numerical value, 50, teaches of travel and it's yield....

 49 days each spring span from our release from slavery in Egypt to desert healing...
  so on the 50th day, we're ready to Wed Spirit....

49  years in the Land our people labored in their fields, sowing, reaping, 
  weathering rains and droughts...
    Then in the 50th year, Slaves were freed...the Land restored to its original owners...and
      all returned to their Ancestral Homes...

49 years of our life, we move out into the world, experiencing sweet times and painful ones,
   health, illness, sorrows, joys...to
    in our 50th year pass through the 50 Gates of Wisdom....

In this oasis time of Cheshvon, embrace the gifts of 50 thus far gathered in life...
  Spirit, Roots, Wisdom gleaned...and
    carry within you the comfort given by the nun, which bent in form, travels 
      through all the winds of life, down all the twisting roads...
    while at the end, she stands, radiant, erect, free, home at last...
     her sacks filled with grain, reaped from the fields of life...
       
Saturate the quiet of this Moon...
  Rest from all your life travels....
    Deeply R
e-fill....Restore...Renew....

    

Words with nun, musings
Naviah: Prophetess; Nevel: Harp; Neder: Vow; Nigun: Song without words; Nahar: River; Naal: Sandal; Nahalah: Inheritance, legacy; Nahash: Snake, Serpent; Nesher: Eagle; Nahash: Divination, magic; Nechoshet:  Brass, copper; Nes: Banner; Nes: Miracle, wonder, marvel; N'siah: Journey, voyage; Nashim: Women; Ner: Candle, light ; Naarah: Young woman, maiden; Nefesh: Soul, spirit; Nativ: Personal path

Allow your legacy to sweep through your spirit, for magic to flow... 
 for the awareness of miracles around you to be as much a part of you as your breath...

Embark on your
 life journey, while listening to the prophetess speaking through you...
   and sing nigunim while plucking your harp...
    Then, holding candle in hand, carve out your nativ, 
soul soaring like an eagle as you cross sparkling rivers....

Your sandals shall not become worn. Your brass serpent staff will guide and heal you. 
    All the women in life, all the maidens who love the road, shall walk beside you.
       It is time to fulfill your vow to yourself.

Naah: To be beautiful; Nagid: To tell, relate, reveal; Nigash: To draw near; Nadad: To wander, roam; Nahag: To lead,direct;        Nuach: To rest, repose; Nus: To flee, escape; Natal: To place, put; Nataa: To plant; Natar: To guard, watch; Nacah: To beat, strike ; Natan: To give; Nisah: To try, examine, test; Nasach: To pour, offer libation; Nafal: To fall, fall down; Nafash: To rest, recuperate, be refreshed; Natzach: To overcome, conquer, triumph over; Nitzal: To escape death, be saved;  Natzal: To blossom, sprout, bud; Natzar: To guard, protect, preserve; Nsaa: To carry, lift, bear

Stop fleeing from pain...
  Examine what you were told about life, for it's time now to tell your own truths...
    Stop your lost wanderings, dutifully carrying your burdens.
      Place them down upon the earth. Let their weight fall from your heart.
        It's time for your own definitions of life to reign.

Come into your beauty.  Allow your inner places to blossom.
  Preserve what is precious, express gratitude for the bounty of life which lies in your hands...
    Guard against all that tries to take life away....while d
rawing near to that which augments life. 
       And then, r
est for the long journey yet ahead...planting new seeds...

Needar: Glorious, Majestic, sublime; Neeman: Faithful, trustworthy, firm, sure; Nidah: Menstruating woman; Norah: Awe-filled, fearful; Noah ; Nazir: Nazarite, filling vows; Nichum: Comfort, consolation; Nistar: Hidden, concealed; Netzach: Eternity, forever;  Naaim: Pleasant, pleasing, sweet; N'kevah: Feminine; Nisuim: Wedding, marriage

There are times in life where we, like Noah, are witnesses to great destruction,
  and face rebuilding our world.
   And there are times when we, like the nazir, are tempted to turn away from life's pleasures.

It's the eternal task... to carve out life in this world. 
  To uncover the deep feminine that lies in our ancestry, hidden away, ancient. 
     Dig down deeply into the earth... open up the blocked up streams,
        allow them to once more flow. 
   Do so for your own life... and for the life of this world.

Remember, we are called to marry ourselves to life. 
   Each flow of our blood reminds us that there are seeds of life in this world...

 We hold on to faith and work to daily uncover the hidden sparks...
     to walk awe-filled and add our energies towards shaping the sublime...
       doing our part to bring in the light....

Cheshvon's Mystical Symbols
additional guides for this Moon...

Manasseh, Tribe of this Moon

I, Manasseh, who helped my father to forget his hardships in life...
 born in the land of Egypt but not of it...
   I well know that place of living in-between....

My strength, enabled me to prevail against the elements...
  stand as Protector of my people on the West side of the Mishcan...
    I, with my companion creature, my ox, 
tranquil one, gentle and true, sure and steady,
        together we now stand solidly by your side....

Mitah, House of this Moon

So fortified you enter the house of this Moon....
  Mitah....death...
"The way of this world is like the blade of a knife.
    On one side, the netherworld, on the other side, the netherworld,
       the walk of life, lying in between..."

Feel the edges of life...let them teach you...
  as the leaves fall, as the earth moves towards her time of stillness...
   Venture beyond the realms you know, culling from this travel... new depths...

Gevurah, Spiritual energy of this Moon...

To gird you rises the spiritual energy of this Moon...
  Gevurah...Power...dwelling in the right side of your chest...
   Let the power that lives within you...now rise...

Gavriel, Angel of this Moon...

Additionally the angel of Cheshvon appears...
Gavriel...
   Warrior, hero, prince of fire and of ripening fruit...
     who guards you each night on your left, near your heart...
       In this Moon he escorts and protects you by day as well
          as the shadows emerge, as the tides of light diminish...
             as you forge new paths to life...

Cheshvon carries you to depth and heights,
  in this womb-time of respite...

The healer, gentle ox, house of death, Power and fiery angel...call you to...

Rest... Undertake the inner travel needed...
  So that at moon's end you might emerge with keener sight and greater vigor...
    To then take up your staff, and walk forward...with wisdom and strength...
       into the deepening night....

Notes:
* I Kings 6:37 in the eighth month

*Mitah is the sense of this month, Sefer Yetzirah
*See Martin Buber's Tales of the Hasidim, Later Masters" pg. 92 adaptedNotes:

*Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine and Nursing
*Chinese Medicine: Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity

* Genesis 48: 1-20: Joseph and son's at Jacob's deathbed, where Jacob adopts Ephraim and Manasseh as his own sons.30:9
*Manasseh's lineage and his father's interpretation of his name: Genesis 41:50-52.
*
Midrash Rabbah Numbers 2:10: The place of the West round the Mishcan and the brothers who stood there.
*Maimonides comments about the strength of these three tribes ability to withstand the weather.

* A Dictionary of Symbols.

*Image we chant at the beginning of Birchat HaMazon on Shabbat, from Psalm 126: 5-6
*You shall sanctify the fiftieth year: Leviticus 25:10
*The fifty gates of Wisdom: Rosh HaShannah 21b
*Who is Wise? One who knows their place: Avot 6:6

* Sefer Yetzirah translated by Aryeh Kaplan
*Drashed Gavar: Warrior, mighty one