Embrace the Samech
 which weaves with Sheinah, sleep...inviting you to...
   descend into this time of deepening night....


Meet from the joining of Sameach and Sheinah...
Keshet, the Archer, in the Universe....
   who on horseback rides through the night, galloping through wild terrain...
     drawing back her bow, arrow pointing towards the stars,
       she aims high, her arrow opening the way...illuminating the sky...and says...Dream dear... open your vision wide...
        As did your ancestors in this season- of a ladder reaching the heavens, angel-wrestling at night...

Sameach's numerical value, 60, invites you to taste experiences in this world which point to worlds unseen...
   "Fire is one-sixtieth of purgatory, honey, one-sixtieth of manna...
      dream, one-sixieth of prophecy..."
Let sleep carry you to the river of the unconscious,
   to places withiout time running through them, where messages lie in wait of you....

Sameich, Sheinah, and Keshet moor in the soil of 
Kislev, in the year....
  Month of the 
rainclouds, when the skies in the Land open their gates,
    watering the fields...
       While Kislev's name-play...."a pocket of heart"....
         shimmers before you as you walk this Moon...

And just as the Samech's shape is closed and round, like a wedding ring....know
  as you travel in this time of night, you are not alone...
    you've a Partner by your side, to Whom you are joined...
And hold as well the knowledge that just as Kislev is the 9th month,
   new awarenesses are readying to birth....

Sameach, Sheinah, Keshet, and Kislev, join now with the powerful champion planted in your body...
Kivah, in your soul...
  the organ which digests milk inducing sleep which shall bring you sweet dreams...
    Let sleep now rebuild your health, vision, and ability to see
       that which what is core, essential for life...

Samech, Sheinah, Keshet, Kislev and Kivah say
  Sleep, listen to your dreams...to needed messages...
     as you walk this time of night and restoration know.. 
        that hidden pockets of heart are now shining for you....

Kislev's Mystical Symbols..
Additional guides for this Moon...


Benjamin, Tribe of this Moon...

In this Moon of night and mystery, Benjamin
rises to your side...
  Youngest of 12 brothers, he knew how to persevere...
    His symbol, the Wolf, able to see in the dark, fierce, loyal to his pack...
      a conductor of souls to other worlds...

Benjamin joins Ephraim and Manasseh on the West of the Mishcan,
  where 'storehouses of snow and hail, cold and heat" dwell...
    their strength prevailed against the elements, they, protectors of their people...

As well it is taught that the Divine Presence was in the West, in the land of Benjamin...
  Together they call...
 Do not fear this time of night...
    your protector, your fierce wild one, and the Shechina all travel
by your side now..
       in this Moon of deepest night...

Darech, House of this Moon...

 Thus fortified, you enter a task of Kislev...
   Darech...to travel...to
      move into inner exploration...

Tiferet, Spiritual energy of this Moon

And to aid you rises the spiritual energy of 
  Tiferet...Beauty...
     dwelling in the center of your chest...saying,
        Let your beauty shine now...and light your way forward...


Maduniel, Angel of this Moon...


Thus girded with Benjamin, the wolf, the Shechina, your inner light shining,
  you meet your angel of this Moon...Maduniel, Contender...who calls...

Strive with me...Pitch your might against me...
    Summon your strength, your power, your will...
       For you stand at a crossroad...

  I, Guardian of the way, am here that you might confront the fears which block you
   from moving forward 
in ways you need to now in your life...
      I serve your Source and I serve you...
        Wrestle me to the ground...
          then, I shall bless you...



So dear, open your spirit now...travel into the depths...
      The wolf by your side as you wrestle your angel...
         coming forth therefrom, limping perhaps, but strangely whole...

Illuminated... having claimed your deepest name...
   The Shechina ever walking beside you...

Let your beauty shine forth...
   and walk forward on this journey...
      For then, at moon's end, you will be strong enough...
        ready enough...
           to kindle spiritual Light...

Sameach Musings:

Savah: Elder, grandfather; Savtah: Grandmother; Siddur: Prayerbook; Sahar: Crescent Moon; Sohar: Prison; Sod: Secret; 
Some: Blind; Sus: Horse; Suf: Reed, bulrush; Sukkah: Fragile Temporary Dwelling; Sofer: Scribe; Sal: Basket ; Sulam: Ladder; 
Selaa: Cliff, rock; Sandal: Sandel; S'neh: Thornbush; Seudah: Meal, feast, repast; Se'ira: Tempest, storm, gale; Sipur: Story;
Sefer: Book    

In this time where secrets hide, you travel to inner places.
Mounting silver horses at midnight, you gallop into the heart of the desert. Remove our sandals and sit near the thornbush, all aflame, see the ladders connecting heaven and earth and heaven...

Enter the ancestral circles, sit near the fires of your elders, your grandmothers, who will share their repasts with you.
Soak in their wisdoms as late fall storms whistle wildly outside their caves carved from rock.
In the light of the crescent moon, scribe their tales which bid you break free from your prisons... and move, gropingly towards the light. 

The ancient mothers shall then bequeath you hidden prayerbooks tucked into baskets woven from bulrushes as they urge you to claim your true freedom...

Saval: To suffer, bear, endure; Sagar: To close, shut, lock up; Sadar: To put into order; Sur: To turn aside; Siyem: To finish, end; Siyier: To tour, visit; Sacach: To screen, cover, shleter, hide; Salach: To pardon, forgive; Samach To rely, trust in , support; Saaad: To assist, succor, support, lean upon; Safar: To count, number

As darkness rises, suffering increases, and parts of self desperately try to create order so as not to descend into the shadows. We close those away, hoping the pain will end.

Yet this Moon instructs,' open the door and visit these... I will support you. I will be with you.' 
Move into the shadows and see what pieces are ready for pardon.
For by so doing, there can be gifts beyond numbering, which can light your heart and the night sky...

Savlanut: Patience; Sacannah: Danger, peril; Sefek: Doubt; Satan: Accuser angel; Sambatyon: River beyond which the 10 tribes dwell; Sandak: Holder of a boy on his Brit; Sefirot: Spheres of spiritual energy from Kabbalah

In your bones know this time can contain seeds of change.
Darkness has been seen as a time of danger, wherein Satan lurked.
Yet women know within darkness, life is borne, there, in the dream-time. 
Women have learned to wait for things to be revealed, knowing patience and creativity, most times is well-rewarded.

And when doubt looms, listen for the splashing waters of the Sambatyon, and remember,
there are worlds we cannot see, just as the sefirot dance within and around us, invisible to the untrained heart.

This is  time of mystery... of healing... of rest.
This time invites transformation.

Notes:
*Some drash, interpret the name of this month from the words found within it,
'Kis,'  meaning pocket, and 'lev,' heart.
*Sheinah, Sefer Yetzirah 5:1, the sense of this moon

* Sefer Yetzirah: pg.213-214: Midrash speaks of Kivah associated with "a sleep of sweetness";
Talmud and Zohar teach the Kivah's purpose is to induce sleep.
 

Barchot 57a "Fire is one-sixtieth of purgatory, honey is one sixtieth of manna,
Shabbat is one sixtieth of the World to Come, sleep is one sixtieth of death, and dream is one sixtieth of prophecy."

* Sefer Yetzirah 1:7: "Their end is enwedged in their beginning and their beginning in their end."
*The Aleph-Beit by Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh: Samech as wedding ring, tradition in kabbalah.
*The endless cycle: Ecclesiastes 3:11

*Zevachim 118b: Link with the West and the Shechina.
*Genesis 35:17: Benjamin's birth and receiving his name.
*Mishcan: the name of the Tent built in the wilderness as the Israelites made their way to the Promised Land, which traveled in their center, within it the ark and tablets of commands.
*Benjamin's blessings: Genesis 49:27: ravenous wolf, dividing his spoil;
*Deuteronomy 33: 12: "Beloved of God, he rests securely beside Him. Ever does God protect him, as he rests between God's shoulders."

*Midrash Rabbah Numbers 2:10: The place of the West round the Mishcan and the brothers who stood there.
*Maimonides comments that the strength of these three tribes enable them to withstand the weather.

* Sefer Yetzirah translated by Aryeh Kaplan
*Drashed Madan: strife, contention
*River Yavok, where Jacob wrestled with a man-angel-the night he stayed alone before meeting his brother Esau, who had sworn long ago he would kill Jacob for conniving to gain his birthright as well as his blessing.