Topic: Astrology | Posted:March 11, 2013
Nissan, considered the head of all months, is derived from the Hebrew word nes, made up of the letters Nun and Samech, and has two definitions: “miracle” and “to elevate.” The kabbalists teach that Nissan, in addition to being a powerful opening for miracles to come into our lives, is the month of elevation, the month in which all redemptions and elevations are rooted. It is a month of certainty that Light will come when we rise up, and of certainty that the Light is there even when we fall.
Nun is the first letter of the Hebrew word nefilah, falling. The Zohar tells us that the Creator gives all those who fall the ability to also elevate, and so although the letter Nun represents falling, the letter Samech, the next letter of the alphabet, elevates those who fall. The connection between these two letters, falling and rising, makes the Nun even stronger because it validates the falling. This is a tremendous lesson - that we must fall in order to elevate; if we had the Samech alone, elevating without falling, we would not have true growth. Therefore, one of the great gifts of this month is the power to fall and rise, to have the Nun and Samech together.
We cannot rise to the highest levels, we cannot attain the highest connections to the Light, unless we fall. Every time we fall, every time something doesn’t go our way, every time something we were hoping for doesn’t happen, it’s not enough to just say, “I know that something good will happen at the end.” We have to actually take joy in falling. We have to be happy, to understand there is a reason why we are lower than we were before. And that reason is because there is Light to reveal there.
We cannot rise without first falling. Falling gives us the opportunity to become elevated. In fact, falling has within it the seed of rising up. And so with this understanding of the power of falling and rising, and the true revelation that the Light is there even when we’ve fallen, we need to go forward in this month of Nissan remembering that every difficulty is not only a potential for Light, but actually has Light within it.