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Jun. 19th, 2015 | 10:11 pm

The Opening Prayer (from Ibn 'Arabi's Awrad al-usbu')

Planet: Saturn

Prophet: Abraham

Moon phase: New Moon - emergence

The Sun is in 28 Gemini: The first mockingbird of spring (Sabian symbol for 29 Gemini).

The Moon is in its 11th mansion, which extends from 8 Leo 34 to 21 Leo 25. This is the fourth mansion within the second seven-fold cycle of the 28 mansions.

In Ibn 'Arabi's listing, the 11th mansion signifies The First Sky, Sky of Saturn, Sky of the Visited House and the "Lotus of the Extreme Limit," House of Abraham, whose letter is ى and whose Divine Name is The Lord, .الرَّبُّ

In the traditional Arabic system, the 11th mansion is known as Az-Zubrah, The Mane. Its keywords are lordship, mastery, numinous charisma, reverence, awe, worship, prestige. Its image is that of a man riding a lion, holding a lance in his right hand and holding the ear of the lion with his left hand. The angel of this mansion is Neciel.

The Moon has just transited my natal Mars (in my 11th house). Early in the morning, the Moon will enter its Crescent phase, signifying expansion. In the afternoon, the Moon will enter my 12th house.

I bought a few items at the online book sale by the American Federation of Astrologers. One of them is a modern treatment of the phases of the Moon. I'm reading through it slowly and carefully, to see if I might be able to use any of that material here. In researching what the authors have done since (or, at least the lead author, since the co-author has passed away), I came across references to two books by Martin Goldsmith, one about the phases of the Moon and the other about the zodiacal degrees. These may turn out to be of interest as well.

I am aware that I wrote a number of things the other day that might be considered as unnecessarily self-limiting. (I was actually struggling against internalized pressure to believe naively in certain types of unearned prosperity and whatnot.) As I studying the keywords for Saturn the following day, I realized how many of those terms found their way into what I had written the day before. I may also have been influenced by an article in The New Yorker by composer John Luther Adams, who is now in his 60s, and who has made the difficult decision to leave his home in Alaska in favor of an apartment in New York, as well as temporary residences in Arizona and Mexico. In the article, he weighed the aspirations and priorities that led him to Alaska, and that made a lot of sense when he was in his 20s and 30s. Some things began to change--both internally and in the Alaskan environment--when he was in his 50s and these led to the decision that has made in his early 60s.

In looking at the book on the lunar phases--for which Rudhyar and Yeats are cited as influences--I noted some subtleties in their interpretations of certain signs and planets that figure prominently in my birth chart. For Scorpio, they included the descriptor "intense restraint." In more vulgarized interpretations, Scorpio is frequently regarding as being oversexed. For Saturn, they mention "meeting social responsibilities." Yes, that seems to be part of the burden of responsibility. For Neptune, which is conjunct the Sun in my natal chart, they listed "personal happiness bcomes an illusion." Putting these three factors together, it made more sense to me why I sometimes get to feeling so crowded with (real or imagined) social responsibilities that I find it necessary to step back, enforce very stringent social boundaries, and tune in to what I am feeling, without imposing any preconditions regarding how any of that may lead to any particular form of happiness.



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