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Četvrtak 25 Džumade-l-ula 1440

Jan. 31st, 2019 | 07:32 am
music: Troum & All Sides - Shutun

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Jupiter

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Moses

The Sun is in 11 Aquarius (in my 5th house): On a vast staircase stand people of different types, graduated upward. (Symbol for 12 Aquarius from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 23Sag48 (in my 4th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 21, The Earth, letter Ṣād, The Death-Giver (Al-Mumīt)

Lunar phase: Last Quarter - Re-Orientation (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

At about an hour after midnight, the Moon transited my natal Moon (in my 4th house). At about an hour after noon, the Moon will enter its Balsamic phase, whose keyword is Release.

I am experiencing a degree of fatigue that I find challenging, but today is the first day in some time that I hope to open up a window of time to continue writing the article I am working on. My goal has been to complete a draft by Feb 1 so that I have time to edit it in conformity with the style sheet. Over the weekend I received a style sheet for another article that is due at the end of March. I haven't yet looked at that style sheet.

I have been working slowly through the first lesson of Kelly Surtees's introductory astrology course.


Peace,

KH

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Ponedjelkjak 15 Džumade-l-ula 1440

Jan. 21st, 2019 | 07:37 am
music: Karsten Hamre - The End of the World

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Moon

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Adam

The Sun is in 1 Aquarius (in my 5th house): An unexpected thunderstorm. (Symbol for 2 Aquarius from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 5Leo30 (in my 11th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 10, The Sphere of Stations, Sky of Fixed Stars, Sun of Paradise and Roof of Hell, letter Shīn, The Powerful (Al-Muqtadīr)

Lunar phase: Full Moon - Fulfillment (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

At about 15 minutes after midnight, the Moon entered its Full Moon phase (in my 11th house). About an hour and 20 minutes after that, Venus entered my 4th house. About an hour and a half before sabah, the Moon transited my North Node (in my 11th house). About 20 minutes after ikindija, the Moon will transit my natal Mars.

This full moon was, of course, the much-publicized super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse. It did, in fact, fall on a sensitive place in my natal chart, as I have my natal lunar nodes within a few degrees of the location of the soli-lunar opposition. I also have an opposition between Mars and Saturn (the traditional malefic planets) within a few degrees of the nodal axis, all of which is square to my Sun-Neptune conjunction in Scorpio.

After taking a short trip down memory lane with respect to astrology studies and consultations from 12 years ago in my previous entry, I decided to enroll in a short self-paced astrology course at the online Astrology University. When I was browsing online to see what had become of Blaschke's astrology course (I believe his wife had taken it over after his death), I found that some pages of his website were being redirected to the Astrology University site and that promotions for books by evolutionary astrology authors were appearing on some of those pages. At first I thought Blaschke's site had been hijacked, but eventually I discovered that Astrology University is now housing some of his video lectures (but not the specific course in which I was enrolled). As I explored the site further, I saw some familiar names and faces and realized that this is a resource that brings together material on evolutionary astrology with other approaches.

My attention was drawn in particular to an introductory course by Kelly Surtees, an Australian astrologer. I decided to purchase the course and to begin it. I have a terrible track record when it comes to completing astrology courses. Either I begin a course and run out of time to complete it, or I get stuck on some aspect of it that is beyond my ability or confidence level, or I go off on tangents and never get back to the course, or I discovered a political or philosophical incompatibility with the instructor and get turned off. As I began to do the first reading for Kelly Surtees's course, I felt on familiar ground because it is an article by Greg Bogart, who is a Rudhyar-influenced astrologer-therapist. My first professional consultation was with Greg Bogart (back in 2004): I still have the cassette tape of the session (haha). He sent me one of his books gratis: in fact, it is the same book on which the assigned article was based. I had recently become curious about what he had been up to lately and came across a reference to his most recent astrology book, which I then purchased.

I am continuing to prepare for the beginning of the new semester. My syllabi are written, as are the first few assignments for my classes. I am also continuing to work on my article while keeping things moving along with the graduate program. I have been disappointed with myself for not finding time to practice over the past couple of days, but perhaps I will get back to that today.


Peace,

KH

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Četvrtak 11 Džumade-l-ula 1440

Jan. 17th, 2019 | 07:57 am
music: Caul - IV

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Jupiter

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Moses

The Sun is in 27 Capricorn (in my 5th house): A large aviary. (Symbol for 28 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 6Gem53 (in my 8th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 6, The Form, letter Khā, The Wise (Al-Ḥakīm)

Lunar phase: First Quarter - Action (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

Last evening, the Moon entered Gemini (in my 9th house). Overnight, Mercury entered my 5th house.

Since Jupiter entered my 4th house recently, I decided to examine its previous transits of that house. The most recent prior transit was a significant one. Because of direct and retrograde motion, Jupiter entered my 4th house twice in 2007 (and exited back into the 3rd house once before entering a second time). It first entered in February, 2007, a month or two before I was notified that I had received tenure. This would be an example of a typical Jupiterian "boon," as well as an example of the conclusion of a process previously set in motion, which is also associated with Jupiter transits to the 4th house. Between the time that Jupiter exited my 4th house by retrograde motion and the time it re-entered the 4th house, my mother had begun to experience seizures, signalling the beginning of the final stages of her brain cancer. By the time Jupiter transited my natal Moon (in my 4th house), my mother had been discharged from a rehabilitation facility and had begun home hospice care.

This period involves astrology in a couple of significant ways as well. Soon after I had been notified that I had received tenure, I decided to do something for myself by enrolling in an astrology correspondence course. The level of the course proved to be too advanced after the first assignment, but it gave me an opportunity to work in a preliminary way with Robert Blaschke, a well-known astrologer at the time (who, unfortunately, passed away a few years later). I did have the opportunity to support his work by means of the course fee and by purchasing his books, which I still have. In his first book he pays tribute to two of the pioneers of 20th-century astrology, Alan Leo and C.E.O. Carter, who were both British Theosophists. Around the time that I enrolled in Blaschke's course, I purchased used copies of a book by Leo and by Carter, which I also still have. As I returned to reading Rudhyar's The Astrology of Personality recently, I found myself looking again at the books by Leo and Carter (authors that Rudhyar also mentions). It then occurred to me that I had purchased those books as a result of browsing through Blaschke's first book. This led me to feel that I am perhaps in the process of reopening unfinished chapters in my relationship to astrology.

Another thing I recall from that period in 2007 is that I consulted with a local astrologer who indicated that there was something she "didn't like" about Jupiter entering the 4th house. She said that I should be prepared to "return home," i.e. to attend to an imminent death in the family. I just pulled the chart from this consultation from my files and I see that it took place in June of 2007, preceding the vacation that my husband and I took to Rhode Island that summer, which I believe took place in July or August. It was during the course of that vacation that I received a call from my father that my mother had begun to experience seizures and was in the hospital. I also see that this astrologer used solar-arc directions as well as transits.

Backing up now to this previous summer, I consulted with an astrologer (who happens to live in Rhode Island) and I discussed my dilemma regarding whether to invest more energy into my professional work or into pursuits such as astrology or spirituality. For the duration of the fall semester, I felt snowed under with day-to-day duties related to my job, without making much progress on either professional projects or personal studies. Toward the latter part of the present winter recess, however, I seem to be making some progress in both areas. Perhaps the question is not so much about professional work versus personal pursuits, but rather about meaningful activity versus externally-imposed chaos.


Peace,

KH

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Utorak 9 Džumade-l-ula 1440

Jan. 15th, 2019 | 08:53 am
music: Atrium Carceri - Reincarnation Chamber

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Mars

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Aaron & John

The Sun is in 25 Capricorn (in my 5th house): A nature spirit dancing in the iridescent mist of a waterfall. (Symbol for 26 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 10Tau24 (in my 8th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 4, Al-jawhar-al-habâï, The materia prima, letter Ḥā, The Last (Al-’Ākhir)

Lunar phase: First Quarter - Action (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

About an hour and a half before sabah, Jupiter entered my 4th house. In about an hour and a half, the Moon will enter my 9th house.

Even though there is not a lot of outward activity going on, this seems to be a time of subtle changes. My husband is interviewing today for a new position within his company. It is a management position, something he studiously avoided when he was in retail and corporate customer-service positions. Now that he has entered into something more of a chosen career (psychological counseling), perhaps he feels more confident in his professional abilities and ambitions.

For my part, I have been making some progress in my re-reading of Rudhyar's The Astrology of Personality. This time around, I am noticing how his work parallels in a number of respects the philosophical work I have been reading, mainly Adrian Johnston's commentaries on Žižek's writings. In reviewing Rudhyar's Chapter 6, The Dial of Houses, I was reminded that my current age, 56, is one of the pivotal ages in his 28-year progressed Ascendant (Point of Self) cycle. This has given me the idea to focus on the period from 56 to 63 years old as a traversal of the first quadrant of houses, repeating a cycle (the traversal of all of the houses) that began at birth and repeated once previously at age 28. Just before the first repetition of that cycle, I began my graduate studies in music theory. The cycle that has just ended, from 28 to 56, has been dominated by the role of music theory, first as a subject of graduate study and then as a career. Having devoted the previous cycle to these pursuits, I find myself considering the things that may have been displaced by that emphasis on education and career. While I feel a need to continue to set career-oriented goals for at least the first 7 years of the current cycle (until age 63), I want to see if I can also manage to fold in more of own interests, be they astrology or languages or Islam or whatever.

One of the things that I noticed is that I began to act on certain interests at (or soon after) previous critical periods: I followed my interest in Sufism to my first initiation during the previous traversal of the first quadrant of houses (at age 29) and I began to study astrology (and Rudhyar's work in particular) while my progressed Ascendant was traversing the second quadrant of houses (between the ages of 35 and 42). My involvement in the Amma org began near the end of the traversal of the second quadrant and continued into the traversal of the third quadrant (ages 42 to 49), which also included my achieving tenure and my mother's death. The traversal of the third quadrant also included the trip to central Europe with my father (at age 46), which restimulated a long-dormant interest in Slavic language and culture. By the time of the traversal of the 4th quadrant (ages 49 to 56), some of my academic work became more widely known (leading to some invitations to publish, present, and perform), my involvement in the Amma org waned (to be replaced by a renewed commitment to Islam and Sufism), and I began to work toward a synthesis of my interests in Slavic languages and culture with Islam by focusing my attention on Bosnian culture.

As I have reviewed some of these time periods, I have sometimes found it difficult to recall specific events in the years since the time of my involvement in the Amma org and the emotionally intense friendships that went along with that. I have also felt that my professional accomplishments have been less than they ought to have been. It occurs to me, therefore, that it might be useful to use my CV to fill in details of some of the professional accomplishments that have occurred in what seem to have been rather fallow periods socially. One of the things I am working toward is to decide whether to seek promotion to full professor, and if so, when. Reminding myself of what I have been doing, and looking for trends and turning points within that, may help me chart a more realistic and achievable path forward. It is also possible that I may grow increasingly comfortable with the idea of satisfying myself more with pursuits that are not related to professional accomplishments, and accepting the limitations that that may bring to bear on my professional life.


Peace,

KH

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Subota 6 Džumade-l-ula 1440

Jan. 12th, 2019 | 06:36 am
music: Torn from Beyond - If the View Freezes

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Saturn

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Abraham

The Sun is in 21 Capricorn (in my 5th house): By accepting defeat gracefully, a general reveals nobility of character. (Symbol for 22 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 1Ari39 (in my 7th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 1, The First Intellect, The Pen, letter ’Alif, Divine Essence (Al-Badī‘)

Lunar phase: Crescent - Expansion (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

About 3 hours ago, the Moon entered Aries (in my 7th house).

Preparing to return to campus for the fourth day of admissions testing (the second day of the second pair of days). Wish I didn't feel so tired. Oh, well.


Peace,

KH

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Utorak 2 Džumade-l-ula 1440

Jan. 8th, 2019 | 05:56 am
music: Mindcrosser - To the Person Who Finds Me Dead

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Mars

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Aaron & John

The Sun is in 17 Capricorn (in my 4th house): The Union Jack flag flies from a British warship. (Symbol for 18 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 13Aqu53 (in my 5th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 25, The Angels, letter Fā, The Strong (Al-Qawī)

Lunar phase: New Moon - Emergence (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

There have been no significant transits, ingresses, etc., since akšam.

I went to New Haven yesterday. It was cold. I had my soup and mini-loaf of bread. I also had some French roast and a not-so-great cookie at a favorite coffee shop. Screamed in the car over things that make me angry in my department.

Had a bizarre dream this morning in which a deceased music theorist visited me at my parents' house (my mother has been deceased for 11 years). He became teary-eyed when I asked him how it felt to leave Harvard. I told him that I wish I didn't dislike my department so much. I told him that I wondered what it would be like to leave my department, should that happen voluntarily. (By this point I was in the process of walking with him so that he could catch a bus.) He offered to do a Tarot reading on a deck I had never heard of before and suggested we go back into the house to do that. He began to enter the basement from a door that led to the driveway. As he did that, I pulled an Angel Tarot deck from my right pocket. Then the dream ended.


Peace,

KH

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Ponedjelkjak 1 Džumade-l-ula 1440

Jan. 7th, 2019 | 07:58 am
music: inner vision laboratory - insane reality

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Moon

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Adam

The Sun is in 16 Capricorn (in my 4th house): A repressed woman finds psychological release in nudism. (Symbol for 17 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 3Aqu04 (in my 5th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 24, The Animals, letter Dhāl, The Humbler (Al-Mudhill)

Lunar phase: New Moon - Emergence (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

Overnight, the Moon entered Aquarius (in my 5th house). About an hour and a half ago, Venus entered Sagittarius (in my 3rd house). In about an hour, the Moon will transit my natal South Node (in my 5th house). About 15 minutes after noon, the Moon will transit my natal Saturn (in my 5th house).

Survived admissions testing duties this past weekend. Ready to spend time on other projects.

I think I'll make the trip to New Haven today to return a book to the library.


Peace,

KH

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Subota 29 Rebiu-l-ahir 1440

Jan. 5th, 2019 | 06:38 am
music: Vadim Moshev - Finding for stalker

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Saturn

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Abraham

The Sun is in 14 Capricorn (in my 4th house): In a hospital, the children's ward is filled with toys. (Symbol for 15 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 8Cap25 (in my 4th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 22, The Minerals, letter Ẓā, The Precious (Ash-Sharīr)

Lunar phase: Balsamic - Release (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

Last night, Mercury entered Capricorn (in my 4th house).

I ended up not going to to New Haven on Wednesday. My husband wasn't in the mood to go and I had plenty of other things to do here. I'm hoping to go to New Haven on Monday. I keep thinking about the soup and the miniature loaves of bread at a well-known vegetarian restaurant there. I'm hoping to include lunch along with with my library errand.

A busy past couple of days, and a busy rest of the day to come.


Peace,

KH

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Srijeda 26 Rebiu-l-ahir 1440

Jan. 2nd, 2019 | 10:02 am
music: Dark Fields - Medium

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Mercury

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Jesus

The Sun is in 11 Capricorn (in my 4th house): An illustrated lecture on natural science reveals little-known aspects of life. (Symbol for 12 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 3Sag11 (in my 3rd house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 19, The Air, letter Zāy, The Living (Al-Ḥayy)

Lunar phase: Balsamic - Release (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

In the evening, the Moon transited my natal Venus (in my 3rd house). About 45 minutes after that, the Moon entered its Balsamic phase, whose keyword is Release. About two hours before sabah, the Moon entered Sagittarius (in my 3rd house).

Working at home. Am planning to take a ride to New Haven to return a book to the library.


Peace,

KH

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Utorak 25 Rebiu-l-ahir 1440

Jan. 1st, 2019 | 08:13 am
music: Ager Sonus - Apophis

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Mars

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Aaron & John

The Sun is in 10 Capricorn (in my 4th house): A large group of pheasant on a private estate. (Symbol for 11 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 19Sco29 (in my 2nd house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 18, Sphere of the Ether and the Meteors, Center of Fire, letter Tā, The Seizer (Al-Qābiḍ)

Lunar phase: Last Quarter - Re-orientation (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

About 30 minutes after akšam, the Moon entered my 3rd house. About 3.5 hours after that, the Moon transited my natal Neptune (in my 3rd house). About an hour after that, Mars entered Aries (in my 7th house).

Low-key evening with the in-laws.

Now hanging out at the hotel.

Looking back on the period since the end of the semester, I have been relatively productive.


Peace,

KH

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