Moon phase: New - emergence
The Sun is in 28 Taurus: Two cobblers working at a table (Sabian symbol for 29 Taurus)
The Moon is in its 7th mansion, which extends from 17 Gemini 8 to 0 Cancer. This is the seventh mansion within the first seven-fold cycle of the 28 mansions.
In Ibn 'Arabi's listing, the 7th mansion signifies The Throne, whose letter is ق and whose Divine Name is The All-Encompassing, الْمُحِيطُ.
In the traditional Arabic system, the 7th mansion is known as Adh-Dhira, or The Forearm. Its keywords are Divine Throne, cosmic axis-pole, glorification, supplication, invocation, gain. Its image is that of a man clothed in robes with his hands extended to heaven in the manner of prayer. The angel of this mansion is Scheliel.
In the morning the Moon will enter its home sign of Cancer.
In the early afternoon, I had a Rosen appointment. It felt as if I were surrendering to experiences of loss and release, letting go of some of the burden of believing that I can maintain now defunct relationships by holding on to memories, thoughts, and feelings associated with those who are no longer present in my life. As a new Brandon Flowers song says, "There's a power in letting go." I feel that this is a place in which my body and feelings needed to go as I was being forced to let go of my cat in August, but countering those movements was the awareness that the academic year was gearing up and I would need to be poised to respond to its demands for the next nine months. Well, I did respond to thsoe demands, and now it's time for me to check in with other aspects of myself. As I discussed scheduling the next couple of appointments with the Rosen worker, I informed her that I planned to suspend all appointments during Ramadan. She practices meditation within an essentially Buddhist framework, and I know that she is fond of retreats. It seems like she really "got" what I was articulating about a choice to be on something of an at-home retreat during Ramadan. I also pointed out that the month of Sha'ban had just started, and that this is often regarded as a time to form an intention to fast during the following month of Ramadan.
Today was a good day for new pop music for me. I received Brandon Flowers's new album in the mail today. I was surprised at how many intense emotions it brought up on my first listen in the car. (I've heard most, but not all, of the songs at this point.) He has a way of writing songs that are attractive, but are about really painful experiences if you listen carefully.
Armin Muzaferija has also come out with a new album. I'm not yet sure how to order it online, but the following video was released yesterday: