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Jun. 10th, 2015 | 09:51 pm

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

Planet: Jupiter

Prophet: Moses

Moon phase: Last Quarter - reorientation

The Sun is in 19 Gemini: A modern cafeteria displays an abundance of food, products of various regions (Sabian symbol for 20 Gemini)

The Moon is in its 1st mansion, which extends from 0 Aries to 12 Aries 51. This is the first mansion within the first seven-fold cycle of the 28 mansions.

In Ibn 'Arabi's listing, the 1st mansion signifies The First Intellect, The Pen, whose letter is أ and whose Divine Name is Divine Essence, الْبَدِيعُ.

In the traditional Arabic system, the 1st mansion is known as Ash-Sharatain, The Two Signals. Its keywords are Divine Mind, primal transmission and the power of creation/destruction, active energy and dynamic force. Its image is that of a man with his hair wrapped and encircled, standing erect on his feet and holding tightly a lance in his right hand. The angel of this mansion is Geniel.

Overnight, the Moon will enter my 8th house.

Had a 2-hour meeting on campus today. All things considered, it didn't get on my nerves too badly. Despite the 3 hours hacked out of my day (meeting plus transportation to and from), I managed to progress on some of my projects. I finished a preliminary work-through of a Rudhyar composition that I plan to perform in the fall. I have now started working through larger sections of it at a time. I also completed and submitted the second assignment for the astrology course I am taking. A few other things as well.

In the afternoon, as I was taking a walk, reviewing the 99 names with my tesbih as I went along, it occurred to me that, ever since I entered graduate school--already some 25 years ago--it has seemed natural to me to combine scholarly work with a contemplative mode of being (whether at home in solitude or in alternation with social spiritual activities). This is what feels right to me, but it also seems contrary to what I feel is expected of American academics at this time. It is as if, if I give in to doing what feels most natural to me, my career will almost certainly stagnate.

Also during the day, a saw a brief article by Alain Badiou about the current obsessions with the "industry" of happiness, and how the pursuit of happiness becomes an obsession for some people. Naturally, he advocates stepping back from such externally imposed standards and reconnecting with what feels more authentic to oneself.



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Moses and Contemplation

from: mysticactive
date: Jun. 11th, 2015 08:11 am (UTC)

There are a lot of interesting and important points here. The most significant one for me is a very esoteric, astrological and personal one: Some time ago an astrologer friend with whom I am studying Ibn Arabi in a small group, explained to me that dreams are often affected by the moon-phase. I thought that was very interesting and had seen something like a lion in a dream and woke up to see that the moon was in Leo. In fact, I think it may have been your blog that I got the information from.

In any case, today there was a direct link that I am fascinated by: This morning I had a dream in which the name of Moses was mentioned. I am amazed that I am not only resonating with these planets, but that Ibn Arabi's wavelength itself resonates strongly enough with me, that his system appears in my dreams. It's really remarkable.

The second thing that occurred to me is that this point about scholarship and contemplation is an interesting one: Yes, isn't strange that we ever got the idea that intellectual work was supposed to be separate from contemplation and that now it is so much the case that we fear being too contemplative would lead to our work not developing. its amazing if you really think about it.

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Khalid Hussain

Re: Moses and Contemplation

from: khalid_hussain
date: Jun. 13th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)

Thinking back to the time when I was considering letting go of NAJ in favor of making the Amma org my spiritual focus, one of the things that bothered me about the former was that I had trouble relating to the frequent references to prophets and patriarchs as living energies, while the Hindu deities seemed more colorful and immediate, and the integration of astrology into the religion appealed to me as well. On the other hand, when I felt a need to distance myself from the Amma org, I felt an inclination to explore medieval European astrology at about the same time that I felt inclined to resume the practice of salat. I soon discovered the links from the medieval European astrological traditions back to Persian and Arabic astrology and then, more recently, decided to begin to learn my way around Ibn 'Arabi's astrological associations. It seems that I got a taste of a particular type of synthesis during my limited time in a Hindu (or Hindu-ish) context, and after that I began to try to work out a deeper and more practical synthesis by returning to somewhat more familiar territory.

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Re: Moses and Contemplation

from: mysticactive
date: Jun. 14th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)

yes I can identify with that pattern. for me it is often not a full shift to another tradition but maybe a certain immersion in another space or set of symbols. I think what is interesting is the possiblity that we are connecting to the same perennial archetypes and powers in different forms. It certainly makes sense that turning to a more colorful and sensual form like Hinduism could bring those archetypes more forward and then, as you say, the process goes on...

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