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.