Khalid Hussain (khalid_hussain) wrote,
Khalid Hussain

Petak/Džuma, 25 Ša'ban, 1436

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

Planet: Venus

Prophet: Joseph

Moon phase: Last Quarter - reorientation

The Sun is in 20 Gemini: A tumultuous labor demonstration (Sabian symbol for 21 Gemini)

The Moon is in its 2nd mansion, which extends from 12 Aries 51 to 25 Aries 42. This is the second mansion within the first seven-fold cycle of the 28 mansions.

In Ibn 'Arabi's listing, the 2nd mansion signifies The Guarded Tablet, The Universal Soul, whose letter is ہ and whose Divine Name is The One Who Calls Forth, الْبَاعِثُ.

In the traditional Arabic system, the 2nd mansion is known as Al-Butain, The Little Belly. Its keywords are Universal Soul, serene sovereign power, reconciliation and pacification. Its image is that of a crowned king. The angel of this mansion is Enediel.

In the morning, the Moon will enter Taurus (in my 8th house).

Had a dental appointment this past morning. The cleaning went easily. In the coming morning I will have my annual physical (and semiannual blood draw to check on my cholesterol level and liver function). Then it will be time for the cat to have her checkup at the vet. (That should be fun.) I'm considering going to jum'ah. We'll see if that happens.

I had previously skimmed the post on the Verso Books website in which Alain Badiou is interviewed on the topic of happiness. Later I went back and read it in full, and I am reviewing it once more. I think it is a rich fragment. I was particularly struck by his mention of multiple temporalities. This seems to touch on mystical experience. (While Badiou is not religious and is therefore not a mystic in the traditional sense, he appreciates the value of religiously-based philosophies and he seems to have a pretty clear idea of the nature of mystical experience.) In this passage he mentions Bergson, who was influential also to Rudhyar. One of my projects this summer is to get back into Rudhyar's philosophical writings. While I don't hope to convince musicians or philosophers that Rudhyar was a legitimate philosopher, I acknowledge that I find his work useful in ways that are similar to ways in which I find more widely recognized philosophical writing to be useful. For Badiou, the "event" constitutes a rupture in the generally accepted order of things, which has the potential (but not a guarantee) of redefining the generally accepted sense of what constitutes reality. A genuine event is a turning point, after which there is no possibility of a genuine to return to a prior state. For Rudhyar, the goal of spiritual and personal transformation is to participate in a greater fulness of experience, the Pleroma, which entails a qualitative shift in the experience of time and of interpersonal relatedness.



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