Moon phase: Balsamic Moon - release
The Sun is in 21 Gemini: Dancing couples in a harvest festival (Sabian symbol for 22 Gemini)
The Moon is in its 3rd mansion, which extends from 25 Aries 42 to 8 Taurus 34. This is the third mansion within the first seven-fold cycle of the 28 mansions.
In Ibn 'Arabi's listing, the 3rd mansion signifies The Universal Nature, whose letter is ع and whose Divine Name is The Interior, الْبَاطِنُ.
In the traditional Arabic system, the 3rd mansion is known as Ath-Thurraya, The Many Little Ones. Its keywords are Universal Nature, auspicious fortune, fire of transformation, creative energy, beauty, abundance. Its image is that of a seated woman with her hand over her head. The angel of this mansion is Amixiel.
In the morning, the Moon will enter my 9th house.
This past morning, I had my annual physical, with fasting because of a blood draw. While I was there, my physician referred me for a baseline audiology exam, as I mentioned tinnitus (ringing in the ears) to him a few years ago. At that time, it was allergy season and he prescribed an antihistamine, which seemed to help. I still detect a little bit of it now and then. The audiology exam went well. There is an area in which I have some decreased sensitivity. I will try to wear ear protection while practicing the piano, although I don't always like to do that. Then it was time to take the cat to the vet. I grabbed a snack bar out of the cabinet at home and had a small glass of carrot-orange juice before heading out the door for the vet appointment. The cat protested by peeing all over my husband when he tried to put her into her carrier. After that, she was actually better behaved than usual at the vet.
Then I came home and got ready for jum'ah. I wasn't sure how uncomfortable I would be at the Bosnian mosque, but there were things I liked about it and I would go back. I hate to say it, but whenever I am in a situation involving fairly open-minded Sufism or liberal, inclusive, (or wanna-be liberal) mosques, the lack of professionalism around the leading of prayers and deliveray of the khutbah really gets on my nerves. This jum'ah was punctual and well conducted, and I appreciated that. As the people gathered, this was one of the chattier mosques I have been to (mostly in Bosnian--I only heard a couple of the children speaking English). Once the muezzin made the call and the imam entered, the atmosphere changed quickly. People were invited/instructed to make the sunnah prayer prior to the khutbah. I don't recall this happening elsewhere, where it seems that people were on their own with respect to sunnah prayer. I couldn't remember whether it should be 2 or 4 raka'at, and so I prayed 2. It quickly became clear to me that the people around me were praying 4. I was also concerned about having enough time to finish the prayer (which has sometimes been an issue at other mosques). As it turns out, plenty of time was given for the prayer. There was a soft bell sound to conclude it, prior to the next du'ah. I understood some of the khutbah (which was in Bosnian). The khutbah was delivered from the minbar. I've seen the minbar before, but until today I have not seen one used during jum'ah. The imam led the prayers beautifully. Some people left immediately afterward, but the majority stayed for what turned out to be a short public zikr and du'ah. Then most people left, so that's when I left as well.
I did some work during the rest of the afternoon, and then we went to dinner with one of my husband's friends.