Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Abraham
Lunar phase: Full Moon - Fulfillment
The Sun is in 8 Leo (in my 11th house): A police officer asks pointed questions of a sweating, muscular blacksmith, who by way of an answer increases the force of his hammer blows. (Symbol for 9 Leo from Martin Goldsmith, The Zodiac by Degrees, 2nd ed.) Glass blowers shape beautiful vases with their controlled breathing. (Symbol for 9 Leo from Dane Rudhyar, an Astrological Mandala)
Overnight, the Moon will enter my 6th house. Late in the afternoon, the Moon will enter Pisces (still in my 6th house).
Having traversed through a full monthly cycle of Goldsmith's symbols for the lunation phases, and for the zodiacal position of the Moon, I decided that I didn't find the exercise sufficiently compelling to justify repeating it.
I have decided to continue with the degrees for the Sun's zodiacal position. I am adding Rudhyar's symbols for the sake of comparison. I saw a discussion about the degree symbols online that included some strong views pro and con Goldsmith, the con clearly preferring Rudhyar.
I am coming to the end of Rudhyar's The Planetarization of Consciousness, one of his more comprehensive philosophical treatises. I am hoping to continue with his later philosophical works.
I managed to write a letter to the composer I mentioned yesterday. I also had yet another contractor come to the house late in the morning. I may have him come back to install some vents. Slowly, I seem to be approaching a workable strategy for the some of the things that the house probably needs. This is the longest that my husband and I have been in a house or apartment. It was a decent compromise when we moved in, but as time wears on, it is clear that some things will need to be updated, or re-done (if they were not done properly in the past). If we have already been here 13 years, and are planning to move into something lower-maintenance in 15-20 years, it is probably time to move forward on some improvement projects (beyond what we have already done).
I have been considering further the spontaneous, quasi-initiatory flow of energy that I experienced in connection with reciting one of the Divine Names and receiving the link to the Divine Mother video in my email on the same day. Rather than see this as something potentially complicated or conflicted, I am beginning to feel that the spontaneous opening up of energy may be due, in part, to the Islamic practices that I have been doing, combined with a need for a spontaneous sense of "flow," part of which may be related to a need for healing around queer issues (possibly triggered, in part, by the publicity surrounding the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality). The discussion of my experience within the Sufi group included notions (expressed by other members of the group) such as the need to stick to one path in order to go deeper, general discomfort with the mention of non-Islamic traditions (even in the Sufi text which we reading), a preference for traditional sources of Islamic knowledge, etc. This was not aimed at me in the form of direct criticism, but rather seemed to be a reflection of the kinds of responses that have been conditioned within the members of the group. If I am looking for ways, gently and safely, to continue to encourage spontaneous experiences of "flow," it seems I will need to look at appropriate texts--and possibly queer perspectives--on my own, parallel to the practices that I can pursue and discuss safely in my current social context (such as it is). In a sense, what I'm feeling inclined toward is an inner, "tantric" path running parallel to the practices that I can pursue somewhat more openly among members of a group.