April 8th, 2015

Hu design

Soli-lunar journal Mar-Apr 2015 day 20 (Jumaada ath-Thaaniyah 19 1436)

Early this morning the Moon entered Sagittarius.

Later this morning the Moon will enter its 20th mansion, The Water, whose letter is س and whose Divine Name is The Life-Giver, الْمُحْيِى.

Recently it occurred to me that I have ordered a Bosnian takvim, which matches up the Hijri and Gregorian calendars. The names for the months are "Slavicized" from the Arabic (as filtered through Turkish). During the next monthly cycle I will start using those names.

I have also been reviewing Ibn Arabi's prayers for the days and nights of the week. I may begin to include the associations of the days with the prophets, as he has done.

One of my interests in associating the days with the lunar mansions (in Ibn Arabi's version) is that a standard alternative comes from the Picatrix, which is a Latin translation of an Arabic document from Spain. Christopher Warnock, an American practitioner of astrological magic, has produced an English translation of the Picatrix. In his magical practices, he seems to try to apply the material in the Picatrix as literally as possible. I have read his book on the lunar mansions and have begun his course on them, but as I became more acquainted with the Picatrix, I felt that there were "energies" connected with it that were unappealing to me, so I set about learning more about Ibn Arabi's interpretation of the mansions, which seems more compatible with Sufism.

In general, I find that the idea of becoming aware of cosmic rhythms, and of learning how to flow with them, is a useful component of astrology. The mixed bag of shallow, naive, or unfocused ideologies that are often part of astrological interpretation tend to be less than helpful. (This critique goes for psychotherapy as well, in my experience.) This is why I am becoming more selective about the texts to which I will refer for guidance. It is important to sense when I am beginning to outgrow a particular approach--to astrology, therapy, spiritual groups, or whatever--and to find ways to work toward clearer perspectives.