April 9th, 2015

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Četvrtak, 20 Džumede-l-uhra, 1436

I decided to make some changes in the format of this journal without waiting for the next monthly cycle to begin. The date above is written in Bosnian. I'm also including the Sabian symbols for the astrological degree positions of the Sun and Moon, from Dane Rudhyar's The Astrological Mandala.

The degree positions of the planets are typically read from 0 to 29 for each sign, while the Sabian symbols are numbered from 1 to 30. It is necessary to add 1 to the degree position in order to associate it with the correct Sabian symbol.

Sun at 19 Aries: A young girl feeding birds in winter (Sabian symbol for 20 Aries)

Moon at 16 Sagittarius: An Easter sunrise service draws a large crowd (Sabian symbol for 17 Sagittarius)

This morning the Moon entered my 4th house. This afternoon it will transit my natal Moon.

A little later on this morning the Moon will enter its 21st mansion, The Earth, whose letter is ص and whose Divine Name is The Death-Giver, الْمُمِيتُ.

I'm actually feeling pretty good at the moment. I spent time in my undergraduate class yesterday reinforcing the information that they ought to have applied to the homework assignment they were getting back (if they had submitted anything at all). There will be a quiz on Friday. It should be interesting to see what happens with that, particularly if people who have been absent decide to show up to class just because a quiz is scheduled. I felt a bit more focused in my graduate class than I had recently.

When I came home I found time to work some more on a computer project and to practice the piano. Today I plan to work at home. I will need to exercise, as my body feels like it really needs it, and I may see about getting a haircut.


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Petak/Džuma, 21 Džumede-l-uhra, 1436

Since the days in the Hijri calendar begin at sunset, rather than at the midnight following sunset, I am reconsidering what constitutes the rhythm of a day. In connection with considering different approaches to measuring daily cycles, I have read that the Christian monastic day begins with vespers. In thinking this way, I am finding a subtle change in my interpretation of what the evening is about. If it is to be viewed as the beginning of a day, then it starts with my favorite prayer, Maghrib (Akšam in Bosnian), and proceeds from there to some final preparations for the following workday (if needed) and some quiet time before going to bed. To think of these activities as beginning a "day" suggests a quality of pacing and expansiveness, rather than the more typically American race until total exhaustion in the evening with an unlikelihood of waking properly rested for the following day.

In Ibn Arabi's cycle of prayers for the evenings and the days of the week, Friday (whose "evening" is now) belongs to the planet Venus and to the prophet Joseph.

The Sun is still within 19 Aries.

The Moon is now in 23 Sagittarius: A bluebird perched on the gate of a cottage (Sabian symbol for 24 Sagittarius)

Today I was reading from Dane Rudhyar's 1948 book, Modern Man's Conflicts. He writes there about the complementary roles of the United States and the Soviet Union in the political balance of the time. He also wrote some things about propaganda based on fear that is still very relevant.

In the morning the Moon will enter Capricorn. Since that is a cardinal sign, it will simultaneously enter its 22nd mansion, The Minerals, whose letter is ظ and whose Divine Name is The Precious, الشَّرِيرُ.