May 25th, 2018

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Petak/Džuma 11 Ramazan 1439

Planet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Venus

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Joseph

The Sun is in 4 Gemini (in my 9th house): A revolutionary magazine asking for action. (Symbol for 5 Gemini from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 22Lib23 (in my 2nd house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 16, The Sixth Sky, Sky of Mercury and House of Jesus, letter Ṭā, The Numberer (Al-Muḥṣī)

Lunar phase: Gibbous - Overcoming (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

This afternoon the Moon entered its Gibbous phase, whose keyword is Overcoming. A little over an hour ago, Mars transited my natal South Node. In about 3 hours the Moon will transit my natal Mercury. In the morning, the Moon will enter Scorpio (in my 2nd house).

I went to teravih last night for the first time this Ramazan. It was a good experience, although my left foot was cramping, which made it difficult to sit with my foot pointed backward. I went to džuma today. My foot felt better. Tonight there will be an imam from Bosnia as well as Ahmed Alili, who is supposed to sing some ilahis. I'm going to try to attend that.

Last night, when I was having my iftar, my husband had some Amma bhajans playing on his phone. Even though I have made it clear that I have distanced myself from her org, in part because of credible-seeming allegations of corruption within it, he sometimes still listens to her bhajans or archana when he is feeling in a meditative mood. Eventually he switched to some recordings of the ezan or the 99 Names. This allowed me an opportunity to compare the traditions, and what I noticed was that there was apparently a need for the emotionalism of the Amma org at one point in my spiritual development, but now I prefer a more clear-headed approach. Another way I thought about this earlier today was that each tradition featured practices that resulted in noticeable shifts in conscious awareness, but with Islam I have found there to be no "hangover."


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