Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Abraham
Lunar phase: New Moon - Emergence (Phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)
The Sun is in 21 Pisces (in my 7th house): A prophet carrying tablets of the new law is walking down the slopes of Mount Sinai. (Symbol for 22 Pisces from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)
Overnight, the Moon will enter its Crescent phase, whose keyword is Expansion. About a half hour after zora/sabah (fedžr), will enter Pisces (in my 6th house). Later in the morning, the Moon will enter my 9th house.
Given that this is "Saturn's day," now might be a good time to share a quote from Tracy Marks's The Astrology of Self-Discovery, which I have been reading recently: "Coping with ongoing, often incapacitating chronic illness much of my life, fighting against doctors and insurance companies unsuccessfully for my mother's right to die, and experiencing the inevitable painful losses which we all experience more frequently as we age, I have had to rethink again and again the new age belief that we create our own reality. In the process, I have gained considerable respect for Saturn, and the humility which results from learning to acknowledge and accept limitations in myself, others, and the world." (p. 4) This makes me think of therapists and alternative counselors/healers who have remained stuck in a "human potential" ideology that may not be compatible with my life circumstances, or may not be appropriate to the current economic and political climate. By insisting that their clients try to feel a certain way, or aspire to certain types of outcomes in their lives, they consign themselves to irrelevance at best, and to unhelpfulness or harmfulness at worst. It seems to me to be much healthier to acknowledge the Saturnian "weight" of one's circumstances and to consider ways in which that weight may become a support and foundation for realistic strategies for growth.
[I will fill in more details later because I will be in NYC when this entry is scheduled to post.]