Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Adam
Lunar phase: Gibbous - Overcoming (Phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)
The Sun is in 0 Aries (in my 7th house): A woman just risen from the sea. A seal is embracing her. (Symbol for 1 Aries from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)
In about two and a half hours, the Moon will transit my natal Uranus (in my 12th house). About 20 minutes before podne (zuhr), the Moon will transit my natal Pluto (in my 12th house).
This past day, I went to the Sufi study group for the first time in a while. It was good. The topic was the Divine Names associated with forgiveness. The feelings that came up during the discussion reinforced for me something that I have moving toward in my focus on the astrological significance of the Moon, which is a reminder that there are potential opportunities for me to experience some emotional healing while on sabbatical. I had been moving slowly but steadily forward in my study of Neptune, but felt a need to pause and focus on the Moon for a time following the chapter in the Neptune book on its interaction with the Moon.
This evening, it occurred to me that the Moon signifies the mother but also the home. I am, after all, working from home during my sabbatical. I also thought to look at the location of my progressed Moon, which is in Saggitarius, as is my natal Moon. I also looked the most recent phase of my progressed lunation cycle, which is Balsamic (the final phase before the next New Moon). It has been in effect since October 2014 (shortly after the death of my gray cat) and will continue to be in effect until 2018. As that phase began, the progressed Moon was very close to my natal (and progressed) Neptune. This suggests that there may be a particularly Neptunian quality to this progressed lunar phase.
I am also continuing to reflect on my continuing need for healing around the issue of sexuality and its connection with my sense of relatedness to social groups. Gay pop singers continue to be a part of this reflection. One that I learned about fairly recently is Olly Alexander of Years & Years. He has spoken frankly in interviews about growing up poor, about his parents' divorce when he was 13, about his struggling with his sexuality and bullying without feeling comfortable turning to his mother for support, about his struggles to find a proper role for himself in relationships, and about the therapy and medication that he has turned to in order to support him in dealing with anxiety and depression. He's thin and vulnerable-looking, and he has really expressive eyes. His song "King" (which lots of people already know, but which is new to me) is said to be about a controlling ex-boyfriend: