Khalid Hussain (khalid_hussain) wrote,
Khalid Hussain

Srijeda 17 Ramazan 1437

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

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

The Sun is in 1 Cancer (in my 10th house): A man on a magic carpet hovers over a large area of land. (Symbol for 2 Cancer from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 19Cap53 (in my 5th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 23, The Vegetables, letter Thā, The Nourisher (Ar-Razzāq)

Lunar phase: Full Moon - Fulfillment (Phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

Overnight, Mercury will enter my 10th house. In the afternoon, the Moon will enter Aquarius (in my 5th house).

Did some work at home this past day. I had some ideas for writing, but fasting makes it difficult for me to sustain good concentration for writing so I invested my time in course prep and reading instead.

Someone posted an article on mental health issues related to the Orlando shooting. Reading through it helped me to articulate some facets of my response to it more clearly to myself. I had mentioned in a previous post that I didn't expect any support to come from my family. Since then I spoke to my brother, whose sole focus was on how the presidential candidates and other politicians were trying to exploit the situation to suit their own agendas. I spoke to my father, who didn't mention it at all. I have noted that a number of straight friends online focus on gun control and gun control alone. Then there are the Wounded Knee people, who feel a need to put the numbers killed into perspective.

It is only through some gay press outlets and people affiliated with organizations devoted to the interests of LGBT Muslim people and LGBT immigrants that the focus has remained on the loss of life and the effects that it has been having on the local community and on the wider LGBT and Muslim communities.

It has been interesting to track, almost in real time, the ways in which various constituencies have been vying for control over the narrative surrounding the shooting.

For my part, I have to admit that I have caught myself a couple of times recently examining the gazes directed toward my husband and me when we are out in public--in the grocery store or out taking a walk--looking for signs of possible aggression. My response to those incidents has a different feeling to it after the shooting, as if it may no longer be so easy to have confidence in the idea that I live in a relatively safe, liberal bubble in the northeast.



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