Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Moses
The Sun is in 12 Leo (in my 11th house): An old sea captain rocking himself on the porch of his cottage. (Symbol for 13 Leo from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)
The Moon is at 2Vir30 (in my 12th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 12, The Second Sky, Sky of Jupiter and House of Moses, letter Ḍād, The Knowing (Al-‘Alīm)
Lunar phase: New Moon - Emergence (Phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)
Overnight, the Moon entered Virgo (in my 12th house). Later this morning, the Moon will transit my natal Uranus (in my 12th house).
In my solar return chart for November 2016 through October 2017 I noted that the Sun was at the end of the 1st house, near the 2nd house. This placement suggests some kind of transition involving sense of self, issues of self-worth, and possibly finances. Given that salaries are supposed to remain flat this year, I didn't see much of a chance for significant financial change. Then, as I was taking care of something at my bank website, I noticed an invitation to refinance the mortgage at a lower interest rate. I did some basic calculations on my own and determined that it would likely be possible to refinance the mortgage for a shorter term, roll in my husband's remaining student loans, and still pay less per month than we do now. Yesterday I initiated the process. This seems to signal a change in finances without relying upon an increase in income. If the refi goes through as planned, it should be in place in time for the new solar return year to begin.
I am finishing the reading for the first module of the Pluto course. The section I am focusing on now deals with Pluto in the 6th house or Virgo. I have Pluto in Virgo in my 12th house. In the reading, I am recognizing some of the dynamics that I struggle with frequently. Jeff Green cites a pervasive sense of guilt, which he (naturally) associates with possible abuses of power in past lives. Along with this comes a drive toward self-improvement, an either intentional or compulsive tendency to get caught up in doing for others with little time or energy left for oneself, possible workaholism, etc. One particularly striking passage was the following: "All too commonly these people feel absolute aloneness at an inner level. This acutely felt experience is a reflection of the mental/emotional analysis through which the individual is stripping him- or herself to the bone. This experience is also a reflection of the fact tht the Sixth House and Virgo are a transitional archetype. Progressively the individual cannot relate to nor identify with the Aries through Leo oreintation to life. The individual is moving toward the Libra through Pisces orientation to life. This transition makes the individual feel alone because he or she can neither relate to the past, that which is known, nor relate to the future because it is unknown. Thus, the experience of the moment, the perpetual transition, leaves the individual feeling utterly alone at a core level." (Green, Pluto, vol. 1, p. 121) Within this rather grim assessment, there is nonetheless an emphasis on dynamic transition. "The intense cycles of self-examination that focus upon ... internal patterns will correlate with inner feelings of what must be changed in some way. This inner experience clearly reflects a standard of conduct that is 'right' and 'perfect.' Because of the transitional nature of this archetype, these individuals are evolving toward an egoconcentric orientation to life - to identify themselves with larger and larger wholes." (p. 118) "Negatively responded to, the analysis brought through crisis will promote a compulsive need for continual self-criticism to the extent that the individual is unable to implement constructive change: he or she simply gets hung up in the unending web of mental analysis which can create a kind of emotional and mental paralysis. ... In the same way, Sixth House Pluto individuals need to keep walking, talking and acting. Perfection or atonement will occur in this way. It will not occur by sitting in one spot and trying to become perfect, clean, and guilt-free from that one spot of inaction. The individual can not improve simpy by thinking about it. There must be the initiation of actions that allow for the implementation of the motion so that a processing can take place." (p. 120) This last point reinforces to me the importance of periodically taking breaks from sedentary work, simply in order to move, and possibly in order to interact socially as well.