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Ponedjeljak 11 Rebi'u-l-ahir 1438

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Jan. 8th, 2017 | 08:50 pm
music: Phase47 - Mercury

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

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

The Sun is in 18 Capricorn (in my 5th house) A five-year-old child carrying a bag filled with groceries. (Symbol for 19 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 2Gem16 (in my 9th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 5, The Universal Body, letter Ghayn, The Manifest (Aẓ-Ẓāhir)

Lunar phase: First Quarter - Action (Phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

Haindl Tarot: The Magician; Number: 1; Hebrew letter: Beth (House); Rune: Peoh (Cattle); Astrology: Mercury; Element: Air

About 3 hours and 40 minutes ago, the Moon entered Gemini (in my 9th house). At about 10 minutes before midnight, the Moon will enter its Gibbous phase, whose keyword is Overcoming. (The Moon will be at 4Gem06 in my 9th house and the Sun will be at 19Cap06 in my 5th house.) At about 1 a.m., Venus will transit my natal Chiron (in my 6th house).

More snow removal this past day, plus laundry.

I was reading from Ibn 'Arabi's Meccan Revelations, vol. 1 (ed. Michel Chodkiewicz, trans. William Chittick and James Morris) this evening, and came across the following passage from Chapter 120. (I will omit transliterated Arabic terms.)

"The worlds are four: the highest world, which is the world of subsistence; then the world of transmutation, which is the world of annihilation; then the world of inhabitation, which is the world of subsistence and annihilation; then the world of relations. These worlds are in two locations: in the Greater World, which is everything outside man, and the Smaller World, which is man.

As for the Highest World, that is the Muhammadan Reality, whose sphere is Life. Its equivalent in man is the sublte reality, the holy spirit. Included within this world is the All-Encompassing Throne, whose equivalent in man is the body. Of this world is the Footstool whose equivalent in man is the soul. Of it is the Inhabited House, whose equivalent in man is the heart. Of it are the angles, whose equivalents in man are the spirits and faculties within him. Of it are Saturn and its sphere, whose equivalent in man are the cognitive faculty and the breath. Of it are Jupiter and its sphere, whose equivalents are the faculty of memory and the back fo the brain. Of it are Mars and its sphere, whose equivalents are the intellective faculty and the crown of the head. Of it are the sun and its sphere, whose equivalents are the reflective faculty and the middle of the brain. Then Venus and its sphere, whose equivalents are the estimative faculty and the animal spirit; then Mercury and its sphere, whose equivalents are the imaginal faculty and the front of the brain; then the moon and its sphere, whose equivalents are the sensory faculty and the organs that possess sensation. These then are the strata of the Highest World and their equivalents in man.

As for the World of Transmutation, some of its is the sphere of ether, whose spirit is heat and dryness; it is the sphere of fire. Its equivalent [in man] is yellow bile, whose spirit is the digestive faculty. Of it is air, whose spirit is heat and wetness; its equivalent is blood, whose spirit is the attractive faculty. Of it is water, whose spirit is cold and wetness; its equivalent is phlegm, whose spirit is the expulsive faculty. Of it is earth, whose spirit is cold and dryness; its equivalent is black bile, whose spirit is the retentive faculty. As for the earth, it has seven strata: black, brown, red, yellow, white, blue, and green. The equivalents of these seven in man are in his body: skin, fat, flesh, veins, nerves, muscles, and bones.

As for the World of Inhabitation, among [the "inhabitants"] are the Spirituals, whose equivalents are the faculties in man. Among them is the world of animals, whose equivalent in man is that which has sensation. Among them is the world of plants, whose equivalent is that of man which grows. And among them is the world of inanimate things, whose equivalent in man is that which has no sensation.

As for the World of Relations: among them are accidents, whose equivalents are black, white, the colors, and engendered events. Then quality, whose equivalent is states like healthy and sick. Then quantity, whose equivalent is that the leg is longer than the arm. Then location, whose equivalent is that the neck is the place of the head, and the leg the place of the thigh. Then time, whose equivalent is "I moved my head when I put my hand into motion." Then relation, whose equivalent is "This is my father, so I am his son." Then position whose equivalent is my language and accent. Then activity, whose equivalent is "I ate." Then passivity, whose equivalent is "I became satiated." Among the relations is the diversity of forms in the three kingdoms, such as elephant, donkey, lion, and cockroach. The equivalent of this is that human fauclty which receives forms related to blameworthy and praiseworhy meanings: this one is clever, so he is an elephant; that one is stupid, so he is a donkey; this one is brave, so he is a lion; that one is timid, so he is a cockroach. "And God speaks the truth and guides on the way" (Qur'an 33:4)."

I will comment only that the black bile, whose Arabic name is given in the source quoted above as as-sawda, is said to be source of the word "sevdah" (apparently "sawda" in Turkish pronunciation), which is the name of the traditional melancholy ballads in Bosnia.


Peace,

KH

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