Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Aaron & John
The Sun is in 6 Sagittarius (in my 3rd house): Cupid knocks at the door of a human heart. (Symbol for 7 Sagittarius from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)
The Moon is at 27Pis45 (in my 7th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 28, The Hierarchization of the Degrees of Existence, not their Manifestation, letter Wāw, The One Who Elevates by Degrees (Rafī‘-ud-Darjāt)
Lunar phase: First Quarter Moon - Action (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)
In about 4 hours, the Moon will enter Aries (in my 7th house), thus beginning a new cycle through the lunar mansions.
I have obviously been away from writing in this way and have decided that I miss it.
Looking back a couple of entries, I see that I sensed potential for healing in mid-to-late August, and then wrote from within the sense of loss after the death of my cat in October. Since then, I missed a Rosen appointment in early-to-mid November. It seemed that I had reached the limit of my ability to juggle my schedule. After discussing the situation briefly with the Rosen worker, I decided to take some time off.
Since I wrote in October, we adopted a beautiful adult female cat. We have been devoting ourselves to welcoming her into our home and it is going well. We were going to take a break from owning animals, but we decided that our desire to have a cat in the house was stronger than our desire to avoid the inconveniences of owning an animal or the pain of losing one.
NAJ has been releasing a series of video sohbets by Shaykha Fariha. I find that NAJ is still my reference with respect to tariqat, even though I do not find it practical to participate in person at the New York masjid. Mainly my practice consists of salat and my reading of Qur'an at home (in Arabic, Bosnian, and English, a few verses at a time), as well as reading a bit of Al-Ghazzali or Ibn 'Arabi from time to time. I did make it to the Qadiri-Rifai Sufi study group this past Sunday, however, for the first time since the summer.
Last Friday I went to džuma and a man who is sometimes the muezzin performed the role of imam. (Perhaps he is an assistant imam.) In the second part of the khutbah he announced the verdict of the ICTY against Ratko Mladić. In an understated way, it was a very moving moment. He seemed to be struggling a bit to remain composed as he made the announcement.
I am supposed to go to campus for a meeting today. I am in no hurry to do so. Last week was Thanksgiving break. I used much of my time over the break to plan courses for next semester. I want to open up more space for myself in my life, and I am not sure how to go about it. Perhaps taking the time to write this is a start.