Khalid Hussain (khalid_hussain) wrote,
Khalid Hussain

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Utorak 15 Ramazan 1439

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

Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Aaron & John

The Sun is in 8 Gemini (in my 9th house): A quiver filled with arrows. (Symbol for 9 Gemini from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 7Sag12 (in my 3rd house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 20, The Water, letter Sīn, The Life-Giver (Al-Muḥyī)

Lunar phase: Gibbous - Overcoming (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

Later this morning the Moon will enter its Full Moon phase, whose keyword is Fulfillment. About 30 minutes before akšam (magrib), Mercury will enter Gemini (in my 9th house).

With respect to the "generational impulse" indicated by the placements of Neptune and Pluto in my natal chart (Pluto in Virgo in the 12th house and Neptune in Scorpio in the 3rd), there is a tendency to confront issues head on. "The reality frame for Pluto in Virgo/Neptune in Scorpio is stark and clear." (Sullivan, p. 94) "The vision (Neptune) is Scorpionic--both fatalistic and realistic." (p. 95) "Scorpio is a reclusive sign, singular and morose. It is water, so it is deeply feeling and needs emotional contact with others, but often it is repelled by prolonged intimacy and tries to the kill the thing upon which it grows dependent. The global network that this generation has brought to maturity has two sides. On the one hand, theoretically, everyone is in connection with everyone else--but only so if they are alone in their room at their computer." (p. 96) There are definitely some things to consider in these quotes.

The next chapter of Sullivan's book ("A Meeting at the Crossroads") deals with several topics, the first of which is the preparation for the beginning of midlife. This takes things back to age 36. At that time, the time of the third Jupiter return, my emphasis was mainly on my career. The third Jupiter return occurred in February 1998. The previous November I had met someone at a conference who invited me to contribute an article to be translated for publication in a foreign-language journal. That would turn out to be my first significant journal article, and it was published in 1998. Just prior to the Jupiter return (in late January 1998) I was at the first of several international symposia dedicated to the work of the composer on whom I had written my dissertation. (Twelve years later, at the time of the fourth Jupiter return, I would be participating in a North American symposium dedicated to the music of this composer.) It was also in 1998 that I made an effort to establish regular Islamic prayer for the first time. (Previously, I had learned how to pray, but practiced it intermittently rather than 5 times daily.) I also came into contact online with gay Muslims and, from there, established a significant friendship with a gay Muslim locally. "A guru, counselor, friend, teacher, or mentor arrives with each Jupiter return but at this age comes in many forms. It can be a friend, a new neighbor, a movie, a famous personage--in whatever guise your exemplar comes, it is an indication of yet another threshold and a new perspective on a much bigger life." (p. 110) It was this friend who set the pattern for me of how to integrate gay identity and dedicated practice of Islam. Later that year, my husband and I purchased our first home. Shortly thereafter I participated in the Threshold Society 99 Day Program introductory Sufi course. Although my first contact with living Sufism had come in 1992, soon after my first Saturn return, it was in 1998 that my involvement with Islam (including with LGBT Muslims) became steadier and more focused. This highlights for me that, while professional accomplishments have ebbed and flowed, and while social scenes have come and gone, some form of involvement with (or avoidance of) Islam has been characteristic of my life since my late 20s. After the formative experiences I had had, especially in 1998 and the years immediately following, the question would often come up (after 2002 when I moved here) of how to get my involvement with Islam (or with a comparable spiritual path) back on track.



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