Prophet of the day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Moses
The Sun is in 27 Capricorn (in my 5th house): A large aviary. (Symbol for 28 Capricorn from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)
The Moon is at 6Gem53 (in my 8th house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 6, The Form, letter Khā, The Wise (Al-Ḥakīm)
Lunar phase: First Quarter - Action (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)
Last evening, the Moon entered Gemini (in my 9th house). Overnight, Mercury entered my 5th house.
Since Jupiter entered my 4th house recently, I decided to examine its previous transits of that house. The most recent prior transit was a significant one. Because of direct and retrograde motion, Jupiter entered my 4th house twice in 2007 (and exited back into the 3rd house once before entering a second time). It first entered in February, 2007, a month or two before I was notified that I had received tenure. This would be an example of a typical Jupiterian "boon," as well as an example of the conclusion of a process previously set in motion, which is also associated with Jupiter transits to the 4th house. Between the time that Jupiter exited my 4th house by retrograde motion and the time it re-entered the 4th house, my mother had begun to experience seizures, signalling the beginning of the final stages of her brain cancer. By the time Jupiter transited my natal Moon (in my 4th house), my mother had been discharged from a rehabilitation facility and had begun home hospice care.
This period involves astrology in a couple of significant ways as well. Soon after I had been notified that I had received tenure, I decided to do something for myself by enrolling in an astrology correspondence course. The level of the course proved to be too advanced after the first assignment, but it gave me an opportunity to work in a preliminary way with Robert Blaschke, a well-known astrologer at the time (who, unfortunately, passed away a few years later). I did have the opportunity to support his work by means of the course fee and by purchasing his books, which I still have. In his first book he pays tribute to two of the pioneers of 20th-century astrology, Alan Leo and C.E.O. Carter, who were both British Theosophists. Around the time that I enrolled in Blaschke's course, I purchased used copies of a book by Leo and by Carter, which I also still have. As I returned to reading Rudhyar's The Astrology of Personality recently, I found myself looking again at the books by Leo and Carter (authors that Rudhyar also mentions). It then occurred to me that I had purchased those books as a result of browsing through Blaschke's first book. This led me to feel that I am perhaps in the process of reopening unfinished chapters in my relationship to astrology.
Another thing I recall from that period in 2007 is that I consulted with a local astrologer who indicated that there was something she "didn't like" about Jupiter entering the 4th house. She said that I should be prepared to "return home," i.e. to attend to an imminent death in the family. I just pulled the chart from this consultation from my files and I see that it took place in June of 2007, preceding the vacation that my husband and I took to Rhode Island that summer, which I believe took place in July or August. It was during the course of that vacation that I received a call from my father that my mother had begun to experience seizures and was in the hospital. I also see that this astrologer used solar-arc directions as well as transits.
Backing up now to this previous summer, I consulted with an astrologer (who happens to live in Rhode Island) and I discussed my dilemma regarding whether to invest more energy into my professional work or into pursuits such as astrology or spirituality. For the duration of the fall semester, I felt snowed under with day-to-day duties related to my job, without making much progress on either professional projects or personal studies. Toward the latter part of the present winter recess, however, I seem to be making some progress in both areas. Perhaps the question is not so much about professional work versus personal pursuits, but rather about meaningful activity versus externally-imposed chaos.