Khalid Hussain (khalid_hussain) wrote,
Khalid Hussain

Nedjelja 16 Ša'ban 1440

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

Prophet of the (Islamic) day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Idris (Enoch)

Planetary day and hour: day of Saturn, hour of Moon

The Sun is in 0 Taurus (in my 8th house): A clear mountain stream. (Symbol for 1 Taurus from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)

The Moon is at 20Sco44 (in my 3rd house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 18, Sphere of the Ether and the Meteors, Center of Fire, letter Tā, The Seizer (Al-Qābiḍ)

Lunar phase: Full Moon - Fulfillment (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)

About 15 minutes after sabah, the Moon will transit my natal Venus (in my 3rd house). About a minute before noon, the Moon will enter Sagittarius (in my 3rd house).

The following is an edited version of something I wrote elsewhere. It seems to signal a potentially new phase of synthesis of my esoteric studies/exploration, reaching back to materials I first encountered several years ago:

"About 30 years ago I read what was probably the first edition of Meditations on the Tarot. Two years ago I discovered the most recent edition of Meditations (the first edition having left my library at some point) and have been saving it for a time when I hope to engage in some contemplative reading. Recently it occurred to me that I might try to read it during Ramadan , which is a time that I try to set aside from the compulsive busy-ness typically associated with my profession.

On the evening of March 30, just before going to bed, I remember browsing lightly through the new edition of Meditations. That night I had a dream in which three (possibly four) of the Major Arcana appeared in the context of a conversation I was having with a married couple who are Sufi friends. The cards that I remember were Alchemy (Temperance), The Magician (with elements of The Fool seeming to appear on the card as well), and The World. The dream had a rather fluid, initiatory vibe to it. (“Alchemy,” of course, is the way in which Haindl referred to Temperance and, according to Rachel Pollock, this reference traces its way back to Crowley, but of course the Crowley deck uses the term “Art” instead.)

The next morning I saw a post on a Tarot spread attributed to Joséphin Péladan written by Tony Louis, an acquaintance who is a well-known author on astrology and Tarot:

This, in turn, reminded me of the Symbolism exhibition I had attended at the Guggenheim in the summer of 2017, which featured the same portrait of Péladan that Tony featured at the beginning of his blog post.

I was not convinced that the cards I had seen in my dream were intended to be a reading as such, but I was curious about possible references in the Tarot literature to the combination of those cards in particular.

The following week, while seeking out further references to Valentin Tomberg (anonymous author of the French original of Meditations) and Robert Powell (its translator into English) online, that I was reminded of a website dedicated to the study of the book. As I listened to an audio interview with Robert Powell on the website, I was struck by the reports of apparitions, etc. of Tomberg that some people have reported. I was also struck by Powell's notion of Meditations as a “living” book, possibly possessing initiatory power. When Powell described his follow-up volume, The Wandering Fool, and I examined its table of contents online, I saw that the section on Tomberg’s notes on the Major Arcana in that book ranged from Temperance to the World, with The Fool appearing immediately prior to The World. Then, later on in the interview, when Powell mentioned the references to Johannine and Petrine Christianity in the first chapter of Meditations (the chapter on the Magician), it seemed as if the series of references in my dream had come to completion."



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