Planet of the (Islamic) day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Venus
Prophet of the (Islamic) day (according to Ibn 'Arabi): Joseph
Planetary day and hour (Western): day of Venus, hour of Jupiter
The Sun is in 23 Gemini (in my 10th house): Children skating over a frozen village pond. (Symbol for 24 Gemini from Dane Rudhyar, An Astrological Mandala)
The Moon is at 24Sco47 (in my 3rd house). Lunar mansion (according to Ibn 'Arabi): 19, The Air, letter Zāy, The Living (Al-Ḥayy)
Lunar phase: Gibbous - Overcoming (phase names and keywords from Dane Rudhyar, The Lunation Cycle)
About 20 minutes before jacija, the Moon will transit my natal Venus (in my 3rd house). About 10 minutes before izlazak sunca, the Moon will enter Sagittarius (in my 3rd house).
This is my first entry since Ramazan. Yesterday I met with a friend that I hadn't seen in several years. This is someone I had met 16 years ago. On that occasion, we met at a metaphysical bookstore before attending a Sufi zikr. Prior to that, we had corresponded in a Yahoo group that I had co-founded with someone else.
There are a lot of things that we discussed over tea and lunch, so I will just pick up on a couple of themes here. One that stuck out for me was how badly behaved some people are who are drawn to mystical and alternative spiritual pursuits. While at times I had been shocked at how some people in alternative spiritual organizations seemed to be plagued by envy of people who had more "normal," stable lives than themselves. In retrospect, these seems to be the norma rather than the exception. My denial about what seemed to be motivating some of these people seems to have kept me in friendships with them longer that was probably healthy. Of course, the prospects for meeting such people have all but dried up in recent years, so it's not a real concern of mine any more.
One of the people we discussed had been a local Sufi circle leader whose group had evidently turned pathological and then had dissolved. I was curious about him and did a little bit of online research. I noted that he had become involved with a publishing company that features writings within the genre of acid-head "wisdom." I also found some YouTube videos that featured, along with a voice-over describing a mixed bag of traditions from which he claimed to be teaching (including UFOlogy and conspiracy theories). YouTube then queued up the following video by a young Bosnian qari and singer. After the weirdness of the previous video, this pulled me immediately into a vivid heart space. I am grateful to have come to a place in which it is possible to feel a distinct change in the quality of my consciousness without needing for the sitmulus to advertise itself as something mysterious, special, or occult.
Today I went to džuma. The muezzin was a high school student. He is the best one there among his age group. Today was one of those days when I was affected by the ezan to the point of being nearly in tears.
Again, if it's possible to be pulled into a "heart" space in an open, grounded environment (rather than in a closed, somewhat self-absorbed one), why not?