• auspicious Ramadan onset/Vaisakhi concidence

    From David Dalton@21:1/5 to All on Mon Apr 12 22:42:21 2021
    XPost: alt.religion, alt.sufi, alt.islam.sufism
    XPost: alt.religion.islam.arabic, alt.religion.islam.shia

    According to my Oxfam calendar, Ramadan started at sundown.

    Actually I think my Oxfam calendar says it started at
    sundown since the calendar’s lunar phases are
    calculated in western North America, and google
    says that Ramadan starts at sundown tomorrow (April 13)
    this year. It is supposed to be the first sighting off
    the waxing crescent. This year, coincidentally,
    Vaisakhi is also on April 13 (it is usually on April 13 or 14
    but the coincidence is with the first waxing crescent
    and the start of Ramadan).

    The Silver Bough thumb

    Once in 1996 or 1997 I thumbed at random a book on Scottish
    folklore called The Silver Bough Vol. 1 by F. Marian McNeill. It
    came out to a page with this poem on it:

    Ri faicinn domh na gealaich uir,
    Is duth domh mo shuil a thogail.
    Is duth domh ma ghlun a leagail,
    Is duth domh mo cheann a bhogadh,

    Toir cliu dhuit fein, a re nan iul,
    Gum faca mi thu a rithist,
    Gum faca mi a ghealach ur,
    Ailleagan iuil na slighe.

    Is iomadh neach a chaidh a null
    Eadar uine an da ghealaich,
    Ged tha mise a' mealtainn fuinn,
    A re nan re 's nam beannachd!

    which translates as:

    When I see the new moon,
    It becomes me to lift mine eye,
    It becomes me to bend my knee,
    It becomes me to bow my head.

    Giving thee praise, thou moon of guidance,
    That I have seen thee again,
    That I have seen the new moon,
    The lovely leader of the way.

    Many a one has passed beyond
    In the time between the two moons,
    Though I am still enjoying earth,
    Thou moon of moons and of blessings!

    In the above, by new moon the author means
    the first sighting of the waxing crescent, which
    I think here at the farthest east of North America
    would be at the earliest tomorrow (April 13) evening,
    though we have a stalled low pressure system
    with a cloudy forecast for many days from now.

    However I guess this means I am starting my
    Sisyphean moon rock rolling up the hill
    once again. (But I am hoping for the
    blessings soon, including immunity to infection
    by SARS-CoV-2 for those not yet infected,
    and healing for those who are infected, though
    that is less certain for worse than minor criminal
    who are not following their healing circle prescription.)

    David Dalton dalton@nfld.com https://www.nfld.com/~dalton (home page) https://www.nfld.com/~dalton/dtales.html Salmon on the Thorns (mystic page) “But you come around in your time/Speaking of fabulous places,
    create an oasis/Dries up as soon as you're gone" (Sarah McLachlan)

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