A Slice of Heaven Aug 4 to 21, 2005
By Lola Babalon
The Dog days of Summer have arrived. The Sun’s journey through the sign of Leo makes it easy to get in touch with, and liberate your inner artist. Self realization is the name of the game, and what life is all about. Or like the hippies used to say: Do your thing! This is the perfect time to reaffirm your individuality against the collective projections of others.
How well you get to self-realize probably depends on the condition of your third chakra, the solar plexus. This chakra is located in the middle of the body, just above the belly button. The area is also known as the ‘middle burner’ in Chinese medicine, the place that breaks down food and transforms it into fuel.
It’s fairly easy to tell whether someone is centered or not. Someone that is centered in the third chakra experiences and radiates a certain presence. At that moment they are exactly where they want to be, alert, aware and at ease. There is no doubt, struggle conflict or ego involved. To find this center requires acceptance and agreement, not just with yourself, but with the world at large. This centeredness can be observed in martial artists, dancers, performers, and shamans of all stripes. It is also recognized as charisma, or power.
Un-centered people radiate just the opposite energy. They appear nervous, frazzled, scattered, in their heads, and often literally beside themselves. During the next two weeks, feel encouraged to try out a few things to get in touch with the third chakra: enjoy your yoga, dances pr paintings . Any kind of art work or performance can get you in touch with your body, and into the present moment. During the hot season it helps to support your digestion with bitter or cooling herbs like leafy greens, dandelion, citrus or aloe vera. Too hot, too much fire? Apply water! Enjoy your dips, sips, soaks and salads.
Here are a few planetary highlights for the next couple of weeks. The effects are fairly transitory, but will influence you more if your birthday falls on or near them.
Aug 4 New Moon 13* Leo, conjunct Mercury retrograde,
Reinvent or liberate your creative self. Let the inner artist come out to play. Enjoy the things you really love to do. Also a good time to get in touch with the past. Mercury retrograde and Neptune in Aquarius being in the mix brings keen intuitions and flashbacks to people, places and things that have shaped your individuality.
Aug 5 Mercury sextile Jupiter, Sun conjunct Mercury
A good day for all sorts of communications, because mental energies are at an all time high. Long talks between friends and lovers, or long distance phone calls. You may feel antsy, charged up and indulge in woolly, unusual ideas.
Aug 6 Sun sextile Jupiter
A fun weekend to meet with people, travel or be outside. Whether it’s the beach, the backyard or the pristine reaches of nature, horizons are expanding all the way around. Looking at the big picture also facilitates studies, concerts, and the performing arts.
Aug 8 Sun opposite Neptune
This casts a dreamy spell on the beginning of the week. Look out for moody individuals, late comers, confusion, things you didn’t see coming, illusions and the price you pay for them: disillusionment. On the brighter side you are extra in tune with others. Meditations and spiritual studies come easy that day.
Aug 10 Venus square Pluto
This aspect may challenge the relationships of the mutable signs: Pisces, Gemini. Virgo and Sagittarius. If there are any control issues, jealousy or skeletons in the closet, they will likely to appear now. How to deal with this? Dust it off, clean things up, embrace it as an opportunity and necessary part of your growth.
Aug 13 Mercury square Mars
Much potential for gridlock and stubbornness. People will feel more righteous, doctrinarian, dense and tense. The fixed signs: Aquarius, Taurus, Leo and Scorpio will feel this more strongly than others. So, if you have a lot of fixed planets, forget trying to prove anything to anybody on that day. Remember, there are only two choices: You can either be right, or you can be happy.
Aug 14 Mars sextile Uranus, Sun trine Pluto
A great day for getting unstuck and into the flow of things. This can be used to talk about business matters, exchange ideas with others, or ask for a raise. Experiences involving bold courage, assertiveness and personal growth can be had. Go for it!
Aug 15 Mercury stations direct
A sigh of relief. No more of this back tracking, rethinking, redoing, dealing with the past. It’s time to move on or move forward. Because Mercury still squares Mars in Taurus look out for frustrating encounters between slow and steady conservatives, and the restless, quirky go-getters on the other end of the spectrum.
Aug 16 Venus enters Libra
When Venus returns to her home turf there is another sigh of relief. Get ready for new beginnings, enjoy art and beauty, connect with friends and lovers, share your loftiest ideas. Also a good time for making beautiful things, peace making efforts and conflict resolution. It’s okay to be nice, polite, civilized and look for consensus with others.
Aug 17 Jupiter trine Neptune
This aspect makes for easy access to your higher mind and inner visionary. Spiritual work, meditation, music are all facilitated now. Take on big projects, create visual arts, or indulge your inner dreamer with lots of R & R’s.
Aug 19 Fullmoon 27* Aquarius
This is the perfect party night of the month. Get together with all of your wild and wonderful friends and a ball. People are curious, social and detached, which makes for easy going encounters and fun adventures.
A Slice of Heaven is a biweekly astrology column that highlights the current planetary aspects and provides empowering self-help tips . Lola Babalon is a Topanga Astrologer, Psychic and Herbalist. She is available for consultations, in person or on the phone and can be found online at www.sexpeace.net, or 310-596-0295