A Slice of Heaven
By Lola Babalon
Welcome, dear reader -
Here is your bi-weekly planetary update and weather report. This month takes everybody on a wild ride, in case you haven’t noticed yet. As the Sun moves from Scorpio into Sagittarius there is a shift from water into the fire element, which creates a moment of alchemy, transformation. The shifts between Cancer/Leo, Scorpio/Sag, Pisces/Aries are gateways that can be used for healing and empowering relationships. Yin and Yang embrace each other in a continuous, ever changing gender dance. As the collective moves from attachment oriented, sexy Scorpio to freedom loving, adventurous Sagittarius, let’s cast a parting glance on this topic, which happens to be the all time favorite anyway.
Sex is the engine of a relationship, it’s what makes it work. All the pursuit, courting and dating games are designed to prepare you for the real thing - the moment of truth about the dynamic between people. Sometimes the body knows something the brain doesn’t, and sometimes it’s the other way around. Sex is the shortcut into an altered state of consciousness, which explains the popularity of the ‘opium of the masses.’
Some belated cheers to a few more, famously sexy Topanga Scorpios: Happy Birthday Jackie Kane, Lacy Brooks and the all time favorite “panly man” Aaron Hendry!
Here follow a few spotlights on the current planetary picture. These influences are fairly universal, but will effect the people whose birthday falls between the 15 and 31st of February, May, August or November.
Full Moon at 24* Taurus, Uranus SD
The peak of this lunation occurs just after sunset. The Moon rises at a time of major emotional shifts and changes, as Uranus is making it’s station, churning things up in the deep waters of Pisces. Feeling restless, antsy, impatient with things? There is a plenty of push & pull dynamic going on. Power struggles eased by various trines, which facilitate positive, easy changes. The message here is: move swiftly and go with the flow. Mercury trines Saturn: explain yourself, focus on understanding and cooperation. Jupiter trines Uranus: celebrate! Good for music, dancing, playfulness and inventing things.
67% of the planets are in fixed signs, read dense and concentrated, with only 8% in cardinal, read action oriented, or air signs, read intellectually oriented. Mercury and Venus are in out of bounds declination, which means more impulsive, less deliberate and open to daredevil, risky endeavors .
Venus in Capricorn trines Mars R in Taurus
Oh boy! This steamy encounter has been building for a while. A good time for deep connections, get ready and get real. This earthy match-up between Capricorn and Taurus opens the door to more love, pleasure and sweet encounters. Be seduced! Love is a gift that keeps on giving. In fact, the more you give, the more you get. So don’t be stingy with your love today, let it shine.
Mars square Saturn
There is romance, and then there is the painful wakeup call of reality, ever the swiftest teacher. Today is another one of those. Watch out for tension, power struggles, or ego bruising conflicts. Good for hard work and discipline, breakthroughs are possible in organizing or restructuring things.
Mercury squares Uranus
This adds an element of impatience to the mix. What out for odd synchronicities, foot-in-mouth mishaps, faux pas. There can be misunderstandings or freedom-at-all-costs, impulse reactions, like: let’s get out of here.
Sun enters Sagittarius
For the next four weeks everybody gets to lighten up. Let’s take a look at the bright side of things. Sagittarians are the gamblers, teachers and philosophers of the zodiac, more on the Mr. or Ms. Happy-Go-Lucky in the upcoming issue of the ’Slice’.
The celestial taskmaster is taking a turn towards introspection here, which gets you in touch with their inner teacher. Self-realization requires discipline, focus. Good for reviewing/reorganizing your business plans.
Nov 24 Thanksgiving Day
Sun conjunct Mercury retrograde
This is the perfect time to get in touch with people you haven’t seen in a long time, so do reach out and invite some of your friends from way back when. Let go of bygone grief and celebrate, it’s all one big family anyway.
Mercury retrogrades into Scorpio
This handicaps your ability to shrug things off, or finding the easy way out of emotional situations. On the plus side it’s good for any kind of therapy, for revisiting your emotional needs, or to take time out to reflect and meditate.
Jupiter trines Uranus
This aspect amplifies the watery dynamic. You may feel restless, emotional, expansive, ready to stretch the envelope. A good day to try something new or different. Watch out for emotional outbursts and short circuits. Under this influence any reaction can quickly mutate into a chain reaction. So, if you’re a water sign, calm down and drive carefully.
Sun squares Uranus
As above, only with more tension. There can be sudden changes in the political arena as the need for individual freedom meets with inspiration, as in: lets all go this way…
New Moon 10* Sagittarius
This New Moon opens the door towards a deeper, more philosophical understanding. It also comes with a fat grand cross between Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Neptune, all in fixed signs. Expect some power struggles and shifts in personal and global affairs, necessary changes to the status quo. What do you really, really wish for? Think big as the chart ruler is Jupiter. Half of the planets are in mutable signs and in the Fire element, with very little Air energy. The Moon and Venus are in out of bounds declination, which means more restless antsy, impulsive reactions.
Astrology is a great counseling tool to get to know yourself. It helps you understand the timing of events, your family dynamic, relationship patterns, skills, gifts and abilities. It can illuminate you during difficult times and provide keen insights into relationship dynamics. Much love to all and many blessings -
To be continued.
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