Can influence go together with sincerity?
It’s a theme in the planets these months, and as far as I can see, it plays out in the world too. So let’s have a closer look. In Human Design there is a Gate called Influence, which has to do with various styles of leadership. That Gate, 31, is one half of the Channel of the Alpha – a Channel connects two Gates (7 and 31 in this case) – which is a leadership Channel. Through these Channels we express leadership in the world. Mercury, the messenger planet, activates the Channel of the Alpha twice this month (because it goes retrograde from July 26 until August 19, and then direct again). It stands then in Gate 7, which the ancient Chinese called the Army; these are the people who follow the leader. The ‘Alpha Channel partner’ in Gate 31 is the North Node: the clarity and sincerity how we assert our influence will decide the outcome. In addition to being aware of the words you use, also notice how your voice sounds when you speak, the rhythm of your speech and the way you breathe. All these greatly affect the openness of your audience to your message: a relaxed delivery makes for an easy reception. Being a leader is a role you play, not an identity.
Mercury retrograde gives rise to misunderstandings; in this period, think, or rather feel, before you speak. Good time to order your notes and clean up your desk (I’m updating my database these days). Communication devices – and we have a lot of them – may have some hiccups. Check business deals twice; mistakes can happen easily.
Mercury also activates 63-4, the Channel of the Logical Mind two times. More on that Channel you find in the July transits.
Apart from Mercury, five other planets – Mars, Uranus, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto – are retrograde, which means they seem to move backwards seen from the earth. All except Neptune are expressions of the male polarity, making this a time to slow down and review our actions. Mars, the planet of direct action, goes retrograde every two years. Wait with starting important projects until August 27.
Fortunately, from August 11 on, Venus is in the Spleen Gates, inviting us to enjoy the agreeable side of life and equipping us with a keen sense of intuition, that we can feel in our whole body. Slowing down can be fun! Paradoxically, hanging out and relaxing with others could advance your objectives better than direct action, especially at the end of the month (Aug 28 – Sept 3), when Sun and Earth activate the Channel of Community and Pluto and Venus form the Channel of Transformation. Pluto is all month in Gate 54, Ambition, meaning we do feel the drive to move onward – materially and/or spiritually.
Saturn moves into Gate 10, Line 6 on July 26, highlighting a tendency to be a moral preacher – not enjoying life yourself and telling others to follow your example. I remember how the mystic Osho tells a story about a dog who felt called to teach all other dogs not to bark at the moon, saying that this barking was just giving in to their lower instincts and would never let them raise their consciousness. When the moon was full, this teacher dog would walk around town and go wherever he heard barking to remind the dogs they had fallen again. The dogs really wanted to better their lives – and be finished with this preacher – so they all secretly met and decided to keep still at all costs when the moon was full again.
During the next full moon they were hiding in dark cellars, covering their eyes with their paws, or staying under their blankets, using all their will power to become spiritual – and hoping the moon would soon set. Suddenly they heard an ear-splitting howl – it was the teacher dog, who, having no other dogs to admonish, was confronted with his own nature and could not resist a great urge to bark. Of course, all dogs joined and there was great howling that night. Don’t be a moral dog – enjoying life with style sets the best example. On August 15, Saturn moves into line 5, which makes us a role model of rebellion, or a heretic. You may feel drawn to challenge the status quo, while running the risk of being condemned.
Finally, a touch of emotion
From 17-22 August, the Channel of Recognition (30-41, Earth and the South Node), induces us to realize things that we want. Desires which we have not fulfilled could come up, or we could be repeating some old behavior. The Gate of Desires, 30, is in the Emotional Center. We feel that going through certain experiences will make us more complete, and then we want to have them. Moving into the experience, we enter the carousel of bliss and misery. It’s good to realize that the Emotions is also an awareness center, and that elusive quality of awareness can tell us whether to watch the desire come and go, or to act on it. Either way is okay, there is no judgment involved. Ultimately, awareness brings lightness into the fire of desire – it is the play of life.
With Mercury and Mars going direct again and Venus connecting with Saturn and then Pluto, September will have a different flavor.