Daily Planets Saturday 26/2/11 Elementally Speaking

Offerings. Pic by me

Offerings. Pic by me

When on holiday you can choose to immerse yourself in R&R or you can recharge through immersion in everything on offer. Bali assaults the senses- every one of them.

Last night my friend & I found ourselves in a seafood restaurant on the beach at Jimbaran watching the waves roll in, feeling the thunder roll around and eating freshly barbecued red snapper doused in a garlic and lime marinade with spicy hot sambal served beside it washed down with bottles of Bintang beer.

On that beach, listening to the roaming band playing corny songs, laughing with the toothless double bass player and feeling the wind toss my hair into a great big fuzz ball of knots, both of us finally relaxed. Sure the process starts (for me) with the first swim, but it was completed by the elements. My Gemini friend has a Pisces Moon too, so really gets the whole space & clearing of boundaries thing.

Lantern shop in Seminyak. Pic by me.

Lantern shop in Seminyak. Pic by me.

Earlier in the day we shopped in Seminyak, bargained for cheap beach dresses in Kuta, chilled out in the infinity pool at the resort & I had my feet cleaned off by a heap of hungry fish. How very Piscean. How very eeeeeuw. (One of my OCDs is having my feet touched, so I found it eeeeeuw indeed).

I am loving the bustle & the noise & the taste & all the little offerings the Balinese leave on pavements, roads & pretty well wherever. Some elaborate, some no more than a few grains of rice in a banana leaf.

By 7am yesterday morning, while walking Legian Beach I had been offered jiggy jig, helicopter, fake watches & to swap the t shirt I had on for a painting. And no, I accepted none of the above 🙂 Gotta admire ingenuity.

Preparing a beach stall on Legian. Pic by me

Preparing a beach stall on Legian. Pic by me

In the skies the Moon is still in Sagittarius, enhancing the Jupiter expansiveness of this Jupiter/Pluto square which, incidentally, peaks today and which has been the theme of the whole of last week. Check the news from Libya as an example.

With Mars, the planet ruling Jupiter in Aries, in Pisces, the aim is definitely one of surging or fighting for a dream or even a dream of escape. Whilst Pluto in Capricorn is very much about governmental power & authority, the Mars/Jupiter influence is not to win power for its own sake. A very important distinction- whichever way this is playing out in your life at present.

Anyways, I am off to visit the mountains, temples and volcanoes (how very Pluto/Jupiter) today, so hopefully will have plenty of images to capture of these… plus the ubiquitous rice terraces and fornicating monkeys.