WHEN LESS IS MORE: SUN OPPOSES THE GALACTIC CENTER AND IXION (THE TYRANT)

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Blessings to All. At present, the Sun is at 27 Gemini, making its annual opposition to the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius). This year, Ixion (The Tyrant) conjuncts the Galactic Center, making this energy more challenging to navigate.
 
The Galactic Center is essentially the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.
 
In my study of the Galactic Center, I have found it to be an astrological influence that aligns a person with intensely powerful energies – both positive and negative.
 
I´d encourage you to read Philip Sedwick´s superb article on the Galactic Center for further information – I consider this a classic text on the subject.
 
 
Whenever, the Galactic Center is activated in a chart, or by transit – We are encouraged to commune deeply with our Guides and to align our paths and work with the highest, deepest good for Self and All-That-Is.
 
But it can equally be used to abuse others. Especially with Ixion where it is right now. Here´s Brittanica.com´s definition:
 
“Ixion, in Greek legend, son either of the god Ares or of Phlegyas, king of the Lapiths in Thessaly. He murdered his father-in-law and could find no one to purify him until Zeus did so and admitted him as a guest to Olympus. Ixion abused his pardon by trying to seduce Zeus’s wife, Hera. Zeus substituted for her a cloud, by which Ixion became the father of Centaurus, who fathered the Centaurs by the mares of Mount Pelion. Zeus, to punish him, bound him on a fiery wheel, which rolled unceasingly through the air or, according to the more common tradition, in the underworld.”
 
Ixion´s energy is essentially the patriarchal, tyrannical Masculine out of control. It does not know remorse and sees compassion and forgiveness as a weakness. His descendants (the Centaurs) are essentially known for perpetuating these kinds of violence, especially against women – Chiron being a key exception.
 
So when you put it all together, this year´s Sun-Galactic Center/Ixion opposition asks us to navigate our choices in response to the toxic masculine.
 
Sometimes people go too far with this, and sometimes people do too little. Because it´s hard to find that balance.
 
Sometimes they get baited into mud-slinging matches that basically become excuses to energetically projectile vomit on someone with an opposite view.
 
Sometimes they plug out and close their ears because it´s all too much. Which is perfectly understandable.
 
Rather than going in heavy and hard to break through an archetype that has lasted for millenia, or to ignore the need for it entirely – strive to find a middle point of Balance.
 
Don´t let people hook you into trying to rescue others when it may simply be beyond your scope.
 
Remember that Sagittarius´ energy is going to want to elicit the image of the Knight of Wands, riding in on a moral pedestal and realizing that the battle is too big to be won alone. What happens there is a loss of energy and energetic bruising that can be avoided.
 
So what do you do?
 
Look at the lessons of the Sun-in-Gemini. Be as a butterfly.
 
Collect information from multiple perspectives.
 
Be informed with the facts (and fact-check)
 
Be pragmatic: Invest your energy in daily acts which (over time, and with lots of people) lead to far-reaching changes.
 
Get organized. Use the power of your voice and reason to network with others who want to create change.
 
It´s not something to go at solo. But also remember that sharing moral outrage with those who agree with you (i.e preaching to the choir) is not going to create change by itself. It´s the catalyst.
 
What I also found is that – especially now – it is more important than ever to take the time to tune in with your Guides.
 
Release yourself from energetic contracts that are no longer in alignment.
 
Resist the temptation to need to define and charge towards anything.
 
Know that you will be guided to act when the time and circumstances for action are all in alignment.
 
Don´t let the actions of others distract you from the process of learning what it is that you need to do – right here, right now.
 
And doing it.
 
Blessings,
 
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Preparation for the Gemini New Moon (June 13-14, 2018)

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For the next 12 hours, The Sun, Moon and Mercury will all be in Gemini. Mercury will then shift into Cancer.

This is an excellent time to say what you need to say and get ´it´ off your chest.

Express yourselves, but do not use it as an excuse to abuse others.

Think about the ways in which you can develop your communicative / reasoning / expressive faculties.

This is a good time to read a book, do a little writing/drawing with the non-dominant hand, or to communicate with loved ones. It is especially potent for sibling relationships.

If there´s a lot of denser emotions at play and if you feel that communication may not be possible, write a letter to them (which you then keep or burn), or write in your journal.

This is an extraordinarily powerful time for words. You can enmesh – or – liberate yourself from outmoded constructs and ways of life through the power of speech and intention. Stay aligned on your path without seeking to control or influence others – and you should be good.

Remember that we have the Gemini New Moon coming up within 1.5 days´ time. Mercury, the ruler of Gemini, provides his parting messages for you at this time.

We also see Venus moving into Leo shortly after the New Moon goes exact. This is a wonderful to time to think about our value systems and how they hold the constructs of family, tradition, motherhood and emotion. Release that which no longer resonates.

That will then open you up to more aligned forms of love, and ones which truly express your spirit. In other words, clear the baggage within so that Venus in Leo has the room to come out and play.

But it´s not just about letting go of dense belief systems and ideas, sometimes it´s about changing parts of ourselves that have – at some point – given us a lot of joy. It´s woven into the nature of change itself.

Our ego adds weight to itself by getting us to hold onto ideas well past their sell-by-date. If you´re feeling resistant to let go, question whether (1) letting go is what your part requires of you at this time and (2) is your ego in the driver´s seat?

Ego-based identifications are not always the negative, denser kind. Sometimes they can be a cherished ideal that we´ve built our identities around.

But in times of immense collective change, sometimes our growth requires us to give up what we´ve become so fond of. And that´s where it´s a challenge.

Trust that you will do things in the timing that is most aligned with your growth – and trust that you will not hide behind that principle in stalling your own process 

Refer back to yesterday´s piece on Mars conjunct the South Node (1st time out of 3 in 2018) and how it builds up to the game-changing Lunar Eclipse in July.

We live in very interesting times and what you do counts.

So set those intentions wisely with this New Moon. Be open to change and be willing to do what is needed to make it happen.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

MARS CONJUNCT SOUTH NODE (ROUND 1 OF 3) + JULY´S LUNAR ECLIPSE

 

This is a brief video on the ongoing Mars-South Node conjunction in Aquarius. There is a lot of energetic baggage that is ready to be lifted at this time – from a very long time ago.

Your key to moving through this energy is to allow for new possibilities. This is less about your emotions (though they are brought to the surface now by Jupiter trined Neptune in the water signs of Scorpio and Pisces) – and more about your mental constructs.

Allow yourself to rediscover the true meaning of free will and the power of conscious choice. Many, if not the vast majority, of us still act on outdated forms of programming and scripts that are simply no longer needed.

This alignment is an incredible catalyst – and one that can, will and is supporting the processes of spiritual transformation across this planet. It also comes at a time where Kilauea continues to erupt on the Big Island in Hawaii.

Whether we know it or not, or want it or not …. we live in incredible times. And the (r)evolution of consciousness continues.

At the practical level, pay attention to the vibration of what you put out in the world (especially through social media), the kind of friends you attract or those who position themselves as members of your tribe. You will rediscover some gems, and realize that some others may no longer be aligned with the path you are on. Sometimes your idea of the path itself may need changing.

So what do you do?

Be Bold. Be Fearless. Choose to Believe that another Future is indeed possible.
No matter how strongly entrenched the 3-D constructs of the past appear to be.

To quote The Matrix … remember … ´there is no spoon´.

We will be seeing the Mars- South Node conjunction in Aquarius – TWO MORE TIMES – on account of Mars´ retrograde. Here are the time-frames for each time this conjunction will happen in 2018. I am including both calculations of the Nodes (Mean/True) – both of which operate at different levels of reality.

June 7-June 13, 2018 (South Node between 6-8 Aquarius)

July 18-July 20, 2018 (South Node between 5-6 Aquarius)

September 23-25, 2018 (South Node between 2-4 Aquarius)

Ideally, you would pad these dates out – depending on your own psychic sensitivity and other factors in your chart.

So really: this is just round 1 of 3.

It is also interesting to note that Mars is now brighter than any star in the sky (including Sirius.). The announcement was made on June 8th on spaceweather.com.

In late July, Mars will go on to outshine Jupiter as it makes its perihelic opposition with the Sun. Mars will be at one of its closest points to the Sun, with the earth in between. It was a little closer to the Sun in 2003 – but it´s still a pretty powerful event.

What´s even more fascinating is that the date of the Mars´ perihelic opposition is July 27, 2018 – – – which of course coincides with a Total Lunar Eclipse on the same date.

In other words … what´s happening now in your lives, and in the skies is setting you up for … immense change. How you navigate now will set the tone for what you experience during this eclipse.

Sun opposes the Moon (4´44 Leo-Aquarius)
Sun conjuncts the North Node
Moon conjuncts the South Node and Mars
Everything squares Uranus in Taurus.

Mother.Of.God.

That´s potent.

This Eclipse will be a game-changer. Anything is possible.

And even more so if you have ANYTHING near 2-6 degrees Scorpio. That would create a Grand Lunar Nodal Cross 😀 Whew!

Listen to the video for more details on just what Mars asks us to consider – and what we stand to gain through its transformation.

Time to rethink the way we move through reality.
And what it´s all for.
And who we move through it with.

Blessings to the Collective,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Astronomy info: spaceweather.comearthsky.org

Sun, Mars and The Super-Galactic Center in a Grand Air Trine (22-25 May 2018)

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Sun at 1 Gemini trines Mars at 2 Aquarius and The Super-Galactic Center at 1 Libra. (22-25 May 2018)

This Grand Air trine – which will be even more potent tomorrow gets us to look at the narratives through which we have constructed our identities, our relationships, our ideologies- and the concepts which make up our navigational compass in life.

This is a good time to revisit the stories which your lives are woven into, and those which you have (for better or worse) super-imposed onto your experiences.

Relationships and the way in which we understand the agency of the Masculine will be especially under scrutiny at this time.

Whilst this can be a very liberating energy to work with, it can be profoundly uncomfortable for some as it overturns truths and frameworks so deeply cherished.

Those who are especially vulnerable to panic and anxiety attacks, mental loops, getting stuck in one´s head, etc. are advised to practice extra self-care. Distract yourselves in a healthy way should the processing of this mental energy be more than you can handle.

Or go to a qualified professional or support group who can help. Be mindful of not taking on another´s intellectual baggage in lieu of your own.

 

Blessings,

 

Postscript – I shared some of my recent health concerns on Facebook, as it´s been a tough burden to bear. An interesting comment appeared in the comments. This was my response and it ties in well with the Mars-in-Aquarius energy. My thanks to the soul who facilitated the response.

It is unwise to project upon those whose task it is to challenge certain things in the world – irrespective of the goodness of our intentions.
 
Some of us do things of this nature not because we are victims or defensive. It is simply part and parcel of the contracts that we chose to undertake for a much larger purpose.
 
And it´s a challenging role to play. But the key issue is to remember that it is a valid role, or modality to engage the Universe with.
 
Unfortunately, new age dogma preaches that if you are hurt or wounded that you have somehow invited it, or your inner victim feels the need to get beaten about till it realizes it no longer needs to be a victim.
 
Many warriors do not speak up about their scars or their battles to avoid this kind of projection. And that adds to the perception that they are angry, defensive, overly protective, and so on.
 
Basically it´s a bad cycle of mutually-reinforced misperceptions.
 
People will simply not know the reason why challenger/warrior types have chosen to take the hits that they have. Because truly: the nature of the Universe and one´s role in it goes so much farther beyond the victim/abuser dichotomy.
 
Now of course there are those who don the mantle of the Challenger but are really acting out a wounded psychodrama. That is entirely possible.
 
But it takes a hell of a lot of study, understanding and knowledge of that person and the karmic contracts they have chosen to participate in (with whom, and why), before a person can make a true assessment.
 
Well-intentioned individuals offering perspective on a situation or person can do so much of damage by trying to fit others in that binary ´victim-abuser´ formulation.
 
In short, there are many reasons we do what we do. Tarring all of it with the same brush doesn´t really do it justice.

 

Appropriate song:

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Uranus in Taurus: Joy as an act of Revolution!!! (2018-2026)

 

Blessings to All,

Uranus has just shifted in Taurus. It will remain there till November 2018, whereupon it will retrograde back into Aries till March 2019. Following that, we´re essentially seeing this energy up until 2026.

Uranus is the energy of revolution, innovation and breakthrough (or breakdown). It shakes up the status quo and brings change to the world – both positive and negative (however you define those terms).

Uranus-in-Taurus will see changes focused upon the way we find security, control and identity through our relationship with material possessions and the natural world.

Some will use this alignment to deepen their connection with the bodies and the wisdom they hold, alongside the deeper consciousness of the Earth and Her Cycles.

Others will use this energy to disrupt or challenge the status quo and the structures of power that hold them in place.

How you experience this alignment has to do with the way you perceive it and what you have done to receive the energy in a smooth way.

What to Do

Take the time to sit with yourself and know what it is you truly want. This is not an intellectual exercise or a philosophical one. It is a consciousness that radiates out of the core of your cellular being.

Trust your body´s wisdom.
Trust its connection with the Earth and Sky.
And things will be clearer.

Even if the answers are not yet clear, give yourself permission to receive them when you are ready.

Believe in your capacity to manifest abundance and to find a new way to approach your challenges and utilize your gifts.

Stay away from control dramas and be willing to center yourself in joy, sweetness, grace and a deeper connection with this Earth – and the Body it has graced you with.

Eat consciously, play happily and honor all who cross your path.

Be generous when you can and be honest with who you are and what you truly desire.

Resist the temptation to over-intellectualize things.

Allow yourself to partake in the sweetness of life

It doesn´t always have to be about conflict, strife and struggle.

Sometimes the best healing comes when you allow yourself to experience something completely different.

Oils: myrrh, benzoin, vetiver (check dosage, contraindications, etc.)
Gemstones: unakite, okenite, yellow jasper

Blessings,

 

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Astro-Heads up! (13-15 May 2018)

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Mercury is conjunct Uranus at 29 Aries.

Uranus is about to shift into Taurus in 2 days’ time, leaving Aries (temporarily)

The Aries Moon just moved past Eris at 23 degrees.

We´re due to see Mars shift into Aquarius and the New Moon in Taurus as well …

 
Be mindful of the way you use words and what you use them for.
 
There are contexts where a softer tone is better and ones where a more direct one is required.
 
Follow your pursuit of truth, but understand that you do not have the right to stop others on their path.
 
Whatever you are presented with that makes you uncomfortable has a lesson for you.
 
Sometimes it is to say that it is time to walk away and sometimes it is to say that it’s time to take a good, hard look at the mirror.
 
Health concerns surrounding any part of you above the neck and/or the solar plexus need to be monitored a little more closely at this time.
 
If feeling psychologically fragile or volatile, duck out of the way and focus on you – there’s a lot of debris flying about.
There´s always more to do, but this is a good start.

The Sky Priestess

 

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A NEW DAWN FOR MALAYSIA: PROGRESSED ASTROLOGICAL CHART ANALYSIS (1957-2018)

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Over the past two decades or so, I found myself getting more and more disenchanted with Malaysian politics. Primarily on account of its lack of transparency, civil space, free political dialogue and racial disparities. I left the country in the same year that its longest-serving Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad resigned from the political arena. He was Malaysia´s strongman politician – and whilst I can´t agree with every policy he enacted – I had a belief in his capability to build a nation. Even as a kid.

My political identification with and emotive affect for Malaysia´s political future has been galvanized yet again – after a 18-year hiatus – following the resounding electoral victory of Pakatan Harapan (´Coalition of Hope´). This is the first time in the nation´s history that the ruling party (Barisan Nasional – National Front) has been defeated in the electoral arena. It is the first time that the Opposition has truly had access to the reins of power at the national level.

It´s not something that happened overnight – but a movement of millions that took time to mature and develop. It wasn´t led by a single man or woman, but by leaders from different ethnic backgrounds who wanted a vision of Malaysia that was more fair, equitable, and just. The ruling coalition has seen its levels of support decrease due to a multitude of factors – Malaysia´s recent economic performance, corruption scandals involving key figures in government, an increasingly polarized political rhetoric, and so on.

But what´s really capturing the mood of the moment is the man of the house: Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. He has just been sworn in as the oldest serving head of state at the age of 92. He emerged out of his political retirement 2 years ago and became the leader of Pakatan Harapan.

For some Malaysians – like me – who grew up under his first bout as Prime Minister, it´s actually a welcome return. There´s a deep faith in Dr. Mahatir´s political acumen and a respect for his political genius. One hopes that the imbalances that were made back then will now be corrected, especially as Pakatan´s Hopes and Strengths emerge from a wider ethnic demographic.

I looked at the chart for Malaya´s Independence Day (31 August 1957, 12:01 am, Kuala Lumpur) to see what points of continuity it has to the present day. I´m taking this date (rather than the 1963 one which saw Malaysia achieve its current-day political form) because it rings truer. People still celebrate the 31st August date and the site it took place on – Dataran Merdeka (The Field of Independence) – remains politically significant in rituals, ceremonies and events that seek to evoke a sense of national identity.

It seems fitting to take this date for a variety of reasons.

Some Malaysians compare this electoral victory to the 1957 one: as a second date of independence. The implicit correlation is that 1957 saw liberation from long-standing colonial (British) rule and 2018 sees a similar sense of liberation from a party that has held power for 6 decades.

And truly … seasoned political pundits did not see this coming.

The people decided they wanted something different.

In this election, Pakatan Harapan secured 104 seats, whereas Barisan Nasional secured 79 seats out of 222 in Malaysia´s parliament. In contrast the 2013 general election saw Barisan (former ruling party) take 133 seats vis-a-vis Pakatan´s 89 seats. (It was called Pakatan Rakyat – People´s Coalition at that point)

This is a complete reversal within a 5-year period! And so you see why there´s this sense of jubilation.

I will be focusing on an analysis of the secondary progressed astrological chart – derived from the original date of independence (31 August 1957). The chart is progressed to 10 May 2018.

Progressions are used to study long term shifts that take decades, if not centuries (or more) to happen. They have deeper spiritual implications that are often missed when looking at natal and transiting charts.

These are the house placements for the secondary progressed chart – they reflect 61 years of development and evolution of consciousness.

1st house – 27 Cancer — 7th house – 27 Capricorn
2nd house – 26 Leo — 8th house – 26 Aquarius
3rd house – 28 Virgo — 9th house – 28 Pisces
4th house – 0 Scorpio — 10th house – 0 Taurus
5th house – 0 Sagittarius — 11th house – 0 Gemini
6th house – 29 Sagittarius — 12th house – 29 Gemini

In contrast – you can see that the original chart (31 August 1957) looked completely different:

1st house – 1 Gemini — 7th house – 1 Sagittarius
2nd house – 29 Gemini — 8th house – 29 Sagittarius
3rd house – 26 Cancer — 9th house – 26 Capricorn
4th house – 26 Leo — 10th house – 26 Aquarius
5th house – 28 Virgo — 11th house – 28 Pisces
6th house – 1 Scorpio — 12th house – 1 Taurus

Each house has / is at the brink of moving through two astrological signs over a period of 61 years – therefore 30 years ago, we would have also seen a similar watershed moment in the nation´s political history. And that´s exactly what happened : In 1988, Malaysia saw a constitutional crisis in which Dr. Mahathir was accused of limiting the powers of the judiciary in favour of the executive and legislature.

Which is entirely unsurprising as the progressed 7th house (legal matters) shifted into Capricorn (authority, power and control) …. The progressed 7th house will shift in early 2021 into the sign of Aquarius.

One can safely predict that Malaysia´s legal and governmental frameworks are in for a major revision or overhaul in the next 3 years. Perfect for dismantling older institutional arrangements that concentrate power in one set of hands and removing it from others.

Coming back to the present , the progressed chart analysis of 10 May 2018 indicates key changes that started in 2017 and will take a further year to complete.

Four astrological houses (4, 5, 10 and 11) shifted signs within the past year and two houses will shift signs in the rest of this year (6 and 12). Further shifts will continue, resulting in a complete transformation of all twelve houses by January 2022. The process of change began to gain momentum in 2016.

Within the past year (May 2017 – May 2018), the 4th house has shifted from Libra into Scorpio. This indicates the start of a new journey in defining a sense of belonging, groundedness, rootedness and affect. The nation as a whole is seeking to pierce through its illusions and discover – for the first time – what its ´home´and ´land´ is truly made up of.

We may also be seeing a greater focus upon agricultural work (under Dr. Mahathir´s leadership), the furthering of real estate and greater scope for traditional or natural remedies and forms of alternative health. Psychically, we see the need to continue to introspect on the character of the nation and heal that which is not in balance. This will not happen through positive thought alone, but through a real engagement with the issues at stake.

What is also significant is that Malaysia´s progressed Neptune, Sun, North Node and Mercury are all between 2 – 10 Scorpio. Those in the medical / healing / psychological / occult professions may feel a call to ´return home´ and work more deeply within the home context. Sensitive people will need to amp up their psychic protection.

House 10´s shift from Aries to Taurus indicates a powerful change in the way the nation sees its destiny. We will see a greater focus on: keeping things real, embodied and connected to the basic 5 senses, the way we understand agricultural cycles, the biosphere, our place in the physical environment and the need to sustain all of this so that everyone can lead a more comfortable material life. Malaysia will also become a valuable place to invest in after Uranus completes it´s shift into Taurus. Keep your eye on the ball 

Malaysia´s progressed Pallas Athena and South Node are here at 0 Taurus and 10 Taurus respectively. There will be scope for furthering the representation of women, especially if they focus their mental energies on securing a greater sense of tangible abundance for all.

What is interesting now is that the progressed Nodes (10 Scorpio-Taurus, ´True´calculation) square the nodes currently in the sky – at 9-10 Leo-Aquarius. This is clearly a defining moment for the nation as a whole as the direction of its growth has been re-defined.

Especially with transiting Uranus on its Taurus Midheaven! WOW!

But it´s a starting point – others will have to keep the momentum going.

And to make sure that the ship stays true to its course.

The progressed shift in house 5 from Scorpio to Sagittarius beckons a new era of enthusiasm for philosophy, politics, travel and a sense of expansion and growth – for the nation as a whole and especially its thinkers, leaders and young people.

House 11´s shift from Taurus to Gemini focus upon the increased role of technology in creating a space for civil and public discourse. The use of social media galvanized millions during this election and it continues to be the space to get the pulse of the nation (especially on platforms such as Whatsapp and Twitter).

The shifts that will happen within the course of the next year will see houses 6 and 12 shift from Sagittarius to Capricorn, and from Gemini to Cancer respectively. This will open up a new pathway of service through government, a greater need of focus on the nation´s ´spine´ and building blocks as it were. Investments in construction, traditional financial and political institutions are likely to see dividends.

The 12th house shift sees a return to older spiritual echoes of the land that pre-date recorded history and the establishment of modern political identities. Spiritualists and sensitive people are advised to also consult a history of South-east Asia for greater context.

These progressed shifts are generally ones that last for 3 decades (especially when a chart´s houses are evenly spaced). So these are monumental changes at play. And this is truly a very small slice of the chart / astrological perspective on the situation. You can also look up the charts of the key political figures to understand how, where and why they play the roles that they do.

Long story short, this is a time of national redefinition, a transformative moment long awaited. And as per astrology – it took us 6 decades to get there!

And in the same breath – it is vitally important to remember that this change needs work to be sustained – and in a way that makes the best of the alignments present.

One did not really need astrology to tell that, but it´s great when the mathematics of the sky so accurately tally with the collective consciousness of millions.

MALAYSIA BOLEH! (YES, MALAYSIA CAN!)

Whoooooooooo!!!!!!!!

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Image: Double-exposure of two images in the public domain done by Bairavee Balasubramaniam. Flag of Malaysia (3-2).svg on Wikimedia Commons – with – Prague Astronomical Clock by Petr Kratochvil on publicdomainpictures.net

Peeling Back the Layers of Privilege, Fragility and Entitlement – as part of Shadow-Work and Spiritual Development

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A friend forwarded me a conversation on race today with eerily similar dynamics to a conversation I was part of the day before. Essentially, a white woman takes up conversational space in a discussion on POC perspective and makes it about herself. And then makes the claim that she knows herself and her intentions and is therefore justified and ´content´in her opinions and actions. And runs away from the conversation with the words ‘ love and light’ – or something similar. Or claims she is a victim of the POC and demands that her pain be heard, acknowledged and/or validated instead.

In this article, I would like to establish how being unwilling to face (especially if a white person) concepts such as ´white fragility´and ´white privilege´actually impedes your spiritual growth – and why these concepts express a core layer of perspective in the shadow of the Self.

Before we begin, I want to stress that this is not a piece about whites vs. POC. If division was the name of the game, these conversations would be unnecessary. Whilst we´re all trying to find unity, we need to do so in a way that honors diversity – rather than trying to erase it as it invalidates the perspective of the historically dominant.

Most of you who follow my work are Caucasian. And most of you are sensible, sensitive beings who realize that the world isn´t about them. And who have the good sense not to try and make everyone else´s lives about them. And I hope you will also find this article of use and interest.

(Grab a cuppa, because you´re going to want to chew on this for a bit)

Let us start with two assumptions:

(1) Unless you do your shadow work to understand the ego and its many layers … it is rather hollow to claim knowledge of the self and justify actions on the basis of that knowledge. This is something that most on the path will agree with.

(2) Similarly, unless one spends time on unpacking and sitting with uncomfortable concepts such as ‘ white fragility ‘ and ‘ white privilege ‘… it is rather hollow to claim knowledge on and justify one’s actions – especially when discussing sensitive questions as a white person in mixed racial groups.

If point 1 made sense to you, I don’t see why point 2 doesn’t.

What we will get to through this article is how points 1 and 2 are intimately interwoven.

There is a great deal of defensiveness that comes up when POC point this out to white people who try to define their narratives for them. Some of them become angry, defensive, dismissive – and others do try to break it down in a more inclusive way. Irrespective of what they do, POC tend to get projected on by the white person in the discussion.

I find it especially sad when POC who choose to explain what is going on (even in ways that are not intended to be dismissive) get shamed for ‘putting the white woman down’ or ‘calling her out’.

In yesterday’s exchange, two POC academics were accused of being condescending as their decades of research and lived experience in the matter did not support the white woman’s opinion.

She derailed the argument (or tried to), making it entirely about herself and how she felt judged and hurt. And laid the blame on the POC who spoke to her kindly.

That’s just bananas.

And yet, across the world, bushels and bushels of them keep heaping up.

This practice is sadly pervasive. Wrapped up in the rhetoric of self-assertion and spiritual knowledge and often to the detriment of those historically disempowered from doing so.

That being said …

Whilst I wouldn’t say that it’s right to demean a white person wanting to enter a conversation on race (just cause they´re white), the reverse appears to be a right that is frequently assumed. (and the bananas keep piling up)

Here´s some of the implicit assumptions in some of these statements and behaviors:

“My opinion is more important than your research and lived reality.”

“I know I’m coming from a good place, so my words are okay.”

(Which really does not work unless you’ve really sat with the whole question of fragility and privilege. Otherwise one remains oblivious to it and wonders why POC seem so ‘angry’ and ‘triggered’ .)

“I´m content with my opinion and I don´t need to engage with what you´re saying even though this topic has really nothing to do with me “

“My pain is more important than yours, so take a back seat”

This might be an unpopular parallel to make, but these rhetorical practices are highly reminiscent of the patronizing tone that missionaries took when bringing their faith to different lands. They used the same rhetorical strategies that divided, conquered and enslaved generations.

POC were rendered as ‘savages’ through the use of evangelical rhetoric. As people who obviously lacked the intellect to speak for themselves and whose emotional attachment to ‘primitive’ belief systems weighed down their spirits – they needed to be saved.

These justifications were used to morally and politically justify the colonial enterprise and the stripping of tribes from their culture, heritage and land. And wiping out their identities, generations of connection, memory, faith and tradition.

By a far ‘superior’ race whose clarity of thought, faith and righteous intention surpassed that of the beleaguered native.

If you thought that was bad..
What’s worse is that it’s still happening.
In the name of being ‘spiritual’, ´woke´ and ´compassionate´.

For instance …

One comment I read today from this lady who ‘knew her intentions’ felt sorry for the hurt black people felt at her words because they were still ‘carrying it’.

´It´ being centuries of hurt, shame and abuse carried through the generational line.

Which this speaker herself tapped into, using the same strategies her forefathers did.

POC feelings of outrage were their problem because they, unlike her, still had them.

Of course she didn’t…as her shadow in this context lay steeped in privilege, rather than racial abuse.

And yes – we all carry the traits of victim and abuser in us. And yes – that is why we need to look at context so carefully in our self-work, and work with others.

She issued a blanket apology for triggering people inadvertently but it was clear she blamed the ‘victims’ (of her own noble intent?)

Clearly this person had some understanding of the terms used to find deeper self-awareness but stopped short at that critical racial threshold.

And why might that be?

 

Because she felt she had the right to define that threshold for others. 
And that is the hallmark of privilege.

 

So too is the act of trying to equate experiences, condense, simplify or make everyone’s trauma ‘the same’. It really isn’t.

One may not be able to compare the weight of each trauma on a set of gargantuan scales, but their differences need to honoured… for what they are.

POC perspectives have been erased for long enough.

It´s one thing for them to make that invitation, and it is another to have it foisted upon them in the rhetoric of spirituality and universal love (again).

But if one is not willing to acknowledge the necessity of this work … or the impact of such rhetorical devices …

Then don’t be surprised if POC seem resentful or defensive …

Essentially, (as before) spiritual knowledge is being used as a claim to control others’ speech, tone down their identities and make them dance to the tune of one’s making.

In much the same way that a POC is tasked with overcoming generational trauma whereas a white person need not unpack the flipside of it: generational privilege.

And that is really not going to change unless one’s shadow work includes a healthy dose of introspection with respects to privilege, fragility, entitlement and historical patterns.

These patterns are carried through ancestral line, they are part of the psychic foundation that leads to a sense of self and being.

In other words it is the bedrock upon which the ‘I’ is founded.

 
Privilege, entitlement and fragility are parts of the ego that need to be unpacked. They are inherited (and taught) layers of identity that mask the soul.
 
So too are identities forged through the narrative of victimhood.
 
But what tends to happen is when said white woman is confronted with the need to address her privilege, she then claims to be the victim of the POC.
 
Especially if they refuse to perform emotional labour by nurturing the bruised ego of the white person.
 
Pray tell, how is that just?
 
It hearkens back to the assumption that the black nanny is there to serve.
 
And that she serves on demand.

Unpacking privilege is something that takes time and sincere effort. And it is not going to be easy if one is content with the idea that their opinions matter more than another person´s lived reality.

Also- one does not automatically become an expert on these by having ‘black friends’ or hanging out with POC. Those relationships may be based on the same hidden dynamics that are in need of deconstruction.

It may be comfortable to assume that your spiritual path can avoid this work.

Or that your knowledge of self automatically carries over to the privilege you may be unconsciously reliant on.

But since when has shadow-working, knowing the hidden self been particularly comfortable ?

Like it or not, it’s part of the syllabus. It’s going to crop up sometime … Be it this life or the next

So why wait?

Dr Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

 

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Tussling about with the Aquarian Moon, Lioness Ceres and the Dragon (6-9 May 2018)

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The Moon is now in Aquarius, heading towards the South Node (9-10 degrees) and opposition with Ceres (12 Leo) and the North Node (9-10 Leo).
Over the next 2.5 days, focus on your emotions surrounding your ideals, connection with community and give room for your own visionary insight to emerge. Make it about you in a way that celebrates the self and its value as part of the collective.
I´ve padded the dates given slightly to reflect differing timezones. If you are in the US, this is between the 6th -8th , if in Asia 7th -9th  May.
Whilst there is merit in honoring accumulated wisdom, know that we live in a time where much needs to be overturned and questioned. Allow yourselves to release ideas that no longer align and mental baggage that asks you to forsake pursuing your own creative, joyful, playful sense of self-expression.
This is not a magic wand, per se – but an act that initiates further changes. You are providing the possibility for transformation to occur and in so doing, you make it that much more likely to manifest.
But give yourself the permission needed to question the script first of all. Including outdated thoughts and ideas surrounding the concept of attraction-manifestation itself. Energy is moving so rapidly now that it´s hard to keep up in words, ideas and concepts.
No one has all the answers, but the best you can do is to find facilitators who are certain of what they do know – and the vastness of what they don´t 😉
Go with the flow. And create. Let the floodwaves of your creation heal and nurture you – allowing you to share that with others.
As Ceres (12 Leo) is conjunct the North Node now, it becomes important to bring this creative, transformative energy to one of the most important relationships in your life: that of mother and child. Even if this is not physically or practically possible, remember that our relationship with motherhood reflects a larger, collective relationship with the Divine Mother herself. If that is where you can give and find nurture, then by all means, do so.
A word of caution is necessary: Not everything that occurs as an intuitive hunch or insight is immediately the best course of action. Take a moment to tune in and see if what you´re feeling is what it represents itself to be, or if it is an illusion of perception that feeds into old mental constructs and programming. No matter how nice, fluffy, all-encompassing, hip, trendy, New Agey, enlightened or ´spiritual´ it seems like.
Always stay discerning. In this line of work, it is unwise to take all that glitters as gold. Especially when everyone else seems to be doing the same.
One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding the larger shift into the Age of Aquarius is the emergence of a Unity Consciousness that is homogenous, whereas Aquarius requires the fullest development of individual consciousness – so that collective, divine, harmony ensues. It is not about numbing your thought processes (we tried that in the Piscean era) – but understanding them better.
And part of that is also knowing when our thoughts about others are merely projections of our own fears. That´s going to be coming up as well, especially with the Ceres-Moon opposition.
The Dragon´s Head / North Node reminds us that our greatest path of growth at this time is through the Lion (Leo). Be bold, be fearless, be raw and authentic. Express your big heart for what it truly is.
But the Dragon´s Tail / South Node asks us to celebrate the community which surrounds us – especially if it´s your virtual family, friends or members of an altruistic community.  Allow yourself to be supported by Tribe to express your unique gifts, but do not tame down your truth to receive that support.
If it feels like you´re being asked to drink the Kool-Aid – even if the box says ´Love and Light´ in glittering letters  …  I´d advise against it.  Groupthink – as a historical phenomenon – has ultimately led to unwise decisions ….. And you are better off not being a part of a group that does not value your individual perspective and contribution.
That being said, there is a fine line of balance to tow – as there always is with the Dragon´s Dual Challenges. FYI – there are two ways to calculate the Nodes. The Mean (Average) Node is at 10 degrees, whereas the True Node is at 9. Astrologers have different uses and takes on each, so it is wise to consider both.
Azurite-Malachite and Sodalite are the gemstones I´d recommend you to work with – these will help you open up to higher energies without getting lost in the excitement of it all. If needing a more tender approach and are in a raw place with respect to the Mother relationship … work with rose quartz, morganite, kunzite or petalite.
Essential oils that may be useful are geranium, ylang ylang, clary sage, frankincense and myrrh (read up dosage, contraindications and dilution for safe use).
Blessings,

 

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Birthing a New Chapter of Reality: Waves of Change & The Increased Need for Self-Care …

 

Uranus’ exit from Aries and entry into Taurus (May 15, 2018) brings with it powerful waves of change in our lives, across the planet…and beyond. We are needing to push through obsolete structures of consciousness and the contracts that hold them to create a new, tangible, manifested reality.

We are part of this incredibly intense planetary birthing. It is woven into our bodies, bones, breath and states of consciousness. Deeply inhale ….. Exhale….. Push…

Repeat.

If you are suddenly experiencing chronic pain, fatigue, extreme symptoms – do not descend into the self-hate game. If people around you are acting out, take a minute to pause before pointing the finger of blame.

Focus on the little stuff. Eat healthy drink water and sleep soundly. This is the first wave of Uranus’ transition. We only see it settling comfortably into Taurus in early 2019.

Save your exasperation and focus on the messages your body gives you.

You will find strong echoes to what went on in November-December 2017 with Saturn’s transit out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn (and of course it’s conjunction to the Galactic Centre in late November).

I would say avoid getting drawn into conflicts surrounding philosophy and ideals right now. Act on those beliefs by first bringing yourself into complete alignment with them.

Focus on the essence of You, whatever that is. It exists independently of any external human reference point. Go back to the practices that put you in touch with this primordial self.

This is not about power, comfort, prestige or vanity. Nor is it an invitation to ignore your basic humanity and capacity for empathy.

Just do you. You are more likely to be of greater service by doing so, rather than pretending to be someone you are not.

Harsh truths come, but having a gentle hand on your shoulder is not a crime. Nor does it make you any less authentic. Remember that Uranus’ harnesses the power of groups.

Work with your (willing and able) support mechanisms and do the same for others if you can. If fatigued, suffering from burnout or chronic pain – just sleep. That is enough.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

 

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