Working with Eclipse Energy & Surprise Round of Sessions! …

I woke up this morning after a heavy day of pilgrimaging yesterday. The lessons I learnt were ones of endurance, flexibility and the willingness to face your fear. I´ve been in meditation for about 12 hours today burning away layers, and layers of karmic debris and outdated energetic contracts.  I discuss these approaches in this video –  https://www.facebook.com/bairavee.balasubramaniam/videos/1187086944728632/  (Not enough bandwidth to link to Youtube atm).

Afterwards, I visited Velankanni Basilica of our Lady of Good Health- a popular pilgrimage site in Tamil Nadu honoring the Mother Mary. It attracts pilgrims from multiple faiths and is a powerful example of how Christianity has been adapted through the lens of Tamil culture. Certainly worth doing a sociological analysis.

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I prayed for myself, my family, all of you, the biosphere, the planet. And lit some candles and left a donation. They do a lot of charitable work there and inspire many. Pilgrims walk for hundreds of kilometers in the sweltering heat to reach the Basilica. Sometimes they walk towards the central altar on their knees, eyes closed in absolute faith. A beautiful sight. Spent a few minutes at the beach there and felt a light, peaceful energy despite the crowds and the heat. It was lovely and filled my heart with peace.

 

I also saw many different animals and signs along the way. Peacocks, dogs, goats, crows, kites (similar to eagles), a startling number of cows and a monitor lizard wanting to walk towards our car (even the volunteers taking me around were surprised). We also saw a beautiful black swan just zoom across our view. The land really speaks to you here, even as you pass it by.

Right now I´m at another powerful pilgrimage site known as Rameswaram. There´s a surprising number of North Indians here, with links to (yet another pilgrimage site) known as Kasi. Rameswaram is where you come to do ancestral prayers that allow you to cleanse the sins and karmic contracts of the past. The temple itself has 22 sacred tanks which you dip yourself into for the cleansing. It´s revered by different sects within Hinduism, a true convergence point for many different ways of perceiving faith.  There´s a lot more that can be said about the place, but I´d rather experience it first 😀 That´s for tomorrow!

Now … out of the blue I was guided to hold space for a few hours of sessions.

SURPRISE!

The booking window is just for the next few hours before I begin my own prayers, etc. It means less sleep for me, but it´s the only time I can offer you before the eclipse.

I´m holding space for two kinds of sessions:

15 minutes – 39 USD
30 minutes – 77 USD (The usual Vesta / Eris Awakens / Minisession)

I created the 15 minute slot as the energy is absolutely intense. A little bit of facilitation goes a very long way. But that being said, too much is also .. too much. Please be very focused in your queries if you choose that.

On a practical note, ALL of the proceeds will go towards funds for the volunteers who have left their families for the past few days to take me around to these sacred sites and potentially a visit to Thiruvannamalai. I have also left the option of leaving a tip open for those wanting to donate further for this purpose (in the invoice).

Booking Link (all times are automatically converted to your computer´s time zone) :

15 minutes – https://veribook.com:443/viewAvail/PVPCJgmSnP

30 minutes – https://veribook.com:443/viewAvail/CRrmFRpVvc

All sessions via skype, all payments via paypal. If there´s an internet issue, I can provide an Indian phone number for you to call. Or, we just go with the flow x

T&Cs apply.

Blessings

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Approaches to Eclipse Energy & Day 1 of Pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu – Video Report

 

This a powerful time for us – as individuals and as a collective – to be anchoring the energies of new frequencies into the heart & womb space. It doesn´t matter what gender or sex you are – you have connected to these spaces at some point in your physical existence, and through them accessed different types of spiritual connections.

We are being asked to step away from the consensus that has been generated by the collective so far and to boldly leap into new paths led by the fires of our own awakening Consciousness.

This is a potent time for change, across the planet. We will see a lot of it focused on the US owing to the path of this Total Solar Eclipse. Please remember that the USA is playing out what is happening across the planet. For now, it is a focal point on the cosmic hologram, the stage on which many stories are being broadcast.

But also remember that this is larger than any one nation, party or president. We are navigating cosmic currents, connected across time and space.

When we attempt to situate the energy of the eclipse into a particular nation-state or present moment, we inevitably play into doom-and-gloom scenarios and end up creating more fear, panic and exactly the state of affairs that we were hoping would not come to pass. Such is the power of manifestation, especially at the time of a Total Solar Eclipse.

Some of you have asked me whether it is wise to view the Eclipse. My answer is YES, if you feel grounded enough to do so and have the necessary tools and approaches required to work with its energy. ( Yes to solar eclipse glasses or the pinhole-cardboard-viewing tool you can make at home – just Google it )

This is not a time to shy away from what it is that you want to create, innovate and express to the world. Whilst it is not about you or me, or anyone in particular, it is the Individual who holds the Anchor for Change for the Collective.

And that is precisely why each of us … is so very important.

Feed your fear and that is what you feed the planet, and our future generations.

Feed your hopes and dreams and that is what you shall manifest.

I am not asking you to ignore the state of the world but to acknowledge. And to sift through the vibration of distortion and chaos that appears all around us.

For the vibration of peace and abundance is present. It always has been, it always will be. We need only to choose to strengthen its presence in the world and anchor it more fully into Being.

There is a danger with being Present to the World and that is that the World Presents itself to you. With that you will face Shadow. Not just your own, but that of the collective.

Burying your head in the sand will not work. What we have manifested thus far is a testament to that.

Breathe, release and face what comes with love. But also with strength and discernment.

At the physical level, take adequate precautions for your safety – especially around wiring, electrical equipment, uneven surfaces and volatile people.

Now some of you will have read sources of information that tell you the absolute opposite. That you MUST stay indoors. It is up to you whether you resonate with those teachings and whether you feel the place they come from is in alignment with current energies and the rate of spiritual evolution at the individual and collective level. Your choice to make.

You will know what is the right choice for you on the basis of what your Heart has to say about it. Not your Ego, Not your Mind. Don´t try to intellectualize this energy.

Follow that Beat within and you will know exactly what to do, where to go and what to manifest.

I refuse to patronize you by claiming that I know what that answer is for you.

What I have done here is shared the video-link to my ongoing pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu. Please view it as the signs and messages revealed to me have resonance with other spirit-workers doing similar pilgrimages across the planet at this time. And it humbles me feel that resonance and shared spirit.

Blessings to the Collective and the Individual Hearts that make it So.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

If you find my work of benefit to you and would like to support it, please consider donating to my fundraiser:  https://www.youcaring.com/bairaveebalasubramaniam-902075 . Your contribution would be greatly helpful in getting me to the USA to do work on the land and collective vibrations there, just as I am doing here. I´ll be starting in New Mexico.  Blessings.

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Quick Travel Update – and Astro Pep-Talk

Safe in Tamil Nadu. Arrived late last night after a massively delayed flight. Had a beautiful welcome from the land as I insisted on pasing by the Big Temple of Thanjavur, a place built by the Chola Empire (my ancestors). It was in the middle of the night, but as soon as I stopped to pray a chorus of male peacocks started cooing out of the blue. Am at the right place and the right time. Pushing through the work despite many travel-related and other hiccups.

Just moving through it a day at a time. The skies are no reason for you to stop what you need to do! Just keep at it and be strategic.

Will be going to a powerful Temple today. Shall include you all in my prayers. Travelling with friends who have chosen to defray my costs (which is a different kind of blessing), one of whom specializes in the reading of olai chodi (ancient palm leaves on which the future is written). More on that soon.

There´s certainly powerful resistance to the work I´ve come to do here so am taking energetic precautions.

I suggest the same for energy workers at high-intensity spots at this time.

And for the love of humanity – don´t give into the fear, gloom & droom control drama played out during this Eclipse.

Humanity has survived worse things!

Do be a little more mindful around electronic items and wiring and watch your footing if working on uneven surfaces.

A little bit of caution goes a long way at this time – and there´s work for all of us to do!

Blessings and Love,

Bairavee 

The Sky Priestess

ENERGETIC VORTEXES: SUN-ERIS-IXION-NODE GRAND FIRE TRINE, NEAR-PERFECT STARS OF DAVID, AND OTHER ALIGNMENTS

A wild vortex of energies today and tomorrow as the Sun trines Eris and Ixion, whilst preparing to conjunct the North Node. We also have the Venus-Jupiter-Pluto Cardinal T-Square at play, the Near-Perfect Grand Sextile / Star of David, the multiple Retrogrades – and of course the intensity of the approaching Solar Eclipse.

There is just so much going on, but it still helps to have a focus on some of the changes that open different types of energetic gateways, challenges and opportunities.

There´s a profound swirling current in the cosmos at this time and it makes feeling grounded and centered a lot more difficult. We are asked to find that sense of inner calm at the heart of the storm whilst all whirls about-and-through us. It may seem like a paradox on the surface, but spirituality tends to ask us to find that middle-space.

The best way to work with this energy is to use its swirling force to draw out things which are ready to be cleared from our physical, emotional, etheric (and other) bodies. Creating energetic practices that anchor you to Earth whilst releasing what is no longer required back to Source would be a good idea.

Think of it as a great ´emptying´ before we seed potent intentions during the Solar Eclipse. Please remember it takes 18-year cycles for the full impact of Eclipses to be felt! So things will not change overnight, but they do depend on how we navigate these potent times.

GRAND FIRE TRINE WITH THE SUN, NORTH NODE, IXION AND ERIS!

Astrologically speaking, the Sun in Leo asks us to look at what moves and inspires our hearts. Whether it´s romantic love, a hobby, a child, an inspirational figure, an opportunity for leadership and so on. We are also asked to release any old energetic debris and cognitive scripts that hold us back from Living From the Heart. Trauma-work will be very potent at this time, thought it needs to be handled with more caution than usual.

As the Sun (23 Leo) will conjunct the (Mean Calculation) North Node (24 Leo) tomorrow, it is best to use this energy to create new Pathways of Love and Creative Expression. Take a step – perhaps even a leap forwards – into what it is that truly moves and inspires you. The Sun will be opposing the Mean South Node (24 Aquarius), asking us to release ourselves from friendships, groupings, collective identifications, intellectual paradigms and such that no longer resonate with the Heart. Bear in mind that it is easy to confuse the Ego with the Heart´s longing when one is not grounded or using discernment.

What is also important is that the South Node opposes the Sun, but also conjuncts Damocles (23 Aquarius). This is the time be decisive about whether we want to step up to the mantle of leadership, whether we are able and willing to struggle with the pressures of being responsible for more than yourself. For those of you stepping into positions of leadership, the weight of that choice is likely to be a heavy factor at the back of your mind. This is perfectly natural – and is probably a good thing to balance Leo´s more grandiose aspirations and dreams.

The Sun currently trines Eris (23 Aries), the expression of the Feminine that seeks to burn down a broken system that sees fit to exclude her. Erisian energies are usually associated with discord, war or strife of some kind. Group rituals and collective meditations that provide a calming balm for collective energies (for those willing to receive them) will be of use. Those that feel that raging sense of injustice or fire within waiting to explode may want to calm themselves with gemstones such as lepidolite, blue lace agate and so on. I suggest organizing group meditations focusing upon global trouble spots at this time, remembering of course the principles of Free Will and Harm None (Including The Self).

The Sun and Eris also trine Ixion (23 Sagittarius), the Tyrant. This was a being who was invited to dine at Jupiter´s table and began to chase his wife (Juno) in front of her husband. Ixion knows neither compassion nor the importance of consent. In Sagittarius, his energy comes through the archetype of the guru, religious leader, politician, teacher and so on. I would not be surprised if debates and approaches to immigration became even more heavy handed. Inflammatory rhetoric is not the way forwards, no matter how right or morally correct we may perceive ourselves to be.

It is also worth bearing in mind that Saturn is nearby at 21 Sagittarius with Black Moon Lilith at 20 Sagittarius. Their influence is also felt within this alignment. You may feel pressure from figures and institutions of authority (including banks, branches of government, etc.) and from those who do carrying that archetype of the Raging Feminine … which … is not always sacred or justified. As with all things, there are appropriate expressions of anger – and those which simply engulf all else and perpetuate the cycle of abuse, disenfranchisement and violence.

With the Sun/North Node-Eris-Ixion in alignment, what we see then is a Grand Fire Trine at 23 Leo-Aries-Sagittarius. We do have the South Node & Damocles at 23 Aquarius. If bodies are present at 23 Libra and Gemini, we then get a Grand Sextile / Star of David alignment.

For reference – The Star of David is the seal of Divine Manifestation. But it only works in your favour if you manifest from a Core that is already in Alignment. Otherwise .. it perpetuates a far more scattered energy pattern.

Now if we were to count in the asteroids, we do have Kassandra & Chaos (the gaping Void, cosmic birth canal) at 23 Gemini, Jupiter at 19 Libra, Aphrodite at 23 Libra – and other bodies. This is a potent time, in other words, to honor the Truth about the Feminine, as manifested in all Beings. That does not mean we need to burn in it the faces of others, especially when they are not inclined to explore alternatives.

By all means write, speak and communicate – but remember to come from a place that truly seeks Truth and Community, rather than a place of Righteous Vengeance. At the very least, not whilst Eris is as powerful as she is in the skies. Her idea of victory is not one which most of us on this planet would share.

VENUS, CERES, JUPITER AND PLUTO IN ALIGNMENT

There´s also the Venus-Pluto opposition (17 Cancer-Capricorn) from yesterday, adding to and amplifying the energetic currents of the present.

This is a time where, if prepared, you can dig deep into the psychological waters and re-kindle a more nurturing relationship with the Feminine. You may also find this a powerful time to join forces or merge assets with others in matters of business or finance, particularly in land or home related matters.

This alignment can just as easily set off emotional and sexual trauma, deep-seated insecurities (that might run back into your ancestry), and so on. It may also reveal the improper flow or use of resources and/or attempts to secure power. Situations may arise which trigger our emotional vulnerabilities, hidden desires or aspirations, shadow-aspects of the psyche and so on.
Be mindful of knee-jerk reactions in interactions with others, be it in domestic, personal and/or professional relationships. The consequences of such reactions may be more intense and drawn-out than expected.

To build on that , considering that Ceres is nearby at 14 Cancer – we may also see these dynamics playing out between parents and their children (irrespective of age). This is a powerful time to look at whom and how you´ve been taught to find nurture, home, family and a sense of belonging – or if you received the opposite lessons. Give yourself permission to transmute dysfunctional patterns and ultimately to forgive the parent/s who may not have been able to nurture you the way you wanted or needed them to. Great healing is available to you as you do, in a safe and supported manner.

Jupiter (19 Libra) further ignites the Pluto-Venus/Ceres opposition, creating a powerful Cardinal T-Square. Partners and collaborators may (knowingly or unknowingly) present these energetic issues (and opportunities). It´s certainly a very intense time to have discussions of significance with your partners and collaborators at this time. If you choose to do so, make sure that you can come from a placed of centeredness and clarity first of all. Otherwise, postpone till late September. Sometimes silence and a little time can give a partnership the breathing space it needs to make required adjustments. If the partnership is in balance, proceed with deepening your connection with one another. Alternatively, if you are absolutely clear in your decision (e.g. To leave something that no longer works) – then be clear. But the key point is not to be driven into distraction by these aspects in the skies, irrespective of what path you do choose to take.

Coming back to the Venus/Ceres-Pluto opposition briefly, it is worth nothing that this is also part of another Near-Perfect Grand Sextile including Neptune, Vesta, Mercury Retrograde & Pallas Athena. If you have anything near 12 Scorpio, that becomes a fully formed Star of David. We do have the Uranian Planet Poseidon (11 Scorpio) completing the alignment. Incredibly long story short – your emotions and how you see them manifest in this world have their own power and weight. Honor them and seek to align them further with your spiritual connection at this time.

There´s even MORE going on .. but I´m going to conclude with two comments:

NEPTUNE OPPOSES MERCURY AND VESTA

Neptune (13 Pisces, Retrograde) opposes Vesta (13 Virgo) & Mercury (11 Virgo, Retrograde): There may be some renegotiation needed in the ways, rituals, tools or practices that you use to connect with and channel Spirit. You may also need a little more sleep or to take concrete actions that will support your physical health. Decluttering your physical and psychic spaces is a must. Smuding with sage or frankincense resin (or whatever you work with) is recommended. Selenite wands and/or crystal grids would also be of benefit.

PLUTO INCONJUNCTS MARS

Pluto (17 Capricorn, Retrograde) inconjuncts Mars (17 Leo): This brings an erratic energetic signature that links our willpower, physical drives, desire for control and security and the ability to use or access power. This can happen either through a brutish display or a more focused, calibrated application of intent, will and power. Because it´s Mars and Pluto tempers are likely to flare at the drop of a hat. Calming exercises, gemstones and essential oils (such as lavender – please research before use) will be of benefit. Exercise a little more caution when dealing with very triggered individuals as some will also resort to physical violence and intimidation at this time. If you are centered with this alignment, dig deep and create powerful, inspiration counter-currents of change. If not, wait it out.

For those of you with bodies near 17 Gemini and/or 17 Pisces – you will experience the force of a Yod / Finger of Fate. This will push you to decisive actions on matters of health, service, purity and and so on. You may feel as though your boss / elder / leader is acting in a heavy-handed manner (Pluto in Capricorn), prompting you to act (Mars). If the 3rd point is in Pisces (and remember, Neptune is nearby) – take the time out to sit, rest, relax and reevaluate. Things are not as they seem on the surface. If the 3rd point is in Gemini, use the power of spoken or written word as a sounding board before you commit to any action or decision at this time. Either way, you are likely to see some changes in your career, sense of legacy and personal power, and so on.

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

At a personal level, I find these energies to be incredibly intense and am doing myself to process and hold space where possible. I am on a pilgrimage to several locations where I work with the land and the energies of the collective where guided. At present I am in Australia and am about to head to India and Indonesia. These places are alive with the energies of what is happening across the world and I shall be accessing different parts of the Planetary Grid as I journey.

I have been invited to participate in a sacred immersion in New Mexico in November of this year. If you find my work of benefit and would like to support my journey please contribute to my fund-raiser for this purpose.

Given the short time for preparation (and pre-existing pilgrimages in Asia I had already committed to), your support would be greatly appreciated. Funding myself through sessions may not be as possible given the intensity of energies. I only hold sessions when I feel it is safe for me, and the client to do so. Sessions are on hold for the moment till otherwise guided.

You know what I share is from my heart and I heed that call always. Blessings and thanks in advance and to those who have already contributed.

Fundraiser Link: https://www.youcaring.com/bairaveebalasubramaniam-902075

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I hope this work benefits you and gives you a roadmap for the scope of possible actions and suggestions for coping.

Blessings to the Collective,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Related Articles:

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo/Leo: A Hidden Blessing During Eclipse Season (August-September 2017): http://wp.me/p4OUNS-2cx

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MERCURY RETROGRADE IN VIRGO-LEO: A HIDDEN BLESSING DURING ECLIPSE SEASON (August – September 2017)

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Mercury will be retrograding from 11 Virgo ´38 till 28 Leo ´25 between August 12/13 till September 5, 2017. In this time, we will be revisiting thoughts, communications and decisions made between late July – mid August of this year.

Because Mercury moves through Virgo and Leo, we´ll be seeing two different themes of focus:

Virgo – themes of health, routine, ritual, concept of service, being a safe vessel for facilitation, honoring the physical body, pragmatic considerations in spiritual surrender, karmic lessons for the spiritual faciliator, honoring the balance of give-and-take

Leo – questions around love, romance, sensuality, joy, creative collaboration, matters involving children and/or the archetype of the Inner Child, a focus on the dramatic arts / performance, leadership, politics, emotional outbursts, what ignites your passion, drive and inspiration. Mercury retrogrades into and moves out of Leo between August 31st till September 9th.

Generally speaking, Mercury retrogrades are times in which we are asked to go inwards, revise and revisit decisions made. We are generally advised not to start new things, be they jobs, relationships, and so on unless it is simply a continuation of an earlier discussion.

Despite the slow-down that Mercury Retrograde causes, given current alignments, I see this as a blessing rather than the curse. Mercury in both its shadow and retrograde phase structures the energy of both August Eclipses.

Despite how intense these eclipses have felt, the messages and full intensity of their energies are dampened by the Retrograde and spread out for revision at a later date. Whilst this can be a frustrating experience, given that so many other celestial bodies are in Retrograde (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto), the inward pull that Mercury Rx brings allows us to better navigate these celestial pressures. When navigation is unsuccessful, these deeper internal pressures build and ultimately culminate in volatile expressions in frustration.

Mercury Retrograde this round has also been tighly bound up with Vesta´s (The Priestess) Journey through Virgo. Vesta, the Goddess Asteroid, brings to us extreme cycles in obsession towards / the tendency to discard different spiritual paths, affilitations and (in Virgo) concepts of Service. We explore, often to extreme degrees, the different ways in which we choose to embody our Service to Spirit – sometimes embracing the concept to the exclusion of all else, sometimes casting it aside to enable all else to be. Vesta is paradoxical, at the best of times – but when her lessons are learnt – the seeker understands that Service is but an aspect of Life, albeit one that has its own significance.

Mercury conjuncted Vesta (exactly) at 7´02 Virgo – August 1st, 2017, revisiting that exact degree on August 22nd and September 16th. In fact, Mercury and Vesta are within a 3 degree orb of each other between July 25th – August 16th!

So much of the lessons of this Retrograde (and both Eclipses) are bound in the questions that Vesta asks Mercury to reconsider:

What path of Service do you take?
In whose name do you perform your work?
What are the standards of purity that you aspire to?
Do you consider sex, pleasure and material connection impure?
How do you hold your space with integrity?
Do you respect others to do the same?
Do you need to reconsider any aspect of your path of service at this time?
What no longer feels right?
What is simply carried on in the name of tradition, without soul or susbtance?
What ideas of service and associated rituals need to be re-worked?
Is your work (of service) in balance with other aspects of your life, health and well-being?
What old karmic contracts need to be renegotiation or torn up entirely?

This is a fantastic energy for so many of us to step off the karmic hamster wheel, to stop equating sub-servience and servitude with Service. And to become more comfortable with participating in a fair exchange of energy with others.

What´s especially interesting (to me) is that Vesta was conjunct Mercury (9-10 Virgo) during the 1st Lunar Eclipse / Aquarian Full Moon in August. We will be revisiting decisions taken and ideas formed during that period when Mercury revisits that position, i.e. August 17 & September 18. Mercury, having ended its Retrograde on September 5th, will only move full steam ahead after September 19, when it passes the 11´38 Virgo mark yet again. That is when we are likely to see a clearer resolution to the questions being posed during this Retrograde.

The upcoming August 22nd Solar Eclipse will take place at 28 degrees Leo. It´s also interesting to note that is the exact degree that Mercury will end its Retrograde at on September 5, just as Mars reaches the same degree. Whatever you´re feeling at this time – or during the 2nd eclipse – take the time to wait it out before making conclusive decisions or actions out of the blue. Thanks to my friend and fellow astrologer Greg George for contributing this observation to our discussion on the subject. You can see our joint video report on the Eclipses and Mercury´s role here as well: https://youtu.be/qmm8AEZm09c

That might be one of the greatest gifts and opportunities that Mercury Retrograde provides during this Eclipse Season – but it´s the kind of gift that only arises if you let it. Whilst tensions will be high, be it in individual interactions, or global ones – taking the time to reflect on your words, ideas and actions before doing them will be of greater use to you in the longer run.

So really, to summarize – this is a time of intense reflection on matters of service, health, love and creative expression. Try not to make any binding commitments or ironclad decisions till Mercury continues to weave through Virgo (yet again) and remember the lessons that Vesta seeks to teach us through her prolonged interaction with Mercury.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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A brief video on current energies (10 August 2017)

 

The key message is being Real.
Pure. Authentic. True to your Being.
It is not going to be a comfortable process for many, but make sure you seek out people who had the right skillset to hold space for you and your transmutation.

What honors your heart?
What lights you up from inside?
Does this bring out Joy, or Pain?
Or both?

Blessings to All ❤
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August Eclipses, Metrograde Blessings, Vesta´s Challenge & Discovering Joy at the Heart of Healing the Feminine

 

Blessings all. This is a two-part Joint Report with friends. The first is the astro-report (video embedded) with Mr. Greg George and the second is an interview with Rabbi Melinda Bernstein on the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius and its Messages for the Healing of the Feminine. Lots of giggles, bloopers and fun in both videos, interspersed with potent messages for the collective. Enjoy! ❤

AUGUST ECLIPSES, METROGRADE BLESSINGS & VESTA´S CHALLENGE

– Aquarius Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse
– Leo New Moon / Solar Eclipse : w. Grand Fire Trine – Uranus / New Moon / Galactic Center / Black Moon Lilith / Saturn Retrograde
– How the multi-planet retrograde slows the energy down throughout August with a special focus on Mercury
– Why Mercury Retrogrades ought to be called Metrogrades
– What challenge does Mercury & Vesta (The Priestess) in Virgo present to us?
– Why the action is actually coming to us in September
– Paving the way for challenges to the Fixed Signs in 2018

Take home messages:

Focus on manifesting on the inner planes
Stay centered in your truth
Consider the energies, groups, friends, vessels and other paths that you invest your energies in as part of your Path of Service –

And ask yourselves – do these affiliations still resonate?

Prepared by Astro-buddies Bairavee Balasubramaniam ( The Sky Priestess ) and Greg George ( check out his timeline for juicy astro tid-bits )

 

HEALING THE FEMININE THROUGH JOY

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Yesterday  I also had an interview with Rabbi Melinda Bernstein​ . You can listen to our discussion on the Yod that also dominates this Eclipse (between Pluto, Neptune, the Sun and Mars). We explore the concept and experience of Joy and express how it lies at the Heart of Healing (With) The Feminine.

Here´s what Rabbi Melinda had to say about our conversation:

I am beyond excited to share with you a conversation I had last night with Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam, also known as The Sky Priestess. Learn how astrology plays a role in healing the feminine. Learn that spiritual experiences can be achieved through joy rather than sorrow.

Are you ready to experience more joy in feminine healing?

Join in the conversation with myself and Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD and discover what she and the sky have to say about your future. This very important conversation MUST continue for us all as aspects of healing the feminine through spiritual awareness and depth merges with astrological importance.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam explains what this means and much more. We are aligned in the endeavor of awakening women to their spiritual truths and although I have shared mine through the lens of grace and peace, underneath that (rather how I got here) is what needs to be shared even more in the coming year. When truths are spoken, our power is restored and we can create more joy in our lives. And joy is what is being called in.

Link: http://melindabernstein.com/are-you-ready-to-experience-more-joy-in-feminine-healing/
Personal profile: Melinda Bernstein

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All in all, a productive day with friends aligned to the same cosmic beat. Yesterday was my first day back on the Gold Coast.

  

Blessings to All ❤
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Swinging the Sword of Justice: The Discerning Feminine & The Toxic Masculine – Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn; Uranus Retrogrades in Aries

 

 The skies are primed for change. You´re being asked to use your power of discernment to re-evaluate relationships, jobs, contracts and ideas of legacy, wealth and success. Things that are not in alignment will be need to be negotiated, navigated and/or negated at this time.
 
Whilst there is always a space for compassion, remember that it begins with the Self. Staying in a place of Love for someone else does not mean that you condone or tolerate abuse, irrespective of source.
 
Some of you may also be looking at legal or health issues at this time. Remember to take a breath and rise above your immediate emotional response. Be detached in your expectation of outcomes and recognize your role in the dynamic at play.
 
Even if the situation cannot be saved, it makes a difference when you leave from a place that is centered (within). That, however, may not always be possible.
 
You are likely to clash with those in figures of authority or seniority at this time, particularly as they play the role of the ´bully´. Sometimes that is a role that arises through projection, and sometimes they are truly abusing their power. These individuals will be the catalysts for your next stage of growth.
 
That being said, those who are in particularly volatile domestic arrangements may want to find a safe space. Many will be triggered by this energy and Pluto (17 Capricorn) … is not cuddly. Quite the opposite.
 
The Feminine appears to us through Her alignments to Jupiter (17 Libra) – Aphrodite (19 Libra), Kassandra (18 Gemini) and Magdalena (16 Aquarius). Kassandra and Magdalena (Mary Madgalene) stood true to their essence in the face of so much projection and violence. Aphrodite, in her essence, could be denied and arose through the castration of the Sky-God (Uranus) by his son Kronos (Saturn, Time). She is femininity manifest despite the plays of the patriarchy. (Which is not a call for castration, far from it – Aphrodite LOVED her sensual femininity and shared it with her lovers)
 
All three figures counsel us to remember our power of perspective. Shift the perspective, break the shackle. End the cycle of use and abuse.
 
Way too much of our energies are caught up in cultural and religious (even spiritual) beliefs that continue to tell us that it is the honorable thing for (especially) women to accept abuse and remain the ever-doting housekeeper.
 
Realize that toxic masculinity will not have an incentive to change as we invest power in such beliefs.
 
It is worthile bearing in mind that the Feminine (in her Healthy or Toxic Form) is not limited to the female gender. And vice-versa – these are cross-cutting archetypes.
 
A woman is fully capable of playing the ´toxic masculine´ role …. just as a man is capable of playing the ´submissive feminine role´ – using the binaries as examples for heuristic purposes.
 
Statistically speaking however, women (especially those who are also ethnic minorities) are disporportionally the victims in such dynamics. That does not detract from the experience of other genders, races, identities, and so on.
 
But it brings us to the question of what Feminine essence is?
 
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The truth is there is no complete, Universally-accepted answer to that and there never will be.
 
Some insist that Femininity is defined by the traditional conventions of nurture, softness, warmth and gentleness. As the Nurturing, Benevolent Mother.
 
Others see her as the Warrior, Protector and Avenger. Be She (The Wrathful) Kali or the Morrighan.
 
Others as the Crone, Others as the Maiden, Others as the Girl-Child …
 
You can define that construct in any way you see fit. Because it is truly that fluid.
 
She is Form, She is Formless, She Exists, She Doesn´t … She is All things … And No-Thing.
 
( Which means She is Also the Masculine 😛  …  )
 
So don´t feel the need to get hung up on the existential definitions. Unless you like that sort of thing.
 
Getting back to the present …
 
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At this time – with the Grand Air Trine – we are asked to invoke the Queen of Swords. She who is fair, just and decisive. The Wise Woman. The principle of Justice herself in these current alignments. We are asked to call forth the Strategist within, finding a better vantage point to assess her situation. Much like General Antiope from the recent Wonder Woman film. (if you need a visual image)
 
For only when appropriate boundaries are drawn can she begin the process of healing – and perhaps – where appropriate, lay the foundation for reconciliation in a future time.
 
This is an all-or-nothing alignment, with little wiggle room – especially as it comes in the shadow of the upcoming Lunar Eclipse. Remember that the situation you face will look different depending upon the level of perception you see it from. It is wise to stay centered in the body but remember to reach out to higher/deeper levels of awareness beyond. 
 
Stay away from all-emcompassing spiritual cliches and use that sense of discernment. Many things that may present themselves in the name of Love, Duty, Tradition, the Status Quo, etc. make appeals to our sense of fairness and responsibility. Consider if these appeals are valid and if you still resonate with the ideals that underpin them.
 
We may also see a greater focus on holding public figures and institutions (of government, banks, etc.) to account at this time. Remember that whilst Jupiter in Libra has a high level of tolerance, when a certain threshold is passed and the Scales have tilted too far, Lady Justice brings out the Sword.
 
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As Uranus has just stationed retrograde, you are asked to go inwards and examine your relationship with your centers of perception and evaluation.
 
Questions for Self-Reflection….
 
Are you seeing things in a certain way?
 
Is this a just perspective or something you were expected to follow?
 
How can you align your perception with your evolving consciousness?
 
Where may you be glossing over the details and trying too hard to reach a more ´enlightened´state? (however you may define it)
 
What will it take for you to be more real with what you really think, perceive, feel and desire?
 
Gemstone recommendation: Optical Calcite / Icelandic Spar ; Black Obsidian ; Rainbow Obsidian
 
Essential Oils (please research dosage, contraindications before use, especially if ill, unsure and/or pregnant): Clary Sage, Melissa, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Lavender
 
(It´s also a good idea to see if your supplier follows the principles of ecological sustainability and proper compensation to farmers and their communities)
 
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Now some of you will truly be enjoying this alignment. Please, continue to do so.
 
If you can, hold safe, powerful spaces in which others can find their own clarity.
 
Avoid making judgements on individuals who are struggling – or those who are soaring as we all take turns to rise and fall in our processes. That way, we can help each other through it. Simple as.
 
More on the Lunar Eclipse Soon …
 
Blessings to All ❤ 
 
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On Three Rhetorical Forms: Logos, Pathos and Ethos.

People seek to influence one another and exert power through communication. This is also the way we create identity groupings and shared preferences, viewpoints – or ways of seeing the world.

The form that we use to deliver our message can have a far more potent influence on the psyche than the message itself. And you´ve got to ask yourself whether your agreement or disagreement truly comes from the susbtance of what is said, or simply the manner it is delivered in.

Which groups or ideologies have you followed because it was presented to you in the right way? Do you really agree with their substance?

Which individuals do you instinctively side with and who do you see as the villain based on how polished their language may be (or not)?

It´s a huge topic with broad ramifications. I distilled what I am sharing on the basis of similar study in the Indian parliamentary context. Same principles apply for daily interaction though.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
Cauldron: Of Politics, Power and Spirituality

 

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WHY LION´S GATE, ETC. SEEMS A TAD MORE POTENT IN 2017

 

 

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Every year, we experience the end of July / early August as an unusually intense energetic portal. How deeply you feel this portal is a reflection of your degree of sensitivity, journey, karma, dharma and other evolutionary requirements at this time.

However, all of this amazingness – is an annual event.

Some of you might understand this as the window of time between the Mayan Calendar´s Day Out of Time,  the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Lion´s Gate (8:8) and so on. Here is a writeup by a dear friend of mine that beautifully weaves it all together.

Astrologically speaking, we also see bursts of energy coming through the Leo Sun´s trine to the Great Attractor (August 6), the Galactic Center (August 20) and so on. We tend to also see Eclipses occuring in this month.

So … really … there´s a lot that generally tends to happen in this time period.

And the fact it happens yearly does not discount its importance.

In this time we are urged to discover, embody and experience what truly brings us to life, what activates our capacity of Joy, connection and creative inspiration. We also look at the friendship groups and related networks which allow individuals to mutually support and celebrate each anothers´ energies, whilst developing their own.

It´s a great time for many to come alive and/or to realize where an older understanding of Self must give way to a new one. Many realizations will unfold.

But this year, things have felt unusually heavy.

And there are other celestial reasons for that too – the fact that Uranus is edging itself out of Aries (2018-2019, watch out for fireworks!), the many energetic repercussions of many potent seeds of intention and action set into motion since 2012, e.g. The Uranus-Pluto squares, Grand Cardinal Crosses, Eris-Uranus conjunctions … and so on.

Still, I wasn´t satisfied. My instinct guided me to look at more specific factors. And so I did, and finally found out what was bugging me.

Now I have summarized all this in a video – so if you prefer that format, here´s the link:

 

We currently have the following astrological bodies in a Grand Fire Trine:

Niobe 20 Aries
Orpheus 21 Aries
Eris 23 Aries
Iris 28 Aries
Uranus 28 Aries

True / Mean North Node 24-25 Leo
Sphinx 24 Leo
Atlantis 25 Leo
Apollo 29 Leo
Rhiphonos 29 Leo
Eurydike 0 Virgo

Saturn 21 Sagittarius
Ixion 24 Sagittarius
Cupido 26 Sagittarius
Pholus 26 Sagittarius
Galactic Center 27 Sagittarius
Achilles 29 Sagittarius
Quaoar 29 Sagittarius

Now getting into each and every one of these combinations will be a very long write and very long read, so I´m going to summarize . . . heavily.

WHAT ARIES SAYS IN THIS ALIGNMENT

We are asked to find a new version or vision of the Self and the energy that it carries.
This will require us to give up old definitions of who you are, no matter what sense of power, control or status it may give you.
This will require many of us to empty the cup so it can be filled once more.
Listen to your Body and connect it to safer energetic channels of Source / Sky / Earth – and see what knowledge it contains.
If you are hyperactive, burning the midnight oil, unable to sleep – you need to give your body permission to rest and recalibrate. This will require you to Surrender to the Process.
If you´re up and at it and all feels good – then, enjoy!

WHAT LEO SAYS IN THIS ALIGNMENT

We are asked to plunge fearlessly into deep, potentially long-forgotten spaces within.
We seek to connect with the Inner Central Sun that gives life, hope, liberation to Being.
Some of these journeys will be joyfully welcomed by older versions of self (and those who knew way back when) to welcome you in the re-discovery of ancient spiritual technologies, memories and forms of knowledge – especially connected with Atlantis and/or Egypt (they were most certainly related)
Some of these journeys will involve the re-visitation of severe spiritual pain, trauma and wounding. In which cases many old ´gifts´ and energy technologies (as powerful as they are) may need to be surrendered – this is not an easy thing to do when one obtains power from the knowledge that is held – but that is the test at hand.
We are asked to be mindful of where tread and how strongly we do so. Whatever you choose to be, do so consciously. However, do not feel the need to make yourself feel huge, or tiny to please or measure yourself up against others. Just be what you are.

WHAT SAGITTARIUS SAYS IN THIS ALIGNMENT

Be humble. Be willing to learn.
Listen to your inner wisdom.
Know that whatever you do know is subject to change.

Should someone attempt to browbeat you with their perceived ´authority´, walk.
You do not need to take abuse.
Should someone intimidate you with their wisdom without even trying.
You might consider listening and questioning why you respond the way you do.

Be open to walking a new road, even if that means giving up the pedestal of Having Attained Knowledge.

Because. It. All. Changes.

Now … that´s not all … The bodies in this Grand Fire Trine are all being activated by their complementary positions in the Air Signs. Here´s a few of them:

Venus: 25 Gemini, Rhadamanthus: 26 Libra, Damocles & South Node 24-25 Aquarius.

The challenge here is to avoid judging your path or another´s too harshly. Where discernment is called for, self-flagellation or self-aggrandization on the basis of a distorted sense of self-worth … is less desirable. Whatever insights you do come yp with, remember to see if the ideals or values that you use to make your judgements resonate with how you live, build relationships and simply Be at the day-to-day level. In other words:

Your words, judgements and ideals need to meet the embodied reality you inhabit.

The Damocles-South Node conjunction is a tricksy one. Many of you may feel like making absolute choices at the fork in the road at this time, finding it incredibly painful to do so (especially if you´re working through past karmic ties). You may want to perform cord-cutting rituals that focus on the body´s auric field, but particularly anything that targets the upper centers of perception. You may feel pushed into a more narrower view of reality than you yourself resonate with – that´s how karmic pressure works. The … crisis or fork in the road itself may disappear as you allow yourself to see the situation from a more neutral, more open vantage point. Suggested practices are at the end of the article – otherwise – find facilitators who have the grounding, expertise and skill-sets to help you through this.

AND ALL THAT ADDS UP TO?

A GRAND SEXTILE.

If we are including Venus, Rhadamanthus and Damocles/South Node into the alignment, we get a Grand Sextile / Star of David combining the elements of Fire and Air.

The Star of David is  … possibly the most potent symbol of manifestation there is.

Seeing that alignment in the skies is akin to getting a blank cheque from Source with the words: Cash in whatever you like.

And the challenge then becomes in knowing that manifestation comes from the deeper, hidden aspects of the Self that the Conscious Mind then has to build a bridge to.

So .. these energies are … preparing us for something quite powerful. And the scope of what we do with these forces are immense.

Now – some of you may not be feeling any of this at all. And that could be for one of many reasons.

(1) Those civilizational / past-karmic imprints do not resonate with you
(2) This is not the time for you to address this in your path
(3) You have addressed it and all is cool and you´re surfing the cosmic winds.

Bear in mind that what you feel from all this depends on your level of psychic sensitivity, your … particular stage or journey in karmic processing … and … whether or not it is part of your dharma to address this. Those who work with others at a deep energetic level would benefit to bear the intensity of this alignment in mind. Things are amplified at this time, and how!

But not everyone is going to feel like they´ve just popped out of The Sun and are ready to take on the World. . .  Some of you will feel the absolute opposite. Depressed, challenged, harrassed, unable to to have faith in the Very Thing that makes you Special, Powerful and Beautiful: You.

If you are struggling, that does not mean you are less evolved.
And vice versa.
This is not the time to be making value judgements of that kind.
As … that Grand Fire Trine is all to eager to fuel the flames of pride … before the fall.

Be Love, no matter where you are in that process, at whatever stage of the Journey you are on.

SUGGESTED PRACTICES

Working with the violet flame and the energy of Archangel Michael would be of great benefit at this time for many.

Make sure you have protective light and energy around you and a solid connection to the Earth & Source. Call in your guides, if appropriate.

When you feel a cord, device, or simply something that shouldn´t be there visualize a violet sword or flame cutting it through and burning through the hook. Set the intention that the cord that is cut remains cut, with healing sent to both sides (if you wish). Flame it out afterwards (in visualization) and seal/heal with golden energy. Let whatever is cut and released go back to Source/Earth. And allow it to be done.

Good gemstone allies for the process of cord cutting include black obsidian (in an arrowhead shape), novaculite, brandenberg amethyst and green aventurine.

Gemstones to heal and seal the aura (with a golden energy visualization) include labradorite, amber, nuummite, and so on. Remember that cutting is not enough, sealing and after-care is vitally important.

Essential oil recommendations here (please research dosage, dilution, contraindications before use, as usual): Frankincense, Black Pepper, Clary Sage

Here´s a good follow-up mantra for the cleansing, re-integration and gratitude giving process:

 

You may also want to integrate the practice of Hoʻoponopono as part of this process. Remember to give gratitude, release and thanks when you are done.

 

The other approach is far less hands-on – but equally as potent.

 

As a grounding, energizing, protective and stabilizing energy, I would recommend working with the Lion Goddess (Prathyangira Devi). She does not have the same energetic signature as Goddess Sekhmet and I suspect they come from different ´places´ so to speak.

I´ve also attached instructions for a guided meditation for those interested. Please do it in full as the Mantra is potent and has its own … trajectory.

Meditation: (Lion Goddess / Prathyangira Devi)

 

Visualize golden light around you, white light streaming from the cosmos, red from the core of the earth , moving through you. Set the intention that all is not aligned with your growth leaves and goes straight back to Sky/Earth/Source. Only loving and nurturing energy is allowed into your space. As you listen to the mantra, allow it to carry you and clear what is no longer needed. Keep a piece of rose quartz and amethyst in each hand if you have them with you as you do so and allow yourself to feel Love / Consciousness oozing out from within you. Remember to pull your energy back to your Center and radiate outwards like a beautiful Sun if you feel called to do so – Channeled by Bairavee Balasubramaniam

You may also want to support this meditation with essential oils such as myrrh, geranium and rose. Remember to check their properties before working with them, especially if pregnant and/or highly sensitive.

Ideally, you would work through this with a facilitator who could hold that space for you to do so. I´m including it here for those who can do that for themselves.

Not something I would indiscriminately recommend to everyone as these practices have a profound effect – and many requirements on the part of the facilitator to fulfill. This is here as a citable reference for those who at at that stage in their journeys, if they understand the process and its associated requirements and risks. Please do not push yourself to do these practices this if you feel uncertain about it or ungrounded in general.

In which case, resting, sleeping, taking care of the basics is more than enough.

Well – that´s about it – I hope the information has been of use and benefit to you.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

** Please note that my travels are resuming soon, and so I am holding a very focused round of bookings for those interested in working with me at this time. New session times have been opened for those of you in Europe / Asia. Link: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-pa

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