GRAND SEXTILE 29-31 JULY 2014: INVITATION TO A GLOBAL PHOENIX MEDITATION

 

Blessings to all,

We have a powerful Grand Sextile (Hexagram, Star of David, Seal of Solomon, Anahata / Heart Chakra Symbol, Shadkona Yantra, etc.) in the skies between 7:18 am 30/7/14 – 3:22 am 31/7/14, GMT + 8. So that begins at 7:18 pm 29/7 in New York, 12:18 am 30/7 in London, 5:18 am in India and 9:18 am in Sydney – and lasts 20 hours from then.

Grand Sextiles are powerful portals of manifestation – they reflect the energy of ‘Ask, and Ye Shall Receive’. Intention and Clarity of what you desire to manifest is a key part of working with this energy.

In this video, I explain the Grand Sextile as an aspect and focus upon two of its components (Venus and the Asteroid Hopi). I talk about ways to clarify intent for manifestation and suggest exercises or things you can do to align yourself with Spirit as you work with this world-birthing energy.

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Blessings and Love to All,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Rise Like The Phoenix! A GLOBAL PRAYER FOR BIRTH-DEATH-REBIRTH: HOPI AND THE GRAND SEXTILE By Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Rise Like A Phoenix

Blessings to all,

Venus is birthing the new world as we speak. Both Mother and Midwife, She Bridges Form and Spirit. She is tapping into the powerful energy of a perfect Grand Sextile (Hexagram, Star of David) present in the heavens. The asteroid Hopi completes the Grand Sextile at 16 Taurus where no personal or transpersonal planets are present. This alignment is strongest in the sky between 7:18 am July 30th till July 31st 3:22 am.

Grand Sextiles are, astrologically speaking, portals of powerful manifestation that light up the Sky! Their symbol has been adopted in different faiths and speaks of a Seal of Protection. Made up of 2 Grand Trines and 6 Sextile aspects, the Grand Sextile simply tells us: WHAT YOU ASK, YOU SHALL RECEIVE.

Many of us claim to want peace and hope, yet subconsciously cling onto beliefs that perpetuate polarity, dis-empowerment and injustice. Some say they want to be happy, but are still deeply programmed and conditioned to sabotage their own joy at a powerful, subconscious level – or see fit to judge who deserves joy and who does not. In this way we create so many divisions within ourselves which are then reflected into the World.

The meaning of asteroid Hopi reflects this dual possibility of manifestation. On the one hand, the Hopi people are associated with peace-loving ways, they know how to nurture and be nurtured by the Earth – their name literally means ‘ The Peace-Loving People’ and they possess an intimate connection with the cycles of the Earth and the Heavens. On the other hand, in astrology, the asteroid Hopi is connected with ‘territorial disputes, prejudice, minority experiences and ambush’. Not a happy connotation when you remember the history of Native Americans and their eventual dispossession. Hence expressing dual poles of what can be manifested at during this powerful Grand Sextile.

The other astral bodies included are Saturn, Venus, Chiron Retrograde, Pluto Retrograde and the Moon in Virgo. That involves karma, material values, healing, spirituality, crisis, the status quo/government, priest/essing, spiritual service – as both Grand Trines occur in Earth/Water signs.

So how do you know what you’re manifesting at this time is actually in alignment with your Spirit?

If you choose to – When working with this Grand Sextile, you’re going to really have to ‘feel it’. From your gut, from your Core, from that Sacred Spark of Spirit inside you. Push through old conditionings, patterns of karmic behavior, all those learned habits of denial and control  —  and find that place. Call it Core, Home, Center, Heart, Womb, Truth, Spirit – whatever works for you.

You’ve got it. Know this. And find that Place as you work with the energies of this powerful alignment.

The timing of these dates are significant for their own reasons as – in the Hindu tradition – the 30th is Masik Vinayaga Chathurthi (a prayer to Lord Vinayaga, the elephant-headed deity of wisdom and the removal of obstacles), whereas the 31st is Nag Panchami – the day in which (according to Hinduism), the race of serpents called Nagas were saved by the Goddess Manasa Devi (Snake Goddess). The Serpent is associated with birth-rebirth, the Underworld (Patala, Nagaloka – linked to Agartha), the preservation of the female principle and the honoring of the Earth’s Womb.  Millions of people in India will be celebrating these festivals – and their energies will also be a part of the matrix of energy across this Planet. It is entirely your choice as to which day you do it on, or whether you want to take this into account at all as you work with the energies of the Grand Sextile.

Also – this Birthing of the New World is taking place close to a Grand Cardinal Cross (which I will talk about in a different post), and the Gaelic festivals of Lugnasadh / Lammas (Northern Hemisphere) and Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere). Both are key days or Sabbats in the Gaelic calendar and represent a liminal moment between different worlds, with the theme of Birth-Death-Rebirth woven into them. In line with the call to ‘Heal the Masculine’, it is worth noting that the Sun God begins to die at Lammas, his energy spent in the Harvest (and the Earth Mother who makes it possible). During Imbolc, he is already a young boy, reborn, his energies young but beginning to reach their peak once more. This corresponds to the dynamic of Masculine Energies between Scorpio (where Mars is) and Leo (where the Sun, Jupiter and Lilith are)   In Goddessian terms, Imbolc is associated with the fires of Lady Brighid and and Lammas with Demeter. Both mark important seasonal transitions.

What can do you to work with this powerful transformative energy?

Prayer, meditation, singing, painting, poetry, introspective work, body-work, dancing, grounding, martial arts – anything that makes you feel connected with Spirit will do. It is important to center and guide yourself through this time with a Heart/Spirit/Womb/Soul centered perspective, rather than the dictates of Ego, or Pure Mind. Remember that this is a time of bridging and birthing both worlds – of allowing the Sun God to begin his death before a powerful, and beautiful Rebirth – of speaking to the Mother as she presides over these subtle, yet powerful moments of transition.

 

I shall be conducting this meditation at 11:20 pm (30th July) – 12:20 am (July 31st).  This is in GMT + 8:00. I invite you all to join me in this powerful prayer of Birth-Rebirth – in ourselves – and across the Planet! – at this time, or at any time within the range of the Grand Sextile that suits you.

For as you Rise, so too does the Collective!

May we Rise in Love, Once More!

Blessings,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD.

http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Astrology for 28/7/14

Blessings to all,

Between now and 6:39 am, 28/7/14, GMT + 8 (five and a half hours away), we will be experiencing the powerful effects of an overlapping double yod. The base is made up of Chiron Retrograde & Neptune Retrograde sextiled Pluto Retrograde, and they point to an impressive stellium involving the Sun, Moon, Jupiter and Lilith, all in Leo.

When you factor in the exact opposition of Venus in Cancer to Pluto in Capricorn at 2:35 pm later today — the energy of Venus charges and permeates this powerful double-overlapping yod.

Venus in Cancer loves the Hearth, the Heart and the Earth. After the intense New Moon prayers we held, I feel her loving energies completing Pluto (crisis, transformation) in Capricorn (superstructure, superego, status quo, achievement, success construct).

And much to my surprise, this energy feels sweet – grounded – and able to handle the challenge of Pluto – emerging out of the blue – and the double yod that it points towards.

This configuration essentially bridges the Love of Earth, of Divine Mother (Venus in Cancer) with Sun-Jupiter-Lilith-Moon in Leo.

My friends – this is a profound moment of birthing. Venus is Cancer is healing us birth this new world. Pluto in Capricorn is providing that impulse, and urging us to bring our visions into manifestation. And these visions – these inspired energies that desire completion, joy, authenticity, energy – are strongly supported by the stellium in Leo.

Let us manifest a world in which the inner child and joy of the Child can be freely expressed, without fear, without limitation.

Much love to all,
Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Finding Your Center of Peace : Suggestions for Meditation

Meditation_Harmony_Peace_Crystal

 

Peace and Joy and Love are, at the end of the day words which we use to communicate a certain feeling to others. But the experience of that feeling is different for all, and whilst so many of us speak about peace – how often have we felt it in our lives? And in some cases, if at all?

A SUGGESTION:

Find a quiet space. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. As you inhale let your rib cage rise up, as you exhale, back down. Your stomach/belly appears to go in when you inhale and out when you exhale. Let that happen on its own, don’t force it.

So when you’re in a natural rhythm of deep breath – and your mind is focused on your breath, allow yourself to remember and experience what you need to – know that you are safe throughout the process.

For those who use protective techniques, you might want to visualize a bubble of white, impenetrable light around you (or the violet flame, or the Golden Ray). You might also want to try grounding with the Earth, visualizing roots from the base of your Feet, connecting with the Heart and Core of the Planet – so you’re connected at both ends.

You may want to visualize a flow of white light from above, filling you, and the nourishing red energies from the fiery core of the Earth and Her Love, filling your through your roots, into the base of your feet and into you.

(If you’re not comfortable or not experienced with this, do whatever makes you feel safe and comfortable).

As you feel safe and able to experience whatever you need to, and know that you are protected and loved, Ask Yourself: What Is Peace? Or, What makes me feel peaceful?

Let the memory or emotion or sensation fill you with a sense of being at One with Everything. Calm, Aware, Awake – knowing that you are Divinely guided, and protected. Knowing that you are One with All.

It’s okay if things come up, let them just pass through. Once you find that state of calm, connected awareness, let it permeate through your entire body. Let yourself stay in that center of Peace.

You are flowing, you are connected, you are in tune with the Divine – in the Universe and in yourself.

Perhaps it’s a memory, or a song, or an image, or a knowing of some kind that makes you feel peaceful.

Find what that is. If nothing comes up, don’t get frustrated. If the opposite comes up, perhaps parts of you are trying to tell you something.

Once you are ready (in case any of you have astral traveled in the process), tell yourself, at the count of 3, I will be back in my body, whole, blessed, grounded and connected to my essence.

Then count, 1, 2, 3.

Keep your eyes closed, move slowly, rub your eyelids, and allow yourself to emerge from your meditate state.

Slowly. There’s no rush.

When it feels right – record your experience in some way, if you feel moved to do so. Whether it’s a written, spoken, or crystalline record (holding a piece of clear quartz can help it ‘remember’ vibrations).

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If this sounds good to you – go right ahead and do it. If not, leave it it be.

Do it when it feels right for you to do so x

Blessings to all,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam

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Image: Meditation Harmony Peace Crystal
By Cornelia Kopp (Flickr: meditation) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WISDOM OF THE WOMB by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Wisdom of the Womb

The above conversation (reproduced with permission) got me thinking about periods and what they can teach us. I find that my intuitive senses are heightened, and I have greater access to my own depths. I consider it a sacred time of month, and one which empowers me.

I didn’t always think of the period in this way. As an Indian woman, despite the radical self-definition my parents instilled in me, I still carried the burden of stigma associated with menstruation. And it was a time I associated with pain, rather than joy.

Where did it come from? My parents never shamed me about it. But TV and other cultural influences did. And it took a while to break out of that cycle and re-discover that sacred spiritual connection.

I am glad I met women who were bold enough to explore that ‘taboo’, and reclaim it for themselves – and they inspired me to do the same in my early 20s.

Eventually, as I listened more – the pain lessened. As I honored the impulses from my Womb, my Ovaries, my Sacral Chakra, my periods became more regular. And I began to enjoy them, and look forward to them.

Eventually,

My Womb began to Whisper in the Subtle yet Powerful language of Spirit.

What I’ve realized in reflection (from my own Indian cultural context) is this –

It becomes difficult to to consider the womb, and its monthly cycle of any value or spiritual significance when women are encouraged not to go to temples (or other sacred sites) when menstruating – as though the presence of sacred blood can anger the gods.

Mind you, this too in a culture that does not recognize the right of a woman to be a priestess in a temple – unless of course she is in her menopausal phase, or from a lower caste group serving her community.

In Nepal, for instance, women are simply not allowed to cook during their periods as their blood would then ‘pollute’ the food – despite no obvious contact between the two – in a land that paradoxically offers blood sacrifices of buffaloes and chickens to fierce female Goddesses.

So, If the womb and her cycles are seen as unclean, how can Woman see herself as the Vessel and Bearer of Spiritual Wisdom?

Which led me to ask …

When did the Divinity in Woman become separate from her Material Form?

When did we stop realizing the Goddess in ourselves, and instead, began to believe that spaces for creation existed only in temples, and not in ourselves?

I’m sure this isn’t just a ‘South Asian’ thing (nor is that the only way in which menstruation is seen in the region – the Shaktas and Tantrists have a different view) – but this refusal to see the Divine in the Human Womb, cuts across categories of identity such as: culture, region, religion, race, ethnicity, and so on.

As for me, I’m going to hold myself close at moontime, and listen to Her whispers, beckoning me from Within.

Blessings to all,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

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Image: By Lushess (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons [Inverted version of image]

VENUS, BABY, HEAR ME OUT…. (Ode to the Venus-Pluto Opposition)

Venus Baby 2Venus, you’re going to want to Rise,
Take on the Titans, Battle in the Underworld,
With style, sass and Pride.

Venus, you’re going to want to Die,
In your Soul-Shaking, Heart-Breaking Flame,
That knows All with a Thousand and One Names,
Venus, Baby, you’re going to want to Cry.

Down, down, you go and Up, Up you Fly.
Death to Birth, Born To Die,
Ways of the World,
Heaven, Earth, Heart, Sky.

Break, just break,
Shatter into a million pieces,
Burn, just burn,
Temper them with your Flame.

There’s no Shame in starting again Baby,
No Shame in Tears or Mourning,
Grieve the Gone, Love the Dawn.

Rise once More, Phoenix-Girl,
You think he was the End-All of your World?
No, no, sweet thing … Just the Beginning….

Ways of the World – Sacrifice, the Old,
Birth, the New – That Sun-Lit Gold-Pink Sky.
Girl, don’t you know?
You’re the Goddess of the Dawn, That Golden Glow…
Radiance, My Love … Yes, it Shows!

So – Spread those Wings, Honey,
And Fly, Fly, Fly!

It’ll be Sunrise Soon…
Wake Up, Wake Up Morning Star!
Time To Shine!

~ Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Image: “Phoenix detail from Aberdeen Bestiary”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phoenix_detail_from_Aberdeen_Bestiary.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Phoenix_detail_from_Aberdeen_Bestiary.jpg

BLESSED BE SHE! ODE TO KALI-MA

Blessed Be She Ode to Kali Ma

Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black,
You come in any hue, any shade you desire.
Your hair braided, shaken loose, there you stand,
Wild Woman, Cosmic Destroyer,
Supreme Nurturer, Divine Mother,
Mahadeva’s Lover.

I behold your fangs, and the blood that drips,
Amidst severed heads I feel no fear,
Your weapons, your blessings held aloft in eight arms,
And yet I hold you so dear.

My heart opens, it blooms like the blood rose,
Take me into your Womb,
My tears fall and salt the Earth,
Take me into your arms,
Never again will I forget, Never again will I Part,
One Body, One Will, One Tender Heart.

Mother, for that is who you are to me.
Mother, Teacher, Guide me to My Destiny
Till Daughter Grows and in the Mirror she sees,
Mother. Grown to Maturity.

Blessed Be, The Primordial She!

~ Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD ❤ ❤ ❤