Blessings to all. Against the backdrop of a powerful Sun-North Node opposition (with a square to Kassandra – see: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-ri ), we see three powerful shifts with Vesta, Mercury and Mars moving into new signs. Let’s discuss each in turn.
VESTA SHIFTS INTO PISCES
Vesta represents the Archetype of the Priestess and the Spiritual Facilitator. She also rules the hearth, the sacred flame of the temple, and the flesh. She shows us that which we are devoted towards – and – paradoxically – that which we may feel the need to divest ourselves of (thrown into the sacred flames) for something new to arise – much like the Phoenix must surrender its old body for the flames to render it anew.
In Pisces, Vesta wades through the Cosmic Ocean. Her laser-point focus is somewhat more diffuse and information comes to her at a sub-conscious level, woven together with different threads knitted together by forces larger than herself – call it Karma, Mystery, Time, Divinity. Whilst the Priestess knows how to commune with the elements, with her understanding of Deity, this is a sign which requires her to surrender all that she knows, and all that she is.
What remnants of the ego declaring that ‘I’ or the Individual Self knows, and serves in a certain way will have be washed away in these Cosmic Waters. It’s important for Vesta not to get overwhelmed by the sheer depth and intensity of the psychic information she is likely to receive now. Quite a lot of messages may come through dreams, or in moments of deep meditation. Some will be illusory, and others will be powerfully, and profoundly real. Part of the work comes in differentiating between the two. (Thanks to Catrin for highlighting the need to expand on this aspect)
It’s easy to get lose in those waters and to lose sight of things. The focus for those of us on a spiritual path, particularly those who facilitate, will be to remember the ‘goal’ (if you can call it that), or rather the orientation of the Heart that seeks the truest expression of Spirit possible in this lifetime.
Vesta, during her transit here, is likely to be called back to complete half-finished tasks, potentially from her past lifetimes. There is a sense of ‘cleaning up’, with waves of energy washing through the self (the sacred temple) and our paths of service itself. Part of the ‘cleanup’ process will involve releasing attachments to those we thought were on the same journey as we were. A lot of washing away of attachments that are no longer in alignment – remember that Pisces is also the sign of Detached Compassion.
Vesta entered Pisces on March 29, 2015 and will complete this deeply karmic chapter of her journey through the zodiac on June 8, 2015.
At that point Vesta will enter Aries and it will be a start of a fresh cycle of facilitation. But till then, it’s Surrender, Surrender, Surrender to that which we perceive as Sacred, or Spiritual. If you feel the ‘I’ making absolute claims of knowledge (it’s one thing to say 1+1 =2, it’s another thing to say 1+1 = 2 and knowing that makes someone superior… perhaps worse than saying 1+1 = 3).
MERCURY SHIFTS INTO ARIES
Mercury represents our communicative, intellectual, analytical and perceptive abilities. It is the energy of the Messenger, bringing us insight and information from various realms. Mercury has completed an astrological cycle and now sits with us at the start of Aries, preparing for a new cycle ahead. We’re working through new issues with reading, understanding, communicating and expressing the Truth of the Self. The thing to be aware of is that they way we see our Truths is not the same as the way others see it. Expressing your truth is a good thing, but trying to make another person feel inadequate because of it isn’t. Try to avoid absolute statements, or statements that do not allow another’s truth to be included. Sometimes there’s not much that you can do about it when a person is triggered by perfectly innocent words (it becomes their process to deal with, and the best you can do is to assure them that it is not meant in those ways). But with Mercury in Aries, greater circumspection is required as we all desire to burst forth with the truth we now know and wish to express. Mercury enters Aries on March 31st, 2015 and stays there till April 15, 2015 (when it then moves to Taurus).
MARS SHIFTS INTO TAURUS
Mars represents our assertiveness, willpower, sense of masculinity, and our ability to go forward and acquire our desires. As Mars moves through Taurus, we’re going to have a lot more energy and drive to act upon desires related to the material plane. Be it finances, property, a relationship, anything to do with material plane and the comforts and sense of security that it can provide. Mars also fuels our quest towards developing greater internal resources like self-worth, self-value, self-love. It’s a great time to work on the foundations of anything that you’d like to build or shore up in your life, provided that it gives you a sense of grounding or rootedness – ideally in ways that align with your Spiritual understanding, rather than blocking them out. At times the material realm is used as a shield or insulating bubble separating the ego enjoying comfort and security, from Spirit that knows no limitation or form. It’s important to ensure that the Mars energy is used (ideally) to create a bridge between the vibration of material abundance that Taurus can bring and also our spiritual paths and journeys. Mars enters Taurus on April 1st, 2015 and leaves (then entering Gemini) on May 12th, 2015.
An interesting thing to note is that Venus is now in Taurus (desires, sensations), then Mars (action, will) enters, followed by Mercury (communication, ideas). I suspect that the idea of material manifestation, or at the very least, deep reflection upon the value systems underpinning our relationship with the physical world, will be a fairly strong theme for us all. That makes for an interesting emphasis, what with Vesta swimming through Pisces, overturning and releasing our spiritual attachments that longer service. Generally speaking, it is the merger of Earth (Taurus) and Pisces (Water) – that can either result in a flood in which nothing may grow – or fresh, fertile soil, infused with blessed water upon which lush vegetation may one day grow
Please note that the dates given are relative to where I am (so Asia/Australia) – so these shifts will occur a day earlier for those in the US/South America/Europe.
Blessings to All,
Priestess B. Bairavee
Astrology with Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
Image: Natasja Delanghe Priestess of the Moon.JPG – Natasja Delanghe (1973) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Text © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2015