AQUARIUS FULL MOON – TRANSFORMATION THROUGH VULNERABILITY & THE SEXUALITY OF THE MAIDEN (JULY 31, 2015)

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Blessings to All. The Aquarius (Blue) Full Moon is about to go exact in 8 hrs, 18 minutes (10:42 am, GMT) at 7 Aquarius-Leo ’55. We will be reaping the seeds set during the Aquarius New Moon ( + Supermoon ) of Jan 20/21, 2015 – here’s my article from then for reference: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-i5 .

It’s certainly a time of electric breakthroughs/breakdowns, heightened intuition and an awareness of just how capable we are of manifesting our Gifts, in co-creative Partnership with the Cosmos – and ideally, as part of our service to the Collective.

Many ideals will be shifted, either to dissolution, or to further clarity. Take extra care around electrical items at this time, including the groups we’re in and friendships we make through social media. Also remember that electricity runs through our bodies, by way of our nerves, neurons and their information signaling/sharing mechanisms – try to avoid intense emotional burnout, be gentle on yourselves and others.

Astrologically speaking, it’s a fairly intense climate of multiple retrogrades, with Uranus (the ruler of Aquarius, 20 Aries) also in retrograde. At this time it is conjunct a body known as Karma (21 Aries), which, along with the karmic intensity of retrogrades, situates many of the lessons of this Full Moon within the resolution of past karmic ties.

In terms of the Sun-Moon opposition itself, I see the Sun and Moon woven together in a Grand Fixed Cross. The Sun is conjunct Diana and Eros (7 Leo), whilst opposing The Moon (7 Aquarius), and (both) squaring Eurydike (7 Taurus) and Achilles / Asteroid Lilith (7 Scorpio).

Sun-Diana-Eros in Leo: The focus is upon the Sacral Chakra and its creative, co-creative, pro-creative and expressive energy. This is where the tender, sensual, vulnerable, child-like parts of ourselves dance without fear and abandon. Whilst this is a wonderful thing, the flip-side of Leo energy is when we display or project a certain image of our emotions, feelings and sensual desires in order to elicit a response from another in a certain way, or when we do so to gratify the ego. The Sun brings its focused power of awareness and illumination to these areas of our lives, whilst the protection of Diana ensures that our Inner Children are safe to express themselves in these ways. Diana was of course, the goddess of the hunt and the Moon, protector of the sacred sexuality of young maidens 🙂 Eros comes along to show us how our expressive natures can help us reconnect with a far more intimate, primordial and ecstatic connection with All-Of-Creation. It’s kind of that feeling you get when some days, you are so very happy, that it just feels like you’re this delightful heap of conscious, sparkling stardust! Yes, getting to this realization can involve sexual experiences of eroticism, but is not confined to that one domain of life.

Moon in Aquarius – described above

Eurydike in Taurus – I somewhat unkindly, though without great distortion, refer to Eurydike as the ‘poster-girl for codependency’. She essentially impales herself upon the spear that kills her husband Cyllarus, an impetuous centaur that rushes into something and gets himself killed. Very often, Eurydike’s energy warns us to ensure that we understand the difference between love and codependency (Robin Norwood’s Women Who Love Too Much is an excellent guide in making that distinction). If we believe that we are only worthy of life if we have someone to love us – as absolutely Disney-romantic as that sounds – we are probably in need of some work here. Taurus is of course the sign of abundance, that allows us to enjoy the sensual, sensorial world and our embodied, material place in it. Many might be triggered into re-living these issues as they explore the sensual at this time (i.e. the touch of a lover that either makes you commit whole-heartedly, or that pushes you to the realization that something is not quite in balance).

Achilles / Asteroid Lilith in Scorpio – Achilles reminds us to recognize our own vulnerabilities.We don’t need to pretend that we can’t be hurt, or that we don’t cry. We don’t need to pretend that we’re so invincible that we have no vulnerabilities – for vulnerability can be one of the most powerful, beautiful and humbling experiences and gateways for us to understand just what makes us human. And to me, that is understanding the Divine. Lilith (the Asteroid, not Black Moon Lilith), as I learnt from Darkstar Astrology, refers to the Maiden aspect of the Dark Goddess, raging and rebelling against patriarchal strictures that seek to limit the expression of her beauty, ferocious power, and sexuality. Put the two together, and we find a need to get real about the wounds and vulnerabilities that surround our relationship with the sexuality/sensuality of the (Young) Feminine – as equally emphasized by Diana’s role in this alignment. In Scorpio, the conjunction between the two takes on an intense sexual, psycho-spiritual dynamic that ultimately leads us to a point of surrender. Through vulnerability, we find the courage to face our wounds and hurts (potentially coming from a friend, social media presence, our own ideals, etc.) and to look at their deeper psycho-spiritual origins. It’s a fantastic time for a breakthrough, and sometimes that can only happen with a breakdown.

Taking it all together, this Grand Cross teaches us about the need to shift our fixity, or fixed nature of views on issues surrounding our vulnerability, power, authenticity, sexuality and the ideals we identify with.

Finally, I’ve saved the best for last – The Moon is trined, whilst the Sun sextiles Magdalena (7 Libra). She represents the energy of The Magdalene, as the spouse of Christ. We see much coming through with respect to the wounds of the Feminine, particularly in the ways Her Sexuality and Power is projected upon. Look to her as a guide – you may also find yourselves calmed by rose essential oils or rose quartz crystals at this time. They can (for most people), be a tender, healing, balm through such emotional currents.

Those of you with placements near 7 Pisces will experience this as a powerful Yod or Finger of Fate. In the skies we see Atropos (6 Pisces) and Neptune Retrograde (9 Pisces) nearby. Neptune calls us to find a point of dissolution through the act of absolute, compassionate surrender whilst Atropos – as the eldest of the Three Fates, represents the Elder Sister whose role it is to cut the Thread of Life – in this case – she signifies the ending of one chapter … which inevitably signals, the potential of a new beginning in its wake.

Blessings to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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A PATH OF FLAME DANCES IN THE SHADOW; THE DARK GODDESS CALLS -GRAND FIRE TRINE BETWEEN ERIS/PERSEPHONE, JUPITER AND THE GALACTIC CENTER (28-JULY-2015)

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The energy of the Dark Goddess has been building for some time now, like the low rumble of thunder gradually getting louder and louder before the full-blown storm eventually hits. With Jupiter’s transit through Leo, that energy has found expression through the many pathways and paradigms of mentoring, guidance and teaching that focus upon the Wisdom of the Womb Center (which we all have) and The Sacral Chakra.

A powerful, emergent wave of teachers, guides and seekers have begun to remind us of our innate, authentic, child-like, joy; of a life that is led as a celebration; of the flow of creative juices that precede great works and energies of manifestation and uninhibited expression. Much of this work necessarily involves the Rising Principle of the Assertive Feminine and overlaps with Her Dark Counterpart.

This powerful wave of energy and guidance is heading to a point of climax, with the exact trine between Jupiter (27 Leo) and The Galactic Center of the Milky Way (27 Sagittarius). The energy of the Feminine and Her Rise is woven into this powerful cosmic alignment by way of Eris-conjunct-Persephone (23 Leo) that trine the two, creating a Grand Fire Trine.

Whilst I’d originally planned to write this piece featuring the Jupiter/Gal. Center trine as its center-piece, I felt it necessary to situate this aspect within the larger context of the Rise of the Feminine and the Re-claiming of the Shadow. It cannot be isolated from this narrative, nor consigned to a footnote – for the rumble of the Dark Goddess, is no longer just a rumble, but a fully-fledged Storm…

So, what does this Grand Fire Trine encourage us to do or become?

Eris (23 Aries), The Dark Goddess, asks us to Roar in the Heat of Battle, to Rage against all that is an Inauthentic Expression of Self. She rejects the institutional and systemic suppression of the Feminine Principle, her Wrath Rising as She Asserts Her Right to Simply Be. We are called to rebel against patriarchal scripts that prevent the fullest expression of the feminine principle. For instance, the furore against Instagram’s banning of the #goddess hashtag comes to mind as a clear example (bear in mind that Uranus is also nearby in Aries, ruling electronic communication and social media platforms).

Persephone (23 Aries), daughter of Ceres and wife or co-regent of Pluto, asks us to look to Our Individual and Collective Descent into the Realm of the Underworld. Here, the Daughter of the Earth was once taken into the Shadow Realm by force, abducted and raped by Pluto. At first a captive, she then becomes a Queen. Persephone asks us to face all that we consider traumatic, taboo, unpleasant, mysterious, frightening – all the things we wish we didn’t have to deal with, only to discover their power magnified through the willful act of denial and suppression. What Persephone reveals is that our fears and monsters transform in the power of our fearless gaze and often become our allies, as we view them through the lens of compassion.

Some argue that Persephone had a greater agency over her seemingly-forced abduction and literal descent into the sub terra – even so – the narrative of descent, abuse/trauma/strife and re-emergence – remains intact, and is reminiscent of Goddess Inanna, Psyche, and so on.

Together, on the Battlefield of the Shadow-Realms, Eris and Persephone stand side by side, showing us the way to Reclaim our Power and to Stand in the Sacred Fires of the Self. As we take that traumatic, messy, cathartic, intense and powerful journey within, we discover a familiar face: The Dark Goddess – once proud Matriarch of the Earth, buried deep beneath layers and layers of patriarchal narrative and re-invention, vilification and denigration.

And Still, She Glows – Still, She Bleeds – Still, She Nurtures. From sparks, to embers, to fiery coals that burn through the storybooks, the scriptures, the shame… Droplets of sacred, scarlet red oozing through the black veil cast over all that is taboo, fringe, forbidden – and equally – over so much of the sacred, ancient, traditions of the Goddess.

The Shadow is being Re-claimed, Re-written with Sacred Blood long forgotten.

And to this inferno, this raging fire of Awakening and Radical Self-Acceptance, we see, connected by way of trines, a Triangle of Flame lit by Jupiter (27 Leo) and the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius), to which we now turn.

Jupiter awakens us all to the Path we need to take, that we may find the most expansive understanding of who we are with respect to the rest of Creation. In this context, guidance appears as flames, beacons, lit through the Underworld, a trail reaching from the Belly of the Earth to the Dark Womb of the Galaxy.

Direction and Guidance appears through guides, mentors, astrologers, spiritual teachers, priest/esses and others recognized as Wisdom-Speakers. In Leo, the focus lies upon these lessons upon the Sacral and Heart Chakra, the tender connection between sensuality, romance, passion, joy, creativity and children. We are called to speak our truth, create our worlds and celebrate our authenticity with the playful, tender, fearless and naturally graceful expression of the Lion-Child.

It is a natural connection for those who work with the Rising Feminine to make. Women in particular, bear within their wombs, the memory of repression – and with it a rage that convention forbids them to articulate. Much of the expression that comes through now will channel this deep-seated Rage – which is wonderful as a first step of validation, but will later be followed by compassion-forgiveness-acceptance-release-integration. It is vital to remember that this expression facilitates the clearing of the Sacral, but that we need not be defined by or overly attached to the emotions that come through – for they too undergo an alchemical change of state.

Jupiter amplifies the need to Rise, Assert, Rebel and Unapologetically Be – as taught to us by Eris. It shines the light upon the lessons of the Underworld – the deep subconscious, our experiences of trauma, shame, regret, guilt, deep rage, and so on – that we may begin the alchemy-qua-Persephone: The transmutation of the ‘negative’ or ‘painful’ Shadow into an acceptance and embodiment of its Sacred, Regal, and Primordial Power.

But what of the Galactic Center of the Milky Way – what I like to call the Dark Womb of our Galaxy – with its Super-massive Black Hole?

The Dark Womb of our Galaxy calls to us with a pulse –  a rhythmic beating that continually seeks to expand our vision, imagination and understanding of the Self and our place within the Wider Cosmos. In Sagittarius, its energies mirror that of Jupiter, which it is trined. Information can be ‘downloaded’ or accessed through mentors and guides (both living and departed) – this includes spiritually evolved beings such as Saints, Bodhisattvas, and the like –  but also through focused meditation where appropriate.

What the Galactic Center will whisper to you individually I cannot say, only that it will ask you to look at your self and life in terms of the larger, grander perspective. Know that you fit into an incredible, intricately woven tapestry of consciousness and energy that connects you with the rest of Creation.

This expanded perspective will fan the Fires of the Self, reveal the full import of the wisdom of the Goddess-in-Exile, and will situate that reawakening in the fullest expression of your authentic, creative, tender, vulnerable, sensual, playful and beautiful self. But make no mistake – it’s not going to be easy. It might be engaging, life-transforming, invigorating, rejuvenating, but no, not easy.

Many possibilities for expansion will be revealed, and much of that requires a release of older forms of knowledge, belief-systems and paradigms that we – for better or worse – have become comfortable with. Finding your Path may be what you’ve been yearning to know for so long, but seeing it in person may in fact, be terrifying.

The Dark Goddess, in all Her compassion and beauty, is an exacting, sometimes terrifying, teacher (comes with the territory). Her lessons, guidance and requirements may stand in stark contrast to the life you expected to be living. And for many, releasing what is known and surrendering to the scarlet-black Unknown can be as painful as walking on hot coals. How you experience Her Guidance depends upon you, your Path and your approach to spiritual evolution.

For those of you who ready and willing to Heed the Call, in whatever form it takes for you – enjoy the wild, wild ride back into her Womb, and out again – Goddess knows where – not knowing is a part of the fun 😉

In short – It’s a wonderful time to be alive as we witness and experience an intense, pulsating alignment of energy that brings together the Dark Goddess, The Spiritual Path and Dark Womb of the Galaxy in a Sacred Dance of Fire, Shadow and Spirit.

The exact Jupiter-Galactic Center trine (27 ‘4 ”27 Leo – Sagittarius) takes place at 16:54 pm (UTC time) on 28.7.2015.

Blessings To All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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MARS TRINED CHIRON – THE WOUNDED MASCULINE IN SEARCH OF COMPASSION AND HEALING

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Today’s Mars (21 Cancer)-Chiron Retrograde (21 Pisces) trine brings to the fore deeply karmic wounds connected with the Masculine Archetype. As Mars is in Cancer, we might find this to be an intensely emotional experience of such wounds triggered by a maternal figure, a domestic/familial situation, a housing matter and/or the emotions of a male/masculine partner. We may also equally, simply see this manifested within the animus (male archetype) within the psyche. Mars is also squared Uranus (who has just turned Retrograde at 20 Aries), making this situation or outburst appear ‘out of the blue’, in an unpredictable or erratic manner. Either way, it serves to shed light upon a level of awareness or consciousness that is required to ultimately heal the Masculine and integrate it as part of ‘I AM Consciousness’.

Chiron Retrograde’s role is to show us our deepest spiritual vulnerabilities, not to suffer through them, but to find ways we can heal ourselves and others in the process. Chiron’s medicine in Pisces tends to be compassion, unconditional surrender to Spirit and a willingness to remain open to the experience, emotion, sensation and vulnerability that such spiritual journeys often entail.

Those with placements between 14-28 Scorpio will experience this as a Grand Water Trine – and – we’re all experiencing that on account of The Moon’s ongoing Scorpio Transit. The Grand Water Trine is in its final stages, whilst the Moon meets Saturn Retrograde at 28 Scorpio. This brings an added sense of gravitas, and a need to make a lasting commitment, or decision to matters surrounding our sub-conscious fears and complexes, our relationship with intimacy, sexuality, finances and Power.

Those with placements near 13-28 Cancer or Capricorn will experience this energy as a Grand Cardinal Cross (if both are present), or as a Cardinal T-Square in the case of a single placement.

All in all, this Mars-Chiron trine brings to the fore karmic wounds of the Soul’s Journey as it seeks to re-member, reclaim and heal our individual and collective relationship with the Masculine Principle. The role of Cancer and its ruler, The Moon (The Mother) and Saturn (ruled by Capricorn, the Crone) point to the role of feminine / maternal wisdom in this process.

Blessings,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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SUN CONJUNCTS MERCURY AND EROS IN LEO; PALLAS TRINES VESTA ; NEPTUNE OPPOSES JUNO AND VENUS PREPARES FOR HER RETROGRADE

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My friends, we’re at the brink of The Sun-Mercury-Eros conjunction at 0 Leo. This is a potent alignment which brings both our conscious awareness to, and the ability to give/receive messages about matters that link with our hearts, wombs, romantic, passionate, creative, co-creative, pro-creative/sensual lives. (Applies for men, and other genders in different ways – but bear in mind we all have a powerful link to the archetype and energy of the Womb.) Leo also links to the archetype of the Inner Child and the vulnerable, authentic self that resides within that tender, layer of self. Eros’ role in this conjunction brings it back to that intrinsic, unspeakably intimate connection we share with the Source of Life itself. It is that quality that excites us about the fact of our existence, and allows us to revel, sparkle and delight in that realization.

We’re looking to our lives, and opening ourselves to messages/ideas/information that will expand our awareness of ourselves in this vital aspect of life. The Royal Sign of Leo fills our worlds with a fearless approach to life, and love. It’s a beautiful energy, and one which can show us the way forward, especially when we may feel stuck in our abilities to express our innermost, authentic selves.

Ceres and Hermes oppose the Sun/Mercury conjunction at 2 Aquarius, energizing current energies. We are likely to be able to provide nurture through or be nurtured by our friends, charitable networks, associations for humanitarian causes – or simple – from the Ether of the Cosmos itself. Aquarian energies seek to bring the Gifts of the Self to the Collective, that they may then be honed to facilitate manifestation of the Mind’s directive. Such forms of nurture can come through social media, other forms of electronic communication and related networks (FB, Skype, Twitter, etc. ). Hermes’ much like Mercury, emphasizes the roles of communication – of giving/receiving messages of use and interest at this time. Stay open to and in tune with your sense of intuition, as it were.

Those of you with placements near to 23-9 Libra-Scorpio / Aries-Taurus will experience this as a Fixed T-Square, or Fixed Grand Cross – with the points of greatest intensity nearest 0-2 Scorpio/Taurus.

The Sun/Mercury trines, whilst Ceres sextiles Saturn Retrograde (28 Scorpio). This indicates that the messages we receive now (with respect to our authenticity / passion / vulnerability / lovelife / kids / creativity / etc.) and the nurture we give/receive in ways that connect the Higher/Deeper Mind, The Cosmos, and the Collective – leave larger ripples in their wave than anticipated. Saturn observes and tests us all methodically through its final retrograde in Scorpio (for another 30 yeas at least). This trine-sextile (i.e. Wedge) alignment provides us harmonious opportunities to work with these elements and find authentic, compassionate ways in which we can address the challenges that taskmaster-Saturn presents us with at present.

There are other supportive aspects present (depending on how you choose to work with their energies/opportunities):

Pallas Athena Retrograde (11 Sagittarius) trined Vesta (11 Aries) – The Goddess of Strategy, Wisdom and Assertion asks us to look inwards, revisiting our understanding of belief systems, ideologies, philosophies, attitudes to travel, ability to teach/preach and so on. Vesta, The Priestess, continues her counsel … She asks us to continue to burn the remnants of the Ego in the Fires of the Self, as she reveals to us our Innate Divinity. Those with placements at between 4-18 Leo will experience this as a phenomenal Grand Fire Trine (as the Sun/Mercury will, over the next few days). It’s already in the works 😉

Neptune Retrograde (9 Pisces) opposed Juno (8 Virgo) – We are asked to look at the ways in which we experience and understand the Formless aspects of Divinity. The illusions of ‘being spiritual’ and what that must ‘look/feel/be like’ are presented to us now, and we are challenged to allow what is no longer required to be washed away into the Compassionate Waters of Spirit and Mystery. Juno, the energy of the Soulmate, opens us to the Divine Feminine at the same time. We are likely to experience encounters – with Priestesses / Facilitators / Service Providers of some kind who challenge our ideas of an otherworldly idea of Spirit. Those of you with placements at/near 1-16 Sagittarius/Gemini will experience this as a Mutable T-Square, or Mutable Grand Cross.

Osiris (9 Virgo) and Niobe (10 Virgo) are nearby, exerting their influence. Osiris asks us to discover a grounded, practical understanding of Service that seeks to heal the Wounded Masculine, whilst Niobe warns us of becoming too attached to the physical trappings to any path of Service – titles, adulation, movements, followings, and so on – these can be useful and needed depending on what you’re meant to be doing, the catch is not attaching the whims of the ego-self to it.

It’s important to also note that Venus (0 Virgo), in proximity to Jupiter (26 Leo), prepares for Her Retrograde, in a little over 24 hours’ time (July 24). The Lady herself questions her material form, her value system, the ways she relates to things, people, and different aspects of her self. We’re going to feel this, at first, intensely focused upon our understanding of what constitutes a Practical Path of Service – then she shifts backward into Leo, circa July 31st. Her lessons then focus upon Leo-related concerns as delineated above (circa July 31). I feel the messages we receive from Sun/Mercury now will also help us understand and prepare for the Venus Retrograde Transit.

There’s more happening in the skies (there’s always more, e.g. Mars squaring Uranus), but I think this should be enough to give you a sense of what’s up with the skies right now 😉

Blessings to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

For those of you seeking readings, please contact me via ( http://wp.me/p4OUNS-zB ). I might be travelling after the 26th, and so I’m leaving my calendar wide open. Not sure when it will be as free after that. Blessings.

Text © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2015. All rights reserved.
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NEW BOOKING SYSTEM: ASTROLOGY SLOTS FOR 23-26 JULY 2015

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Hello Everyone,

For those of you who have been trying to book a session with me, you’ll find these e-scheduling tools convenient. I’ve currently opened my calendar till the 26th, might be traveling afterwards. I currently offer 4 types of readings and facilitations – here’s a brief overview of each:

 

(1) Minisession – 30 minutes – USD 50.00

Ideal for 2-3 focused questions and a good introductory session for beginners to astrology and spiritual practices.

 

(2) Middle Session – 1.5 hrs – USD 175.00

More for the astrologer/spiritual seeker with some knowledge of the self, seeking clarity on specific areas of life. Can be modified into a mini Soul-Portrait if appropriate.

 

(3) Soul Portrait Masterclass – 3-3.5 hours – USD 350.00

(The Big One)

The Soul Portrait Masterclass is more for the experienced astrologer/spiritual seeker seeking to fine-tune their knowledge and understanding of self and take it to a whole new level. It’s an extremely intense, life-changing experience.

 

(4) Ad-hoc 1 Hr Blocks – Customizable Sessions – USD 117.00

To create a customized session focused upon whatever areas, queries you find of need and interest.

 

All sessions via skype, all payments via paypal. You’ll receive a recording once the session is done.

Here are the links to book the sessions (slots open until 26/7 in the current series):

Mini Session , 30 minutes –
http://veribook.com/viewAvail/CRrmFRpVvc

Middle Session , 1.5 hrs –
http://veribook.com/viewAvail/xWKhHYBcnD

Soul Portrait, 3 – 3.5 hrs –
http://veribook.com/viewAvail/BCaFyYfGeU

Custom, 1 hr –
http://veribook.com/viewAvail/bkGHkHtcum

If you have any questions, you can always get in touch. Testimonials are available on my page fb.com/theskypriestess.

Much Love and Many Blessings,
Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

 

 

 

JULY 22, 2015 – GRAND CARDINAL CROSS, SATURN’S CHALLENGE + PRACTICAL ADVICE

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Blessings to All. We’ve got several powerful aspects in the skies right now – some of which are kicking up a storm. For starters, we’ve got a GRAND CARDINAL CROSS formed between The Moon in Libra, Pluto Retrograde (13 Capricorn), Mars (18 Cancer) and Vesta (11 Aries) — along with other alignments. I’ll explain the Cardinal Cross, then Saturn’s position, followed by a discussion on what to do.

The Grand Cardinal Cross is reminiscent of the kind of energy we collectively experienced in April/May 2014. It’s a similar kind of pressure, that either leads to some kind of intense breakdown, or breakthrough. The challenge is a new one, however, as the players in this alignment are very different. Some of you will sail through this challenge remarkably well, smiling as you do, whilst many more are likely to feel this as an unexpected bubbling or building up of intense pressure.

The Moon’s role in the alignment asks us to watch the ways in which we manage the concept of balance, across different realms in our lives – be it personal and professional partnerships, collaborations, elements of finding inner balance, etc. Whilst Libra represents the detachment of the Scales of Justice, when unbalanced, it can swing wildly, even violently in search of a point of equilibrium. Emotions are likely to be unusually intense when concerning these particular areas of life.

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn, as it has been for the past few years, continues to teach us about our relationship with power, integrity, intimacy, boundaries, alchemy and the depths to which we descend in order to find our greatest hidden treasures – all in the realms of what the super-ego has been conditioned to define as ‘success’, ‘power’, ‘legacy’, ‘status’, ‘prestige’, ‘achievement’, and so on. Here the Lord of the Underworld questions your right to be at the top, and … whatever for?

Vesta in Aries, being the newest player in the Grand Cardinal Cross, asks us to discover and find our path of dedication, to some quality, ideal, person, or simply state of being which we identify as The Sacred. There is something to be given up here, burnt in the Holy Fires of the Self, before something New Emerges. Priestesses and other Spiritual Facilitators will be feeling this aspect with great intensity. Many will be reminded of their sacred Calls to Devotion and Service.

Mars in Cancer highlights the ways in which we act upon, or towards our goals, desires and wishes with respect to the ways we connect with the Mother / Familial / Traditional / Domestic spheres of life. Some may seek sanctuary in what is known, traditionally sanctioned / seen as comfortable – whereas, others may feel the pressure to break through/out of these constraints at this time. As the Sun is at the anaretic degree of Cancer (29 degrees), collectively, it’s a heightened time for our emotions, and sub-conscious impulses surrounding this part or aspect of our lives.

Very briefly – the Cosmos is also placing an added emphasis on Saturn, the karmic taskmaster. The Sun (29 Cancer) -and- Mercury (28 Cancer) trines, whilst Jupiter (25 Leo) -and- Venus (0 Virgo) squares to Saturn Retrograde (28 Scorpio). What this means is that we are being urged to look at issues surrounding Plutonian themes, i.e. power, integrity, intimacy, boundaries, alchemy and the depths to which we descend in order to find our greatest hidden treasures. The decisions we make in these areas of life now are bound to have a greater influence, or set the foundation for a longer-lasting legacy than we give them credit for. Bear in mind that Pluto and Saturn are in Mutual Reception once more, with Pluto in the sign ruled by Saturn (Capricorn), and vice versa.

The Sun and Mercury’s emphasis tell of a domestic, familial, cultural and/or maternal (Mother-related) issue that Saturn’s tests of discipline and restriction currently center themselves upon at this time. It may either be an exacerbation or an amelioration of the Saturnian challenge. Jupiter continues its lessons in Leo, with the energy of the Teacher/Guru emphasizing the expansion that comes through love, romance, children, the Inner Child Archetype, joy, creativity, sensuality and the like. Venus has just entered Virgo, the Virgin-Priestess, as it prepares for its upcoming retrograde (and back into Leo), in just a few days time. Jupiter squaring Saturn amplifies its intensity, and can signify the role of a mentor or teacher, or even a situation abroad that feeds into Saturn-test at this time. Venus’ role asks us to find practical, embodied, and materially grounded ways to find a solution to the situation we find ourselves tested upon. It may also involve a certain way in which we express our femininity and experience of sexuality/sensuality – or even in our financial/business affairs. The possibilities are endless – but it’s safe to say that Saturn’s position is highly charged in the skies at this time.

So – what do you do?

PRACTICAL ADVICE:

Cardinal Crosses, and just about any alignment involving Saturn are testing times/energies. As I said, some of you are going to sail right through this, but most people are going to feel some sense of intensity. My advice to you would be to not take your emotional responses to people/yourselves too intensely today. Many are bound to be tripping over familiar triggers, whilst others may find a general sense of ill-ease, or pressure which they can’t put their fingers on, much like a heaviness in the air.

Bear in mind that this is transitory – the intensity will die down in a day or so. Observe what comes up with you at this time, but do not feel the need to rush into a judgement or conclusion. Give it time, and give yourselves and others the space to Just Be.

Blessings to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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Releasing the Title of Priestess: Moving Deeper into ‘I AM Consciousness’

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Blessings to all. After much deliberation, I have decided to release the title of ‘Priestess’. Whilst I have been blessed to serve in that title for some time, it no longer feels resonant with what my Spirit is evolving into.

As a verb, an activity, an archetype or even a state of consciousness, I am and will always be priestess-ing, but that is no longer a construct with which I can fully identify with. There’s so much more that awaits.

Much Love,

Bairavee