NEPAL NEWSFLASH! FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT ELECTED! (+ Other Developments)

Image Source: BBC News, 2015

Image Source: BBC News, 2015

Yesterday, whilst my brother and I were eating at the ‘Authentic Nepali Kitchen Restaurant’ , we noticed a man filming something going on TV. It was a very out of the way place and certainly one of the very few places you’d see Nepali TV on in Thamel (the backpackers’ lair). The on-goings looked vaguely parliamentary, and I saw a woman speaking to take some kind of office. It excited my academic curiosity as part of my doctoral work was on the representation on women in the Indian Parliament.

It felt like a moment. Not the ones you take for granted everyday, but the ones you remember as ‘having been there when it happened’. I’d also had the pleasure of seeing the election of the First Lady Speaker of India’s Lower House from within Parliament itself. This felt like .. another one of those moments I would not forget, courtesy of the Authentic Nepali Kitchen Restaurant. For me, it was a delightful sign to get back to that part of my life, research and work as well. (And my brother took photos me of grinning like a cat who had just had two bowls of cream and tuna)

At first I thought it was a Speaker’s election, and then found myself happily corrected when we had the chance to look at some English-language news. Not a Speaker, but a President!

What makes me even happier is that Nepal has pretty much set a powerful standard for South Asian legislatures (and Western ones too) as it has passed – as part of its new constitution – a law ensuring that at least 33% of all MPs are female and that either the President or Vice President must be a woman.

In India, that particular issue has basically stayed stagnant since its first introduction as – the Women’s Reservation Bill – in 1996. Parliament has been paralyzed on account of the idea of bringing more women into its fold on many an occasion.

But not so in Nepal. I’m overjoyed!

The new President, Mrs. Bidhya Devi Bhandari is the vice-chair of the Ruling Communist Party of Nepal. She was previously the country’s defence minister. As President, she has vowed to address minority & women’s issues. Let’s see what unfolds 😉

Whilst the role of the President is largely ceremonial, what excites me about all of this is the legislative requirement of 33% women as the bare minimum. That is going to create ripples of change, and I hope it will once again fuel India’s political will to tackle the same issue once again (nearly 2 decades later). It’ll be interesting to see how this translates for a greater representation of women in South Asian Politics.

Go Nepal! Wooo!

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam. PhD

For those of you interested in my research on reservation policies, gender and politics in India, feel free to check out my PhD Thesis, The Dramaturgy of Ritual Performances in The Indian Parliament (2013) .

Taurus Full Moon, 27 October 2015 (3 Taurus, 12:05 UTC).

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Blessings! I’m going to keep this short and sweet as the Taurus Full Moon brings out the philosopher in me yearning to write a book on the various attempts at bridging the spiritual with the material. In a nutshell, that is the key theme of this Lunation: How do we, as Beings of Energy-with-Consciousness, relate to the experience of Physical, Material, Embodiment?

In less jargon-laden language, basically, this Full Moon asks us to understand what grounds us, how, and why. All of us look to certain material relationships, people, experiences, memories and sensations that permit us – at a deep level – to not only occupy physical space, but even to enjoy that process. It can be the memory of a nurturing mother, a lover that let you feel loved even when you felt very unloveable, the smell of a meal that makes you think of the grandmum who held you when you were little – or anything of that ilk.

If it’s not a memory, then perhaps it is the belief or aspiration to find something that will ground you, hold space for you, and allow you to simply experience this physical world – and Be.

Scorpio’s role in this configuration asks you to look at the roots of the anchor(er). It wants to the know the source of this strength and to question – whether it is an appropriate attachment – whether this energy is freely given – and how, if you want to, you can find the same strength within yourself without having to find your rootedness in another person, experience, or thing.

Scorpio doesn’t lay low on the tough questions. It’ll knock you straight in the face if you’re playing the denial game. Taurus has it’s own way of delivering a swift kick to the behind when absolutely required.

But where the question of who/what grounds you, and why? is answered in a way that resonates with your sense of integrity and,your capacity for joy, magic happens.

Taurus brings the soft vibrations of sensual joy, playfulness, and a relatively care-free approach to enjoying this material life. It doesn’t mean you have to be a glutton, or nymphomaniac. It simply means that you can take pleasure in the very, very, physical process of ‘being alive’. Even the act of breathing can turn into a very sensual, pleasurable process when you know how 🙂

Scorpio’s energy, on the other hand, leads to the waters of deep regeneration, alchemy and the inner reserves of power. It’s a lot more intense, but when balanced, can lead us to a Rebirth of the Self. This is not to say that all of our wounds magically disappear, it is to say that we may find ourselves re-cognizing the powerful, beautiful, authentic Being-in-Flesh-with-Emotion that we are. The role of a shaman, intimate and/or sexual partner is strongly highlighted here – if you’re working with another person through whatever process that comes up for you.

Looking to the asteroids – again – keeping a long story short, it seems to be a time in which we look back to the Shadow/Underworld and re-connect with allies we thought we had lost, and sources of nurture we thought we had forgotten.

It’s quite a profound energy to work with at this time, and I wish you all the very best in doing so. How this energy moves through/as you/with you depends entirely upon how you choose to let it.

Some of you will need to shed tears, others will seek out holy places (with Neptune Retrograde at 7 Pisces trining the Sun and sextiling the Moon). Some of you will turn to healers, others will face the inner self in isolation. Some of you will do one of these, all of these, or none at all. It’s really your path and your individual pattern of spiritual growth that will determine the road you choose to take at this time.

Bear in mind that we are all strongly influenced by the opposition between Jupiter-Venus-Mars at 15-17-20 Virgo and Chiron Retrograde at 17 Pisces. In more ways than one, it is truly a time for us to balance our spiritual lives with our material ones, hopefully seeing that one cannot exist without the other as long as we remain in human form.

Blessings to All ❤ 🙂

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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PS – Kudos to my epic brother Ashoka Mohannan for teaching me stuff as part of our ongoing pilgrimage in Nepal. Today, we went to a very sacred place that had water from Himalayas running through as part of an underground stream. We also found a hidden pool of water devoted to the Goddess Parvati, tucked away behind an ancient shrine to Lord Pashupathinath (Shiva). This was a location that was revealed to me purely through spiritual means in February 2014 and is still relatively unknown to most Nepali people (there’s a signboard and all, but it’s not written about anywhere). It is a very sacred place to me and I am glad to have had my brother there at a key moment of re-birth for myself. ❤

1st Image: Lele Temple rearview by Ashoka Mohannan, 2015
2nd Image: Me and my Brother by Gautam, 2015. 
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The Kalimantan Haze, Breathing Life and The Himalayas: The Start of an Impromptu Pilgrimage

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Well… the past 24 hours have been interesting. I’m not sure if most of you know, but Malaysia and most of South East Asia are caught in a giant haze cloud of dust and soot. It comes from large-scale fires in the Kalimantan forest in Indonesia. The haze is so bad that the quality of air is indicated as unhealthy. Schools have been closed, football matches have been canceled and people walk around in surgical masks (the efficacy of which I question). The visibility is very, very, poor. And, it’s also making it impossible for me to breathe, given the fact I already have a throat issue.

Nearly choked, am grateful that my mum (the home-alchemist) had the right kind of oils to help me sleep and my brother (the body-worker/energy healer) know which muscles to untense to get my air flow going – and not … well … die . I had to switch rooms as mine is closest to the windows here (all shut, but the dust gets in). Not being able to breathe is a seriously scary thing – the loss of oxygen gets you dizzy and panic sets in – but in those moments, at times, you see/sense what absolutely matters.

All I kept feeling in that moment was the need to go the Himalayas. Nepal. Nepal. Nepal. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Go. Go. Go.

So, I took an executive decision – as fortune favours the brave 🙂 and am going to Nepal for 9 days 🙂 I’ve been longing to return to the Himalayas since I first met them in February 2014 (that’s when the pic is from). Everything just came together at the right time and place and I’ll be going there with my older brother Ashoka Mohannan

We shall first be heading for Lumbini, the birthplace of The Buddha and visiting Mayadevi Temple (dedicated to his mother, Queen Maya Devi), under the influence of the Taurus Full Moon (a sign, un-coincidentally linked with both Beings). And we hope to revisit certain sacred sites that opened themselves to me in powerful ways during my first trip. Perhaps new places, if they also call to me.

A part of me also wants to see the land after the earthquake, as a part of my soul truly calls it home. I’m quite happy that I was able to contribute something.

And .. quite un-coincidentally, Taurus’ energies focus upon the neck, throat, and expression of Will. Breathing is still tough, but the purer air will do me good. I shall be resuming readings from November 4th onwards.

Here’s to a Grand Pilgrimage 😉

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

Not the Message you Wanted, but the Message you Deserved: Astrology, Free Will, and the question of WHHYYYY???

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The moment we admit that planetary placements have an influence on our lives, the question of Free Will enters murkier philosophical waters. I see free will as a expression of the right to choose, or the choice to make a decision in the first place. We choose how we engage with a certain planet’s energy and whether we even engage with it at all. The farther you get spiritually, the more choices you appear to have – but at that point, you’re looking at Beings like The Buddha, Christ, Kwan Yin, and so on.

Personally, I hope that we all move towards that point of absolute freedom – and collectively enter an age in which astrology will be wholly obsolete.

If anything, my work with astrology is designed to help people understand the challenges and strengths of the Natal and Progressed Charts. And then to transcend them entirely… But back to the discussion at hand.

In some cases, people can actually be hindered by astrology as they decide that their lives are determined by the planets. They forget the freedom of choice and stop looking at astrology as a powerful guide-post. It’s when ‘the planets made me do it’ becomes a legitimate and acceptable response to tell yourself why you are the way you are, why people in your lives behave the way they do.

When people come to me for the Soul Portrait Masterclass, or when they ask me the ‘why is this happening’ question – my approach is to take them inwards. And that’s where the rich / deep / dark work comes into play.

I believe that the soul chooses its parents and its time of emergence into the world, and therefore the chart/karma we work through in this lifetime. From that perspective .. our choices appear to carry far more weight than we traditionally ascribe them to have.

So when I’m working with a client, I do not accept the ‘planets made them do it claim’ and look at different features of the chart that show them how and why they’ve made certain choices that play out in certain ways through the planets as conduits, or expressions of energy.

That is, quite often, something that people do not want to hear or acknowledge. Because the language of choice is so often conflated with the language of ‘blame’. It takes a certain level of awareness to separate the two and I do my best to assess whether a prospective client has that level of awareness before agreeing to do a session.

It gets tougher when people have internalized the words of spiritual healing and awareness, but their energy does not reflect the rhetoric. No one wants to be told that .. they’re not quite where they think they are yet. (When I get readings for myself, I find the kinds of readers who would assess me in a similar way, point-blank – so it’s not something I exempt myself from)

A good astrologer will tell you what is in your chart, a great astrologer will help you understand it. Understanding the planets and how they manifest in your chart is something that takes a rare degree of courage, or ‘wanting to look in the mirror’ with honesty and integrity. It is a discipline that goes into the depths of the psyche and looks at the soul expressed through the natal chart.

And that, irrespective of how so many us in spiritual circles speak about ’empowerment’ or ‘enlightenment’ or ‘en-anything’ – is actually something a lot of people do not want to do. The talk is there, but the walk is lacking.

Because it’s scary. And it’s human to not want to look at the skeletons in your closet, or to acknowledge your deepest wounds.

That’s when it gets pretty deep, rich, dark and .. yes .. internal as astrology holds up the mirrors to all parts of the self. The stuff you love, you hate, you project, you hide, you valorize, you dismiss – everything.

In other words, a process that the conscious ego-mind is utterly terrified of. Honest, self-exploration and recognition.

You will of course find people who take astrology in a different vein, and by all means go to the readers you feel most comfortable with.

As for reading with me, well … I’m happy crafting the mirror, but are you willing to look at the reflection it casts?

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

PS – And yes, the title is a Batman reference 😀

Image: Selected Portion of ‘Beautys lot LCCN95513714.jpg’, By British Cartoon Prints Collection [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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YOD, AHOY! , PLUTO’S MADNESS & PALLAS ATHENA MEETS THE GALACTIC CENTER – The Astrology of 22-10-2015

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Hello everyone. There’s a lot of energy in the skies right now, and a lot of alignments just about to go exact – of interest is a powerful Yod involving Uranus Retrograde ( 18 Aries ) , The Moon (15-20 Aquarius) , and Mars ( 16 Virgo ), a major activation of Pluto ( 13 Capricorn ) and Pallas Athena’s conjunction to The Galactic Center ( 27 Sagittarius ).

Yods are highly concentrated funnels of energy that take us up to a set of karmic crossroads, at which point we get to choose the direction of karmic growth we want to take. The energy of the Yod focuses this on a specific area of life, often catalyzed by what feels like ‘everything coming/breaking down together at once’. They can be considered both positive or negative aspects, depending entirely on how you choose to work the challenges that are presented and the sequence of events that leads to the yod’s apex or point of culmination.

This Yod is made up by a transit of the Moon (15-20 Aquarius) as it sextiles Uranus, the Great Revealer. Look for sudden, unexpected insights that appear out of the blue, or through electronic communications, social networks, friends, and non-traditional astrology. These are insights that ask you to work both with the intellect of the mind and the intuition of the sub-conscious. Uranus’ role emphasizes the same Aquarian theme of non-conformity, eccentricity, humanitarianism and working with the collective – but locating this more so in our expression of those Ideals within the Self.

Both bodies create inconjunct aspects to Mars (16 Virgo) and Jupiter (14 Virgo). These bodies have been teaching us so much about ways we can better heal the wounded Sacred Masculine archetype – and how this reflects our Journey on The Path Ahead. The Yod’s energy funnels through to this point, making it the tip or summit of this alignment. Here is where you choose an earthly, pragmatic, Path of Service that reflects the lessons that both The Moon and Uranus bring to you.

The question is now – How do you heal the Masculine within? How do you make that choice a part of your everyday reality? Is there a ritual, a habit, a routine – something that can help you ground this energy into your present/presence?

Jupiter may present the answers through a teaching or a mentor who can guide you, Mars provides the vitality you need to take action!

Quite a lovely Yod, seen in those terms. But equally, it can be quite catastrophic… That comes, more so when you consider Mars/Jupiter/Venus’ trine to Pluto (13 Capricorn), who is already being stressed by Juno/Mercury (12-13 Libra).

I call this the madness of Pluto. Pluto precipitates a crisis that questions our sense of inner authority and power. Our sense of who we are and the legacy we leave behind in the world is likely to be under greater pressure and scrutiny today. And being questioned about what makes you feel strong isn’t a pleasant thing any day.

Pluto’s stressors are its trines to Venus, Jupiter and Mars in Virgo, and its square to Mercury and Juno in Libra. Venus, Jupiter and Mars have their own ideas about what to do in the here-and-now, what is the best way to deal with a hands-on, practical situation in need of focus, analysis and attention to detail. It may have to do with a daily routine, work habits, relationships with your bosses/colleagues, matters of health – or – more broadly speaking, something that nurtures and sustains you.

Pluto throws these daily habits/practices/need to nurture into crisis by asking you to consider the long-term consequences of the route you’re taking. Some of you might manifest this in a positive way, where you find ways to access a deeper sense of power, mastery and control. Others might manifest this into a tearful explosion of emotions.

The Mercury-Juno conjunction in Libra brings us messages from those who move us the most: our soul-mates. Whilst these can be parents, siblings, friends, lovers, partners, children, etc. – in Libra, they focus more so on partnership and relationship dynamics. This applies to both your profession and also your personal life.

Whilst square aspects are in themselves, highly creative – they’re the kind of creativity that is born out of intense pressure, a push, a breakthrough, a birthing. It can be felt as an intensely stressful aspect, especially when someone close to you (a partner) delivers a message that threatens your perception of the balance of power in the relationship. It’s hard to point the finger at anyone in this placement as Scorpio energy (ruled by Pluto) is the master of emotional projection (possibly second only to Pisces). You may also find conversations surrounding your career trajectory particularly difficult at this time, unless you’re willing and able to look at all sides of the picture with equanimity.

Mercury and Juno also tell us that it’s time to awaken to new ideas about balance and partnerships. Pluto, as crisis-oriented as it can be, does have his own valuable lessons to teach. He encourages us to strip ourselves back down to – the bare bones – where we discover and embody our authenticity in the Underworld – the shadow aspect of the sub-conscious.

As we are pushed downwards and inwards, we come to a discovery of a real point of balance – a fulcrum if you will. Here we begin to separate our ideals from the (perceived) reality of our relationships, and the balance of power therein.

Those of you with placements between 10-16 Taurus will experience this as a powerful Grand Earth Trine, whereas those with placements near 10-16 Aries or Cancer will experience this as a Cardinal T-Square or Grand Cardinal Cross (yikes!).

A word to the wise – step aside from the ego struggles and the emotional drama. Take a rain check from having significant discussions for the next few days unless you are sure all parties are on board, and able to handle the intensity of such energies. It’s certainly going to shake-up a lot of relationships, across the board. If you must engage, speak from a place of objective detachment (Libra – as best as we can manage it), rather than one of absolute authority (Capricorn), irrespective of who (you feel) is right or wrong.

In addition to all of this, we also have a bunch of other aspects about to go exact in the skies (North Node trine Ceres, Vesta’s imminent entry into Pisces, Vesta opposing the North Node, Chiron opposed Mars and so on).

There’s just so much happening now, in other words. Of note is the conjunction of Pallas Athena with the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius). This is a phenomenal alignment that can bring us to a greater understanding of the Path Ahead. Bear in mind though, given the intensity of everything in the skies, the messages we receive now will be a lot more powerful than usual.

Bear in mind that my suggestions for handling this energy is based on what most people will be experiencing of it, in some form. Others will absolutely soar through it 🙂

Much Love,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

Image ‘Pluto’s Madness, 2015’ and Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2015. All rights reserved.

PALLAS ATHENA SPECIALS: CHARTING THE PATH AHEAD (October 12 – November 4, 2015)

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Pallas Athena – conjunct – the Galactic Center is one of my favourite placements in astrology. It enhances the facilitative and transformative potential of astrology in personal growth and awakening. Astrology itself can address just about any question from a person’s life, with some exceptions that are best addressed by other disciplines (Shamanism, Reiki, etc.), or understood as part of the Unknowable Mystery of the Soul. However, most of the concerns we have as awakening humans seeking to balance a spiritual path with material embodiment can be answered powerfully through the discipline of astrology and the modalities of healing and self-awakening that it opens up.

Pallas Athena is the Goddess Asteroid of War, Wisdom, Strategy, Diplomacy and Healing. She now approaches the Galactic Center at 27 Sagittarius, a point which (in astrology) resonates with the Wisdom of Ascended Beings, Gurus, i.e. those who show us the Path Ahead. Together, we not only glimpse the road ahead, but also the means by which we get there.

The exact conjunction of Pallas Athena -and- the Galactic Center will take place at 9:19 am, October 22nd 2015 (UTC time)

That’s October 21st for those of you in the Americas and the 22nd for Europe, Asia & Australia.

In honor of Pallas Athena’s proximity to the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius), I am offering discounted readings between October 12 – November 4, 2015. Even if you choose to do a session before/after the exact conjunction, the energy is still strongly present in the skies for the duration of the Specials.

When: October 12th  – November 4th, 2015
Time: 15-30 minutes
Cost: 50 US Dollars
Focus: Charting the Path Ahead

The sessions take place over skype, and payments are via paypal. You will also get a recording of your session and, upon request, a copy of your chart as well. Please note that all readings booked and received are subject to terms and conditions as explained in the invoice.

Much Love, Goddess Bless,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

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** Please note that none of the information presented within sessions is meant to replace advice from a medical, healthcare, legal and/or other professional. How you choose to act upon the advice given is entirely based on your own free will. Receipt and/or Payment of the sessions implies full acceptance of the Terms & Conditions as set out in the Invoice you receive when you book. All sessions are confidential, non-refundable, non-transferable and non-liable without exception. You will receive a electronic link to an mp3 recording of your session.

Wounded Healer, Wounded Teacher: Questions for Self-Reflection

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All of us bear wounds of some kind – be it a sense of pervasive unworthiness, a lack of self-esteem, disconnection, abuse, trauma, etc. Some choose to suppress these wounds and the experiences that shape then – and carry on life as usual, others choose to acknowledge it, and seek healing. Some throw themselves into a committed path of healing, seeking to master the wound with knowledge of techniques that they then teach others. The majority of spiritual workers, teachers and trainers fall into that category.

All of these paths are equally valid, neither is more elevated than the other – except that the path of not-doing-anything-about-it, has a different set of karmic consequences.

And whilst the wounded healer archetype is one that we have come to accept as part our spiritual discourse, and our understanding of those who come to service … we need to spend a little more time thinking about just what that entails.

Everyone brings their perspective onto what they teach – that includes their joys, their strengths, their weaknesses – and yes, their wounds. And as we mature into our roles as facilitators (those of you who are on this path) – one of the big lessons is to acknowledge how we work with our own wounds first.

It’s a fairly important thing to do for a wide range of reasons – to be true to ty self – to ensure the lack of energetic spillover – to be able to provide your clients with the best possible service. Shamanic practitioners, or those who delve into another person’s energy field directly, have a greater reason to take this to heart.

Here’s a metaphor that might help, albeit a little bloody:

Imagine you’ve got a cut in your arm, and that the wound is still bleeding. For some, it’s a trickle, for others, it’s an arterial spray.

You see someone with a similar wound, something you think you can help fix. You’ve learnt how, and go in with your needle and thread. But you’re still bleeding.

It ain’t a pretty picture, but, at an energetic level, that is what tends to happen. Scary, I know…

It would be best to let yourself heal first, allow the stitches to hold together your own wounds, then have them removed. Once those initial stages of healing are done, then, my friends, you’d be in a much better place to work with others.

And no, that’s not selfish. That’s not turning a blind eye to another person’s suffering.

By working on you first, you’re actually practicing self-compassion. You’re allowing yourself to emerge as a kind of healer/teacher/practitioner that is safe for your clients to work with.

Questions to ask yourselves:

Do your wounds come out in the facilitations that you do? Energetically, verbally, etc.?

How do they shape the kind of facilitator that you’ve become?

Do you hide your wounds as part of our public persona? That’s not the same as baring your soul to everyone, but do you pretend they never existed?

Do you acknowledge your wounds as part of your story – at an intellectual, but not at an emotional level?

Do you believe that having a title, a piece of paper-based certification or a following is enough proof that ‘you’re done’ with those wounds?

Do you mask those wounds, vulnerabilities and experiences because you’d like to seem more ‘integrated’, able to be a better facilitator? How so?

Do you seek to heal your clients as a proxy to healing yourself? (It just doesn’t work that way, my friends … )

At the end of the day, irrespective of the roles, titles, degrees and training that we may have, we’re all facilitating one another, just by virtue of being. The onus is on us to be critically self-reflective when we do so with greater public presence and when we seek to be seen in a certain way by others.

Whilst these are unpopular questions, they are necessary ones. It helps to be able to see your reflection in the mirror of another whom you trust, one who can give you honest feedback.

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

Image: Japanese model figures; doctor and patient Wellcome L0004642.jpg – See page for author [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Mars conjuncts Jupiter (13 Virgo), trines Pluto (13 Capricorn) + Venus opposes Neptune (6 Virgo-7 Pisces) + Mercury conjunct Black Moon Lilith (5 Libra) — 16/17 Oct 2015

Quite a few dynamics to discuss in this report 🙂  Mars, the energy of the Masculine meets Jupiter, the energy of the Guru/Teacher/Mentor in the sign of Virgo, the Priestess/Virgin/Facilitator. What this means is that we see ways in which the Masculine Archetype seeks to expand its knowledge and understanding of self through engagement with Fertile, Feminine energy. We will also see new ways of being more assertive and expansive about the roads we take as part of service. Try not to be too heavy-handed about details and interpretations today as it’s wise to remember that everyone sees things differently. There are multiple roads to Service, multiple perspectives to Truth, multiple paths to Knowing. And we need them all, as a collective!

The trine to Pluto in Capricorn indicates a potential source of change, sometimes even crisis. I get the sense that many false idols are being broken, their feet of clay revealed. Whether it’s a mentor/astrologer/lover/priestess – doesn’t matter – but some part of any false ideas of power that they have/you have about them can be transformed today. Look to the little clues and follow your intuition. Try to practice a more open, and balanced sense of evaluation and judgment as many of us are jumping at hair-triggers now. Bear in mind that Pluto can destroy, just as well as it can create or regenerate. What seems to crumble now can be re-built or transmuted into something better 🙂

Those with placements close to 13 Taurus will experience this as a powerful Grand Earth Trine. For those of you who do, happy manifesting!

We also have Venus opposing Neptune – the exact alignment has yet to appear. Long story short, it’s much of the same – we see which paths we are drawn to, what ideals or aesthetics or service we identify with and want to attract and manifest (Venus in Virgo). We also see Neptune relevating its truths in Pisces. It’s a time where many may truly begin to see past the veil and discard ideals that no longer resonate, or forms that no longer match ideals. Some may even find ways to infuse the vessels/forms/paths of Service they take with greater Spiritual understanding and experience. Others may see the greater need for form, particularly one that honors the Feminine, as part of their Journey with Spirit.

Many will also be a in a position to truly re-evaluate just how their spiritual journey matches or remains incongruent with the way they treat those ‘down below’ on Planet Terra, Mother Gaia, Mama-Earth. With so much emphasis on Transcendence – the extreme of which is Escapism – many forget the Home from which we came. Widening our perceptions on which is the ideal or purest path to Service can also lead us to a fuller understanding of Spirit as well.

And in terms of relationships, we also see this as an energy in which many delusions and false ideals will be revealed. Be open to seeing those truths and you make the journey that much smoother for you.

Those with placements near 6-7 Sagittarius or Gemini will experience this as a Mutable T-Square or Grand Mutable Cross if both are present.

Last but not least, Black Moon Lilith and Mercury are conjunct at 5 Libra. The archetype of the Dark Goddess is more readily expressed through your thoughts, ideas, and forms of expression (and that of your partner/collaborator). Choose your words wisely as Lilith seeks her Balance, her Equality, her Recognition. Bear in mind that the way we communicate is as important and what we want to communicate. Lilith’s role in this alignment indicate that words have a greater probability of making the self (and significant other) more aware or sensitized to their vulnerabilities at this time. Whilst the way we present ourselves can make us more aware of those deeper woundings, we choose the way – through words that assault, or words that bridge? That’s your choice to make.

Black Moon Lilith and Mercury sextile Saturn (2 Sagittarius) & The Moon (4 Sagittarius). Those with placements near 2-4 Taurus will experience this as a challenging Yod of Fate. It is likely to involve the emotions we attach to the paths or perspectives we see as ‘The TRUTH’, culminating with the hypothetical point in Taurus.

Black Moon Lilith and Mercury are also inconjunct Neptune (7 Pisces), a body already activated by its opposition with Venus (see above). Words are even more able to trigger specific vulnerabilities we have, surrounding (this time) that unqualifiable, indescribable, intimate and deeply mysterious connection we have with Spirit. Look to bodies near 5-7 Leo to complete another Yod of Fate, or to 5-7 Taurus.

NEW MOON AT 19 LIBRA, 12/13 OCTOBER 2015 – The Dynamics of Power, Control and the Abused/Wounded Masculine Within Partnerships

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Blessings to All. New Moons are times in which we set the seeds for a particular cycle of growth, only to reap the rewards of the same 6 months later, under the Full Moon of the sign. In this case, what we sow now will come to fruition during the Libra Full Moon (March 23, 2016, i.e. at the time of the Equinox).
 
The energy of Libra is one that deals with partnership, and more generally speaking, our ability to relate to different aspects of ourselves through others. It can refer to professional and personal aspects of life.
 
At a deeper level, Libra’s energy also teaches us how to find greater pathways or perspectives that lead to balance, detachment and (ultimately) a more Zen-like place of non-judgment. Judgment as we understand it now is more of a human concept, and I suspect it looks a lot more like acceptance and tolerance the further we progress as individuals, and as a species. It’s also an energy that teaches us about the boundaries needed to actually exist in relation with another in this material reality.
 
Within partnerships, the inability to draw such boundaries can be linked to psychological labels such as ‘codependency’, ‘borderline personality disorder’, ‘narcissism’, the ‘victim-vs-abuser’ dynamic and so on. We need to be very careful about the way we use these labels in trying to understand ourselves or others (especially when they have hurt us in some way). It’s very easy to project a vision of the self or other that simply reinforces certain ideas about who you and and what you deserve. Sometimes these views may not entirely be resonant with the deeper parts of you – and sometimes they will.
 
We also see Libra energy as the gateway to understanding the Shadow or hidden side of the self. It’s the first astrological gate the truly begins that process within the evolutionary cycle. We tend to also work through our own stuff, as we process the needs and demands of relationships we are a part of.
 
During this Libra New Moon, that takes place at 19 degrees of the sign (at 00:05 am, 13-Oct-2015, UTC) – we’re going to be given the opportunity to really sow the seeds of living a more balanced existence. Bear in mind that your relationships and partnerships are reflections of a much vaster partnership that you are always a part of – a co-creative collaboration between you and what you might call, Divinity, or All-That-Is.
 
So – really – the lessons you might see erupting or arising from partners now represent far deeper lessons that you need to take heed of, as part of your evolving relationship with Self-and-Cosmos. It’s not just about ‘you and him/her’, it’s about ‘you and everything that exists’. When you view the various relationships that come and go in your life through this lens, you get a little closer to what various traditions have referred to as detachment. (Being compassionate about being detached is a different kettle of fish – hello South Node in Pisces 😉 )
 
In the skies, this particular Libra New Moon is caught up in a Grand Cardinal Cross, is conjunct some significant conduits of Divine Masculine energy, and brings us to the precipice of making powerful choices as to who we are and the ideals we now stand for. Now I tend to work with the asteroids, and I see them as extremely important astrological bodies that more sensitively map the lessons of the stars. Most reports will focus on the New Moon-Uranus opposition instead – but I like to get into the details of things, as most of you know anyway 🙂
 
Those of you who’d like the gist of this energy, feel free to stop reading here. Others who want the in-depth scoop, keep on reading.
 
The Sun represents the focused awareness of our consciousness, whereas the Moon represents the Sub-Conscious. The two also relate to the polarity of Masculine and Feminine, or Mother and Father archetypes. These bodies conjunct one another at 19 Libra.
 
Zeus and Osiris, both bodies that reflect different aspects of Divine Masculine energy, the energy of the Patriarch are close by at 17 Libra. You might see such dynamics coming through in partnership. Whilst Zeus represents the power of leadership, it can also refer to the overbearing nature of the Masculine that does not recognize the need for honoring the boundaries of the Feminine. Osiris, on the other hand, a the mirror of Zeus. His masculinity and sexuality has quite literally been torn apart, and he requires the intervention of Lady Isis, the Dark Mother-Nurturer. Here we see the Masculine resurrected through the intervention of the Feminine. So really, two vastly different expressions of the Masculine coming through at once.
Niobe, at 20 Libra, warns us of becoming overly proud about or attached to our ideals of/partnerships. Vanity in/about partnership has the tendency to backfire at this time.
 
Haumea and Typhon at 22 Libra tell us about different ways in which primordial, elemental energy – that without coincidence – poses a threat to the established status quo can be unleashed. Haumea is a Hawaiian Goddess who pretty much creates land through the movement of lava through the oceans, and the alchemy that ensures. She’s a powerful creatrix who works fearlessly with the elements. Typhon, originally, referred to a powerful monster whom even the Greek Gods feared. In modern astrology, it refers to an elemental force, much like the force of Nature herself, both creative and destructive at once.
 
So, taking those elements together, we see that the Sun and Moon lie in close promixity to several bodies that actually make the energy of this New Moon quite a complex one to navigate.
 
The Sun/Moon conjunction is opposed by Karma-Persephone (17 Aries), Uranus (18 Aries) and Eris (22 Aries). Asteroids Karma and Persephone, respectively, ask us to discover our independence. We do not need the Mother to step into the Underworld and rescue her Daughter from Pluto. We do not need to re-play the karmic role of the helpless, young victim who cannot manage for herself. We are also asked to discover the Goddess within who simply refuses to be contained or make to conform in any traditional way.
 
Partnerships that are built on traditional male-female dynamics may see a significant challenge at this time, as the Feminine begins to awaken into her more Individualistic, Assertive, Self (Aries). So those with volatile partners, particularly ones liable to various forms of abuse – if you’re going to rock the boat (as lopsided as it may be) and demand what you deserve, make sure you have a support network in place and take required precautions. Where Uranus is involved, we can’t quite predict the ways in which things may play out, but that’s more so for extreme imbalances.
 
Other challenges to this New Moon are posed by various bodies in Cancer/Capricorn, squaring Sun/Moon/Uranus – and therefore completing a Grand Cardinal Cross.
 
Cyllarus warns us of the consequences of impetuous behavior, rushing madly into a domestic/familial/maternal situation without proper thought and preparation. It’s also close to Thereus (21 Cancer), an asteroid that speaks very much about the dynamics of abuse. Again, those of you in fairly volatile situations, find a safe space.
 
Narcissus (19 Capricorn) asks us to confront the illusions of power that we hold about ourself, or in dynamics where we feel that others hold power over us. It’s a time to reflect upon the mirror through which we see ourselves – and others, and to smash it if necessary.
 
Okyrhoe (17 Capricorn) tells us that re-discovering your gifts and power is quite possible at this time. Again, the stars caution us to exercise some discretion in how, when and where we speak our truth. Okyrhoe was a young oracle who was punished by the God Apollo (the Masculine) for revealing the gods’ plans for humanity ahead of time.
 
Generally speaking, it seems as though this New Moon in Libra truly asks us to explore the dynamics of power, control and the abused/wounded Masculine within partnerships. Tact and diplomacy might be a better way to reclaim your power now, as you rediscover your sense of worth, given the implications of multiple placements. Set the intentions to re-claim that space, be it within or without the partnership in question.
 
Questions to ask yourselves (especially if you’re in a partnership):
 
Is this collaboration or energetic partnership working for me?
Is it balanced, does it honor who I am? Am I honoring the other person for who they are?
Who do I feel holds the reins of power in this dynamic, and is that view valid?
How can I decisively make changes in my domestic situation, one step at a time?
Does my partnership actually facilitate the expression of the Sacred Masculine, or a more distorted version of itself – in me/my partner?
 
Finally, the Sun/Moon also trine Damocles (20 Aquarius) and Hephaistos (21 Gemini), creating a Grand Air Trine. Damocles asks us to truly face the position of power, stewardship or authority that we may believe ourselves capable of handling. With such authority, comes certain risks and vulnerabilities that also comes with the job. It’s a time to look at those ideals of ‘the self in power’ and to see if they really fit with you reality, or not.
 
Hephaistos talks to us of the need to take the baser energies (chakra-wise), be it anger, rejection, pain, sorrow – and to rediscover ways in which they can be transmuted for greater purposes. The role of forgiveness is also highlighted here as a great catalyst for energetic transmutation.
 
So, again, it’s a very complex set of energetic dynamics that come into play with the skies, this New Moon. The way in which you navigate this space will be reflected in the harvest that you reap during the March Equinox of 2016.
 
Love to All,
 
Stay Safe.
 
 
 
 

THE END OF THE GREAT GODDESS FIRE TRINE: 11 MONTHS OF AWAKENING WITH THE DIVINE FEMININE (NOV 2014-OCT 2015)

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In early November 2014, we began a journey that transformed the way we – as individuals and as a collective – understood the energies of The Goddess and the Divine Feminine.

Since then, over the past 11 months, we have (almost continuously) had a series of Grand Fire Trines in the sky, involving bodies like Uranus, The Goddess Asteroids (Pallas Athena, Juno, Vesta, Ceres), Jupiter in Leo, Saturn in Sagittarius (pre-Retrograde), Mercury, The Sun and so on. The energies of the Fire Signs were perpetually lit by bodies connected with different facets or aspects of the Divine Feminine.

In the next few hours, that 11-month long focus comes to an end, as the Moon transits out of Leo and ends its trine with Uranus in Aries and Pallas Athena in Sagittarius.

When I first noticed this near-constant cosmic beacon of fire lit in the sky in 2014, I saw it as the birth of a new beginning. At the time, so many of us were only just waking up from the upheaval of the Grand Cardinal Cross of 2014, peaking in intensity during April/May 2014. As far as I am aware, the last time we had anything that intense, in fact, for a far shorter period of time, was during The Great Depression and the rise of Nazi Germany (the 1930s).

In that context, the Great Goddess Fire Trine, to me, seemed like a Goddess-send. It fueled us all with a sense of – if not optimism – then at least the sheer will to push through, push forward and explore the Birthing of a New Self, from the Ashes of the Old. Much of that theme continued through with the Saturn-in-Scorpio retrograde and transit that concluded not too long ago (September 17/18, 2015).

Whilst there are some exceptions, mostly by way of the Moon’s Transit through Leo, aspecting a (later) trine between Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius, I haven’t seen any further Grand Fire Trines for the next 2-year period.

It spells the end of a chapter of growth and intense energetic acceleration, but right on its heels we see the next chapter beginning – with the North Node’s upcoming transit through Virgo (October 10, 2015 – April 19, 2017).

Here’s where all of those powerful realizations, awakenings and energetic upgrades within the different layers of the Self are asked to ‘get real’ in a different kind of way. Whilst remaining authentic to Self, the challenge is more so about learning how to manifest an Earthly Path of Service as a Facilitator/Priest or Priestess honoring the Feminine (and ideally the Masculine as well). It’s about learning how to Serve with Humility, knowing that the work you do in 3-D reality is just as important as ascending to different states of Being. I take inspiration from the Bodhisattvas, beings who had attained such states of realization but who chose to return to be of Loving Service.

In practical terms, we’re going to be seeing a renewed focus on: daily rituals, habits, routines, health/healing practices, re-discovering the the sanctity of the Womb & the Priestess Traditions, and so on. We’re going to collectively learn the need for earthly boundaries whilst we work with the vibration of unconditional, boundless compassion, represented by the South Node in Pisces. We’re going to learn how to honor the material requirements of being a Vessel that channels spiritual energy or performs spiritual services, and much, much, more.

It’s a very rich vein of growth for spiritual seekers and facilitators, irrespective of the paths, labels or belief systems they identify with. What I’m most excited about is the fact that we’re also going to be focusing on Discernment, or the need to differentiate between different types of spiritual energies, vibrations and experiences without falling into the trap of ego-based judgment. It is one thing to reject something because you have been conditioned to dislike or fear it, and it is another to move away from something that simply does not resonate with you. Similar dynamics on the surface, but vibrationally distinct from one another.

Such is the Journey Ahead.

Happy Beginnings, Everyone!

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

Original article on The Great Goddess Fire Trine: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-bb

Image ‘Muthu Mariamman Temple, Ambattur – 2015 – colour enhanced’ & Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2015. All Rights Reserved.