Why What I Do Isn’t For Everyone (a.k.a something to read before booking a session with me)

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Whilst I know this isn’t the type of self-promotional material you’d expect, I don’t believe in beating around the bush. I notice the interest in my work is rising, and with it the need to be specific about the energetic impact of my services and why it’s very different from what a lot of people would expect from an astrological reading.

I find that the people who are drawn to work with me are those who are friends with their shadow and want to get out of the ‘wounded healer’ loop – and again, that has no bearing on whether a person identifies themselves as ‘spiritual’ or not. It does require a commitment to truly get deep within the self, without paying lip service to the concept.

In the session, no matter how short or long it is, we connect at a powerfully deep, energetic level. The chart has a texture and feel of its own, as does the energy of the person I’m working with. And the work of interpretation, shifting and awakening lies in the dance between the two. It is hard to put words to that way of experiencing energy and consciousness – just goes into space that language falls short of.

In facilitating this work, I have to operate a very finely-tuned level of energetic calibration to ensure that the flow is resonant with the Spirit I see, and that vision is not but a projection of my vision.

There is power in the sessions, but also a lot of tenderness and warmth. It is a sacred experience to facilitate this, and to also bear witness to the many transformations that ensue.

In fact, I have felt so much joy in recent weeks with the confirmations I receive from parents who obtain sessions for their newborn babies and infants. There is so much light that comes through, and oh yes, so much sacred darkness (and more energetic experiences, that again .. words can’t quite get to).

Many easily identify my energy with the Earth-Crone or different aspects of the Dark Goddess (Black Moon Ascendant opposed Capricorn Descendant … not that surprising). Sessions with clients tend to manifest spontaneously when Ceres, Juno, Jupiter or Saturn in their charts is activated by transit. That’s an interesting pattern I’ve seen.

I’ve met people who enjoy the work because it gets so deep, and others want to enjoy it. Some clients revel in the expanded perspective it gives of themselves, whereas others wish they hadn’t walked down those doors to begin with.

They are grateful for the insight, resonant with what it reveals, in tune with its truth – but unhappy to see just how far and how deep the road the road to healing and awakening actually goes.

To the best of my ability, I offer ways to shift energy, techniques that can address the particular issues that come to light within the reading. I provide a set of tools that someone can work with – but they still have to want to do that work for any of that to be useful.

The irony is that so much of the spiritual rhetoric we see these days tells us (at an ego-mind level) that that is in fact what we want, when energy speaks so very differently. Many have caught up in the ideals of spirituality without recognizing the real changes they demand.

And I tend to be quite literal when I say these sessions will catalyze deep change at the energetic level. There’s no fluff, and it’s certainly not marketing hype.

There are of course those who seek me out because they see me as an authority of some kind, and want me to confirm their authority or some truth or outcome they are deeply invested in. That doesn’t work either.

That being said, as you can see on my timeline or in the reviews section of The Sky Priestess page, the individuals who come to me are transported after the session. They have a sense of what possibilities lie ahead, what pitfalls they need to explore and what strengths they can’t afford to take for granted. Many of them, especially after the Soul Portrait Masterclass, completely begin the process of building a whole new vision of life for themselves.

Much of these tremendous transformations come through the act of recognition, witnessing and the spiritual equivalent of ‘holding up the mirror, and inviting you to gaze within. Sometimes being seen for what you are is more than enough to catalyze the process of spiritual awakening.

And equally, that very act can terrify another. As wanting to be seen, truly seen, takes an uncommon level of surrender, faith and humility. You might simply not like what’s there to be seen, even (and especially) if the reflection resonates. You might respond with denial, resentment, anger or (and this I find harder to deal with) sadness. The intensity of those reactions speak to how deeply the work has struck a chord.

I am reminded of Caroline Myss’ observations when she first explored the concept of ‘woundology’ or basically where a person _wants_ to stay in their wounds and becomes defensive when that is pointed out to them. I’ve been discussing this recently here ( http://wp.me/p4OUNS-Hh ).

I can’t say I describe my work as a ‘feel-good’ experience or empowering experience – because it is neutral. For some, it’s … the energetic equivalent of a rocket launch into awakening, and for others – the rocket is headed to the one place you didn’t want to go to … within.

So in short, how you choose to respond to it, is how you will take it. I am so glad that, the majority of the time, I draw individuals with the right kind of ‘fit’ for what I do and how.

Some people will require a far gentler, slower process (especially if they’re easily triggered and recovering from the fresh wounds of trauma). In these cases – please do find a different reader. Everyone has a different learning curve and method of facilitation that best suits them.

Others have set expectations (and demands) on readers to pedestalize their pain and valorize a sense of victimhood – which is very different from the recognition and transmutation of pain and/or your relationship with the wound.  In these cases – if one chooses to work with me – know that I will call it out. It will not be pretty.

In some cases, I finish the session with a single sentence after studying the situation. The solution can come with a single word and its energy creates the shift. For some, this will be a shock, but a necessary one to jolt the system. For most, the process involves far more engagement. (And – the client only pays for the time they have spent in these special cases)

During the session, should I pick upon patterns of trauma – or even unpleasant possibilities (such as a potential breakup, illness, death) – it is my responsibility as a facilitator to inform you of this – in much the same way you would expect a doctor who spots an anomaly on your charts to inform you that there are certain possibilities that you need to be aware of.

But remember – nothing is set in stone.

Where possible we discuss ways to break through karmic contracts, address deeper energetic issues – or more dramatic solutions to such situations. But that is not always possible as the Soul may have already chosen to have certain experiences that will facilitate its growth.

When I do come across such patterns or possibilities – I do not tone it down or sugar-coat that which I see. This is not a gentle descent into that which is painful, feared or unknown. It is almost instantaneous – as I begin working with your energy even before the session formally begins.

The modality that I work with draws deeply from the shadows of psyche and brings it out into the open without much ado. Things tend to go a lot faster than people expect, which is why – the work successfully breaks through energetic patterns that (for some) have lasted decades, if not lifetimes.

But the medicine often tastes bitter, and it requires you to get to a place of raw vulnerability. In which you are challenged to find your strength.

Whilst I create a safe space for you – it isn´t necessarily going to be a comfortable one. To be truly seen is a terrifying process.

So – those of you thinking about getting a session with me – read this and consider how deep you want to go, if that is what is right for you now, and if you trust my expertise to facilitate with integrity, resonance and love.

The modality and energetic space I operate from is deeply compassionate – and – deeply detached. For some, it will feel like a warm embrace – and for others – it will feel like walking the edge of a burning blade. And that my friends, depends on who you are, what road you are on and where you would like your journey to lead.

I cannot be anything but that which I am – and I am not here to please. I do what I am called to do and each soul has a different requirement. For many, this will be very different from what you are used to expecting from a spiritual reading or facilitation – as my work comes from a very different space.

And that is … Not For Everyone  😉

 

 

Blessings,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam
The Sky Priestess

 

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Buzz, buzz: Grounding Out, Mindful Communication & Other Strategies for the Gemini Full Moon

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Gemini’s energies can over-stimulate the brain, what we perceive, what we want to express and shout out loud to the world. Now whether any of this stuff is actually true or valid is besides the point – it all gets filtered through the ego-mind. Some of those responses will be a screaming need to be heard, or to express something that just wants to burst out in you. As a friend of mine reminded me, it’s not just the Full Moon, we’re also heading towards the exact Neptune-Sagittarius square on November 26. Bear in mind that Chiron is also preparing to go direct on Nov 28! The Gemini Full Moon itself goes exact on 25th November 2015 at 22:44 UTC time (that’s 26th the 26th for those in Asia/Australia).
Some of you will use this energy with ease and channel the writer, student, or seeker of knowledge within. Others will be over-taxed with information, energy and no place to put it!
Plus, Saturn’s proximity to the Sun (opposed the Moon) adds pressure to all of the above.. . . Yikes!

Practically speaking – the best response that I know of the energetic overloading of the mind at this time is to — GROUND OUT.

You can practice grounding or support the process by
  • Finding raw earth or soil to sit down on or walk on with bare feet
  • Sitting on the roots of a tree and leaning against its trunk (my favourite method)
  • Using certain gemstones like smoky quartz, boji stones, etc. either by holding them, placing them on the root chakra, or sitting with them in a circle
  • voiding stimulants like tobacco or caffeine for as long you feel the need to as the last thing you might want now is an extra buzz
  • Consuming foods that make you feel grounded – some prefer leafy greens, squash, nuts, and others prefer meat or chocolate (just listen to what your body is saying)
  • Increasing intake of Vitamin B and Omega 3-6-9 s (which support brain function) be it through supplements or foods where these naturally occur in high amounts. Bear in mind not to overdo it.
Another thing that I’d suggest at this time is to practice mindful communication:
  • Take the time to read, and re-read matters of significance to you: jumping the gun or responding with knee-jerk reactions isn’t going to help
  • Consider the impact of your responses or communications: Do they clarify things, or muddy the waters?
  • Consider your perceptions: are they coming from a place of balance, or imbalance within you?
  • Consider your audience: who are you speaking to, and why?
  • Consider alternate perspectives: if anything, Gemini teaches us that there are multiple paths up the mountaintop and that we are free to choose a path or perspective that suits us.
  • Take nothing personally. Quite a few people are going to be responding to themselves as they interpret your words (and vice versa). Just that kind of time. You cannot demand that people see your words a certain way, nor can they demand the same of you.
A few other generic techniques come to mind, use if in resonance you and check in with an experienced practitioner you trust if unsure. The results may vary individual to individual.
  • Detoxing / Releasing: Some of you may be feeling irritable with the sheer influx of energy wanting release, some of which may be older stuff related with early childhood experiences and conditioning. Salt soaks for the feet can help, as rituals of release, or, simply spending time by the ocean, or high up in the mountains (or any place in nature where you feel at peace).
  • Journaling: Some of you may need to express deep truths at this time, and may not want to share it with others. Write it down someplace. The need to be heard is a powerful thing, even if the only person who hears it is you.
  • Sleep: The brain needs time to integrate and process 🙂 If you’re feeling a little ragged around the edges, a little more sleep might help at this time.
  • Sound Healing: Singing, chanting, mantras, tuning forks and the cleansing energies of singing bowls. (If all else fails, belting out Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep‘ is a proven method of catharsis 😉  )
  • Chakra Focus: Throat (5th Chakra – Expression), the 3rd eye (6th Chakra – Perception, Insight) and the Root/Base (1st Chakra – Grounding).
  • Gemstones:
    • Blue Lace Agate allows you to release pent up anger through a gentler form of expression.
    • Aquamarine helps you tune into a deeper vibration of Truth at this time.
    • Smoky quartz and Boji stones provide deep sources of grounding.
    • Lepidolite may have a calming effect on brain function.
  • Essential Oils: I find Patchouli particularly grounding, but there are plenty of other options – see Additional Resources (Below).
More often than not, I suspect the case will be needing to calm over-active energy centers at this time, rather than the converse. I would suggest avoiding energetic practices, meditations, overly intense emotional interactions and high-energy gemstones if you’re already feeling a little ungrounded at this time, Spend a little time in nature instead, if you can 🙂
Blessings – and I hope this guide is of use amidst all the cosmic buzz!
Bairavee Balasubramaniam
The Sky Priestess

 

Additional Resources:
Grounding with Essential Oils – http://www.healingforgrounding.com/blog/essential-oils
Grounding with Food – http://www.earthenergyhealings.com/blog/11-grounding-foods
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WHEN DOES THE WOUNDED HEALER, HEAL? Reflections on Woundology (Part 1)

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Woundology is basically the idea that we hold onto our wounds because they are comfortable or familiar. We learn the language of the wound, how it works, why it’s there, but remain within the consciousness that feeds and nurtures its existence. Because that is ‘the new normal’ and it brings with it the opportunity for a shared sense of identification.

The term itself was coined by Caroline Myss, from her book ‘Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can’. It’s probably one of the most-needed concepts in our collective engagement with the term ‘healing’ and the ‘wounded healer’ archetype. Highly recommended. This is my take on her work, especially in light of recent observations and awakenings within myself.

Caroline Myss makes the persuasive case – that for some people – the work of healing gets stunted by an over-dependence on the tools that we initially set out to use to heal. She found that her peers felt more at home attending the workshops, going for therapy, courses, sessions – anything that kept that experience of the wound and its need for healing alive. They reacted badly to the idea of moving out of those spaces (at some point) and that they could develop a sense of self, community and kinship not anchored within their wounds.

In other words, they had become attached to the ‘healing process’, rather than the end-state or goal (if you can call it that) of ‘healing’.

But why would someone do that, you might ask? Why would someone become ‘comfortable’ with their wounds and engage a healing journey that never seems to end?

Myss’ argument is that having certain wounds and going on a shared journey of healing makes it possible to relate to others and create shared bonds of identification. The rationale was that if the wounds no longer existed, they would lose such – I’m calling it – ‘families of healing’.

Hence .. the tool becomes a crutch.

It’s a similar kind of dynamic when you see a person who knows they’re in pain, but, at a deep and profound level, does not wish to heal despite what they say on the surface.

In toxic relationships, it’s the same kind of behavior you see when one partner shifts their level of consciousness to something healthier, and the other partner completely loses it. They become angry, accusative, irritable and make the partner searching for something better into the ‘villain’.

The unspoken accusation is this:

How dare you shift the carefully calibrated balance we’ve built up around our wounds?

And let’s face it, some people, friendships & families stay together just keep their wounds alive – not because it’s pleasurable, but because it’s what they know. And so the same goes with an over-dependence on certain spiritual tools, concepts, paradigms and circles. We get attached to those families of healing. We subconsciously begin to fear losing them and forget their original purpose. And in that fear, we forget that human relationships thrive when they have to evolve and discover new ways of being, together.

The question is whether we want bonds that are forged through shared wounds (which is alright in itself as a starting point), and whether those bonds can survive healing out of those wounds (which is the big question). If the recovering self fears losing these ties, it’s going to make sure that it doesn’t have to face that eventuality. If you’re in a relationship where your partner does not want you to heal, he or she is going to feel threatened by your efforts to do so.

So – in other words – Woundology – as a concept – reveals to us how we may be self-sabotaging the healing process, irrespective of (externally) how much efforts we appear to be making. It speaks to those who seek healing from others – and – those who heal others themselves.

As facilitators, it is important for us to question whether our work feeds into our own/others’ needs to ‘keep the wound in place’. Much like the band-aid that provides temporary relief or the palliative that allows us to manage without shifting the roots of things.

Does the work we do actually lead to a shifting of/away from those wounds – be it for ourselves or our clients?
Does the work we do encourage attachments born of the wound, but unable to survive – or evolve through – its transcendence?

I ask myself these questions (of me, and of the clients I work with) before consenting to do a session. If I feel my session will simply keep them in the same vibe/head-space of ‘wanting to heal, but not really’, I decline to conduct the session and explain my reasons for it.

It brings a greater sense of clarity to the focus of the work and the shifting that it facilitates. I highly recommend this moment or practice of reflection to others, should they resonate with it.

Blessings To All,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

PART 2 – Victim Consciousness and Ways of Moving through It

PART 3 – What is the end goal of healing – is there such a thing as ‘transcending the wound’?

5-minute video discussion on ‘Wound-Working and Conscious Spirituality’ –

 

 

 

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SUN IN SAGITTARIUS (NOV 22 – DEC 21, 2015): The Search for Profound Truth-s (a.k.a. ‘Here Comes the Sun’)

The energy next month will be especially useful for anyone out to:
– learn something new (go for a training program, get certified, enter a ministry, begin a new course)
– put forwards their brand or vision of ‘Truth’ (writing your book, starting a new blog)
– travel overseas or long-distance (going on that big Adventure beyond yonder horizon)
– address matters of immigration, citizenship, visas, etc.
– find a mentor/begin mentoring
– get astrological readings/learn how to become an astrologer (the same for Tarot, or any brand of divination that references a particular system of interpretation)
There’s a lot more that can be said for the Sun in Sagittarius – that’s some of the more usual stuff that comes up 🙂 There’s a lot of powerful Fire energy that encourages us to simply get up, and go forwards!
Sagittarius is also known for its restless nature, which is why some astrologers associate it with clumsiness and accidents. My only heads-up on that would be to simply .. ‘Look, Before You Leap’ ❤
Enjoy the bright rays of the Sun as you seek the Path to the Mountaintop!
As the Beatles say, Here Comes the Sun  …
Love ❤

SUN AT 29 SCORPIO – Prepare for Emergence (a.k.a ‘Time to Cry, then Fly’)

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The Sun is in its last degrees of Scorpio, preparing to enter Sagittarius. At the Anaretic (29th) degree, the Sun’s focus manifests powerfully and intensely, much like the pressure of energy building-up just before it breaks through into a new sign.

We’re currently revisiting the lessons of Scorpio – a focus on intimacy, sexuality, deep emotions, ancestral karma, subconscious beliefs, fears and the Shadow. Scorpio is the Pit or Cauldron in which the Phoenix goes to die, only to Re-emerge. Here we are being asked to release older parts of the Self, to arrive at a greater sense of Self-Knowing, Self-Mastery and Emotional Security.

The Sun is sextiled the True North Node (29 Virgo) – The deeper we get with ourselves, the more likely we are going to discover paths of service, healing and nurture at this time. Those of you with placements near 29 Aries are going to be experiencing a MAJOR Yod, or Finger of Fate. Certainly the opportunity for rebirthing a (aspect or layer) new self, a key or pivotal moment or breakthrough.

The Sun is also in a Grand Water trine with Vesta, the Goddess Asteroid of Priestessing (28 Pisces) and Varuna, the (according to some sources, pre-Vedic, Dravidian deity of the lakes, waters, and Nagas – 29 Cancer). Vesta asks us to release ourselves from older wounds, experiences of spiritual vulnerabilities, karmic connections and anything that no longer resonates with our Spirit. As we release or surrender these experiences, we allow for a new identities and pathways of service and healing to emerge.

Varuna’s role is harder to explain – my journey with him has brought me back to a more primordial, formless, understanding of the Sacred Masculine – reflected in the way he continues to be worshipped in Nepal and the vibration I get from him in South India. The Vedas, which came later, see his role differently – that’s a long discussion in itself. In Cancer, I interpret Varuna’s energy to refer to a process of emotional cleansing, paving the way for renewal. To me, he represents the blank slate of Creation, well before Humanity began to invent/recognize its Gods and Goddesses and to attribute qualities, forms and structured relationships to/with them.

Taking that all together, it seems to be a time for the heightened expression of emotions and the element of ‘Water’ (intuition, emotion, the ‘flow’ of energy, ying energy, sense of connectedness, etc.). As we tread these emotional waters, we see opportunities for greater healing, catharsis and nurture – in preparation of the New Paths that Sagittarius will be encouraging us to explore.

It’ll be a rough ride for some you, so give yourselves the space you need to. Bear in mind that others will be responding to this energy in their own ways.

We’ll be seeing some easing of this intensity when the Sun shifts into Sagittarius at 15:25 UTC time, 22nd November 2015.

Blessings to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam
The Sky Priestess

NEPTUNE, CIRCE, SATURN & CO. – Sacred Sexuality & The Search for Truth, Validation and Power.

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Neptune turned direct two days ago, bringing changes in the way we experience and understand transcendental, mystical or otherworldly happenings. It relates to the flow of intuition, the feeling of connectedness we have with All-That-Is and urges us to find a sense of ‘The Sacred’ through the dissolution of the Ego-Self. It is linked with the energy of mystics, saints, spiritual martyrs – those who have touched the face of God/dess and felt the vibration of Unconditional Love. However, Neptune is equally linked to narcissists, addicts and those who seek to ‘escape’ reality and the need for certain boundaries, often in harmful ways. It’s a pretty intense energy, expressed either way …

There’s a lot happening with Neptune in the skies right now – and whilst I had this lovely, long piece prepared – I figured I’d go for the bare-bones summary.

Neptune conjunct Circe (7 Pisces): We look to Circe, the sexual enchantress, witch, master herbalist and potions-maker that mythology remembers as the ‘bad, temptress’ of ‘innocent’ men. I suspect she got the short end of the stick, and much of her narrative plays out male fantasies. With the two together, I see an intense focus questioning the sacredness of sexuality, and the many taboos that surround the merging of the two. Conjunctions are ambiguous at the best of times, but especially so with Neptune – it’s vital for those who Honor the Sexuality of the Divine Feminine to recognize their work and the projections that surround it. There’s going to be a strong interest in / response to the archetype of the ‘sacred whore’ or ‘holy prostitute’. Some Priestesses seek to reclaim these terms as being sacred, whilst others reject them wholeheartedly. As we seek to explore these themes, we are bound to uncover strong responses – be it from ourselves, others, or simply the projections of the collective.

Neptune/Circe squared Saturn, Tantalus (7 Sagittarius): Many are feeling the need to impress upon the world their variant or brand of Truth as being the best, or most valid thing since sliced bread. Considering Circe’s role in all this, I suspect that those who see themselves as spiritual or religious authorities may feel the need to question the validity of The Sacred, Sexual Feminine Archetype or alternative spiritual paradigms. Conflicts with mentor-figures, teachers, guides, astrologers, anyone who fits the Hierophant archetype in the Tarot are possible at this time. You can see these potential conflicts as a challenge or opportunity to deepen your own knowledge about your spiritual experiences and the belief systems that support them. Tantalus’ role indicates that many will find the need to assert their Truth vis-a-vis others as a tantalizing prospect at this time, but one that probably isn’t going to yield desired results or ‘victories’. Those with placements near 7 Virgo and/or Gemini will experience this as either a Mutable T-Square or Grand Mutable Cross, signaling the need for adjustment and adaptation in the face of stress or conflict.

Neptune/Circe sextile Pallas, Icarus, Atlantis (6-7 Capricorn): A powerful opportunity for us to revisit our ideas of power, status, privilege, authority, ambition, legitimacy/social acceptance and legacy. Some may un-earth deeply rooted fears surrounding standing in one’s power vis-a-vis institutions of power/the status quo at this time, but equally, ways to address those fears. Those with placements near 6-7 Leo will experience this as a powerful Yod focus on the way a person expresses the energy of their Sacral Chakra (sensuality, joy, play, authenticity, vulnerability, creativity, the Inner Child archetype etc.). That corresponds to birthdays close to July 29-31 (approx).

Neptune/Circe trine Askalaphus (7 Scorpio): Some of you might discover deep, intimate truths about yourselves or others at this time. Consider the cost of revealing what you think you have uncovered, as some secrets may not be yours to reveal. Those with placements at 7 Cancer will experience this as a Grand Water Trine, bringing this energy close to the home/tradition/family/relationship with the Mother Archetype.

So, that’s a quick overview of some of the spiritual challenges and opportunities for growth we face right now. In terms of gemstones (those of you who use them), I’d recommend the use of Carnelian on the sacral chakra if you’re feeling low energy or Thulite if you feel the need for greater nurture. If you feel that you’re expressing your Truth in a harsh way, try Blue Lace Agate for a gentle releasing and unblocking of the Throat Chakra. Bear in mind that gemstones work in different ways for different people – these are just generic suggestions.

Neptunian energy, generally speaking, isn’t the easiest of things to handle – so if you do feel out of your depth, get to a support group that can hold space for you. Practice extra self-care at this time. Here’s a couple of practical techniques that can also help – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-Gt .

As with anything I write , take what resonates, leave the rest. If you’re new to this stuff, check in with a facilitator you trust – and above all – always, always, check in with yourself 🙂  ❤

Blessings,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam
The Sky Priestess

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** Terms and Conditions: 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. You may use this information for educational and non-commercial reasons, in parts, or in entirety with full credit given to the author and links to her webpage (www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com ). The author shall not be held liable from any intentional, accidental or other consequences of acting upon, sharing, or engaging with this information in any form. Using, reading or in any way engaging with any part of this information implies tacit acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

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NEPTUNE GOES DIRECT (7 Pisces) – 16:30 UTC, 18-November-2015

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As Neptune stations direct, many of us are going to be experiencing a subtle, but powerful shift in the way we access and engage with spiritual energy. Neptune Retrograde was all about casting aside the illusions, ego-based projections and deep insecurities surrounding the act of Spiritual Surrender & Communion with what we understand as ‘The Sacred’. Much of the focus of the retrograde has been on inner experiences and responses to the mystical and transcendental aspects of spirituality. Neptune, in direct form, brings its own intensity, but it also allows us to go forwards and expand outwards, there’s slightly less pressure on the internal experience.

In fact, much of the heaviness and shifting we’re collectively experiencing is tied in with the end of the Neptune Retrograde. If were were to look backwards, check back to major spiritual experiences around February 17-19, 2015 when Neptune was last at 7 Pisces. For reference, the Neptune Retrograde began around June 12, 2015 at 9 Pisces ’49 – Neptune will only pass this degree once more around March 7/8, 2016. Then, and only then, does it leave its shadow period.

Basically, this means that we will be revisiting the spiritual lessons, experiences and opportunities for inner re-alignment and integration that we experienced between Feb-November 2015, over the next few months (till March 2016).

Watch the energy of vision, inspiration, imagination and spiritual communion surge forward as Neptune begins to move in stride, once again 🙂

Much Love,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam
The Sky Priestess

PS – Neptune is the energy of the deep sub-conscious, as it connects with the collective un-conscious. It represents the Cosmic, Primordial Ocean of Energy that connects us all. Not everyone handles Neptune’s energy with ease as it absolutely opens us up to deep vulnerabilities, requiring deep states of spiritual surrender and being able to simply ‘sit with’ powerful emotions and intuitive currents of energy. If you’re feeling vulnerable, seek grounding in nature or the support grounds of friends or people who can hold a nurturing space for you. I’ve also compiled a list of practical techniques that I’ve found of great personal benefit in coping with the shift – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-Gt – Hope it is of use and interest  ❤  ❤  ❤  Blessings!

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Image: Cymatium lotorium 2010 G1.jpg – By George Chernilevsky (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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