THE MAGDALENE SPEAKS: Sun squared Neptune, opposed Magdalena + Grand Earth Trine (Pluto-Mercury-North Node / Nodal Kite)

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Blessings everyone. The Sun will square Neptune (12 Gemini-Pisces) at 2:41 UTC time, 2nd June 2016. As it does so, it activates a Mutable T-Square involving: Sun-squared-Neptune, Neptune-squared-Magdalena, and Sun-opposed-Magdalena. Long story short, over the next three days, we are likely to uncover messages, transmissions, dreams or spiritual activations that give us access to hidden, or arcane information surrounding the personage of the Magdalene – or – more broadly, the role of the Feminine in our understanding of Spirituality.

The Gemini Sun asks us to look at our pasts, to our earliest conscious understanding of what Spirituality meant, or could look and feel like. Many of us it hit the nail on the head as children, but were then forced to dis-acknowledge what we knew instinctively – in order to conform, or to be seen as normal. Some of us had to take a different path just so we would develop more fully before returning to the Wise Child. For not all Inner Children are in need of rescue or nurture – sometimes they just need to be heard and respected. (Or all of the above).

Neptune in Pisces brings back some of the older, innermost knowings – that we accessed spontaneously as children – and equally the trauma of having to suppress that knowledge (if present). For some, this will be generational trauma and/or karmic currents from a previous time. You may also find this playing out with siblings or other factors present strongly in your early childhood (Gemini).

The Gemini Sun is also conjunct Asbolus (11 Gemini), the seer or diviner to whom Truth is revealed in Nature, often through the flight patterns of Birds. A prominent theme for me in the past two days.

The Sun also opposes, whilst Neptune squares Magdalena (11 Sagittarius) – the asteroid representation of Mary Magdalene. Two days ago, I began reading a lovely anthology that presents academic and other research material from authors like Margaret Starbird, Elaine Pagels, Riane Eisler & Co. , presenting their different views on The Magdalene as reported in the Bible, the Gnostic Gospels, the Nag Hammadi and other texts from that era.

I am particularly taken by Margaret Starbird´s hypothesis that the Magdalene was in fact a dark-skinned Ethiopian pagan priestess skilled in the ancient arts (which included hieros gamos). She is said to have fled to France with her (dark-skinned) daughter Sarah. There is a celebration held (till this day) to Sara-la-Kali (i.e. The Dark or Black Sara) at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. There´s another interpretation of that legend, more commonly attributing Sarah as the child of the Magdalene´s servant who travelled with her after the Crucifixion.

I would not be surprised if this – that the Magdalene and her child were of African origin – turned out to be exactly the case and would like to investigate this further on a later pilgrimage. It would certainly add another layer to why and how the Magdalene was both ostracised, ridiculed and turned into a sexual object (a penitent one, no doubt – at least according to the Church between 591 and 1969 when they finally declared that the Magdalene was not a prostitute – though that begs other questions). There are of course other, more conventionally accepted narratives presented in the anthology. And as an introduction to the subject, it´s a broad overview that lets you make up your mind as to what you believe.

Deep in my gut there is a particular …. ring, or resonance with this theory. I would not be surprised – at all – with the simultaneous erasure of the Feminine – and her Blackness – from the narrative, iconography and representation of who-and-what deserved to be Sacred. Bear in mind that a lot of what we understand as Christianity today got popularized and began to be taken as the status quo centuries _after_ the Crucifixion – for largely political reasons. There´s of course a lot of speculation on all of this, but again, feel free to explore and discover what you understand as the Truth.

Recommended Reading:

Secrets of the Code edited by Dan Burstein.

The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail by Margaret Starbird.

But, getting back to astrology – with the Sun and Neptune making strong aspects to Magdalena – as described above – we are asked to allow ourselves to (once again) access a deeper layer of consciousness surrounding the theme of the Sacred Feminine.

I would recommend the use of Rose, Frankincense essential oils (if you´re not allergic to them) and the Rhodochrosite gemstone in the process of re-covering knowledge we were told to cut ourselves away from, in earlier times.

Whilst all of this is ongoing, today (31st May 2016), we see the exact formation of a Grand Earth Trine involving Pluto (17 Capricorn), Mercury (17 Taurus) and the North Node (17 Virgo). We´ve felt this exact alignment before, in the 2nd week of April and May respectively – with Mercury doing it´s retrograde cha-cha in Taurus. This will be a time to make concrete your visions of the material world you wish to inhabit, and the value systems that structure them into being. Also a fantastic time to spend time in Nature and re-acquaint yourself with the consciousness of Gaia-Sophia.

In all honesty – rather than seeing this as a Grand Earth Trine – it´s actually a Nodal Kite, the backbone of which is the North Node in Virgo and South Node in Pisces. This focuses the power of the trine on the South Node. Essentially, we´re being asked to release older ways of attaching ourselves to karmic patterns so that we may find the material structure and expressions of the gifts and inner knowing that lies in wait. Here is where you let Spirit take the reins and to inspire your material creations, or rather, Co-Creations.

In other words, the next three days (31 May – 2 June 2016) are going to bring a very different kind of intensity to what we´ve been feeling as of late. Or rather, a variation on certain themes. One that leads us collectively to a significant threshold of consciousness, to older visions of the Sacred: Gloriously Dark and Powerfully Feminine.

Bear in mind that all this comes just after the recent approach of Mars in Scorpio to Planet Earth. So much has been unearthed, at the individual and the collective level. Whoo hoo!

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

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Cosmic Intensity (29-31 May 2016) PISCES MOON TRIGGERS GRAND MUTABLE CROSS, MARS APPROACHES EARTH & MORE

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Blessings to All. Over the next 12 hours, the Moon will be transiting between 10-17 Pisces. As it does so, it will conjunct Neptune & The South Node, oppose Jupiter & The North Node and sextile Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon has already squared The Sun, Vesta and Venus in Gemini. Together, all these bodies form a Grand Mutable Cross.

The Moon´s activation to each of these celestial players ignites the energy of the Cross and the many challenges (and gifts) it seeks to bring. The Grand Mutable Cross formed on May 26 and will last until June 28, involving the bodies mentioned above – and later – with Mercury as well. Please refer to ´Navigating the Dance of the Mutable Signs (May-September 2016)´ – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1a7 – for a summary of this alignment.

With the Moon in Pisces, the Grand Cross is re-lit. We are asked to recognize the places within that connect us deepest with Spirit, or delude us into believing that we have done so. Some of us may also be re-living our deepest sense of woundedness, spanning across the karma of lifetimes.

Often the ´wound´ is conflated as this point of connection, but it is one of many. One does not have to be ripped away to allow Spirit through – but for many, this is the path that leads to that realization. Not the only way it can be done though.

It will be an intense experience for just about all of us. Though we will all respond to it differently.

Spending time in nature, grounding under a tree, practising mindfulness and meditation can help. As can just getting out there (if you have the energy to) and having some fun. Some of you may feel a lot more vulnerable – seek out friends or support networks that can help you hold your space through this process.

On top of all of this, we also see the Mars approach to Earth going exact at 2135 UTC time on May 30th – about 17 hours after the Moon finishes aspecting the bodies mentioned above.

Mars will be the closest its been to Earth since October 5, 2005. This kind of approach occurs once every 26 months.

Energetically speaking, this alignment can go either way, especially with Mars in Scorpio.

Where Scorpio can involve death, surgery, trauma, violence, pain – and so on – it can equally represent alchemy, regeneration, healing, re-birthing and transcendence.

Mars and Scorpio, in their own ways, speak to a very intense, primal, physical energy. It would be a good day to pay special attention to the body and it´s signals. Again, some of you will feel like soaring, and others will build a blanket fort.

I would say – just as a general rule, you are likely to feel a shift in the energy once the Pisces Moon trines Mars (now so close to the Earth, 28-29 Scorpio) and then enters Aries. The Aries Moon begins at 1:09 UTC time on May 31st.

Again, each of us will respond to this energy differently. And that is perfectly fine 🙂 Remember to practice self-care at this time. ❤

 

Blessings and Love,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

 

 

Relevant Links:

Mars in Scorpio, Again (shared over 2,000 times in the past 3 days) –http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1bC

Astronomical Article on Mars´approach – http://www.space.com/32975-mars-closest-to-earth-11-years-m…

Navigating the Dance of the Mutable Signs (May-September 2016) –http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1a7

 

 

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ENTERING THE DARK WOMB: LIMINALITY, DARK-ADDICTION AND THE DISCOVERY OF HOME

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As you discover the sacred embrace of Night, you begin to transform your perception of the Universe. It´s like living in a different time-space, or discovering a different type of element, or language through which you interpret and engage with reality.

A very different sort of reality. One which the ancient Goddess traditions encouraged us to journey into. One which we were later told to forget, vilify, and destroy.

And so many have heeded the call of the Sacred Dark in the past 3 years (Saturn in Scorpio, and so on). So many have begun to open their eyes to that different language or paradigm.

And just as the same way Light is romanticized and stylized and distilled into a form that often forgets its essence – I see the same happening with the way we conceptualize and speak of Darkness.

Rather than the space itself – the vessel of the Void – I see many becoming more and more fixated on the Path of Getting There. Which is a natural thing, but it still needs to be discussed.

And for many the path into the shadow is Pain. Gut wrenching, soul crushing, heart-destroying pain. And metaphors of abuse. And somehow we´re supposed to enjoy this. We´re supposed to dig deep and find what part of us likes this process. With many allegories to BDSM thrown into the mix.

Certainly a route to the Darkness, but not the only one. And certainly one that perpetuates that patriarchal narrative of Pluto raping Persephone and dragging her down below against Her will.

Again, one way of Getting there.

But the Goddess has never left the Shadow. She is the Void.

So why would you need to go through that? Unless you were told you had to, and believed in it?

What happens when we identify our greatest depths, highs, lows – the feel and thrill of excitement (not always the happy kind) – with the quality of being alive?

What happens when getting thrashed, surrendering, mastering (?) or simply being with the Shadow – is really how you get off and feel … simply .. feel…. alive?

When the adrenaline of the Descent and the Hero/ine´s War/Embrace of the Dragon/Serpent/Dark becomes synonymous with Life itself?

That then becomes worrisome.

The more we romanticize the pain, the abuse and the trauma that Dark-Working can bring (in some of its conceptualizations, certainly the more common ones), the more we legitimate levels of addiction to certain forms of Darkness and paths of reaching it.

It´s the same story with codependency and the way cultural norms romanticize it. Here the abusive partner is Pluto/Saturn and somehow we´re still expected to take it – to find salvation.

Some story, different container.

An unnecessary repetition. And one that takes away from the vessel itself.

It´s certainly a part of the process, but a Liminal One.

For some people the period lasts a while, and for others it´s a quick dip – in and out.

Either way, as you head for your Descent – watch the highs and lows that come – and know that this deep emotional roller-coaster is a catalyst for your catharsis. Your undoing. Breaking. and Re-making. But that´s all that is. A Catalyst.

It´s the psychodynamic tension that makes that change, whatever alchemical release happen so that transformation can begin. The drama, in and of itself, is not the end-point or outcome of the process. Just a part of it. It helps to bear that distinction in mind.

And when it´s done … some of you will head out of the cave, the matrix of death and creation, and head back on into the sunlight. Others will find something hidden further within. And head towards it.

A black light calls. Burning with the cool fire of ice. A different sort of light and experience.

There we meet the Dark Mother. The Womb. The Primordial Chamber.

And it gets real quiet.

We enter a space of Detachment. A space where all is, has been, will be and never was.

That space, I call home.

But it takes a bit of a dance, a whirl, a tumble and turn to get here. It´s a space that has no name, no label, no time. The Dark Womb comes close, but that too is a human construct.

And sometimes we stay there for a while, or longer.

Just as the silence begins to deafen, as the sheer .. weight … of unformed potential begins to spill over and through the dark abyss, just as you both enjoy and can no longer take the fullness of the Void … without warning …

BANG!

The Beginning, Back Again.

Blessings,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

Honoring The Dark Mother: A Temple-Space ; The Sky Priestess ; The Dark Mother’s Children

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MARS IN SCORPIO, AGAIN (27 May – 2 August, 2016)

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Between now till the end of June 2016, our journey into the Shadow/Underworld/Sub-conscious realms is going to be unusually intense. We will revisit skeletons in the closet not yet unearthed, heal and release parts of ourselves that are wounded (or specific relationships with that sense of wounding), slay – or – befriend your demons and dragons (depends on your paradigm). And energetic work of that ilk. Whether consider it a domain of torture, or of profound rebirth, or alchemy, or all of the above …  whatever you do  is going to be intense and transformative in an all-or-nothing kind of way. (Hello, Scorpio).

This is due to Mars´ upcoming return / re-entry into Scorpio that so many of us are tuning into nearly 2 days in advance!. We´re feeling it particularly intensely due to two factors:

(1) the current Mars-Venus opposition.

She (Venus) brings Mars´energy back to the body through the vehicle of relationships and brings it firmly to the realm of the mind / headspace for processing (Gemini)

(2) the fact that Mars will be closest to the Earth on May 30 – http://earthsky.org/?p=25816 – thank you Eric Starwalker for connecting the dots there

The proximity of the Red Planet to our own probably accounts for why we´re all feeling it so intensely so quickly.

So, back to topic.

Mars first exited Scorpio this year in March 2016. It will re-enter the sign due to its retrograde on 27 May. The Mars Retrograde ends on June 29. Mars will exit Scorpio and re-enter Sagittarius on August 2.

You´re going to be feeling a return to or revisitation of themes from December 2014, June 2015 and September 2015 – Saturn´s exit, re-entry and 2nd exit out of Scorpio. This will be especially pronounced at this time, and again, in early August. Time to act on those life-altering decisions made in previous years (if you haven´t already).

Generally speaking, the Mars-in-Scorpio-Retrograde period (late May – late June) is a good time to to see where you´ve invested your energy and resources and whether merger or withdrawal seems most appropriate. Try not to make major commitments until the start of July at the very least.

Things like karmic entanglements, ancestral work and matters of a less visible ( ´occult´ ) nature may need your attention at this time – look for a qualified practitioner if in doubt. Practices of psychic protection will be of great use (grounding, salt baths, wearing or using black obsidian and selenite) as a general rule.

But bear in mind that this isn´t about going to War in the Shadow. It´s about healing your relationship with Darkness, or that which is dis-acknowledged, hidden or suppressed within the Self. We hold so much of ourselves in this space – the good, the bad, the nameless, the formless, the infinite. Whilst the Descent may seem daunting, remember that the Darkness – or Sacred Shadow – is a place that can equally hold great healing, nurture, regeneration … in a deep, deep, embrace.

You emerged from Darkness. Just ask any fetus, seed, or shooting star.

The Darkness is a place that equally holds great healing, nurture and profound embrace. With Black Moon Lilith, Juno and Isis together at 0-1 Scorpio and the Venus-Mars opposition in the skies now – I would say a fair amount of the work will take us back to the Womb of the Dark Goddess, the Primordial Void.

It´s going to be an interesting month ahead.

 

Blessings,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

 

PS – Bear in mind that Jupiter and Saturn square off on the 26th of May – and that we´re going to experience a lot of dynamic square-offs and eclipses in the Mutable Signs till the end of September. This is part of a much larger picture of adaptation and navigation. See ´Navigating the Mutable Signs – Overview of May-September 2016´ – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1a7 . Please also note that the current round of astro-consultation sessions I offer lasts till June 23, 2016 – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1b3

 

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SUN CONJUNCT VESTA (3 Gemini) – 23/5

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As the Light of the Sun merges with the Priestess of Air, we open ourselves to greater pathways of service, devotion and release. Vesta in Gemini encourages to look at the way we communicate, perceive, intellectualize and engage with our everyday realities. This isn´t about faraway realms or places, but the myriad, minute details (often unnoticed) that make up our daily experiences of life.

If you can be out in nature, notice the way the sun´s rays reflect through a clear pool of water. Or the gentle rustling of the leaves in the wind. Or the songs of the hills, or the messages of the birds. Or anything that truly captures your attention in the present.

Even if you´re not in nature, just look around you to see how your environment seeks to communicate with you. Perhaps through signs, symbols, people – look for the writing on the wall. Might be grafitti, might be an odd phrase on the telly. For some of you, these messages will come through people who featured strongly in your earliest years of life (a sibling, for instance).

Watch for the signs and the messages they bring to you. Some of you will be called to task – perhaps there is some work, or awareness that needs to be brought to a situation. Others will have to walk away from situations in which communication is no longer possible. Some will feel the need to express themselves strongly through words, or through alternate forms of communication (perhaps telepathy, perhaps interpretive dance – doors of awareness are open for you to explore). There are many ways this can play out for you.

Give yourselves a little time to just chill, and pay attention to the details, to the small things. You might see the larger picture beginning to emerge on its own, piece by piece.

Blessings,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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Why Astrology Can´t Tell You Everything … nor should it try to …

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The way you work with today´s – or in fact, any energy – comes down to your Free Will. Not your chart, sign, Ascendant – or anything that astrology can tell you. At best, it acts as a framework for understanding yourself. But at the end of the day, it is still You who Chooses what you experience and manifest.

The most useful kind of astrology (I find) is the one you get when you seek out professionals who work with you at the one-to-one level. They give you a sense of the changes coming and ways to work with that energy – but still leave you enough room to interpret make the journey your own. And even then, at the more critical junctures of your life – not on a regular basis.

When you turn to anyone – be it God, Guru, Goddess, Astrologer, Priestess, Shaman – anybody or anything as the source of answers for your life – on a regular basis — you´re not really helping yourself grow. I believe that part of the ethics of spiritual work has to include knowing when to draw the line and turn away those who would rather ask you to sort out the mess and tangle that Life can be. Sometimes a glorious mess, sometimes just a muddly one.

But´s that why we´re here. To live, to learn, to experience. A glimpse of the road ahead is fine, but if you knew everything that needed to be known before heading along – what on earth would the point of the journey be?

Blessings!

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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GRAND SEXTILE / STAR OF DAVID / HEXAGRAM / SHADKONA YANTRA IN THE SKIES & BUILDUP TO THE SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON! (20/21 May 2016) w. Mercury Retrograde, Neptune, Pluto Retrograde, Scorpio Moon, Jupiter, North Node, South Node and Thereus.

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This alignment lasts for the next 13 hours. Considering it comes in the buildup to the Sagittarius Full Moon, it´s one to watch.

Grand Sextiles are potent portals of manifestation. A fantastic opportunity to set the seeds of intention for that which you wish to manifest. Grand Sextiles work either way – you can use the energy to discover harmony, or greater chaos. It´s an energetic circuit that simply brings in a load of energy – how you channel it is up to you.

The Mercury Retrograde is about to end. Watch the intention you set and draw upon the lessons you have learnt over the past few weeks. The Moon, moving through Scorpio, draws up deeper emotions and connections with the Shadow.

We see that echoed with Pluto-in-Capricorn, bringing the same themes (of Shadow, Power, and Alchemy) to the bigger questions of what you have come to leave behind (Legacy – Capricorn). Pluto opposes Thereus (the Hunter-Stalker) in Cancer, asking us to confront the themes of victimization, predation and abuse originating from ancestral/familial dynamics.

The other alignments (North Node in Virgo, South Node in Pisces, Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter in Virgo) are things that I´ve been writing about recently. I refer you towww.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com if you´d like more info on those. But, long story short – we´re asked to find new pathways of growth and service through structured engagement with the material world – one which allows us to create vessels that channel the purity of spirit. We are also asked to release from outmoded conceptualizations of spirituality, and karmic lessons or ties we may no longer need to re-visit at this time.

Quite a few things going on with this alignment.

To be clear – what you make of this energy – comes down to your Free Will. Not your chart, sign, Ascendant – or anything that astrology can tell you. At best, it acts as a framework for understanding yourself. But at the end of the day, it is still You who Chooses what they experience and manifest.

This alignment lasts (roughly) for the next 13 hours, so until 0:00 am, 21st May 2016 (UTC time). The Full Moon goes exact at 1 Sagittarius-Gemini at 21:14 on the same day. (For reference, The Grand Sextile formed roughly about 4 am, 20/5/16 UTC time, 7 hours ago).

And as a heads up – look back to the seeds you set during the Sagittarius New Moon 2015 (Dec 11). I wrote this article back then – as a intro to the months ahead –http://wp.me/p4OUNS-KI – – – and then followed that up with a more detailed guide to May-September yesterday: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1a7 (Navigating the Mutable Signs)

The Universe follows it own timing. And we navigate the best we can.

Blessings!

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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NAVIGATING THE DANCE OF THE MUTABLE SIGNS (MAY-SEPTEMBER 2016) w. Vesta, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Nodes, etc.

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The next few months are going to see a flurry of energy, dynamism and movement that will make us question the way we think, communicate, believe, follow, lead, teach, learn, feel, and intuit, i.e. the way we engage with the Mutable Signs (Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, Virgo). Some of the bodies invovled are relatively fast moving (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Vesta, Pallas Athena) whereas others take a lot longer time to shift (North/South Nodes, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune).

This is far from the whole picture for the next few months, but it focuses on a specific theme to make the material easier to digest. Whilst all of this is ongoing – we will also be seeing a great deal of focus on the way we structure our material realities by way of Mercury´s transits and retrogrades through Taurus and Virgo, the upcoming Jupiter-Node conjunction – and of course – the North Node´s trine to Pluto-in-Capricorn. We are called to make manifest these changes in ideals, beliefs and spiritual perceptions into the fabric of our material lives. In August and September, we will also be seeing a long-standing Grand Water Trine, involving the South Node and various Goddess asteroids. In June and September, we will also be seeing the Uranus-Eris conjunction – and the global revelations it will bring in its wake.

Without getting to deep into it, there´s a huge influx of energetic change coming in through various channels. This article focuses exclusively on the Mutable signs / bodies and some of their more prominent interactions between May to September. Here´s the highlights:

March 17-July 5: Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune in a T-Square (7 degree orb)

May 21 – Full Moon in Sagittarius
May 22 – Mercury Retrograde in Taurus ends (whew!)
May 26 – Saturn Retrograde squared Jupiter at 13 Sagittarius-Virgo (Final Square)
May 26 / 27 – Mars Retrogrades into Scorpio.

*******May 26-June 28 GRAND MUTABLE CROSS

– – – WITH MERCURY VESTA MOON VENUS SUN JUPITER NORTH NODE SOUTH NODE NEPTUNE SATURN – – *********

May 30 – Pallas Athena squared Vesta at 6 Pisces-Gemini

June 4 – Gemini New Moon as part of Grand Mutable Cross!

June 5-July 5, 2016 – Saturn squared Neptune (WITHIN 1 DEGREE ORB)!

June 13 – Vesta squared Neptune at 12 Gemini-Pisces
June 13/14 – Vesta squared Saturn at 12 Gemini-Sagittarius
June 20 – Full Moon at 29 Sagittarius (Grand Mutable Cross still in the background)
June 22 – Vesta squared Jupiter at 15 Virgo-Gemini
June 23 – Vesta squared Node at 16 Virgo-Gemini

June 24/25 – Jupiter conjunct Node at 16 Virgo (Final conjunction for min 100 yrs in Virgo)

June 29 – Mars stations direct in Scorpio. (Yes!)

August 3 – Mars re-enters Sagittarius.
August 12 – Saturn stations direct. (Yes!)
August 24 – Mars conjunct Saturn at 9 Sagittarius (One off conjunction post retrograde)

Aug 25-Sep 22 – Saturn squared Neptune (WITHIN 1 DEGREE ORB)!

September 1 – New Moon (SOLAR ECLIPSE) in Virgo with T-Square involving Neptune, Saturn and Mars

September 8-October 11 – Saturn, North Node, South Node and Neptune in T-Square

September 16 – Full Moon (LUNAR ECLIPSE) in Pisces in T-Square with Mars in Sagittarius

September 26 – Saturn square Nodes at 11 Sagittarius-Virgo (Final Square), w. Neptune at 10 Pisces

And some commentary (if you require it):

With the end of the Mercury Retrograde in Taurus (May 22), we will be called to more fully implement the decisions or ideas we have been re-visiting over the past few weeks. Much of this will concern itself with the way we connect with the material world and the relationships that structure it.

We will then experience the Jupiter-Saturn Retrograde square on the 26th of May on 26 May. We experienced this earlier in Virgo-Sagittarius on March 23, 2016 (and in Leo-Scorpio during 2015). This is the final square between the two in these signs. The next Jupiter-Saturn square is in 2023!

With the completion of the Jupiter-Saturn square, we will find some resolution to the question of ´who leads and who follows´. Not a dichotomy I enjoy myself, but hey – it matters to a lot of people. We will find the paths and teachers that actually lead us to long term, (hopefully) sustainable paths of growth. You might see a lot of ego-clashes at this time, and well … it´s a part of the learning curve.

At about the same time, Mars retrogrades into Scorpio, leaving Sagittarius. The focus of our energies moves further inwards, to the more powerful – and equally – vulnerable inner/Underworld. Prepare to face your innermost motives. And bear in mind Saturn did this exact retrograde cha-cha in Scorpio/Sagittarius (whilst squaring Jupiter) in 2015. I suspect we´ll see familiar themes re-emerge.

May 26 also marks the start of the Grand Mutable Cross, bringing together all of the mutable signs and various bodies in transit. This alignment ends at the tail end of June.

A few days later, on May 30, Pallas Athena (6 Pisces) and Vesta (6 Gemini) will square one another in the skies. This will be a powerful day in which we bridge the energies of Spirit and of the Mind (upper Chakra work) to find a different path of navigation through the journey ahead. Pallas allows us to move through the dense fog of Maya, whilst Vesta asks us to cut out the mental chatter and structures that cloud our perception.

I´ll be talking about other alignments closer to the time they occur. But as a broad overview, June and July 2016 are going to be dominated by the Saturn-Neptune square (within 1 degree of one another). We´ll revisit this square between late August to late September as well. Here, we are asked to consider the paths we take to our understanding / experience of Spirituality and whatever Truth it may contain. Some paths will lead us to illusion, and others to freedom. And sometimes the difference between the two is nearly impossible to tell.

Venus, Sun and Mercury will be transiting through Gemini and Virgo together in June, August and September 2016. Vesta will be in Gemini between May-July. These placements activate the other bodies in the mutable signs as discussed above, especially between 11-17 degrees of each.

In June, the Sun, Mercury and Venus transit Gemini, activating aspects to the other Mutable Signs. We will be asked to take whatever larger collective or interplanetary lessons we gain and to bring it down into our everyday, immediate experiences of reality. It´s about taking the larger ideals we use to navigate the Cosmos and to distil them into our daily conceptual frameworks and paradigms for living. June 4 sees a Grand Mutable Cross woven into the Gemini New Moon. The Cross remains in place even during the Sagittarius Full Moon (and at 29 degrees!).Wowza!

Between May 17-July 26, Vesta – the Goddess Asteroid of Priestessing / Facilitation / Service will transit through Gemini. Like Venus, Sun and Mercury – it too shall activate the other Mutable signs. Vesta´s role in Gemini will ask us to paths service and facilitation with respect to words, thoughts, ideas and the immediate environment. We question the use of our voices and ideas in the work that we do – the details which we need to explore further, or ideas that we need to release our attachment to. And so much of that will be woven into the way we see ourselves as Facilitators and how we do our work in the World.

Much of this will require a revisiting of older ideas and karmic contracts formed in or expressed through early childhood dynamics with family, particularly, with Siblings. It is an excellent time for those who wish to learn more about the Priestess Arts or other forms of facilitative work, through whole-brain/whole-body techniques, rather than rote memorization and more conventional ideas of education. Note the dates listed above.

This dynamic repeats itself in August and September, this time with the Sun Mercury (+ Retrograde, Aug 31-Sep 21) and Venus transiting Virgo. A similar triggering occurs, with the focus on getting practical and hands-on with the ideas to bring our immediate, present experiences of reality more in alignment with the larger ideals and visions we hold of ourselves-in-the collective.

In September, we are set to find a deeper resolution to the question of the Paths and Truths we take in serarch of Spirit (Saturn Neptune square). We also see Saturn squared the North and South Node. This is … a powerful time to choose the road we take in navigating our own understanding and experience of Karma. That´s… a biggie. We have opportunities to work with this energy (and Neptune, also in the mix) until mid-October. If feel this alignment will be more of a follow-through from some of the energetic negotiations of the months prior. The Solar and Lunar Eclipses in Virgo-Pisces (in September) will also bring many of these themes to fruition.

The energies of May-September 2016 ask us to reflect upon and change the relationship we see between the Macrocosm and the Microcosm. Both co-constitute one another, both are equally significant. You see this in the challenge between Student and Teacher (Gemini and Sagittarius) or the Earth-Facilitator and the Mystic (Virgo and Pisces) – and they´re all lit up, learning – and rubbing off – on one another at this time.

In other words, our ideals are of little value lest we manifest them as best we can in practice. Our daily rituals or ways of negotiating life can lack meaning lest we integrate them as part of a wider consciousness of what´s going with us- and the Universe. There are bridges to be built here, arising from our personal experience of reality – to a collective one.

I know that´s a tonne of info, but believe me, there´s a lot more to say. In later Parts, I will discuss other astrological aspects within the May-September 2016 period.

Blessings To All,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

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NOW: Moon (22 Libra) opposed Uranus -and-Eris (22-23 Aries)

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As we head towards the incredible force of the Uranus-Eris conjunction (June 8/9, 2016), many Truths of the Self continue to be revealed with ever-increasing intensity. The final (exact) U-E conjunction most of us alive today will see will be in March 2017. I refer you to earlier pieces of mine on Uranus and Eris should you want to go deeper into the topic.

But to make a long story short – this is going to be a Wake Up Call on a massive scale. One that we haven´t seen in recent decades.

This is of special relevance to those of us who identify with the cause of Awakening the Feminine – as Eris represents the rage of Feminine when excluded or cast into ridicule, or exile (as per mythology, at the very least).

Right now, the Moon opposes the Uranus-Eris conjunction (they´re one degree apart right now) – and already – the intensity is being drawn out by the Moon (representing emotions, family, tradition, intution, the subconscious) in Libra (representing partnership, collaboration, dynamics of mirroring and projection, and so on).

It´s a very electric, emotional time for many (if not all of us). Some will be powerfully triggered by family / partnerships to break away, into a new form of Selfhood – and others will be nurtured by them. Either way, those cocoons are starting to crack open.

 

Blessings,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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The Gift and Curse of the Mind (A Brief Musing)

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The human mind is both a gift and a curse. Through the mind, we have tools to visualize, imagine, analyze and structure our experience of reality. How successful we are depends on many factors, willpower being a crucial one.

But this is where things begin to get muddly. Sometimes the will to believe becomes to powerful that it overrides the mind´s capacity for discernment.

Very often, we begin to use that same mind to believe things which are untrue, or to buy into idealizations that do not match up with experienced reality. (And what ´reality´ is — is such a big question … I don´t think anyone can answer it in full without resorting to generalizations).

We then construct self-images, identities and worldviews on the basis of what we want to believe and experience, rather than what is there, right in front of you. Most commonly expressed as the disconnect between Spirit and Matter or the Lower and Higher Chakras (or whatever other dichotomy applies).

If our lives were entirely the product of our imagination, this would not be a problem. But the human mind, as powerful as it is, is still a teensy weensy receptor/transmitter as part of a much larger Universe. Intention and belief alone do not make things happen.

At some point, the illusion shatters. We recognize facets of the world/s around us that contradict what have allowed ourselves to believe. And so who we are and how we exist is equally put into question.

And then a choice must be made.

Do you sink deeper into the illusion, or do you try to find a deeper level of truth – whatever that may mean for you – through other means?

Perhaps it comes with the recognition that the line between truth and fantasy is a difficult one to draw. Perhaps an illusion can become real if we make it so.

Perhaps such wake up calls are best seen as calls to action. Not only at the mental level, but the emotional, spiritual, psychic and physical one in tandem. It is a necessary, but often uncomfortable step … to see the mind / mental constructs as a part, and not the only, or most important, way in which we engage with reality.

Seems to be a powerful theme for the Now.

Blessings,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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