SEP 30/OCT 1 NEW MOON AT 8 LIBRA: CHALLENGING THE GODS, WALKING AWAY FROM THE KARMIC HAMSTER WHEEL – THE LESSONS OF PROMETHEUS AND ARACHNE

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Blessings. At 0:11 UTC, October 1st 2016, the Moon will conjunct the Sun at 8 degrees Libra ´15. This will be a Black Moon, i.e. second new moon in a single calendar month for those of you in the Americas. Parts of Asia and Australasia will experience their own Black Moon on 31st October (Halloween/Samhain) – as it will be the 2nd New Moon in October for them. Either way, there´s Black Moon Magic in the Skies.

New Moons are time for setting intentions as part of our yearly cycles. The seeds we sow now we will revisit in some form during the upcoming Libra Full Moon on April 10-11, 2017, six months down the line.

So – the question is – what we set now, how and why?

I´m going to start with the personal …. and then it gets wild…

Libra´s energy is … conventionally speaking … understood as the aspiration towards harmony, balance, peace, grace, beauty, fairness, diplomacy and so on. It is represented by the Scales of Justice. We associate it with collaborative partnerships (interpersonal and professional), legal or contractual matters, social graces, aesthetics and the arts.

I would say that´s one half of the story.

Because … if that was all Libra was about – it wouldn´t really be balanced, would it? Where else does the rest of the human story, or different modalities of connecting with others enter the picture?

In other words …

There are multiple ways to balance the Scales.

A gradual, gentle levelling out of opposing or antagonizing perspectives. Or by slamming down one end and watching the other jump wildly out of control. You could call this shadow qualities of Libra, expressed by Aries (and vice versa). For in each archetype lies the potential for, or a reaction to, its opposite.

And on a less dire note – remember that Lady Justice wields a sword. She will cut away things that do not fulfill or honor that basic principle of fairness. She wears a blindfold to signify her impartiality in coming to her decision.

So, with the Libra New Moon – what we are asked to focus our energies, intentions and evaluations on are our relationships. How we connect with other people.

Some questions for reflection:

  • Am I in an energetic contract / connection with another person/s?
  • Is this is a fair or just connection?
  • Am I meeting their needs and respecting their contributions and are they doing the same?
  • How much space do I or my partner/s occupy in decision-making? Is it a fair distribution?
  • If not – do I find a way to mend it, or is time to tear up the bill and leave?

Now, if we were all hyper-logical, that would be enough to make solid life-choices, and we could all just move on. But more often than not people remain in connections that do not serve them through habit, karmic entanglement, or simply not knowing how they can connect to another differently.

It´s not the detached mind that tends to have the deciding say in these matters, but more so the wild and sometimes messy, murky waters of ancestry and emotion. They have their merits, but at times, they blur our capacity for analysis.

And at this time, as the astrology indicates, we are being asked to become even more aware of our choices and the larger impact or consequences that our decisions have over our lives.

And how the capacity to make those decisions for ourselves is our sovereign birthright.

Arachne

The Sun and Moon conjunct Arachne (7 Libra). Arachne´s story is essentially of a talented woman who boasts of her skill to the Goddess Athena. Athena´s story and her patriarchal co-optation is a matter for elsewhere, but let´s just say she tends to judge her sisters in a very harsh manner. In a weaving contest, Arachne boasts of her skills and surpasses the Goddess. Athena turns around and (essentially) says: Alright. You wanna weave, so weave! And turns her into a Spider.

There are two ways you can interpret this. As a warning to mortal woman to never question or surpass her celestial superiors. As a moral parable that warns us of hubris, or more broadly, that we weave our own Fates through the choices we make.

In that sense you could call this the Weaver´s New Moon, tying one strand of Fate to the next.

Dionysus

Interestingly, the Sun/Moon are also conjunct Dionysus (8 Libra). This indicates that one of the many things that can come up now is the question of excess. Who indulges in what too often in the relationship/connection/partnership? Where would things be better restrained or regulated, and so on. It´s interesting to consider the Dionysus-Arachne combination. Are we warned against an excess of skill, impudence, sensual-carnal ´vices´ and so on? (One narrative is that Athena was outraged at the lewdness of Arachne´s tapestry).

Other aspects

The Sun/Moon/Dionysus/Arachne (I´ll just call it the Weaver´s New Moon hereafter) combination squares the following bodies:

Hades (6 Cancer), Atropos (7 Cancer), Persephone (8 Cancer), Prometheus (9 Cancer), Kronos (10 Cancer)
Requiem (8 Capricorn)

There´s other bodies nearby, but I´m just going to focus on what I feel are the main themes.

Prometheus

Prometheus was the hero who challenged the Gods and obeyed their edicts, bringing Fire to Humanity. He was not rewarded for his efforts at raising the consciousness / cognizance of the fact that humanity could be free of the tyranny of the Greco-Roman gods, should they choose. In this sense, his story draws parallels to Arachne. It´s a very, very, rich narrative. Prometheus and Athena both create humanity. Having run out of good qualities (given to the animals by his brother Epimetheus),

Prometheus makes human kind stand upright and introduces to them fire – literally – the first spark of innovation for the species. Without it, we would probably been wiped out ages ago. Prometheus also has fore knowledge (which is what his name means) of which child of Zeus shall dethrone him. He refuses to spill the beans. As punishment, Prometheus is chained to a rock with his ever-regenerating liver pecked out by a eagle. (Oh yes, and Pandora is created to seduce Epimetheus and .. the whole Box and horrors of humanity thing gets underway). Eventually Chiron (the wounded-healer) chooses to die for him and Hercules slays the eagle, leading to his freedom.

There´s enough mythological richness to squeeze out of that one paragraph. But essentially, it was Prometheus who loved humanity to make it what it became.

Prometheus asks us whether we would go out on a limb for the upliftment or the end of enslavement for others. It´s a self-sacrificing energy without the halo of the martyr or the cult of the believer behind it. It takes the hit, Batman-style, for what the collective requires in its evolution.

Hades & Persephone

Hades and Persephone, the Lord and Lady of the Underworld square this Weaver´s New Moon. In themselves, they speak to us of (depending on which side of the story you sit on), a tale of abuse, disrespect, violation, healing, reclamation, the sexy side of darkness, and so on. To me that just spells Relationship Drama, often in ways that seem dangerous, exciting and oh-so-taboo. One version of the story shows a Persephone fleeing from an overly-clingy Ceres. Persephone´s eating of the pomegranate can be read as an act of rebellion against her mother-captor. There´s a lot that can be teased out.

 

Either way, relationship drama that connects back with the emotional lessons, baggage and hooks we inherited from our family, especially through our mothers/maternal lineage. It might be difficult to walk away from something dysfunctional as it may seem familiar (i.e. like home) or if one is too caught up in the drama and intensity of the highs and lows that follow, or simply habituated to it all. Related topics: Stockholm Syndrome.

 

Hades & Kronos

Zeus overthrew and imprisoned his father Kronos (10 Cancer). Kronos wasn´t exactly father of the year material as he ATE Hades and his other siblings (except Zeus, who was whisked away to safety). Zeus saves Hades, Hades and Zeus and Poseidon later draw lots to see who rules which realm – and Zeus initiates the whole Hades-Persephone thing. He offers/suggests her to his brother, knowing full well that Demeter/Ceres/Her Mother will not consent. After the Earth-Goddess holds the world to ransom to rescue her daughter, Zeus is forced to relent.

In other words, mythologically speaking – this Weaver´s New Moon is one of the worst family reunions ever. And it all comes down to the distorted masculine – the Patriarch and the ripples and currents of pain and karma that His actions have brought about.

 

Nope, I´m not a man-hater, but mythology and the history of human civilization in the past couple of thousand years has (putting it mildly) led to the repression of the Feminine and the progressive enslavement of humanity to belief systems that would put their lives on the whims of the Dice of Fate and the Gods that cast them.

So… energetically speaking – this goes a lot deeper than what we see in our families, our relationships, our understanding of how we co-exist with fellow humans. It´s about making decisions that take us off the karmic hamster-wheel.

That is supported by the roles of Atropos and Requiem in this alignment:

Atropos and Requiem

Atropos is the eldest Sister of the Three Greek Fates. It is she who cuts the cord of life and initiates death. Similarly, Requiem is the Faciliator of Death. S/he moves us through the various life-cycles of birth-death-and-rebirth.

So clearly, something about this Moon asks us to set into motion decisions that will bring to an end dynamics carried through karmic, familial and ancestral ties. We are called to make new beginnings that no longer revisit the familiar haunts of the past.

In other words, depending on how deeply you choose to work with interpersonal, intrapersonal, transpersonal and/or collective energy – this New Moon can be a profound game-changer for us all.

 

How does this all go back to Libra you might ask?

 

Well… the most powerful connection we have is with the Universe, Cosmos – what we call Spirit. And our reality as we experience it is made up of that co-collaborative relationship. The partners and people we draw into our lives are those with whom we have made prior karmic contracts to experience that reality.

 

But what happens when you tear the contract up?

When you give yourself permission to step off the wheel?

When you decide to have a different relationship with the Divine?

When you choose … differently?

When you move away from the comfortable into untested waters?

 

That´s when you take back your Fire.

 

Gemstone Recommendations (fantastic links – and yeah, she uses the same ´hamster wheel´ concept – just found out) : http://www.judyhall.co.uk/…/the-top-5-crystals-for-a-karmic… ; http://www.judyhall.co.uk/…/time-to-let-go-ancestral-and-ka…

Ritual Practices: A fantastic time to do any spiritual practice that lets you LET GO and choose to be who you are. Not what your parents, gods, pre-conditioned ideas of fate/destiny, society, or anyone or anything else tells you. To go forth and Weave your Own Destiny.

 

Viva la Prometheus! Viva la Arachne!

(If Prometheus had a theme song and was of the 80´s generation … that would be it)

Lyrics (from http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/thetransformers/dare.htm ):

Sometimes when your hopes have all been shattered
And there’s nowhere to turn
You wonder how you keep going
Think of all the things that really mattered
And the chances you’ve earned
The fire in your heart is growing
You can fly, if you try leaving the past behind
Heaven only knows what you might find
 
Dare – dare to believe you can survive
You hold the future in your hand
Dare – dare to keep all of your dreams alive
It’s time to take a stand
And you can win, if you dare
 
Everybody’s trying to break your spirit
Keeping you down
Seems like it’s been forever
But there’s another voice if you’ll just hear it
Saying it’s the last round
Looks like it’s now or never
Out of the darkness you stumble into the light
Fighting for the things you know are right
 
Dare – dare to believe you can survive
The power is there at your command
Dare – dare to keep all of your dreams alive
It’s time to take a stand
And you can win, if you dare
 
Dare – dare to believe you can survive
You hold the future in your hand
Dare – dare to keep all of your dreams alive
The power is there at your command
 
Dare – dare to keep all your love alive
Dare to be all you can be
Dare – ’cause there is a place where dreams survive
And it’s calling you on to victory

 

So Dare! 

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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OUROBOROS GONE MAD: WHEN SELF-HATRED CONSUMES THE SELF

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The symbol of the Serpent eating its Tail is used to signify regeneration, endless continuity of the cosmic cycle, the process of birth-rebirth and the dance between creation and destruction – ad infinitum. Think of it as the circle of life. But we don´t just end up exactly where we began, do we?

It´s more of a spiral. There is a (perceived) movement in a given direction of growth, suffering – or experience in general. Some spirals/cycles lead us to growth and happiness, and others to (a different kind of) growth and suffering. I´m simplifying it here for heuristic purposes – reality is rarely that neat.

The former is what we idealize, the latter is what we (often) neglect to mention. I find this perfectly expressed in the image of a real-life serpent biting seeking to swallow its tail to the point that its mouth begins to bleed. I haven´t posted it here as it´s a pretty disturbing image, but here a link for those of you who want to see it.

For the most part, our conscious, waking selves rarely seek to destroy the self and make it miserable. Few people would willingly say: I´d rather be miserable and self-destructive – as opposed to – happy and self-fulfilling. But many act on the basis of a sub-conscious script that says exactly that.

Mainstream psychology can help to unveil the causes of such self-hatred, the origin of such vicious cycles, through an analysis of childhood years, traumatic experiences and so on.

In my work, I find that these incidents actually repeat themselves, from cycles set in motion long .. long.. ago. It helps to look at the scenario through in terms of karmic and past-life cycles.

When you look for the origin of a particular sub-conscious belief through the life-spans of the Soul´s past … you see a lot of context for the experiences of the present. Many of my clients who work with traditional psychology often have that AHA! moment when we combine those perspectives.

There are of course other disciplines and modalities that do this exact sort of work. I can only speak for what I do and have experienced.

Also – I´m not a physician or psychologist and that the perspectives of these professionals should not be ignored, if you choose to elicit their services and agree with their paradigms. None of what I am saying here is intended to discredit their work in any form. Think of this as an alternative method of understanding what´s going on with the body, mind and spirit.

I´ve been working on myself as of late, seeking to identify unacknowledged parts of myself that operate on self-harming or self-debilitating scripts. We all have them (perhaps except fresh arrivals to this plane or truly transcended-embodied beings – maybe they just handle them better though?).

Anyways…

Part of this work has led me deeper into the study of the Dark Goddess and how that energetic archetype links in with the parts of the self that simply cannot find any reason to love, but need little provocation to harm. Astrology and mythology do not idealize Gods and Goddesses as sources of unconditional good or uncontested sanity – which is why I use them as a framework for navigating my own understanding of The Divine. It makes a lot more sense, to me at least.

It´s been coming together for me in my study of myself, and equally in the study of the charts, cases and people I encounter in my work. Similar types of self-hating of self-harming themes, manifested in strange (but overly familiar) physical symptoms, cross-cutting symbols, and so on. (It´s Chiron´s gig – you help others heal from what you´re trying to heal in yourself …)

Today I encountered two individuals who had blaringly loud self-hate mixtapes playing from within the cellars of their sub-conscious. Each manifested their pain differently. Their stories are represented here with their consent.

One woman chose to move to a city that would re-trigger the exact astrological triggers present at her father´s death and has been stuck, unable to process the event or to begin moving forwards with her life for the better part of a decade. (It helps to look at the energy of a place and how it interacts or alters the expression of your chart before moving someplace). She followed what she thought were her instincts, bringing her face to face with the same kind of abuse and harm she became acclimatized to in childhood. The ´choice´ was certainly not a conscious one – I had to dig deep in the astrology of her natal, relocated and progressed chart to find the common thread. But it was there, undeniably expressed through the mathematics of astrology… the same karmic currents, revisited.

Another lady manifested her self-hatred through (various things, especially) rheumatoid arthritis-since-childhood. Rheumatoid Arthritis basically occurs when the body doesn´t realize it´s eating itself, focusing more so on the membrane lining the joints (again, massive oversimplification). She experienced powerful, frightening visions and symbols as part of her journey with ayahuasca which – ultimately – echoed the essence of her reading. During her session, we connected up the dots and drew up the general features of – what exactly she sought to ´attack / devour´ within herself through an analysis of past-life experiences.

What was clear, in each session, was how an unacknowledged part of each individual´s psyche appeared to be operating on a different set of instinctual drives, needs and perspectives. Not quite as dramatic as a case of multiple-personalities or borderline personality disorder (which I have come across as well).

Where does it come from? Past-life work is one side of the story – but in the present – especially for women – a lot of it comes down to the experiences that shape, mark or even scar us. And much of that is bound up in the double-bind that patriarchal institutions have us tied up in knots in. (Translation: We´ll screw you over and if you resist, you´re screwed up / unladlylike / mad / a spitting, raging bitch who deserves the madhouse and/or a good spanking) The same applies to men who choose to explore other definitions of masculinity, people who defy gender stereotypes, and those who are excluded from the mainstream.

Self-hatred is a response to so much of these cues and experiences, especially when one is told that they must accept the status quo – or that it is their fault they can´t adapt, adjust or stay silent. It is a feeling of impotence, rage, anger to the external world that is turned inwards. Some experience this as a state of muddled confusion, sadness, grief that can mask the deeper roots of this reaction. Some people do act out, and that often feeds into the chain of violence, blame, shame and harm that set the cycle going in the first place.

In my work, I see a common thread. That when a strong person is pushed past a certain point, they either need to act out – or turn it inwards. And it, it some cases, literally begins to eat inside you. For me this is not an expression of weakness – but rather energy that gets misdirected. I wouldn´t even use the word ´victim´ or the idea that one is ´to blame´. That´s a part of the problem, rather than the route to its solution.

Part of dealing with the energy is to first recognize when, how, where and why it gets triggered. How it responds to your world, through you – does it co-pt the conscious mind or simply operate so subliminally that it´s hard to trace? It involves becoming aware of this energy/state of being – and being accepting of it. At the end of the day, the name of the Game is Love – it always is. But finding a part of yourself that is mimicking the distortions of the outside world within you – and loving it – isn´t an easy thing.

But is it rewarding?

Hell, yes. Peace through the acceptance of all aspects of the Self is priceless.

I would recommend the use of Aqua Aura Quartz and Rose Quartz to bring you gracefully into a state of witnessing, accepting and integrating the multiple aspects of the self. Labradorite will work wonders for the process of energetic integration. Rose essential oil will help with … bringing it all together as part of the Conscious-Flame-of-Love-And-Spirit-That-Is-You.

My own self-limiting scripts come through when I get in a particular state of mind. There´s a part of my own energy that is different from the rest of me. (Well, it´s all me – but this part is in need of further integration – and it´s pretty damn old). I´ve learnt how to identify this energy through very subtle changes in temperature – almost a kind of heat with a subtle scent and a sense of vulnerability or openness in a place without a name. And I´m sitting with those parts of me, or getting to a place where that´s possible. And we´ll probably (hopefully) find a way to hug it out, or simply coexist in mutual awareness. Maybe even integrate. Let´s see.

So in other words, whether it´s in me, you, people across this planet – we all have some parts of ourselves that lead the serpent to extremes. What is a process of creation-and-destruction becomes pure destruction. The serpent bleeds at the mouth in a bid to swallow itself. Suffering ensues.

And that is really where external help, perspectives and facilitation can be of such use. Because so much of this is sub-conscious and is done in a way that the conscious mind does not know how question – it´s a blind spot. The conscious mind may, in fact, try to find excuses to wash away the need to address the few cues that do come. And the rhetoric of religion and spirituality is unfortunately a great tool in self-deception. (It can bring you to truth, but equally to its opposite – depends on how you navigate the two).

The more I pay attention to this, the more I see that it´s a huge issue for spiritualists, especially those who work more-so with the archetype of the Deep, Rich, Dark, Void. Without circumspection and a decent set of mirrors, it becomes hard to know which of – the multiple you-s – is calling the shots. And all to easy to romanticize instinctual urges from the , shall we say, more damaged parts of you.

As I told one of these women earlier today – one set of your instincts is sane, the other isn´t. Much like the First Nations parable of the two wolves and the choice of which to feed.

Speaking of feeding – it´s time for lunch.

Hugs,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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TIME TO ROAR (26-27/9): PLUTO STATIONS DIRECT, SUN CONJUNCTS JUPITER AND SUPER GALACTIC CENTER, ERIS/URANUS SQUARE VESTA

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A little over an hour ago, Pluto stationed direct. The Pluto Retrograde has ended, for now. What we see is a collective halting, a turning away from the inward focus or the intense process of descent. Significant turn-arounds or breakthroughs in perception on shamanic, ancestral, karmic or inter-dimensional matters (particularly related to the Underworld) will be quite likely at this time. Those who do not operate in these realms may interpret this as shift in the wind, so to speak. A lessening of a sense of pressure, relief from an all-out obsessive pursuit or burden carried by a more hidden aspect of the psyche. You will of course, continue to journey with Pluto and its current focus on the lessons of power, integrity, sexuality, intimacy, the occult, magick – and the question of how we use these to leave a legacy worth leaving behind – but in ways that are less veiled. You may also notice shifts in perception surrounding career matters or your larger idea of what it is you came to do.

The Sun has also been conjunct Jupiter at 3 Libra, close to the Super-Galactic Center at 1 Libra. All around, this is a significant time for the creation and dissolution of major karmic contracts. Angel Aura Quartz is a powerful stone that can be used to carry forwards this work and to take the lessons learnt during this powerful time – into the future of your own choosing/making.

Saturn´s square to the Nodes (11 Sagittarius-Virgo-Pisces) has also been exact over the past few days. It is a certainly a time of finding one´s feet / path / alignment in the world and whatever direction one chooses to take to find it. All choices are valid – just make sure you don´t reject a choice out of hubris and/or the weight of preconceptions surrounding what the Sacred must look/feel/talk/taste like. Remember that Neptune is nearby – and we face our delusions as we seek the sacred. Pedestals will fall – and this is a good thing. Most of the time they exist in your own mind than in any external facet of reality (which you co-construct through your own perception).

Last but not least … Eris and Uranus conjuncted at 23 Aries two days ago. Their effects are still rippling out into the cosmos and being felt at an intensely visceral level. Those of you who identify with the archetype of the Dark or Shadow Goddess have an easier label to use to interpret the Rising Erisian Energy. Here is an article, video and guided meditation for those who require more information on this particular aspect in the skies.

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Eris and Uranus square Vesta (23 Cancer) at this time. It is a potent, generationally defining moment for us all. We ask ourselves the question of who we truly are – and what we have, thus far, sacrificed of ourselves to fulfil some vision of service? For a woman, in particular, it is the prescription to forsake her identity, her emotions, her dreams, visions, and ideas … her wildness, her untameable, socially ´disrespectful´, sexual, irrepressible being so that a home and domestic sphere may exist for others.

We then ask, nay, realize that it is time to let go of such visions, as our most Authentic sense of Self is waiting to be birthed at this time.

Let yourself be you – as long as you do not hurt yourself or another in the process. (And no, walking out of a relationship or social arrangement of bondage and submission does not count as ´hurting another´ in this context). You don´t have to stop being a mother, a nurturer, a home-maker if you so choose – but you don´t have to be defined by those roles either. You don´t have to divorce them from the flame that is you.

Let others judge as they will. Let them walk away should your flame be too bright for them or force them to see that you can no longer be controlled.

This is your time to Roar.

Make it Loud, Proud – and from the Heart.

Blessings,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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2 WEEKS OF SESSIONS! 26 September – 10 October, 2016

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Hello everyone! Thank you for your patience. I´ve been navigating particularly bad internet service. Sessions start tomorrow and continue for 2 weeks! There´s already a long waitlist so …. snap up a place as you get the opportunity to do so.

This round offers:

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Blessings,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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ERIS/URANUS CONJUNCTION PT. 2 (25 September 2016) – THE DARK GODDESS AND THE GUIDED EGG MEDITATION

 

No matter how sacred, religious and utterly God/Goddessy a vibration or impulse seems – if it compels you to do things beyond your conscious control and Will, affecting your life in an adverse way – treat it as you would an addiction. There´s nothing wrong or shameful in that. But when your energy signature meets someone or something larger than itself that it cannot create a healthy relationship with – draw appropriate boundaries. Especially with Eris-Uranus conjunct tomorrow, I cannot understate the importance of spiritual and psychic boundaries – because this energy is HUGE.

Eris represents the Rising energy of the Feminine and Uranus brings in the possibilities of Change, Transformation and Awakening. Eris is also associated with the Discord that is wrought of wide-scale War (think of Troy). When these two get together, there´s going to be a multi-channelled awakening of Feminine energy.

Some of it will Fiercely Nurture and some of it will want to Destroy the world that enslaved it so. At a personal level, you may feel experiences of wanting to break through the system, the people, the relationships that have made you feel shackled. For some, it´s going to be a graceful exit. For others … a red hot raging mess of emotions, intensity and righteous rage. Some of you can and will harness this towards finding greater authenticity and freedom of Being – fantastic, keep at it! But there will be others who simply lash out in senseless acts of violence, be it physical, psychological – and so on.

Personally, I believe that Fierce Love and Restructuring of the Collective need not necessitate Violence. That may be idealistic talk for some of you, but it´s the energy that I wish to bring to my engagement with Eris-Uranus. The first activation was in June 2016 and the final one will be in March 2017. So we will not be done with this energy any time soon.

You may want to read my earlier piece on ´When Not All Darkness is Sacred: Things to Bear in Mind when Embodying or Channelling the Dark Goddess´ – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1mo especially if you feel these impulses to be leading you in places you do not wish to enter.

Because we label energies as ´sacred´, ´evil´, ´God´, ´Goddess´ and ascribe a given moral value to them, we also try to fit our experiences to internalized expectations of what such experiences must ultimately mean. And if anything, what I have found is that the values we project unto our spiritual constructs rarely match the experience one has of such energies directly.

One of the biggest self-imposed mindtraps that humanity places on its relationship with Spirit falls on the pedestalization-vilification spectrum. As … problematic as the vilification of the Dark Goddess is … so too is accepting the channels of Her energy without question or critical reflection. When we ask such questions, we are told that we lack faith. I can´t say I agree with that.

If we believe in the power of prayer, ritual and collective belief-systems – consider the energetic effect that thousands of years of suppression on a particular archetype or energy signature of the Feminine will have created.

No.. it´s not all roses and buttercups and daffodils. Parts of the rising Erisian energy are …. toxic. And some we can clear up, others, we hold space for. Or we find balance with using other elements, deities or energy signatures.

Remember – as much as we may want to romanticize the Rising Feminine – Eris is the Goddess who basically caused the Trojan War. She threw down the Apple of Discord to a wedding party after she realized she didn´t get an invite. There are other ways to re-write and re-signify the Eris Myth, but that is the core. And at least a part of that energy will still play out in that narrative.

Those who fear the impulses that are awakened now will run away from them. Those who over-identify with them will jump in head-first. Neither is necessarily a balanced option.

So what do you do?

My response to this is to seek a different meaning or narrative to the Dark Goddess / Rising Suppressed Feminine energy. And for me, that requires the Heart, Detachment and Calmness. Without these as counter-balances, chances are we´re just going to be playing out the Eris myth. Yet again. (WW2 emerged from the events that followed the Eris-Uranus conjunction).

So how does it work?

Coming from the Heart and striving to find a space of Detached Calmness through the Storm does not negate the need for Change nor does it invalidate the pain and suffering that so many have borne. It simply means that we will be in a better space to act upon our deeper impulses and drives in ways that do not cause unnecessary damage. You will act out passionately, in whatever way you see fit, so it is best to have a counter-point, an anchor which allows you to reflect upon what you´re doing, how and why.

Here is a video explanation and a guided meditation that I have just made in response to many of you who have reached out for help and support at this time.

Blessings and Love ❤

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Dark Mother’s Children ; The Sky Priestess

A huge hug to my big brother Ashoka Mohannan for holding space and co-facilitating ❤

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SEPTEMBER EQUINOX, MERCURY STATIONS DIRECT, URANUS-ERIS ON THE WAY AND MORE!!! (21-26 SEPTEMBER 2016)

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This year´s September Equinox is woven into several other major celestial alignments. I begin with events that flavour the day itself (22nd September) and upcoming astro-highlights that gradually intensify their focus and energy – up to the point they go exact. It´s all about what´s going down between September 21-26, 2016.

Equinoxes are times where the length of the day matches the length of the night. They are turning points on the wheel of the seasons, more noticeable the farther we get from the Equator. They are celebrated as moments of time where we honor Balance. Of Light and Dark, Day and Night, Pain and Pleasure, Male and Female – or whatever other dualistic binary you prefer working with. I liken it to the symbol of the Tao / Taijitu / Ying Yang symbol and the overall impression of dynamic equilibrium that it evokes. You can use this symbol to equally interpret the significance of solstices. I leave it to you as an exercise in interpretation should you wish to gaze upon it and the messages it offers.

Astrologically speaking, the theme of balance is reinforced beautifully by the fact the Sun enters Libra at the time of the September Equinox. Libra is of course the energy of Balance and Equilibrium, represented by the symbol of the Scales of Justice. I (like a few other astrologers who prefer re-working codes and symbols) do not exclusively see Libra as representative of beauty, grace and harmony as per social codes or norms. There are multiple ways of finding balance in the world: one through gradual change and the other through violent disruption. The scales can re-balance themselves gently, or swing wildly till they finally settle. It´s diplomacy with the dove or by the sword.

As the Sun enters Libra, it also approaches the Super-Galactic Center (now at 1 Libra): what I interpret as one of the most powerful points of karmic/spiritual influence that we know of in our understanding of the cosmos through an astrological perspective. Between September 22-24, you will have the experience and opportunity to either re-negotiate, initiate or perhaps even dissolve long standing energetic contracts. This may manifest in terms of a personal partnership, a professional collaboration, or simply (and profoundly) the way one soul chooses to engage with another in on a one-to-one basis. Some of these negotiations will be graceful and others will feel like diplomacy wielded by the edge of a burning blade. It is also a fantastic time to do meditative work with the nature of the Primordial, Cosmic Void (if you are already familiar or initiated into that kind of spiritual work/element/experience).

At the same time, Mercury (14 Virgo) will be trined Pluto Retrograde (14 Capricorn). In fact, Mercury stations direct on the 22nd (same date as the Equinox, depending on time zone – 21st night for those of you in the Americas), hours before the Sun enters Libra. This is especially significant, for a whole range of reasons. You may find new answers arising to situations that have been taxing your mental nerves for the past month coming up after the Equinox. Look especially at questions or decisions you took around September 6 (as that is when the Sun was at 14 Virgo, close to the North Node and trining Pluto)

I see this as a powerful time for us to reconsider how we interpret our paths of service, healing and practical manifestation. Do we serve in ways that disempower the self, or others? Do we create cycle of dependency or sustainable self-sufficiency? Does our work tilt the scales in favour of a socio-politically tilted status quo, or do we, in our own ways, challenge it? Those of you with placements near 14 Taurus will experience this as a profound Grand Earth Trine – truly powerful possibilities for reconfiguring your relationship with the material realm and what and how you choose to manifest (and why).

Think about the bigger ripples that your work is creating in the world and whether they in fact lead to the right places. It´s certainly been a theme strongly informing my own thoughts as of late as I have been working with kids with genetic disabilities and families in need through a local charity. It´s been .. a very intense experience. Heartbreaking and heartopening in so many different ways. And it really makes you think about the legacy you leave behind through how you serve.

Some things, do need to be questioned – no matter how holy the garb they are adorned in.

Mercury will also square the Great Attractor (14 Sagittarius). It is a powerful time to orient one´s self with a Path, Paradigm, Teacher, Mentor or Journey which will lead you to a different horizon. It could even be a flight overseas or taking a new course to broaden your own mind, or learning a different language. Some of you will find what you want by realizing what it is that you don´t want, whereas, others will be guided straight to what they do need. It´s all about how we navigate the celestial information coming to us now.

In the buildup to the Equinox – on September 21st – we also see the Gemini Moon squaring Saturn, the North Node, the South Node, Neptune and Mercury. There´s going to be a lot of emotional intensity and the possibility for breakthrough coming through the form of an Intense! Grand Mutable Cross. It is … so incredible to note that the Cross (made by way of the Moon´s transit) ends right before the Sun enters Libra! ! ! Wowza! You could not make that up!!!

We´ve been experiencing this Mutable-Squared energy for quite some time now, and so some of the challenges that come up now may seem very familiar. Siblings and/or others who feature prominently in your daily environments/early childhood may be powerful catalysts for awakening.

Otherwise, just stay open and pay attention to the messages that appear, the writing on the wall and so on. Writing and speaking may have a cathartic effect for those who feel especially bottled up. Blue lace agate will help to calm the edge of unbridled anger whereas aquamarine will help to organize and clarify the expression of emotion and will.

As I (and many, many other astrologers) have been saying for much of 2016 – it is a year of Navigation. You find the road or Path to Spirit that truly brings you in alignment with the unknowable, formless, nameless – utterly transcendental – experience of the Sacred. We are also called to hone and harness more sophisticated and grounded paths of service that channel this energy whilst moving away from sacrifice-suffering-oriented models of growth that ultimately get us entrapped further in the karmic game. But everyone will have their own take on that.

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Unsurprisingly, I´m now at Siem Reap (close to Angkor Wat, the temple-megacomplex dedicated to Lord Mahavishnu and Lord Shiva and …. as far as I am concerned, built by the descendants of the Southern Indian Chola empire) with my older brother!

Whoo!!! I´ve been trying to get here for the past 2 years and each time something has gone wrong with the booking. Either the flight didn´t go through or the hotel or some other weird shenanigan. But FINNAAAALLLYYY!!!!!!! SIEM REEEAPPP!!! YEEAAAAHHHHH!!!

ANGKOR WAT, HERE I COME!

I´m hoping to see more of the representation of the Feminine in some of the smaller temples. Graham Hancock´s reading of Angkor Wat and its cosmological significance is… well… stellar 😀

Okay .. back to the astrology, having got that out of my system.

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At the time of the Equinox, Venus (28 Libra) will be squared Thereus (28 Cancer). It is an excellent time to be moving past victim-abuser dynamics passed down the generational line and reproduced in one´s personal and professional partnerships. If you´re in a relationship where you feel like you´re being controlled/are controlling – walk out of it and allow yourselves to open up to new definitions of what a relationship can look, feel and taste like. There´s going to be power play here and the best way to get out of it is to simply walk away. No one deserves to be bullied or made to feel as though they are undeserving of love, nurture, respect, and so on.

Mars (26 Sagittarius) will be nearly conjunct the Galactic Center of the Milky Way (27 Sagittarius). Find your Path and Launch! It echoes Mercury´s square to the Great Attractor in a powerful way. Choose a road, and if you find it´s the wrong one for you later .. you still get to change it. Either way … Initiate!

Now … for the two BIG celestial shifts that we´re already in the process of building up towards: Pluto stationing Direct. And …. URANUS CONJUNCT ERIS Pt. 2 (of 3) !!!!!

On September 25, 2016 – Uranus will conjunct Eris (exactly) at 23 degrees Aries. This isn´t something that a single article or series of articles can adequately do justice to.

Eris represents the Rising energy of the Feminine and Uranus brings in the possibilities of Change, Transformation and Awakening. Eris is also associated with the Discord that is wrought of wide-scale War (think of Troy). When these two get together, there´s going to be a multi-channeled awakening of Feminine energy.

Some of it will Fiercely Nurture and some of it will want to Destroy the world that enslaved it so. Personally, I believe that Fierce Love and Restructuring of the Collective need not necessitate Violence. That may be idealistic talk for some of you, but it´s the energy that I wish to bring to my engagement with Eris-Uranus. The first activation was in June 2016 and the final one will be in March 2017.

My suggestion to you would be to engage with this energetic signature (especially those of you who channel Dark Goddess energy) from a space of Calm. From the Heart. You may want to read my earlier piece on ´When Not All Darkness is Sacred: Things to Bear in Mind when Embodying or Channelling the Dark Goddess´ – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1mo .

Coming from the Heart and striving to find a space of Detached Calmness through the Storm does not negate the need for Change nor does it invalidate the pain and suffering that so many have borne. It simply means that we will be in a better space to act upon our deeper impulses and drives in ways that do not cause unnecessary damage. You will act out passionately, in whatever way you see fit, so it is best to have a counter-point, an anchor which allows you to reflect upon what you´re doing, how and why. The video attached was made during Uranus-Eris conjunction in June 2016, addressing this very issue:

 

Back to the present … and near-future . . .

Ungrounded souls will be in need of support and sanctuary. Those of you who can freely give it without condition, please extend your support. Being ungrounded at this time isn´t a measure of how ´spiritually awakened´ (whatever that is / however that is measured) you are. Some of us working with the new channels of Feminine energy have had to re-learn our spiritual alphabet as it were, back to the basics. Baby steps as we birth a new Love-Wave.

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The picture I´ve used for this post symbolizes that energetic anchoring and intent.

I went to a Goddess temple after a long day of witnessing pain and contemplating the nature of the Universe that would tell a parent that a genetically … malformed? defective? (I really don´t know the right word – anger surges through me when I think about it) – that a genetically impaired child deserves their lot in life because of sins from their past births. And I roared and I prayed for two hours, which felt like all of five minutes.

I noticed that lights were lit for every major statue in the temple and that the wind had blown out the much-neglected statue of AshtaDurga (the Eight-handed Goddess Durga). I lit her lamp, prayed and – much to my surprise and joy – it stay lit through the wind. I obtained permission and took a photo of Her. The image is my take on that photo – and the Violet Ray came through. For others it will be Magenta, or even something different (it´s certainly not just one channel opening up for me and others at this time). I will discuss this further as we get closer to the actual Eris-Uranus conjunction.

Whatever you do, however you choose to engage with Her Energy …

Bear in mind the lesson of Libra: What will it be? Balance through Peace, or the Blade of War? You – We – will all pick.

Just a day later (September 26, 2016) – Pluto stations direct. It´s the end of the Pluto retrograde, this round of it at the very least. Some of the most intense aspects of the ´descent´ in the Underworld / Shadow Work / Ancestral Work / Deep Healing will cease. A moment of relief as it were. As we slowly move back into … shall we say a lighter shade of black.

I hope it is a time where we can choose to move past that drama (i.e. energetic, emotive intensity) of victimhood and bullying … suffering and struggle … power and its abuse …. or – at the very least – to see that other alternatives to the narrative are present.

September 25/26, 2016 is also a powerful time for another reason – Saturn´s squares to the North and South Nodes go exact at 11 degrees Sagittarius-Virgo-Pisces. If you´ve got a body near 11 Gemini, it becomes … one heckuva Grand Mutable Cross. If you haven´t aligned or chosen the path you want to align with yet, something will happen at this time to push you towards it. Be open, see what comes. If everything gets too intense – just remember to breathe. You win points just for being here and doing no intentional harm to Self and Others.

There´s of course other alignments going on … but I felt these to be the most important to address at this time.

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Last but not least, I´ve been asked about sessions at this time. I will officially open sessions from the 28th onwards till October 7, 2016. Those of you who want to pre-book, just use this link (times shown in your timezone): http://veribook.com/viewAvail/CRrmFRpVvc – for the Vesta/Eris/Mnisession. If you´re looking for one of my other sessions, just get in touch here 🙂

Those of you who want to work with this … incredible energy in a focused way, consider booking a session between the 24-27th of September on an ad hoc basis. Alternatively, you might simply want to experience the energy first-hand, which is fantastic as well. I´m saying that I´ll be around, but … tune in to see if it´s an experience you need – and if you really need that extra edge or intensity.

I only offer a session if I feel it´ll benefit someone, and many of you will find answers in the skies themselves. Some of you will need to wait till the Storm passes and others will Dance at Her Center.

All Good. All Valid. All Needed Approaches. No one´s way is as good as the way you find for yourself, as part of your own process. Do not feel the need to make comparisons – your story, however you choose to write it, is a valuable, unique and original contribution to the story we are all collaboratively creating together… with the God/dess & Cosmos & Whatever-it-is-you-understand-as-The-Sacred.

Blessings, Love and Hugs!  ❤ 

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Post & Image ´Dark Goddess Re-Kindled, Kampung Pasir Mariamman Temple, 20.9.16´ © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2016. All rights reserved. Please do not use or reproduce without permission.

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QUICK ASTRO-UPDATE: 17 September 2016 (Mars trines Eris and Uranus, squares Chiron)

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Mars at 24 Sagittarius trines Eris and Uranus at 23 Aries, squaring Chiron at 22 Pisces. Asteroid Pholus (the revealer) is nearby at 24 Sagittarius.

Translation: through these deep waters we navigate, our compasses may begin to point us in a new direction. One that helps us with that inexplicable tendency (you might even call it an addiction) we may have to navigate straight into karmic whirlpools.

Pay attention to new ways or openings that open new possibilities, potentially new outcomes.

The energy of the Feminine asks us to act, to take bold steps towards the creation of the Self we yearn to Become. This is a rising, raging energy – but one that, in itself, must learn to be accessed and integrated in way that doesn´t burn you out. Remember to ground out and take a chill pill (or build a blanket fort) – if it gets too intense. Just being is a perfectly valid response if things just get overwhelming.

Mars also sextiles Venus (22 Libra) and makes an inconjunct to Atlantis (22 Cancer) and Vesta (20 Cancer). Those with placements near 22-23 Taurus/Aquarius will experience powerful Yods (Fingers of Fate), bringing you swiftly to the karmic crossroads of choice. Do you choose to move into a new karmic cycle, or to remain in the one you´re in (and intensely so)?

Translation: Our relationships, partnerships, home-dynamics and emotions are pretty much ground zero. Expect upheavals if these parts of your lives are not in alignment with your spiritual aspirations and truest callings. A relationship that does not honor the Feminine in anyone who is a part of it – will have to change. As will family dynamics.

Bear in mind that we will respond to these alignments differently – and there´s also a lot more going on in the skies.

Full article with even more astro-info on the skies at present: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1pS

Blessings,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam  
The Sky Priestess

For those of you seeking to work with me, please note that  Round 2 of the Vesta/Eris sessions will take place between 23 September – October 6. I´m waiting for Mercury to station direct. You can reach out to me to book sessions ad hoc, but bear in mind that it will be … an incredibly intense energy to navigate through. 

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THE PISCES PENUMBRAL LUNAR ECLIPSE 16.9.2016: REVELATION, MYSTERY AND THE MAGIC OF SPIRIT

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We begin this article with an astronomical note, followed by the spiritual and energetic analysis this alignment brings to us all. It is a potent Eclipse and one which brings with it the opportunities for many beginnings, endings, release, healing … and initiation unto a new Path. One that will, at the very least, involve a re-conceptualization of the road you´re headed on, the world you want to create and be a part of. It´s hard to say whether this alignment is more Yin or Yang as the Masculine and Feminine come through very different, and often overlapping channels at this point in time.

ASTRONOMICAL NOTE:

The Moon (24 Pisces) opposes the Sun (24 Virgo) at 19:04 UTC on 16.9.2016, creating a penumbral lunar Eclipse, meaning that the Earth´s outer shadow falls on the Moon as the Sun, Earth and Moon line up together in space. Those of you in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica may see a partial shading of the Moon (if you see any external difference at all).

From the astrological perspective, Eclipses are particularly significant as they act as funnels or intensifiers of cosmic energy, setting and releasing cycles of growth, change and experience in mathematically exact cycles. I work with the Saros cycle system, which sees different iterations or members of ´eclipse families´ occur in sequence, each eclipse separated by approximately 6,585.3 days (18 years 11 days 8 hour) intervals.

So, look back to the previous members of this particular Eclipse family to see how the flow of energy carries through these hyper-activated points in space-time. This eclipse is Number 8 or 70 in Saros cycle 147. This eclipse was preceded by 7 others and will continue to perpetuate itself through a further 62 eclipses, beginning on July 2nd 1890 and ending on 28 July 3134. This refers to the Lunar (as opposed to the Solar) Saros series 147.

The most recent eclipses in this series occurred on 26th August 1980 and 6th September 1998. The next two eclipses will occur on 28th September 2034 and 8th October 2052. Look back to those previous dates to see where the energy you´re feeling comes from (or is linked to) and to the future dates to see where it may continue to play out.

Info on Eclipse Cycles: eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEsaros/LEsaros147.html

And now, the astrological and spiritual interpretation of the Pisces Penumbral Eclipse (16.9.2016).

ASTRO-SPIRITUAL INTERPRETATION …

The Lunar Eclipse is, by definition, a Full Moon. We have discussed above the 18 year cycles that connect families of eclipses. In astrology, we can also find a connection between events that occur at a particular degree of an event, or, through the cycle of energy between the New Moon and Full Moon.

New Moons are excellent time for the seeding of intentions that they may culminate with the corresponding Full Moons of the signs these occur in. Therefore, the energetic seed set for this Pisces Eclipse (September 16 2016) began (in addition to the 18-year eclipse cycles) on the Pisces Total Solar Eclipse / Pisces New Moon 2016 (March 8, 2016).

You will see the seeds you set recur in some form during this Eclipse. As we´re speaking of Pisces, we refer to matters that link with your deepest, nameless, formless, unquantifiable and absolutely inexplicable relationship with Spirit/uality. It also refers to our relationship with cycles of karma carried through past-lifetimes and through intergenerational work. Here is where we consider the liminal nature of the boundaries, or thresholds, that separate the energetic frequency of consciousness/perception we understand as reality – from other alternatives. It is where, in other words, the Veil is thinned.

The psychically sensitive will benefit from the use of Frankincense oil as this will help you purify your energetic space. Make sure you use a high quality oil which you are not allergic to. Purifying gemstones such as selenite will help to clear space. Stones such as celestite and kyanite can help to open psychic bridges or pathways to other levels of consciousness – if you feel this is a safe and necessary thing to do in your journey. Aquamarine will be using in finding clarity and focus through emotional turbulence, especially when you need to come to the point of taking action in some form.

Always (especially now) seek out the guidance of a facilitator you trust if you feel you need some perspective. Those of you drawn to working with me at this juncture in your journey, please note that my next round of sessions will be between September 19-30, 2016. I´m letting the energy of this alignment settle a little first.

The Sun (24 Virgo) conjuncts asteroid Minerva (25 Virgo), asking you to hold in mind the role of the discerning mind and intellect in navigating amorphous psychic energy / impressions at this time. Not all that glitters is gold and not that that slithers is evil. So much of what we perceive passes through a mental filter which may or may not be accurate. Minerva´s role in this alignment tells me that the Goddess´ blessings are showered upon those who seek to find paths of healing, wholeness and service through the psychic or intuitive revelations shown to them at this time.

The Moon, Sun and Minerva square the asteroid Pholus (24 Sagittarius). Pholus is associated with the nature of revelation that – once known – cannot be unknown – and so creates an irreversible effect. It speaks to the power of knowledge, and with it forms of change that it necessitates. It ripples through the cosmos, affecting us through the generational lines. According this fantastic article (on the power of Pholus and what it can bring to you – astropost.blogspot.com/2010/04/pholus-files.html ), it is also an energy that can put a stop to addictions. I read that as a call to end the compulsive, sub-conscious impulses that lead us to karmic decisions, cycles and experiences that we are ready to integrate and ultimately, no longer be governed by.

Amethyst (the gemstone) can help in finding the mental clarity, whereas, Malachite can help with finding the willpower needed to overcome addictive compulsions. (All of these tools can help, but the real work still comes down to You.)

Now … the Galactic Center of the Milky Way is at 27 Sagittarius, 3 degrees away from Pholus. You´re going to find your paths, guides, mentors, gurus, teachers, astrologers, oracles, etc. to profound be way-showers at this time. Sometimes you will be lovingly brought to a new space or direction, and at other times, forcibly kicked out. You may feel drawn to or repelled from a particular path or person – and that is orient. It is all part of your initiation unto a new journey or chapter.

With this powerful energy of revelation comes change. The information you receive now may sweep you off your feet in a good way – or – make you feel like the rug you´re standing on has just been pulled away from underneath. Different people will respond differently and so there is no hard and fast rule. I would recommend grounding practices, whilst consciously choosing to remain present, open (and protected) to whatever emerges through this transit.

Psychic protection is a must. Frankincense, camphor, neem or lime (oils), labradorite or black obsidian (gemstones) can help immensely. Consider smudging your space with white sage, incense, palo santo and the like.

The healing potential of this eclipse is emphasized as the Sun sextiles, whilst the Moon trines Panacea ´the cure to all ills´ at 23 Scorpio. Those with bodies near 23-24 Aquarius will experience this as a powerful Yod (Finger of Fate), bring you swiftly to karmic crossroads. Here you will choose what ideological framework you continue to situate your ideals and sense of individuality within as you navigate the depths in the search of healing, or paths of service. It is in this search that Panacea offers her remedies.

Panacea is conjunct asteroid Isis (23 Scorpio), opening a different level of interpretation and meaning for ritual practitioners / spiritualists who invoke the energy of this Goddess. The symbol of the Ankh appears to be of immense significance at this point of time. Remember that Isis brings life and healing, and it is she who goes into the Underworld to put together, build a new phallus for and resurrect her husband Osiris (The Wounded Masculine).

With Chiron at 22 Pisces and Atlantis at 22 Cancer, we see the role of psychic healing, wounding, trauma and energies that connect with past-lifetimes in oceanic/underwater civilizations heightened. Larimar (the gemstone) can be an intense, but effective catalyst in working through the deeper emotions and memories these alignments evoke. Together with Panacea, Isis and the Moon, Chiron and Atlantis come together to form a potent Grand Water Trine in the skies. One that brings out a wide range of emotions, intuitive, karmic and psychic possibilities and experiences.

What also strikes me as curious is the fact that the March 2016 New Moon / Total Solar Eclipse also had Chiron conjunct the Moon, just as we now experience. The Wounded Healer asks us to look back to then, and now, to see what lessons we have learnt, and will continue to learn hereafter. There is the choice to transcend a particular cycle of pain and wounding, and another to accept it as a path of service. Neither choice is more sacred than the other and let no one bully you into thinking otherwise. Charoite is a gemstone that can help those seeking clarity on this particular question.

There are … so very many different asteroidal, planetary and other conjunctions that make this Eclipse an extraordinary one. I´m going to conclude this article with a brief summary of a few of these aspects:

(1) Jupiter conjuncts the Super-Galactic Center (1 Libra): Our path to growth comes through the dissolution or creation of partnerships and collaborations in alignment with our Spirit and its connection with the energies of the Cosmos (our perception of All-That-Is). Many karmic contracts will be dissolved and others may (or may not) rise to take their place. There´s a lot of energetic recalibration underfoot as we rethink our visions of balance, justice and co-existence in the world (and how all of that is possible). There are moments where we are subtle, where we do not engage – and others where we roar charging into the arena to seek justice and redress.

(2) Mars (23 Sagittarius) trines Psyche (23 Leo) / Phaethon (22 Leo) and Uranus/Eris (23 Aries), creating a Grand Fire Trine at the 23rd degree of all Fire signs. Long story short is is when we reclaim the narrative of the Rising Feminine and integrate (or … if you still don´t see Her place in the world as a valid one) or exclude it from religious, spiritual, philosophical and/or intellectual paradigms and paths. You get to re-write Your-and-Her stories right now. Follow those impulses and act upon them, but make sure you don´t burn yourself out in a blaze of righteous fury and then have no energy left for anything else. We´re all burning, the world´s burning in its own way – and let us honor one another in our search for expression, passion and truth. There´s going to be a lot of reactive energy to Daddy-Patriarch, let us not let it spin our own compasses out of control. Focus your energy into the change you want it to manifest as.

(3) Saturn (10 Sagittarius) squares Neptune (10 Pisces), Eris (23 Aries) conjuncts Uranus (23 Aries). I´ve lumped these two together as I´ve written on them quite a bit before. Re-cap: We are asked to better align our Paths with the deeper Guidance from Spirit. We are asked to recognize (and embody) the archetype of the Rising Feminine in all aspects of our being, and the world-as-we-know it. They´re HUGE alignments, but ones we have been experiencing for most of 2016 in one form or another. Saturn squares the North Node (11 Virgo) which opposes Neptune and the South Node (11 Pisces). There´s a lot of karmic drama that this plays out through and much of it will relate to our paths of service and numinous experiences of what we truly consider ´the Sacred, without necessarily requiring intermediaries.

(4) Vesta (20 Cancer) squares Venus (21 Libra) and Uranus-Eris (23 Aries). If you recall my article on the Virgo Solar Eclipse 2 weeks prior, I made the case for taking note of Vesta at this particular degree as she plays a significant role in our collective evolutionary process, at least, till 2020 – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1nz ! I see this as a time where the Priestess realizes that she need not sacrifice her femininity, emotion or home to perform her service in the world, nor does she need to be enslaved by it all. Relationships will be powerfully reconfigured at this time – and potentially dissolved – if they seek to confine the Feminine to its (purely) domestic, sacrificial expression. Whilst mothering and nurturing your family is one of the most sacred acts of service a person can do, it need not be the only, or even, the primary way that the Feminine can be of service. I see this as a clarion call to (Pluto in) Capricorn, which gives us the opportunity to reconfigure our visions of power and the role of the feminine in the institutions that contain them.

(5) South Node (11 Pisces) trines whilst North Node (11 Virgo) sextiles Black Moon Lilith and Juno (13 Scorpio). The Karma we seek to clear pertains to the Shadow Aspect of the Feminine. Which is not an evil thing, but often carries the weight of karmic baggage and projection. An excellent time to perform healing rituals or … call it rituals of love … with/upon/for deities and archetypes of femininity that represent the wounded, scarred or forgotten aspects of She-Who-Is-Goddess. It is time to realize that the Dark Womb is Sacred Ground, rather than the chamber of shame, neglect, abuse and judgement. Those of you with placements near 11-13 Cancer will experience this intensely as a Grand Water Trine, whereas those with placements near 11-13 Aries will experience this as a pivotal Yod (Finger of Fate).

So …. like I said, a lot is going on the skies and these are selected vignettes of the celestial symphony. Stay safe, stay grounded, stay protected. And then open yourself to the embrace of the skies. You might find a new way to see it all.

General Gemstone Tip. Try working with Sugilite. I find it resonant with the energies of the Goddess, in her many, many forms (and states of formlessness).

Blessings and Love,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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SNIFFING OUT THE SKIES: ESSENTIAL OILS AND THE SUN/MERCURY RX CONJUNCTION AT 20 VIRGO

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Last night, I went out with my family as I needed to unwind after the intensity of the past few days – and the sessions therein. Deep energetic facilitation on the self or others evokes powerful and complex emotional, psychological and spiritual responses. Good self-care for facilitators involves some element of downtime after particularly intense work.

There´s an essential oil shop nearby the place we usually hang out. I headed in and sniffed out my usuals: Rose, Lavender, etc.

And my nose just said, hell No.

The oil base they´d used simply overpowered the scent of the oils themselves and I just wrinkled my nose at it.

Okay … so I waved my hand over 10 rows of roughly 60 or 70 bottles and picked up which ones I felt drawn two.

One was Frankincense (Boswellia carterii). Excellent for opening spiritual channels in a protective way and for banishing entities from spaces – in a nutshell. That one I had used before, at the suggestion of my dear sister Petah-Jane Auckland-Hall (my go-to expert for oils!).

The smell was uplifting, as usual. So I grabbed that.

The other scents were Palmarosa (which I came across first) and Pettitgrain (the last). Both of them were new to me.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) is a calming oil, eases nervous exhaustion and provides a mental focus before ritual work. It also calms excessive heat in the body, matters of indigestion and body pain.

It´s also an excellent regenerator for the skin 😀 😀 😀 Which is perfect for my pirate scar from recent surgery.

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) turned out to be perfect for the release of dense emotions from the self and from one´s space. It facilitates winding down, particularly after intense energetic facilitation (and what it evokes in yourself or who you´re working with).

I kept getting drawn to citrussy smells – which fits current astrology. These are smells that stimulate the stomach and purify one´s space. Which is perfect for today´s Sun/Mercury Retrograde conjunction at 20 Virgo. A time we focus on our mental, physical, spiritual and energetic health, boundaries and practices. This is especially important for those who identify with the archetype of the Priest/ess or Facilitator, especially those who seek to preserve, nurture and/or heal personal-and-planetary energies.

As an Earth Element, Virgo focuses its energies on the material form – but – being ruled by Mercury, also brings a sharp intellectual or analytical focus to the way the work gets done. It corresponds strongly to the suit of Pentacles in the Tarot.

Virgo is also associated with the digestive and absorptive processes as well as the nervous system. Bellies are more likely to be sensitive at this time, so take it easy in terms of food intake, if you feel that´s right for you. The same applies to situations that cause nervous strain.

This conjunction is squared Mars at 20 Sagittarius. There are many ways to respond to the challenges, messages and opportunities presented by Sun-Mercury Rx. Do not assume that your path or method is the best for everyone else, but do take bold steps towards your own movement – in the direction of your choice. The same applies to healing or energetic modalities.

I would highly recommend working with the oils mentioned above (Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Frankincense), should your noses be drawn to them, gemstones such as citrine and yellow or golden topaz, should your bodies be drawn to them, and with the archetype of the Lion. Working with the Gold or Yellow ray in meditation will be beneficial.

Petah (my dear sister) also suggests Lime, Lemon and Wild Orange (essential oils). I´m not surprised I wasn´t drawn to these as they´re part of my regular diet – but they will most certainly be of use in this alignment.

In terms of meditations, I would suggest working with the benevolent presence of Ma Pratyangira Devi. Here is a powerful mantra of hers, symbolizing the archetype of the Golden Lion (and many other things). Pay attention to your Solar Plexus, and, if appropriate, your Third Eye or Throat Chakras (or whatever comes up for you).

 

 

That being said, if you´re already over-activated .. try something calming instead, possibly through a different elemental/energy base. I would recommend Lepidolite or Amethyst or Blue Lace Agate (gemstones) and Lavender (the essential oil) for anxiety and stress. Light Blue is a lovely colour to work with in this case.

I work with this meditation and encourage my clients to do the same when energetic calming is required. This is an invocation of the angelic host from the Hebrew tradition.

 

 

Also, it might be worth checking in with a good practitioner if you are unsure about how to use them and/or are allergic or sensitive to gemstones/oils. Even the best medicine, applied in an incorrect way, can become poison.

Always, always tune in to your own body before trying something new – and (in addition to that) seek guidance from one with the requisite experience.

Having said that, my experience with essential oils and gemstones, and their intersections with astrology and spirituality has been a joy

And I hope it will be so with you too!

So yes … the Nose Knows ! 😀

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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PREPARATION FOR JUPITER´S ENTRY INTO LIBRA: GENERAL SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUNDING, ETC.

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On 9-9-16, at 11:17 UTC, Jupiter will exit Virgo and enter Libra. Over the next 20 hours (from the time of publication),  Jupiter at 29 degrees Virgo will be revisiting all of the lessons, decisions and choices for growth the Priestess / Earth-Facilitator has inspired us to make since August 2015. In the final hours of this transit, we experience an intense focus on the search for our paths of Healing, Service and Dedication, the need to tie up unfinished business, giving the mind a thorough once-over until we are well and truly satisfied with our work.

Some of you will be enjoying this energy, taking decisive actions, maintaining their energy-boundaries/vessels, clearing space, performing rituals of healing, release and/or dedication, etc.

And some of you will be feeling loopy, scattered, unable to focus, burnt out, anxious – or simply overwhelmed. There´s a wide spectrum of responses that this shift brings out in all of us.

With Virgo´s penchant for neuroticism and being overly picky at times, there´s a lot of focus on the mind – and the belly (as She rules the alimentary canal).

Some of you may instead be picking at your own self-worth, the reasons why you are of service, and whether or not you deserve what you have / are. Some of you will project that unto others instead.

And some of you will be running to the loo, or wondering why you´re not.

For those of you wondering why this feels so, so, so intense – there´s a lot going on astrologically at the same time of this shift which will set the stage for other developments in September 2016- explained in this article.

For those of you are comfortable with this energy and seeking astrological guidance, work with your guides and facilitators of choice. In response to various requests, I opened up an additional day of Vesta Sessions for those of you seeking to work with me at the time of this transit. These sessions are fully booked for this current round but you can use the link given to contact me should you want to be placed on the waiting list. Round 2 of the Vesta Sessions will be held after the Pisces Eclipse on September 16.

And for those who are less comfortable and finding it hard to cope – I would suggest a blanket-fort, spending time with friends and family who (if they) can hold a space for you, visiting natural places and generally chilling out.

You don´t get brownie points for forcing yourself into action mode when your Spirit is saying rest.

What would help, on the other hand – is grounding.

Grounding is essentially the process of focusing your scattered energies into the Earth, and equally, being nurtured by the Sacred Roots/Flame of Mama-Gaia. It brings you ´back to this planet´ so you can take action in the here and now, or at the very least … not feel like you´re caving in with all this pressure.

You can use multiple techniques to ground yourself – here´s a list of general practices and tools that may help you (should you need it at this time).

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. You can also work with calming stones or purifying stones, depending on your particular situation (see list below). The same goes for essential oils.

Avoiding 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.

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). You may want to increase your water intake a little here.

Journalling: 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.

Avoidance / Time-Out: (Yes, you heard me) If there are situations or people who simply trigger you, just walk away. Give yourself room to sort the situation out when you feel you can do so without entering into a victim-abuser dynamic (in particular). Go do something fun instead 🙂

Gemstones (these are generalities, always tune in first to see if this applies to you):

Blue Lace Agate allows you to release pent up anger through a gentler form of expression.

Smoky quartz and Boji stones provide deep sources of grounding.

Lepidolite may have a calming effect on brain function.

Amethyst can help you find some calm through turbulent waters

Selenite provides purification and cleansing (never put water on it though)

Here are two additional resources that you may find useful:

Grounding with Essential Oils –http://www.healingforgrounding.com/blog/essential-oils – remember to check for allergies

Grounding with Food – http://www.earthenergyhealings.com/blog/11-grounding-foods – remember to check for allergies

Last, but not least …

If the Virgo-mind keeps bothering you with ideas of how you´re lowly, pathetic, unworthy, inadequate, etc.

With all the Love you can muster, and in words that work for you

Tell it to Shut Up.

And that you Love it (You) Anyway.

Blessings, Hugs, Love

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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