A quick note on April 2017 : Venus Retrograde & Nodal Shift

 

– time to clear out the clutter
– prepare to begin new cycles of creation and manifestation
– get the golden scissors out: ciao karma

April is going to be beaming the messages we need to emerge from karmic cycles that no longer serve. Many closures and many new beginnings in May.

In between countries – hope to post regularly soon.

Dr Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Sun conjuncts Venus Retrograde in Aries – March 25, 2017

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Alrighty. The Sun´s headed for a conjunction with Venus Retrograde in Aries. I´ve been seeing sudden reversals in matters surrounding relationships and finances across the board. If something is not grounded in and aligned with the essence of Self (Aries), it´s going to experience some challenge – or opportunities for growth at this time. Stick to your Truth and Embody it in your words and actions.

You might want to stay away from financial or relationship matters or anything that requires you to commit resources at this time – just to let the energy clear. Some of you may be better served using this energy to deeply look at the self and how it expresses its essence through material forms – and the relationships that co-create them. You may also see a ´Blast from the Past´ coming into clear view and focus at this time.

A word to the wise: Having a history with someone (be in a personal professional relationship) does not mean you have to have a present, and a future with them. Consider whether the energy you encounter is one that resonates with who you are in the present.

Last but not least – bear in mind that the Aries New Moon goes exact in 3 days from now. Anchor yourself in the Essence of who you are. And to thyself be true.

 

The exact Sun-Venus Rx conjunction takes place  at 10:17 am on March 25th, 2017 (UTC time) – that´s in a little under seven hours from now

Dr Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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20 March 2017: Equinox Blessings

At 10:28 am, 20th March 2017 (UTC), the Sun enters 0 degrees Aries. Say hello to the Equinox. The start of a new turn of the wheel.
 
The Sun makes significant aspects to several asteroids such as Salacia, Pholus, Arachne, and so on. The key take home message is to realize that many truths are being revealed at this time, ones that often point to generational patterns. Some of you will need to be more cognizant of your role in creating your reality from the energetic perspective. Some of you may want to focus upon the way in which you embody sexuality and (if present) patterns of shame, guilt and wounding that surround it – especially as the Sun conjuncts Salacia. This is a wonderful time to work on aspects of sexual healing that move through layers of trauma – and help you reconnect with your inner experience of power, purity and pleasure.
 
The Moon conjuncts Saturn and the Galactic Center – making this an auspicious alignment. Follow your emotions and intuitive drives to the path that moves you. Many will find differing Truths, or Paths – and that is fine. Give people the space to be what they are, just as you deserve the same. Remember to harm none, including the self. That would be my only suggestion there.
 
Many Teachers will also appear, to stay discerning. Each of them will have a lesson to teach, but all in different ways.
 
We´re still feeling the start of … the aftereffects of Uranus-conjunct-Eris, woven into the Grand Cardinal Cross (with Pluto, Vesta, Jupiter, etc.). So for many, things are a little raw.
 
For those who feel pumped, get out there and celebrate. As you honor your need for space and self-expression, (to paraphrase Marianne Williamson) you automatically give others permission to do the same.
 
Just Be What You Are. That´s the Key Message I´m getting at this time.
 
Blessings,
 
 

SUN CONJUNCT CHIRON, URANUS CONJUNCT ERIS (MARCH 14 – MARCH 17, 2017)

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The Sun will conjunct Chiron within the next two days (March 14-15) at 24 Pisces. Chiron represents the Wounded Healer (who then Teaches), the Sun represents our conscious focus or awareness and Pisces refers to the hidden or unseen karmic hand that enmeshes us into contracts, dynamics and experiences that play out older energetic imprints. It is also the realm of the spiritual in which you can find powerful transcendental experiences, or simply slip further into delusion.

Over the next two days, be mindful of triggering dynamics, particularly as they hook onto old wounds and senses of self. Charoite and Angel Aura Quartz would be my stones of choice to faciliate mindfulness and release of patterns and contracts. In terms of oils, I´d go for Cypress and Frankincense – and as always – use diluted on skin, check for contraindications, dosage and quality before use. Frankincense will help you move to a lighter vibration, whereas Cypress will help you process deep emotions of grief and pain – common companions to painful transitions. (That being said, if you´re soaring in the seas on high tide and loving it, don´t worry about it – these suggestions are for those who need them)

There´s also going to be a lot of projection thrown about into the mix. It´s not always to easy to see deep truths about the self, so the psyche seeks to displace it onto another. This can go either way, i.e. with reference to a positive or a negative attribute (for a given value of good/bad). Stay grounded and discerning – remember what I said in the Practical Guidance piece ?? That´s your way through (and perhaps, out) of the drama cycle. For reference: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1Ra

The final Uranus-Eris conjunction is also on its way (March 16-17). That is wildcard energy – and its influence can only be fully measured in years…. if not decades. There´s no immediate cut off date for that one – though we can look to a definite phase shift in May – given the astrological structure of 2017. Think of the next few weeks as the clearing of debris that precedes new growth and expression.

In Aries, Uranus/Eris brings through a revolution in consciousness. It asks us to realize our embodied, individual awareness as part of an awakening whole. Ideally, this awareness will incorporate an understanding of the equality of the Feminine and how she can no longer be excluded from power – and that she asserts herself through all Beings. Eris does not teach these lessons without a hefty price, as per mythology. Scorned by the gods, she essentially got the Trojan War going because she didn´t get invited to a wedding party. … So whilst I get the larger message she brings forth – – – this energy tends to go for overkill.

There´s going to be a lot of (generally speaking) triggering that focuses upon wounds surrounding the lack of inclusion, exile, vilification and projection – and the anger that can lash out to STRIKE BACK! when that happens. The last time Eris conjuncted Uranus was in the late 1920s … That was not a good time for the planet. It set into motion a economic and political spiral that later made WW2 possible, if not inevitable. Whilst Eris brings change, she tends to do so via Discord (which is why she is also known as Discordia)

However, that does not mean that is the way it has to or will play out again – because …

Free Will, people.

At the end of the day, no matter what´s going on in the sky – you still have the choice to navigate as you see fit. That´s your Power and Privilege

So what should you do?

Sometimes the craziest and most powerful thing you can do is to commit to the pure expression of Joy, Love and willingness to manifest a different reality – with actions and presence in the here and now. Those plugged into the Matrix might consider you completely off your rocker

Refuse to participate in the concert of war and strife. Play a different tune. And even if it is a quiet voice in the corner, more will come. Follow your feet and dance to the beat of your own drum.

If you must act, do so from that place of Love, Joy and Wholeness – even if what the world sees (and projects on) is entirely different. Allow the triggers that arise to move you into that space of Being before you choose to Act. As otherwise, you´re going to get a knee-jerk reaction that just keeps the status quo.

In other words …Take your time to shift the energy within before putting it out into the world. (Sorry Aries, but you gotta learn some patience, buddy …)

Or stay silent altogether. That too is a form of non-participation.

Bottom Line: Harm none, including the self.

And if you can, forgive, release, and be as Compassionate as possible. Whilst sometimes compassion comes through a hug, it can also be the blade that releases – without expectation.

Recommended Mantra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztUkz9GsO58 (Om Mani Padme Hum by Imee Ooi)

Last but not least:

Remember, you are a part of the Universal hologram – what you do within your interior world counts

The external world as it is runs on fear and the illusion of control (albeit one with real consequences as we empower that illusion).

Break that cycle. Choose something different.

Choose Joy, Choose Love. Beginning with You. .

Dr Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS: VIRGO FULL MOON & FINAL ERIS-URANUS CONJUNCTION (MARCH 12-17, 2017)

Things are ramping up energetically as we head towards the final Eris-Uranus conjunction (March 16-17) – they-ve hit a whole new level with the Virgo Full Moon just passed (March 12). There´s a lot fhat can be said and analyzed about these two, but I´m going to just focus on practical advice right now. I had this post up on my Facebook days go – as that was just about the only page that my ultra-slow Internet could manage!

Stay centered in your body, stay grounded. This will make it clearer and safer for you to connect with the energies of the Sky and the Earth – and they are both speaking powerfully Now.

Discernment is key, but groundedness is the precursor (especially when you´re in a human body).

Remember to pay attention to your Heart. Tune in to the wisdom of Love and let yourself be guided by it.

Look to the intention, rather than the words that come to you now. There´s a great deal of distortion coming through – feel through all that is said with your Heart.

If you feel someone is projecting on you to play out their own emotional dramas and/or karmic patterns – with these skies – walk away and let things calm (if possible).

Otherwise … enjoy your one-way ticket to Drama Central. Now Showing: Old Karma, Old Paradigms and the Vicim-Abuser-Rescuer Dynamic. Comes with a side of stale popcorn and flat soda.

Following your Heart does not mean giving room to these dynamics. Sometimes the Heart hugs, and sometimes it cuts away with the blade …. We often conflate the energy of the Heart with the romance associated with it through cultural stereotypes. This is a useful distinction to remember at this time.

Pay closer attention to the use of electronic devices, water leaks (especially in the home), long-distance travel plans, the general health of the head and eyes – and so on – this energy is pretty much a wildcard. For some, bizarre accidents may manifest. Just use a little extra caution if doing anything with elevated risks.

In terms of ceremony and ritual, personally I would say it´s not the time to go extreme with that- given how volatile things are. But it comes down to your Free Will and what you feel you want to experience and manifest. Some people can and will successfully harness this energy to perform powerful magic, but even then – its full effects may manifest in a way that is unintended or simply unpredictable.

Those who feel vulnerable to the point of breaking are strongly advised not to do anything spiritually intense at this time. This is the kind of energy that can rip you a new one. Again, depends on what you want.

If you feel an excess of energy – perhaps channel into the Virgo Moon´s other imperatives. Focus on your health, organizing your immediate spaces fine-tuning your tools for work and service, and learning to draw better boundaries. Gardening would be most therapeutic for many. Eat nourishing foods and clear your physical space.

If you can – drink water, get sleep, rest. A blanket fort will help.

Have space for quiet time – just for yourself. People are going to be pressing each other´s buttons, with or without intent. Sometimes it helps just to do a little sidestep – as it´s not really about you – or – them at the end of the day 😀

This is an alignment that involves us all but is far greater than the sum total. It will bring up personal challenges, but what is moving through is a far more impersonal force. Do your best to feel into it, but avoid over-identifying with it.

For some the challenge will be to set a boundary that reveals the clarity of the Self. For others, it will be the challenge to let go of old ideas of Self and let new consciousness flow through. Usually a mixture of both and entirely dependent on the nature of your karma, dharma and spiritual path.

In summation:

Just be you, that is more than enough at this time.

Honor your own experience as an embodied being on this planet, Right Here, Right Now

Job Done 😉

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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VESTA STATIONS DIRECT AT 20 CANCER (March 7th 2017).

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Vesta has stationed direct. Her three-month retrograde through Leo and Cancer has now ended.

Pay attention to whatever intuitive, emotional or other forms of messages you receive at this time. For some of you, it will be a parting of ways with a particular construct of service. Specifically how that is embodied and brought into the domestic, familial and/or psychological interior.

Some of you will have renewed and reinvigorated such commitments to home, family, motherhood, tribe and culture – the parts of life that anchor our emotional being. It varies for each person and how they choose to work out their karmic slate.

Given Vesta´s current proximity to asteroid Atlantis, those who remember lifetimes from that period and/or have a strong emotional attachment to it will feel this shift intensely.

Many old karmic contracts from then still in play are being dissolved right now. That slate is being washed. And for some, letting go will be as painful as needing to let go of a beloved home, or even a parent.

But it too – is a powerful rite of passage.

For others, it can be felt as the release of emotional patterns that conflate emotional vulnerability with victimhood or the inability to fully step into one´s power.

Not everyone will choose this, but many are certainly aspiring to. An that counts. Big time.

As Vesta is part of the Grand Cardinal Cross involving Uranus, Eris, Pluto and Jupiter – her shift in direction will also shift the way we navigate this potent astrological alignment over the next two months – at the emotional level.

So, what to do?

Here´s a couple of suggestions:

Remember to feel your emotions, let them move through you.

Listen to what your body needs and wants – and what it doesn´t – at this time, in terms of nurture, nutrition and comfort. Dark chocolate will probably go a long way for some of you

Do grounding and purifying practices to keep the flow clear and focused. Salt soaks with Lavender and/or Frankincense will be of great benefit at this time.

Rituals of release by bodies of water (particularly the ocean) will be extremely effective at this time.

Request psychic protection at this time – calling upon Ascended Beings and/or Archangels you resonate with will be useful. This is a lovely mantra to work with for that purpose:

Work with facilitators whose integrity and accuracy you trust and who have specialization in cutting or dissolving karmic contracts. You may want to wait a day or two to let the emotional waters subside a bit.

Vesta finally moves past the point where she began her retrograde (i.e. moves out of her shadow period) on May 20th. You have 10 weeks to integrate the deep and profound changes to the way we feel – thanks to her Retrograde (December 2016-March 2017).

Recommended Gemstones .Larimar, Aquamarine
Recommended Oils: Clary Sage, Vetiver, Neroli (check for dosage, contraindications, sensitivity and quality any time you work with essential oils – remember to dilute with a carrier oil if buying it neat).

Blessings and Love,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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MUSINGS ON VULNERABILITY & STRENGTH: CAPRICORN-CANCER DYNAMICS (Video)

 

A brief video on my understanding of strength and vulnerability – and how they are not polar opposites –  different modalities of releasing trauma, pain and (if that appeals) the wounded healer paradigm. This will be especially important for us all as we address the intense influx of Capricorn Energy at our Doorstep. .

As with everything I say – this is my view. It doesn´t need to be yours, so go with what flows for you. We choose the roads we take and there isn´t a Universal Standard all must follow.

Also a brief announcement on an intended book on the subject and upcoming trip to Australia.

Cheerio!

Dr Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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