Breaking the Pedestal of Apathy-Masked-as-Spiritual-Detachment / Transcendence + Contribution to Relief Efforts

Blessings to everyone. The material for this piece emerged as a rant and so it unapologetically carries that vibration. I´ve been projected upon in so many ways for spreading this message, but …  I take that as a confirmation that it has hit home.

It will trigger some of you to the point of depature from my space and/or to breakthrough to a new level of spiritual engagement and action in the world. Read, listen and engage with an open mind.

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In times of humanitarian crisis, it is necessary for us to come together to offer service. Else there is little point in engaging with spirituality.

At the end of the day, no matter how ´enlightened´, ´transcended´, and´awakened´you may be, all of that counts for jack-all if you lack empathy, compassion and generosity.

Which is why I have found the teachings of so many teachers and seekers to be so out of whack at this time. Statements such as …

It´s not your responsibility to save the world. The world isn´t broken and doesn´t need fixing. It´s enough if you feel happy in yourself. You´re giving into messianic tendencies, the saviour-rescuer complex if you want to go on a mission to save everyone.

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Just ring hollow to me.

And they also make me question how grounded and connected those teachers are. But that is for their students to figure out.

When we enter into this earth plane, we enter a series of contracts, unspoken exchanges of give and take with our ancestors, community, re-incarnated soul-contacts, the land – and the biosphere Herself.

One of the greatest reasons the planet is out of whack is because we have failed to honor those contracts and have dismissed them entirely. Part of this does come from the idea that the individual is the core unit or focal point of one´s spiritual experience. Other cultures see the individual´s relationship with others and the living planet as part of a much more connected, holistic network. And that is why we turn to these older cultures as we seek to discover our connection with Spirit. We are looking to rekindle and honor that lost connection.

So no – unless you´ve cut your contracts with Mama-Gaia (in which case you would have no reason to remain here) you do have a responsibility to do your part to do right by her.

It´s easy to pretend that we don´t. And probably preferable. But that level of collective responsibility is what we are being asked to take up, especially in the upcoming transit of Saturn through Capricorn (Dec 2017 – Dec 2020). Here is where we break and re-make the spine of the world and those that we gave our power over to, resulting in this distorted super-structure.

This is not the time to step away from the mantle, in other words – but to begin to step up to it.

As for the world not being broken and not needing fixing. Please, please, please – open a newspaper. Or simply open your eyes wider to the world around you.

Look into the eyes of a child who has been raped by a man she knows, or a family huddled on a rooftop hoping and praying for rescue as the floodwaters grow higher and higher. Or a community that is fighting for its home and survival as its land is taken from it.

And then tell them that you didn´t do what you could because … the world didn´t need fixing, and no one needed helping – and it was okay to do nothing because you were not affected.

I can´t think of a more thinly-disguised attempt at legitimating inaction. And one that happily insulates the seeker from the need to actually engage outside their own perception.

Some teachers will tell you that they are truly detached and transcendent to be unaffected by human suffering and global need.

It is your choice to believe them. But ask yourself – is this transcendence – or profound denial and disconnection?

It´s so easy to want to believe that we can insulate ourselves from the requirement to act as we evolve – but that´s been one of the greatest ironies of spiritual awakening. The more we open up to, the more we feel and the less we can turn a blind eye to.

Why do you think so many sages went off into the caves or forests?

If my experience is anything to go by …  no …  you do not cut off from the happenings in the collective even if you do go into isolation. You are always attuned into and acutely working with it.

(One of those things consciousness-expanding movements might want to tell you more about …)

Now some will cite the Law of Attraction. And I have to say that has limited use.

The Law of Attraction is one of the most overused spiritual cliches but is actually not that well understood. There is a metaphysical science behind its use and limitations – but that is not what is being taught to the masses. At best, distilled understandings of the Law give rise to extreme expressions of spiritual apathy and disconnection.

I agree that giving into fears and anxieties about how we play our roles in the world can overwhelm constructive effort. But suppressing your natural feelings and empathy in favour of  ´remaining in your Divine Bliss´is … RIDICULOUS. It also makes an extreme egoic choice that Joy or Bliss is your natural state.

Hogwash.

You are what you are. Your natural state can be Joy, Bliss, Nothingness, Rage, Peace, Grace, Intensity, Playfulness – there´s nothing that defines you. The Universe is a very multifaceted place and to suggest that Humans had One Base State … is…problematic. The Universe does not go and do its thing (collide galaxies, burst supernovae, move about) with a grin on its face or in weeping tears. It exists despite whatever human perception we have of it.

Not only is denying all other human states building a spiritual bypass, that´s building a four-corridor superhighway taking you away from the work of being present and human.

And a lot of that is messy, vulnerable, sticky – and yes – generous through all of it. Maybe I´m just an optimist though.

It´s so easy to claim that you need to feel the joy running through you – and to visualize it and be it – when someone who is struggling for their life is out of sight. But if it were you, or your loved ones? Yeah … I don´t think you would even entertain that for a moment.

Whilst it is understandable to be overwhelmed at this time, accept your emotions for what they are. Feeling a degree of anxiety when parts of humanity are suffering is not only natural – but it´s a necessary part of the spiritual process.

Otherwise, feel free to choose a path that lobotomizes your experience as you see fit. You won´t find that here.

Now many have tried to silence me for saying this by claiming that:

I have Messianic tendencies-   Well, no I don´t. Everyone first needs to save themselves – and then to help where possible.

I´m triggered by something that needs resolution in me, or the situation is mirroring something I need to bring into my awareness – Another god damned spiritual cliche. If I act decisively to something that needs action – it just means I am doing what feels right to me. Pulling someone out of harm´s away from incoming traffic does not mean you did it because you were triggered by an accident you had way back when and that you need to bring that awareness. It just means you did what was needed. No song or dance about it.

I´m encouraging the rescuer-savior-martyr complex – Hell no. Do what you can and get back to living. Tithe your income where you can or volunteer at a soup kitchen once a week. Or donate blood or blankets to a land in crisis. That´s not going to make you a wannabe spiritual superhero.

I´m judgemental – Fuck yes. There´s a lot of BS in the world masquerading as wisdom, if calling that out makes me divisive and judgemental so be it. I have no time for sugar-coated platitudes – and frankly – nor does anyone else. I would prefer the word discerning. But that´s a preference.

Those of you who raise the same rallying cry will also get these charges levied at you. I hope the outline helps.

So … you might ask what I would recommend you to do:

Be present to the world and participate in it fully because you are a part of it and it is a part of you. Turning a blind eye to what is happening around you will not help. It only serves to deepen the disconnection that we have with this planet.

You can do so by small acts of physical help. Be it donations, items that people need, working at shelters, taking in those stranded by (currently the Harvey) floods.

You can pray. But please understand that prayer takes time, dedication and focus for it to be effective. It´s not about typing it in Facebook and sharing a meme, but requires a far higher energetic input. Co-ordinated efforts with advanced faciliators will guarantee more success here.

That being said, I´m sure a family stranded on their rooftop waiting to be rescued would dearly appreciate a blanket as well. And so many in the US alone can afford that much.

I myself am tithing (donating 10% ) of the proceeds of whatever I earn in my current round of sessions and am glad to see other facilitators doing the same. Those interested in booking a session with me, go here: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-pa .

If things are too much for you – take care of yourself – but when you can, start giving back. This is going to be the first of many,  many calls for collective action over the next three years. And we´re being asked to step up.

Remember that no matter how rough you may feel about what is going on, part and parcel of spiritual evolution is in learning how to manage that perception – and still act on this plane. Otherwise we would not be here to learn that lesson.

No one can do it all on their own. But if we all did what we can, even a small, tiny gesture – we would get so much more done. Never underestimate what you as an individual can do.

For those considering donating to Harvey-relief efforts, please refer to these links. Kudos to friends who collated this for me and for my brother for holding space.

New York Times article on contributing to Harvey relief efforts and avoiding scams
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/donate-harvey-charities-scams.html?mcubz=0

Austin Disaster Relief Network
https://donate.adrn.org/checkout/donation?eid=142853

Huffpost article; includes food banks donations and diaper bank
https://www.google.com/…/en…/us_59a166dde4b0821444c37515/amp

http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/ways-can-help-people-hurricane-harvey/

Blood donations are critically needed at this time.

(And yes, I´ll be re-sharing this post when major crises of this nature come up. I´ve addressed in the video why I´m focusing on Harvey at this time)

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A Brief Message in Turbulent Times (28 August 2017)

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Bearing in mind the intense weather patterns in the US at this time, it comes as no surprise to see the Scorpio Moon trining Ceres in Cancer and Chiron in Pisces. This is a time to be more delicate with our emotions and those of other people, whilst remembering to manage the more practical aspects of our daily lives.

Whilst we can extend a helping hand to others in times of need, and to receive that help if we are in those circumstances – be mindful of falling into older, co-dependent patterns.

Be more concrete in manifesting the realizations that came through for you during the August Eclipses. It´s already time to start that process. The insights you gained then will help you find a more balanced understanding of the relationship between give-and-take, and in knowing where / what / whom you truly want to invest your emotional energy in.

Through all this, remember that Mercury is in Virgo – She who Manages.

Be assertive in what you are willing to give and receive at this time and remember to honor another´s energy, time and space. The act of emotional facilitation is priceless at this time, but only if the space-holder remains grounded, discerning and with their eye on the ball.

Powerful boundaries are needed to ensure that help reaches those who require it the most – whilst continuing to manage our own day-to-day existences and requirements. Turning a blind eye to what is happening around you, or, to what is happening in your own life is not ideal. A balanced view is what is required.

Be practical with your goals right now and take a step-by-step approach to whatever comes up your way. Remember that emotions have their rightful place in the world, but not at the expense of all else. No matter how overwhelmed you may be feeling right now, practical action will steer you to where you need to go. Be strategic.

Redirect your energies into creating and holding a healthier space for yourself (and potentially others once you can do so for yourself). Watch what you eat and what messages your body is giving you right now. You may be surprised to find just how much of what you´re feeling ties into what is happening at the collective level.

Keep at it – Step by step, bit by bit, day by day.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

 

Some resources for those wanting to help the flood relief efforts in Houston (bearing in mind there´s rough weather in Florida as well at this time):

https://www.sbnation.com/2017/8/27/16211866/how-to-help-houston-after-hurricane-harvey

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-weather/hurricaneharvey/article/Hurricane-Harvey-How-to-help-victims-of-the-12003372.php

 

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Energetic Gateways, Challenges and Opportunities for Change with the Solar Eclipse in Leo (21 August 2017)

Uranus at 28 Aries and the Galactic Center at 27 Sagittarius trine the Solar Eclipse at 28 Leo. This raises the possibility and necessity of releasing old codes and opening ourselves up to celestial guidance, inspiration and information from a more aligned experience of Source energy.
 
Some of you may feel guilt in letting go of the past, and this is natural thing to feel. Whilst it may not seem so at first, the benefits of allowing yourself to shed and release what no longer serves you at this time – far outweighs any discomfort you may feel in the short term. In fact much of the panic and insecurities that may be coming for you may have nothing to do with external events, but the Ego´s fear of change. 
 
Sometimes you may also be holding onto a particular perception of the world so closesly that the act of holding on itself creates energetic imbalance. Allow your perceptions to shift in alignment with the purity of Cosmic awareness.
 
If you consciously want to hold onto your old ways of seeing the world, that is your choice to do so – but know that is also the seed you´re planting at this incredibly rich, fertile time.
Some of you may also want to work with facilitators who remove etheric devices and other forms of hooks that affect centers of perception. Please be wise in your choices as to who you work with.
You may also want to look back to ways of behaving and censoring yourself or filtering your perception of information that you learnt in childhood. Know that you have the right to release these as appropriate and to rediscover a sense of Play, Joy and Warmth within your heart-and-sacral-space.
That will be a huge step to take for some of you . And it is fortunate that this is the climate that transforms even a tiny step into a giant leap!
 
And that is all you really need to do.
 
Allow yourself to release what you no longer need.
Allow yourself to manifest what you do need and desire – if in alignment with your Greatest Good and Cosmos.
Allow yourself to contribute constructively to collective awakening.
Allow yourself to explore a new Path or way of Being – You.
 
Remember that you are setting powerful seeds that manifest in 18-year cycles! This is not just about the NOW, not by a long shot.
 
Also remember that this is an event that navigates time and space. It is not confined to any one nation or space, though the USA will be a focal point for the change owing to the path of the Eclipse.
 
Whatever you need to energetically know with respect to the Eclipses has been covered in my previous videos and articles. Taking a cerebral approach to this alignment would not be the best use of your energy and time or mine. Given the players involved, it is best to listen to the cues that arise through the consciousness of the Body, Heart, Inner Child and Creative Spirit within.
 
You may also see profound catalysts arising through leaders, actors, musicians, children, lovers, creative collaborators, friendships, soulmates (not necessarily romantic or sexual), charitable organizations and networks, social media and so on.
 
Whatever comes your way remember to take it as an opportunity to better learn how to navigate the cosmic currents.
 
Exercise reasonable caution around wiring, electrical equipment, uneven surfaces and groups or individuals who seem volatile. This is not the time to play spiritual superhero and attempt to Care-Bear-Heart-Stare them down, but to hold space for the vibration of Love and Peace as part of like-minded networks and communities.
 
If you are feeling overly sensitive or triggered during this Eclipse, please find places of shelter where you can feel safe, supported and nurtured. If able to help others find those spaces without compromising your own experience, please do it. The gesture will be returned manifold.
The solar eclipse reaches its maximal point of intensity between 1825-1830 UTC, 21st August 2017. That´s in under 17 hours´ time.
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Remember to breathe. You´ve survived Total Solar Eclipses before and in all likelihood are going to survive this one as well.

 
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I was guided to hold a brief round of minisessions a few hours ago to raise funds for the volunteers who have been showing me around to these pilgrimage spots. Those in session with me got some significant work done as the natural flow of facilitation was greatly amplified by celestial energies. We raised (through session fees and donations) 428 US Dollars, which is in the vicinity of 27000 Indian rupees for the volunteers. I will also be padding that amount up. Thank you for the additional donations ❤
 
Your sessions will be sent out to you within the next few days. Please bear in mind that I will be going to a different location later today after my prayers.
 
Blessings,
 
 
 
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Working with Eclipse Energy & Surprise Round of Sessions! (Now concluded) …

I woke up this morning after a heavy day of pilgrimaging yesterday. The lessons I learnt were ones of endurance, flexibility and the willingness to face your fear. I´ve been in meditation for about 12 hours today burning away layers, and layers of karmic debris and outdated energetic contracts.  I discuss these approaches in this video –

 

Afterwards, I visited Velankanni Basilica of our Lady of Good Health- a popular pilgrimage site in Tamil Nadu honoring the Mother Mary. It attracts pilgrims from multiple faiths and is a powerful example of how Christianity has been adapted through the lens of Tamil culture. Certainly worth doing a sociological analysis.

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I prayed for myself, my family, all of you, the biosphere, the planet. And lit some candles and left a donation. They do a lot of charitable work there and inspire many. Pilgrims walk for hundreds of kilometers in the sweltering heat to reach the Basilica. Sometimes they walk towards the central altar on their knees, eyes closed in absolute faith. A beautiful sight. Spent a few minutes at the beach there and felt a light, peaceful energy despite the crowds and the heat. It was lovely and filled my heart with peace.

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I also saw many different animals and signs along the way. Peacocks, dogs, goats, crows, kites (similar to eagles), a startling number of cows and a monitor lizard wanting to walk towards our car (even the volunteers taking me around were surprised). We also saw a beautiful black swan just zoom across our view. The land really speaks to you here, even as you pass it by.

Right now I´m at another powerful pilgrimage site known as Rameswaram. There´s a surprising number of North Indians here, with links to (yet another pilgrimage site) known as Kasi. Rameswaram is where you come to do ancestral prayers that allow you to cleanse the sins and karmic contracts of the past. The temple itself has 22 sacred tanks which you dip yourself into for the cleansing. It´s revered by different sects within Hinduism, a true convergence point for many different ways of perceiving faith.  There´s a lot more that can be said about the place, but I´d rather experience it first 😀 That´s for tomorrow!

Now … out of the blue I was guided to hold space for a few hours of sessions.

 

And I did.

We got some significant work done as the natural flow of facilitation was greatly amplified by celestial energies. We raised (through session fees and donations) 428 US Dollars, which is in the vicinity of 27000 Indian rupees for the volunteers. I will also be padding that amount up.
 
Your sessions will be sent out to you within the next few days. Please bear in mind that I will be going to a different location later today after my prayers

Blessings

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Approaches to Eclipse Energy & Day 1 of Pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu – Video Report

 

This a powerful time for us – as individuals and as a collective – to be anchoring the energies of new frequencies into the heart & womb space. It doesn´t matter what gender or sex you are – you have connected to these spaces at some point in your physical existence, and through them accessed different types of spiritual connections.

We are being asked to step away from the consensus that has been generated by the collective so far and to boldly leap into new paths led by the fires of our own awakening Consciousness.

This is a potent time for change, across the planet. We will see a lot of it focused on the US owing to the path of this Total Solar Eclipse. Please remember that the USA is playing out what is happening across the planet. For now, it is a focal point on the cosmic hologram, the stage on which many stories are being broadcast.

But also remember that this is larger than any one nation, party or president. We are navigating cosmic currents, connected across time and space.

When we attempt to situate the energy of the eclipse into a particular nation-state or present moment, we inevitably play into doom-and-gloom scenarios and end up creating more fear, panic and exactly the state of affairs that we were hoping would not come to pass. Such is the power of manifestation, especially at the time of a Total Solar Eclipse.

Some of you have asked me whether it is wise to view the Eclipse. My answer is YES, if you feel grounded enough to do so and have the necessary tools and approaches required to work with its energy. ( Yes to solar eclipse glasses or the pinhole-cardboard-viewing tool you can make at home – just Google it )

This is not a time to shy away from what it is that you want to create, innovate and express to the world. Whilst it is not about you or me, or anyone in particular, it is the Individual who holds the Anchor for Change for the Collective.

And that is precisely why each of us … is so very important.

Feed your fear and that is what you feed the planet, and our future generations.

Feed your hopes and dreams and that is what you shall manifest.

I am not asking you to ignore the state of the world but to acknowledge. And to sift through the vibration of distortion and chaos that appears all around us.

For the vibration of peace and abundance is present. It always has been, it always will be. We need only to choose to strengthen its presence in the world and anchor it more fully into Being.

There is a danger with being Present to the World and that is that the World Presents itself to you. With that you will face Shadow. Not just your own, but that of the collective.

Burying your head in the sand will not work. What we have manifested thus far is a testament to that.

Breathe, release and face what comes with love. But also with strength and discernment.

At the physical level, take adequate precautions for your safety – especially around wiring, electrical equipment, uneven surfaces and volatile people.

Now some of you will have read sources of information that tell you the absolute opposite. That you MUST stay indoors. It is up to you whether you resonate with those teachings and whether you feel the place they come from is in alignment with current energies and the rate of spiritual evolution at the individual and collective level. Your choice to make.

You will know what is the right choice for you on the basis of what your Heart has to say about it. Not your Ego, Not your Mind. Don´t try to intellectualize this energy.

Follow that Beat within and you will know exactly what to do, where to go and what to manifest.

I refuse to patronize you by claiming that I know what that answer is for you.

What I have done here is shared the video-link to my ongoing pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu. Please view it as the signs and messages revealed to me have resonance with other spirit-workers doing similar pilgrimages across the planet at this time. And it humbles me feel that resonance and shared spirit.

Blessings to the Collective and the Individual Hearts that make it So.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

If you find my work of benefit to you and would like to support it, please consider donating to my fundraiser:  https://www.youcaring.com/bairaveebalasubramaniam-902075 . Your contribution would be greatly helpful in getting me to the USA to do work on the land and collective vibrations there, just as I am doing here. I´ll be starting in New Mexico.  Blessings.

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Quick Travel Update – and Astro Pep-Talk

Safe in Tamil Nadu. Arrived late last night after a massively delayed flight. Had a beautiful welcome from the land as I insisted on pasing by the Big Temple of Thanjavur, a place built by the Chola Empire (my ancestors). It was in the middle of the night, but as soon as I stopped to pray a chorus of male peacocks started cooing out of the blue. Am at the right place and the right time. Pushing through the work despite many travel-related and other hiccups.

Just moving through it a day at a time. The skies are no reason for you to stop what you need to do! Just keep at it and be strategic.

Will be going to a powerful Temple today. Shall include you all in my prayers. Travelling with friends who have chosen to defray my costs (which is a different kind of blessing), one of whom specializes in the reading of olai chodi (ancient palm leaves on which the future is written). More on that soon.

There´s certainly powerful resistance to the work I´ve come to do here so am taking energetic precautions.

I suggest the same for energy workers at high-intensity spots at this time.

And for the love of humanity – don´t give into the fear, gloom & droom control drama played out during this Eclipse.

Humanity has survived worse things!

Do be a little more mindful around electronic items and wiring and watch your footing if working on uneven surfaces.

A little bit of caution goes a long way at this time – and there´s work for all of us to do!

Blessings and Love,

Bairavee 

The Sky Priestess

ENERGETIC VORTEXES: SUN-ERIS-IXION-NODE GRAND FIRE TRINE, NEAR-PERFECT STARS OF DAVID, AND OTHER ALIGNMENTS

A wild vortex of energies today and tomorrow as the Sun trines Eris and Ixion, whilst preparing to conjunct the North Node. We also have the Venus-Jupiter-Pluto Cardinal T-Square at play, the Near-Perfect Grand Sextile / Star of David, the multiple Retrogrades – and of course the intensity of the approaching Solar Eclipse.

There is just so much going on, but it still helps to have a focus on some of the changes that open different types of energetic gateways, challenges and opportunities.

There´s a profound swirling current in the cosmos at this time and it makes feeling grounded and centered a lot more difficult. We are asked to find that sense of inner calm at the heart of the storm whilst all whirls about-and-through us. It may seem like a paradox on the surface, but spirituality tends to ask us to find that middle-space.

The best way to work with this energy is to use its swirling force to draw out things which are ready to be cleared from our physical, emotional, etheric (and other) bodies. Creating energetic practices that anchor you to Earth whilst releasing what is no longer required back to Source would be a good idea.

Think of it as a great ´emptying´ before we seed potent intentions during the Solar Eclipse. Please remember it takes 18-year cycles for the full impact of Eclipses to be felt! So things will not change overnight, but they do depend on how we navigate these potent times.

GRAND FIRE TRINE WITH THE SUN, NORTH NODE, IXION AND ERIS!

Astrologically speaking, the Sun in Leo asks us to look at what moves and inspires our hearts. Whether it´s romantic love, a hobby, a child, an inspirational figure, an opportunity for leadership and so on. We are also asked to release any old energetic debris and cognitive scripts that hold us back from Living From the Heart. Trauma-work will be very potent at this time, thought it needs to be handled with more caution than usual.

As the Sun (23 Leo) will conjunct the (Mean Calculation) North Node (24 Leo) tomorrow, it is best to use this energy to create new Pathways of Love and Creative Expression. Take a step – perhaps even a leap forwards – into what it is that truly moves and inspires you. The Sun will be opposing the Mean South Node (24 Aquarius), asking us to release ourselves from friendships, groupings, collective identifications, intellectual paradigms and such that no longer resonate with the Heart. Bear in mind that it is easy to confuse the Ego with the Heart´s longing when one is not grounded or using discernment.

What is also important is that the South Node opposes the Sun, but also conjuncts Damocles (23 Aquarius). This is the time be decisive about whether we want to step up to the mantle of leadership, whether we are able and willing to struggle with the pressures of being responsible for more than yourself. For those of you stepping into positions of leadership, the weight of that choice is likely to be a heavy factor at the back of your mind. This is perfectly natural – and is probably a good thing to balance Leo´s more grandiose aspirations and dreams.

The Sun currently trines Eris (23 Aries), the expression of the Feminine that seeks to burn down a broken system that sees fit to exclude her. Erisian energies are usually associated with discord, war or strife of some kind. Group rituals and collective meditations that provide a calming balm for collective energies (for those willing to receive them) will be of use. Those that feel that raging sense of injustice or fire within waiting to explode may want to calm themselves with gemstones such as lepidolite, blue lace agate and so on. I suggest organizing group meditations focusing upon global trouble spots at this time, remembering of course the principles of Free Will and Harm None (Including The Self).

The Sun and Eris also trine Ixion (23 Sagittarius), the Tyrant. This was a being who was invited to dine at Jupiter´s table and began to chase his wife (Juno) in front of her husband. Ixion knows neither compassion nor the importance of consent. In Sagittarius, his energy comes through the archetype of the guru, religious leader, politician, teacher and so on. I would not be surprised if debates and approaches to immigration became even more heavy handed. Inflammatory rhetoric is not the way forwards, no matter how right or morally correct we may perceive ourselves to be.

It is also worth bearing in mind that Saturn is nearby at 21 Sagittarius with Black Moon Lilith at 20 Sagittarius. Their influence is also felt within this alignment. You may feel pressure from figures and institutions of authority (including banks, branches of government, etc.) and from those who do carrying that archetype of the Raging Feminine … which … is not always sacred or justified. As with all things, there are appropriate expressions of anger – and those which simply engulf all else and perpetuate the cycle of abuse, disenfranchisement and violence.

With the Sun/North Node-Eris-Ixion in alignment, what we see then is a Grand Fire Trine at 23 Leo-Aries-Sagittarius. We do have the South Node & Damocles at 23 Aquarius. If bodies are present at 23 Libra and Gemini, we then get a Grand Sextile / Star of David alignment.

For reference – The Star of David is the seal of Divine Manifestation. But it only works in your favour if you manifest from a Core that is already in Alignment. Otherwise .. it perpetuates a far more scattered energy pattern.

Now if we were to count in the asteroids, we do have Kassandra & Chaos (the gaping Void, cosmic birth canal) at 23 Gemini, Jupiter at 19 Libra, Aphrodite at 23 Libra – and other bodies. This is a potent time, in other words, to honor the Truth about the Feminine, as manifested in all Beings. That does not mean we need to burn in it the faces of others, especially when they are not inclined to explore alternatives.

By all means write, speak and communicate – but remember to come from a place that truly seeks Truth and Community, rather than a place of Righteous Vengeance. At the very least, not whilst Eris is as powerful as she is in the skies. Her idea of victory is not one which most of us on this planet would share.

VENUS, CERES, JUPITER AND PLUTO IN ALIGNMENT

There´s also the Venus-Pluto opposition (17 Cancer-Capricorn) from yesterday, adding to and amplifying the energetic currents of the present.

This is a time where, if prepared, you can dig deep into the psychological waters and re-kindle a more nurturing relationship with the Feminine. You may also find this a powerful time to join forces or merge assets with others in matters of business or finance, particularly in land or home related matters.

This alignment can just as easily set off emotional and sexual trauma, deep-seated insecurities (that might run back into your ancestry), and so on. It may also reveal the improper flow or use of resources and/or attempts to secure power. Situations may arise which trigger our emotional vulnerabilities, hidden desires or aspirations, shadow-aspects of the psyche and so on.
Be mindful of knee-jerk reactions in interactions with others, be it in domestic, personal and/or professional relationships. The consequences of such reactions may be more intense and drawn-out than expected.

To build on that , considering that Ceres is nearby at 14 Cancer – we may also see these dynamics playing out between parents and their children (irrespective of age). This is a powerful time to look at whom and how you´ve been taught to find nurture, home, family and a sense of belonging – or if you received the opposite lessons. Give yourself permission to transmute dysfunctional patterns and ultimately to forgive the parent/s who may not have been able to nurture you the way you wanted or needed them to. Great healing is available to you as you do, in a safe and supported manner.

Jupiter (19 Libra) further ignites the Pluto-Venus/Ceres opposition, creating a powerful Cardinal T-Square. Partners and collaborators may (knowingly or unknowingly) present these energetic issues (and opportunities). It´s certainly a very intense time to have discussions of significance with your partners and collaborators at this time. If you choose to do so, make sure that you can come from a placed of centeredness and clarity first of all. Otherwise, postpone till late September. Sometimes silence and a little time can give a partnership the breathing space it needs to make required adjustments. If the partnership is in balance, proceed with deepening your connection with one another. Alternatively, if you are absolutely clear in your decision (e.g. To leave something that no longer works) – then be clear. But the key point is not to be driven into distraction by these aspects in the skies, irrespective of what path you do choose to take.

Coming back to the Venus/Ceres-Pluto opposition briefly, it is worth nothing that this is also part of another Near-Perfect Grand Sextile including Neptune, Vesta, Mercury Retrograde & Pallas Athena. If you have anything near 12 Scorpio, that becomes a fully formed Star of David. We do have the Uranian Planet Poseidon (11 Scorpio) completing the alignment. Incredibly long story short – your emotions and how you see them manifest in this world have their own power and weight. Honor them and seek to align them further with your spiritual connection at this time.

There´s even MORE going on .. but I´m going to conclude with two comments:

NEPTUNE OPPOSES MERCURY AND VESTA

Neptune (13 Pisces, Retrograde) opposes Vesta (13 Virgo) & Mercury (11 Virgo, Retrograde): There may be some renegotiation needed in the ways, rituals, tools or practices that you use to connect with and channel Spirit. You may also need a little more sleep or to take concrete actions that will support your physical health. Decluttering your physical and psychic spaces is a must. Smuding with sage or frankincense resin (or whatever you work with) is recommended. Selenite wands and/or crystal grids would also be of benefit.

PLUTO INCONJUNCTS MARS

Pluto (17 Capricorn, Retrograde) inconjuncts Mars (17 Leo): This brings an erratic energetic signature that links our willpower, physical drives, desire for control and security and the ability to use or access power. This can happen either through a brutish display or a more focused, calibrated application of intent, will and power. Because it´s Mars and Pluto tempers are likely to flare at the drop of a hat. Calming exercises, gemstones and essential oils (such as lavender – please research before use) will be of benefit. Exercise a little more caution when dealing with very triggered individuals as some will also resort to physical violence and intimidation at this time. If you are centered with this alignment, dig deep and create powerful, inspiration counter-currents of change. If not, wait it out.

For those of you with bodies near 17 Gemini and/or 17 Pisces – you will experience the force of a Yod / Finger of Fate. This will push you to decisive actions on matters of health, service, purity and and so on. You may feel as though your boss / elder / leader is acting in a heavy-handed manner (Pluto in Capricorn), prompting you to act (Mars). If the 3rd point is in Pisces (and remember, Neptune is nearby) – take the time out to sit, rest, relax and reevaluate. Things are not as they seem on the surface. If the 3rd point is in Gemini, use the power of spoken or written word as a sounding board before you commit to any action or decision at this time. Either way, you are likely to see some changes in your career, sense of legacy and personal power, and so on.

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

At a personal level, I find these energies to be incredibly intense and am doing myself to process and hold space where possible. I am on a pilgrimage to several locations where I work with the land and the energies of the collective where guided. At present I am in Australia and am about to head to India and Indonesia. These places are alive with the energies of what is happening across the world and I shall be accessing different parts of the Planetary Grid as I journey.

I have been invited to participate in a sacred immersion in New Mexico in November of this year. If you find my work of benefit and would like to support my journey please contribute to my fund-raiser for this purpose.

Given the short time for preparation (and pre-existing pilgrimages in Asia I had already committed to), your support would be greatly appreciated. Funding myself through sessions may not be as possible given the intensity of energies. I only hold sessions when I feel it is safe for me, and the client to do so. Sessions are on hold for the moment till otherwise guided.

You know what I share is from my heart and I heed that call always. Blessings and thanks in advance and to those who have already contributed.

Fundraiser Link: https://www.youcaring.com/bairaveebalasubramaniam-902075

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I hope this work benefits you and gives you a roadmap for the scope of possible actions and suggestions for coping.

Blessings to the Collective,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Related Articles:

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo/Leo: A Hidden Blessing During Eclipse Season (August-September 2017): http://wp.me/p4OUNS-2cx

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MERCURY RETROGRADE IN VIRGO-LEO: A HIDDEN BLESSING DURING ECLIPSE SEASON (August – September 2017)

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Mercury will be retrograding from 11 Virgo ´38 till 28 Leo ´25 between August 12/13 till September 5, 2017. In this time, we will be revisiting thoughts, communications and decisions made between late July – mid August of this year.

Because Mercury moves through Virgo and Leo, we´ll be seeing two different themes of focus:

Virgo – themes of health, routine, ritual, concept of service, being a safe vessel for facilitation, honoring the physical body, pragmatic considerations in spiritual surrender, karmic lessons for the spiritual faciliator, honoring the balance of give-and-take

Leo – questions around love, romance, sensuality, joy, creative collaboration, matters involving children and/or the archetype of the Inner Child, a focus on the dramatic arts / performance, leadership, politics, emotional outbursts, what ignites your passion, drive and inspiration. Mercury retrogrades into and moves out of Leo between August 31st till September 9th.

Generally speaking, Mercury retrogrades are times in which we are asked to go inwards, revise and revisit decisions made. We are generally advised not to start new things, be they jobs, relationships, and so on unless it is simply a continuation of an earlier discussion.

Despite the slow-down that Mercury Retrograde causes, given current alignments, I see this as a blessing rather than the curse. Mercury in both its shadow and retrograde phase structures the energy of both August Eclipses.

Despite how intense these eclipses have felt, the messages and full intensity of their energies are dampened by the Retrograde and spread out for revision at a later date. Whilst this can be a frustrating experience, given that so many other celestial bodies are in Retrograde (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto), the inward pull that Mercury Rx brings allows us to better navigate these celestial pressures. When navigation is unsuccessful, these deeper internal pressures build and ultimately culminate in volatile expressions in frustration.

Mercury Retrograde this round has also been tighly bound up with Vesta´s (The Priestess) Journey through Virgo. Vesta, the Goddess Asteroid, brings to us extreme cycles in obsession towards / the tendency to discard different spiritual paths, affilitations and (in Virgo) concepts of Service. We explore, often to extreme degrees, the different ways in which we choose to embody our Service to Spirit – sometimes embracing the concept to the exclusion of all else, sometimes casting it aside to enable all else to be. Vesta is paradoxical, at the best of times – but when her lessons are learnt – the seeker understands that Service is but an aspect of Life, albeit one that has its own significance.

Mercury conjuncted Vesta (exactly) at 7´02 Virgo – August 1st, 2017, revisiting that exact degree on August 22nd and September 16th. In fact, Mercury and Vesta are within a 3 degree orb of each other between July 25th – August 16th!

So much of the lessons of this Retrograde (and both Eclipses) are bound in the questions that Vesta asks Mercury to reconsider:

What path of Service do you take?
In whose name do you perform your work?
What are the standards of purity that you aspire to?
Do you consider sex, pleasure and material connection impure?
How do you hold your space with integrity?
Do you respect others to do the same?
Do you need to reconsider any aspect of your path of service at this time?
What no longer feels right?
What is simply carried on in the name of tradition, without soul or susbtance?
What ideas of service and associated rituals need to be re-worked?
Is your work (of service) in balance with other aspects of your life, health and well-being?
What old karmic contracts need to be renegotiation or torn up entirely?

This is a fantastic energy for so many of us to step off the karmic hamster wheel, to stop equating sub-servience and servitude with Service. And to become more comfortable with participating in a fair exchange of energy with others.

What´s especially interesting (to me) is that Vesta was conjunct Mercury (9-10 Virgo) during the 1st Lunar Eclipse / Aquarian Full Moon in August. We will be revisiting decisions taken and ideas formed during that period when Mercury revisits that position, i.e. August 17 & September 18. Mercury, having ended its Retrograde on September 5th, will only move full steam ahead after September 19, when it passes the 11´38 Virgo mark yet again. That is when we are likely to see a clearer resolution to the questions being posed during this Retrograde.

The upcoming August 22nd Solar Eclipse will take place at 28 degrees Leo. It´s also interesting to note that is the exact degree that Mercury will end its Retrograde at on September 5, just as Mars reaches the same degree. Whatever you´re feeling at this time – or during the 2nd eclipse – take the time to wait it out before making conclusive decisions or actions out of the blue. Thanks to my friend and fellow astrologer Greg George for contributing this observation to our discussion on the subject. You can see our joint video report on the Eclipses and Mercury´s role here as well: https://youtu.be/qmm8AEZm09c

That might be one of the greatest gifts and opportunities that Mercury Retrograde provides during this Eclipse Season – but it´s the kind of gift that only arises if you let it. Whilst tensions will be high, be it in individual interactions, or global ones – taking the time to reflect on your words, ideas and actions before doing them will be of greater use to you in the longer run.

So really, to summarize – this is a time of intense reflection on matters of service, health, love and creative expression. Try not to make any binding commitments or ironclad decisions till Mercury continues to weave through Virgo (yet again) and remember the lessons that Vesta seeks to teach us through her prolonged interaction with Mercury.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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A brief video on current energies (10 August 2017)

 

The key message is being Real.
Pure. Authentic. True to your Being.
It is not going to be a comfortable process for many, but make sure you seek out people who had the right skillset to hold space for you and your transmutation.

What honors your heart?
What lights you up from inside?
Does this bring out Joy, or Pain?
Or both?

Blessings to All ❤
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August Eclipses, Metrograde Blessings, Vesta´s Challenge & Discovering Joy at the Heart of Healing the Feminine

 

Blessings all. This is a two-part Joint Report with friends. The first is the astro-report (video embedded) with Mr. Greg George and the second is an interview with Rabbi Melinda Bernstein on the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius and its Messages for the Healing of the Feminine. Lots of giggles, bloopers and fun in both videos, interspersed with potent messages for the collective. Enjoy! ❤

AUGUST ECLIPSES, METROGRADE BLESSINGS & VESTA´S CHALLENGE

– Aquarius Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse
– Leo New Moon / Solar Eclipse : w. Grand Fire Trine – Uranus / New Moon / Galactic Center / Black Moon Lilith / Saturn Retrograde
– How the multi-planet retrograde slows the energy down throughout August with a special focus on Mercury
– Why Mercury Retrogrades ought to be called Metrogrades
– What challenge does Mercury & Vesta (The Priestess) in Virgo present to us?
– Why the action is actually coming to us in September
– Paving the way for challenges to the Fixed Signs in 2018

Take home messages:

Focus on manifesting on the inner planes
Stay centered in your truth
Consider the energies, groups, friends, vessels and other paths that you invest your energies in as part of your Path of Service –

And ask yourselves – do these affiliations still resonate?

Prepared by Astro-buddies Bairavee Balasubramaniam ( The Sky Priestess ) and Greg George ( check out his timeline for juicy astro tid-bits )

 

HEALING THE FEMININE THROUGH JOY

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Yesterday  I also had an interview with Rabbi Melinda Bernstein​ . You can listen to our discussion on the Yod that also dominates this Eclipse (between Pluto, Neptune, the Sun and Mars). We explore the concept and experience of Joy and express how it lies at the Heart of Healing (With) The Feminine.

Here´s what Rabbi Melinda had to say about our conversation:

I am beyond excited to share with you a conversation I had last night with Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam, also known as The Sky Priestess. Learn how astrology plays a role in healing the feminine. Learn that spiritual experiences can be achieved through joy rather than sorrow.

Are you ready to experience more joy in feminine healing?

Join in the conversation with myself and Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD and discover what she and the sky have to say about your future. This very important conversation MUST continue for us all as aspects of healing the feminine through spiritual awareness and depth merges with astrological importance.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam explains what this means and much more. We are aligned in the endeavor of awakening women to their spiritual truths and although I have shared mine through the lens of grace and peace, underneath that (rather how I got here) is what needs to be shared even more in the coming year. When truths are spoken, our power is restored and we can create more joy in our lives. And joy is what is being called in.

Link: http://melindabernstein.com/are-you-ready-to-experience-more-joy-in-feminine-healing/
Personal profile: Melinda Bernstein

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All in all, a productive day with friends aligned to the same cosmic beat. Yesterday was my first day back on the Gold Coast.

  

Blessings to All ❤
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