ONTOLOGICAL, NORMATIVE & POLITICAL DIMENSIONS OF EMOTIONAL VALIDITY: A SLIPPERY SLOPE

I dislike using the term ´emotional validity´ because it sends mixed messages. At the ontological level (the nature of being), it claims that emotions are real. And at the normative level, it is taken to mean that those real emotions are accurate. But they´re not the same thing.

In this piece, I wear multiple hats: facilitator, spiritualist, political scientist, person – and so on. It´s a little more discursive and explorative, so you´re not going to find hard and fast answers here.

When we talk about something being valid, we talk about how it is accurately representative, legitimate, legally acceptable, sound and so on. It comes from the root word ´validus´ – which means ´strength´ in Latin.

When we talk about emotional validity, we refer to the process of accepting a person´s feelings for what they are. Though we do not need to agree with those emotions and feelings.

The ideal use of the term understands that it is about acceptance of a person´s right to feel what they feel. But not to see those emotions as being accurate or representative of themselves, or of others.

And that´s where things get messy.

Because validation is not purely about the right to be, but also a reference to accuracy and strength / solidity – it carries with it undertones that can easily be mis-used in an emotional context.

As a facilitator, I see many different kinds of individuals – all with their own stories and baggage and gifts and joys and sadness.

And whilst I´m happy accepting people have the right to feel what they feel…

I can´t always get behind what they´re feeling. I can´t echo what they want to hear – because frankly that´s not what I´m here to do.

And that´s where the term gets slippery.

It is one thing to accept the right to feel. 
It is another thing to justify that feeling or emotion by presenting it as accurate.

That comes through the way that validity is both a right to be, but at the same time, a claim to representative accuracy. Its right of presence emerges out of its representative power.

If something was not accurate or representative, it could not be valid (legitimately present).

(The scientific / psychometric definitions of the term spell this out a little clearer)

And if you know anything about emotions, you know that accuracy isn´t a part of it.

People feel what they feel.

Sometimes it reflects what´s happening. (A surprise birthday party makes you feel joy because you see that people care about you)

And sometimes it doesn´t . (Feelings of intense longing for an emotionally absent partner because you believe that your love will change them)

From an esoteric (and scientific) perspective, a lot of what we ´feel´ can be linked to emotional patterns carried through the ancestral line. Science calls this the imprint of inherited trauma.

The work spiritualists and healers do helps a person move through, or even dissolve some aspects of their attachment to these patterns – so they can choose their own responses to the world as sovereign individuals. (At least the way I see it)

We see that a person´s feelings about something, no matter how difficult or intense, can shift rapidly once ancestral clearing/healing/integration/dissolution is done.

So how do we consider a person´s expression of emotion valid, i.e. a true barometer of who they are deep within?

Let´s take a more current example: trauma-bonding in relationships with intermittent reinforcement, coupled with narcissistic abuse

Literally – a person´s brain gets rewired into patterns of flight/fight, endorphin highs and lows that gets them ´addicted´ to experiences that are damaging for them

And let´s say the person subject to abuse comes in and waxes eloquent about her partner on the good days. And justifies the bad days with some strange equivalence of how she deserved it, how her partner needed help, x, y, z, a b, c ….

( You can make the same case for anyone dealing with any kind of addiction – their feelings about, say, alcohol may be truly joyful and committed …. is that something you want to validate, i.e. render true and reinforce? )

What about something a lot more common? Where someone who has been taught they´re worthless continues to feel like they don´t deserve anything good in their lives?

I would say that raises serious ethical questions for any kind of counselor or facilitator.

In the clinical sense, a good counselor sees emotional validation as a means to allow a person to feel what they´re feeling. Which is fine. Which is good. Which can be the prerequisite to change.

But – at the same time – they´re not saying that those feelings (be it through addiction, pressure from family/ancestry, trauma-bonding, etc.) are who a person truly is. Or that they are truly accurate representations of the situation they are in in their lives.

And that´s where the term gets muddled in everyday usage and understanding.

And why I feel ´validity´ isn´t the best term possible.

Because the moment we say something is valid, we´re also saying that ´it´s right´ …

It´s just the way we use the term …

We see the same slippage of terminology in the political sphere:

Where your right to believe something is translated into ´what you believe is right´.

Because hey … everyone´s opinion is ´valid´ isn´t it . .

And it´s such a dangerous slippage to make: From a right to be, to the certainty of rightness. One is an ontological claim, the other is a normative one.

Be it in the political sphere, or in the life of your emotions.

Just think about how many uses of the term ´right´exist and you´ll see a similar slippage at play. Remember that ´right´ comes from ´rectus´ which means ´ruled´ in Latin.

A lot of the language we use in rightness, legitimacy, authority, soundness, validity, etc. has its roots in political philosophy and the way the state establishes the terms through which it constructs an ´absolute´identity.

So really, there is a subtle politics of language at play – even here.

I think what we´re trying to say is …

It´s OK to feel what you´re feeling right now. 
You have a right to your emotions.

But your emotions are not always right, accurate, or predictive of your past, present and future.

By airing my emotions surrounding this terminology and its easy slippage, I hope to create space for a better, and more sensitive phrase to emerge.

That´s something that can certain help counselors and facilitators better manage their relationships with those who seek a richer, fuller, emotional experience.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Whilst the work I channel, intuit and figure out ultimately comes from Spirit, it still comes through me-as-co-creative a-divine-spark. For legal purposes I share these terms – and I hope you can understand the energetic basis of doing so. We all have to be honored for what we do, and what we bring. That way we keep things sustainable and in integrity.

This post and text is original research material and is copyrighted. You are allowed to share this material for personal, non-commercial and educational use with the proper citations, references and links / tags back to my website and/or my FB page or profile. Clicking ´Share´ on FB or ´Reblog´ on WordPress would be most appropriate. Please obtain my permission first if you want to use this material on your workshop, blog, organization, webpage, book, seminar or for any commercial purpose. All information provided, be it through sessions conducted or this post is non-liable and is not intended to replace professional legal, medical, psychological, psychiatric and/or financial counsel. How you choose to act on this information is up to your own free will and is entirely your responsibility.

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A FEW LESSONS TO REMEMBER WHEN WALKING WITH SPIRIT

The spiritual journey is one that lasts lifetimes. There are very few hard and fast rules, but rather a set of guidelines that most facilitators and seekers see general consensus on.

In this video, I share three key principles which can save seekers a lot of time and unnecessary confusion.

(1) Stay grounded. Listen to your body
(2) Know what you’re getting into. Do your ground-work.
(3) Don’t look. Let it come to you.

In an age where an increasing interest in spiritual experience has led to a booming spiritual marketplace – people are exposed to all kinds of modalities and facilitators of all kinds of backgrounds. We’re also seeing powerful waves of cosmic energy that intensify and accelerate experience, in ways we can’t really predict.

So it’s very, very important – now more so than ever – to stick to the basics. And learn them well.

Remember folks – it’s not a race or a competition – or some computer game where you ‘level up’ to meet the final boss and then ascend.

You don´t get extra points for going at it with all-out intensity, or making things harder on yourself than they need to be.

As with everything, it’s a lot more complex – and oddly enough – simple at the same time.

Blessings

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

HAUMEA, ERIS & THE BIRTHING PANGS OF THE NEW WORLD: THE LUNAR ECLIPSE IN CAPRICORN (JULY 16-17 2019)

The Lunar Eclipse takes place at 21:38 UTC on July 16th 2019 at 24´4 Capricorn. It is a part of Saros Cycle 139, preceded by the eclipse on July 5th 2001 and is followed by the one on July 27th 2037. The energy of these events (and other eclipses in the series) flow as part of the same stream: they are interconnected. You will also see some elements of this eclipse as a natural unfolding of seeds set during the New Moon in Capricorn on January 5/6, 2019.

We have been prepping for this Eclipse for some time: and so none of its lessons are particularly new. Though it will take about a week for the Eclipse energy to subside … and the debris to settle.

With the North Node, Venus and Sun in Cancer (and previously Mars and Mercury), we´ve been working with the themes of what makes home, family, belonging and connectedness for some time now. With the South Node, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, we´ve already been exploring themes of power, institutionalization, structure, authority, hierarchy and legacy.

What makes this Eclipse pack a larger punch is the fact that the Moon (24 Capricorn) is conjunct Pluto (21 Capricorn). Pluto´s addition to this alignment adds a degree of depth, intensity, rawness and mystique that the Eclipse alone would not have (in the same way). We´re being asked to go even further within our most intimate processes, explorations and energetic arrangements. We´re confronted with the shadows of our past, our psyche, our ancestry, our karma, our finances, our sexuality, our inheritances, our cellular health, our bowels, our reproductive capacity (in more ways than one) – and so on.

There´s just so many ways these energies can express themselves – but a report like this is designed to give you a set of possible roadmaps. It is not to tell you how your life, or anyone else´s is set in stone.

On top of that, we also see the Sun, Moon and Pluto form a Grand Cardinal Cross with Eris (24 Aries) and Haumea (24 Libra) in the skies.

Eris´ energy is one that seeks to burn down a world that excludes the Feminine, often without regard to consequence or (from a human perspective) proportionality. For instance, Eris throws down the Golden Apple of Discord after she and her children are excluded from a wedding party. Her actions result in the Trojan War, and the many deaths associated with it.

In astrology, triggers to Eris can indicate the eruption of chaos, upheaval, war, strife: In short – Discord.

Whilst it´s not a bad thing to shake things up especially when the system is broken, the question of HOW we do so is as important as the COLLATERAL that follows.

Whilst this can certainly play out as flared tempers on the geopolitical stage, it can just as easily lead to irrational, damaging, knee-jerk reactions that can wreak havoc on one´s personal, professional and/or familial life. Or even the life of a nation and its people.

(Note: this is intensified by Pluto´s square to Eris, which will continue to play out at an exact degree in 2021! This is not the end of the flare-up phase!)

No matter how righteous or just your cause is – it pays to ask if violence and strife are the only means by which your goal can be attained. And whether your ends justifies the means.

Even if your answer is: Yes – it is worth taking the time to ask and answer that question to see if your righteous rage comes from a place of alignment – or are you acting from a place of triggers, hurt and pain? That doesn´t mean that your response is invalid.

But acting out of pain comes from a very different kind of awareness as coming from a place of love.

And truly …

Is there any real answer except Love?

Which brings me to our next astrological body ..

Haumea.

Haumea´s role is very different, and I´m glad she´s a part of this process. She is a Creatrix, a goddess from Hawaiian mythology who gives birth to many gods and goddesses from different parts of her Body. Pele, the goddess of volcanoes is one of them.

I see her role as both midwife and expectant mother, easing humanity through these birthing pains: as immense, and unbearable as they may seem.

She is what gives me hope that despite the cataclysmic potential of this Grand Cross, the Universal pan is one of continuity, hope, and the chance to birth a new future (humanity included).

This sentiment is certainly reinforced by the fact that Venus (16 Cancer) conjuncts the North Node (17 Cancer) and opposes Saturn (16 Capricorn) and the South Node (17 Capricorn) at the time of the Eclipse.

The Feminine, yet again, shows us the way forwards. And grants us a vision of a world that may be.

But for that to happen,

We really, really, need to think before we act at this time.

Let things unfold as they will at this moment of time and seek to observe, rather than react.

You need to know what larger context you´re choosing to engage (and the cards it holds) before making an effective intervention.

Losing your cool and rushing in headlong is counterproductive.

Aim to play the longer game: The Universe certainly does.

(And Haumea´s role in all this gives me hope that involves humanity´s continued survival: But I may just be being optimistic).

In any case, be mindful that this Eclipse energy will affect us all in different ways.

You can do your best, but you can´t expect others to.

Be aware of your own energetic boundaries and space.

Help others where you can, but not at the cost of your integrity and energy.

Those who are heavily triggered are advised to seek safe space and prioritize self-care.

You´re not really going to be doing much for the collective if you´re not able to manage your own energy. So do that first.

Aim to help when you can. And do so when that arises.

Give back to and support those who support you. That´s important.

It´s how you create a sustainable structure.

And not one riddled with inequalities (that´s how we got in this mess in the first place!)

That´s probably the most practical thing I can share with you right now.

Let things and people that need to leave your life, go.

Let yourselves leave things and people that no longer have a place in the life you´re creating.

If you can do that with grace, and come from a place of compassion as you do …

You´re already creating a better world.

Blessings

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

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This post and text is original research material and is copyrighted. You are allowed to share this material for personal, non-commercial and educational use with the proper citations, references and links / tags back to my website and/or my FB page or profile. Clicking ´Share´ on FB or ´Reblog´ on WordPress would be most appropriate. Please obtain my permission first if you want to use this material on your workshop, blog, organization, webpage, book, seminar or for any commercial purpose. All information provided, be it through sessions conducted or this post is non-liable and is not intended to replace professional legal, medical, psychological, psychiatric and/or financial counsel. How you choose to act on this information is up to your own free will and is entirely your responsibility.

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BUILD-UP TO THE ECLIPSE: NAVIGATE THROUGH YOUR EMOTIONS (12-13 July 2019)

There´s a little bit of a reprieve in the skies from the intense build-up to the Capricorn Lunar Eclipse. The Moon has left its Scorpionic depths and set its sights towards the mountain in Sagittarius. (It finally reaches the summit in Capricorn)

In the past few days, Scorpio´s energy has had all of us taking long, hard looks at what makes us tick, what we´ve neglected, ancestral/karmic patterns that need deeper spiritual cleansing / healing and so on. Sagittarius now asks us to put our general perspectives or philosophies of life back into focus.

Remember that Jupiter (15 Sag Rx) sits in its home of sign of Sagittarius, aspected via an inconjunct to the North Node (17 Cancer) .

When the way forwards is unclear, look to your emotions as an indicator of where you need to go next. It´s not about what you´re feeling at this instant moment, but what those feelings are asking you to do, or delve into, or accept, or feel through, etc. etc. etc.

Our paths at this time ask us to find the way home, back to our true emotional bodies and families.

And that doesn´t have to be the place we were born or the ancestry we were born into.

Remember that those circumstances relate to this incarnation: Your Soul is far older than that.

Some of you may also want to think about how you relate to the concept of nationhood, motherhood, domesticity, home management, nutrition, emotional awareness/processing, family/tribe/collective identities, and so on.

And some of you may just feel that it´s all too much, all at once. For some, it may even be physically manifested as pains, swelling, stomach upsets, and so on.

The key through this is to realize that you´re not going to get anywhere quickly if you don´t first accept where you are right now. Denial is a terrible co-navigator.

Accept your current feelings. But you don´t need to hold on to them. 
Sometimes just being willing to acknowledge that they are there facilitates a shift in energy and perspective.

And sometimes your feelings are just leading you joyously to the path you need to find.

Which is wonderful, but make sure you´re not leading yourself to what you want to see, rather than what´s there.

As we internally re-orient ourselves, we can then come from a more centered place to address the inequalities and larger questions that challenge our world.

This internal work is a healthy prerequisite for effectively engaging with the triggers that surround all of us. It helps us navigate better and to know which battles to choose – and which to avoid at this time.

With the South Node (17 Capricorn) conjunct Saturn (16 Capricorn Rx) at this time, we see a great resurgence of more conservative political structures and their cadres who seek to valorize the old hierarchies. This is happening all over the world: Just look at the news if you´re interested in knowing more. By no means is it limited to any one state.

That doesn´t mean we shouldn´t fight for what is right or turn a blind eye in the face of injustice – it means that this is a better time to observe and allow things to unfold before engaging. It means connecting the dots and seeing how this is a larger phenomenon – and not getting caught up in more parochial concerns / identifications.

The moment we get caught up in the push-and-pull, tug-of-war powerplay dynamic, we already find ourselves caught in a particular role. Observe, witness and wait.

Be prepared and allow your intuitive relationship with yourself, and Spirit – to guide your steps.

Remember that the upcoming Lunar Eclipse (24 Capricorn) also conjuncts Pluto (21 Capricorn Rx), squares Eris (24 Aries) and Haumea (24 Libra). Expect to see major energies coming up for transmutation, be it from the planet, collective human experience – and our own ancestral lineages. There´s some truly dense patterns there that need to be dissolved.

It pays to pay attention to the political decisions and discourses that emerge at this time. They shape the context of what we´re going to have to work on collectively – for some time to come.

Nothing here is set in stone (though it may claim to be) – it´s just useful to know the terrain before taking a stand one way or another.

Remember that this alignment can also manifest in intense seismic and meteorological activity. Be a little more mindful if you live in trouble spots and ensure you´ve got the basics covered.

It also helps to remember that this incredible energy of transition can also facilitate profound rebirth and re-connection with the fertile aspects of the Feminine. All this chaos can lead someplace positive.

Work more so from a place of energy-intention-spirit first, before seeking to engage. Your path will be smoother and the likelihood of success a lot higher.

As today also sees Mars (6 Leo) squared Uranus (6 Taurus), know that there´s a lot of collective aggression and the spark to action coming up at this time. Some operate out of trauma patterning, triggering others into reaction – and less solid states ; Some awaken sparks of insight and breakthrough energy that can lead to (r)evolution.

Being centered in your emotions will help you know which is which.

Remember to breathe deeply. 
Eat / drink / nourish your body well. 
Be mindful of what you have and can be grateful for.

Remember your energy is sovereign and sacred: 
You choose what you give freely, 
You choose what you give as part of a more formal exchange, 
You choose whether you wish to engage or not.

Remember that those who make claims on your energy need to respect your right and needs to regenerate it as required. You do not need to martyr yourself.

Be real, be kind – and that includes being kind to yourself.

I find whale-songs to be especially soothing at this time. Remember to give thanks to their presence and wisdom if you choose to listen as well. (Supporting oceanic conservation efforts is a good idea too)

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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TERMS OF USE AND SHARING:

Whilst the work I channel, intuit and figure out ultimately comes from Spirit, it still comes through me-as-co-creative a-divine-spark. For legal purposes I share these terms – and I hope you can understand the energetic basis of doing so. We all have to be honored for what we do, and what we bring. That way we keep things sustainable and in integrity.

This post and text is original research material and is copyrighted. You are allowed to share this material for personal, non-commercial and educational use with the proper citations, references and links / tags back to my website and/or my FB page or profile. Clicking ´Share´ on FB or ´Reblog´ on WordPress would be most appropriate. Please obtain my permission first if you want to use this material on your workshop, blog, organization, webpage, book, seminar or for any commercial purpose. All information provided, be it through sessions conducted or this post is non-liable and is not intended to replace professional legal, medical, psychological, psychiatric and/or financial counsel. How you choose to act on this information is up to your own free will and is entirely your responsibility.

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DROP THE MASK, DELVE INTO THE TRUTH OF YOUR EMOTIONS : MERCURY RETROGRADE IN LEO/CANCER 7TH JULY – 1ST AUGUST, 2019

At 23:14 UTC on 7-7-19, Mercury stationed retrograde at 4´27 Leo.

The Mercury retrograde provides us with ample opportunities to revisit thoughts, communications, decisions and ideas we´ve had in the weeks building up to it.

Mercury entered the shadow phase on June 20th at 23´56 Cancer. Effectively this means that we will be reviewing key decisions and events that took place from then till July 7th.

Whip out your calendars, journals and diaries and see what´s happened in your lives in the past few weeks.

Personally, I feel that the decisions we have made since then have a certain solidity to them. And that this Mercury retrograde period will be less about changing those choices and more about just taking the time to let their significance settle into different layers of consciousness. It may also be about tackling unfinished business or securing some of the choices we have already committed ourselves to.

I attribute this sense of solidity to the recent Solar Eclipse in Cancer and the Saturn-South Node conjunction in Capricorn. The larger trajectory of what we choose to experience and manifest has been set into motion – it´s a case of watching it all unfold now.

The usual guidelines surrounding Mercury retrograde apply:

Back up your electronic files

Avoid signing important documents till the retrograde ends and (ideally) Mercury is out of its shadow phase

(If you have to sign something : check and double-check the fine print)

Check your wiring and the safety of other electronic products

Be more mindful in communication and avoid speaking in haste

And so on …

This particular Mercury Retrograde asks us to revisit the lessons of both Leo and Cancer.

In the first phase of the retrograde, we are asked to revisit our thoughts, choices and ideas surrounding creativity, children, marriage, love, leadership – and what allows us to be spontaneous and authentic in our lives. Harnessed wisely, this energy can help us engage ourselves at the core of our being. It brings the challenge and the gift of living more fully from the Heart – and all that it entails.

Avoiding these lessons can lead to a lot of mixed signals on the relationship front and in relationship with children, creative collaborators, lovers and political leadership. Instead of going deep within to find the transformative essence of Joy and Love, one can easily react instead from the imbalanced ego and its drive to secure power and recognition.

There´s a great deal to learn in dropping the mask and the false pedestals upon which we present versions of ourselves to the world. Sometimes we do so because we are hurting, insecure, or believe ourselves to be superior/inferior to others. Some performances make us look stronger than we are to elicit compliance , others make us look weaker to elicit sympathy – both seek to control narrative in a particular way.

On July 19th, Mercury will re-enter Cancer, leaving Leo. Note that Mercury first left Cancer and entered Leo on June 27th – look at some old themes returning from then.

In the Cancerian phase of this Retrograde, Mercury asks us to consider where we truly belong, how, why and with whom?

How do we find our true family?

How do we live from the truth of our emotions – and their deeper intuitive insight?

How do we dissolve false or negative projections and control dynamics that come from the Mother / people representing that archetype in your life?

What is the ancestral / familial clearing that is needed at this time, if so?

Where do you exert emotional control over others, and in what way?

What is our true home, and what makes it so?

How do you forge emotional bonds of love, nurture and community?

These are the kinds of questions that arise through this phase of the retrograde.

As always, it brings rewards to those who are willing and able to seek for answers within. That´s not always a walk in the park. It takes real work and courage to be willing to look at the truth of one´s emotions.

Working with facilitators who specialize in trauma release and identifying the outcome of trauma-bonding patterns would be especially useful in this phase. Or those who perform ancestral, karmic or land-based clearings.

There will be many who will be ungrounded at this time and acting in an erratic fashion. Try not to judge, and get out of the way. Focus on your own work at this time and direct others who need help to service providers who spend time and energy refining their skills to be able to do just that.

Don´t be afraid to protect your energy and say no to draining situations. But remember to honor another person´s time and energy if you seek their expertise or counsel.

(None of us get out of this life unscathed – the least we can do is not take each other for granted and respect personal and professional boundaries)

This intense introspection and emotional work comes to point of culmination when Mercury stations direct at 23´56 Cancer on August 1st (3:57 UT).

Here´s where we begin to move outwards with the pearls of wisdom we have acquired through our deep emotional introspection and searching from the weeks prior. It´ll still be another two weeks before Mercury picks up full steam: it´s a little groggy in the meantime.

Mercury re-enters Leo for the 2nd time on August 11th. We return to the expression of authentic, creative energy and seek to shine our Light.

Mercury finally leaves the shadow phase at 4´27 Leo on August 15th (6:52 UT) – on the same day as the Full Moon in Aquarius!!!

This bodes well for all of us who seek to find the truest evolutionary possibilities for ourselves and the collective. The kinds of ideas and communications we engage in and the creative output we generate should be quite revelatory..

Truthfully, given the intensity of the upcoming Grand Cardinal Cross & Lunar Eclipse on July 16th, I´m not as worried about the Mercury Retrograde. It pales in comparison to the magnitude of this cosmic event: The Sun (24 Cancer) opposes the Moon (24 Capricorn, w. Pluto at 21 Capricorn), squares Eris (24 Aries) and Haumea (24 Libra).

Mercury Retrograde can certainly blur the space of communication at the personal, geopolitical and professional level. It pays to remember to check and double-check the content of communications or signals received and to remember that what we think the other person (or state) is saying may not be what is actually being said.

The best thing we can do is to remember to view things from the Heart, rather than our wounds, fears, triggers and traumas. And that´s tough enough for a lot of people to manage, let alone leaders of governments.

If there´s one take home message you need from this piece: that would be it.

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Blessings,

Dr Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

TERMS OF USE AND SHARING:

Whilst the work I channel, intuit and figure out ultimately comes from Spirit, it still comes through me-as-co-creative a-divine-spark. For legal purposes I share these terms – and I hope you can understand the energetic basis of doing so. We all have to be honored for what we do, and what we bring. That way we keep things sustainable and in integrity.

This post and text is original research material and is copyrighted. You are allowed to share this material for personal, non-commercial and educational use with the proper citations, references and links / tags back to my website and/or my FB page or profile. Clicking ´Share´ on FB or ´Reblog´ on WordPress would be most appropriate. Please obtain my permission first if you want to use this material on your workshop, blog, organization, webpage, book, seminar or for any commercial purpose. All information provided, be it through sessions conducted or this post is non-liable and is not intended to replace professional legal, medical, psychological, psychiatric and/or financial counsel. How you choose to act on this information is up to your own free will and is entirely your responsibility.

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THE PATH OF FEELING: New Moon / Solar Eclipse in Cancer (July 2-3, 2019)

The Solar Eclipse occurs at 10 Cancer. It brings with it profound opportunities for emotional healing and transformation. This cuts across lifetimes and generations as the New Moon trines Nessus (The Abuser’s Asteroid) at 11 Pisces.

Let your emotions flow but remember that what you feel – or think you feel – is a product of composite layering. It’s not always about the essence of you but rather what you’ve inherited or learnt. And it doesn’t always have to do with your current lifetime.

When we realize this, we find it easier to stop identifying with surface-level expressions of our emotions. We allow them to flow as an indicator of deeper truths and realities within. That frees us to begin perceiving the deeper nature of the Self.

In other words, emotions point you to the doorway of self-knowing. They are not the destination, though they may be the currents that take you there. 

With Nessus in the mix, many of us are going to remember or be faced with memories or patterns of abuse, pain and disassociation. Some of these may be familial, others may be more to do with the karmic path of your individual soul. 

A lot of deep, powerful experiences may come up for processing. Some of these may induce shame, grief, rage, pain or the desire to escape. (Even if it’s not your story, you may sense this in the collective).

But that doesn’t mean you have to charge and smite your way through it. 

The more you allow for a gentle release of the past, the more possibilities you create for the future. Even when the past seems too painful or heavy to let go of. That’s exactly when a gentler approach may be more powerful.

That means being kind to yourself. And others. And the planet. 

Remember that gentleness does not ask you to condone abuse or tolerate bad behavior.

It does not mean you need to romanticize the past.

It means that you can step aside with greater ease and grace. 

Much in the same way a river doesn’t need to fight with an obstacle in it’s path. It winds it’s way around it.

The future is not set in stone. And it’s time to wash away the debris of the past that would like us to believe that it is.

Ideally – in ways that do not glorify conflict and subtle forms of emotional manipulation.

There is much work to be done on aligning and honoring our emotional bodies – and their intrinsic connection with the watery body of The Earth. The medium of water connects many worlds and subtle levels of consciousness.

At the personal level, this is a time for you to be true to your Being.

Who is family?
Where do you belong?
What is home?
When was the last time you truly allowed yourself to feel?
What inheritances are ready to be dissolved and returned to Source?
Are you ready to dissolve the veils and return to your Self?

And so much more.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Lessons from the Depths: A Yod (Finger of Fate), Grand Water Trine / Kite with the Scorpio Moon (June 13-14, 2019)

The Scorpio Moon gives us many opportunities to look in the mirror and understand the Truth of the Self.

Our emotional prompts give us the necessary triggers to informed and embodied action in a world in need of the sacred medicine of authenticity.

This is not the time to be hiding behind platitudes or feel-good expressions of spirituality. Especially when we consider the Full Moon in Sagittarius coming up, conjuncting the Galactic Center and Ixion (the Tyrant).

Use the energetic opportunities of these days well – there´s far more to come in June!

June 13th :

We see a Yod or Finger of Fate in the Skies between the Scorpio Moon, Venus (5 Gemini) and Chiron (5 Aries). This pushes us to a point of emotional catharsis or realization in our relationships and the contracts of wounding-healing we allow to play through them.

Look at the way you / other people communicate in your relationships, how that relates to your own sense of self – and ultimately, whether this resonates with the depths of your own soul and essence.

This can be a very sobering experience for some as they may find themselves on either side of the victim-abuser spectrum, or both.

Sometimes the line is very, very blurry.

Take care not to use others as emotional punching bags, or to seek them out as energetic batteries (does not matter how cutely it is phrased).

Stay true to the expression of who you are deep within – as best you can.

Acknowledge that there may parts of your energy and presence that you are unaware of and be open to looking into those.

When we pedestalize anyone (including ourselves) as being entirely one way or another, we instantly create a shadow dynamic.

At the time of writing, the Scorpio Moon is also trined Black Moon Lilith (4 Pisces).

Be wary of plays at victimhood, martyrdom, covert narcissism, and so on which mask predatory intents in the guide of the disempowered and wounded.

Abusers are not always bullies.

Sometimes they drain you in other ways.

Whilst there is much healing needed in the way the collective processes and acknowledges the Shadow Feminine, it does not mean that stop using our discernment.

Look at the ´poor me´ dynamic that may be coming through in your connections with the spiritual realm, the departed, past-life work, and so on.

June 14th:

We see a powerful Grand Water Trine & Kite alignment form between the Scorpio Moon, Mars (18 Cancer), Mercury (15 Cancer), North Node (17-18 Cancer), Neptune (18 Pisces), South Node (17-18 Capricorn) and Saturn (18 Capricorn)

Another extraordinary alignment which asks us to look deeply into our own emotions, psychic perceptions, dreams, instincts, ancestral connections, and so on.

We are asked to look at invisible structures of power and energetic architecture that hold our energies in certain ways – and to allow it to release once and for all. (As best we can).

This is a powerful day to be working on emotional and familial dynamics, especially in terms of the way we act, communicate and navigate our way through our deeper instincts.

You can bet your bottom dollar that this will trigger the heck out of a lot of people. The Scorpio Moon and Neptune in Pisces lend a quality of projection, or of glamouring dynamics, which make it harder for people to see what is truly there – as opposed to what they want to / have been conditioned to see.

As Mars, Mercury and the North Node are conjunct in Cancer, it is wise to let our emotions lead the way forwards. There is absolutely no shame in being triggered to action – and anyone who tells you otherwise has a lot to learn about being spiritual and embodied.

Work through the Emotional Trigger: And Act

Working through a trigger is part and parcel of the way we are being asked to grow right now. All it means is that we have to take the time to go inwards and choose our response to a situation from a place of centeredness, rather than traumatized reflex actions.

Other people may not know your process and so may feel like they have a say in it – they don´t. Whatever they say is their story, not yours.

Stick to the truth of you. Just be sure that what you do does not come from pure reactivity. Only you can truly tell the two apart.

We are here to make a change in the world, not to avoid it in the name of transcendental delusions of ´being enlightened´. Look at the stories of the Old Teachers, and you will see that many of them did not ignore the world. The acted when it was time.

That time is now.

If you have anything near 15-21 Virgo and Taurus, you will experience this as a Grand Sextile or Star of David Alignment. If so, be very conscious with your focus and intent – and manifest from a place of inner alignment.

Summary:

In short, June 13-14 are days which can bring us to new paths in our journeys. We need to come back to the realization that our emotional, intuitive and shadow (i.e. hidden) selves have much to teach us.

This is more of an internal process, but one that ultimately inspires external action. Whilst many will be triggered, stay out of the line of fire unless it is a cause you are truly moved by. Whilst we cannot all do everything, choose something and stick with it. As long as it is true to the core of your soul´s expression, go for it. It will serve you well, especially during the upcoming Full Moon in Sagittarius.

Blessings

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess


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Physical Harassment and Racial Prejudice at Istanbul Airport with Turkish Airlines

Hello everyone. I am using my platform to share with you a very strange and deeply unsettling set of experiences I had recently, on multiple occasions, at Istanbul´s New Airport with its flagship carrier, Turkish Airlines.

I have already written a complaint through the appropriate channels and nothing was done about it. In fact, things got even worse.

At first, it was general derision and ridicule, followed by someone literally trying to deface my US Visa – followed by (on a different occasion) a Turkish Airlines staff member who physically tried to intimidate me.

I had to throw up my fists to defend myself, right in the center of the airport – with his staff members watching (and his supervisor on the phone) doing absolutely nothing.

That was followed by yet another encounter at passport control where they refused to speak English and kept asking me questions in Turkish because – and I quote – “English was an imperialist language¨ and if I wanted to visit Turkey I had to learn Turkish. This had absolutely NOTHING to do with stamping my passport so I could go through border control.

Whilst not everyone has this sort of experience through the new airport, other travellers whom I met and observed had similar issues – especially if they were single, dark-skinned female travellers. I provide more detail in the video report.

Whilst I did find some lovely people at the airport doing their best to help, these were sadly in the minority. To be clear, I do not have any deep set grievances against Turkish people in general – I visited Istanbul in 2006 and had a wildly different – and positive experience.

These experiences were not at all what I expected – and as a global traveller of 16 years … this level of discrimination and harassment – at an international airport – is unprecedented from my observations.

Whilst people are entitled to their political beliefs and cultural identities, it does not give them the right to belittle, demean, physically bully or intimidate others who are not like them. A running joke amongst the staff was how women of colour had no money. And so were treated in deeply disrespectful ways.

The behavior of the passport control officers and agents were nothing short of sociopathic.

As a single female traveller of colour, I do not feel safe travelling through that airport again.

As I know a written report has absolutely no effect, I make this video in the hope that other travellers who have had the same or similar experiences.

If you have contacts within the airline industry, to any bodies of oversight and accountability, or a straight line to Turkish Airlines – please do send this to them.

And if you have your own story to tell, say it.

Nothing will ever change if you don´t.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

7:56 pm, 11th June 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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June 9-10 : Sun, Moon, Jupiter and Neptune in alignment

Breathe. Discern . Stay open to the flow and allow yourself to be your own guide at this time. Where you choose to be, who you choose to work with needs to come after that process (or attempt) at inner reflection. What we’re doing now has far-reaching consequences. It’s a time of choosing your path and honoring your own truth.

Blessings

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess