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A Quick Reminder on Self-Care in Times of Transition

We are in a time of massive re-alignment: celestially, personally, globally, and so on. So many of us are re-thinking our fundamental sense of identity, purpose, home, belonging and potential futures.

Some find this exciting, inspiring and motivating.
Others become anxious, fearful and confused.

(Sometimes alternating combinations of both)

All of these experiences and responses are valid.

Because we’re all in different places in our lives and we all come at these changes from different perspectives.

What I can tell you is that not knowing what to do next is not a bad thing.

It may just mean that it’s time to look out of your immediate pool of reference and seek guidance, or simply sit still and let the Universe guide you from within.

Both is fine – just make sure you choose good guidance and/or listen to your heart rather than your ego.

Which is hard to do when you’re spiraling in cycles of doubt, fear, anxiety and so on.

Remember that you do not get extra spiritual street cred for trying to do everything by yourself, or by outsourcing all of your decisions to others.

Both extremes are equally bad. Find a middle ground.

If things seem overwhelming for you, focus on concrete tasks that keep you anchored and grounded daily.

It could be:

sweeping the floor
watching a show you like
drinking a herbal tea
taking a deep belly breath
sending a note of encouragement to someone who is suffering
standing in solidarity with someone / a worthy cause
donating an item to a charity

Something that signals to you – that you’re taking care of yourself in the here and now – and that come what may you will be able to keep doing that one small thing, whatever it is.

Remember that self-care is not an invitation to solipsism, it takes a healthy balance of give and take, of solitude and connection with others.

In times of transition, you find consistency and solidity through these small, repeated acts.

Dismantling thousands of years of social, political, cultural and economic decisions and their choices does not happen overnight. New structures do not just emerge out of thin air.

The same thing applies to you and your life.

Much Love,

Dr. B. Bairavee
The Sky Priestess

© Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2020. All rights reserved.

THE CRADLE & THE YOD: MEMORIES, CHILDHOOD, HEALING AND POTENTIAL SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH DURING THE PISCES NEW MOON 2020 (Feb 23)

Typically, the New Moon is a time of new beginnings.

In Pisces, it presents an excellent opportunity to set the kind of seeds for spiritual growth, cleansing and experience that you want to see unfold for you.

This time around, the New Moon is part of a Cradle Alignment with mutiple bodies – giving it a specific meaning. It also occurs alongside key alignments (such as a Yod / Finger of Fate with Thereus, Neptune, Hylonome, Jupiter) that bring up difficult, potentially traumatic memories – so tread carefully .

By that I don’t mean tread with fear, I mean tread with compassion.

Lots of people are sitting in various alignments of brokenness aright now.

By compassion, I don’t mean the kind that makes you a doormat, but the kind that allows you to not hate, fear or be consumed with guilt even when you need to draw a boundary.

Pema Chodron (and other teachers) have spoken about ‘ idiot compassion ‘ as what happens when we take that idea too far.

Look that up for further clarity.

Thankfully, this New Moon is about healing and re-connection.

So at least we have that going for us.

The New Moon goes exact at 15:31 UTC, February 23rd, 4’28 Pisces.

Continue reading once you have taken a little time to ground yourself.

This can be a difficult read for people, given the alignments at play.

CW: sexual violence, abuse, trauma, miscarriage (memories of) etc.

THE CRADLE

The New Moon (4 Pisces) sextiles the South Node (5-6 Capricorn), Mars (4 Capricorn), Uranus (3 Taurus) and trines the North Node (5-6 Cancer).

The Nodes have a little range as I’m looking at both the True and the Mean calculations.

Put together, this alignment creates what is known as ‘ The Cradle ‘ .

It signifies a profound accumulation of energies through the trines (South Node/Mars trines Uranus, New Moon trines North Node / / Capricorn – Taurus, Pisces – Cancer).

The South Node-Mars & Uranus trine asks us to have faith and let go of some of the more entrenched beliefs we have about inheritance, lineage, ancestry, structure and power. It asks us align our actions and explorations surrounding the Masculine Archetype with the messages and transformation of Consciousness coming through the Earth.

This is a good time to let go of control dynamics that see abundance, progress and success measured in the rigid ways.

This is a good time to listen to the wisdom and Heart of the planet and to ask not what out planet can do for us, but what we can do for our planet.

Be generous with your time and energy in so far as sustainably possible.

Some of you may also be seeing career and finance related transformations coming up – but it’s hard to say whether they are losses or gains because that has more to do with the way you deal with the karmic accumulation of the South Node over time.

Look back to 2001, 1982, 1964 and/or 1945 to see what you were doing with the South Node in Capricorn and how it has manifested over time.

The New Moon in Pisces & North Node trine brings a very different experience. It asks you to face whatever it is that is trying to push through your conscious defenses, especially through dreams, fears, repressed memories and feelings of ‘ knowing’.

Be bold and use the tools that you have to emotionally navigate through the psychic impressions and spiritual experiences that you may be having at this time. It could be related to past-life influences, old karma, supernatural influences and/or issues surrounding family of origin, location and/or the question of belonging.

I’ve certainly seen a lot of this come up with clients as of late, almost from out of no where.

Again, look back to 2001, 1982, 1964 and/or 1945 to see what the North Node in Cancer brought you. It may been a change or challenge to your emotional experience, familial relationships, location, etc. And see how you are being asked to navigate as a consequence of those key decision points.

THE YOD / FINGER OF FATE WITH THEREUS, NEPTUNE, HYLONOME AND JUPITER.

Those who have had abusive sexual experiences may be particularly triggered right now (especially if they were hidden / repressed) as Thereus Rx (18 Leo) trines Venus (18 Leo) and inconjunct Jupiter (18 Capricorn).

Thereus actually acts as the apex of a Yod (Finger of Fate) between Jupiter and Neptune (17 Pisces). Pay attention to your dreams, your kids and the messages sent by both.

Remember that Thereus targets the vulnerable, the sanctity of childhood, innocence, joy, what makes life worth living (especially in Leo). But that it also teaches us the virtue of safeguards and being realistic about finding safe spaces and ways to express that joy.

You can find my interview with Amelia Fortes on the significance of Thereus in 2020 (where it plays a key role during nearly half of the Full and New Moons) – and what to do about it:

Thereus in this context (especially with its trine to Venus in Aries) can bring up issues of abuse in relationships, sexual violence, child abuse, difficult pregnancies and the trauma of miscarriage.

How triggered you are depends on how fresh that trauma is and what kind of work you’ve done around it. (No judgement, just watch what comes up)

What sensitized me to the importance of this message is a child’s game that appeared during my sessions today. They were trying to make a kite out of a red plastic bag tied with a red string. Instead of flying, it just hovered by my window. It didn’t take too long to recognize the message.

This is actually pretty huge if you think about it. Don’t be afraid to seek out for trusted guidance and help if you’re getting hit hard. Remember – you dont’ get brownie points for going at this alone.

The Ego wins no prizes by denying help.

Just remember to honor your supporters and facilitators in the way that works for them (and you).

Venus squared Jupiter generally points to relationships and lessons they teach us about ourselves and our larger role or existence within the structure of society.

There can be some productive lessons to be learnt if one manages to sit with the ego to dissolve the commands of the super-ego.

Clashes with authority figures may also be possible, especially in matters of relationships, business, finance and career opportunities.

Be mindful of the role of Thereus and any hidden patterns of predation or parasitism that can be draining you / anyone else you’re trying to work things through with.

As Jupiter is conjunct Hylonome (16 Capricorn), know that the deep work you are asked to do may trigger challenges and crises of self-worth. Do not let the self-doubt convince you that you are not worthy of love, or worthy only of the kind of love that drains you.

People dealing with codependent dynamics – seek out strong structures of support if circumstances push you in this way. A useful mantra to work with when you’re looking at womb healing / clearing and protection / the need for self/assertion is the Prathyangira Devi Mala Mantra.

She is the Lion Goddess (different in vibration from others), deeply benevolent, protective, kind and kicks ass.

GRAND CARDINAL CROSS

It is also important to note that the Nodes are squaring the Super-Galactic-Center (1 Libra), Black Moon Lilith (1 Aries) and Chiron (3 Aries).

It is imperative for you to watch over your mental health and your relationship with ego and projection at this time.

It is all too easy to try and use another person as a projection canvas for your own insecurities, or to see another attempting to do the same with you.

Do not ignore the physical body and whatever signals it gives you for rest, perspective, taking a breather and so on. Many karmic contracts can be un-made or re-inforced depending upon the direction you take at this time.

Personally I would say self-care and emotional receptivity are likely to show you the answers.

Those who feel insecure, vulnerable or dis-empowered in some critical way may want to seek gentle healing modalities, be it reiki or sound baths.

My advice would not to try and do deep spiritual digging if you are already feeling ungrounded.

You will always have other opportunities to learn, experience and grow and do not let your feelings of fear or desperation lead you to unsafe experiences.

I do have a recommendation for a crystal bowl (432 Hz) recording and I find it to be very soothing at this time:

GENERAL REMINDERS / RECOMMENDATIONS:

Please also note that Mercury is in Retrograde at 9 Pisces.

Be doubly sure to check, breathe, check again before making any kind of judgments around spiritual experiences.

If called to do deep work at this time, ensure your facilitators are able to hold space for you and empower you with tools and perspectives.

Remember that something helpful does not always have to feel good.

Facing the shadow and facing yourself can be downright scary.

Remember to use psychic protection, especially when you sleep.

If working with gemstones, try to source them from ethical dealers (and suppliers working with local communities).

Labradorite, smoky quartz , lepidolite, amethyst, blue lace agate, aqua aura quartz are some of the suggested stones – and which works for you depends on your personal relationship with energy.

Lepidolite is a safe bet for most people who have difficulty with anxiety, mental loops and insomnia.

Aqua aura quartz can also help you better navigate the emotional body.

Carnelian is recommended for those who need courage, especially little children and those dealing with memories from childhood.

The issue with the Cradle alignment is that it tends to lack focus.

It also bring up issues with childhood or bring a person to a child-like state of consciousness.

For those who need a little direction, try engaging in healing, organizing or administrative activities to get your mind on task.

Work with the health of your gut and body.

Sharpen up your assessment of your resources, relationships, finances and boundaries.

Give yourself a point of focus or task to do (however small) if you feel overwhelmed by the energy.

Sometimes the accomplishment of something relatively small can give you the pick me up you need to have more faith in yourself to come through this.

These suggestions come from the knowledge that points in early Virgo and Scorpio complete the Cradle into a Grand Sextile / Star of David.

It depends on what you points you have here.

Ultimately the New Moon is an opportunity for you to connect deeply with Spirit and commune with the numinous energy of Source.

Remember this through whatever you experience.

Remember that Faith in the Sacred is your greatest ally through the toughest times.

Especially if that Yod is bringing up painful memories.

This is where your faith counts the most.

Do things that bring you back to your faith in Source and allow that experience to hold you through this New Moon.

Don’t be afraid to focus on something ‘ mundane ‘ if it gets too heavy for you.

This can also be a deeply triggering time for those with substance abuse issues, dis-associative tendencies, suicidal ideation, repressed memories and so on.

Seek out groups or services or people who can help you hold space and be safe – ideally without strings attached.

Look to the Pisces Full Moon six months from now to see what you end up manifesting.

Blessings,

Dr. B. Bairavee

The Sky Priestess

Sessions: www.theskypriestess.as.me

Tier-23: www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com/contribute (Which speak to these alignments and what they mean)

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TERMS OF USE AND SHARING:

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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Cultural Appropriation and Dilution in the Context of Energetic Safety and Hygiene

A lot of the time, discussions on cultural appropriation and dilution of tradition end up locked in the racial discourse. Given structural inequalities that operate across the planet, it is also utterly understandable. Whilst it is absolutely important to respect indigenous practitioners, lineages and tradition along with the social, political, cultural and economic framework of their origin …. there’s also a good energetic reason as to why any facilitator/client would want to do this.

Every tradition originates out of a particular experience of history, culture, (often) struggle and suffering. It evolves in response to particular challenges and establishes certain psychic and spiritual parameters of experience. It evolves practices to invoke gatekeepers, guides and ancestors to keep the practitioner, their family and their clients safe.

In a highly (and increasingly) commercialized spiritual marketplace, teachings on spiritual traditions of minorities and indigenous people are stripped out of context and time to make them publicly accessible. Whilst it make excite a lot of people who feel they have access to ‘ secret’ teachings that they did not before, it also opens them up to ungrounded and unsafe spiritual practices and teachings.

Basically, without the lived, embodied experience of learning and feeling through the nuance of a tradition, you’re flying blind. This is why coming back to a legitimate source is absolutely important. This is why you can’t legitimately claim mastery over something that you have no real connection to.

Reading a few things and answering an online test does not qualify – you’ll see why in the video. It discusses how and why this particular question popped to the forefront of my thoughts recently and why it is so important.

I would also like to acknowledge that spiritual traditions that fail to evolve are just as potentially dangerous. There needs to be a recognition that structures must evolve to acclimatize themselves to changing energetic contexts. Losing them entirely also loses valuable wisdom, protection and the insights of lineage. Taking an extreme on either side of the coin here is ultimately counter-productive.

Blessings and Love

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

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MAHASHIVARATRI: THE GREAT (BINARY-DISSOLVING, CUP-EMPTYING) NIGHT OF LORD SHIVA (FEBRUARY 21, 2020)

Millions of Hindus around the world will be holding vigil tonight, fasting, chanting, and holding the thoughts of Lord Shiva in their minds and practice.

Each year, this festival is celebrated on the 13th night / 14th lunar day of the month Phalguna / Phalguni as per the sidereal, Vedic calendar which falls on the day before Phalguna / Phalguni Amavasya (New Moon in Aquarius).

Naturally this is different from the Western (read: influenced by Bablylonian and Hellenistic traditions) tropical system which sees it as the New Moon in Pisces. And truthfully, both have resonance in different ways.

My preference and what brings me greatest resonance with observation is the Western system and so I stick with that. I make this note as what qualifies as ‘ Western ‘ these days has nothing to do with the term’s origins. Please note that any allegations of superiority of one system over another will be promptly deleted.

As I understand him, Lord Shiva is ultimately uninterested in your/my/anyone’s intellectual opinion, and more so in the veracity of one’s spiritual fire, peace, dance, truth and practice.

In terms of the astrology, we see the following exact alignments :

  • Mars (3 Capricorn) trined Uranus (3 Taurus) – February 21 (Universal Time)
  • Mars (3 Capricorn) squared Chiron (2 Aries) – February 21
  • Sun (3 Pisces) sextile Uranus (3 Taurus) – February 22 – Watch your experience if you have something near 3 Libra. Profound breakthroughs available.

We also see other alignments present within a 1 degree orb with asteroid Siva (1170):

  • Siva (23 Cancer) opposes Pluto (24 Capricorn)
  • Siva (23 Cancer) squares Eris (23 Aries)
  • Siva (23 Cancer) conjunct Magdalena (24 Cancer, asteroid 318)

To me, this Mahashivaratri gives us the opportunity to break through entrenched forces at the physical and energetic level.

It is wise for you to watch the health of the body, bones and head in particular.

Voice or sound based exercises can facilitate major breakthroughs and healing – so chanting is highly recommended. As listed below, the Maha Mrutnjaya Mantra would be my suggested Mantra of choice.

In terms of Asteroid Siva, I see this as the dance of the Destroyer breaking through old structures that have denied the archetype of Feminine expression and experience.

What bothers me is the way Shiva is shown in a hypermasculine form in many mainstream depictions in these days, which ties into a larger political narrative. It ignores the dancer, the lover, the dreamer entirely.

He is all of those things and is integrated into with experience of Shakti (The Goddess). Remember that They are Ardhanariswara / Ardhariswari:

The Merger and Union of both forces. Remember the narratives of the saints and Alvars who surrendered to the infinite, formless Compassion that Shiva represents.

I highly recommend doing research on Karaikal Ammaiyar, possible the most famous female Shaivite worshipper.

This Dance of Destruction is intimately wedded to a resurrection of the both Masculine, Feminine, Intersexed and other experiences of Spirit. Let us not lose right of that interconnectedness.

In India, Mahashivaratri falls on February 21st, 2020 – where the fast and prayers head into the early hours of February 22nd. The New Moon itself occurs on February 23rd.

There are multiple myths associated with the Great Night of Lord Shiva: that this was the day of his wedding to Goddess Parvati, that this was the night of his Cosmic Dance, that this was the day he swallowed the poison of the Serpent to save the Universe (turning the colour of his neck blue).

There are many stories and narratives surrounding this event and different facets of Hinduism worship them different: as there is no homogenous tradition. Hinduism thrives through diversity and tolerance, as opposed to monolithic reinterpretations.

The figure of Lord Shiva (especially as seen as a composite being with Goddess Parvathi) hemaphroditic, gender-genre-boundary-transgressing, the ascetic yogi of strict discipline and cannabinoid consumption.

He is deeply compassionate, detached, passive – and yet the Mahakala – who is able to destroy the Universe. Putting him, or his worship into a linear narrative or box does not exactly work.

At least not if you stay true to the source material.

We can see the union of marriage, dance, the transmutation of poison as very much the consumption and integration of different ‘ opposites’ – or the binary read in different ways.

There is more to be unpacked on that front but it certainly opens up the mythology and experience of Shiva worship in ways that de-center the masculine form and return it to its more nuanced origins.

In my many pilgrimages to the great worship centers of Lord Shiva in India, be it Benares / Varanasi in the North, Rameswaram, Chidambaram, Thanjavur, Thiruvannamalai, in the South and sacred sites in Nepal / Himalayan foothills – this multiplicity, boundary-binary-transgressing nature is what stands true with the test of time.

If in doubt, follow the many live streams and mass chants and vigils taking place tonight. Remember to look up times with respect to your own timezone.

Visit your local Shiva temple.

Adopt the practice that is in integrity with your sacred connection to this being.

I recommend chanting the Maha Mrutynjaya Mantra. Here is an AMAZING rendition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDuhp5o8Ybw

Remember that tone of chanting is key in anchoring the energy.

Do your best in pronounciation, but ultimately remember that your intent and openheartedness is the most important thing.

And if you see that ego along the way, dissolve it.

And open yourself to the True Blessings of the Cosmos.

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.

Text © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2020. All rights reserved.

Image: Government Museum Chennai.

Feb 18: Mars-Moon Occultation (Quick vid, had a long day)

Short version: It’s not uncommon. Don’t make a major thing of it unless you’ve got strong aspects to 1 Capricorn. It’s happening five times this year. There are a total of 16 occultations if you include other planets. There’s a lot of hype around it as it’s the only Mars occultation visible from North America.

(Am tired, going to bed after I do this on FB and instagram)

The Sky Priestess

Mercury Retrograde in Pisces/Aquarius & Mars in Capricorn: What are we building and where does it come from?

Mercury has stationed retrograde at 12 Pisces. Mars has entered Capricorn. Between now and March 30, Mercury helps us modulate the way we access and express Mars’ desire for action and commitment. It will take groundedness, discernment and patience: but you can make this period a very rewarding one. But it’ll need you to look at things from a different perspective. Here we go!

Mercury retrograde begins on February 17 and ends on March 10. Mercury has been in shadow since Feb 2 and will leave the shadow on March 30. It moves through two signs: Pisces and Aquarius. So you need to treat the energies differently. Mercury is in Pisces between February 3 until April 11, except between March 4-March 16 when it will be retrograding and moving out of Aquarius.

Advice for Mercury in Pisces (Feb 3 – Mar 4, Mar 16 – April 11)

This a great time to just pause and take a breath. We’ve been hammered with overly intense aspects since the start of the year.

Take the time to go inside. Have a little downtime.

Meditate. Spend time by the ocean. Purify your space and body. Sleep. Fill your cup. You get the idea.

Catch up on things you said you would do and projects you intend to work on but didn’t have the time to. Make sure you’re not running psychically on empty.

During this period – the energy of Mars in Capricorn, it’s just a good time to focus on work – but led that focus be lead by your inner life and experience with Spirit. Rather than your ego/mind/head that says ‘ x, y, z ‘ gotta be done at ‘ a, b, c’ .

Sure, you’re going to have deadlines and project and things that need to get done – but remember to get some rest first.

Mercury will call for more engagement and action, especially in groups and on social media when it’s back in Aquarius between March 4th till March 16th.

But really, it’s going take all of March for Mercury to get back up to speed (after its retrograde ends on March 10) and to move onto other things. Without coincidence, Mars also moves into its new chapter with Aquarius on the same day as Mercury leaves it shadow phase – March 30.

So take the time.

Advice for Mercury Rx-direct in Aquarius (March 4 – March 16)

This is a distinctly different vibe from Mercury in Pisces. You’re going to see the need to communicate with more integrity, clarity and intention in groups and on social media.

You’ll see behaviors from friends and collaborators or kindred spirits that inspires you to deepen the connection – or rethink it.

Be more careful around the management of intellectual property and technology.

Remember that Mars may want to whack its way through with the might of Capricorn, but that doesn’t always shift energy effectively. It can work well when you’re defending yourself from more entrenched structures of power or figures of authority (where appropriate). But it can alienate you from groups and energies that can otherwise be supportive.

That being said: Never compromise your truth. Just know when the pen is called for rather than the sword.

In terms of health: Pay more attention to your ankles and circulation.

General Mercury Rx advice

Work on what needs fixing or re-doing. The usual precautions around electronics, communication and general logistics apply. But you don’t need to be afraid of it. Think of this as the exhale after a long inhale.

Go inwards and consolidate what’s important – as led by Spirit. Be more mindful around psychic projections and distortions that arise through the ego’s more limited experience of Spirit.

Remember that having the biggest number of followers, likes, or whatever is not the same thing as having people in your space who actually support you for real. Don’t fall for the glossy hype of social media and remember to stick to your truth.

Other Announcements:

In my Tier-23 video, I go into a lot more depth with the more esoteric bodies (Thereus, Vesta, Borasisi, Neptune, Psyche – and their connections). This time period is excellent for deep energetic and spiritual work to undo, dissolve or transmute old karmic contracts. The Tier-23 program goes into an extreme level of interpretive and spiritual depth and I recommend joining it if you want more information at www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com/contribute . The current installation is between January 26 – March 10.

In terms of my work I’m also limiting hours available for sessions as I need to better manage my own energy reserves. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends since the start of the year and need some time to catch up with rest and other projects. Book soon at www.theskypriestess.as.me .

Key dates (in Universal Time):

  • Mercury enters shadow phase – 2 February 2020 – 28’12 Aquarius
  • Mercury enters Pisces – 3 February
  • Mercury stations retrograde – 17 February (12’53 Pisces)
  • Mercury enters Aquarius – 4 March
  • Mercury stations direct – 10 March – 28’12 Aquarius
  • Mercury enters Pisces – 16 March
  • Mercury leaves shadow phase – 30 March – 12’53 Pisces
  • Mars enters Capricorn – 16 February
  • Mars enters Aquarius – 30 March

Blessings and Love

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

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TERMS OF USE AND SHARING: 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.

Video & Text © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2020.

(Quicknote) Mars in Cap, Merc Rx about to begin!

Mars entered Capricorn a little over 5 hours ago. Prepare for a phase of committed focus, building and structuring until March 30th.

Mercury will station retrograde in Pisces in about 8 hours from now. It will appear to move in reverse (briefly re-entering Aquarius) until March 10.

Mercury exits its shadow phase on the same day that Mars ends its transit in Capricorn (March 30).

I find the journey of these two planets to be interwoven at this time.If we think about it, the energy of the Retrograde can be best used to look at the Spirit of what we are doing and building.

Don’t rush in headlong: Look at it closely, tune into your intuition.And then move forwards with your energy.

Of course there’s a lot more that can be said. But this just a quick heads up!

The Sky Priestess

Image: sumanley via Pixabay

2020: THE YEAR OF THEREUS, THE HUNTER-STALKER (TIME TO FACE THE FEAR)

Thereus (The Hunter-Stalker) is one of the most important astrological bodies making key aspects in the skies during 2020. It is featured in nearly half of the New Moons, Full Moons of the year – was inconjunct the major Capricorn conjunction in January – and will inconjunct the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius in December 2020. It accompanies us for much of this deeply transformative time! Overlooking the energy of this body will provide an incomplete picture of the skies – especially in this year. It’s catalogue number is 32532 and it is classed as a Centaur / Small Solar System Body.

In mythology, Thereus was a centaur who stalked and hunted bears, pouncing on them in their caves and dragging them out kicking and screaming. I’ve done as much research as I can to find anything redeeming about this centaur except to find politely worded descriptors of covert predation, narcissism and extreme psychopathy.

To me, the symbol of the bear represents the natural world and the indigenous communities who fight for their right to survival, existence and their relationship with nature. The picture this paints is not a pretty one – and is certainly reinforced by the Canadian government’s decision to forcibly remove W’etsuwet’en protestors from their land or Bolsanaro’s decision to allow mining on indigenous land in the Amazon – and many other examples.

It should be no real surprise to anyone at all that Thereus is very present during a majority of the New and Full Moons of this year. Either it makes a direct aspect to the Moon itself, or it has some significant aspect to bodies like Jupiter, Mars, Venus and so on. Also, upon investigation, Thereus has a major role to play in the major conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at 0 Aquarius in December 2020.

At the time of writing, we are two days away from a major Full Moon in Leo conjunct Thereus on February 9th (Universal Time).

It is this continuous Thereus-aspected pattern that made me cuss at my laptop so badly on New Year’s Day that it conked.

I’ve compiled a list of these alignments:

ALIGNMENTS TO FULL MOONS

Jan 10: Thereus Rx 21 Leo semisextiles the Full Moon at 20 Cancer on Jan 10 + inconjunct to Ceres and Sun

Feb 9: Thereus Rx 19 Leo conjuncts the Full Moon at 20 Leo on Feb 9

Mar 9: Thereus Rx 17 Leo semisextiles the Full Moon at 19 Virgo on Mar 9 + inconjunct Neptune, Sun & Pallas making YoD

Apr 8: Thereus Rx 16 Leo sextiles the Full Moon at 18 Libra on Apr 8 + trines Sun and Psyche in Aries

May 7: Thereus 16 Leo squares Full Moon at 17 Scorpio on May 7 + squares Sun and trines Eros

Jun 5: Thereus 17 Leo trines Full Moon at 15 Sagittarius on June 5 sextiling Sun and inconjunct Mars in Pisces

ALIGNMENTS TO NEW MOONS

Aug 19: Thereus 23 Leo trines the New Moon at 26 Leo on August 19

Sep 17: Thereus 26 Leo semisextile New Moon at 25 Virgo on September 17

Oct 16: Thereus 29 Leo sextile New Moon at 23 Libra on October 16

CO-ALIGNMENTS (SIGNIFICANT ASPECTS DURING LUNATIONS)

Feb 23: Thereus 17 Leo trines Venus 18 Aries and inconjuncts Jupiter 18 Capricorn during the New Moon at 4 Pisces on Feb 23

Apr 23: Thereus stations direct at 16 Leo and opposes Mars, sextiles Venus 16 Gemini on the day of the New Moon at 3 Taurus on April 23

Jul 21: Thereus 21 Leo inconjunct Jupiter 21 Capricorn during New Moon at 28 Cancer on July 21

Oct 1: Thereus 27 Leo conjunct Venus during Full Moon at 9 Aries on Oct 1

Oct 31: Thereus enters Virgo (momentarily) during Full Moon at 8 Taurus on October 31. It will move back and forth across the Leo-Virgo threshold till August 2021!

In 2020, Thereus makes direct alignments to half the Full Moons of 2020 – through the first six months of the year. It makes direct alignments to a quarter of the New Moons of 2020. It has significant alignments happening for a second quarter of the New Moons.

So when we add it all up, roughly half of the power of the Full and New Moons of 2020 are linked to the vibration of energy emanating from Thereus. In fact – it was inconjunct the Major Capricorn Conjunction in January 2020!

On top of everything else, I know that people are waiting on the major shift of Jupiter and Saturn (together) into in Aquarius at the same time at the end of December.

I looked into it and saw that Thereus has a major role to play there, yet again.

Between December 21-23, Thereus Rx at 0 Virgo will trine Mercury at 0 Capricorn, the Sun at 0 Capricorn (Solstice) and inconjunct both Jupiter and Saturn at 0 Aquarius.

I’ll talk about that later in the year.

As far as I know, Thereus has not yet been hilighted to this extent in any other astrological or spiritual report – so I hope this information will be a powerful stepping stone in making the collective aware of just what the challenge at stake is.

It’s a hard report to write (and I’ve been sitting on this for four eyars now) because of its implications. But if I have learnt and had any anything reinforced to me in January 2020, it is the need to recognize and face what we fear.

Thereus is currently in Leo, where it is about to be conjuncted by the Full Moon in Leo on Feb 9th. Given that Leo is linked to vulnerability, authenticity, creativity, play, sensuality, joy, marriage, politics, artists, drama, leaders, children, romantic partners and so on – we see these areas of our lives lit up. Leo ideally brings that spark of joy that makes life worth living and enjoying. At its best, it becomes that inspirational figure, manager, leader able to champion people towards worthy causes.

The shadow side of Leo is childish behavior that is driven by its own ego and emotional highs and lows, often playing to the crowds or seeking approval. Leo when challenged can be very destructive, especially if it has access to power over others.

Thereus in Leo shows us how parasitic and predatory forces creep into or stalk these very vulnerable areas of our lives and consciousness. There is a clear need to protect the vulnerable, albeit in ways that do not erase their own agency.

We’re going to be looking at these dynamics of power and violence play out at the political level, in the global discourse surrounding child trafficking, the abortion debate, transgender rights, minority rights, artistic expressions and their intersection with the political and so on.

Sensitives (and those with sensitive children) need to have psychic safeguards at play. Those who are timid about asserting their boundaries may wish to invest in carnelian or tiger’s eye. Try and find a supplier who works ethically with those who harvest gemstones from the Earth (and may they do so with respect).

Parents may also want to teach their kids a little more about safety, especially on the Internet.

I’ve looked at what remedies or counter-measures can be taken against this energy – which feeds off fear and has no understanding of consent. Thereus was invited to the wedding of his half-brother where he (and others) got drunk, raped the female guests and tried to carry off the bride. They centaurs were finally killed by the hero-half-god Theseus.

Half-god-Heroes aren’t in common supply these days. So prevention appears to be our best bet.

Thereus can only really attack a bear, or his future sister-in-law by proximity to them. Therefore, what is needed are safer spaces for those that Thereus (and those who channel his energy directly) seeks to target.

With children, it would be having serious discussions on safety, not talking to dodgy strangers, on-line / Internet safety, being able to discuss inappropriate behaviors (even by relatives / known adults), and so on. Knowing what to do in a situation like that empowers a child to react quickly, rather than get caught up in shame, guilt, confusion or instant fear.

Whilst in no way am I blaming people who get sexually assaulted, this is really not the year for anyone to be taking undue physical risks, especially when you’re out and about. If you’re headed to a bar, make it an outing with friends – and minimize the chances where you’re alone and drunk / high / etc,. You don’t need to get paranoid about it, but try not to overdo things – especially if you have strong alignments to Thereus this year. Don’t give benefit of the doubt to people who have a laid back idea of what consent looks like. Rape is never okay, and it’s never a joke.

Those who are in dangerous or abusive relationships, I’m not kidding when I say shit can and will hit the fan at some point if it hasn’t already. Plenty of times people are shamed or gaslit into believing that they’re at fault and therefore they have to put up with violence. Get professional help and a safe space to be.

My interpretation of Thereus is that it weakens a person’s ability to assert their own agency through fear. I remember watching ‘ Enough’ , a film with Jennifer Lopez where she was shown as a Latina woman who was smaller, weaker, and easily bullied by her Caucasian partner who had wealth and influence. He would domestically abuse her and she went into hiding with her child. She learns martial arts and despite her smaller size, manages to defend herself and kill him. But it takes her a lot of un-learning and de-conditioning to believe that she’s able to stand up to him and fight for her life in the first place. It’s an extreme example, but one that stuck in my mind over the years. The hunter becomes the hunted.

I’m grateful to remember it now as I’ve been sitting on this piece for 4 years now. I just didn’t feel good about talking about something with the potential to instill so much fear into the collective without any real solution offered. And at the very start of this year, I realized it had to be done.

When I look at the astrology of ‘ Enough ‘ , it was released on May 21, 2002 in the USA. The chart of that date is quite remarkable as Thereus (19 Pisces) conjuncts Hercules (18 Pisces), whilst squaring Hades (20 Gemini), Pluto (20 Sagittarius), the North Node (17-18 Gemini) and the South Node (17-18 Sagittarius). This makes aspects to the date where I was domestically assaulted (and actually had learned martial arts).

Sometimes movies teach you in ways you don’t expect.

Whilst I don’t recommend beating up your enemy or would-be stalker, it got me thinking.

Maybe it’s enough to focus on a show of strength. Of being willing to stand up for and protect the vulnerable. Stalkers can’t quite hide in the shadows when they are faced by multiple people standing next to their intended target.

But that will only happen when we believe that shit has gotten this real and that we are able to offer help in the first place.

Martial arts is a good way for you to get that strength back in your body if you’ve forgotten it, or never realized you had it in the first place. I studied Wing Chun for this purpose – it is a Chinese boxing style invited by a nun and is designed to be able to defend and defeat a larger attacker.

I remember my instructor commenting that outside of class, I was the person who used it the most – probably because I was a non-white female . . . I remember one time where my hands flew up in defense position without realizing it as I stared into the eyes of a someone trying to hit on my friends (and they were not interested). He took one look and ran.

And it’s better if you do this with support, rather than trying to go gung-ho, one-on-one in combat. Because you might not know other factors that are hidden.

In summary, given how pervasive Thereus’ influence is throughout 2020 and its New Moons, Full Moons, and Eclipses – it’s wise to heed the message.

Fear of threat is a more potent nullifier of agency than an actual threat.

So be prepared.

In closing,

Looking at 2020 as a whole, this is the best (and most condensed) prescription I can offer: STRENGTH
There will be many things, people and events that seek to elicit a fear-based response or feelings of victimization and powerlessness this year.

And the only thing we can afford to do in response is to acknowledge this and meet it with compassion and strength.
Build your inner reserves. Work on your physical, mental and emotional fortitude. Do not give room to those who would seek to belittle you and enslave you.

(This is not the same as you feeling insecure about others you see as more powerful)

It is a year where we need to step up to protect the vulnerable, be it in ourselves or others. Not for ego-comfort, but to preserve that which is authentic, innocent and joy embodied.

We must watch out for each other as best we can.

Especially if you have the privilege of not fearing for your life, autonomy, dignity and basic safety on a daily basis. The world fears those who break social norms.

Let’s also work towards developing a more respectful relationship with nature, this biosphere and the indigenous communities fighting for their land and way of life.

Let us also create safe spaces for the expression of art, creativity, play and child-like joy.

And you cannot do that without strength and compassion in good measure.

There’s work to be done.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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A Condensed Prescription for 2020

Looking at 2020 as a whole, this is the best (and most condensed) prescription I can offer:

STRENGTH

There will be many things, people and events that seek to elicit a fear-based response or feelings of victimization and powerlessness this year.

And the only thing we can afford to do in response is to acknowledge this and meet it with compassion and strength.

Build your inner reserves. Work on your physical, mental and emotional fortitude. Do not give room to those who would seek to belittle you and enslave you.

(This is not the same as you feeling insecure about others you see as more powerful)

It is a year where we need to step up to protect the vulnerable, be it in ourselves or others. Not for ego-comfort, but to preserve that which is authentic, innocent and joy embodied.

We must watch out for each other as best we can.

Especially if you have the privilege of not fearing for your life, autonomy, dignity and basic safety on a daily basis. The world fears those who break social norms.

Let’s also work towards developing a more respectful relationship with nature, this biosphere and the indigenous communities fighting for their land and way of life.

Let us also create safe spaces for the expression of art, creativity, play and child-like joy.

And you cannot do that without strength and compassion in good measure.

There’s work to be done.

Bairavee <3 <3 <3

P.S. – Venus just shifted into Aries!

A new chapter of experiencing Embodiment, Connection and The Feminine Archetype begins!

Whoo!

Mars trine Eris (Quick Video): Choose your Battles Wisely + Live Engagement Opportunities

Hello everyone! This was from my Live Youtube Feed just now. (I also do live discussions on FB as well). Remember to refer to yesterday’s piece as well on Mars-trine-Eris for more written context.

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Blessings

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The Sky Priestess