Galactic Center

MUTABLE T-SQUARE: Sun conjuncts Galactic Center (26-27 Sag), squares Moon / South Node (26-28 Pisces) and North Node (26 Virgo) ~~ a.k.a. Epic Alignments in the Skies!

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Blessings all – am on pilgrimage so I’ll keep this quick. The Sun’s conjunction with the Galactic Center (watch the next 12-24 hours) , quite literally, points us to the roads, paths, teachers, paradigms, travels and philosophies (or ‘big ideas’) that help us align with our sense of who we are, and what that means within the cosmos. Also a phenomenal time for astrology or tarot readings, or acts of structured spiritual facilitation from a mentor or more experienced Hierophant-like figure (as in the Tarot). Some of you will be drawn to great truths and teachers, and others will be drawn to the opposite. Whether you fall for the false prophet, or discover a true guide is part of the experience, and the challenge of this conjunction.

The Sun is squared the Moon at this time, making it an interesting interplay of energies from different levels of consciousness. Whilst the rational mind and conscious focus of the self looks to the Path, the deeper Spirit looks to places that cannot be comprehended or defined, irrespective of experience, wisdom, or other claims to authority and knowledge. It represents the potential clash between established ‘ways of knowing’ and deeper spiritual movements that exist outside of tradition, time and space. Much like the way the phrase ‘half-moon’, or when the Sun and Moon were at square angles to one another, kept popping up on my travels – prompting me to look at the sky-charts 🙂

The Moon is also conjunct the South Node, which represents the kinds of energies that we have some prior access, potentially mastery of. At this time, we’re all drinking from the deeper waters of Spirit as we begin to re-work karmic contracts, explore previous life-cycles and/or to begin to relate to the concept of Forrnlessness. Equally, it represents the place where we are most likely to become caught up in past karmic dynamics, particularly ones which trigger a deep chord with our own emotional insecurities. The past, our ancestral heritage, our karmic inheritances – all of these can be gifts that form the foundation for our futures – they can just as easily become burdens that inhibit us from exploring the new. Which side of the Pisces Moon-South Node conjunction you explore, is, at the deepest levels, a choice that is in your hands.

The Sun, Galactic Center, Moon and South Node all aspect the North Node in Virgo, forming the Mutable T-Square. The North Node represents our direction of greatest karmic / spiritual growth at this time. These are the areas in our lives which we need to pay greater heed to. They represent areas of challenge, but equally, possibilities for growth and new beginnings. Within this T-Square, the North Node asks us to take the spiritual impulses / visions / mystical experiences of Pisces, and Sagittarius’ need for a structured, formalized Path – and to reflect upon the two with respect to the lessons of Virgo. Here the North Node asks us how we take these different types or levels of information and put them into a Material, Embodied, Physical Form of Service and Healing.

Some of you will link this back to the Priestess Traditions, Yoni/Shakti Worship, or simply a deeper spiritual appreciation of the Womb Center (in all Beings). Others will answer the question by looking at the structure of their daily lives, the rituals or habits that make up the nuts and bolts of their day – and to change them accordingly. Some will discover new paths of healing and discovering wellness, seeing Mind-Body-Spirit as an integrated whole.

And, there will of course be those who take this energy to re-fuel puritanical judgments upon the Path of the Feminine, Sacred Sexuality, the Priestess Traditions and so on – critiquing it in terms of what is ‘pure’, ‘sacred’ and – of course – ‘virginal’. Whilst the Goddess Movement has sought to re-claim these terms and older spiritual traditions associated with them, much of the planet still lives in a different understanding of reality. So, bear in mind that everyone will respond to this energy in the way that their consciousness is best able to do so.

But – Getting back to the larger picture ..

There are many possibilities as to how this Nodal challenge is manifested. The key question is: What do I do with all this information, and how can I use it to help/heal myself and others?

Those of you with bodies near 26-28 Gemini will experience this as a Grand Mutable Cross. That roughly corresponds to those of you with birthdays between June 17-19.

So, keep your eyes open my friends 🙂 This is a powerful prelude to the upcoming Solstice and Cancer Full Moon! 🙂

Blessings to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam
The Sky Priestess

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A PATH OF FLAME DANCES IN THE SHADOW; THE DARK GODDESS CALLS -GRAND FIRE TRINE BETWEEN ERIS/PERSEPHONE, JUPITER AND THE GALACTIC CENTER (28-JULY-2015)

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The energy of the Dark Goddess has been building for some time now, like the low rumble of thunder gradually getting louder and louder before the full-blown storm eventually hits. With Jupiter’s transit through Leo, that energy has found expression through the many pathways and paradigms of mentoring, guidance and teaching that focus upon the Wisdom of the Womb Center (which we all have) and The Sacral Chakra.

A powerful, emergent wave of teachers, guides and seekers have begun to remind us of our innate, authentic, child-like, joy; of a life that is led as a celebration; of the flow of creative juices that precede great works and energies of manifestation and uninhibited expression. Much of this work necessarily involves the Rising Principle of the Assertive Feminine and overlaps with Her Dark Counterpart.

This powerful wave of energy and guidance is heading to a point of climax, with the exact trine between Jupiter (27 Leo) and The Galactic Center of the Milky Way (27 Sagittarius). The energy of the Feminine and Her Rise is woven into this powerful cosmic alignment by way of Eris-conjunct-Persephone (23 Leo) that trine the two, creating a Grand Fire Trine.

Whilst I’d originally planned to write this piece featuring the Jupiter/Gal. Center trine as its center-piece, I felt it necessary to situate this aspect within the larger context of the Rise of the Feminine and the Re-claiming of the Shadow. It cannot be isolated from this narrative, nor consigned to a footnote – for the rumble of the Dark Goddess, is no longer just a rumble, but a fully-fledged Storm…

So, what does this Grand Fire Trine encourage us to do or become?

Eris (23 Aries), The Dark Goddess, asks us to Roar in the Heat of Battle, to Rage against all that is an Inauthentic Expression of Self. She rejects the institutional and systemic suppression of the Feminine Principle, her Wrath Rising as She Asserts Her Right to Simply Be. We are called to rebel against patriarchal scripts that prevent the fullest expression of the feminine principle. For instance, the furore against Instagram’s banning of the #goddess hashtag comes to mind as a clear example (bear in mind that Uranus is also nearby in Aries, ruling electronic communication and social media platforms).

Persephone (23 Aries), daughter of Ceres and wife or co-regent of Pluto, asks us to look to Our Individual and Collective Descent into the Realm of the Underworld. Here, the Daughter of the Earth was once taken into the Shadow Realm by force, abducted and raped by Pluto. At first a captive, she then becomes a Queen. Persephone asks us to face all that we consider traumatic, taboo, unpleasant, mysterious, frightening – all the things we wish we didn’t have to deal with, only to discover their power magnified through the willful act of denial and suppression. What Persephone reveals is that our fears and monsters transform in the power of our fearless gaze and often become our allies, as we view them through the lens of compassion.

Some argue that Persephone had a greater agency over her seemingly-forced abduction and literal descent into the sub terra – even so – the narrative of descent, abuse/trauma/strife and re-emergence – remains intact, and is reminiscent of Goddess Inanna, Psyche, and so on.

Together, on the Battlefield of the Shadow-Realms, Eris and Persephone stand side by side, showing us the way to Reclaim our Power and to Stand in the Sacred Fires of the Self. As we take that traumatic, messy, cathartic, intense and powerful journey within, we discover a familiar face: The Dark Goddess – once proud Matriarch of the Earth, buried deep beneath layers and layers of patriarchal narrative and re-invention, vilification and denigration.

And Still, She Glows – Still, She Bleeds – Still, She Nurtures. From sparks, to embers, to fiery coals that burn through the storybooks, the scriptures, the shame… Droplets of sacred, scarlet red oozing through the black veil cast over all that is taboo, fringe, forbidden – and equally – over so much of the sacred, ancient, traditions of the Goddess.

The Shadow is being Re-claimed, Re-written with Sacred Blood long forgotten.

And to this inferno, this raging fire of Awakening and Radical Self-Acceptance, we see, connected by way of trines, a Triangle of Flame lit by Jupiter (27 Leo) and the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius), to which we now turn.

Jupiter awakens us all to the Path we need to take, that we may find the most expansive understanding of who we are with respect to the rest of Creation. In this context, guidance appears as flames, beacons, lit through the Underworld, a trail reaching from the Belly of the Earth to the Dark Womb of the Galaxy.

Direction and Guidance appears through guides, mentors, astrologers, spiritual teachers, priest/esses and others recognized as Wisdom-Speakers. In Leo, the focus lies upon these lessons upon the Sacral and Heart Chakra, the tender connection between sensuality, romance, passion, joy, creativity and children. We are called to speak our truth, create our worlds and celebrate our authenticity with the playful, tender, fearless and naturally graceful expression of the Lion-Child.

It is a natural connection for those who work with the Rising Feminine to make. Women in particular, bear within their wombs, the memory of repression – and with it a rage that convention forbids them to articulate. Much of the expression that comes through now will channel this deep-seated Rage – which is wonderful as a first step of validation, but will later be followed by compassion-forgiveness-acceptance-release-integration. It is vital to remember that this expression facilitates the clearing of the Sacral, but that we need not be defined by or overly attached to the emotions that come through – for they too undergo an alchemical change of state.

Jupiter amplifies the need to Rise, Assert, Rebel and Unapologetically Be – as taught to us by Eris. It shines the light upon the lessons of the Underworld – the deep subconscious, our experiences of trauma, shame, regret, guilt, deep rage, and so on – that we may begin the alchemy-qua-Persephone: The transmutation of the ‘negative’ or ‘painful’ Shadow into an acceptance and embodiment of its Sacred, Regal, and Primordial Power.

But what of the Galactic Center of the Milky Way – what I like to call the Dark Womb of our Galaxy – with its Super-massive Black Hole?

The Dark Womb of our Galaxy calls to us with a pulse –  a rhythmic beating that continually seeks to expand our vision, imagination and understanding of the Self and our place within the Wider Cosmos. In Sagittarius, its energies mirror that of Jupiter, which it is trined. Information can be ‘downloaded’ or accessed through mentors and guides (both living and departed) – this includes spiritually evolved beings such as Saints, Bodhisattvas, and the like –  but also through focused meditation where appropriate.

What the Galactic Center will whisper to you individually I cannot say, only that it will ask you to look at your self and life in terms of the larger, grander perspective. Know that you fit into an incredible, intricately woven tapestry of consciousness and energy that connects you with the rest of Creation.

This expanded perspective will fan the Fires of the Self, reveal the full import of the wisdom of the Goddess-in-Exile, and will situate that reawakening in the fullest expression of your authentic, creative, tender, vulnerable, sensual, playful and beautiful self. But make no mistake – it’s not going to be easy. It might be engaging, life-transforming, invigorating, rejuvenating, but no, not easy.

Many possibilities for expansion will be revealed, and much of that requires a release of older forms of knowledge, belief-systems and paradigms that we – for better or worse – have become comfortable with. Finding your Path may be what you’ve been yearning to know for so long, but seeing it in person may in fact, be terrifying.

The Dark Goddess, in all Her compassion and beauty, is an exacting, sometimes terrifying, teacher (comes with the territory). Her lessons, guidance and requirements may stand in stark contrast to the life you expected to be living. And for many, releasing what is known and surrendering to the scarlet-black Unknown can be as painful as walking on hot coals. How you experience Her Guidance depends upon you, your Path and your approach to spiritual evolution.

For those of you who ready and willing to Heed the Call, in whatever form it takes for you – enjoy the wild, wild ride back into her Womb, and out again – Goddess knows where – not knowing is a part of the fun 😉

In short – It’s a wonderful time to be alive as we witness and experience an intense, pulsating alignment of energy that brings together the Dark Goddess, The Spiritual Path and Dark Womb of the Galaxy in a Sacred Dance of Fire, Shadow and Spirit.

The exact Jupiter-Galactic Center trine (27 ‘4 ”27 Leo – Sagittarius) takes place at 16:54 pm (UTC time) on 28.7.2015.

Blessings To All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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