Hello everyone. The Leo New Moon was real doozy for many of us as it conjuncted Thereus in the skies. Thereus brings out deeply-hidden patterns of victimization and abuse and is not a friendly astrological body. Try as I might, I have yet to find the silver lining to this one besides having survived it.
Now for those of you who feel uppy, peppy and positive – drop this article and keep doing what you´re doing because you´re doing it right. This piece is specifically for those who have difficulty with the energies presented. Those who want the video version, go here:
Whilst the New Moon in Leo gave us the opportunity to set seeds for joy, love, creativity and pleasure – Thereus also presented the reasons why we block ourselves from love (or allow others to do so).
Sometimes we give consent to predation at the energetic level because this is normalized for those who grew up in particularly toxic famililes. This is not meant to victim-shame, but to help in the identification of hidden back-doors / access points through which person can be hooked and re-hooked into parasitic relationships.
Once identified, these permissions can be revoked – and a further step to sovereignty taken.
The only real solution (and in finding so, the silver lining) for Thereus, is to embody Love so deeply that it becomes your anchor, your grounding and your protection. At the level of the energy-body at the very least. This is the opposite path to the Burning Blade (which I regularly espouse) – but both lead to the same place, if done from a place of integrity.
With the Thereus aspect, too many are seeking to incite conflict, trigger vulnerabilities and in so doing, are trying to energetic footholds in others. This is why ´fighting back´ in the usual way does not help or work right now. That being said, you have the right of self-defence at all times – my advice to you is to invoke it when it best serves you.
With Thereus, it is as though the bull eggs you onto the point of waving a red flag, gores you, and then claims to be the victim.
There are other astrological alignments which make the question of who, with whom, where, when and how we Embody Love highlighted at this time. Remember that this does not always have to do with a romantic partnership, but equally how you give Love others – and of course, how you give Love to yourself.
Venus (22 Gemini) opposes Saturn Retrograde (21 Sagittarius)
Sun (2 Leo) conjuncts Mars (3 Leo)
Mercury (29 Leo) trines Uranus (28 Aries)
Of course there´s more, but really – it´s covered in these three aspects.
Venus is challenged by Saturn who vyes for authority in personal and professional relationships. If someone is trying to browbeat you with their perceived authority, know this is not a relationship to take at face value. If you can renegotiate, do so – or leave. Or give the relationship some room to find its feet as long as you don´t end up compromising yourself. These dynamics will also be triggered in intergenerational relationships. If you have placements near 21 Virgo or Pisces, this adds more factors to the alignment to consider.
Thereus (0 Leo), Sisyphus (1 Leo), Sun (2 Leo), Mars (3 Leo) come together at this time. Do not take shortcuts in uncovering whatever presents itself to you at this time, though again, leaving it be in a conscious manner is possible. Should you choose to push your through, you might find more vulnerability and wounds that arise.
On the plus side, if you are in a centered space – able to work with both wound and joy (which is less of a contradiction that it sounds like in practice), it´ll be a creative time for you to come up with forms of Love that allow the Sun to rise again in one´s life, despite control dynamics that may seek otherwise.
Mercury trining Uranus electrifies the mental circuits and asks us to pay attention to the words, ideas and declarations we feel compelled to make at this time. It´s worth bearing in mind that the Mean North Node is at 25 Leo, whereas the Moon is at 27 Leo – heightening the emotional intensity of what we experience and making it more significant in our karmic process and journey. It also pays to bear in mind that the Galactic Center at 27 Sagittarius completes this alignment as part of the Grand Fire Trine.
So … in other words … a lot of energy is focused on this question right now.
Pay attention to your feelings in other words and express them appropriately. If you need to vent, find safe and willing spaces / people to hold space for you. Otherwise, you might feel burnt out, overwhelmed or … full of verbal diarrhoea, waiting to spew at anything that triggers you. No judgement, just seen it happening. But it might cost you some friends.
What you can do is to seek out levels of awareness that honor the wound without valorizing it, or giving the story of the wound (and patterns of victimization therein) more importance than your conscious, co-collaborative relationship with Spirit, Destiny and the Material Realm.
In other words, you don´t need to pretend that everything is okay when it isn´t. You may want to find ways of addressing what feels out of balance with you in ways that Honor You. And the Love that you ultimately Are.
If dealing with volatile individuals, postpone major or heavy discussions. Unless you feel it´s time to cut the cord, heal the self and go your own way.
Here are a couple thoughts that have come my way in the past few days – I hope they will be of use to you in your reflective process:
The only benefit, if you can call it that, or spiritual lesson that comes from being rejected in love – is to see what kind of person you choose to be. (That, and of course not getting on a path that probably wasn´t meant for you to begin with)
Do you shut down in denial?
Does ego distort the facts?
Do you end up pedestalizing yourself and vilifying the other?
Do you turn that pain into a cause for martyrdom?
Do you turn that person as a conquest you must attain?
Do you sit with yourself
Accept what is
Know that it´s not necessarily a reflection of you
Or what you are worth (maybe more than you realize)
And learn to move on,
If appropriate …
Many claim they look for Love.
But when that is presented to them in full, they run.
That being said,
Not everything that presents itself in the name of Love, is.
Tracing the Path of Cupid´s Arrow: The Romanticization of Woundedness in Relationship Dynamics – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-15Bhttp://wp.me/p4OUNS-15B
When does the Wounded Healer, Heal? Reflections on Woundology (Part 1) – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-Hh
Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
Thereus shifted into Leo a little over two hours ago. There it will remain till August 2021.
This means that Thereus is currently conjunct Mars in Leo, bringing to us the challenge of embodying our joy, playfulness, creativity and child-like authenticity
in the face of pain, feelings of oppression, predation and victimization.
A fairly tall order … but that´s the challenge and opportunity that presents itself to us right now.
Thereus´energies ask us to be mindful about the ways in which energy is drained and sovereignty violated. We are all capable of playing the role of victim and abuser, often switching poles until some realization is arrived at. (Which does not justify abuse – it just helps you understand the pattern so you can do something about it)
The problem with Thereus is that it does not like seeing itself in the mirror and tends to get overly defensive and projective (especially conjunct Mars in Leo). Let´s not forget that the Sun (central focus) arrives in Leo within 2 days´ time.
We´re digging up deep energetic patterns from our pasts, especially those we experienced through familial dynamics. Some of us will be able to release, forgive and move on – and others may take on the very roles they hated being subjected to. Especially those that came up for you in childhood.
Whatever arises, no matter which side of the equation you are on, compassion is Key. Considering the creative potential of Leo … there is so much that can be gained by delving deeper into this dynamic, without seeking to play it out on other people. Facilitators are noticing this very intensely at this time.
For me, at least, it has felt like a complete, whole-body rebirth into a new sense of Self. There´s a real push and a struggle to emerge, but the process – and its results are worth it. There´s a keen sense of being able to re-ignite fires once thought to be lost through harrowing experiences in childhood. It´s a powerful time in other words, to remember Wholeness.
Just as I was relating my experience to my brother, a black-gold beetle appeared out of no where .. and tickled my palm by running across it. It caught the light of the sun in reflection and was just .. gorgeous to look at. Have never seen anything like it.
Cute bugger, but representative of profound forces : de-construction, re-integration and transformation and the ensuing stability that arises when one´s energetic foundations are cleared of debris and realigned. In Egyptian Astrology, the Scarab corresponds with the sign of Cancer.
Last but not least –
Remember that the Grand Fire Trine with Saturn, Mercury, North Node, Atlantis, Ixion and Eris is still at play.
For a fuller article and video discussion, please visit: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-269
Beetle Symbolism: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/symbolic-beetle-meaning.html
Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
The current Grand Fire Trine involves bodies such as the Mercury, North Node and Atlantis in Leo, Saturn, The Galactic Center and Ixion in Sagittarius and Eris and Uranus in Aries. This is the time to truly allow ourselves to feel through the layers of pain, oppression and density that keeps our inner Children shackled within. A lot will be rising from within as the Self seeks to assert its Truth, Essence, Vitality and Spark. And it will – for many – bring pain as part of the process of transmutation.
If you want a peppy, condensed take on this article – just stick to the video ❤ Otherwise, grab a hot beverage, a box of tissues and a pen and paper – just in case.
As layers of old consciousness, older Selves begin to be exposed to the fiery energy of the Grand Trine – they are challenged. Some will use this energy to force themselves head-first, relying upon the Ego´s (understandably limited) knowledge of Self to seek to find a resolution. This is likely to create moments of erratic, ungrounded behavior which can bring you to moments of great clarity, or drag you further into the consequences of your own choices.
To navigate this alignment successfully, let go of what you think you know or who you think yourself to be. Nothing less will do. Eris and Uranus are taking out the trash, in this case, the ideals and archetypes that tell the self that it is not worthy under a particular vision of society and what is right / just within it.
That being said, please also bear in mind that Uranus can over-stimulate the mental centers – so grounding is paramount at this time. Eris herself creates discord and chaos in her bid to dismantle the system that justified her exclusion. Whilst the Path of Chaos is a real thing, it might not be what you want in navigating your day-to-day existences. At least not in a way that completely disowns the need for groundedness, detachment, calmness and balance.
I´m going to go on for a bit about seeking facilitation or validation from others at this time as Saturn is conjunct Ixion (The Tyrant), Achilles (The One Who Needs to Recognize their Vulnerabilities), Pholus (The Revealer of Generational Secrets), The Galactic Center (Your Window to Truth and its Source-Connection). Given these bodies at play … There´s a grand scope for unnecessary ego-bruising at this time, which ultimately does not help.
Do not seek out those you see as teachers to validate or confirm, or even explain your path to you if you come from a place of deep insecurity, anxiety or woundedness. A good teacher will tell you what you need to know, but you need to be in a place to receive that message.
As a facilitator this might seem strange for me to say, but given current alignments – if you feel truly lost – this is not the time to let another´s narrative of Life define yours.
Continue to sit with your essence and being, and let your instincts guide you till you find your center. A good facilitator will explain his/her reasons for not proceeding with deep energetic work at this time, if this is the case. Faciliation that is more of the calming balm or the gentle stroke of the hand may be more appropriate for such cases at this time.
For those of you who do have a semi-solid sense of self, essence, identity and path – this a fantastic moment for facilitation. You´ll want to seek out spirit-workers who work at the 5D level, or (ideally) above, operating from new levels of consciousness. This will provide you with a new set of lenses through which you can understand a little more about the Mystery of Spirit. Conventional methods of knowing, as useful as they are only go so far.
Again, not something to push yourself into if you´re feeling terribly raw, wounded or triggered at this time.
What I have seen, at least twice today is resentment expressed against facilitators who do work in the akashic / etheric realms. The knowledge they have to bring is being rigidly resisted by some at this time. Remember that not all modalities or paradigms have to work for everyone all of the time – and that there is a level of readiness that is required before you choose explore other-dimensional forms of facilitation.
Use your discernment and trust the person you´re working with (and if you don´t, then don´t work with them).
Now having looked at the Teacher-Student dynamic (Sagittarius) and the volcanic, electric impulse to BE (and take down the system which disallows that, Eris w. Uranus in Aries) – it´s time to get to something Fun.
Dear generous, grandiose, proud, dramatic Leo.
(Who can be terribly self-centered and vain as well …)
With Mercury and the North Node in Leo, this is really the time to let Cupid´s arrows fly. Allow the Messenger to Convey the Love that you feel. Whether it´s for yourself, another person … a project, a child – whatever it is your heart wants to share it´s expression with.
Bear in mind that heart-felt expressions are not separate from the Ego. What we understand as our emotions we generally still perceive through the filter/construct of the ego-mind.
Some words from the heart, however, will come straight from there. And they´ll read their mark.
That being said … Expressing Love does not always mean you´re going to manifest a Happily Ever After scenario. Love comes in so very many different forms.
Telling someone that you love them from the bottom of your heart.
Telling someone that you have to walk away from abuse and disrespect.
Coming clean and revealing something painful to a loved one that you´ve hidden
Sharing a joyful smile or a happy moment with a friend, a child, a pet
Deciding that today, you´re going to do things differently and protect your feelings for a change or that you´re going to spend time on you
Standing up for someone who cannot stand up for themselves without expectation or ego, possibly at personal cost and little or no glory
Detaching from relationships and/or energy dynamics that cannot allow you to be loving to yourself or others.
All of these are forms of Love. And expressing each and everyone one of them can bring a mixture of joy and pain to the Heart. Sometimes it´s the pain of disconnection, and sometimes you just feel so full your heart feels like it will burst.
(That being said, if you are experiencing cardiac discomfort – seek medical attention. I´m not referring to an actual, physical condition. Some may manifest this energy through those channels as well, depending on various factors)
Now some of you are just going to feel the Joy rise and well, based on your circumstances. And that is fantastic. Ride that wave and let your creativity take you to new heights. Enjoy dancing, singing, playing a musical instrument, watching / participating in a play – or whatever kind of creative, sensual or romantic activity floats your boat. Some of you will feel deeply rewarded around your children at this time, or whatever projects you have invested your creative energy into. Travel, teach, show others the way if so inspired, not from the need to be followed, but from that sheer generosity of spirit that you see in children. When you come from a place that feels no lack within, the gift you give is transcendentally different.
Some of you will experience the opposite. It´s hard to predict which it´ll be, if not both, given the bodies involved.
And some will channel this into feelings and behaviors that fall neatly on the victim-bully spectrum, alternating between feelings of rage and helplessness. Especially when triggered by those we love, those we look up to as teachers, and those that remind us most of all of ourselves.
It´s not going to be an easy alignment for many. But I know some of you will absolutely love it.
Now I bring up patterns of abuse and victimization because of Mars´ conjunction to Thereus at 29 Cancer, and their square to Uranus at 28 Aries. A few weeks ago, I wrote on Thereus and its role in covertly perpetuating victim-abuser dynamics, especially in the domestic, familial, maternal and emotional domain. Some will be trying to play the role of abuser, often donning the mask of the nurturer-victim. And some will be trying to escape that energy, getting projected on as being the ´bully´ for not responding and holding one´s ground. That´s been going around.
If you feel the need to attack another at this time consider what you are responding to and whether you are weaponizing your emotions. If you feel attacked, consider if someone has done the same. When you feel trapped and you cannot get away from an energetic pattern, Thereus is at play.
Know that in cases like this, to quote Fleetwood Mac, sometimes the best solution is ´To Go Your Own Way´ – though that might be the absolute hardest thing to do. Negotation does not work when a person is invested in the belief that what they feel is absolutely correct and that the other person´s views become utterly insignificant. That my friends, is a case of becoming an emotional punching bag, or doormat. There´s usually no other recourse except to walk – unless the other person is truly willing to change.
The willingness to change comes from – going back to the beginning of this piece – the willingness to be able to see the Self in a different way. And that often forces us to give up hard-earned ideas and justifications about how we see ourselves. If you can do that, you can achieve, experience and expand so much through this transit.
Several bodies in astrology such as Sphinx, Iris and Atlantis bring up a lot for us right now, especially from previous incarnations. You may encounter many whom you have met before, especially today. Some of you may find tears and/or the symbol of the rainbow to be particularly catharthic / needed for release.
All in All, the ´solution´ to all of this is Love. It usually tends to be.
When Love is ignored, the Teacher (Sagittarius) will bring you the teaching you need … and given current alignments – might not be a good idea to go down that route.
Just know that you deserve Love, and you have to first start by giving it to yourself.
And not trying to force another to give it to you, or expecting them to.
Sometimes it means taking that leap of faith, or knowing when it´s better to stay on the ground.
Sometimes it means giving a person space to just be, and not needing them to be anything but themselves …
All depends. All forms of Love.
These cosmic currents will be at play in the skies for the next 2-3 days as the Sun will also cross over Thereus and re-ignite the square to Uranus. Pay attention to what emerges.
With chaos and change comes pain … but so too does the scope for creation.
** Recommendations and ephemeris listed below.
Rose Quartz, Rhodocrosite (gemstones)
Vetiver, Myrrh, Rose, Geranium (essential oils, please check dosage and contraindications before use, especially if pregnant and/or sensitive)
Guided Meditation with the Lion Goddess Prathyangira Devi:
Visualize golden light around you, white light streaming from the cosmos, red from the core of the earth , moving through you. Set the intention that all is not aligned with your growth leaves and goes straight back to Sky/Earth/Source. Only loving and nurturing energy is allowed into your space. As you listen to the mantra, allow it to carry you and clear what is no longer needed. Keep a piece of rose quartz and amethyst in each hand if you have them with you as you do so and allow yourself to feel Love / Consciousness oozing out from within you. – Channeled by Bairavee Balasubramaniam
Aries – Eris 23, Iris 25, Uranus 28
Leo – Sphinx 20, Mercury 21, Atlantis 22, True/Mean North Node 24-25
Sagittarius – Saturn 22, Ixion 24, Pholus 26, Galactic Center 27, Achilles 29
Cancer – Sun 27, Mars & Thereus 29
Post & Video © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
Bridging Material and Spiritual Truths, Paths and Experiences of Reality: Venus squares Neptune, opposes Great Attractor (17-18 July 2017)
Venus in Gemini squares Neptune in Pisces and opposes the Great Attractor in Sagittarius. 17/18 July 2017.
Time to examine our conceptual languages and paradigms of embodiment, love, romance and connection. And to experience their resonance (or lack thereof) to our spiritual lives. Time to make both worlds match, as best we can.
Spiritual insights, transcendental experiences are likely at this time, but so too are the illusions that equally come with the journey. Stay grounded, centered and discerning. If overwhelmed, sleep.
Make the most of this alignment and manifest beauty, justice, equality, sensuality of/ as the Feminine Principle. Honor Her essence through the connections and partnerships that populate your material existence, in ways that align with your Spirit.
Allow yourself to move out of spiritual ideals that prevent you from embracing both.
We came here to Be
The planet is Sacred, just as Her children are.
Time to rewrite the scripts that tell us otherwise.
** Venus will be at 14 Gemini, the Great Attractor at 14 Sagittarius and Neptune at 14 Pisces. Those with placements between 8-20 Virgo will experience this as a Grand Mutable Cross. More intense, requiring you to also create practical vessels, and organize your material life in ways that honor the insights that emerge from this alignment. Ciao!
Post & Video © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
JULY 12 – JULY 16, 2017 : DOUBLE YOD MAGIC (2 FINGERS OF FATE WITH JUPITER, PLUTO, MERCURY AND NEPTUNE)
Over the past days, a very strange vibration has been making itself known to me. I wasn´t able to put my finger on it as each time I tried, it kept staying as a beautiful, mysterious blur. I had a long chat with my friend and fellow astrologer Greg George and we kept trying to figure things out till it hit us: The Yod (Finger of God) involving Mercury in Leo, Jupiter in Libra and Neptune in Pisces. ( Writing and posting this piece has been a little difficult too – which makes sense given Neptune´s involvement 😀 and … you might want to get a hot beverage before proceeding )
I looked into it further and noticed a 2nd yod intersecting the first, this time with the further involvement of Pluto in Capricorn.
Yods are, quite literally, cosmic fingers that ‘point’ to an apex position. They are often experienced as a sensation of crisis, intensity and an urge towards resolution of some kind. At the apex of the yod, we usually find ourselves at karmic crossroads which require key decisions to be made. Our decisions then affect the pace, nature and level of vibration that we encounter in our spiritual journeys.
The Yod itself is formed by two bodies that make a sextile aspect (60 degrees) to one another, whilst making two inconjunct / quincunx (150 degree) aspects to a third body. This creates a long, tapering shape which is the Finger of God/Goddess/Fate alignment, The pinnacle of the Yod is the apex, where we tend to meet the karmic crossroad which urges us to Choose our Path and change our relationship with certain karmic patterns.
And when yods intersect, or share mutual positions – what you get is basically the astrological equivalent of the pinball darting about in the machine. Energy whirls and intensifies as each decision intersects with the other.
So, let´s look at the players involved in both yods
(1) Mercury 14-17 Leo
(2) Jupiter 14-15 Libra
(3) Pluto Retrograde 18-17 Capricorn
(4) Neptune 14 Pisces
The first yod involves Mercury in Leo sextiling (creating a supportive aspect to) Jupiter in Libra, with both inconjunct (challenging, pushing) Neptune in Pisces as the apex (focal point). This begins on July 12 and dissolves on July 16. Please add +1 day for those in Asia/Australia for all dates given.
The second yod appears on July 14 – it´s going to kick in in just over four hours´time (roughly 9 pm UTC, July 14th). Pluto in Capricorn sextiles (creates a supportive aspect to) Neptune in Pisces, whilst both inconjunct (challenge, push) Mercury in Leo as the apex (focal point).
As all four bodies are connected to one another at this time, it makes more sense just to talk about each player individually. The energy is swirling together in this rich, complex soup – think of this as a generic ingredient list that will give you some sense of what is going on.
(Also – heads up if you have bodies near 14-18 Taurus and/or Gemini – this activates a Triple Yod alignment – and that means a lot more juggling and karmic intensity)
(1) Mercury in Leo asks you think about the ways you think, communicate, conceptulalize and express yourself. Especially when it comes to what you´re passionate about – what brings you to life! It may also involve questions surrounding children, one´s own inner child and general connection to that sense of joy and playfulness in life. It´s about getting out there and really expressing yourself through whatever activity you see fit. Dance, get up on stage, act in a play, paint, have glorious sex, do whatever really makes your soul sing. Some of you may discover that singing, chanting, speaking or writing really does it for you at this time 😉 So keep those journals handy.
(2) Jupiter in Libra´s been at it for a while. We´ve been asked to consider our choices in partners and collaborators as these choices will then shape our path of growth. Whilst Jupiter likes to feel bigger than itself through the energies of the collaborator (in Libra), make sure that you adhere to the princples of give-and-take, fairness and equity in whatever you´re called to be a part of at this time. Boundaries and the ability to honor one another and share space/energy in close friendships, work collaborations, personal relationships will also be a focus at this time. Jupiter is also conjunct asteroid Aphrodite at this time – so you may find that some of your relationship questions may focus on how feminine desire, longing and sensuality is expressed.
(3) Pluto in Capricorn asks us to look at how we utilize our gifts to create a legacy of value and whether we do with integrity. It boils down to how we acquire and use power with respect to our intimate partners, colleagues at work, elders, career pursuits, and society at large. It may also involve those persons and institutions (such as politicians and governments) in which we have invested power. Crisises of integrity are likely to spring up at this time, especially for those who use their authority indiscriminately. Generational traumas also resurface at this time – and it´s a good time to seek their transmutation.
(4) Now Neptune in Pisces… I´m going to take my time with this one …. because it´s been blurring this article for a while now 😛
Neptunian energies can be extremely intoxicating, beguiling, obfuscating and ambiguous to say the least. Sometimes they take you to glittering lights that turn out to be glow-worms waiting to feast on insects in caves, and sometimes they they take you to terrifyingly dark, ancient places in which you discover an unexpected sense of security. Spiritual experiences are somehow coated in fairy dust, heightening the experience like a potent hallucinogenic and making Truth a lot harder to find. And sometimes through all that you see a blazing light that shows you the way to Truth through chaos, deep grief and pain. And sometimes it´s something else.
Considering Neptune´s role as the apex of one yod, and participation in the next – it helps to know that we´re being asked to make a key decision surrounding our spiritual and karmic experiences.
Some key questions that can help you navigate through:
How do we experience our relationship with Spirit?
How much of that is related to past-life contracts and unresolved karma?
How can we best release that which is no longer aligned?
What awaits us then?
Now – as a special note – considering Leo (romance), Libra (partnerships), Neptune (spiritual karma, delusion, transcendence) unite in the first yod … it pays to be mindful about the words and ideas we give to the relationships that are a part of. Whilst it´s wonderful to be in a beautiful relationship, it does not need to be pedestalized. Whilst it can be wonderful to pedestalize a relationship, it gets real ugly if reality does not line up with your expectations.
Given the nature and pace of spiritual evolution at this time, it is all too easy to project the sense of being fated, necessary, spiritually mandated onto relationships. It gives a person a sense that their relationship is somehow special – which remains true even without needing a label. But that additional coating of Neptunian fairy-dust makes it harder to tell apart fantasy (idealized experience) from reality (actual experience). And sometimes that is just the old karmic trap repeating itself.
In other words, relationships that are strongly expressed through old contracts (be the label of the soulmate, Twin Flame, etc.) are easily romanticized at this time. Take special care to separate what is actually playing itself out, vs. what you´d like to idealize it to be. Consider how you would respond to your partner without the spiritual narrative attached to it. There´s a lot that people have tolerated and forgiven in the name of spirituality – at the cost of well-being and the joy of being in a relationship that honors the Self (and equally, the Other).
For those still griveing from past relationships that did not work out, this alignment _can_ feel rather hooky. Neptune has a way of re-packaging old wine in shiny new bottles
Here´s a couple of suggestions to deal with Yod # 1:
Energetic practices that help you clear your energetic field and to stay discerning would be of benefit at this time. Think of it as making sure you have a life jacket on when swimming in enticing waters, should you choose to jump in.
Working with protective energies may help, such as Archangel Michael, Prathyangira Devi, and so on.
Protective, grounding gemstones such as shungite, hematitie and smoky quartz are a bonus.
Gemstones for discernment such as black obsidian and black onyx can be a fantastic tool for those willing to look at themselves in the mirror honestly.
Essential oils (please research before use) such as Frankincense, Clary Sage, Lemongrass and Black Pepper are great for clearing space and cleansing one´s psychic perception.
Those dealing with past hurts and karmic hooks from older relationships and unhealed trauma may choose to work with Cypress and Thyme (eases the release of emotion and its expression) and work with Green Adventurine (it protects the heart-center from getting re-hooked).
Be gentle with yourself – and really – don´t beat yourself up if this is the case. Such are the times.
With respect to Yod# 2
The apex/focal point of this yod inspires us to find a mode of expression that takes these different elements together – Capricorn (material manifestation, legacy, career, the elderly) and Pisces (spirituality, karma, transcendence, delusion) – to synthesize a creative vision or path that inspires you to a path of Joy and Authentic Self-Expression.
Read, write, sing, chant – use and express your Throat Chakra as the conduit that allows you to channel and manifest the transformative challenge of the Dual-Yod. The story you weave for yourself now either reinforces narratives of generational trauma (and karma) – or creates a new path through it. It´s up to you to work with that energy as you will.
Some may find grand visions of destiny, intended career or legacy as one form of justification to return to old karmic patterns in relationships – remember that this feeds back into the first Yod. Not all of you will manifest this, but it´s insidious enough that it´s worth mentioning and being aware of.
In terms of suggestions –
Those who face insecurities or blocks surrounding their creative expression may find the carnelian or rhodocrosite gemstone useful.
In terms of essential oils, wild orange comes to mind 🙂
Drawing freestyle with the nondominant hand can also be a useful practice in overcoming inertia in creative self expression.
So – I hope this report helps you understand some of the cosmic weirdness/magic that´s been going on, and what´s coming up. The double-yod finally dissolves on July 15th (for those of you in the Americas) / July 16th for those of you Asia/Australia.
We live in interesting times.
Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
Image: Public Domain (sums up the whole piece, really)
WAITING FOR THE GREAT EXHALE: A TIME OF REFLECTION AND CONSOLIDATING CHOICES, TRUTHS AND PATHS (JULY-AUGUST 2017)
Cosmically speaking, we´re all in the in-breath that precedes the pause – and the great exhale. Saturn in Sagittarius is coming close to the end of it´s retrograde on August 25th, 2017. That´s when that process of energetic contraction we´re all in ends and we stand poised – ready and willing to GO! As we head towards the end of the retrograde, the pressure that Saturn exerts on us intensifies. After a brief hiatus … the pace of change accelerates and intensifies, rapidly.
At this time, you´re being asked to discard truths and paths and teachers who no longer serve your journey (and vice versa). You´re being asked to consider and redefine what taking this Spiritual Journey means to you, how and why you´re doing it.
This is especially true as Saturn conjuncts The Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius) in late November / early December. The last two months of the year are going to filled with action and intensity due to this conjunction and the fact that Saturn will then leave Sagittarius to begin it´s transit in Capricorn.
In this time, we individually and collectively choose and manifest our version of Truth in the world – and the structures or people who hold it. It´s a pretty big deal.
We can access the wisdom of those who came before us (Masters, Teachers, Ascended Beings, Gurus) through this conjunction. We can equally choose to run away from it or to empower those who stand with feet of clay. Powerful orators will sway the masses with their rhetoric at this time, and it is up to masses to stay discerning.
Whatever we choose to manifest, whoever we choose to lead and represent us now shapes the course of evolution that humanity – as a whole – ends up taking for the next 30 years, at least.
This trajectory becomes far harder to change once Saturn enters Capricorn in December 2017. We will then manifest these choices in an even more solid, realer form, re-structuring our lives, governments, societies – and the planet as a whole. Whilst this is an exciting time to be alive, it carries with it the opportunity for great change – in either direction. And that is why, more than ever – we are called to awaken in such great numbers. There´s a lot of work to be done, and we need all hands on deck.
Use the next few weeks to consider the longer-term goals, visions and aspirations you have and compare it with the Truth, Knowledge and Path you´re on right now.
Think long-term. And if the answer isn´t immediately clear, sometimes the best thing you can do is to give it tiime. Be patient, observe, and Allow yourself to sift through what is and isn´t important to you and let the process unfold gradually. In the same way the wind blows away the topmost layer of sand to reveal something hideen within.
Some of who have already anchored yourself to where you need to be are reporting a sense of no-time, or a void-like space in which nothing is happening. And that is fine 🙂
Just wait for the fireworks to begin and you´ll be back in action before you know it 😉 …
You´re going to see sparks fly either way, you might as well let it be in the direction you choose to blaze your trail in.
Article © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
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Being an empath is overrated and highly romanticised.
Through this there is the silent but often ignored request to just, maybe, please skip over a puddle for the one who has moved mountains for you. . . .
So, what does one do about it?
Key words: Self-Love, Self-Nurture, Setting Boundaries, Grounding, Discernment
You first have to give yourself permission to exist.
Just being is one of the hardest things to do …
The Sky Priestess
Wounded Healer, Wounded Teacher: Questions for Self-Reflection : http://wp.me/p4OUNS-EV
Tracing the Path of Cupid´s Arrow: The Romanticization of Woundedness in Relationship Dynamics : http://wp.me/p4OUNS-15B
Spiritual Shaming, Self-Worth and Why Suffering Isn’t the Way You Need To Go … : http://wp.me/p4OUNS-JV
Original thread with lots of valuable comments from empaths who have successfully managed their gifts:
For me, the aspect that summarizes this Capricorn Full Moon – and conveys its depths – is the Sun´s novile to Vesta and the North Node. I looked into hundreds of aspects (without looking at or thinking about the minor aspects) and this sparked in my mind – like a bolt of inspiration, straight from Source. I intuited the the bodies involved and their angles and I checked my software, and – well – it was exactly as guided. A similar picture is painted with the Moon/Earth/Pluto novile to the South Node. I´m going to focus on the Sun/Vesta/North Node connection, here – it reaches the heart of what needs to be said.
Noviles are 40 degree aspects. They give us a glimpse into the karmic futures that we can choose to create. You can think of them as focused streams of consciousness engaging with dimension of time. When a novile aspect is present, it is a promise that we shall reap the full karmic consequences of that which we sow. That the seeds of intention, energy and action – shall ripen in a way that (can) accelerate the Soul´s evolutionary journey.
A window through which the Soul´s understanding, and experience of karma blossoms, or matures. A greater opportunity to release one´s self from the karmic hamster-wheel.
When we approach a novile aspect with the intent of spiritual completion, we are given the test-and-initiation to do so. But it has to come from that part of Self that goes beyond Ego, or any human conception of Spirit.
I looked through hundreds of aspects and this …. alignment suddenly flashed in my inner inner sight (I wasn´t even looking at noviles in that list). And I knew this was message that tied to many others together.
The Sun in Cancer gives us the opportunity to complete, or mature karmic contracts that have to do with our sense of home, family, belonging and tradition. These need not be the ones you are born into, but what your soul calls out to you to find. This is all about going to the truth of your emotions, and realizing that so much of what you understand as ´emotion´ is a product of familial and ancestral conditioning. Some of which create a sense of foundation, and some of which are self-limiting and parasitic when internalized. It is about learning which elements of these energies you choose to integrate into your being, and that you firstly have the choice to do so. We are not dictated by Tribal energy, unless we allow ourselves to be.
Vesta and the North Node in Leo reveal the direction you need to take to further your spiritual development. The question becomes: What Brings You Alive, and What Keeps You From It?
At the deepest level of your Being, choose to invest your focus, to become committed to nothing less than the Expression of your Truest Self. Sometimes it comes out through an activitiy you´ve always wanted to do, but never done for a variety of reasons: dancing, singing, cooking, playing, painting, drama, music,
oration, live performance – whatever it is.
For some it may be committing fully to Love – the kind of Love that can never let you settle for anything less than you deserve. This is an energy that wants you to break out into play with your inner child. To honor its vulnerabilities and secret shame – and to let it feel … love, purity and wholeness once more. Some of you may also see this energy arise with your children, creative collaborators or romantic partners.
Vesta allows you to understand that embodying your Creative, Sensual, Joy in the world IS your path of Service. You are given the opportunity to dissolve old karmic contracts and release yourself from the weight of expectations that have told you that it is irresponsible, impure or simply not your place to do so. Shake it off! And Dance in the burning heat of your Soul on Fire.
Some of you will also be releasing outdated contracts with deities from this, or previous times. It can be painful, but brings extraordinary relief when completed. And a more centered, embodied experience of the Soul´s Truth.
What you choose now … you will reap in so many ways to come in the future. Do not underestimate the power of this moment and how it can transform not only you, but the planet as a whole. Such a beautiful time in which to be alive.
So, choose wisely.
Come Alive, Once More ❤
Suggested music: Hans Zimmer – ´Time´ from Inception
General take on the Sun/Moon-Pluto opposition and The Essence of Capricorn:
Post & Video ´The Essence of Capricorn´ © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
Music suggested copyright of Reprise Records.
Image: Graphic Edit ´The Sky Priestess: Soul On Fire´ by Bairavee Balasubramaniam. Fire image from public domain.
This video addresses:
– why some of you are feeling heavy
– why panicking is unnecessary and probably counterproductive
– shamanic perspectives and ancestral clearing
– tests of power, within and without
– building a legacy of love, starting with yourself
– dominoes falling, unfolding of collective choices
– practical suggestions and guidance
** heavy rain in the background – also – remember to do your research on essential oils and their properties before working with them (potent stuff)
Sessions ongoing – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-pa
Post & Video © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. All rights reserved.
Shamanism is not just about drumming, dancing and taking psychedelics. For me, it´s about being able to sit deeply in your own energy, going further and further – past your own emotions, pre-conceptions .. .going so far within that you reach that state of No-Thing and All-Things.
Your sight and gifts of discernment awaken and reveal to you multiple realms or dimensions. You begin to understand how reality operates in ways that words can never fully express or experience.
Sometimes breathtakingly beautiful, sometimes heart-wrenchingly horrifying … sometimes both, neither – or just freaky.
What I have found is that there are great misconceptions surrounding shamanism because (1) the more external lifestyle attributes of the path become conflated with the path itself and (2) the inner work tends to be neglected.
I also find a great resistance to the multiple worlds that shamanism opens us up to seeing because it makes others question their perceptions of reality. And … it´s very easily conflated with what modern medicine understands as mental illness. The inner prerequisites of the work make that less likely, but again – that´s what´s being underemphasized.
When you try to go into those shamanic spaces without preparation, grounding or guidance, you open yourself to a world of pain … and multiple power trips. That is – when you assume that this path is about the externals, of what it ´looks´ like.
This is when it is perfectly legitimate to bring up the the idea that what you are seeing is your own projection, the need to anthromorphize your fears, giving masks to formless shadows and so on, imbalanced brain chemistry expressing itself, etc..
Dont´worry – everyone on the shamanic path works through this initial phase.
But over time … what you do end up seeing is a view of the many realities and realms that go beyond your personal emotions and sub-conscious complexes. That is what I would call True Shamanic Sight.
Having that level of access and perception is in itself intimidating to others. They will try to find a more palatable explanation and box you in under the weight of their own experiences and assumptions.
Much like the way a person blind to the colour green can only call it a ´wonky blue´. No matter how brilliantly emerald it is. And they may, even kindly, keep insisting on how you need to see it as green because of your psychological complexes.
In cases like this, remember your Center. And keep going into the Depths. To the place that transcends all that you know yourself to be.
Make sure you are committed to that inner journey and seek guidance from those who have done the same. Be willing to question your perceptions, but honor your process and your work.
Last, but not least …
Don´t expect people to always understand or validate what you´re seeing and why.
Post © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2017. Image ´Rainbow Eye Sees You` © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2016. All rights reserved.