RE-WRITING THE STORY OF THE FEMININE: THE NEW MOON IN LIBRA WITH CERES, PLUTO, APHRODITE, OKYRHOE, NEPTUNE AND SO ON …. (8-9 October 2018)

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The New Moon in Libra brings us a powerful opportunity to find balance, healing, harmony and the pursuit of justice. For some of you, this is an invitation to find that hidden hand of grace, the movement of Spirit that reminds us all that all things have a time and a season. For others, it will be the reminder that our co-creative relationship with the Universe – quite literally – requires two to tango.

We are asked to mind what we hold in our inner worlds, and what we choose to embody in the outer. We are asked to see our long-term relationships and partnerships as potent mirrors, each with its own message. We´re asked to remember that delicate balance between introspection and external action.

Whilst Libra is touted as the sign of diplomacy and peace, I would say it´s more neutral. It represents the capacity for diplomatic relations and the means by which we can resolve disagreements through discourse. But it equally represents the potential abuse of power through the written word (law, or decree). Either way, there is an additional focus on legal institutions and the way we live in accordance to formal and informal social contracts.

Whatever – and whomever – feels out of place in your life right now needs reassessment. Are you expecting too much? Or … too little? Are you giving, or receiving in ways that do not flow with your innate essence?

Make an inventory and weigh things out in your mind. Write down the pros and cons of things. Aim to explore your world from a neutral perspective – as we tend to ascribe value and deliver judgement on the basis of our emotional attachments.

You´ll find patterns and solutions you may not have seen otherwise.

The New Moon went exact at 3.46 am UTC time on 9th October 2018, with the Sun and Moon at 15´48 Libra.

The seeds we set now will be revisited during the upcoming Libra Full Moon at 29 Libra on April 19, 2019.

When we delve further into the astrology of this New Moon, we see that several alignments heavily influence the experience and opportunities provided by this lunation. Continue reading if you want to get more information – but really, the paragraphs above already give you the gist of it.

Onwards, seeker of knowledge!

Firstly, we see that the Sun and Moon are at 15 Libra – the midpoint – the balancing point of the Scales of Justice. It preludes a Full Moon at 29 Libra which is the tail, or end of the sign.

I view this New Moon as a tipping point towards the unfolding of matters surrounding the way we see justice, partnerships, and the possibility of peaceful dialogue and resolution in April 2019.

Pay attention to what´s happening right now as they prelude events that will re-surface 6 months from now.

Where appropriate – make your voice heard in ways that honor others, even if they disagree with you.

Work with this energy to bring about a fairer outcome, even you don´t get the instant result you hoped for.

Secondly, the Sun and Moon conjunct Ceres (Mother-Nurturer) at 14 Libra.

This Goddess Asteroid asks us to profoundly consider what nurtures us, and what means by which we nurture others. It also raises the question of just how much nurture becomes enabling, entrapping or smothering. And how little becomes neglect and abuse.

Ceres, The Sun and The Moon square Pluto at 18 Capricorn and Aphrodite at 16 Capricorn.

We are invited to explore how our definitions of nurture are shaped by ancestral patterns and factors operating in the shadow psyche that we don´t often care to look at. Much truth can be uncovered in the ways we relate to each other as we explore the psyche of the familial unit that brought us into the world.

We never really truly ´escape´ that conditioning, though we may outgrow aspects of it entirely – or learn from ´negative´ influences in ways that allow us to make room for the ´positive´.

We may also see sexual, psychological, financial, ancestral, energetic or physical matters that have remained hidden for a long time come into clear view. This is the time to look the Shadow in the Eye and acknowledge its presence.

And then to decide whether it is something to transmute, or exorcise from the psyche.

Courage carries the day as our willingness to face our fears often gives ways to gifts long forgotten – and a resurrection of the psyche in ways unforseen. It can mean being confronted by things or people that make you fearful and anxious. And that is exactly the time you reach out to people you can trust to help you the way through (and to honor their time and energy in doing so).

Given Aphrodite´s role in all this, it is vital to revisit the ways in which society and the status quo teach us to value (or forget to value) the Feminine – and the ways in which society is told we can strip her away from her energy, harness it or simply mute it when convenient.

We may also see themes surrounding female sexuality, sovereignty and agency become further highlighted in the public sphere. Now this is a huge topic in itself. But you get the gist of it.

Inspire yourselves with the good work that so many are doing. Focus (as well) on more empowering ways we can view the Feminine – and the ways we Ought to engage with her.

Remember though – that ALL beings express the Feminine. It is not limited to particular genders, sexualities or other identifications. This is an archetypal attribute that exists in all that is manifest.

This is further reinforced by the fact that Venus (ruler of Libra) is currently in Retrograde at 10 Scorpio, whilst conjuncting Persephone and Atlantis.

To summarize a very, very long story:

This is the time to re-write our story of the Feminine.

Watch out for hooks that try to convince you that forms of dependence, oppression and the lack of sovereign choice are the only ways in which the Feminine ought to be expressed.

The Sun, Moon and Ceres oppose asteroid Amor (16 Aries) and trine Okyrhoe (16 Aquarius)

Amor reminds us to weigh the needs of justice and relationship in equal proportion to the self. Very often, we are guilt tripped into erasing ourselves from the equation, as we are told to give it all up for others. Whilst this behavior can be altuistic – it becomes damaging to the self when taken too far. If a relationship requires you to erase yourself (which is very different from ego-dissolution), you really have to ask yourself if this is what allows you to express your innermost Essence? If that question scares you, ask yourself why.

Okyrhoe´s role in this story is to remind us that we can, once again, open the doors to gifts long-denied, by acknowledging patterns in our upbringing that we tend to repeat in relationship dynamics. However, remember to allow others to draw their own conclusions, without foisting your view of reality upon them. But remember that you have the same privilege. Whilst the idea is to build bridges towards a shared understanding, it does not mean tossing one´s own view of things away in favour of someone else´s agenda.

The Sun, Moon and Ceres also inconjunct Neptune Retrograde at 14 Pisces

Whatever we are experiencing or seeing at this time directly correspond to our deeper spiritual experiences and processing of karma. It may be not be the most comfortable way to explore karmic lessons, but it drives to the core of the truth, when one is willing to look. Past-life matters are likely to arise this time in the context of partnerships and sometimes it is necessary to look at how that past has shaped, and led one to the present outcome.

Neptune also reminds us that nothing is set in stone. Energetic patterns can be shifted, but they take a lot more than simply wanting to do so. We´re called to detach ourselves somewhat and be willing to look at situations from a more objective perspective.

If placements near 14-16 Leo or Taurus are present, a Yod (Finger of Fate) is formed in the sky. Karmic currents are likely to move a lot quicker, with much more arising to the surface.

All of this occurs in a wider astrological context.

Yesterday´s video addressed the way energies we encountered in September resurface in October, shift into a new chapter in November and finally begin to settle in December of this year. The role of Venus retrograde through all this and the opportunities to re-calibrate the ways in which we collectively engage with the Feminine were greatly emphasized. You may revisit this at: https://wp.me/p4OUNS-2zh .

For now, I think this should be enough for you to go on.

Just remember that there is a larger force in the Universe that guides us all.

Even when we can´t see it.

Navigate as best you can and remember to take care of yourselves, whilst honoring others.

It´s a delicate balance, but one well worth finding.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

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THE ALCHEMICAL DESCENT, REBIRTH AND AWAKENING OF THE FEMININE & THE GREATER COLLECTIVE: SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 2018

An overview of the astrology and its various ´energy bombs´ in the skies since September. This was created by the Grand Cross alignment involving Venus, Mars, Uranus, North and South Nodes. This particular source of intensity will continue to unfurl till December 2018 – alongside other profound astrological alignments which have a long-term influence on collective evolution.

We will be revisiting these exact alignments due to Venus´ retrograde in Scorpio. More revelations of truths and opportunities for transmutation will arise – especially in out nameless, formless, wordless experience of the Feminine. This occurs especially around Samhain (in the Northern hemisphere), i.e. Halloween 2018.

We will also be seeing the Nodal Shift (from Leo-Aquarius to Cancer-Capricorn), Uranus´ reversal from Taurus to Aries and Jupiter´s exit from Scorpio as it enters Sagittarius between November 6-November 8.

All this as Venus heads towards the end of its retrograde.

Get your journals out and connect these points across time.
Learn from what they have to teach you.

Be mindful of the way you honor the Feminine in your life, in all beings.

Be mindful of the energy you carry into and take away from relationships or intimate connections of any kind.

Be willing to be absolutely honest with yourself.

And prepare to discover more than you thought, or imagined, that you could.

The video goes into a lot more depth. Please take your time with it.

You may also want to revisit older articles available on this website. Just use the search function.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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HEADS UP! LESSONS FROM THE FIXED SIGNS

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The Taurus Moon conjuncts Uranus, trines Saturn and amplifies a powerful Nodal T-Square. It foreshadows other alignments in the next 2 weeks.

Here´s some guidance that may help.

Look at the values, concerns, needs or desires that present themselves to you.

Seek to fulfill them in ways that honor your passions, your innermost Heart – and allow yourselves to move away from ideals or groups that no longer align.

It takes courage to say to no shortcuts – to hold your ground and stay true to your principles. Especially when it comes to the question of abundance.

Abundance is the birthright of all – and it can be measured in many different ways. Money is just one of them.

Allow yourselves to receive the blessings of the Universe at this time. And be patient if things don´t immediately come running to you. We´re in a little bit of a slow period.

Mars is still groggy from the end of its retrograde in Capricorn.

Saturn will end its retrograde (station direct) in Capricorn within the next 7 days.

Some of you might feel a lot of resistance in shifting, especially if you are strongly aspected by Saturn / Capricorn in general.

Some of you might be ready to rush forth and build new things.

That´s good too. Just don´t force it either way.

Be aware of what´s coming up.

Venus will enter Scorpio, Mars will re-enter Aquarius between September 9-10.

They´ll be setting off a Grand Fixed Cross with Uranus in Taurus, North Node in Leo and South Node in Aquarius.

That Fixed Cross (which becomes a T-Square after early October) will only really wind down in the first week of November after Venus finishes its retrograde!

That brings more questions and decision points on the themes that I´ve described above. The Uranus-Moon conjunction brings some of this to the fore.

Heeding the lesson now will make the later transit a little easier to navigate.

Breathe – and take it a day at a time.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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MARS STATIONS DIRECT IN CAPRICORN! (27 August 2018)

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Hallelujah! Mars Retrograde in Capricorn is OVER!!!

This has been an unusually intense retrograde for a number of reasons. Especially when you consider Saturn (Ruler of Capricorn) being retrograde and trining Uranus and The Sun.

There´s just an incredible amount of pressure in Capricorn right now.

There´s also of course the end of Eclipse season 2018, Pisces full moon recently passed, North and South Nodes square Uranus – well – and more – it´s just a lot going on.

The end of Mars´ role in all of this allows stuck energy to begin moving forwards. So we can then move ahead with our plans and long-term projects.

Personally, as a Capricorn, I´d rather just party. But am pretty tired, so maybe a little work – and then sleep.

This Mars transit has taken a toll on my health, but I can look forwards to a more easeful recovery henceforth.

Here are some key dates for you:

Mars Retrograde began on June 26th at 9 Aquarius.
It entered Capricorn on August 12th.
It ended the retrograde (just now!) on August 27th at 28 Capricorn.
It will exit Capricorn and re-enter Aquarius on September 10.
It will end the Shadow Period- moving past the point the retrograde began, i.e. 9 Aquarius, on October 8th

Long story short:

Between now and September 10, look at whatever plans you were making and refining between May 12-15 and August 12-27. This is when Mars transited / will transit 28 Capricorn to 0 Aquarius.

Of course you can use this energy to rework any plan, commitment or choice of investment, but it´s likeliest that choices made during those dates will need the greatest tweaking.

And remember Capricorn´s lessons:

Think practical, think long-term

Make things concrete

Consistency and the investment of effort over times yields rewards

Doing a little bit every day as opposed to a whole lot at once is a better strategy.

Don´t bite off more than you can chew!

Remember to take time out to chill, dance, sleep and play!
Or cry.

Whatever works

Whatever fills your cup in a sustainable way

Whatever lets you let go of all that pent up energy and emotion in a healthy way.

Cuz we got lots and lots to do!

Recommendations:

Essential Oils: Frankincense, Cypress
Gemstones: Selenite (Wands), Chrysocolla

Please check for contraindications if you are pregnant, hypersensitive, have specific health conditions, etc.
Blessings and Love 

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Feminine Wounding, Feminine Healing: Sun conjuncts Asteroid Lilith (2 Virgo – 25 August 2018)

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Today we see the Sun conjunct asteroid Lilith at 2 Virgo, feeding into the Grand Earth Trine with Saturn at 2 Capricorn and Uranus at 2 Taurus.

Lilith’s influence is a mixed bag, more so than usual. (Note : there are multiple Lilith-s in astrology)

We carry so much of collective shame surrounding the sexuality and magic of the feminine – that parts of it dissociate and so become the demon-witch that patriarchy conditions us to fear. Other aspects rise more gracefully to the surface, ready to receive healing.

Energy-workers, especially those facing the Shadow head on are likely to see all aspects emerge. Sometimes it’s playful, sometimes it’s sensual and sometimes it’s neurotic-chaos-bitch-from-hell. Sometimes all of the above.

People like to generalize what the best approach to handling such mixed energies are. In truth, it’s about context, your own skill-set, level of groundedness and experience. Sometimes it can get so heavy and grasping that having a facilitator step in is the best course of action.

And sometimes it takes a softer approach. One that invites healing of all aspects – in a safe, and non-self-sacrificial way.

Whatever comes up your way – and I hope it’s more nurturing rather than challenging – breathe. Don’t attach, don’t force a resolution – just breathe.

And allow for other solutions to arise.

This is not the time to charge head-on as we’re prepping for a powerful Pisces Full Moon and the upcoming end of Mars Retrograde in Capricorn.

This is a time better spent on self-care and working out long term plans for manifesting abundance in a sustainable way for all.

Having fun with bubble baths, pampering yourself with rose essential oil can be cool too. Though it is contraindicated in pregnancy. Maybe just a bubble bath then.

And have a nice, healthy bowl of soup. Hug your belly.

That helps.

Blessings and Love

 

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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VIRGO SEASON 2018, HAUMEA OPPOSES ERIS: BACK INTO THE WILDERNESS AND THE HEART OF SERVICE

 

Blessings everyone. The Sun has just entered the sign of Virgo – the Priestess, the Facilitator, the Sacred Servant.
It brings opportunities and challenges to discover paths of Sustainable Service.

To go back into the Wildness.

 
To Re-Claim that Fierce, Raw, Vulnerable, Compassionate Heart-on-Fire.
 

To Be the Change You Want To See In The World.

(that last line is of course Gandhi´s)
That means honoring your energetic boundaries, your body´s needs – being willing to engage in some form of exchange that allows you to keep doing what you´re doing without burning out.
It means eating healthier and taking care of your own physical vessel – so you have what it takes to get out there and help when the time comes.
It means honoring your gut and realizing its link to the mind.
It means putting the thought of service into practical, embodied action.

Planet Earth (Mama-Gaia) herself is calling out for Change. And we´ve been witnessing disaster after disaster across the planet.

 
It´s not an invitation to shirk away, but to get together.
 
To create change, starting with your immediate environment.

To reach out and help others in need, and to be brave enough to receive help from those able and willing to help.
It´s about putting all those positive intentions, affirmations and prayers into some measure of embodied practice.

Out of the Aether, and into the Flesh.

Asteroids Haumea (24 Libra) and Eris (24 Aries) oppose each other (as they have been for some time).

Haumea is the ancestress of the Hawaiian people and mother to many Hawaiian deities (including Pele). She is the Great Creatrix, Mid-Wife and (Re)Birthing Woman.

She teaches human woman how to give birth and often rebirths herself as a young woman to continue to flow of creation, marrying her descendants.

In astronomy (and by extension, astrology) – Haumea is a dwarf planet that takes 4 hours to complete a rotation. It is oblong in shape – much like a Cosmic Egg. She was ´discovered´ on 28 December, 2004.

My take on Haumea is that she represents the constantly re-generating Feminine Principle in the world. And establishes that cyclical continuity across the Child, Maiden, Mother, Crone archetypes.

She brings ancient wisdom back into the present, through the ancient re-Memberings of our Mothers and allows it to take new form, where it then re-Seeds the cycle of Creation.

And in (seemingly) absolute contrast:

Eris is of course the exiled Feminine who crashes through the patriarchal order who cast her out (and the world it created).

Aspects to Eris have often indicated rising levels of conflict, so that old structures that no longer serve are released.

Eris´ fiery nature parallels some aspects of Pele, the Volcano Goddess – She who Destroys to Create.

Eris is not exactly interested in re-membering or re-creating anything. She wants what is her due and is willing to break the bank to get it. As such her methods are often seen as highly divisive – even if her Heart is in the right place.

She can fuel the flames of righteous anger up to a point where it just becomes toxic rage – and re-instills the cycle of abuse, shame, dissociation and retribution.

One needs care when dealing with Erisian energy because the call of change is so legitimate – and yet – it becomes all too easy to use that war-cry to then create new cycles of harm and disenfranchisement.

We´ve been seeing Eris aspected very strongly in conjunction with Uranus in Aries (2016-2017). We will see her aspected again by a square to Pluto-in-Capricorn in 2019-2021.

And these will undoubtedly continue to create great waves of change.

I´ve written more extensively on Eris in the past and refer you to my site www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com for more info.

But coming back to the present –

With Haumea opposed Eris, is it any wonder that the Earth herself is in such great flux?

But to what end?

Both Haumea and Eris embody different aspects of the Feminine principle. It is HER consciousness that is returning to the planet – and in ways that are not gentle for us as a collective.

On a related note, asteroid Pele is at 8 Virgo right now – Be mindful of significant earth-events around August 31st, 2018.

In the grand scale of things, the ecological and meteorological changes we are seeing are going to force us to change as a species.

But there´s a lot of collateral damage that occurs through the process, especially with Eris´ involvement.

So what do we do?

We engage.

We start with ourselves and be the change the world needs to see.
We set prayers that align the planetary consciousness for a more peaceful transition in these times.
We extend a helping hand to the community around us, and if possible, to those in need far away.
We manifest the change in thought, idea, breath, body, internal and external action.
So our best bet is to take a breath, and do what we can.
Even if it´s a tiny step each day:
Creating a small savings fund for those in need
Starting a community garden or reading club
Volunteering at a soup kitchen
Clearing litter off the streets.
Supporting eco-friendly technologies
Working with crystal grids, labyrinths and land
Planting trees

Whatever it is, you´re being asked to get out there and do it.

 
In a sustainable way.
 
That means taking care of your body, of your sense of self-worth, of self-esteem – First.
 

And to support others who do the same, when possible.

Because you´re going to need that inner strength and that reserve of self-love when you get out there.
And you don´t need to compromise what you are worth to be of service.
Help where you can, but recognize that what you give is a gift.
Value it. And ensure that others do the same.
That´s how it becomes sustainable.
Remember:
Spirituality isn´t just about the flow of energy in an abstract sense – it´s also about engaging with the manifested, material form that channels that energy.
Otherwise, my friend – you wouldn´t be on this plane.
And believe me when I say: You are Needed. And Loved. And Supported.
Maybe in ways you can´t see or imagine. But it´s there.

So – Let´s Get To It!

#bethechange

Blessings and Love,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Kerala Floods Update: Am going to do my best to visit the relief camp or collection center directly with goods or funds collected – whichever is in greater need. Thank you for your support and for spreading awareness. Blessings ❤
Hurricane Approaching Hawaii: With so much focus on Haumea – it is no wonder that the Hawaiian islands are facing what they´re facing. Please direct your prayers there (or to other causes you resonate with) and help where needed.
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THE HEART OF THE GALAXY: Sun (27 Leo) trined Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius) – 20th August 2018

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Today is a day where you can come into contact with powerful teachers, philosophies, paths, truths, scholars, seers – anything that seeks to bring you to the Path of Truth.

But Truth is a funny thing. It shows us – like light reflected off the sides of a multifaceted diamond – partial silvers of a far larger picture.

Sometimes we get caught into ways of thought that seem right, especially when an Echo Chamber surrounds it – saying that it must be so.

And we get caught up in the weight of what the mind thinks it has mastered.

Be it in political ideologies, religious thoughts, philosophies on the world, astrological perspectives.

There´s so many truths floating around, so many directions that claim to take you where you need and want to be.

So how do you choose?

Follow your Heart in responding to the opportunities or connections that present themselves to you today.

It isn´t about what you know, or what you think you know.
Because Human knowledge is finite, and always-changing.

It is about what resonates with the Core of your Heart, your Inner Most Being.

And that is something that no one can put words to, no matter how hard Ego may try to convince you otherwise.

Leo, despite its capacity for generosity, sees its downfall through pride. Whether many applaud or validate your truth, or not has little to do with what the Soul seeks and yearns for.

The challenge is to know whether it is your Ego or your Heart that leads the way in your choice of path at this time – especially as asteroid Tantalus conjuncts The Sun, trining the Galactic Center.

Tantalus literally tantalizes us with the illusion of what we think we want, rather than what our Heart actually calls out for.

Sometimes it leads to false projections on the truths you encounter and those who speak them, for better or worse.

It takes absolute courage to tell that apart.

The Fearless Heart isn´t going to lead you to places that always feel-good, it´ll also lead you to those parts of yourself that you resent, feel ashamed about, or downright fear.

It might actually ask you to abandon a path that you´ve held onto for a long time as you may no longer need it as much.

It ask you to tread uncertain ground. Where you don´t know what´s next.

Or it might ask you to follow a new direction. Only you can know.

But you don´t have to do this all by yourself.

It is perfectly okay to get help. With discernment.

If seeking a teacher, remember that their role is to help you remember what you have shut off from yourself.

It is not to dictate the terms of your destiny.
It is not to create a false sense of hierarchy, internally or externally.

It is to lead you back to yourself.

Hear what comes your way and honor the time and energy of those who do – but always, always, tune back into your own body.

It has far more wisdom than we give it credit for.

So give yourselves permission to be bold. fearless. true.

Shine Your Own Light.
Make Your Own Destiny.

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Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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How 2018´s Eclipse Season Opened our Hearts, Planet-Wide + Kerala Flood Relief Fund-Raising

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2018´s Leo-Aquarius eclipse season with multiple retrogrades has been very rough for some. Very awakening for others. (Sometimes both)

We´ve also seen the deaths of several powerful figures in the fields of politics, cinema, the creative arts, governance (Leo-Capricorn) in the past 8 days!

Sir V. S. Naipaul – British-Indian author born in Trinidad, Nobel Prize Winner for Literature (2001). Leo Sun.

Mr. Karunanidhi – veteran Southern Indian politician and poet, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

Mr. Somnath Chatterjee – Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament), veteran political leader and historian

Mr. Vajpayee – veteran Northern Indian politician and poet, former Prime Minister of India

Aretha Franklin -The Queen of Soul, African-American singer, pianist, civil rights stalwart

Kofi Annan – Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1st African to hold the office

We saw multiple natural disasters, political scandals and other heart-opening moments between May-August 2018

It makes sense to provide a decent build-up / build-down window due to the intensity of these eclipses. +/- 1 month would not be a stretch.

Here´s a partial list of what´s been going on.

Kilauea´s volanic eruption in Hawaii. (seems to have ceased erupting yesterday)

Earthquakes in Indonesia.

Flooding and mudslides in Japan.

Fires in California & British Columbia (ongoing)

Drought and Fire on Australia´s Eastern Coast (ongoing)

Massive flooding in Kerala, South India (ongoing)

We also had our hearts broken with the revelation of detention camps for immigrant children separated from their parents at the US Border.

And the heartbreaking story of the mother orca who grieved the death of her child by carrying her calf for 17 days without rest.

Please feel free to add to that list in the comments below if anything major was missed.

* * *

We can see this as a moment of great clearing, which leads the way to new possibilities, energies and realities.

And we can also take the time to acknowledge the human costs incurred and the emotions we process as it all comes up.
Prayers for the collective and the planet are greatly recommended at this time. As are practical efforts towards creating sustainable change and helping those in need.
That´s what Leo-Aquarius ultimately seeks to teach us.

It´s been all about awakening the Fearlessly Compassionate Heart.

And Leading the Way for Change

 

Keep your hearts open – shine your light – and know it´s not about you.

But rather – you, me, we, us.

And do what you can for others ❤

Within reason.

Mercury has just stationed direct (a few hours ago). We will see Mars follow suit on August 27th. You´ll slowly start to see the dust settle. And the major work of re-building will need to be begun, in earnest.

Kilauea finally stopped erupting yesterday, and today we finally have the first day free of red-alerts in Kerala since August 9th.
Fingers crossed!

 

I feel we will turn the corner on this particular eclipse period when Mercury FINALLY exits Leo on September 5th.

 

So keep doing what you can!

* * *

I believe in doing what I suggest others to do. Living by what I teach to the best of my ability.

So for my part, I am raising funds for the Kerala floods as I am nearby and may be able to get supplies to affected areas.

You can either donate directly using the links below or by booking a session with me as I am donating a part of what I earn this round to the cause. I was touched to see that inspired another facilitator to do the same thing and I hope more follow suit.

KERALA FLOODS:

To date, they have claimed 357 lives, displaced over 300,000 people and caused property damage of over 1 Billion USD. People are still stranded in their homes and are without access to basic supplies, food, antiseptics, sanitary pads, and so on. 14 districts were badly affected across the state.

You can find out a little more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45232327 or https://gulfnews.com/…/kerala-floods-live-coverage-death-to…

DIRECT DONATION:

If you´d like to help, please use this link: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/keralafloodrelief

SUPPORT VIA SESSIONS:

I am also holding a round of sessions. 11% of the proceeds from this round will be donated to flood relief efforts.

To book a session with me, use this link: theskypriestess.as.me/schedule.php

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And remember, do what you can- when and where you can ❤

Blessings and Love

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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ELEMENTAL JUGGLING: FIRE, WATER AND EARTH INFLUENCES IN THE SKIES

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The Fire (Sagittarius, Aries, Leo), Water (Scorpio-Pisces) and Earth (Capricorn, Taurus) signs ask us to perform a delicate juggling act in the midst of powerful energetic alignments.

So if you´re feeling like there´s just a tonne of things happening and in completely different ways, you´re not alone.

This is a collection of some of the most important influences at play, by no means a complete listing.

FIRE:

There´s a lot of fiery energy in the skies today with the Sun (24 Leo) trining Eris (24 Aries) – and tomorrow´s Sun-trine-Ixion (25 Sagittarius).

Be aware of what is being sparked within you right now and what seeks to burst out into the world. As difficult as it may feel for some, patience and restraint will see you through this.

Those who feel on edge and about ready to pop may want to ground out and take a mental health day if possible. Some may prefer rigorous exercise as a means to channel and work through all that excess energy.

WATER:

Jupiter + Moon (15 Scorpio) trined Neptune Rx (15 Pisces). This alignment is asking us to bring up ancestral, karmic, inherited, intergenerational issues and to perceive them in terms of the eyes of Spirit.

Clearing your homes, bodies and spaces of psychic influences from other times/realms will be beneficial at this time.

Drinking purified or blessed water can go a long way in restoring balance. Consider using elite noble shungite to charge and purify your drinking water.

Those with alignments near 15 Cancer will experience this as a Grand Water Trine. More emotional processing, more rest, more sensitivity to process will be required.

WATER/FIRE:

We also see Mercury Rx (11 Leo) squaring the Moon at 15 Scorpio right now. Deep emotional drives, catalysts, insecurities, fears and desires are trying to push through to the surface. Some of this will be your personal baggage, others will be linked to intimate partners or even ancestral / generational influences. The clash with Mercury Retrograde in Leo challenges us to express these emotions appropriately, without heading into crash-and-burn mode.

Try to redirect some of this energy into something constructive and creative. Get out of your head and get back into nature. Or pick up a colouring book and get artsy.

Try to avoid making financial, relationship or other decisions until Mercury has (at least) stationed direct – on August 18-19.

It´s the 18th for the Americas and 19th for Asia.

EARTH:

We also see Saturn Rx (2 Capricorn) trining Uranus Rx (2 Taurus). Pay attention to changes in political and economic institutions, structures, persons of power and ecological changes.

If you have anything near 2 Virgo, be especially mindful of gut health and maintaining a healthy body-mind-spirit fitness or healing regime.

Key Reminders:

A little bit of patience can go a long way, especially when dealing with ungrounded or irritable people

If you´re super frustrated, remember to find healthy, creative outlets for all that energy.

Give the energy 2-3 days to shift as we head towards the end of Mercury Retrograde.

Good luck juggling!

Blessings and Love

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Mars Re-enters Capricorn (August 12-13 – September 10-11, 2018): Opportunities to Prepare and Re-Structure before Further Waves of Planetary Transformation

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Blessings to everyone. Mars is currently in Aquarius and is preparing to re-enter Capricorn within a matter of hours. This phase of re-visitation will be instrumental in preparing and restructuring our engagement with far more powerful waves of planetary change due later in the year.
 

* * What Mars in Aquarius has been teaching us since mid-May and why it ties into Uranus´ lessons

 
The way Mars entered Aquarius this year holds key clues for the way we will engage the energy of Uranus in Taurus and spearhead collective change for a long time to come.
 
Between May 13-16, 2018 Mars and Uranus tailed each other very closely in a square alignment at 29 Capricorn-0 Aquarius and 29 Aries-0 Taurus respectively. They kept amping up the energy and challenging one another in very dramatic, powerful ways. We saw a lot of heat coming from political institutions, states, and their attitudes towards war and violence. At an individual level, we were asked to accept or challenge such attitudes – and what we were willing to do about it.
 
Uranus then entered 0 Taurus and Mars then entered 0 Aquarius on May 15-16, 2018. The challenge continued, but in different ways.
 
In other words:
 

When the energy shifted on May 15-16, the focus shifted.

 
Mars in Aquarius encouraged us to explore our ideals, humanitarian values, engagement with groups and technology – and so on. It catalyzed many breakthroughs and the raising of awareness of key issues across the planet.
 
Uranus in Taurus asked us to pay more attention to environmental needs, issues, disasters and saw the power of change with the transformation of collective consciousness. It brought us back to the awareness we hold in our very cells, the way the Body is connected intimately with the Cycles of the Earth Herself.
 
It became less about the personal Ego-Self and its focus on a hierarchical reward structure, and more about individuating the self so that it may pitch in (without losing its essence and boundaries) in the process of planetary and personal transformation.
 
All of that sounds great – and then Mars began its Retrograde on June 26th, 2018. And right now, it´s just about to bring us back to that Capriconian energy we clashed with (and grew with) in mid-May.
 

* * Mars conjunct Black Moon Lilith at 0 Aquarius – an important message before we head back into Capricorn

 
At the tail end of its journey through Aquarius (for now), Mars conjuncts Black Moon Lilith at 0 Aquarius. Whilst we will have more opportunities to work with Mars-Lilith in the future, heed Her messages now:
 
Let us take the time to recognize how the Feminine and her Consciousness is truly being integrated into all that we are working towards creating. Also — is the vibration we access the Feminine at in alignment with the current time?
 
Just as the Masculine must evolve, so too must our expectation and experiences of the Feminine Archetype and Energy.
 
Look at the way the Feminine is represented in group consciousness, especially through social media (and its tendency towards over-simplification and commodification).
 
Is this what we want to reproduce?
 
Old paradigm answers and roles and equations will cease to work. So it´s best to start realigning and questioning what structures of inequality we reproduce.
 
And what we consciously, and inclusively, challenge.
 
And how.
 

** Mars in Capricorn (August 12-13 – September 10-11, 2018)

 
During this period, we´re being asked to look at the structures that do exist on the planet and the kinds of privilege and inequality that they may reproduce. Whilst being rewarded for hard work is by no means a bad thing, it is important to make sure you do so in ways that do not dishonor your own energy, ethics and integrity.
 
You´re going to be focused on questions of career, legacy, and generational burdens (or strengths). Your focus needs to be on managing your health and vitality whilst you do what needs to get done. An additional focus on the knees, spine, other joints is required and on the health of the elderly in the family. Look at the new vibrations and forms of consciousness we´ve been experiencing between mid-May to mid-August 2018 and let that show you the way forwards.
 
As a friend of mine likes to put it, a lot of ´stuck energy´ is likely to come up. Know that you can find a way to get it moving again.
 
Allow yourself to find innovative solutions to what feels like it cannot be shifted, or is too old, powerful or entrenched to transform.
 
But give the change some time to happen.
 
You´ll already find some easing in the energy when Mercury stations direct (ends its retrograde) in Leo on August 18-19, 2018.
 
Be strategic, take your time before acting on new visions and ideas. Make sure the groundwork is solid before launching anything new. You´ll thank yourself in the long run.
 
Make sure you back up all important files and make sure you take proper precautions with respect to electronic items, wiring, vehicles, etc.
 
Remember that Mars will station direct (end its retrograde) on August 27-28, 2018.
Between now till the end of August, you need to be thinking and re-thinking all these questions and what you are willing to take on, build or inherit. Try to schedule any forward actions or movements after Mars goes direct.

You will have a wonderful window of opportunity with both Mars in Capricorn and Mercury in Leo direct between August 27/28 – September 10/11, 2018.

 
Remember that the structures of this world served a purpose in their own times, but that they do need revision. Align your plans with the new waves of consciousness that you have access during the Aquarius and Leo eclipses this year (July – August 2018)
 

* * Further waves of planetary transformation and why awareness now is key

 
Mars will be offering us more insights for visionary change in late September when it makes its third and final conjunction with the South Node this year. Moreover, it will only leave Aquarius on November 15-16, 2018!
 
You want to have the right structures, decisions and long-term plans in place to match the energy of new possibilities that awaits you then. Which is why honoring the lessons of Mars-in-Capricorn is advised.
 
Uranus will also provide more impetus for change as it returns to 0 Taurus and 29-28 Aries between October 2018 to March 2019.
 
We´ll be seeing some incredible global shifts then (especially between October 2018 to January 2019) as Uranus will be creating a powerful T-Square with The Nodes.
 
If you have anything near the tail end of Libra / early Scorpio, you´re going to be feeling the T-Square intensely. You´re likely to want to change or upgrade the way you share energy, space and resources with (especially significant) others.
Even if you don´t, you´re still going to feel the immensity of Uranus asking us to question the Nature of the Self and its Relationship with the Body-Earth, the North Node asking us to Move Fearlessly and Courageously into the depth of the Emotional Body, the South Node asking us to Release our Attachment to GroupThink and Old Structures of Power. And so on …..
 
And whilst all that sounds immense, just remember that you can plant the right seeds and orient yourselves to have a far better experience with all this by heeding the astrological cues that present themselves.
By no means is this the only alignment of note this year. It´s one of many, but a good one to focus on to help with the rest.
 

A little nudge in the right direction now will save you a lot of energy a few months down the line.

 

* * Key Message:

 
Start thinking about your career choices, visions of success, long-term goals and ideas of legacy.
 
Do they align with the rising vibration of change across this planet?
 
Do they align with your particular vision of humanitarianism?
 
Do they make the best use of technology?
 
Do they reach as many as possible, whilst ensuring that your individual voice is honored?
 
Do they perpetuate old patterns of oppression and privilege, or do they liberate?
 
** 
 

Remember to stay aware of the shifts that happen. 

Trust that new solutions to old problems are on their way; Allow them to manifest

Your Body is its own Compass: Honor its Wisdom.

 

 
Blessings and Love
 
Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess
 
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