Swinging the Sword of Justice: The Discerning Feminine & The Toxic Masculine – Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn; Uranus Retrogrades in Aries

 

 The skies are primed for change. You´re being asked to use your power of discernment to re-evaluate relationships, jobs, contracts and ideas of legacy, wealth and success. Things that are not in alignment will be need to be negotiated, navigated and/or negated at this time.
 
Whilst there is always a space for compassion, remember that it begins with the Self. Staying in a place of Love for someone else does not mean that you condone or tolerate abuse, irrespective of source.
 
Some of you may also be looking at legal or health issues at this time. Remember to take a breath and rise above your immediate emotional response. Be detached in your expectation of outcomes and recognize your role in the dynamic at play.
 
Even if the situation cannot be saved, it makes a difference when you leave from a place that is centered (within). That, however, may not always be possible.
 
You are likely to clash with those in figures of authority or seniority at this time, particularly as they play the role of the ´bully´. Sometimes that is a role that arises through projection, and sometimes they are truly abusing their power. These individuals will be the catalysts for your next stage of growth.
 
That being said, those who are in particularly volatile domestic arrangements may want to find a safe space. Many will be triggered by this energy and Pluto (17 Capricorn) … is not cuddly. Quite the opposite.
 
The Feminine appears to us through Her alignments to Jupiter (17 Libra) – Aphrodite (19 Libra), Kassandra (18 Gemini) and Magdalena (16 Aquarius). Kassandra and Magdalena (Mary Madgalene) stood true to their essence in the face of so much projection and violence. Aphrodite, in her essence, could be denied and arose through the castration of the Sky-God (Uranus) by his son Kronos (Saturn, Time). She is femininity manifest despite the plays of the patriarchy. (Which is not a call for castration, far from it – Aphrodite LOVED her sensual femininity and shared it with her lovers)
 
All three figures counsel us to remember our power of perspective. Shift the perspective, break the shackle. End the cycle of use and abuse.
 
Way too much of our energies are caught up in cultural and religious (even spiritual) beliefs that continue to tell us that it is the honorable thing for (especially) women to accept abuse and remain the ever-doting housekeeper.
 
Realize that toxic masculinity will not have an incentive to change as we invest power in such beliefs.
 
It is worthile bearing in mind that the Feminine (in her Healthy or Toxic Form) is not limited to the female gender. And vice-versa – these are cross-cutting archetypes.
 
A woman is fully capable of playing the ´toxic masculine´ role …. just as a man is capable of playing the ´submissive feminine role´ – using the binaries as examples for heuristic purposes.
 
Statistically speaking however, women (especially those who are also ethnic minorities) are disporportionally the victims in such dynamics. That does not detract from the experience of other genders, races, identities, and so on.
 
But it brings us to the question of what Feminine essence is?
 
* * *
 
The truth is there is no complete, Universally-accepted answer to that and there never will be.
 
Some insist that Femininity is defined by the traditional conventions of nurture, softness, warmth and gentleness. As the Nurturing, Benevolent Mother.
 
Others see her as the Warrior, Protector and Avenger. Be She (The Wrathful) Kali or the Morrighan.
 
Others as the Crone, Others as the Maiden, Others as the Girl-Child …
 
You can define that construct in any way you see fit. Because it is truly that fluid.
 
She is Form, She is Formless, She Exists, She Doesn´t … She is All things … And No-Thing.
 
( Which means She is Also the Masculine 😛  …  )
 
So don´t feel the need to get hung up on the existential definitions. Unless you like that sort of thing.
 
Getting back to the present …
 
* * *
 
At this time – with the Grand Air Trine – we are asked to invoke the Queen of Swords. She who is fair, just and decisive. The Wise Woman. The principle of Justice herself in these current alignments. We are asked to call forth the Strategist within, finding a better vantage point to assess her situation. Much like General Antiope from the recent Wonder Woman film. (if you need a visual image)
 
For only when appropriate boundaries are drawn can she begin the process of healing – and perhaps – where appropriate, lay the foundation for reconciliation in a future time.
 
This is an all-or-nothing alignment, with little wiggle room – especially as it comes in the shadow of the upcoming Lunar Eclipse. Remember that the situation you face will look different depending upon the level of perception you see it from. It is wise to stay centered in the body but remember to reach out to higher/deeper levels of awareness beyond. 
 
Stay away from all-emcompassing spiritual cliches and use that sense of discernment. Many things that may present themselves in the name of Love, Duty, Tradition, the Status Quo, etc. make appeals to our sense of fairness and responsibility. Consider if these appeals are valid and if you still resonate with the ideals that underpin them.
 
We may also see a greater focus on holding public figures and institutions (of government, banks, etc.) to account at this time. Remember that whilst Jupiter in Libra has a high level of tolerance, when a certain threshold is passed and the Scales have tilted too far, Lady Justice brings out the Sword.
 
* * *
 
As Uranus has just stationed retrograde, you are asked to go inwards and examine your relationship with your centers of perception and evaluation.
 
Questions for Self-Reflection….
 
Are you seeing things in a certain way?
 
Is this a just perspective or something you were expected to follow?
 
How can you align your perception with your evolving consciousness?
 
Where may you be glossing over the details and trying too hard to reach a more ´enlightened´state? (however you may define it)
 
What will it take for you to be more real with what you really think, perceive, feel and desire?
 
Gemstone recommendation: Optical Calcite / Icelandic Spar ; Black Obsidian ; Rainbow Obsidian
 
Essential Oils (please research dosage, contraindications before use, especially if ill, unsure and/or pregnant): Clary Sage, Melissa, Black Pepper, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Lavender
 
(It´s also a good idea to see if your supplier follows the principles of ecological sustainability and proper compensation to farmers and their communities)
 
* * *
 
Now some of you will truly be enjoying this alignment. Please, continue to do so.
 
If you can, hold safe, powerful spaces in which others can find their own clarity.
 
Avoid making judgements on individuals who are struggling – or those who are soaring as we all take turns to rise and fall in our processes. That way, we can help each other through it. Simple as.
 
More on the Lunar Eclipse Soon …
 
Blessings to All ❤ 
 
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On Three Rhetorical Forms: Logos, Pathos and Ethos.

People seek to influence one another and exert power through communication. This is also the way we create identity groupings and shared preferences, viewpoints – or ways of seeing the world.

The form that we use to deliver our message can have a far more potent influence on the psyche than the message itself. And you´ve got to ask yourself whether your agreement or disagreement truly comes from the susbtance of what is said, or simply the manner it is delivered in.

Which groups or ideologies have you followed because it was presented to you in the right way? Do you really agree with their substance?

Which individuals do you instinctively side with and who do you see as the villain based on how polished their language may be (or not)?

It´s a huge topic with broad ramifications. I distilled what I am sharing on the basis of similar study in the Indian parliamentary context. Same principles apply for daily interaction though.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
Cauldron: Of Politics, Power and Spirituality

 

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WHY LION´S GATE, ETC. SEEMS A TAD MORE POTENT IN 2017

 

 

Lions Gate

Every year, we experience the end of July / early August as an unusually intense energetic portal. How deeply you feel this portal is a reflection of your degree of sensitivity, journey, karma, dharma and other evolutionary requirements at this time.

However, all of this amazingness – is an annual event.

Some of you might understand this as the window of time between the Mayan Calendar´s Day Out of Time,  the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Lion´s Gate (8:8) and so on. Here is a writeup by a dear friend of mine that beautifully weaves it all together.

Astrologically speaking, we also see bursts of energy coming through the Leo Sun´s trine to the Great Attractor (August 6), the Galactic Center (August 20) and so on. We tend to also see Eclipses occuring in this month.

So … really … there´s a lot that generally tends to happen in this time period.

And the fact it happens yearly does not discount its importance.

In this time we are urged to discover, embody and experience what truly brings us to life, what activates our capacity of Joy, connection and creative inspiration. We also look at the friendship groups and related networks which allow individuals to mutually support and celebrate each anothers´ energies, whilst developing their own.

It´s a great time for many to come alive and/or to realize where an older understanding of Self must give way to a new one. Many realizations will unfold.

But this year, things have felt unusually heavy.

And there are other celestial reasons for that too – the fact that Uranus is edging itself out of Aries (2018-2019, watch out for fireworks!), the many energetic repercussions of many potent seeds of intention and action set into motion since 2012, e.g. The Uranus-Pluto squares, Grand Cardinal Crosses, Eris-Uranus conjunctions … and so on.

Still, I wasn´t satisfied. My instinct guided me to look at more specific factors. And so I did, and finally found out what was bugging me.

Now I have summarized all this in a video – so if you prefer that format, here´s the link:

 

We currently have the following astrological bodies in a Grand Fire Trine:

Niobe 20 Aries
Orpheus 21 Aries
Eris 23 Aries
Iris 28 Aries
Uranus 28 Aries

True / Mean North Node 24-25 Leo
Sphinx 24 Leo
Atlantis 25 Leo
Apollo 29 Leo
Rhiphonos 29 Leo
Eurydike 0 Virgo

Saturn 21 Sagittarius
Ixion 24 Sagittarius
Cupido 26 Sagittarius
Pholus 26 Sagittarius
Galactic Center 27 Sagittarius
Achilles 29 Sagittarius
Quaoar 29 Sagittarius

Now getting into each and every one of these combinations will be a very long write and very long read, so I´m going to summarize . . . heavily.

WHAT ARIES SAYS IN THIS ALIGNMENT

We are asked to find a new version or vision of the Self and the energy that it carries.
This will require us to give up old definitions of who you are, no matter what sense of power, control or status it may give you.
This will require many of us to empty the cup so it can be filled once more.
Listen to your Body and connect it to safer energetic channels of Source / Sky / Earth – and see what knowledge it contains.
If you are hyperactive, burning the midnight oil, unable to sleep – you need to give your body permission to rest and recalibrate. This will require you to Surrender to the Process.
If you´re up and at it and all feels good – then, enjoy!

WHAT LEO SAYS IN THIS ALIGNMENT

We are asked to plunge fearlessly into deep, potentially long-forgotten spaces within.
We seek to connect with the Inner Central Sun that gives life, hope, liberation to Being.
Some of these journeys will be joyfully welcomed by older versions of self (and those who knew way back when) to welcome you in the re-discovery of ancient spiritual technologies, memories and forms of knowledge – especially connected with Atlantis and/or Egypt (they were most certainly related)
Some of these journeys will involve the re-visitation of severe spiritual pain, trauma and wounding. In which cases many old ´gifts´ and energy technologies (as powerful as they are) may need to be surrendered – this is not an easy thing to do when one obtains power from the knowledge that is held – but that is the test at hand.
We are asked to be mindful of where tread and how strongly we do so. Whatever you choose to be, do so consciously. However, do not feel the need to make yourself feel huge, or tiny to please or measure yourself up against others. Just be what you are.

WHAT SAGITTARIUS SAYS IN THIS ALIGNMENT

Be humble. Be willing to learn.
Listen to your inner wisdom.
Know that whatever you do know is subject to change.

Should someone attempt to browbeat you with their perceived ´authority´, walk.
You do not need to take abuse.
Should someone intimidate you with their wisdom without even trying.
You might consider listening and questioning why you respond the way you do.

Be open to walking a new road, even if that means giving up the pedestal of Having Attained Knowledge.

Because. It. All. Changes.

Now … that´s not all … The bodies in this Grand Fire Trine are all being activated by their complementary positions in the Air Signs. Here´s a few of them:

Venus: 25 Gemini, Rhadamanthus: 26 Libra, Damocles & South Node 24-25 Aquarius.

The challenge here is to avoid judging your path or another´s too harshly. Where discernment is called for, self-flagellation or self-aggrandization on the basis of a distorted sense of self-worth … is less desirable. Whatever insights you do come yp with, remember to see if the ideals or values that you use to make your judgements resonate with how you live, build relationships and simply Be at the day-to-day level. In other words:

Your words, judgements and ideals need to meet the embodied reality you inhabit.

The Damocles-South Node conjunction is a tricksy one. Many of you may feel like making absolute choices at the fork in the road at this time, finding it incredibly painful to do so (especially if you´re working through past karmic ties). You may want to perform cord-cutting rituals that focus on the body´s auric field, but particularly anything that targets the upper centers of perception. You may feel pushed into a more narrower view of reality than you yourself resonate with – that´s how karmic pressure works. The … crisis or fork in the road itself may disappear as you allow yourself to see the situation from a more neutral, more open vantage point. Suggested practices are at the end of the article – otherwise – find facilitators who have the grounding, expertise and skill-sets to help you through this.

AND ALL THAT ADDS UP TO?

A GRAND SEXTILE.

If we are including Venus, Rhadamanthus and Damocles/South Node into the alignment, we get a Grand Sextile / Star of David combining the elements of Fire and Air.

The Star of David is  … possibly the most potent symbol of manifestation there is.

Seeing that alignment in the skies is akin to getting a blank cheque from Source with the words: Cash in whatever you like.

And the challenge then becomes in knowing that manifestation comes from the deeper, hidden aspects of the Self that the Conscious Mind then has to build a bridge to.

So .. these energies are … preparing us for something quite powerful. And the scope of what we do with these forces are immense.

Now – some of you may not be feeling any of this at all. And that could be for one of many reasons.

(1) Those civilizational / past-karmic imprints do not resonate with you
(2) This is not the time for you to address this in your path
(3) You have addressed it and all is cool and you´re surfing the cosmic winds.

Bear in mind that what you feel from all this depends on your level of psychic sensitivity, your … particular stage or journey in karmic processing … and … whether or not it is part of your dharma to address this. Those who work with others at a deep energetic level would benefit to bear the intensity of this alignment in mind. Things are amplified at this time, and how!

But not everyone is going to feel like they´ve just popped out of The Sun and are ready to take on the World. . .  Some of you will feel the absolute opposite. Depressed, challenged, harrassed, unable to to have faith in the Very Thing that makes you Special, Powerful and Beautiful: You.

If you are struggling, that does not mean you are less evolved.
And vice versa.
This is not the time to be making value judgements of that kind.
As … that Grand Fire Trine is all to eager to fuel the flames of pride … before the fall.

Be Love, no matter where you are in that process, at whatever stage of the Journey you are on.

SUGGESTED PRACTICES

Working with the violet flame and the energy of Archangel Michael would be of great benefit at this time for many.

Make sure you have protective light and energy around you and a solid connection to the Earth & Source. Call in your guides, if appropriate.

When you feel a cord, device, or simply something that shouldn´t be there visualize a violet sword or flame cutting it through and burning through the hook. Set the intention that the cord that is cut remains cut, with healing sent to both sides (if you wish). Flame it out afterwards (in visualization) and seal/heal with golden energy. Let whatever is cut and released go back to Source/Earth. And allow it to be done.

Good gemstone allies for the process of cord cutting include black obsidian (in an arrowhead shape), novaculite, brandenberg amethyst and green aventurine.

Gemstones to heal and seal the aura (with a golden energy visualization) include labradorite, amber, nuummite, and so on. Remember that cutting is not enough, sealing and after-care is vitally important.

Essential oil recommendations here (please research dosage, dilution, contraindications before use, as usual): Frankincense, Black Pepper, Clary Sage

Here´s a good follow-up mantra for the cleansing, re-integration and gratitude giving process:

 

You may also want to integrate the practice of Hoʻoponopono as part of this process. Remember to give gratitude, release and thanks when you are done.

 

The other approach is far less hands-on – but equally as potent.

 

As a grounding, energizing, protective and stabilizing energy, I would recommend working with the Lion Goddess (Prathyangira Devi). She does not have the same energetic signature as Goddess Sekhmet and I suspect they come from different ´places´ so to speak.

I´ve also attached instructions for a guided meditation for those interested. Please do it in full as the Mantra is potent and has its own … trajectory.

Meditation: (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. Remember to pull your energy back to your Center and radiate outwards like a beautiful Sun if you feel called to do so – Channeled by Bairavee Balasubramaniam

You may also want to support this meditation with essential oils such as myrrh, geranium and rose. Remember to check their properties before working with them, especially if pregnant and/or highly sensitive.

Ideally, you would work through this with a facilitator who could hold that space for you to do so. I´m including it here for those who can do that for themselves.

Not something I would indiscriminately recommend to everyone as these practices have a profound effect – and many requirements on the part of the facilitator to fulfill. This is here as a citable reference for those who at at that stage in their journeys, if they understand the process and its associated requirements and risks. Please do not push yourself to do these practices this if you feel uncertain about it or ungrounded in general.

In which case, resting, sleeping, taking care of the basics is more than enough.

Well – that´s about it – I hope the information has been of use and benefit to you.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

** Please note that my travels are resuming soon, and so I am holding a very focused round of bookings for those interested in working with me at this time. New session times have been opened for those of you in Europe / Asia. Link: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-pa

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REMEMBER LOVE, BECAUSE FEAR WILL MAKE YOU FORGET: AFTERMATH OF THE LEO NEW MOON

 

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?

Or

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.

Related Reading:

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
Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Beetle-Magic: Thereus conjunct Mars in Leo

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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

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Beetle Symbolism: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/symbolic-beetle-meaning.html

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Shine on, Sunflower, even when it hurts …. (Grand Fire Trine w. Eris, Mars-Thereus-Uranus square)

 

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.

Leo. 

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.

 

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

 

**  Recommendations and ephemeris listed below.

 

Recommendations:

Rose Quartz, Rhodocrosite (gemstones)

Vetiver, Myrrh, Rose, Geranium (essential oils, please check dosage and contraindications before use, especially if pregnant and/or sensitive)

Mantra:

 

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

 

Selected Ephemeris:

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

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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.

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

** 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!

 

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JULY 12 – JULY 16, 2017 : DOUBLE YOD MAGIC (2 FINGERS OF FATE WITH JUPITER, PLUTO, MERCURY AND NEPTUNE)

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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.

Blessings,

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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WAITING FOR THE GREAT EXHALE: A TIME OF REFLECTION AND CONSOLIDATING CHOICES, TRUTHS AND PATHS (JULY-AUGUST 2017)

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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  😉  …

Basically …

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.

Blessings,

Dr Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

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Learning How to Exist in this World as an Empath

 

Being an empath is overrated and highly romanticised.

 
Yes, you get to know what other people are feeling.
Yes, you are often moved to compassion.
 
And yes, you often spend a long time feeling burnt out, needing to recharge, and simply not knowing where your needs and emotions start and the other person’s begins
 
Having that level of psychic, spiritual and emotional sensitivity makes life extremely challenging unless you develop the right skillset to use it well. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up to be a spiritual punching bag.
 
Contemporary spiritual writings valorize the pain empaths experience, pinning a blue ribbon on top of all that pain to give it meaning. Eventually we will see that pain being normalized, as part of the definition of what an empath must be.
 
 
That is outrageous.
 
 
But that’s where we are headed …
 
 
Empaths frequently experience challenges in setting their boundaries, or knowing that they exist in the first place. More often than not, part of their sensitivity to others and inability to turn off comes from a deep deep wound that comes from not being seen, loved or understood. They tend to overcompensate by increasing their sensitivity to others and filling their needs – instead of the Self.

 

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. . . .

 
In other words, the empath, over time, becomes willing to erase their boundaries to see if that primary, existential need will ever be filled. This attracts them to relationships in
which the all-too-callous are all-too-willing to be the non-reciprocal recipient of the empath’s energy. Till they have no more to give, or choose to walk, or both.
 
And this is where that (sadly classic) dynamic between the empath and narcissist arises from. One is too eager to fill another, but is reluctant to fill itself. The other is happy receiving that that energy, but is reluctant to reciprocate. It makes for a terrible, vicious cycle or a lock-and-key scenario that opens the doorways to pain. Many lessons, yes – but also much pain.
 
Empaths are either shamed to or convince themselves that the kind of heartache and suffering this brings reflects the depths of the romance idealism and is a deeply spiritual act of noble surrender and ego-death. Those are real things, but they come from other places.
 
A spiritual sacrifice exists without expectation. It comes from a place to goes beyond your needs, desires and wants. A space wherein detachment and compassion co-exist without contradiction. And that´s not an easy space to pull off.
 
What empaths tend to do is to sacrifice their well being in the hopes they will be taken care of in turn.
That has nothing to do with love or spirituality, but rather the dynamics of psychological control and abuse.
 
One thing you may want to consider before jumping on the empath band-wagon is that it is very, very similar to co-dependency. Similar kinds of traumas and similar coping mechanisms characterize both phenomena. I´m still looking into the differences between the two, if any (in observed practice).
 
I´d highly recommend Robin Norwood´s Women Who Love Too Much for an excellent introduction to co-dependency and an understanding of the neural chemistry that underpins relationship addiction. There´s certainly an overlap.
 
Having said all that …
 
 

So,  what does one do about it?

 
 
Everyone´s journey is going to be an individual one and there is no one-sized-fits-all process. However I can assure you that there will be at least one common key element to all of your / our journeys:
 
To discover and honor your own energetic field, presence and experience of Self, space and vessel of Being – and to embrace the beauty it has to offer to the world.
 

 

Key words: Self-Love, Self-Nurture, Setting Boundaries, Grounding, Discernment

 
 
There are other skill-sets the empath could greatly benefit from, such as the ability to interpret the psychic information picked up from another´s field. But really, I would say that comes after a solid foundation of Self (Being) is set.
 
 
So to begin ..
 
 

 

You first have to give yourself permission to exist.

 
 
 
That sounds nonsensical on the surface as you do exist, but there are likely to be parts of you that still find it hard to accept the fact you´re here. Path of the empath´s drive to help others comes from that need to find purpose, to justify one´s existence through charitable acts. That is, unless you´ve gone the other end of the moral compass – but that too is motivated by that same need – to find some larger purpose for being.
 
But words are words, and unless they move you at a deep level – reading this is not going to do much.
 
In my journey, the biggest changes have come through the actions I have taken, catalyzed by tools such as gemstones, essential oils, homeopathy, spiritual practices – and so on. It´s been a mixed bag of tricks, each one unveiling a different layer of the puzzle.
 
 
But through it all, my actions – at a physical, embodied, level have made the message sink in over time. Not my ideations, not my careful celebral justifications, not the feverish writing and journalling through so very many notebooks over years of work.
 
 
It´s been the little things – which are not truly that little.
 
 
It´s been being able to buy myself some rose-scented hand cream when I´m down (and my skin gets cracked and broken) because I´ve worked too hard and didn´t feel like I deserved anything.
 
 
It´s been making sure I had a healthy meal for myself when life just felt cold.
 
 
It´s been taking the time out, not to hide from people, but to find out what it is that I as a person liked to do in the world – and learn not to apologize for it.  Or find a deeper need to justify it.
 
 
It´s been honoring my instincts to do what is right for me, even if it freaked out other people.
 
 
It´s been saying no to relationships that seek to ´fill me´ without giving me room to do that for myself.   (Hallelujah!)
 
 
And when I found myself unable to make these choices, overwhelmed by the pain of my own journey (of which there has been a significant amount) … I thought of the one being I wanted to unconditionally love: the that daughter I would one day have.
 
 
And then I would ask myself again, – Would I ever want her to feel this way?
 
 
It´s so very important to be compassionate with yourself when you can´t immediately snap into a sense of self-love and self-preservation that seems to come effortlessly to so many others.
 
Step by step, day by day – these are the choices that help you override neural pathways that have been ingrained for so very long. It´s not something you wave away with a magic wand or have removed from you in a  brilliant flash of insight. It´s a process that takes time, commitment, and the realization that …
 
 

Just being is one of the hardest things to do …

 
Gemstones, essential oils and previous articles of relevance are written below.
 
 
Blessings to the Collective ❤
 
Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
The Sky Priestess

Related Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTASf6awS78
Other Links/Resources:
WHEN DOES THE WOUNDED HEALER, HEAL? Reflections on Woundology (Part 1) : http://wp.me/p4OUNS-Hh

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:
https://web.facebook.com/bairavee.balasubramaniam/posts/1154516704652323

 
 
Essential Oils (Please research usage, dilution, contraindications, etc. before use – especially if pregnant, vulnerable, immunologically compromised, etc.)
 
Rose, Geranium, Ylang Ylang – bringing out your deepest emotions
 
Vetiver, Patchouli – getting into your body
 
 
Gemstones:
 
Rose Quartz, Unakite, Peach Selenite, Rhodocrosite – reactivating your ability to feel your own emotions
 
Hematite, Labradorite – protecting and strengthening your auric field
 
 
 
There are many others for different layers or stages of the process but this is just an introductory guide.
 
 
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