The Lessons of the Asteroid Goddesses (and the Challenge of Mars Trine Neptune Retrograde) by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Tonight, the Goddesses teach us balance. They call to us – Pallas Athena, Juno, Vesta and Ceres – bidding us to find Wholeness and the Feminine Spirit through experiences of our choices that nurture and honor our most intimate, deepest selves. Each Goddess Asteroid is linked by way of The Moon, The Archetypal Mother in Sagittarius, inspiring us to adventure as she moves towards her Fullest Self. They teach us these powerful lessons and remind us to nurture ourselves as we seek the Divine Other – in ourselves, in others, and at the world at large.
These lessons come just in time for the trining of Mars with Neptune Retrograde. The force, or assertive drive of Masculine energy meets a gritty, earthy, understanding of the transcendental and spiritual. We are inspired to act upon our visions – will they illuminate, or force realization through disillusionment?
Those are our choices to make as the Gods and Goddesses light up our skies tonight. The Moon makes a septile to Mars during its potent trine – telling us – that we have come, once again, to karmic crossroads. What we choose now will end one cycle and begin another.
Blessings to all,
For a more technical analysis, please see: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-3z
Image: “Fremont Solstice Parade 2009 – 019” by Joe Mabel – Photo by Joe Mabel. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fremont_Solstice_Parade_2009_-_019.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Fremont_Solstice_Parade_2009_-_019.jpg
Kali-Ma Dances her Tandava on the World’s Stage: The Rise of the Dark Goddess by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
At this time, honor those parts of yourself cast into Shadow. Too often we believe that all that is Dark is Evil, and forget that our Shadow can simply be parts of ourselves we have no yet accepted – in this case – the (Feminine) Divinity in All Beings, and the Power She Wields.This is a time for Her to Rise, and I hope many of you will heed the call to Dance, Dream, and Embody this aspect of Sacred Energy as her influence only intensifies in the skies.Rising Woman, Rising Man, You cannot be stopped unless you choose to be at this Time. My Fire spreads through you and around you, Giving Life, Death and Birth to this World. I can no longer be Hidden.
That is Her Message, through me, to you.
For those of you would like to hear more of my perspective on The Dark Mother, here is a link to a 1-hour radio interview aired on Get on the Grid With Chessie Roberts Radio Show. Link: http://intentionradio.com/2014/06/shining-a-light-on-the-truth-about-the-dark-mother-of-the-goddess-path/
For those of you would like to join a community devoted to honoring Her in this form, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheDarkMothersChildren on Facebook.
A Virtual Shrine to Honor The Dark Mother: http://nshrine.com/shrine/Dark_Mother
Image Information: “Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple – Hindu goddesses” by Matthias Rosenkranz – originally posted to Flickr as Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sri_Veeramakaliamman_Temple_-_Hindu_goddesses.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Sri_Veeramakaliamman_Temple_-_Hindu_goddesses.jpg
GRAND FIRE TRINE IN THE SKY! Astrology Self-Study Series Article # 1 by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Vanakam, Namaste and Blessings to All,
I would like to tell you of a potent astrological configuration in our skies that began 5 hours ago and will continue to influence us for another 21 hours or so.
This piece is a more detail-oriented, explanatory article suitable for astrological self-study and self-analysis. This is my first article published under that banner.
For a more intuitive, Goddess-oriented take on this energy, please see – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-3f
We are experiencing a Grand Fire Trine in the Skies, involving the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius or the 1st, 5th, and 9th houses of astrology.
First I will tell you about what Fire energy is/does in astrology and the three signs associated with it, then I’ll move onto the planets involved.
Fire energy is associated with alchemy, transformation, purification, inspiration and creative drive. It is the energy of the ‘go-getter’, the pioneer, the leader that pushes through a new vision or idea in the world. Aries is the Path-Maker/Path-Breaker, Leo is the Dramatic, Dynamic, Creative Performer & Child, Sagittarius is the Philosopher-King-Adventurer that Journeys forth with an energy of pure Optimism. In various traditions, Fire energy is associated with the Masculine or Yang Archtype. Shakta traditions, in contrast associate Kali (active feminine) energy with Fire as well. So it is not an energy limited to men, but rather, it involves what we call the ‘Masculine Archetype’ in all beings.
One of the common threads that sun through the three manifestations of Fire energy are the different ways in which the Self is Perceived in relation to the World, shown by their different mottos:
Aries – I AM
Leo – I Am my Persona
Sagittarius – I Am my Experiences
(inspired by Gargatholil’s Depth Astrology)
Aries does not reference anything outside of its self to understand its role in the world. For that reason, the energy of the Path-Breaker – can, to some – seem like the energy of the tyrant or the autocrat if unbalanced. In its most intense form, Aries can be a vessel of the Divine sense of ‘I AM Consciousness’ or — a pure manifestation of the Ego’s I AM (more important than anyone else) perception.
Leo focuses upon its Persona – the mask that it wears to others as it presents itself to the word. Ever the lover of the stage, Leo enjoys the spotlight – even in personal interactions. This is wonderful if what is performed uplifts collective consciousness, but can easily become a situation where an insecure ego seeks to manipulate the views of others to get validation.
Sagittarius has difficulties separating its true essence from its perception of the external world. It believes that it experiences itself through adventure – whether that is travel, mental stimulation, philosophical study, etc. is an individual choice. This sign can become overly judgmental or opinionated, not allowing other perspectives to flourish or be seen as equally valid – as – any view apart from its own can be seen as a threat to the ego’s freedom and identity.
Moving onto the Trine aspect – as I have explained previously, Trine energy is one which simply opens a channel for the abundant flow of energy between two bodies. Whether this is a flow that leads or happy or sad experiences, an abundance of poverty or wealth, depends entirely upon how you choose to work with it. A Grand Trine is the connection of three trine aspects in the shape of a triangle.
Grand Fire Trines, therefore, combine these different levels and aspects of Fire energy. They allow you to experience, question, and assert the ways in which you experience your true Essence of Self. Is it through what your body tells you? your ego? the way other people see you or approve of you? through experiencing the world?
In this Grand Fire Trine, we have Uranus Retrograde in Aries trining the Moon in Sagittarius, trining a stellium (combination of planets) in Leo: Lilith, Sun and Mercury. I shall give a brief summary of what each planet does before concluding this article:
Uranus (awakening, revelation, flashes of insight, humanitarian causes, rebellion, electronic communications) Retrograde (felt internally, emerging through the psyche’s reaction to something in the external world) in Aries (Self as the Source of Knowledge, the Body, The ‘I AM’ perception)
Moon (tradition, mothering, nurture, caregiving, collective identity – tribe, etc., sub-conscious conditioning, intuition, Goddess energy) in Sagittarius (expansion, adventure, travel, philosophy, exploration, higher education)
Mercury (communication, analysis, perception, ability to travel / perceive other realms) + Lillith (Dark Goddess / Suppressed Feminine archetype, female wounding) + Sun (focused awareness, creativity, children, Inner Child, joy, light of consciousness) are in the sign of Leo (considered the home of the Sun).
When you get a powerful combination such as this — there are too many possibilities to generalize any outcomes. What I can tell you is that there will be some kind of unexpected breakthrough of insight, which will probably require you to assert your self/skills/creativity in front of others, drawing upon things that you have already experienced through your Journey. This energy will likely draw upon and give rise to an aspect of your femininity that has been suppressed, or left unheard for far too long.
For us Goddessians, this a time for Kali-Ma to dance her side of the Tandava on the World’s Stage.
For instance: I just received an invitation to speak from a company here in Malaysia. Wholly unexpected (Uranus), requires public performance (Leo) and chimes perfectly with my desire to ‘move forward’, in a position of inspiring/teaching others (Sagittarius). Unsurprisingly, these are my 10th, 5th, and 6th houses.
That’s a lovely example of how it can manifest, but there are other possibilities as well. Stay positive – just let your Spirit guide you where it needs to go. Allow yourself to remain open to insight, breakthroughs and inspiration (from out of the blue) and allow the Alchemy of Fire to Transform you.
I wouldn’t take this Grand Fire Trine lightly as
(1) it preludes powerful energies that we will experience during the Aquarius Full Moon, and of a longer-term Grand Fire Trine later in 2014 (
(2) the Lilith/Sun/Mercury stellium is the tip or apex of a powerful yod involving Pluto Retrograde and Chiron Retrograde. The Grand trine and Yod only intensify their square to Saturn in Scorpio.
(3) As wonderful and transformative as Fire energy can be, it can literally fan the flames of conflict if used without integrity. Watch your words now, and even if you have to disagree with someone, do so with integrity and compassion without putting them down. Your/Their Words may have more impact than you/they realize at this time. A tall order if someone is behaving unfairly with you, but, it’s exactly what we – as spiritual seekers – need to do, especially in times like these.
6th August 2014,
1:40 pm, Selangor,
Image of Flame: “Fire” by Awesomoman – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons –http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fire.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Fire.JPG
I’ve had a strange day today. I felt this sudden weakness and lethargy come over me. No amount of nutrition or self care could really explain this swift drop in energy levels. It’s been one of those days where you just have to lie down from time to time. I checked with a fellow priestess I trust and realized it was something that wasn’t limited to my life (a relief in some ways).
Eventually (in addition to all else that’s going on energetically in the world right now), I realized that this is a part of the buildup to this year’s most intense Supermoon: The Aquarius Full Moon on the 11th of August 2014, 2:08 am (GMT +8 :00).
I will of course, be posting a separate piece on the Full Moon closer to the date – but consider this a teaser. Whatever you shall be manifesting shall be directly linked to events or intentions set during the Aquarius New Moon.
Looking through my astrology archives on The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light (GSS). I realized that the New Moon occurred on January 31st, 2014. This coincided with the start of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Calendar and was a ‘Black Moon Rising’, i.e the second New Moon in a calendar month.
The image attached is a floral arrangement made as part of Chinese New Year Celebrations, taken on 31.1.2014 – the start of the Year of the Horse itself.
There were also three powerful yods that were active during the New Moon – and the seeds of the karmic consequences of actions performed and intentions set then, will be ready for reaping now. For reference, this was close to the time of Imbolc (February 1st) in the Northern Hemisphere – as the Goddess heals from the birthing of the Sun God once more; also associated with the energies of Lady Brighid.
Look back to that time and see whatever it is that you decided to do, intended to achieve or felt at that time and see how it has ‘ripened’, ‘matured’ or ‘culminated’ at this time of Harvest (echoing the theme of Lammas in the Northern Hemisphere celebrated on August 1st).
This is a very happy confirmation for me because – as most of you would have seen – I’ve been celebrating the 5000 mark today on my page (GSS), exactly 11 months after I founded it.
As I set up my celebration thread I had this feeling that I would find some reference to its growth but didn’t know how (earlier today). I looked through my archives and saw that we celebrated our 4000 mark exactly at the time of the Aquarius New Moon. It’s nice to know that we’ve grown, 1000-strong in half a yearly cycle. I invite you all to join this growing, conscious spiritual community if so interested.
Blessings to all – I shall post more information on the coming Full Moon soon. Lilith will be playing a MAJOR role in this one
Image: Chinese New Year Floral Arrangement, 31.1.2014, Bairavee Balasubramaniam. All rights reserved.
The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light, or GSS, is the first Facebook Page I founded on the 5th of September 2013 (during the Virgo New Moon). It was this page that became my first public platform through which I could reach out, communicate with, share, explore and embody my growing spiritual consciousness. Today, on August 5th 2014, GSS has reached over 5000 souls and counting, in what is undoubtedly a Conscious, Growing Community of Love. I invite you to join this community if you so wish by going to: https://www.facebook.com/GSS.Pathway.Of.Light or @thegsspathway
I am reprinting here, the first article which I posted on GSS – much of the information resonates strongly with me still, even more so than it did before. My thanks goes to all members of this community, past, present, and future.
Blessings to All.
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Founder-Admin of The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light
[Founding Article Reprinted Below: Original Imagery shown]
In ancient times, the world’s civilizations worshiped the Great Mother, honored the elemental and natural metaphysics of existence, living in peace with Nature. Women lived and served as priestesses in hallowed temples, celebrating their sacred connection with the Divine through their bodies, and often, their liberated sexuality. And everywhere the Mother was to be found, so too was the Serpent, and the Sea.
Many of these civilizations we have forgotten entirely, remaining in our collective memories through ‘flood myths’, folklore and a vague sense of recognition. The temples of Atlantis, Lemuria and Mu still call out to those who are willing to listen.
With the rise of the written word and the enforcement of patriarchal social norms, humanity lost its sacred connection with the Divine, with Nature, with its priestesses. And the world changed.
In an age where women are still abused and seen as unequal, despite monumental breakthroughs in science, technology, education and articulations of political equality – women are still are kept out of sacred spaces, their intuitive wisdom ridiculed and ignored, their sacred blood seen as wretched. There is no more cause to wait: It is time to Arise, Awaken and Be.
With Love, with Memory, with Connection, let us find our strength once again and re-build this broken connection, let us celebrate the sacred union of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine to find ourselves whole once more.
Let us bring our priestesses back into the temples, back into the heart of spiritual life, alongside priests. Let us honor Nature and her fierce, wise and loyal Serpent and allow these energies to light the way for our future. Let us bridge the diverse religious and spiritual traditions of the world through the Gateway of Love in the Heart, the Gateway of Home in the Earth and the Ocean and the Gateway to the Cosmos in the Crown.
Let us commune with the consciousness of forgotten civilizations submerged by time and the oceans, supported by intelligence and compassion whose origins we are yet to comprehend. Advanced in their spiritual knowledge, they call out to us to bring back this path once again: Of Goddess, Serpent and Sea.
Arise, Awaken and Be
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Founder-Admin of The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light
Images and Post by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD. All rights reserved.
Blessings to all,
A few quick notes on the astrology / planetary influences of 4.8.14.
Venus remains in a Grand Trine with Saturn and Chiron Retrograde, indicating that the Spirit-Form manifestation (birthing) process is still underway. So many of us have felt the immediate experience of ‘shifting’, but our realities and perceptions of them will take a little while to keep up Some have already seen instant manifestation. The Venus Pluto opposition has ended, meaning the most crises oriented, sometimes painful, part of the birthing has ended. Know that Juno will come along in September and kick the process up again, but in very different ways. After that, we see little activity of the kind for some time, barring the Moon’s transits in Cancer.
The Moon has just lit up the Mars Ceres Vesta stellium in Libra, activating its square to Jupiter and Mercury. I speak about that in more depth here: https://bairaveebalasubramaniam.com/2014/08/03/moon-conjuncts-mars-squares-mercury-and-jupiter-trines-neptune-rx-perfecting-the-art-of-grace-under-pressure/
We are also likely to feel an intense sense of being pressured or constrained, particularly in the expression of our emotions when the Moon conjuncts Saturn towards the end of the day. This can become an opportunity to learn how to put appropriate limits or boundaries on the way you share your intimate resources (energy, time, sexuality) with others.
Now.. for the big aspect I’ve been wanting to tell you about!
Sun-Mercury-Jupiter are in a stellium (conjunction at orb 7 degrees) together in Leo, forming a Yod with Pluto Retrograde and Neptune Retrograde. I’ve not talked about this yet, so I’ll spend a little time on it here.
The Sun represents our Light of Awareness, the point or sphere of life in which our vital energies and waking consciousness is drawn towards. Whenever the Sun is someplace, it is as though a flashlight has been turned on and a magnifying glass held up to one aspect of your self – passages highlighted in a familiar book.
Pluto Retrograde is the agent of manifesting soul-shaking, shadow-healing crises that lead to phenomenal spiritual transformations. It can be perceived as a truly painful aspect, but its lessons are ones which (like Saturn) teach us in ways that transform us (for the better). Coming out of a Pluto transit might feel like you’ve just survived a boxing match with Ali or Tyson, but you leave holding a precious box, lined with the greatest jewel of all – Your Authentic Being. In Retrograde, these crises are likely to erupt in the psyche on the basis of personal perceptions about others and their actions, instead of anyone literally trying to you in any way.
Neptune, when direct, is that kind of hazy, ethereal mist that lightly twinkles upon the world, weaving its seductive spell over us all as we become entranced in illusion. This can make for a wonderful romantic or spiritual experience of love, but can equally spell the ingredients for being deceived. It is the dual edge of the sword of Illusion – beautiful, but deadly if you live in it for too long. In Retrograde motion, Neptune’s energy often uses its own sword to ‘cut through the crap’ and help you see the inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies of wishful or magical thinking and spiritual fluffiness. It can help you see where you are willfully deluding yourself, and in so doing, holding yourself back from becoming all that you can be.
I refer you to the link above for a summary of Mercury and Jupiter, and the energies of Leo.
When you take these energies together in a Yod configuration, what you essentially get is Pluto Rx in Capricorn sextiling Neptune Rx in Pisces, both inconjunct the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in Leo. This is an extremely powerful combination. The inward crisis of Pluto is trying to get you to change superego/ societal perceptions of ‘success’, ‘career’, ‘achievement’ or ‘legacy’ – this blends harmoniously with Neptune Retrograde telling you to get real about your spiritual choices and perspectives. The two make a powerful combination in themselves. When both are inconjunct to the Leo stellium, what you see is a situation which creates a (perceived sense of) crisis emanating in your Capricorn and Pisces houses, that then call upon or greatly impact the way you manifest the Sun (conscious focus), Mercury (intellect, analysis, travelling between realms) and Jupiter (philosophical position, authority, teacher-student relationship, blessings) in Leo. The outcome of this Yod will be in the sign of Leo, linked to the 5th house of creativity, love, children, innocence and the Purity of the Inner Child construct.
Strictly speaking, this is not a ‘perfect’ Yod, but intuitively I sense it still has the full effect of one. This Yod lasts until August 5-6th. By that point the Sun and Mercury will be closer to Lilith – and you will then have to face their inconjunct to Chiron Retrograde. I will write more on that later.