THE MANY FACES OF LOVE by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

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Earlier today, I was wondering about The Face of Love – does it, like we humans, wear a mask? does it have no form? Is it… essentially amorphous, like constantly-shifting fumes of smoke wafting through the air?

If we do not know its form, or face, or facade, how do we then recognize it when we see it? (The understanding of Love-as-a-vibration-that-permeates-All is something I will explore in another post)

Now the ‘Love’ that so many of us associate with the Spiritual often takes the form of babies giggling, joyful eyes, smiles and tender hugs.

Sometimes it’s a deep seated state of contentment, or peace accompanied by a powerful sense of knowing – almost a neutral, peaceful expression.

Sometimes its the fierce kind of joy that loved ones express in a tight hug when reunited after a long time.

Already, in this little list, we see so many different ‘faces’ or forms of joy in human expression and emotion.

Sometimes we recognize love in an act of kindness, of sitting down with the homeless, of helping to save kittens from a flood, or offering food and good company to the destitute. In these cases, the action, rather then expression (possibly both) becomes our way of viewing What-Is-Love.

And now we get to the tricky bit – What does Love Look Like when preserving or defending that quality and ability to give Love in yourself or in another person?

Emotions such as fear, anger, shame, resentment, or the perception of being threatened subconsciously block the flow of Love in ourselves. Our egoes (and rightly so) move into ‘flight or fight mode’.

Embracing a person seeking to attack or violate you (or as suggested to Indian women, to ‘call him Bhaiyya/Brother!’) isn’t going to do a single thing.

In moments like these we attack, or simply defend enough to get away. And hopefully, we prevent others from being attacked by lodging a police report or complaint.

Now that doesn’t look like cuddles, hugs, or acts of kindness, does it?

So sometimes Love is Fierce. And, to the outsider, it can look like Anger, Wrath or Rage.

The difference is truly in the internal perception of what is going on with you at that time. I recall one incident that really brought the point home for me:

My housemates and I (two women younger than myself) went to this birthday party at a house. We didn’t really drink, but the crowd got progressively wilder and wilder, and more and more people getting drunk to the point where it actually got quite scary. People were flinging and swinging the birthday man up and down with reckless abandon (in retrospect I wondered why he didn’t break anything/himself) and some guy had the bright idea to cover himself with chocolate cake and rub himself over the equally drunk female guests.

By this point we were just looking for the right opportunity to leave, and I was already on edge, scanning the room to see potential threats coming. (I was studying Wing Chun, a Chinese martial arts form invented by a woman at the time). I wanted to get out of there, but hated the idea of leaving my housemates with that lot.

The chocolate-rubber-guy came over and tried to rub himself over my friends. He took one look at me and just slid back… silently… looking as though something had frightened him.

I had no knowledge anything was going on except that I was very very focused.

Later on, my housemates told me that my eyes were focused upon him and my hands went up in mon sau wu sau position (the fighting stance that I was trained to adopt in my classes). There was no Anger, no Fear, nothing – I had no knowledge of what I did, how I did it.

I just did what I had to do.

So, apparently, My Face of Love in that scenario … to that guy at least …

Looked Absolutely Terrifying.

Cue Kali-Ma and the iconography of Dark Goddesses – The Terrifying Mother in Her Act of Love. Subject for another post, another time  ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Blessings to all,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Image:

Woman protecting a unicorn from a hunter – Flore de virtu e de costumi (Flowers of Virtue and of Custom) (mid 15th C), f. 36v detail – BL Harley MS 3448.jpg , unknown [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Lessons of the Asteroid Goddesses (and the Challenge of Mars Trine Neptune Retrograde) by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

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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,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com
7th August 2014

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

THE LESSONS OF THE ASTEROID GODDESSES AS MARS TRINES NEPTUNE RETROGRADE – Astrology Self-Study Article # 2 by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Karmas Fork in the Road How do you Become Whole

Blessings to all,

All Asteroid Goddesses are connected in two powerful alignments in the sky right now: Juno, Ceres, Vesta, Pallas Athena – linked together by the Mother-Archetype of the Moon. They make a Wedge and T-Square aspect (described below). These Goddesses collectively teach us the value of self-nurture as we seek wholeness through the Divine Feminine in the Self and the Outside World. These lessons comes just as Mars (Masculine, Yang energy) is about to trine Neptune Retrograde (vision, inspiration, spirituality).

As this is an Astrology-Self Study article, I go into these aspects to some depth. Here is a shorter piece with the gist of what’s happening ❤ ~ http://wp.me/p4OUNS-3D

In this article I also introduce my understanding and experience of Juno, the Goddess Asteroid traditionally associated with Marriage and the Soul Mate. Juno will be working her magic all throughout August and till late September 2014

ASPECTS

We’re having an intense Wedge and T-Square in the skies – Peak Phase: 6:59 pm till 11:28 pm (GMT + 8), 7th August 2014

Both aspects share the same opposition (Moon-Juno).

The Wedge (opportunity to bring harmony to a situation) involves
Moon sextile Ceres
Ceres trine Juno
Moon opposed Juno

The T-Square (crisis that can precipitate creative breakthrough) involves
Moon square Pallas
Pallas square Juno
Moon opposed Juno

To summarize, what we’re going to see is two different energies – the Moon in Sagittarius and Juno in Gemini seeking to find a common meeting ground, or place for coexistence.

The Moon in Sagittarius seeks freedom through adventure, and has the ability to connect emotional, sub-conscious and intuitive energies through the exploration of Self-through-the-World. It can also symbolize escapism from the true work of exploring the Self by becoming overly hedonistic, seeking experiences solely for the pursuit of pleasure, and not deeper growth.

Juno – is a complex character to analyze – Whilst astrology calls her the Goddess Asteroid of Marriage and The Soulmate – I see her as a lot more than that. I shall be doing a post on her separately. I see her as representing the very essence of That Cosmic Other Half – The Divine Feminine in balance with the Masculine. Call her Asherah, Shakthi, Sophia – whatever your tradition guides you to do. But She essentially calls us to find and reconnect ourselves with that Primordial Feminine Energy that permeates all of Creation. Neither stronger, nor weaker, than the Masculine – without Her (or rather, the principle she Represents), spiritual experience is essentially incomplete. I would re-frame her as the principle of Feminine energy seeking completion, which is a more nuanced exposition on the way she is commonly understood – Intuitively, it feels more accurate to analyze and interpret her in this way. She is far too complex a goddess to pin down in a single category of ‘marriage and the soulmate’.

In the sign of Cancer, she calls to us – in our physical, environmental and metaphysical-primordial relationships to the Womb. She asks us to reach out and find, in ourselves, or in others (whichever appropriate), the ‘missing half’. Where is the Divine Feminine principle within yourself, and in the people you share your ‘truest nature’ with?

The Moon in Sagittarius can give us the courage to go forth (externally) to seek-in-the-World those connections and energies – with the understanding that all is but a Reflection of the Self. Alternatively, it can facilitate an escapist adventure that takes us away from our truest Selves in search of Union. That the Union we seek must first be found in ourselves, than in other people is an oft-forgotten idea – thanks to the plethora of cultural productions in the media that romanticize codependency and the idea that we cannot be whole in ourselves. (For instance: I love Disney, but man, did it take a while to de-program from that idea that a woman cannot be whole/happy without a man to protect her and rescue her!)

So we are called to Seek out the Union we desire. How and where and with whom we do is our choice entirely. This is where Ceres (The Nurturer) and Pallas Athena (The Strategist-Healer-Warrior) enter the picture. Ceres creates a beautiful flow of nurturing energy from its position in Scorpio (having just entered Scorpio). She beckons us to find our answers in ways that nurture and honor the deepest parts of our Spirit, our sexual/intimate selves and the parts of us which have been hidden under the label of ‘taboo’, ‘shame’ or the proverbial ‘blind spot’. She asks us to look past superficialities and into the deeper Mystery of the Sacred Self, often Veiled in Shadow.

— Remember that Vesta is close by (2 degrees from Ceres) encouraging us to nurture, honor and tend to our inner flames, burning in the Sacred Temple of the Body — Her influence (The Priestess, The Guardian of the Sacred Flame) is also felt in this alignment.

I am thankful for the T-Square, as an abundance of Trine and sextile energy in combination can create powerful flows of energies towards things in ways which may seem ‘fated’, but in actuality, are not. Not all that we are drawn to at this time will be right for us – and having that pressure to choose, that reminder of the need for discernment in our spiritual choices and the experiences that result from them is a blessing.

At this time, Pallas Athena in Virgo calls us to stand up for ourselves, assert our space, our worth and and integrity in the space/ground we stand on. She challenges us to find strategic ways to heal ourselves and discover greater self-sufficiency. Whilst Virgo is associated with the notion of service, we often forget that self-care, and self-nurture is equally — a gift that we can give to the Universe. For the love and wholeness we can create in ourselves, first of all, radiates into the Universe and (to paraphrase Marianne Wiliamson) subconsciously gives others the permission to do the same.

In search of our ‘missing half’, within or without, we may get carried away by the flowing energy of the Trine. Pallas reminds us with its sharp square to Juno and the Moon that we need to put our pursuit of spiritual growth and wholeness as a priority. Seeking wholeness in other pursuits or with others can be as important (ideally), but it is important not to neglect the qualities of self-assertion and self-care. This is further validated by the semi-sextile between Pallas Athena and Ceres – this creates an opportunity to harmonize both energies, whilst remaining cognizant of the fact that both work differently. Pallas charges forth in Virgo (Earth) whilst Ceres nurtures in Scorpio (Deep Water)

And what a time for the asteroid Goddesses to be collectively teaching us such a powerful lesson in finding Balanced Love – for – at 8:20 pm later today (GMT + 8) Mars trines Neptune Retrograde. Masculine energy (Yang, Shiva, God Energy) flows beautifully with the planet of Transcendentalism, Ego-Dissolution and Universal Merger. In Retrograde, the illusory aspects that can accompany Neptune are reversed – We see what lies beyond the Veil, as the Bubble of Illusion bursts. This can manifest as a man, or someone manifesting powerful masculine energy coming suddenly into your life to facilitate powerful spiritual realization — through disillusionment (if you’re holding onto ideas not in alignment with Spirit), or, deep, internal awakening of a gentler fashion.

There will be the strong desire to romanticize or idealize this Masculine energy as it comes to you, but view it through balanced eyes as best you can. Know what it teaches you, and what it does not. Know what it represents, and what it can not.

This is how I interpret the metaphysical aspect of this Trine.

In the material sense – and I thank Maria DeSimone’s article for reminding me of this lovely aspect of the Mars-Neptune trine (paraphrased) – That you may have a powerful, assertive drive to manifest spiritual principles, visions or inspirational ideas at this time.

I would add: Harness this energy well, but remember the lessons of the Goddesses as you do. For there must be Balance.

A final note – the Moon will be septiled to Mars (1/7th of a circle, the 7 vibrational frequency) as its trine with Neptune occurs. What you choose at this time – the ways you choose to connect with your Divine Selves will mark the beginning of a new cycle, and the end of an old one. It is a powerful, karmic indicator of the magnitude of this event. To borrow the a phrase from Robert Wilkinson, the septile represents the ‘Karmic Fork in the Road’.

So ultimately – which Path do you choose to find Spiritual Wholeness at this time?

Blessings to All,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

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Kali-Ma Dances her Tandava on the World’s Stage: The Rise of the Dark Goddess by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Kali Tandava

 
Blessings to all,Today, we’re collectively experiencing a Grand Fire Trine linking together Uranus Rx, Sun, Mercury, Lilith and the Moon in a potent configuration. I have written on the astrology of this here for those interested: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-3d
 
 
Lilith will also feature prominently during the Aquarius Full Moon, a few days from now. Those performing rituals to Her, or for the rise of the Feminine in general, may want to time their spiritual activities to align with the Full Moon.
 
 
This configuration energizes, charges and launches the energy of Lilith (the Suppressed/Dark Feminine) onto the World’s Stage, allowing her to emerge as a Leader, Teacher and Being in her Own Right.
 
 
The energy of Lilith in astrology corresponds to other ‘Dark Goddesses’ such as Kali-Ma, Goddess Lilith, Goddess Ereshkigal, Goddess Pele, Goddess Vajrayogini, Goddess Mariamman, Goddess Pechaiamman, Goddess Ishtar/Innana, The Morrigan, The Cailleach, Goddess Dhumavati, Goddess Hekate and other aspects of the Dark Crone / Protectoress / Mother / Destroyer (of Negativity). There are many others, including Goddesses for whom Darkness is but one aspect of their Being. I would include Lady Brighid and Lady Isis to that list.
 
 
To be a ‘Dark’ Goddess has nothing to do with being ‘Evil’. It simply means that this aspect of Divinity operates in the Blackness of the Earth, That Womb, or Eternal Night. It is She who watches over your Shadow as it moves between realms, or through different stages of birth-death-rebirth. It is She who burns so you can be Reborn; She who Destroys so Creation can continue.
 
 
To be a ‘Suppressed’ Goddess (and the two are often conflated) is to have your worship outlawed, banned, criminalized or demonized – made out to be something that it is not. It is a distortion of the protective and nurturing qualities associated with the Ancient Mother.
 
 
To be a ‘Goddess’, you only need look in the mirror and Re-member.
 
 
For there is Divinity in All.
 
 
As Lilith conjuncts the Sun (illumination, awareness), Mercury (communication, perception) and trines Uranus (revelation, insight) and the Moon (the nurturing Goddess, the Womb of the Earth) – She Awakens, Arises, and Becomes.
 
 

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.

 

Links:

 

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.

 

This page,  The Dark Mother’s Children will be celebrating its 6 month mark (in terms of moon cycles during the Aquarius Full Moon). I am its admin, as is my brother Ashoka Mohannan

 

A Virtual Shrine to Honor The Dark Mother: http://nshrine.com/shrine/Dark_Mother

 

Blessings and Love to All Beings,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
A Daughter of Kali
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

 

 

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

— with Ashoka Mohannan and Tara Fire-Tiger.

GRAND FIRE TRINE IN THE SKY! Astrology Self-Study Series Article # 1 by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

 

Grand Fire Trine

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.

Much Love and Blessings to All,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

6th August 2014,
1:40 pm, Selangor,
Malaysia.

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

THE CYCLE (RE)TURNS – AUGUST/AQUARIUS FULL MOON HEADS UP by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

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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

Much Love,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Image: Chinese New Year Floral Arrangement, 31.1.2014, Bairavee Balasubramaniam. All rights reserved.

ARISE, AWAKEN AND BE! By Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

[Reprint from 5th September 2013]

Original Image

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
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Image and Post by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD. All rights reserved.

The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

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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
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com; https://www.facebook.com/GSS.Pathway.Of.Light

[Founding Article Reprinted Below: Original Imagery shown]

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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
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Images and Post by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Planetary influences 4. 8. 14 by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Planetary Influences 4 8 14

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.

Blessings to all,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com