THE PHOENIX RISES; MAGIC IS AT WORK … – Saturn/Vesta septiles Pluto Retrograde, biquintiles Uranus Retrograde along with an Inconjunct-formed 5-pointed Star (and other stuff)

Magic is at work

The energy of the dying-resurrecting energies of the Sacral-Sacred Feminine (i.e. the Phoenix cycle) is currently underway in the skies (see alsohttp://wp.me/p4OUNS-7L)

This energy septiles Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn and biquintiles Uranus Retrograde in Aries. A septile is 1/7th of a circle, i.e. 51 ’26 degrees. When you see a septile aspect, what you’re looking at is a very mystical, transcendental relationship between two astral bodies in the chart. There is a lesson that can be learnt through the act of ‘rising above’ something and seeing things from a detached perspective.

In itself, Pluto represents crisis, transformation and the death-rebirth energy in and of itself. In the sign of Capricorn (which the Sun enters during the Winter Solstice – in the Northern hemisphere), Capricorn esoterically represents the Tomb (Alan Oken). This is the place where the Soul goes to rest, having ‘died’ (it need not be literal), before it awakens once more into the Light of Day.

The idea of ‘resurrection in the tomb’ is also very much linked with the energy of Scorpio – and the deep journey into the Shadow Self/Underworld you take before you emerge out under the open sky once more.

With the septile connecting Pluto Retrograde (the Rx element only intensifies this energy, making it profoundly felt at an internal level) in the Tomb of Capricorn and the energies of Saturn-Vesta (Sacral Wounding, Death and Rebirth) – we get a profound energetic impulse.

It will manifest differently for all, but manifest it will. Some may be feeling the need for rest, others may be ‘out of the tomb’ so to speak – and roaring to go.

This energy feeds both into the Grand Cardinal Cross (with Juno and Pallas) and the remnants of the Grand Sextile. To see how this aspect manifests in your lives, look at which houses Saturn/Vesta at 19 Scorpio and Pluto at 11 Rx are located in your natal chart.

For instance, if Saturn/Vesta is in the 5th, and Pluto in the 7th house, you might find this theme of death-life-rebirth and transcendence activated in matters of romance/children/creativity (5th house) and partnership, balance, your shadow side (7th houses).

The other aspect I mentioned is Saturn/Vesta’s Biquintile in Scorpio to Uranus Retrograde in Aries

The Biquintile is a 144 degree aspect which represents the coming together of two forces to create something new. There is a gift, or talent which comes to light and fruition as two people, entities, or energies interact with one another (Robert Wilkinson). To find out which, again, look to your house placements. For example: If you have Aries in the 10th house and Scorpio in the 5th house, then it’s quite likely you’re looking at the Inner Awakening (Uranus Rx) of the Self (Aries) with respect to its position in Society (10th house). This energy is interacting with a powerful impulse of Resurrecting the Sacral/Sacred Feminine (Saturn/Vesta) in its most Intimate (Scorpio) sense, particularly in matters related to romance/creativity/children (5th house).

Together, the flow of energy created by the Uranus – Saturn/Vesta Biseptile and the Saturn/Vesta – Pluto septile (with Uranus and Pluto connected by a square) creates a powerful flow of inspiration and the potential for deep transformation, resurrection and transcendence. Expect solutions to the impossible to be achieved, if you are willing to allow this flow of inspiration to move through you.

On top of all of this — we’ve got a 5 pointed star formed through the intersections of Inconjunct aspects. This isn’t the perfect star formed as part of a Grand Quintile, but I’ve seen it in enough charts to know that one cannot afford to overlook the alchemy and magic that this Inconjunct-formed-Star can bring to a chart. It’s one of those alignments where … you can only expect the unexpected.

One last note: We also have the Sun septile Ceres today. The energy of inspiration ‘from Source’ allows us to find ways to honor the nurturer within. We may find ways to heal the deepest parts of ourselves as we do so for others at the same time. Ceres is part of a powerful Yod (Finger of Fate) involving Pluto and apexing at the Moon in Gemini.

In short my friends, the energies of the Phoenix are powerfully at work – She is Resurrecting the Feminine in the most intimate, powerful and liberating way possible. Trust the Universe, Trust the Source and you will find what you seek, in the most unexpected ways

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Image information: Phoenix, Canley Ford – geograph.org.uk – 246395.jpg – Mike Downey [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

HONORING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SACRED, THE SACRAL AND THE FEMININE: SATURN CONJUNCTS VESTA AS MARS LEAVES SCORPIO

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Blessings all. When I say the Sacred Feminine, I’m not just talking about women. I’m talking about an integral part of Divinity that moves through all of Creation. Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine energies, in the human body at least, most visibly play out their Cosmic Dance in the Sacral Chakra. Men and women tend to experience the interplay of those energies differently, owing to their different sexual characteristics. (But it’s not a hard and fast rule).

At the moment, following swiftly upon the heels of the Grand Sextile – we have an immediate energetic challenge posed in the heavens. (This is probably why I decided to continue ‘holding space’).

Mars is at 29 degrees Scorpio. The (stereotypically) masculine, assertive drive (Mars) seeks to penetrate intimate depths (of emotions, of sexuality and of power plays behind-the-scenes or through indirect means). This can be an amazing and wonderful thing if such penetration occurs with permission, often through the sexual act – though a powerful energetic connection can facilitate the same.

The problem arises when permission is neither asked nor given. Energy violation, or the sense of ‘energy rape’ can then occur. This then becomes an abuse of the power of the Sacred Masculine, over the energetic integrity of the Sacred Feminine. (Again, people can play these roles irrespective of what sex they were born as – I’m using a strong gendered binary here, but look past the constructs and see the energy of my words).

Power plays for domination, often through the violation of sexual or other intimate boundaries and the use of spiritual or magickal practices for less-than-honorable intentions are highlighted as these are ways that the energy of Scorpio can be abused.

This particular energy signature is highlighted now because of the conjunction of Saturn with Vesta at 19 Scorpio at 10:37 am (GMT + 8, 14-9-14), about 5 hours after Mars leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius. However, we’re already feeling the intensity of this conjunction now and its energetic implications are already being ‘picked up’ by sensitives all around the world.

Saturn represents the Karmic Trial, or Ancient Pattern that arises, often causes some kind of Restriction or Pain – in its quest to teach you about a certain Limitation, Boundary or need for Ordering/Discipline/Structure. Vesta represents the energy of the Spiritual Facilitator (Priest and Priestess) who tends to the Literal and Metaphorical Sacred Flame: Temple of the Body, Kundalini Energy, and perhaps a literal flame at a constructed Temple. This energy is strongly linked to the Sacral Chakra and, in particular, the preservation of the integrity and continual embodiment of the Sacred Feminine. The use of flame as the vehicle for sacrifice (of ego, not others) and surrender (to Spirit, not other people) is highlighted. Flame can protect and destroy – and the Priest/ess understands both.

At this time, Karmic Fates await in the Balance, determined only by our Choices. Spiritualists, in particular, are challenged now to use the power of Mars in Scorpio to honor and protect Sacred Boundaries (particularly of the Womb, and the Sacred Feminine – in men and women). Scorpio, for all its notoriety, is the point in the zodiac where the Phoenix plunges into the Darkness to Die, and Ultimately to be Reborn. It is the place in which the Shadow is truly understood and its Gifts revealed. Those who decide to manifest the other side of Scorpio (discussed above) will set their own karmic chain of events into motion through their actions.

At the everyday level, the challenge is to honor the sacred boundaries of another, and not seek dominion over them in some form. It is to shy away form the idea that you are somehow entitled to, or have ownership or claim over another person’s energy, body, intimate moments, in any form – for you simply do not.

Whilst we are all one, at the Level of Unity Consciousness, we are clearly separate beings at the level of Form. The two may seem as though they are a paradox, but they coexist quite beautifully. For as we honor our sacred boundaries, we do so in a way that only affirms the Unity and Interconnectedness that we all Share. The desire to ‘own’, ‘conquer’ or ‘intimidate’ another to do your will, or that you may have what they have is indicative of a more divisive approach to Spirit.

For as we all come from the Same Source, we need not compete or seek to rob one another.

Many will be sensing this challenge to the Feminine as a familiar one. The presence of Saturn indicates these tests to be of a karmic nature, most likely one following from lessons in need of completion from previous times. The idea of a penetrative Masculine energy overriding the preferences of the Feminine is certainly not a new idea, in the slightest.

Take care of yourselves, honor your boundaries and those of others. Call upon the Nurturing Detachment of the Crone-Earth-Goddess/Dark Mother Energy to help you set those boundaries, if you have difficulties articulating it – this too is due to the influence of Scorpio – but in its more life-affirming forms. Crone/Earth goddesses include Dhumavati-Ma, The Cailleach, Goddess Hekate and so on – each guard the boundaries of different spaces in their own ways. Similar to the way a Mother might protect her Child, or a Grandmother protecting her grandchild.

This energy is likely to last a day at this current level of intensity.


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

A Guide to the Grand Sextile, 13 September 2014

A Guide to the Grand Sextile

The Grand Sextile, is a Star of David/Shadkona Yantra/Hexagram shaped configuration in the sky surrounded by a hexagon. It is a portal of Manifestation, a Divine Seal of Facilitation. This configuration is ‘completed’ through the motion of the Moon in the sign of Taurus.

Window of Time (19 HOURS, 27 MINUTES):
4:39 am, September 13 2014 – 12:06 am September 14 2014 (GMT + 8)
6:39 am, September 13 2014 – 2:06 am September 14 2014 (Sydney, GMT+ 10)
2:09 am, September 13 2014 – 9:36 pm September 13 2014 (India, GMT + 5:30)
4:39 pm, September 12 2014 – 12:06 pm September 13 2014 (New York, EDT)
1:39 pm September 12 2014 – 9:06 am September 13 2014 (California, PDT)
9:39 pm, September 12 2014 – 3:06 pm September 13 2014 (London, GMT + 1)

[[ The Grand Sextile Portal is now Open ]]

 

Enjoy 🙂 (And check out the FB event for further information: Calling The Tribes on FB – I’ll see you there —   https://www.facebook.com/events/1465668297037231/?fref=ts )

For those of you who prefer learning through an oral rather than verbal component (or who simply want to re-inforce what is written here) you can also look at my video explaining the Grand Sextile and the challenges and gifts it brings us.

 

 

Here are the components of the Grand Sextile, a planet/body in all Earth/Water elements:

Moon in Taurus – emotional security, subconscious relationship with the flow of abundance (be it wealth or inner resources like self-worth)

Chiron Retrograde in Pisces – the sense of wounding or vulnerability with respect to one’s Path and/or connection with Spirit – healing and wounding tends to take place at a very deeper internal level and involve past life wounds and karmic ties rising to the surface for resolution

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn – transformative crises (mostly internally generated) to find a new articulation of our relationship with power, status, career, prestige, the legacy we leave behind

Saturn conjunct Vesta in Scorpio – Saturn deals with karmic, the virtues of limitation and structuring of energy – Vesta deals with a path of Spiritual Facilitation, healing, the histories and memories of those who tended the sacred flame, be it within the self, or in ancient temples – in Scorpio , these energies unearth powerful memories of tasks or lessons from the past and ask us engage with our shadow beliefs and attitudes towards these aspects of life. They challenge you to find the gift in the Shadow, essentially.

Sun in Virgo – the focus of one’s essence/vital energies is on the Path of Service, ways to maintain, preserve, and nurture the integrity of the Self and Others in Balanced Harmony. The role of Priest/ess in Spiritual Facilitation and Honoring the Earth-Mother is also highlighted.

Juno in Cancer – The energy of the Divine Feminine moves through us as it seeks to elevate and transform our engagement with Spirit. She pushes us to the boundaries of our understanding of Home/Family/Motherhood/Goddess Love and helps us chart new waters in our engagement with her. Not to be underestimated.

So these are the main players in this alignment – their energies and lessons and challenges come together as one for 19.5 hours – the duration the sextile remains open. Astrologers will note that the Grand Sextile is formed if an 11 degree orb isuse for the Sun-Pluto Trine. Venus trines the Sun weakly, and She’s also 11 degrees away from the Sun as well. Still within the range of influence.

Three other factors intensity the experience of this Grand Sextile:

(1) The Final Grand Cross of 2014 – involving Juno, Pallas Athena (now conjunct Mercury), Pluto Retrograde and Uranus Retrograde. For more information seehttp://wp.me/p4OUNS-5q – this Cross challenges the Rising of the Feminine as She takes her Place on the World’s Stage and the Path of the Priestess, Witch, Goddessian is legitimated once more.

(2) A Triple Yod Configuration – 3 Fingers of Fate interconnect creating Karmic Decision Points which can radically alter the rate, progress and path that you take in your spiritual evolution

– Yod 1: Moon-Mercury/Pallas-Chiron Retrograde
– Yod 2: Chiron Retrograde-Jupiter-Pluto Retrograde
– Yod 3: Jupiter – Chiron Retrograde – Mercury/Pallas

Mercury/Pallas bring an intense analytical/mental/intellectual focus to any issue in your environment which is out energetic balance, particularly focused on your partnerships (due to its placement in Libra) – it even be the partnership within yourself with Spirit. For more information, see http://wp.me/p4OUNS-75

Jupiter in Leo deals with your guidance, sense of adventure, willingness to explore through experience, and a general sense of amplification/blessings on your path. Leo relates to romance, children, creativity, self-expression, the Inner Child Construct and the challenge of remaining authentic through vulnerability.

With the Yods as interconnected as they are … expect powerful shifts through all of the energies / planets / asteroids mentioned here. They can and will surprise you in powerful ways.

(3) Mars shifts into Sagittarius and remains at 29 degree Scorpio throughout the duration of the Grand Sextile’s portal

The 29th degree is the Anaretic Degree. It’s the time and place where the lump sum, or intensity of the energy from a particular sign concentrates, just before it is transcended.

So look back to all of the lessons of Mars in Scorpio. The balanced use of assertive force or power, the desire to know/own/control kept in check, the penetrative emphasis on self-knowing, often through another.

So with that intense focus of assertive energy, penetrating to the depths of your subconscious, shedding light on your Shadow (sometimes seen in others) …

You’re going to feel the -shake-up-wake-up- at this time. Intensity of focus, powerfully deep emotions rising to the surface.

All in preparation for Mars’ entry into Sagittarius which will take place at 5:40 am, September 14th, 2014. Basically 5 hours after the Grand Sextile portal closes.

To Summarize – the Energy of this Portal of Manifestation Births a New Reality. It Anchors the Energies of the Rising Feminine and the Masculine which must now acknowledge and confront the deep emotions buried in its Shadow. the Masculine (energy of assertion, not limited to gender) will then teach the lessons of its emotive sensitivity as it moves through Sagittarius. Plenty of new information coming in the next phase of Mars’ Journey. The Feminine, on the other hand (again, not limited to gender) learns the lessons of the game of power, presence and challenging the patriarchy.

Pallas Athena and her androgynous energies will help us find ways to balance those energies and interpret them in powerfully new ways. 

There is a dance of Balance that these, and other Energies in the Universe will play together at this time And eventually, we will find that Unity.

So as you anchor your intentions for Manifestation, focus upon your Truest Understanding of Divinity Open your Heart and Work with its energies.

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

A WAKE-UP CALL FROM MY BRAIN: Am I trying to complete a million-piece jigsaw with just two parts of the puzzle?

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I think I’ve finally settled on a word for this part of my Journey:
Inner Formlessnesses, Outer Balance

Whilst I adore Goddess Kali and Lord Shiva, and so many other Beings from other pantheons — The idea of an Ultimate Masculine, or an Ultimate Feminine doesn’t quite appeal anymore.

What if there’s more to Spiritual Essences or flows of Energy than this whole Masculine-Feminine thing?

Just a thought experiment: If we had three or four different sex chromosomes (and not just X or Y) … would we then have Masculine, Feminine, and two other types of energies? And each had biological differences that translated into different functions (historically and statistically speaking), and each of those functions became reified over time….. In that case, we would have 3 or 4, rather than 2 different ‘types of energy’.

In other words, if we had more sexes in our species, would we have more Divine Archetypes?

Based on the way humanity is configured right now – yeah – totally.

Personally, I feel the Divine is a lot larger than the way certain aspects of our sex/reproductive/biological genders are configured. (Of course culture and history have a lot to do with solidifying those differences).

We’ve seen an evolution in the way we relate to the Divine based on the Tribe (1st chakra), then on Sexual Differences (2nd chakra), then on who conquered whom (3rd chakra – power). And historically speaking, that does make a whole lot of sense.

We saw philosophical approaches to the spiritual that stressed Unity Consciousness (7th chakra and above), that stressed the Rational, Scientific Approach to Spirit (6th chakra) in principles of the Vedas, Saiva Siddhantha and many so-called ‘New Age’ Paradigms. We saw intermediate religious forms that replaced the feminine focus with a masculine deity, along with the rhetoric of shame and (in their eyes) justified suppression of the Yoni and her Teaching.

The more philosophical, and later patriarchal approaches, historically evolved in response to earlier understandings and resulted in the rejection of practices and belief systems that centered upon the Mother, the Priestess, The Serpent and the Earth. Sacred women became witches or whores. Serpents became the Devil And the Earth became Hell, a place of torment, and not the Source of life.

(And so many of us are working to reclaim these condemned traditions, bringing them back into the spiritual mainstream – Hooray!)

Another tangent of the more philosophical approach simply renounced all things material … or any concern in the ‘real-world’, adopting a position of – I’ll call it materialistic nihilism. (For those of us who believe we came as Spirit-in-Flesh for a reason, that doesn’t work either)

The rational, universalistic rhetoric of the later, more philosophical approaches were not borne out in practice as seen as the great departure between text and practice. One cannot claim to recognize to see the Divine in All and then deny a woman, a foreigner, a transvestite – anyone who does not fit the status quo equal rights, even in places of worship. They spoke of detachment, mind and non-judgment, but the institutions that carried that knowledge did not abide to those principles.

Now all this time I thought I was playing for the first team. Then I thought finding a middle space for both teams to shake hands was the task (4th – the Heart Bridge). Now, something in my brain is waking up to say – No love, you’re not even supposed to be playing the same game.

What that is, I’m still finding out.

But back to the discussion –

If I could compare the Divine to any part of the human Body, I’d compare it to the Brain and it’s infinite capacity for neural re-wiring and learning. Heck, the architecture of the brain mimicks the architecture of the Universe – not a coincidence I think.

So why remain fixed upon distinctions rooted in secondary sexual characteristics and learned behaviors?

Coming back to the male-female construct (which is the basis of duality) – What if thinking in these terms of constructs pretty much shuts out other types of energetic expressions? Things which we may have greater access to if were less bound by those constructs.

Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t to say that masculine and feminine do not exist – but perhaps they aren’t the whole picture. Perhaps we’re building a picture of Spirit based on two pieces of the jigsaw, when there may be a million other pieces.

Yeah, dualism doesn’t seem to work for me anymore. But the perspective of ‘it’s all one, it’s all interconnected’ is still missing a few explanatory pit stops, for me at least.

That doesn’t mean to say I don’t believe in the God or Goddess anymore. They do exist, but just in a different space than they used to in my growing relationship with the Universe.

[Again, this is my internal understanding – of how Spirit may be structured – I guess you could call it my evolving philosophical approach to understanding Spirit]

As these ideas wake up in my brain, I ask myself – how do they best translate into the outer world?

Do I stop valuing and honoring the priestess tradition? or the Goddess Path?

Absolutely not. That’s one of the greatest imbalances in the world. If the two pieces are going to reach out to the missing million, they’ve got to work together.

Do I stop seeking for balance?

No way! It’s just that my idea of balance and integration is no longer bound to a male/female form.

Do I stop being a priestess?

Only if I stop being a woman who serves the Divine. And that ain’t changing. Even this line of thought is part of that Path of Service.

So, what, in my external actions – does this line of thought change –

Not much, as far as I can see. The vibration of my words and actions might change, however. The reason why I’d seek balance would of course, be different.

But internally —- Man…. Woman… God.. Goddess… What a Trip writing this has been!

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com
Where the Divine is taking me, who Knows?

xxx

THE DIVINE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE

The Divine Does not Discriminate

Whilst we embrace the cause of the Rising Feminine, it is important to note that the end-game is not one where you have two equally strong ‘teams’ polarized against one another. It is not to pit man against woman or God against Goddess.

It is ultimately, a Call for Balance.

I am a Priestess and I champion the cause of priestesses officiating over temples and rituals once more without fear, without prejudice, without discrimination – without the idea of filthiness associated with their bodies and their sex. That does not mean that I see women superior to men, or a Goddess superior to a God.

In me, I have a Goddess, and God. In me, I have the Divine. (I’m still in the process of remembering, and realizing it)

So do you. So do we all. So does every bit of creation, animate and inanimate.

In you, in me, in everything there is a God/Goddess/Formless Divine energy flowing through – so what use is there placing limitations on how it can or cannot be expressed?

I find it strange that those who claim their understanding of ‘God’ is ‘gender-neutral’ find it so threatening or uncomfortable when I or others use the term ‘Goddess’, or Priestess. (If it’s all really equal, then no conflict should arise… )

Ideally, there will come a day where both terms are so accepted and embraced by all, that no one will even bat an eyelid.

But that day is not here yet. We are, of course, all working towards it.

Yes, at the end of the day … It’s all Energy, and Dissolution anyway – but we have chosen to incarnate as Spirit-in-Flesh. And it seems sad when half of that Spirit is denied the expression or recognition of its intrinsic Divinity. The Feminine is repressed and challenged not only when she arises through the bodies of women, but also through men who choose alternative definitions of their masculinity-honoring-Femininity.

Till then, I remain focused upon a Spiritual Path that Honors the Formless Divine by ensuring that its Material Representations (Idols, Statues, Sacred Facilitators) are truly representative.

The paradox of recognizing the God/dess on an altar, and not in the flesh of a person is one I’ll address later.

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

Image Information: Minoan – Snake Goddess – Walters 23196.jpg – Walters Art Museum [Public domain, CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

WOULD MAN HAVE A SAY IN THE MATTER AT ALL?

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WOULD MAN HAVE A SAY IN THE MATTER AT ALL?

If man truly saw woman as sacred,
Would we have less sex and hate crimes against her?

If he truly saw her as a being worthy of respect,
Would she have equality in his familiar spaces of power?

If he truly saw her sexuality as one of her choice, and not his,
Would we leave that strange space we now inhabit?

In between gratuitous displays of sexuality in the media,
the mocking of Jada,
and a prudish moral policing
of the mother feeding her child in public?

But wait …

If woman truly saw herself as all these things,
Sacred, Powerful, Worthy,
In control of her Sexuality.

Would man have a say in the matter at all?

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Image Information: Man Woman Multiplism by Victor Victori.jpg (https://edvictori.see.me/self2012) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

PALLAS ATHENA CONJUNCT MERCURY 13 Libra ’14, 10:18 pm, GMT + 8, 11 September 2014

 

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Blessings to all I love this energy! Pallas Athena in Libra teaches us the wisdom of strategy, the virtue of justice and quest for peace even in times of strife. She chooses not to charge into battle without a plan. She sees both sides of the equation, both perspectives before rendering her judgment, born of detached wisdom. Unable to remain neutral ‘sitting on the fence’, Pallas takes her stand in the cause of Balance, Refinement/Nobility, Harmony and Justice/Equality. In our day to day lives she represents a mental energy or aspect of ourselves looking for patterns, strategies and analytical approaches to collecting and interpreting information. In this role, she is similar to Mercury. The cause that Pallas fights for reflects her Virgin Motherhood (for more info – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-6c ) , and her dedication to healing, preservation and maintenance. At this time, the masculine-feminine balance is wildly out of proportion. Greater assertiveness for the feminine and Greater sensitivity for the masculine seems to be the dominant pattern of healing and re-balancing we are collectively a part of. Yes, even in matters traditionally associated with the feminine (motherhood, childcare, violence or harassment on the basis of having a female gender), Pallas Athena shall help you fight your corner not with emotion, but with the power of the detached mind (at least on the surface – I believe she feels Deeply, but does not reveal it). I refer you to the article mentioned above for a discussion on her androgynous energies.

Yet the focus of her preservation, to me, associates her with Virgo, which, once again is linked with Mercury.

Therefore, the conjunction of Mercury and Pallas is a natural one. It may feel as though that part of you that seeks to launch itself forth on a crusade (but with a plan) is emphasized. Self-preservation and preservation of balance in your environment, in your partnerships, in your social surroundings may be the focus of this energy for you. Mercury will be finding ways to maintain balance. If stressed, however, the energy of Mercury – and Pallas Athena – can counteract imbalance with further imbalance.

If you think of a scale (Libra sign) – if one side is tilted because there’s something on it, you can find balance by gradually adding counterweights on the other side – or by slowly removing the weight that is present. You can do the exact same thing in a forceful or violent manner, causing both sides of the scale to dance wildly.

It’s your choice as to how you find strategic ways to find balance at this time

Remember that Mercury can travel between the different realms/states of Being. You will find that your ability to synthesize information together will come together in a harmonious way today, particularly if you have aligned your thoughts and focus on a balance-seeking cause.

If you do choose to ‘chaaaarge’ towards a cause today, make sure you have a backup plan, and one that (likely) involves the support of others in your environment. Remember, you can’t and don’t have to make change in the world all by yourself.

To get more specific, you’ll have to know where 13 Libra is in your natal chart – you can do that at www.astro.com . If you’re feeling a little more inquisitive, also take note of the ruler of the 7th house (associated with Libra). That’s the Descendant, marked on the Right hand side of your chart (Western system) – the generally thicker line than the rest. It’s summarized as Dsc.

A quick guide:
1st House – Body/Self, Sense of Self, Ego-Personality
2nd House – Finances, Self-Worth, Connection with Abundance,
3rd House – Siblings, Early Childhood, Mental Perceptions,
4th House – Home, Mother, Family, Domestic Arrangement, Tribe,
5th House – Love, Romance, Creativity, Children, Projection of Persona,
6th House – Work, Path of Service, Daily Rituals, Hygiene, Health, Self-Preservation/Maintenance/Nurturing Instinct,
7th House – the Descendant: Partnerships (Business, Marital, Collaborative), Shadow Selves,
8th house – Intimate Partners (Energetic, Financial, Sexual), Deep Mysteries, Relationship with Power, Self-Knowledge through Depth Exploration,
9th house – Sense of Exploration, Adventure, Learning, Higher Education, Philosophy, Travel, ‘The Guru’
10th House – Career, Legacy, Appearance in the Public Eye, Status
11th House – Friends, Altruistic Associations, Unconventionality, Eccentricity, Genius
12th House – Mystery, Sacrifice, Surrender, Transcendence of Ego, Seclusion, etc.

Remember – one aspect of Libra energy is that it seeks to find itself in others. This is the part of your chart where you draw in energy that you do not see in yourself, but through other people. So if you think someone is being unreasonable… hold up a mirror before you judge further. You may be simply reacting to something in yourself that you do not like.

A day for great plans, strategies and insights to be revealed. Listen to what your Mind has to say today It’s not just about Body, Spirit, Heart, Soul – but the whole package.

Also note that this energy is involved in a Yod (Finger of Fate) with Jupiter, pointing at Chiron Retrograde (which opposes the Sun). You may find a breakthrough in a major decision or strategic approach in an issue related to your healing from past wounds, karmic ties, etc.  – as the Virgo Sun focuses upon maintenance, preservation and nurture of self and others in balance. Your lessons or sources of guidance are likely to come from activities related to Leo (children, childcare, play, romance, creativity) and so on. 


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

Image Information: “Bust Athena Velletri Glyptothek Munich 213” by Unknown (Greek original by Kresilas) – User:Bibi Saint-Pol, own work, 2007-02-08. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bust_Athena_Velletri_Glyptothek_Munich_213.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Bust_Athena_Velletri_Glyptothek_Munich_213.jpg
“Evelyn de Morgan – Mercury, 1870-1873” by Evelyn De Morgan – [1]. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evelyn_de_Morgan_-_Mercury,_1870-1873.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Evelyn_de_Morgan_-_Mercury,_1870-1873.jpg

Query: Relationship & Relocation – Sample 3-Card Tarot Reading with Custom Graphics

3-CARD TAROT READING

FOR ____________

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BY PRIESTESS BAIRAVEE BALASUBRAMANIAM, PHD

ON SEPTEMBER 11th, 2014

Query: Relationship and Relocation

Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained in this report is not intended to substitute legal, medical, financial, psychological or any other form of professional help or advice. I, Bairavee Balasubramaniam and/or any of my pages [GSS, or] The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light, The Dark Mother’s Children, I AM Rising: The Goddess Awakens (and others) accept no liability of any consequences, accidental/intentional/direct/indirect from your engagement with the messages contained within this report. By reading any section of this report, you accept this disclaimer and waive any potential liability on my part, my pages and all those associated.

Dear ____________

Three cards were drawn for you – each represents a different position in the reading. I used the Tarot of the Spirit Deck.

The First Represents your Self

The Second Represents your Situation

The Third Represents the Challenge and Opportunity you currently face

Self: Mother of Earth (Queen of Pentacles/Coins)

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This card suggests that you are a woman with access to Spirit through some Method of Divination. Others may turn to you as a sort of Oracle or Spiritual Facilitator owing to the proximity of your Consciousness with Spirit. You are in possession of a deep wisdom which you can understand through engagement with all levels of your presence in this incarnation: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, etc. You bridge Matter and Spirit, Heaven and Earth and cannot afford to forsake one for the other. It has to all come together, in Balance for it to ‘Flow’.

You are one who already has all the answers within you, and so this reading indicates a lack of faith, or disconnection with the Wise Woman Within. You are advised to seek refuge in nature, and to reconnect yourself with Earth Goddess/Gaia energy to come back into balance and become centered once more.

Generally speaking the Queen of Pentacles is one who toils hard and shares the fruits of her labour freely with others. She is not, by nature, stingy and she believes in rewarding herself for hard work. That is the balanced expression of the energy of this card. You may want to look at the give and take balance in your life right now and whether you are embodying the Queen within to your greatest ability.

In an unbalanced expression, you may find yourself as a codependent in a relationship with an emotionally damaging person (channeling all your life-giving energies there), or as one consciously playing the ‘martyr’ role and persisting to stay in some other energy-draining situation. It is an squandering of the gifts of channeling, creation and healing that you are naturally privy to. So if you find yourself in this situation, ask yourself: Is the the best way for me to Honor the Divine within Me? The She I Love within my own Flesh?

So often those of us who help forget that we deserve the benefits of our own gifts, from time to time. So often we forget the healing energy that creating something, for ourselves, can bring.

Situation: Brother of Fire (or Knight/Prince of Wands)

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[Jupiter seducing Callisto in disguise of Diana]

This is a reflects the boyish enthusiasm of a young recruit about to engage in his first battle, not knowing the horrors of war or the toils of conflict he may (or may not see). There is one in your surroundings who, simply put, is wanting to charge and to do things to support a sense of boyish adventure and idealism that may be wholly inappropriate for his age or context.

The Knight may also be so unexperienced or unseasoned in life that he may believe that all things must be a grand, epic battle or adventure. The qualities or values of temperance, humility, foresight and wisdom are missing from this person.

There is also a quality of impulsivity, restlessness and impatience associated with this card. It may also reflect a ‘man-child’ who has simply not grown up. Charismatic and enthusiastic, this person may make you say yes to things which you are not truly interested in – hence the overcommitment and fatigue in the cards above and below you. The Knight of Wands may also be a ‘drama queen’, stirring up trouble where there isn’t any to get his/her ‘fix’ of emotional intensity. (Like a drug addict or alcoholic looking for ‘their fix’)

It does suggest that, if you wish to stay in the relationship that you’re in – you’re going to have to make a lot of adjustments for his character. The charming narcissist comes to mind – the one you can’t seem to get away from and yet desperately desire leaving.

For me, it doesn’t seem that you’re internally ready to give this person up. Relationships like these tend to cycle and continue over and over again until that inner detachment is finally achieved. You can go through that dance with him – or – heed the advice of the Four of Swords (below) before making your decision either way.

Challenges/ Opportunities: Four of Wind (Four of Swords)

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The card strongly speaks to you having over extended yourself. You have made yourself the center of activity, when this does not have to be the case. The balance of give and take has been upset, with you doing all of the giving.

You are advised to seek sanctuary or retreat to a familiar place, one that provides you with a sense of nurture and grounding so you can reconnect with your Spirit once more. That will teach you all you need to know and revitalize you for the days ahead.

A pilgrimage to a sacred land would be an excellent idea at this time. Something which has to do with your personal spiritual heritage – however you define it. Return to whatever feels like ‘home’.

Overall

In terms of your relationship – I do not see a parting in the cards, at the very least not yet. It feels that making such a decision would be premature on your part. You need to fill yourself with Spirit once more and find your own strength. Sometimes postponing the decision whilst you take ‘time out’ can often lead to the resolution of a situation quite naturally, without any interference.

The most important work you have to do right now is to retreat and replenish. You’ve given the world, others, your family, your current partner enough of your time.

It’s time for you to give the same quality and quantity of care, nurture, consideration and love to yourself. Cut away from the relationship, from your worries, and whatever distracts you right now and find a ‘cave’ (material, metaphorical) for you to rest in. You don’t need to pressure yourself with the weight of decisions now. They will come and flow once you reconnect with your Goddess Self.

She is in need of your care at this time. We bring back the Goddess not only through rituals and temple celebrations. But also by nurturing the Goddess within.

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Take your time. Don’t force any decisions yet. But you do need a clear ‘break’ from your current reality, place and circumstance right now. That is paramount – and you have to do whatever you need to do to make that happen. Time, and space – for yourself to Heal Your Spirit.

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Honoring Mother Earth by Josefina Claudia Martinez Alarzon of Santa Maria Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico . [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Jupiter Assuming the Form of Diana in Order to Seduce Callisto LACMA M.83.119.5.jpg By Hendrik Goltzius (after) (Holland, Mülbracht, 1558-1617), Hendrik Goltzius (Holland, Mülbracht [now Bracht-am-Niederrhein], 1558-1617) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Yamunotri temple and ashram” by Atarax42 – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yamunotri_temple_and_ashram.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Yamunotri_temple_and_ashram.jpg

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TRANSCENDING THE BINARY: SPIRIT/MATTER, FORM/ENERGY, MALE/FEMALE – VENUS IN VIRGO OPPOSES NEPTUNE RETROGRADE IN PISCES, 6:46 PM, 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014, GMT + 8

Venus opposes Neptune

Blessings to all, another wake-up call from the Universe. Today’s challenge features Venus and Neptune Rx doing the now-familiar Virgo-Pisces Tango. I’ll start with Venus.

Venus takes its energy of attraction-manifestation (in its Taurus’ mode) and the energy of discernment-evaluation-balance (in its Libra’ mode) and places it in Virgo – The sign of the Virgin, the Independent / Self-sufficient Being, the Priest/ess facilitating the Birth of Spirit into Form. The one who Self-Nurtures, and Nurtures Others.

Venus (in any sign) will ask you to think/re-think:

(1) The way you perceive, evaluate or judge things – your material value system, in other words. What do you consider good/bad/beautiful/ugly/worthy/worthless, etc.?
(2) The way you relate to yourself, people, material objects
(3) The way you value, exhibit or view femininity in relationships
(4) The way you understand and express your anima (female aspect of the psyche), and respond to the same in others

In Virgo, all these questions ask you think about your sense of being able to stand on your own two feet, of feeling the need to mask your power through a facade of subservience, of not being able to see just how you can be your own savior? – And through that process of self-acknowledgement – to recognize how you can help others/the planet at the same time.

Some of the questions that may be especially worth asking now are:

Do I have a realistic idea of my own beauty or my own worth/capacity? Am I being too harsh? Too critical? Too lax? Do I adopt standards that are my own, or imposed by others? Are these empowering me or to they tear me down – if so, why do I hold onto them?

Is my job, path, or mode of service to others one that enhances my femininity, or do I use it to hide myself from the Goddess Within?

Am I applying the right kinds of standards in my business? Have I taken into account the need to ‘give back’, preserve the environment? Am I just ‘taking’, or am also creating opportunities of abundance for others?

Do I weave my work with my fertile imagination? With my Sacred connection with the Feminine? How do I create this bridge or connection?

Am I taking care of Me? Or do I spend all of my nurturing and Creative energy on Others? How do I bring things back into balance?

Are my ideas of binaries: Good/Bad, Black/White, Higher/Lower keeping me from seeing the World through the eyes of Spirit? (this is heading into the Neptune side of things)

To understand the energy of Virgo – you might like to have a read of this article on ‘Reclaiming The Virgin’. She’s not the frigid, neurotic woman she’s often typecast as – and she has so much of beauty, service and nurture to offer (within yourself and to others, in balance) –http://wp.me/p4OUNS-5i

So that’s a brief description of the challenges in one half of this dynamic – that of Venus in Virgo.

Neptune Retrograde in Pisces, which Venus in Virgo opposes is a whole other kettle of fish. Where Virgo nurtures through creation, Pisces inspires through destruction. (they can reverse roles too, but this the way they’re playing out now). We’ve all been facing the intensity of Pisces energy as part of the Supermoon so I won’t go too deeply into it here – you know what you’ve had to let go or, surrender, or sacrifice in order to find ‘the way through’.

The Virgo-Neptune Rx opposition echoes what we’ve already experienced with the Sun-Neptune Rx opposition on 29 August 2014. This was close to the time of the Virgo New Moon (25th August). You may find themes from this period, and insights replaying themselves in a different form. I refer you to my article from them for a good summary of the challenge we face now – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-5G – and I quote:

“Whilst we so often elevate the dissolution of boundaries in spiritual discourse – we often forget that certain boundaries are required – at the very least whilst we’re still learning in this Form. Be it sexual, spiritual, etheric, psychic, or other forms of boundaries – we are continually learning that these are important – healthy even. This is where the energy of Virgo comes in. She teaches us how to set realistic boundaries, but ones which Honor your Spirit and your connection with Source. That would be the balancing point between the two polarities, so to speak.”

In practical terms – it’s not the best day to begin a new relationship, or go into a business venture blindly! Have two feet on the ground, eyes wide open, before you attempt to build a castle in the clouds. If you’ve got the Venus-Neptune, Virgo-Pisces balance down, then go for it!

Venus desires enjoyment and is not averse to shutting herself from the energies of detachment and the challenges of living from Spirit. Neptune is not averse to casting illusions or escaping from the material reality that Venus both perceives and manifests. Piscean vulnerability/sensitivity is heightened now with the energies of the Supermoon still in sky (and Chiron Rx’s placement in Pisces).

Try now to take an extreme ‘either/or’ position on anything. Resist the temptation to be overly judgmental or to minimize uncertainty through the ‘blocking’ or spiritual insight that challenges you at this time. Try to stay as grounded and as connected as you can to ‘life’ if your head has been up in the heavens for too long. Remember that you incarnated here, as Spirit-in-Flesh, for a reason

Those of you who have faced this Moon and made the shift you need to will also find this energy of Venus-opposing-Neptune Rx to be a great reality check.

Those of you who are experiencing this energy as a powerful-wake up call – and who don’t know what to do with their emotions may want to ‘turn Spirit into Matter’. Channel what you feel into Creation. Write, perform, play with clay, draw, sing, talk to people, move them, move yourself – do whatever it is that you need to to

Both Spirit, and Matter, Matter
Both Self and Other deserve Nurture
Only you can do it for yourself
And if your cup runneth full,
Remember to share it a deserving Other.
You always have the right to choose.
To discern where your energy goes
How, Why, Where and To Whom
That’s just how it goes x

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

Image: Machhapuchre Board 6993 81 [Pokhara], Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2014. All rights reserved.

The Divine Feminine or Denying Fertility?

An excellent post by a dear friend ❤