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.
MOON CONJUNCTS MARS, SQUARES MERCURY AND JUPITER, TRINES NEPTUNE RX: PERFECTING THE ART OF ‘GRACE UNDER PRESSURE’
6:33 pm – Moon squares Jupiter in Leo
7:31 pm – Moon conjuncts Mars in Scorpio
9:10 pm – Moon squares Mercury in Leo
11:58 pm – Moon trines Neptune Retrograde in Pisces
Yesterday, i told you about the conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury and what happens when the two square Mars. I explained how communications regarding the fervor of beliefs and philosophies may result in scenarios of conflict and aggression. The harder task in such a scenario is to avoid re-action and instead respond from position of Love, even if you, your power, or your beliefs are ‘directly attacked’. But that is also the path of greatest Truth from the spiritual perspective. Information here for those who missed yesterday’s post: https://bairaveebalasubramaniam.com/2014/08/02/mercury-conjuncts-jupiter-squares-mars-by-priestess-bairavee-balasubramaniam-phd/
As the Moon lights up these aspects once more, we feel a subconscious, emotional and intuitive pull towards these dynamics of judgment and conflict. It may make you feel more ‘powerful’ if you play the role of Mars in Scorpio who believes that ‘Might is Right’. Know that in most if not all cases, this is generally the position taken by the insecure ego unwilling to confront the challenge posed by the Other.
You may also play these dynamics out with the person who represents or plays the role of The Moon (Mother, Nurturer, Goddess), often someone from the same familial or cultural context. Something tribal and powerful is about to be challenged in a way that feels nothing short of invasive and penetrative. Whilst you need to hold your ground, my suggestion is for you to do it in a way that engages your Heart, rather than your Ego.
Towards the end of the day, the Moon makes an exact trine to Neptune Retrograde. I suspect that the spiritual message you gain from whatever encounter you might find yourself in (it can be a wholly internal thing, or manifested through different people) will be made clear you with this aspect.
Essentially, the Moon in Scorpio is intense, penetrative and seeks to get to ‘the bottom of things’. It is fixated upon power and control – when this is turned inward this can be a wonderful thing – when it is turned outward, you get a tyrant in the making.
Whatever happens today, know that it is a part of the journey you have chosen to experience at this time. This is the time to perfect the art of ‘grace under pressure’.
Image: “FullMoon2010” by Gregory H. Revera – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FullMoon2010.jpg#mediaviewer/File:FullMoon2010.jpg
A Prayer in the Darkness: The Black Gold must Shine once More by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
The Dark Mother, Goddess of the Night,
of the Deep Cave, the Source of all Light,
Your face I see cast in shadow,
Harsh lines etched with an obsidian arrow,
Why don’t you glow? Why don’t you shine?
With rainbow colours and celestial dancers,
Why don’t you fly? Why don’t you cry?
Do you smile? Do you laugh?
Is it you I see, or only my own mask?
Trails of tears I see through your eyes,
Wailing voices muted in mid-cry,
Thousands of years of silence and isolation,
What did we do? Oh Goddess, what did we do?
The Exile before me, The weight of history unfolding,
I cannot bear it all. How can She? How can anyone?
The Stolen Child, the Broken Womb,
The Maiden, The Innocent, The Virgin I saw,
She stands before me – called – Witch, Devil, Whore!
I fall to my knees and I weep,
My tears mingling with thousands more,
A prayer in the Darkness is Born.
Of Love, of loyalty,
Of Tenderness and fealty,
A date with destiny,
That Black Gold must shine once more!
Slowly but surely that mask will peel,
Fine features and Joy to reveal,
The smile of the aged Crone,
The hope of the verdant Mother,
The twinkle of the Maiden .. Once More…
Once more… Once more…
The Black Gold must shine once more!
In the cave, in the womb, in the mountains and the heavens,
With Rainbows, with shades of Grey,
With earthy browns and hues of blue-green,
In whatever form, come what may,
Smile once more my beloved Queen,
Smile once more in this Cosmic Dream.
~Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Image Credit: jdsrilanka.blogspot.com/2010/02/sri-lanka-is-still-reeling.html; Used under fair use policy for non-commercial purposes as stated on the website.
I also run three Goddess themed pages on FB which you are invited to check out if interested ~ The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light ~ The Dark Mother’s Children ~ I AM Rising: The Goddess Awakens ~
Blessed Be ❤ ❤ ❤
3:21 am, August 3rd, GMT + 8: Mercury conjunct Jupiter
Jupiter is the amplifier of all things – it is the the Abundance Giver (of pain, or pleasure, depending on your choice) – all that this energy touches will bloom.. Mercury rules the intellect, communicative faculties, and the ability to move between worlds. Expect the weight of your words and their volume to amplified exponentially. Some may ride this wave of energy with style, others may feel overwhelmed by the intensity of energy.
In the sign of Leo focuses upon self-expression, assertion and a certain flair for the dramatic. There is also a strong association with the 5th house: romance, children, creative expression, innocence.
A balanced Leonine energy will seek to use its ability of speech and communication to embody and discover its truest form, its authentic self. An unbalanced energy will seek to use its ability to ‘capture center stage’ to feed a weak ego and engage in deceit.
Watch how you choose to project your energy to others at this time, and question – why? Are you seeking attention? Validation? or do you have a point to say? Have you made the sure the other person is comfortable playing the role of the listener-audience? etc.
Now, we get to Mercury/Jupiter square with Mars….. 7:58 am, August 3rd, GMT + 8
Jupiter squared Mars is a powerful aspect that can have global repercussions, especially if it is part of larger configurations. Jupiter in Leo brings in the fire, and Mars in Scorpio brings in the Deep water. The square aspect between these two went exact at 6:22 am, August 2nd, GMT + 8.
A square aspect, as I have told you before can feel like an eruption of crisis, or a perception of being ‘under pressure’. Two energies that feel incompatible vie for supremacy – they seek dominance, rather than coexistence with one another.
Leo seeks security through the validation of its self-expression, where Scorpio seeks emotional security through mechanisms of control. Both can resort to manipulative tactics to get what they want,
Jupiter also rules our collective institutions, our beliefs systems and philosophies by which we structure our human experience of life. In Leo, religious fervor (to the extent of fanaticism or extremism), or philosophical absolutism can be manifested at this time. With Mercury in the mix, we are likely to see a hard-lining of positions on matters of religion, ideology and the right of self-assertion/determination.
Mars rules our drives of assertion (manifested at extremes as aggression), masculine (yang energy), martial forces, and that ability to ‘go after and get what you want’. In Scorpio, its energy works ‘behind the scenes’, or beneath the sheets as it seeks emotional security through the acquisition of power.
Whilst it may look as though these drives would blend well together, remember that this is a square aspect. Mercury facilitates the mind so well here, that mountains can be made out of molehills and enemies (perceived) through misinterpretations and projections of intent.
It’s not all gloom and doom for squares are challenges – not ultimatums. One can choose to harness this energy to find creative solutions to situations that seem like they’re building up to a release. That is tougher, and needs a lot more inner discipline to do, but there’s no reason you can’t Try not to take anything that is said to you, that seems confrontational or an invitation to agitation at this time. Even if it’s about something you hold dear, like your faith.
All in all, this suggests strongly that we – as individuals as a collective – need to be particularly careful in the way we communicate our beliefs to others at this time. Watch your words – for they can bring peace just as they can fan the flames of war.
So – if someone insults you / seems to be insulting you – here’s a handy guide
(1) Ignore it
(2) Seek clarification if you can’t
and if you’re into the priestessing/priesting providing spiritual services role
(3) Find out what is wrong with them with compassionate detachment and show them Love (Just faced a situation where this happened, and I managed – it ain’t an easy gig)
(4) Stand your ground and articulate your perceptions and vulnerability with grace
(5) Accept that there may be no apology or attempt at reconciliation by the other party. Be Peace, and Love, and that is all you can humanly do – leave expectations out of it. The rest is up to them.
This energy is not an invitation for you to play the martyr. It is an invitation to Rise Above other’s projections and realize that no matter what they say, you are who you are.
Images (all used under Creative Commons Licenses):
Evelyn De Morgan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evelyn_de_Morgan_-_Mercury,_1870-1873.jpg
“8646 – St Petersburg – Hermitage – Jupiter2” by Andrew Bossi – = originally posted to Flickr as 8646 – St Petersburg – Hermitage – Jupiter. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:8646_-_St_Petersburg_-_Hermitage_-_Jupiter2.jpg#mediaviewer/File:8646_-_St_Petersburg_-_Hermitage_-_Jupiter2.jpg
“Mural warrior”. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mural_warrior.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Mural_warrior.jpg
Despite having a PhD in the subject, I rarely speak about politics unless it’s in an article I write, or at a conference. I find it to be a subject that tends to polarize rather than unify. That being said, politics is woven into the world, and our personal lives in ways and levels that make it impossible to avoid.
Right now feels like one of those times where remaining silent would be apathetic.
On my page The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light, I posted a meme that essentially condemned the situation in Gaza – asserting that standing in solidarity with the lives lost was not the same as hating either side. I liked it as it was a statement of empathy and solidarity without judgment. (We have enough of the latter in this world, and too little of the former).
I got two interesting responses to it: One, was a lady whom I’d never heard being aggressive, telling me that the extremists on the Palestinian side would kill me (us, the collective ‘you’) after they’d killed all the Jews. The second, was someone who’d posted a video of an son of a general in the Israeli army speaking out against the killings.
I was grateful for the second comment as it was a sign that not all Jews supported the conflict – many others are making similar efforts to put the word out there. This knowledge helps one de-link the actions of a particular military and/or government from the faith and ethnicity they are associated with. It also slows the growth and prevalence of insidious generalizations that equate people of a certain faith with aggression and war. (And it’s not just about the Judaism, I take that stance when any faith, religion and spiritual path is involved).
Equally, I was grateful for the first comment, as it was a reminder for me to get out of my silence and speak. This was my reply:
Hate manifests hate. Basic spiritual principle. By hating them, you do not change or help the situation.
I should add – By refusing to hate, you do not condone or support unjust actions. Too many people believe they must hate one side or another to support the opposite party.
If we are truly honest in our spiritual paths – we have to ask ourselves – can the Path of Peace be forged by Hatred?
I say this as a priestess, political scholar and as a Tamil woman – I am the daughter of a race that was raped and slaughtered in Sri Lanka in an act of genocide in its own right that has yet to be fully acknowledged.
Image: Artist Unknown. Originally on: http://mepeace(dot)org/profiles/blogs/palestine-post
Blessings to all,
We have a powerful Grand Sextile (Hexagram, Star of David, Seal of Solomon, Anahata / Heart Chakra Symbol, Shadkona Yantra, etc.) in the skies between 7:18 am 30/7/14 – 3:22 am 31/7/14, GMT + 8. So that begins at 7:18 pm 29/7 in New York, 12:18 am 30/7 in London, 5:18 am in India and 9:18 am in Sydney – and lasts 20 hours from then.
Grand Sextiles are powerful portals of manifestation – they reflect the energy of ‘Ask, and Ye Shall Receive’. Intention and Clarity of what you desire to manifest is a key part of working with this energy.
In this video, I explain the Grand Sextile as an aspect and focus upon two of its components (Venus and the Asteroid Hopi). I talk about ways to clarify intent for manifestation and suggest exercises or things you can do to align yourself with Spirit as you work with this world-birthing energy.
You can also join my Event Page on FB where you can meet like minded people https://www.facebook.com/events/1468489506731297/
Link to an in-depth astrological and symbolic explanation of this Grand Sextile: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-2u
Blessings and Love to All,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Rise Like The Phoenix! A GLOBAL PRAYER FOR BIRTH-DEATH-REBIRTH: HOPI AND THE GRAND SEXTILE By Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Blessings to all,
Venus is birthing the new world as we speak. Both Mother and Midwife, She Bridges Form and Spirit. She is tapping into the powerful energy of a perfect Grand Sextile (Hexagram, Star of David) present in the heavens. The asteroid Hopi completes the Grand Sextile at 16 Taurus where no personal or transpersonal planets are present. This alignment is strongest in the sky between 7:18 am July 30th till July 31st 3:22 am.
Grand Sextiles are, astrologically speaking, portals of powerful manifestation that light up the Sky! Their symbol has been adopted in different faiths and speaks of a Seal of Protection. Made up of 2 Grand Trines and 6 Sextile aspects, the Grand Sextile simply tells us: WHAT YOU ASK, YOU SHALL RECEIVE.
Many of us claim to want peace and hope, yet subconsciously cling onto beliefs that perpetuate polarity, dis-empowerment and injustice. Some say they want to be happy, but are still deeply programmed and conditioned to sabotage their own joy at a powerful, subconscious level – or see fit to judge who deserves joy and who does not. In this way we create so many divisions within ourselves which are then reflected into the World.
The meaning of asteroid Hopi reflects this dual possibility of manifestation. On the one hand, the Hopi people are associated with peace-loving ways, they know how to nurture and be nurtured by the Earth – their name literally means ‘ The Peace-Loving People’ and they possess an intimate connection with the cycles of the Earth and the Heavens. On the other hand, in astrology, the asteroid Hopi is connected with ‘territorial disputes, prejudice, minority experiences and ambush’. Not a happy connotation when you remember the history of Native Americans and their eventual dispossession. Hence expressing dual poles of what can be manifested at during this powerful Grand Sextile.
The other astral bodies included are Saturn, Venus, Chiron Retrograde, Pluto Retrograde and the Moon in Virgo. That involves karma, material values, healing, spirituality, crisis, the status quo/government, priest/essing, spiritual service – as both Grand Trines occur in Earth/Water signs.
So how do you know what you’re manifesting at this time is actually in alignment with your Spirit?
If you choose to – When working with this Grand Sextile, you’re going to really have to ‘feel it’. From your gut, from your Core, from that Sacred Spark of Spirit inside you. Push through old conditionings, patterns of karmic behavior, all those learned habits of denial and control — and find that place. Call it Core, Home, Center, Heart, Womb, Truth, Spirit – whatever works for you.
You’ve got it. Know this. And find that Place as you work with the energies of this powerful alignment.
The timing of these dates are significant for their own reasons as – in the Hindu tradition – the 30th is Masik Vinayaga Chathurthi (a prayer to Lord Vinayaga, the elephant-headed deity of wisdom and the removal of obstacles), whereas the 31st is Nag Panchami – the day in which (according to Hinduism), the race of serpents called Nagas were saved by the Goddess Manasa Devi (Snake Goddess). The Serpent is associated with birth-rebirth, the Underworld (Patala, Nagaloka – linked to Agartha), the preservation of the female principle and the honoring of the Earth’s Womb. Millions of people in India will be celebrating these festivals – and their energies will also be a part of the matrix of energy across this Planet. It is entirely your choice as to which day you do it on, or whether you want to take this into account at all as you work with the energies of the Grand Sextile.
Also – this Birthing of the New World is taking place close to a Grand Cardinal Cross (which I will talk about in a different post), and the Gaelic festivals of Lugnasadh / Lammas (Northern Hemisphere) and Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere). Both are key days or Sabbats in the Gaelic calendar and represent a liminal moment between different worlds, with the theme of Birth-Death-Rebirth woven into them. In line with the call to ‘Heal the Masculine’, it is worth noting that the Sun God begins to die at Lammas, his energy spent in the Harvest (and the Earth Mother who makes it possible). During Imbolc, he is already a young boy, reborn, his energies young but beginning to reach their peak once more. This corresponds to the dynamic of Masculine Energies between Scorpio (where Mars is) and Leo (where the Sun, Jupiter and Lilith are) In Goddessian terms, Imbolc is associated with the fires of Lady Brighid and and Lammas with Demeter. Both mark important seasonal transitions.
What can do you to work with this powerful transformative energy?
Prayer, meditation, singing, painting, poetry, introspective work, body-work, dancing, grounding, martial arts – anything that makes you feel connected with Spirit will do. It is important to center and guide yourself through this time with a Heart/Spirit/Womb/Soul centered perspective, rather than the dictates of Ego, or Pure Mind. Remember that this is a time of bridging and birthing both worlds – of allowing the Sun God to begin his death before a powerful, and beautiful Rebirth – of speaking to the Mother as she presides over these subtle, yet powerful moments of transition.
I shall be conducting this meditation at 11:20 pm (30th July) – 12:20 am (July 31st). This is in GMT + 8:00. I invite you all to join me in this powerful prayer of Birth-Rebirth – in ourselves – and across the Planet! – at this time, or at any time within the range of the Grand Sextile that suits you.
For as you Rise, so too does the Collective!
May we Rise in Love, Once More!
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD.