Blessings to all,
I’ve been following world events and looking at the skies – and as many of you will know, there is an intensely fierce, martial energy threatening to break out with Mars (which when stressed, is related to accidents, aggression, impulsiveness, and so on). Be it the bombings in Gaza (and no, I’m not going to get into the politics of it – War is terrible when it costs the lives of the young – no matter the ideology behind it – and costs are bound to be felt on both sides), the lives lost in the Malaysian plane or just the rising intensity of domestic/personal conflicts.
Remember that Mars is still in Libra until the 26th of July – this is where diplomacy can build bridges, or where careless words can spark diplomatic tensions that can have wider consequences.
So what does one do with this knowledge?
Some of you will protest, others will raise their & other’s awareness, some might write to their MPs, or participate actively in online forms. But as spiritualists (most of the people who interact with my pages), another thing we can do – which I have firm faith in – is to pray.
Pray for peace. Pray for diplomacy to find a way out of hostile negotiations, pray for a path to be built that does not require the aggressive use of Martial-Mars energy.
For when Mars moves into Scorpio, the energy only intensifies as Mars’ energies (when operating from the ego) then confronted us all with the question of how power is used and how control is acquired.
This is not meant to scare anyone, or to predict doom and gloom and disaster – it is simply to say that those of us who believe in prayer should focus our energies now. Others, like Anna Merkaba have put out a similar call.
On the 27th of July, at 6:42 am (GMT + 8:00) or as close as you can to that time, I encourage us all to come together in prayer. This will be a powerful New Moon where the Sun, Moon and Jupiter will be conjunct in the sign of Leo (strongly squaring Mars). As we come together to set seeds of powerful intention during this New Moon, let us know that our spiritual energies and intentions are working towards a single purpose.
To Heal the energies of the Masculine (Mars) at this time as they manifest in our material reality. Note that the Sun, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus will make square to Mars throughout August, ending in the first half of September.
You can call it the Path of Peace, Love, Harmony, Balance – You can invoke deities you pray to, or simply turn to the Moon and cry out loud – whatever you are comfortable working with.
Let’s come together to do this. I strongly feel that collective spiritual work at this time is critical.
I will be posting relevant pieces of information closer to the date and hope that many of you join.
You can join the prayer event through the FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468489506731297/
Blessings to all,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam
Blessings to all,
In a few hours, the Moon will be conjunct the Sun in the sign of Leo. New Moons are typically associated with new beginnings – as the time to ‘set the seed’ of intention or action. The seeds you set now are likely to come to fruition, culmination or be somehow highlighted in six months’ time with the Full Moon in Leo on Feb 4th, 2015. I have organized a prayer event for this New Moon to which you are all invited: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468489506731297/?fref=ts
The sign Leo is associated with the astrological 5th house, which is in turn linked with self-expression, creativity, romance and children. I also look to it as the expression of the purity, innocence and Joy of the Inner Child.
During this New Moon, we have three profound astrological aspects which transform, or modify this energy-of-beginnings in specific ways.
(1) New Moon (Sun/Moon) conjunct Jupiter
(2) Powerful Square with Mars in Scorpio and Ceres/Vesta/North Node in Libra – if the South Node-conjunct-Eris is included, the whole configuration becomes a loose T-Square.
(3) A world-changing Yod (Finger of Fate) involving Pluto Retrograde, Neptune Retrograde and apexing with the New Moon/Jupiter combination
The Sun (our focused attention, awareness, direction of vital energy) meets the Moon (emotion, intuition, psychological depths) and Jupiter (blessings, expansion) come together in the sign of the Joyful Child.
Were it not for the energetic climate, or ‘season of shifts’ we are all experiencing, this energy would be felt by most, if not all, as a pure bolt of joy! sunshine! rainbows, etc. That energy is there, but it is one amongst many aspects and influences that make up the astrological heavens at present.
One such factor is the motion of Mars into Scorpio (10:03 am, 26th July). As I’ve been saying in my videos, Mars-in-Scorpio is a powerful, intense, smouldering expression of masculinity. This will be felt at an intimate level as Scorpio is associated with the 8th house of secrets – sexuality, sensuality, the deep journey within to seek esoteric wisdom, shadow-working, shamanic journeying into the depths of the psyche – it is the cauldron in which the Phoenix first perishes and then rises from its own Ashes.
With the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter in Leo squaring Mars in Scorpio what we essentially get is a clash of masculine energies – within men, women, all beings, and the planet. Leo seeks to express its innocence and seek validation from others in the process. Scorpio seeks to (to paraphrase Gargatholil) ’emotional security through power and control’.
Both signs can do much good, but, when energies are used from the place of the Ego – and not the Heart – we can get a manipulative Leo wearing a persona or mask to gain approval (and bolster an insecure ego), we can get an obsessive, controlling manipulator in Scorpio that seeks to control others from behind-the-scenes – unable to accept world-views that do not resonate with its own.
With Jupiter involved in the square, the ways in which we manifest this tense Leo-Scorpio dynamic will be amplified, and magnified several times over.
The Sun, Moon, and Jupiter are also squared with Ceres (nurturing and being nurtured), Vesta (Priestessing, spiritual service) and the North Node in Libra. These bodies remind us that balance, diplomacy and partnership is what we require in order to nurture, heal and rejuvenate ourselves and others at this time. A T-Square is formed between all these bodies, with the apex (or focus of tension) at the New Moon/Jupiter conjunction, when the South Node in Aries is conjunct Eris – the Goddess of Discord.
Truly a melting pot of energies, and ones, which are easily provoked to extreme reactions.
Finally, I’d like to tell you about the aspect which I feel will truly be ‘the game-changer’ this New Moon. We will be having a powerful Yod or Finger of Fate between 2.31 – 9.11 pm on the 27th (GMT + 8:00) is formed. I would extend the sphere of its influence till 6:39 am, July 28th.
Yods are situations which often feel like crisis. It is literally as though a giant finger in the skies points you to a certain direction or situation in your life. The ways in which you respond to a yod will set you upon some new chapter of your spiritual journey. They are portals through which we learn just how far we’ve come, whether we’re ready to go to the next level, or if we need to learn more lessons from the teacher that is Karma.
Pluto Retrograde (transformation, crisis, associated with Scorpio energies – operating in retrograde – internally, within the psyche) sextiles Neptune Retrograde (spiritual transcendence through disillusionment, ‘cutting through the crap’, ‘bursting the bubble’, ‘peering through the veil’ and seeing what’s real, and what’s not). Pluto is in Capricorn (associated with career, societal status, achievements or legacy to the planet), whereas Neptune is in Pisces (transcendental spirituality, otherworldly energies, the dissolution of the ego and boundaries, recognition of Spirit-level existence).
These energies create the base of the Yod – they then inconjunct the New Moon (Sun/Moon/Jupiter) – creating crisis in need of Resolution. This crisis is going to challenge your desire for power/need to feel powerful – your spiritual vision or sense of what is Truth – and make you decide – how authentically you embody what is True for You.
Will you wear a mask?
Or will you skilfully draw upon the reservoir of creativity, joy, and the wisdom of the Inner Child to integrate all these energies – and Stand in the Radiance of your own Truth?
Video on the Leo-Scorpio square and the challenge of ‘Healing the Masculine’ ❤ ❤ ❤
Image of Lion:
“Lion waiting in Namibia” by Kevin Pluck – Flickr: The King.. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg
Blessings to all,
I’ve given much thought to writing this – as honestly, it is a sensitive subject – one that draws upon thousands of years of ideological and other forms of violence, suppression and grandstanding between two different religious and spiritual traditions in India: The Aryan (North) and the Dravidian (South). It‘s honestly a lot more nuanced than that, but there is that invisible line that is drawn across the Indian subcontinent that marks profound differences.
Whilst I love my Southern-Tamil culture and identity, I feel there is so much more to it than asserting whether it is the ‘best’ or the ‘oldest’ – but at the same time I feel deeply uncomfortable when someone does try to put down my identity by claiming cultural-linguistic-ethnic- and other forms of superiority. There is powerful linguistic evidence on both sides, which have equally been used to make such a case – and I honestly find that debate counterproductive.
I worship and integrate different aspects of both traditions, deities and divinities – placing them on par with one another. For those of you who have been following my work, you know that I do the same thing with religions and belief systems for we are all Equals in the Circle.
But what does all this have to do with Namaste?
Namaste is a specific term of – recognizing the divinity within others – that is from the Sanskritic linguistic root – strongly associated with the Hindi language.
Contrary to the kinds of cultural stereotyping that India is often subjected to (that everyone speaks Hindi, or is a Hindu, or loves Bollywood) – not every part of India uses this terminology – even in spiritual contexts.
I’m writing this as I realize that my Indian identity often makes others feel as though they are honoring that identity by saying ‘Namaste’.
I don’t blame anyone for/about it – and I see that the intention is pure.
It’s just that this discussion, or this distinction hasn’t been made in many New Age and spiritual circles. People assume that India is more homogeneous that it actually is, unless information to the contrary is given.
Simply put, it does not mean the same thing for all those who are of Indian origin. Nor do all people of Indian origin use it, even in temples.
Here are other ways that different Indian identities express a similar concept:
Vanakam – Tamil (some Tamil Brahmins use Namaskaram)
Vandanam/Namaskaram – Telugu
Swagatham/Namaskaram – Malayalam
Assamulaikum – Muslim-Indians
There are a lot of other ways that different states/regions and ethnicities express this concept. This list is but a start.
As has been shown in India’s history and politics – Language is key to one’s sense of identity. Words say a lot about who you are, where you come from, where you will go. And not having the right to express one’s self in their mother tongue was seen in India’s history as a severe limitation upon individual freedoms.
That is the reason why India recognizes more than 20 different official languages and provides for simultaneous interpretative services in its Parliament – and why MPs use English if not their mother tongue to speak with others.
The idea of a single identity, be it defined in terms of a language, a region, a belief system, could not take root – as it is a such rich land with a diversity of cultural traditions and ethnicities. Plurality and diversity were favored over imposing a common language – because that would have meant much more than ‘mere words’ to the people of India.
A friend of mine asked me (and he respects both traditions) – well, what is your point as ‘Hindi is the face of India’ (quoted with permission).
My response: Well, it is – and it isn’t.
India has a million faces, and each deserve equal recognition.
Here’s to honoring them all, and staying true to one’s roots. Tolerance and Plurality.
Blessings to all,
This video is less about specific astrological aspects as part of this ‘season of shifts’, and more about what these energies mean for us as individuals, and at the collective level. We are challenged at this time to re-define and heal our conception of the masculine, in ourselves, our relationships, our choices and our perceptions of the world at this time. This is the core message of this video – and is expressed through reference to astrological aspects. Key times for focusing intentions, and taking action towards creating a new (perception/manifestation) of reality based on values in alignment with a Heart-centric spiritual path are also presented.
As promised in the video here are relevant links:
Season of Shifts – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXY4jLXCUgU
Grand Water Trine (Part 1: with Mercury) – https://bairaveebalasubramaniam.com/2014/07/24/grand-water-trine-part-1-mercury-21-29-july-2014/
Invitation to New Moon Prayer Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468489506731297/
Blessings and Love to all,
Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs – even ones that oppose your own. Some adopt a ‘live and let live’ attitude, others argue with integrity, and others will try to un-seat you by using hate-speech and other inflammatory tactics.
My approach to this is simple. Today, someone demanded that my beliefs were wrong and they had to be challenged. I just said sure – Go right ahead. But I don’t feel the need to defend them. For when you have faith, no amount of doubt can make you believe otherwise.
What others may say about you or your faith is irrelevant. All that matters is what you feel about it.
I feel as though faith-based conflicts will be on the rise when Mars enters Scorpio (the house of Deep Esoteric Wisdom and one aspect of Soul-Penetrating Spiritual Insight) on the 26th of July (tomorrow).
Please keep this principle of balance in mind, as best you can. And know that even those who hate – and at their core, feel threathened by – what you stand for are here to teach you something.
Just smile, walk away, and wish them well – block them if you feel the need to (if they’re online) – and carry on having a wonderful day.
Best. Response. Ever.
There’s been so much going on in the Universe, hasn’t there? Rest assured, we exit this chaotic phase of intense shifting in the first week of August. New challenges and intensities lie ahead – but first we have to shift. Shift jobs, perspectives, homes, life paths, attitudes, shift whatever no longer empowers you and keeps you mired in the past. We have ample tools to facilitate that shifting in the sky right now, some of which I will discuss here.
Over the past few days, a Grand Water Trine involving Saturn, Chiron Retrograde, and (currently) Mercury has been building. A second phase of this energy will emerge as Mercury moves into Leo and Venus comes into position, making a new Grand Trine. I’ll talk about that later in Part 2.
This first Grand Water Trine is present in the sky between 21-29 July 2014 (GMT + 8), and peaks between 24-26 July. It will continue to exert influence for 3 days thereafter, inclusive of the New Moon.
Owing to the position of the planets now, Mercury also makes a powerful T-Square with Uranus and Pluto as it transits through Cancer. Venus will do the same in a few days. I’ll discuss this aspect very briefly at the end of this article, but first, the GWT itself.
Grand Water Trines are aspects which involve three or more bodies linked by trine aspects to one another, all in the same element. This is a Grand _Water_ Trine as it involves Water signs, namely – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Water energies, broadly speaking, are associated with emotions, the intuition, the depths of the psyche and the heights of transcendental spiritual experience. They exist through matter and beyond it.
This Grand Water Trine (the first part) involves Saturn, Chiron Retrograde and Mercury. Let’s have a brief look at what part each body plays:
Saturn in Scorpio – Recently stationed direct, teaches us about the boundaries/limitations/discipline we need to maintain in areas of our lives pertaining to intimacy, sexuality, esoteric understanding, depth psychology, attitudes towards power and control in sign associated with Transformation-induced-by-Crisis.
Chiron Retrograde in Pisces – Chiron retrograde teaches us how to learn from ourselves and heal our pain. The Teacher looks inward to understand the origin and nature of the Wound which we feel so powerfully. In Pisces, this wounding can be through inappropriate boundaries set in relationships, spiritual guru-student hiearchies, or any other context in which you try to merge and ‘lose yourself’ in something or someone. Pisces (and Neptune) are also associated with forms of addiction-facilitated escapism.
Mercury in Cancer – Returning to Cancer after what seemed like an unusually long retrograde period (it just felt that way), Mercury is asking and encouraging us to apply our mental, analytical, interpretive and communicative faculties to understanding the ‘foundations of our psyche’. Perhaps greater insight is needed as to our sub-conscious conditioning, our familial constructs, our collective identities through which we define ourselves. We may also look to tradition and other cultural constructs to find a sense of rootedness or belonging at this time.
So all these energies harmonize with one another, and amplify each other, creating a powerful current of energy we call a Grand Trine. Trines are neither ‘good’ or ‘bad’, they simply mean that energies enhance one another. The way you experience this Trine is hugely dependent upon the way you choose to engage with the energies of each astral body involved.
This intense energetic pathway is raised a notch as Mercury opposes Pluto, turning the Grand Trine into a Kite. What this means is that the energy of the Trine is likely to be focused through the Mercury-Pluto opposition. I have written about that here, for those interested:https://bairaveebalasubramaniam.com/2014/07/24/mercury-pluto-retrograde-opposition/
This opposition also creates a T-Square between Uranus (recently turned) Retrograde, Pluto Retrograde and Mercury. The apex or point of greatest focus will be Uranus Retrograde, which Mercury will square (exact) at 7:57 am, July 25th 2014, GMT + 8:00.
Uranus Retrograde asks you to transform your internal awareness (shift) and embody that change authentically. Pluto Retrograde facilitates a seeming crisis, or eruption within the psyche, particularly to do attitudes towards the status quo, the societal super-structure, the super-ego construct and measures of worldly success and achievement. Mercury in Cancer will question and ponder as to how all of these different impulses to change, transformation and emergence will link to the self’s relation with the collective, the family, the tribe?
For most of the 25th, the Moon will be bridging Mercury and Venus, sitting in between them, and blending their energies – all of which feed into the Grand Trine and the Uranus Pluto Square.
This is a major day as the Sun conjuncts Jupiter at 4:23 am.
Had a lovely experience coming back to my house with my mum. We’d just been buying some food from some vendors who’d set up shop to mark the Ramadan festivities. Lots of traditional Malay cuisine (steamed rice cooked in the hollow of bamboo stalks, different curries loaded with coconut milk, colourful sweets, satay, sea coconut water and other kinds of local drinks). It was nice little walk for me and mum.
On the way back, I was carrying back stuff to take home and there was this Tamil family waiting by the lifts. A card-activated security glass door in between. So the family’s waiting and this little boy notices me walking up, changes direction, rushes to the door, opens it so I can get through. I smile, he smiles back and I say thank you – to which he says you’re welcome.
It’s not a common gesture here – at least not for the kids to do – and my mum had to shout behind me to keep the door open for her as I was quite surprised. Then a little girl followed behind her, I held the door open with my foot – She looked a little uncertain at first, then smiled sweetly and said thank you.
I seems like such a simple thing, but I just felt two chakras open when I saw those innocent, happy, smiles. The Heart and the Sacral, and a very motherly-nurturing feeling just poured through me. A peaceful vibration of calm.
It’s such a simple thing, and so yet so extraordinary. My mind was in a completely different place – just focused on getting back home. And then I just experienced this total shift of perspective and gentle calming – out of the blue. I felt hope, pure hope and all at once my (perception of the) world at large changed. Quite a beautiful feeling of peace and calm.
Amazing what power a child’s smile holds
~ Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Image: “Soul of innocence…” by Hemanthsingh.h – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soul_of_innocence….jpg#mediaviewer/File:Soul_of_innocence….jpg
Venus in Cancer dreams and desires the tender ministrations of romantic intimacy, it enjoys spending its energy of nurture and sensual connection, its desire for aesthetic refinement and element within the home/familial context. This is where the Goddess Venus adorns theWomb of the Earth with precious gems and sweet-smelling flower garlands. This is where we seek to adorn the Mother with our love.
Neptune Retrograde in Pisces on the other hand, does not enhance Venus’ desire with the glossy haze of fantasy, illusion or ephemeral pretensions. Neptune Retrograde ‘keeps it real’, and slices through all that lacks grounding in reality, all that lacks resonance with the vibration of Truth and All-Encompassing-Love. Through the Dissolution of the Un-Real, Neptune powerfully opens portals to other realms, be it within our imagination or spiritual journeys.
When both bodies are trined, their energetic flow is amplified and emphasized. Both energies harmonize and re-inforce one another. The specific effects of a trine can be felt in a ‘pleasant’ or an ‘unpleasant’ way depending upon how you have conditioned yourself to respond to Venusian and Neptunian energies. If you have unrealistic expectations about love, for instance, you might feel this trine to be a painful one as the cutting edge of Neptune Retrograde bursts your bubble. If you have ungrounded understandings of the spiritual and metaphysical, the materialistic energy of Venus pulls you down (and this is a good thing) back to ground-Earth level. Neither extreme – of being overly spiritual or overly materialistic is ideal.
To summarize, this energy brings about:
Realism in Love and Spirituality
If you allow it to.
Blessings to all,
Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Around the time of the trine, I published my piece on a sweet, innocent encounter which triggered a process of deep healing. It felt like an otherworldly, rejuvenating pulse of love to the heart and the (motherly aspect of the) sacral/womb. In retrospect it makes perfect sense:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=537968882973778&set=pb.100002820140717.-2207520000.1406203609.&type=3&theater
“Venus globe” by NASA – http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00104. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Venus_globe.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Venus_globe.jpg
“Neptune” by NASA/JPL – http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00046. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Neptune.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Neptune.jpg
I felt this phrase flow out of me in response to something a fellow spiritualist wrote. It seems to be an apt response to all the fear that surrounds so many at this time. No need to turn a blind eye to the reality around you, but no need to allow that to define who you are, and what you choose to bring into being. Hate begets hate and fear begets fear. Let’s try something different
Quote & Image: Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Description: My first view of the Himalayas