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

 

Grand Fire Trine

Vanakam, Namaste and Blessings to All,

I would like to tell you of a potent astrological configuration in our skies that began 5 hours ago and will continue to influence us for another 21 hours or so.
This piece is a more detail-oriented, explanatory article suitable for astrological self-study and self-analysis. This is my first article published under that banner.

For a more intuitive, Goddess-oriented take on this energy, please see – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-3f

We are experiencing a Grand Fire Trine in the Skies, involving the signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius or the 1st, 5th, and 9th houses of astrology.

First I will tell you about what Fire energy is/does in astrology and the three signs associated with it, then I’ll move onto the planets involved.

Fire energy is associated with alchemy, transformation, purification, inspiration and creative drive. It is the energy of the ‘go-getter’, the pioneer, the leader that pushes through a new vision or idea in the world. Aries is the Path-Maker/Path-Breaker, Leo is the Dramatic, Dynamic, Creative Performer & Child, Sagittarius is the Philosopher-King-Adventurer that Journeys forth with an energy of pure Optimism. In various traditions, Fire energy is associated with the Masculine or Yang Archtype. Shakta traditions, in contrast associate Kali (active feminine) energy with Fire as well. So it is not an energy limited to men, but rather, it involves what we call the ‘Masculine Archetype’ in all beings.

One of the common threads that sun through the three manifestations of Fire energy are the different ways in which the Self is Perceived in relation to the World, shown by their different mottos:

Aries – I AM
Leo – I Am my Persona
Sagittarius – I Am my Experiences
(inspired by Gargatholil’s Depth Astrology)

Aries does not reference anything outside of its self to understand its role in the world. For that reason, the energy of the Path-Breaker – can, to some – seem like the energy of the tyrant or the autocrat if unbalanced. In its most intense form, Aries can be a vessel of the Divine sense of ‘I AM Consciousness’ or — a pure manifestation of the Ego’s I AM (more important than anyone else) perception.

Leo focuses upon its Persona – the mask that it wears to others as it presents itself to the word. Ever the lover of the stage, Leo enjoys the spotlight – even in personal interactions. This is wonderful if what is performed uplifts collective consciousness, but can easily become a situation where an insecure ego seeks to manipulate the views of others to get validation.

Sagittarius has difficulties separating its true essence from its perception of the external world. It believes that it experiences itself through adventure – whether that is travel, mental stimulation, philosophical study, etc. is an individual choice. This sign can become overly judgmental or opinionated, not allowing other perspectives to flourish or be seen as equally valid – as – any view apart from its own can be seen as a threat to the ego’s freedom and identity.

Moving onto the Trine aspect – as I have explained previously, Trine energy is one which simply opens a channel for the abundant flow of energy between two bodies. Whether this is a flow that leads or happy or sad experiences, an abundance of poverty or wealth, depends entirely upon how you choose to work with it. A Grand Trine is the connection of three trine aspects in the shape of a triangle.

Grand Fire Trines, therefore, combine these different levels and aspects of Fire energy. They allow you to experience, question, and assert the ways in which you experience your true Essence of Self. Is it through what your body tells you? your ego? the way other people see you or approve of you? through experiencing the world?

In this Grand Fire Trine, we have Uranus Retrograde in Aries trining the Moon in Sagittarius, trining a stellium (combination of planets) in Leo: Lilith, Sun and Mercury. I shall give a brief summary of what each planet does before concluding this article:

Uranus (awakening, revelation, flashes of insight, humanitarian causes, rebellion, electronic communications) Retrograde (felt internally, emerging through the psyche’s reaction to something in the external world) in Aries (Self as the Source of Knowledge, the Body, The ‘I AM’ perception)

Moon (tradition, mothering, nurture, caregiving, collective identity – tribe, etc., sub-conscious conditioning, intuition, Goddess energy) in Sagittarius (expansion, adventure, travel, philosophy, exploration, higher education)

Mercury (communication, analysis, perception, ability to travel / perceive other realms) + Lillith (Dark Goddess / Suppressed Feminine archetype, female wounding) + Sun (focused awareness, creativity, children, Inner Child, joy, light of consciousness) are in the sign of Leo (considered the home of the Sun).

When you get a powerful combination such as this — there are too many possibilities to generalize any outcomes. What I can tell you is that there will be some kind of unexpected breakthrough of insight, which will probably require you to assert your self/skills/creativity in front of others, drawing upon things that you have already experienced through your Journey. This energy will likely draw upon and give rise to an aspect of your femininity that has been suppressed, or left unheard for far too long.

For us Goddessians, this a time for Kali-Ma to dance her side of the Tandava on the World’s Stage.

For instance: I just received an invitation to speak from a company here in Malaysia. Wholly unexpected (Uranus), requires public performance (Leo) and chimes perfectly with my desire to ‘move forward’, in a position of inspiring/teaching others (Sagittarius). Unsurprisingly, these are my 10th, 5th, and 6th houses.

That’s a lovely example of how it can manifest, but there are other possibilities as well. Stay positive – just let your Spirit guide you where it needs to go. Allow yourself to remain open to insight, breakthroughs and inspiration (from out of the blue) and allow the Alchemy of Fire to Transform you.

I wouldn’t take this Grand Fire Trine lightly as

(1) it preludes powerful energies that we will experience during the Aquarius Full Moon, and of a longer-term Grand Fire Trine later in 2014 (

(2) the Lilith/Sun/Mercury stellium is the tip or apex of a powerful yod involving Pluto Retrograde and Chiron Retrograde. The Grand trine and Yod only intensify their square to Saturn in Scorpio.

(3) As wonderful and transformative as Fire energy can be, it can literally fan the flames of conflict if used without integrity. Watch your words now, and even if you have to disagree with someone, do so with integrity and compassion without putting them down. Your/Their Words may have more impact than you/they realize at this time. A tall order if someone is behaving unfairly with you, but, it’s exactly what we – as spiritual seekers – need to do, especially in times like these.

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

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

Image of Flame: “Fire” by Awesomoman – Own work. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons –http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fire.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Fire.JPG

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

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I’ve had a strange day today. I felt this sudden weakness and lethargy come over me. No amount of nutrition or self care could really explain this swift drop in energy levels. It’s been one of those days where you just have to lie down from time to time. I checked with a fellow priestess I trust and realized it was something that wasn’t limited to my life (a relief in some ways).

Eventually (in addition to all else that’s going on energetically in the world right now), I realized that this is a part of the buildup to this year’s most intense Supermoon: The Aquarius Full Moon on the 11th of August 2014, 2:08 am (GMT +8 :00).

I will of course, be posting a separate piece on the Full Moon closer to the date – but consider this a teaser. Whatever you shall be manifesting shall be directly linked to events or intentions set during the Aquarius New Moon.

Looking through my astrology archives on The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light (GSS). I realized that the New Moon occurred on January 31st, 2014. This coincided with the start of the Year of the Horse in the Chinese Calendar and was a ‘Black Moon Rising’, i.e the second New Moon in a calendar month.

The image attached is a floral arrangement made as part of Chinese New Year Celebrations, taken on 31.1.2014 – the start of the Year of the Horse itself.

There were also three powerful yods that were active during the New Moon – and the seeds of the karmic consequences of actions performed and intentions set then, will be ready for reaping now. For reference, this was close to the time of Imbolc (February 1st) in the Northern Hemisphere – as the Goddess heals from the birthing of the Sun God once more; also associated with the energies of Lady Brighid.

Look back to that time and see whatever it is that you decided to do, intended to achieve or felt at that time and see how it has ‘ripened’, ‘matured’ or ‘culminated’ at this time of Harvest (echoing the theme of Lammas in the Northern Hemisphere celebrated on August 1st).

This is a very happy confirmation for me because – as most of you would have seen – I’ve been celebrating the 5000 mark today on my page (GSS), exactly 11 months after I founded it.

As I set up my celebration thread I had this feeling that I would find some reference to its growth but didn’t know how (earlier today). I looked through my archives and saw that we celebrated our 4000 mark exactly at the time of the Aquarius New Moon. It’s nice to know that we’ve grown, 1000-strong in half a yearly cycle. I invite you all to join this growing, conscious spiritual community if so interested.

Blessings to all – I shall post more information on the coming Full Moon soon. Lilith will be playing a MAJOR role in this one

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

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

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

[Reprint from 5th September 2013]

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In ancient times, the world’s civilizations worshiped the Great Mother, honored the elemental and natural metaphysics of existence, living in peace with Nature. Women lived and served as priestesses in hallowed temples, celebrating their sacred connection with the Divine through their bodies, and often, their liberated sexuality. And everywhere the Mother was to be found, so too was the Serpent, and the Sea.

Many of these civilizations we have forgotten entirely, remaining in our collective memories through ‘flood myths’, folklore and a vague sense of recognition. The temples of Atlantis, Lemuria and Mu still call out to those who are willing to listen.

With the rise of the written word and the enforcement of patriarchal social norms, humanity lost its sacred connection with the Divine, with Nature, with its priestesses. And the world changed.

In an age where women are still abused and seen as unequal, despite monumental breakthroughs in science, technology, education and articulations of political equality – women are still are kept out of sacred spaces, their intuitive wisdom ridiculed and ignored, their sacred blood seen as wretched. There is no more cause to wait: It is time to Arise, Awaken and Be.

With Love, with Memory, with Connection, let us find our strength once again and re-build this broken connection, let us celebrate the sacred union of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine to find ourselves whole once more.

Let us bring our priestesses back into the temples, back into the heart of spiritual life, alongside priests. Let us honor Nature and her fierce, wise and loyal Serpent and allow these energies to light the way for our future. Let us bridge the diverse religious and spiritual traditions of the world through the Gateway of Love in the Heart, the Gateway of Home in the Earth and the Ocean and the Gateway to the Cosmos in the Crown.

Let us commune with the consciousness of forgotten civilizations submerged by time and the oceans, supported by intelligence and compassion whose origins we are yet to comprehend. Advanced in their spiritual knowledge, they call out to us to bring back this path once again: Of Goddess, Serpent and Sea.

Arise, Awaken and Be

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Founder-Admin of The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

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

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

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The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light, or GSS, is the first Facebook Page I founded on the 5th of September 2013 (during the Virgo New Moon). It was this page that became my first public platform through which I could reach out, communicate with, share, explore and embody my growing spiritual consciousness. Today, on August 5th 2014, GSS has reached over 5000 souls and counting, in what is undoubtedly a Conscious, Growing Community of Love. I invite you to join this community if you so wish by going to:  https://www.facebook.com/GSS.Pathway.Of.Light or @thegsspathway

I am reprinting here, the first article which I posted on GSS – much of the information resonates strongly with me still, even more so than it did before. My thanks goes to all members of this community, past, present, and future.

Blessings to All.

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Founder-Admin of The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com; https://www.facebook.com/GSS.Pathway.Of.Light

[Founding Article Reprinted Below: Original Imagery shown]

Original Image

In ancient times, the world’s civilizations worshiped the Great Mother, honored the elemental and natural metaphysics of existence, living in peace with Nature. Women lived and served as priestesses in hallowed temples, celebrating their sacred connection with the Divine through their bodies, and often, their liberated sexuality. And everywhere the Mother was to be found, so too was the Serpent, and the Sea.

Many of these civilizations we have forgotten entirely, remaining in our collective memories through ‘flood myths’, folklore and a vague sense of recognition. The temples of Atlantis, Lemuria and Mu still call out to those who are willing to listen.

With the rise of the written word and the enforcement of patriarchal social norms, humanity lost its sacred connection with the Divine, with Nature, with its priestesses. And the world changed.

In an age where women are still abused and seen as unequal, despite monumental breakthroughs in science, technology, education and articulations of political equality – women are still are kept out of sacred spaces, their intuitive wisdom ridiculed and ignored, their sacred blood seen as wretched. There is no more cause to wait: It is time to Arise, Awaken and Be.

With Love, with Memory, with Connection, let us find our strength once again and re-build this broken connection, let us celebrate the sacred union of the Divine Masculine and the Divine Feminine to find ourselves whole once more.

Let us bring our priestesses back into the temples, back into the heart of spiritual life, alongside priests. Let us honor Nature and her fierce, wise and loyal Serpent and allow these energies to light the way for our future. Let us bridge the diverse religious and spiritual traditions of the world through the Gateway of Love in the Heart, the Gateway of Home in the Earth and the Ocean and the Gateway to the Cosmos in the Crown.

Let us commune with the consciousness of forgotten civilizations submerged by time and the oceans, supported by intelligence and compassion whose origins we are yet to comprehend. Advanced in their spiritual knowledge, they call out to us to bring back this path once again: Of Goddess, Serpent and Sea.

Arise, Awaken and Be

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
Founder-Admin of The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

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

 

 

 

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

Planetary Influences 4 8 14

Blessings to all,

A few quick notes on the astrology / planetary influences of 4.8.14.

Venus remains in a Grand Trine with Saturn and Chiron Retrograde, indicating that the Spirit-Form manifestation (birthing) process is still underway. So many of us have felt the immediate experience of ‘shifting’, but our realities and perceptions of them will take a little while to keep up Some have already seen instant manifestation. The Venus Pluto opposition has ended, meaning the most crises oriented, sometimes painful, part of the birthing has ended. Know that Juno will come along in September and kick the process up again, but in very different ways. After that, we see little activity of the kind for some time, barring the Moon’s transits in Cancer.

The Moon has just lit up the Mars Ceres Vesta stellium in Libra, activating its square to Jupiter and Mercury. I speak about that in more depth here: https://bairaveebalasubramaniam.com/2014/08/03/moon-conjuncts-mars-squares-mercury-and-jupiter-trines-neptune-rx-perfecting-the-art-of-grace-under-pressure/

We are also likely to feel an intense sense of being pressured or constrained, particularly in the expression of our emotions when the Moon conjuncts Saturn towards the end of the day. This can become an opportunity to learn how to put appropriate limits or boundaries on the way you share your intimate resources (energy, time, sexuality) with others.

Now.. for the big aspect I’ve been wanting to tell you about!

Sun-Mercury-Jupiter are in a stellium (conjunction at orb 7 degrees) together in Leo, forming a Yod with Pluto Retrograde and Neptune Retrograde. I’ve not talked about this yet, so I’ll spend a little time on it here.

The Sun represents our Light of Awareness, the point or sphere of life in which our vital energies and waking consciousness is drawn towards. Whenever the Sun is someplace, it is as though a flashlight has been turned on and a magnifying glass held up to one aspect of your self – passages highlighted in a familiar book.

Pluto Retrograde is the agent of manifesting soul-shaking, shadow-healing crises that lead to phenomenal spiritual transformations. It can be perceived as a truly painful aspect, but its lessons are ones which (like Saturn) teach us in ways that transform us (for the better). Coming out of a Pluto transit might feel like you’ve just survived a boxing match with Ali or Tyson, but you leave holding a precious box, lined with the greatest jewel of all – Your Authentic Being. In Retrograde, these crises are likely to erupt in the psyche on the basis of personal perceptions about others and their actions, instead of anyone literally trying to you in any way.

Neptune, when direct, is that kind of hazy, ethereal mist that lightly twinkles upon the world, weaving its seductive spell over us all as we become entranced in illusion. This can make for a wonderful romantic or spiritual experience of love, but can equally spell the ingredients for being deceived. It is the dual edge of the sword of Illusion – beautiful, but deadly if you live in it for too long. In Retrograde motion, Neptune’s energy often uses its own sword to ‘cut through the crap’ and help you see the inconsistencies and idiosyncrasies of wishful or magical thinking and spiritual fluffiness. It can help you see where you are willfully deluding yourself, and in so doing, holding yourself back from becoming all that you can be.

I refer you to the link above for a summary of Mercury and Jupiter, and the energies of Leo.

When you take these energies together in a Yod configuration, what you essentially get is Pluto Rx in Capricorn sextiling Neptune Rx in Pisces, both inconjunct the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in Leo. This is an extremely powerful combination. The inward crisis of Pluto is trying to get you to change superego/ societal perceptions of ‘success’, ‘career’, ‘achievement’ or ‘legacy’ – this blends harmoniously with Neptune Retrograde telling you to get real about your spiritual choices and perspectives. The two make a powerful combination in themselves. When both are inconjunct to the Leo stellium, what you see is a situation which creates a (perceived sense of) crisis emanating in your Capricorn and Pisces houses, that then call upon or greatly impact the way you manifest the Sun (conscious focus), Mercury (intellect, analysis, travelling between realms) and Jupiter (philosophical position, authority, teacher-student relationship, blessings) in Leo. The outcome of this Yod will be in the sign of Leo, linked to the 5th house of creativity, love, children, innocence and the Purity of the Inner Child construct.

Strictly speaking, this is not a ‘perfect’ Yod, but intuitively I sense it still has the full effect of one. This Yod lasts until August 5-6th. By that point the Sun and Mercury will be closer to Lilith – and you will then have to face their inconjunct to Chiron Retrograde. I will write more on that later.

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

MOON CONJUNCTS MARS, SQUARES MERCURY AND JUPITER, TRINES NEPTUNE RX: PERFECTING THE ART OF ‘GRACE UNDER PRESSURE’

 

Grace Under Pressure 3 8 14August 3rd, 2014 – all times in GMT + 8 (12 hours ahead of New York, 2 hours behind Sydney)

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’.

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

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

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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

http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

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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 ❤ ❤ ❤

MERCURY CONJUNCTS JUPITER, SQUARES MARS by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

mars jupiter conjunct square Mars3:21 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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The Path of Peace can never be Forged by Hatred ~ By Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

 

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Silence can be a powerful tool of protest through disengagement, but it can also be a sign of apathy, or of having been subjugated, your voice lost.

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.

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

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Image: Artist Unknown. Originally on: http://mepeace(dot)org/profiles/blogs/palestine-post

Update: It has come to my attention that the video of the son of the general may be a hoax. The idea that not all Israelis and Jews support military action on Gaza is, however, a valid one. 5,000 attended this rally in Tel Aviv, protesting for peace between Israel and Paleston: http://972mag.com/no-more-deaths-israelis-protest-the-gaza-war/94380/

 

GRAND SEXTILE 29-31 JULY 2014: INVITATION TO A GLOBAL PHOENIX MEDITATION

 

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
http://www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com