ASTRO-UPDATE: 16-18 NOVEMBER 2014: NEW YOD! – MERCURY-PALLAS ATHENA CONJUNCTION – SUN-SATURN CONJUNCTION – NODAL-SQUARE

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At 9:34 am, November 16th 2014 (GMT + 8), exactly 12 hours after the Neptune Retrograde ended, a powerful yod formed in the skies. The Virgo Moon sextiled Mercury (11 Sco) and Pallas Athena (12 Sco), both forming inconjuct aspects to Uranus Retrograde (13 Ari). This yod will remain in the skies until 1:39 am, November 17 2014 (approximately 9.5 hours from now).

As you know, the skies are currently lit up with all kinds of different configurations (which I’ve written about on my blog) – so to avoid repetition, I’ll just focus on newer configurations.

This Yod (Finger of Fate) creates a critical decision point/karmic point of transcendence or further entrenchment in the way we access the qualities of ‘Higher’ Consciousness or ‘Higher’ Mind.

Our connection with Source ‘Out There’ as opposed to Source ‘Within’ is being pushed to a whole other level. In the sign of Aries, we are likely to feel the effects of this yod as an opportunity to transform, to revolutionize, to discover a whole new way in which we embody ‘I AM Consciousness’.

Many will see key breakthroughs in their sense of self at this time – as whole new chapters of their Soul’s awakening begin to emerge.

With the Virgo Moon, the energy of one’s emotions, subconscious attachments and intuitive faculties are likely to be focused upon the Here-And-Now – what needs doing, who needs serving, what’s right/what isn’t, what’s the best way to deal with something from a practical perspective, etc.

On the other hand, sextiling the Moon, the conjunction of Pallas Athena and Mercury are focused on different things.

Pallas Athena is giving you the courage to speak up about what your feelings, rights, entitlements and perspectives are surrounding a situation with an intimate/sexual and/or financial partner of some kind.

She slams her spear into the ground to create a boundary and says: Do not cross, lest I call you to do so. Remember that She is the Goddess of Healing, Wisdom _and_ War – it’s probably wise to honor that boundary and to assert the same for yourself..

Mercury similarly focuses upon the communicative, intellectual and analytical faculties that Pallas Athena embodies. In the realm of Scorpio, the energy of the Messenger allows you to access different layers or parts of yourselves at this time, facilitating a more holistic, integrated response to whatever situation of crisis/karmic challenge you face.

Whilst this is a powerful opportunity to transform one’s notion of Self, even the health of the physical body (depending on your chart), it may be experienced painfully by many – owing to the Moon’s opposition with Chiron Retrograde ( 5:41 pm, November 16, 2014, GMT + 8) at 13 Vir/Pis ’07.

This opposition is likely to take on the classic Pisces/Virgo dynamic which – as I understand it – places two different approaches the spiritual journey in (unnecessary) opposition.

Think of Pisces as the tsunami, ultimately washing away all need for Form, Structure, Boundary and knows no Time. In contrast, Virgo represents the Priest/ess holding his or her ground, ensuring that energies are encoded in material form, serving in the present moment, the Here and Now.

They seem like opposites, but truly, they are complements to one another. I see it as a different expression of the Shiva-Shakti dynamic.

Those who feel particularly ungrounded or vulnerable at this time are advised to treat themselves gently and/or to seek reliable support groups. Try not to give into escapist tendencies – be they expressed through substance abuse, food binges, over-working, etc.

If you can, face the energies these aspects unleash, and allow yourself to learn their lessons – and if that’s not possible, don’t worry about it – just make sure you are in a well-supported situation.

You will learn what you need for your journey ahead, when you need to. No rush.

Be aware that Mercury will conjunct Pallas Athena at 9:29 am November 17th (12 Sco ’30) – you may well find the words and the strategy to deal with the intimate situation highlighted by the yod (possibly even earlier!).

Also note that the Sun is preparing for its annual conjunction with Saturn at 25 Scorpio ’56 – This will take place at 4:47 pm, November 18. I expect many of you to be already feeling the focus upon some kind of element of restriction or obstacle perceived within intimate partnerships, energetic/resource sharing arrangements and such.

All of this emphasis on Scorpio will certainly require you to look within the ‘Shadow’ Self, in a direct and disciplined manner.

It’s time to look in the darkness, only to realize that there is – Nothing To Fear. This is a profound opportunity for you to address issues deeply buried within your sub-conscious with the Light of Awareness (Sun) present in this conjunction.

Mars (17 Cap ’15) will will make a T-square with both the North and South Nodes (17 Lib/Ari ’15) at 5:42 pm, November 18. Those with placements at or near 17 Ari/Can/Lib/Cap will feel this as either a Cardinal T-Square or Grand Cardinal Cross!

This is powerful Nodal energy which hints at a karmic situation involving (1) a male romantic partner/the partner playing the ‘masculine role’ (2) one’s animus (male aspect of psyche) which we can interpret as reflections of our connection with the Divine Masculine within. The partner/s we attract externally tell us something about this Inner Connection – strongly emphasized during this alignment.

So, all in all – it’s a very busy sky at the minute! Here’s yesterday’s article which tells you more about Neptune stationing Direct, other aspects still playing their roles in the sky, and the Awakening of the Masculine Principle – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-bX

And… I’ve saved the best for last. Those with astrological placements at or near 11-12 degrees Cancer AND 11-15 Taurus will feel this as a GRAND SEXTILE. Happy Manifesting!

Blessings and Joy to All!

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

NEPTUNE RETROGRADE ENDS, AN AWAKENED SKY + SHIVA’S INVITATION

Neptune Retrograde Ends

At 9:34 pm, November 15 2014 (GMT + 8), Neptune’s retrograde officially ended (4 Pisces ’48). This is a phenomenal shift in terms of the energy we experience on a day-to-day basis. Neptune Retrograde in its home sign of Pisces has – for the past few months – been teaching us to get harder, edgier, and more critical (in the analytical) sense about our spiritual understandings. It’s been a rough ride for many as all forms of illusion, no matter how beautiful they may have seemed had to break.

Neptune will station direct¬†for a little while longer before it begins its normal motion. In direct form, its energy allows for a little more softness in our spiritual journeys where everything does not have to be defined in terms of harsh truth. We begin to see the beauty in that truth and the ephemeral qualities it brings to our lives. From a strongly internal focus upon ourselves, we will begin to move outwards and seek external sources for inspiration, and connection with more transcendental understandings of the Spiritual. I expect to see many boundary-crossing works of art and other forms of inspired creation be birthed at this time – just as many will see the dissolution of many fallacies held close to one’s heart.

As this directional shift was going on, know that we also had a powerful Neptune-Moon opposition take place at the same time. The Moon was in Virgo, seeking to attend to the more practical details of life, setting necessary boundaries and searching for ways to nurture self – and others (ideally in a position of balance). Neptune shifting signs in Pisces would have had the opposite effect.

Many emotional decisions are likely to have been made now, some leading to the dissolution of older ties and bonds, linked by the energy of care-taking, or the (imbalanced) quality of Subservience (as opposed to Spiritual Service/Facilitation) Рespecially for those with natal placements anywhere near 4-5 degrees Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces.

This is further emphasized by Jupiter (21 Leo) trining Vesta (20 Sag) as the energy of the Guru/Guide energizes the archetype of the Spiritual Facilitator (Vesta), often associated with the energy of Sacrifice. This would have been most keenly felt in romantic partnerships and also in the nature of a parent-child relationship.

Soulmate partnerships and dynamics are under particular scrutiny at this time as Juno (13 Leo) is seriously activated by several intense configurations at this time – the Great Goddess Fire Trine, the Cauldron and November’s Mega Yod (check out my blog for info on each of these aspects if you’re interested).

Black Moon Lilith (28 Leo) also squares Venus (29 Scorpio), indicating powerful dynamics within romantic and financial partnerships which are being challenged by the wilder, primordial, irrepressible strength of Black Moon Lilith. Kali energy rises in many partnerships, now, in other words – and it is best to honor that energy seeking to express the truth of itself. Those with planets at or near 28-29 Aquarius or Taurus will feel this as a powerful Fixed T-Square or Grand Fixed Cross.

Venus at 29 Scorpio (the Anaretic degree) itself pushes us to a point of finality or culmination in some key aspect of deep, intimate partnerships. It can also refer to the way energies and funds are merged in businesses involving another person’s money (trusts, mergers, etc.).

There a bunch of other aspects also operating in the skies which amplify what has already been said and expressed. All in all, not an easy time for partnerships of any kind. With Neptune ending its retrograde, a lot of illusions (if any were left) or inappropriate attitudes/perspectives taken about partnerships will be severely challenged at this time. Some may seek to escape, retreat into their own inner worlds because the tension may be too much – if this sounds like you, surround yourself with friends and stay away from overly taxing emotional encounters. (Make your need for space and retreat known first – to avoid over-complicating an issue).

In general, rest – relax – and take a ‘time-out’ if you have to, taking this massive shift into account. It’s also a time for massive spiritual re-awakening and — a fantastic call for the awakening of the compassionate aspect of the Divine Masculine. I associate Neptune’s energies with those of Lord Shiva – and it does seem to bear fruit at this time.

The asteroid Siva (representing His energies at 18 Sag) is sextiled the North Node (17 Libra). Those with astrological placements at or near 17-18 Taurus will feel this as a powerful Yod (Finger of Fate) which will open a new chapter in your spiritual lives.

Blessings to all, and I hope this report helps you make sense of the current energies.

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Shiva image: Lord Shiva at Murudeshwar, Karnataka..jpg – By Abhijeetsawant (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Graphic: Neptune Retrograde Ends 2014 + Lord Shiva. jpg – By Bairavee Balasubramaniam (Own work) – [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]