MERCURY RETROGRADE CONJUNCTS VESTA: THE PRIESTESS AND THE MESSENGER MEET (PART 1 OF 2)

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The Leo Full Moon was an intense one – we’re still very much within its energetic zone of influence. Against that backdrop, we have a potent conjunction between Mercury Retrograde (the Messenger Reversed) and Vesta (The Goddess Asteroid of Priestessing) at 3 Aquarius ’52 degrees. This occurred earlier today at 5:17 pm, Fen 5th 2015 (GMT + 8).

This Mercury Retrograde cycle has felt unusually intense as (previously) Mars, Venus and (currently) the Sun and Vesta have been co-habiting the same sign (Aquarius). Aquarius is doubly emphasized as the sign of the previous New Moon (January 20th) and the upcoming New Moon (February 19).

When Mercury Retrograde makes key aspects to other astrological bodies or points, it often brings us the opportunity to revisit, reflect upon and re-learn key messages or pieces of information. It can also open a doorway to look at something from different layers or levels of understanding. Mercury was the only being in Greco-Roman mythology to have been able to seamlessly cross over the the different realms (The Underworld, The Earth, Olympus, and so on). It invites us to engage with things we have already experienced, but at a wholly new level.

In this instance – it is Vesta whom Mercury opens the gateway within. So let’s look at her briefly. Vesta is the Goddess Asteroid of Priestessing. She represents many things – the place where you regenerate your energies, a focal point of devotion which you may be called to ‘give up’ as path of your Path, a connection with the energy and history of Priestessing (and Spiritual Facilitation in general). It is usually a placement that asks you to take the truer path, and asks you to release the ego as part of the facilitative work you have come to do. Whether or not we use titles, or recognize the concept of Priest/essing – we all facilitate each other in some capacity.

So when Mercury Rx conjuncts Vesta, we may receive messages, insights, that will open new doorways to furthering our spiritual paths and journeys. These messages may come out of the blue, or be delivered in a fairly strange way (owing to the eccentricity and spontaneity associated with Aquarius).

Ultimately the message is one that asks you to discover the unique gifts, perspectives and abilities that you as an individual can bring to the collective. It asks you to look at the groups and associations that you are a part of in bringing this message. It emphasizes the medium, form, style and delivery of the messages that you bring as part of the spiritual work that you do. And in some sense, we are all ‘working’ – at the very least on ourselves – and that too is a valuable contribution to the collective level of consciousness.

Mercury Rx and Vesta both sextile (60 degree aspect) Saturn at 3 Sagittarius ’47. The message you receive now is part of a larger, slower, long-term process through which you discover your Spiritual Path and the way you embody that Truth. Your relationship with gurus, mentors and teachers will also transform by way of the message received today – this is not a bad thing! If anything, it may help you break down more egoic-understandings of what is spiritual authority – moving to a less hierarchical understanding of the guru-student relationship.

You are likely to receive this message out of the blue from a friend, a member of a shared spiritual group/charitable network/altruistic cause, and most likely by way of electronic media. You may also receive it whilst in meditative work with Spirit. Other possibilities are there, of course, depending on where the conjunction occurs in your natal chart and what aspects it makes.

Remember that the power, delivery and consequent emotional responses you may have to the message received today is still tinging with the aftermath of the Leo Full Moon, and with the power of the Mercury Retrograde.

Try not to take things too personally and do your level best to find a perspective that is both compassionate and detached. Save yourself the energetic hassle of assuming the worst, or reading too much into things.

Those with placements near 3 degrees Cancer will experience this as a powerful Yod that will also bring you to a very, very significant karmic crossroad. The path that you choose here will anchor (for some time, at least) the way in which you connect with the energies of the Mother and the forces of tradition, culture and other things which give you a sense of home and belonging.

The asteroids shed more light on the Mercury Rx-Vesta conjunction and what they ask us to consider at this time:

Mercury Retrograde/Vesta —

– square Bienor (3 Taurus): We’re asked to use our power and authority with integrity, and with a view to creating abundance not just for the self – but for the collective as well

– trine Lachesis (3 Libra): We are asked to realize that whatever is coming through now is not a sudden development. It’s been there for a while, and it has just now entered your reality, in full view of your conscious perception. You get to choose how to deal with it, in the present moment, and are advised not to get too nostalgic / attached to a past idea, or too fearful/worried about the future. Be here now, and see the steps that the present context requires.

– trine Asbolus (4 Gemini): The situation is one which can lead to surprising insight into facts about your early childhood environment, the perceptions you learnt then, the relationship you had/have with your siblings – or even into ‘seeing’ (as in the way that a seer sees) dynamics about your current, immediate everyday circumstances. Some of you may also find the impulse that the conjunction creates as a jump-start to projects in writing, speaking, learning and exploring different avenues of self-expression. Honor your intuition!

Remember — All that is happening now – especially with the role of Saturn and Asbolus – is for your spiritual development and maturation. Moreover, we have the Sun – Jupiter opposition (Aquarius-Leo) coming up in just over 30 hours’ time. We’re likely to get more insight as to the fuller implications and opportunities created by the Mercury/Vesta conjunction, and their sextile to Saturn in the coming days.

Have faith and let this energy unfold in as graceful a manner as possible. Know this this too, will lead you to new horizons, even if you’re not sure what they are.

It’s a beautiful possibility and one born of the energies of friendship – altruism – compassion and your link with the collective (Aquarius). Be thankful to receive this gift and all the doors that it opens for you 🙂

This message is likely to be revisited on March 4th, 2015 when Mercury conjuncts Vesta again at 17 Aquarius ’45. Mercury would have just ended its shadow phase by that point, moving at full speed in direct motion. I’ll address that in Part 2 – closer to the time of the second conjunction.

Blessings to all of you,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

Image: Louis Welden Hawkins (1849–1910), The Priestess [public domain via Wikimedia Commons]

LEO FULL MOON – SUN OPPOSES FULL MOON / JUPITER RX / JUNO RX + YOD AND OTHER ALIGNMENTS (7:09 am, Feb 4th 2015, GMT + 8 at 14 Leo ’48)

Leo Full Moon 2015

Blessings to all! This Leo Full Moon represents the culmination of seeds (intentions) set during last’s year Leo New Moon, specifically between July 24-30 2014. Jupiter, Eris, the Nodes and other powerful astrological bodies, including a Massive Yod, were strongly at play during that New Moon and are being revisited at this time. See http://wp.me/p4OUNS-1qfor my article from then. We had a life-altering Yod present at that time – whose energies are revisited now (details below).

During this Full Moon, we have a Yod, a Near-Grand Sextile, an intense Nodal T-Square, a Sun-Moon opposition (forming the backbone of the Yod) and a powerful connection with the Grand Attractor in the skies. I’ll skim through each aspect.

Full Moon – Sun opposed Moon (conjunct Juno Rx and Jupiter Rx) – The opposition brings into full focus the energy of Leo: The Child, The Performer, The Lover, The Leader. Our Heart and Sacral Chakras are particularly charged by this activation, intensified by the Moon’s conjunction with Juno (as I see her – the Gateway to the energies of the Divine Feminine and/or Soulmate energy) and Jupiter (the Bringer of Abundance, the Opener of Pathways). As both Juno and Jupiter are in Retrograde, their energies act either exclusively at the internal level and/or appear in very hard to predict ways. They can also refer to persons whom you have previously had some kind of interaction with, either in this lifetime or past ones.

It can be a powerful energy that makes you push through and intensify your ability to self-love, sometimes coming through the teachings of another.

Yod – Pluto/Ceres sextiles Neptune/Venus/Chiron/Mars, both inconjunct the Full Moon/Jupiter Rx /Juno Rx

The Yod intensifies the energy of the Sun-Moon/Jupiter Rx/Juno Rx opposition. It acts as a powerful funnel that amplifies and focuses all this energy on the Full Moon itself. Pluto/Ceres in Capricorn make us question the way we nurture ourselves and others, particularly in matters to do with the kind of material legacy we with to leave behind in this world. You can take that to mean your career, your environmental footprint, a building with your name on it, your children – depends on how you look at it. Pluto asks you to transform the very basis of what you consider a ‘stable’ legacy to be, and the ways that one can be nurtured to manifest that legacy. Older ideas about power, authority and structure are radically being transformed at this time as Ceres finds new ways to guide us towards a new (collective) understanding of legacy.

Venus/Mars/Neptune/Chiron in Pisces focus on transforming the way we both desire and love, in fundamental ways. There is a great deal of loving detachment that is called for at this time, though this powerful stellium. For more info see – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-j2

With these two powerful impulses inconjucting the Full Moon + Jupiter Rx + Juno Rx as the apex of the Yod, we are confronted with an intense, insistent karmic dynamic that calls us to make a critical decision. This represents a make-it-or-go-back-and-learn-it-again moment in our spiritual understanding. We are called to go deeper and discover the love that lies beneath our vulnerabilities, our wounds, our histories and to bring it back to our waking consciousness, and in the way we perceive ourselves.

Yods can be painful, so do not be surprised if a part of your journey requires some uncomfortable, introspective work. Some of you will, of course, sail through this. Personally, I’ve felt the energy of this yod building for weeks now – and it will be present for the rest of February as well. That is discussed in my review of Feb’s astrology (link to follow soon).

Pluto/Ceres is of course squaring Uranus / South Node in Aries and the North Node in Libra. That’s been going on for a while. Those with placements at or near 10-14 Cancer will feel this as an intense Grand Cardinal Nodal Cross.

The Near-Grand Sextile is in effect, making this a very potent time for manifestation and the anchoring of new energies. Due to the position of asteroid Chaos, we will – to some extent – be experiencing this as a complete Grand Sextile. Those will placements at or near 14 Gemini will complete the Sextile in their charts.

Finally – I’ve saved the best for last – The Sun is sextiled the Great Attractor (conjunct Pallas Athena at 13 Sagittarius). What we do now in the development of our individual gifts, our sense of uniqueness, or ability and courage to dream and manifest those dreams will be of great significance at this time. The Great Attractor quite literally attracts energy to way you embody your Truth and the Dreams that come along with it. This can work either way (positive or negative attention), so act with strategy (courtesy of Pallas Athena). Not the best day to see the world in either/or (black/white) terms.

Those with placements at or near 14 Cancer will experience this energy as a Phenomenal Yod. Act wisely, to the best of your ability.

Much Love to All 🙂 and Many Blessings,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com