THE LESSONS OF THE ASTEROID GODDESSES AS MARS TRINES NEPTUNE RETROGRADE – Astrology Self-Study Article # 2 by Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Karmas Fork in the Road How do you Become Whole

Blessings to all,

All Asteroid Goddesses are connected in two powerful alignments in the sky right now: Juno, Ceres, Vesta, Pallas Athena – linked together by the Mother-Archetype of the Moon. They make a Wedge and T-Square aspect (described below). These Goddesses collectively teach us the value of self-nurture as we seek wholeness through the Divine Feminine in the Self and the Outside World. These lessons comes just as Mars (Masculine, Yang energy) is about to trine Neptune Retrograde (vision, inspiration, spirituality).

As this is an Astrology-Self Study article, I go into these aspects to some depth.┬áHere is a shorter piece with the gist of what’s happening <3 ~ http://wp.me/p4OUNS-3D

In this article I also introduce my understanding and experience of Juno, the Goddess Asteroid traditionally associated with Marriage and the Soul Mate. Juno will be working her magic all throughout August and till late September 2014

ASPECTS

We’re having an intense Wedge and T-Square in the skies – Peak Phase: 6:59 pm till 11:28 pm (GMT + 8), 7th August 2014

Both aspects share the same opposition (Moon-Juno).

The Wedge (opportunity to bring harmony to a situation) involves
Moon sextile Ceres
Ceres trine Juno
Moon opposed Juno

The T-Square (crisis that can precipitate creative breakthrough) involves
Moon square Pallas
Pallas square Juno
Moon opposed Juno

To summarize, what we’re going to see is two different energies – the Moon in Sagittarius and Juno in Gemini seeking to find a common meeting ground, or place for coexistence.

The Moon in Sagittarius seeks freedom through adventure, and has the ability to connect emotional, sub-conscious and intuitive energies through the exploration of Self-through-the-World. It can also symbolize escapism from the true work of exploring the Self by becoming overly hedonistic, seeking experiences solely for the pursuit of pleasure, and not deeper growth.

Juno – is a complex character to analyze – Whilst astrology calls her the Goddess Asteroid of Marriage and The Soulmate – I see her as a lot more than that. I shall be doing a post on her separately. I see her as representing the very essence of That Cosmic Other Half – The Divine Feminine in balance with the Masculine. Call her Asherah, Shakthi, Sophia – whatever your tradition guides you to do. But She essentially calls us to find and reconnect ourselves with that Primordial Feminine Energy that permeates all of Creation. Neither stronger, nor weaker, than the Masculine – without Her (or rather, the principle she Represents), spiritual experience is essentially incomplete. I would re-frame her as the principle of Feminine energy seeking completion, which is a more nuanced exposition on the way she is commonly understood – Intuitively, it feels more accurate to analyze and interpret her in this way. She is far too complex a goddess to pin down in a single category of ‘marriage and the soulmate’.

In the sign of Cancer, she calls to us – in our physical, environmental and metaphysical-primordial relationships to the Womb. She asks us to reach out and find, in ourselves, or in others (whichever appropriate), the ‘missing half’. Where is the Divine Feminine principle within yourself, and in the people you share your ‘truest nature’ with?

The Moon in Sagittarius can give us the courage to go forth (externally) to seek-in-the-World those connections and energies – with the understanding that all is but a Reflection of the Self. Alternatively, it can facilitate an escapist adventure that takes us away from our truest Selves in search of Union. That the Union we seek must first be found in ourselves, than in other people is an oft-forgotten idea – thanks to the plethora of cultural productions in the media that romanticize codependency and the idea that we cannot be whole in ourselves. (For instance: I love Disney, but man, did it take a while to de-program from that idea that a woman cannot be whole/happy without a man to protect her and rescue her!)

So we are called to Seek out the Union we desire. How and where and with whom we do is our choice entirely. This is where Ceres (The Nurturer) and Pallas Athena (The Strategist-Healer-Warrior) enter the picture. Ceres creates a beautiful flow of nurturing energy from its position in Scorpio (having just entered Scorpio). She beckons us to find our answers in ways that nurture and honor the deepest parts of our Spirit, our sexual/intimate selves and the parts of us which have been hidden under the label of ‘taboo’, ‘shame’ or the proverbial ‘blind spot’. She asks us to look past superficialities and into the deeper Mystery of the Sacred Self, often Veiled in Shadow.

— Remember that Vesta is close by (2 degrees from Ceres) encouraging us to nurture, honor and tend to our inner flames, burning in the Sacred Temple of the Body — Her influence (The Priestess, The Guardian of the Sacred Flame) is also felt in this alignment.

I am thankful for the T-Square, as an abundance of Trine and sextile energy in combination can create powerful flows of energies towards things in ways which may seem ‘fated’, but in actuality, are not. Not all that we are drawn to at this time will be right for us – and having that pressure to choose, that reminder of the need for discernment in our spiritual choices and the experiences that result from them is a blessing.

At this time, Pallas Athena in Virgo calls us to stand up for ourselves, assert our space, our worth and and integrity in the space/ground we stand on. She challenges us to find strategic ways to heal ourselves and discover greater self-sufficiency. Whilst Virgo is associated with the notion of service, we often forget that self-care, and self-nurture is equally — a gift that we can give to the Universe. For the love and wholeness we can create in ourselves, first of all, radiates into the Universe and (to paraphrase Marianne Wiliamson) subconsciously gives others the permission to do the same.

In search of our ‘missing half’, within or without, we may get carried away by the flowing energy of the Trine. Pallas reminds us with its sharp square to Juno and the Moon that we need to put our pursuit of spiritual growth and wholeness as a priority. Seeking wholeness in other pursuits or with others can be as important (ideally), but it is important not to neglect the qualities of self-assertion and self-care. This is further validated by the semi-sextile between Pallas Athena and Ceres – this creates an opportunity to harmonize both energies, whilst remaining cognizant of the fact that both work differently. Pallas charges forth in Virgo (Earth) whilst Ceres nurtures in Scorpio (Deep Water)

And what a time for the asteroid Goddesses to be collectively teaching us such a powerful lesson in finding Balanced Love – for – at 8:20 pm later today (GMT + 8) Mars trines Neptune Retrograde. Masculine energy (Yang, Shiva, God Energy) flows beautifully with the planet of Transcendentalism, Ego-Dissolution and Universal Merger. In Retrograde, the illusory aspects that can accompany Neptune are reversed – We see what lies beyond the Veil, as the Bubble of Illusion bursts. This can manifest as a man, or someone manifesting powerful masculine energy coming suddenly into your life to facilitate powerful spiritual realization — through disillusionment (if you’re holding onto ideas not in alignment with Spirit), or, deep, internal awakening of a gentler fashion.

There will be the strong desire to romanticize or idealize this Masculine energy as it comes to you, but view it through balanced eyes as best you can. Know what it teaches you, and what it does not. Know what it represents, and what it can not.

This is how I interpret the metaphysical aspect of this Trine.

In the material sense – and I thank Maria DeSimone’s article for reminding me of this lovely aspect of the Mars-Neptune trine (paraphrased) – That you may have a powerful, assertive drive to manifest spiritual principles, visions or inspirational ideas at this time.

I would add: Harness this energy well, but remember the lessons of the Goddesses as you do. For there must be Balance.

A final note – the Moon will be septiled to Mars (1/7th of a circle, the 7 vibrational frequency) as its trine with Neptune occurs. What you choose at this time – the ways you choose to connect with your Divine Selves will mark the beginning of a new cycle, and the end of an old one. It is a powerful, karmic indicator of the magnitude of this event. To borrow the a phrase from Robert Wilkinson, the septile represents the ‘Karmic Fork in the Road’.

So ultimately – which Path do you choose to find Spiritual Wholeness at this time?

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

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