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CELESTIAL DYNAMICS (9th June 2015): GRAND MUTABLE CROSS, KITE, 2 GRAND FIRE TRINES, 2 YODS & A NODAL WEDGE

Celestial Dynamics 9th June 2015

Blessings to All. The heavens are lit with cosmic energy, concentrated and channeled through several key astrological configurations: a Grand Mutable Cross, a Kite, 2 Grand Fire Trines, 2 Yods, and a Nodal Wedge.

GRAND MUTABLE CROSS: We have a Grand Mutable Cross involving Chiron (21 Pisces), Pallas Athena (21 Sagittarius), Black Moon Lilith (21 Virgo), and The Sun/Mars (18-19 Gemini). Grand Mutable Crosses challenge our ability to adapt and be flexible in the midst of changing situations.

Chiron reminds us to look at the vulnerabilities we face with regards to our connection with the Divinity, both Internal and External. Through the exploration of our wounds, be it from this life, or a previous time, we are called to heal these spaces in which we ourselves create a rift or disconnection with Source – simply because we have been conditioned to believe it to be something apart from who and what we are – Beings of Energy and Consciousness. Chiron opposes Black Moon Lilith, who serves as the Dark Priestess, finding the best way in which she can craft a material vessel, form or ritual that can truly express the lessons we learn from Chiron in Pisces.

Priestesses at this time are likely to be heavily projected upon, and it is imperative to understand that one’s task comes first, irrespective of social pressures and the ways in which society chooses to perceive the Rise of the Feminine. Both Chiron and Black Moon Lilith square Pallas Athena and The Sun-Mars conjunction.

Pallas Athena, still in Retrograde, teaches us about the inner resources we possess to guide ourselves on the Path we need to take. Whilst guidance from external gurus and mentors is not a bad thing, we are better off listening to our internal compass at this time, in the final instance.

Pallas Athena opposes The Sun-Mars conjunction in Gemini. The Sun focuses our attention upon the earliest stages of our mental conditioning (0-6 years typically), and asks us to re-examine that construct in light of present-day information. You will be called to adopt what works for the present moment, and to release your attachment to outmoded ideas or ways of seeing the world that simply no longer resonate. Mars in Gemini gives us the impetus, the ‘oomph’ you could say, to go about in the world and project our voices, words, ideas and intentions. You may also find matters related to your sibling/s to come to the fore at this time. Such revistation of childhood memories and inherited belief systems will only further Pallas Athena’s ability to strategize and forge the Path ahead, as required.

GRAND FIRE TRINE (1):

We also have a Grand Fire Trine involving Vesta (0 Aries), Saturn Retrograde (0 Sagittarius) and Venus (3 Leo). I wrote about this a little while back so I’ll just summarize here – it’s a fantastic time to act upon our passions, impulses and gut-level instincts. They will lead us to understand greater karmic tasks which we – as spiritual seekers and facilitators – need to come to terms with, especially as we connect with the Divine Feminine. You may find the focus of this trine to also involve your ability to create, co-create, pro-create and find a source of authentic joy in life, particularly within the context of personal and professional relationships.

GRAND FIRE TRINE (2) / KITE:

A second Fire Trine is also present between Uranus (19 Aries), Pallas Athena Retrograde (21 Sagittarius) and Jupiter/Juno (17 Leo – 22 Leo). Uranus allows us to arrive at breakthroughs in our understanding of Self; Pallas Athena Rx allows us to internally strategize and arrive at an understanding of where we need to be to get to where we need to go and Jupiter/Juno essentially bring in the ability to receive guidance, blessings and ‘the way forward’ through a romantic partner, a child, a mentor, or someone you see as a soul-mate. Bear in mind that soul-mates aren’t always people who bring you joy, and that, at times, they can – at the human level – cause you great pain, even breakdowns, so that you can experience the conditions that will allow you to awaken to an even greater depth.

The 2nd Grand Fire Trine is, in fact, a Kite – owing to the opposition between Pallas Athena and The Sun/Mars – we discussed this as part of the Grand Mutable Cross as well. This basically focuses the energy of the Trine along the Gemini-Sagittarius opposition. It’s a wonderful time to discover and express the Self and its Authenticity through the Mind and all that it can unveil.

2 YODS:

There are also 2 Yods (Fingers of Fate, Karma, Kismet, God, Goddess, Destiny etc.) at play in the sky. One is formed between The Sun/Mars (18-19 Gemini) sextiling Jupiter/Juno (17-22 Leo), both forming an apex by way of inconjuncts to Pluto Retrograde (14 Capricorn). The second Yod is formed by Pluto Retrograde sextiling Neptune (9 Pisces), The Moon (14 Pisces) and Chiron (21 Pisces – by conjunction), forming an apex back to Jupiter/Juno. As the yods share 2 points in common, they are Intersecting Yods. You can think of the energy that travels through these intense alignments as a pinball rapidly gaining momentum and bouncing back and forth across delineated grooves.The decisions and energetic consequences made through a dynamic created by the first Yod, feed into the second – and vice versa.

The Yods bring into play some of the dynamics mentioned previously, but also involve Pluto Retrograde and Neptune/Moon/Chiron. Pluto Retrograde’s role is to make us question our idea of what kind of legacy we leave behind in this world and the standards of attainment which we use to measure it. There is nothing wrong in achievement, wealth, success and status if you are seeking it for worthy cause. Be it to soothe your Soul’s yearnings (if that is the case), or to heed the call of your path, or to build something meaningful for later generations to use, or even to challenge the status quo through a radical re-imagining of what authority, power, order and discipline needs to look like in society. I find that Spirit teaches us how to negotiate material needs and requirements, provided we seek to effect change / experience / just be from the Soul, rather than the Ego seeking validation of some kind.

Neptune/The Moon and Chiron’s role in Pisces open us up to vulnerability in matters of Spirit. We are likely to experience such vulnerabilities in an intensely personal manner, potentially linking it back to karmic dynamics involving the maternal line. Those who have already worked through significant issues in this regard may experience this conjunction as a tender, emotional, vulnerability and yet sweet form of ego-dissolution, in which the Self no longer recognizes a separation between itself and Divinity.

NODAL WEDGE:

Finally, I’d also like to point out a significant Mercury Retrograde (4 Gemini) trine with the North Node (6 Libra). This naturally makes a Wedge formation as Mercury is also sextiled the South Node (6 Aries). This is a fantastic time in which we can find pathways towards achieving a more spiritual understanding of detachment, balance, justice and acceptance through our relationships with partners, siblings, and collaborators. Pay attention to the words and ideas that come through now at this time as Mercury will, once it finishes its retrograde, revisit its trine with the North Node. The first exact trine between the two (6 Gemini-Libra) was on June 3rd, and it will be revisited on June 18 (depending on your time zone).

Those of you with placements at or near 4-6 Aquarius will experience this as a powerful Grand Air Trine.

URANUS – BLACK MOON LILITH INCONJUNCT

Just a quick note on this – we’ve been experiencing an inconjunct aspect between Black Moon Lilith (21 Virgo) and Uranus (19 Aries) for some time now. The challenge to awaken to a more Authentic degree of Consciousness is rattling the cage and breaking open the archetype of the Dark Priestess – freeing it to be what it is – a Sacred Archetype of Facilitation and Service. Those who would like to know more might want to revisit an older Youtube video of mine on the subject:

Bear in mind that those with placements at or near 19 Aquarius and/or 21 Scorpio will experience this as a tremendously powerful Yod.

In short, it’s an extremely active sky that throws up some interesting challenges for our spiritual growth. There’s much to be learnt through the act of neutral observation (of self and other), along with a wilful surrender to the Hand or Agency of Divinity. Once that is achieved, we will begin to recognize humanity and divinity as different shades of the same expression of Cosmic Energy, Will and Consciousness.

Blessings to All ,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
bairaveebalasubramaniam.com ; fb.com/theskypriestess
Astrology with Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

PS – I’m going to be on an extended pilgrimage and am free for the rest of the day. Those of you seeking readings, please get in touch as soon as possible as I am not likely to have internet access once I physically resume my journey. I am working on a new astro-spiritual facilitation that focuses upon The Dark Goddess/Mother/Priestess/Priest Archetype.

Vanakam, Namaste and Blessings to All.

Other Pages: The Goddess, The Serpent and The Sea: Building Pathways of Light; The Dark Mother’s Children ; I AM Rising: The Goddess Awakens; Shiva, My Love and Aanmavin Kural: The Voice of The Soul E-Magazine

Virtual Temple: Honoring The Dark Mother: A Temple-Space

Image, Info and Text © Bairavee Balasubramaniam 2015. All rights reserved.

WALKING THE PATH OF THE PRIESTESS: SOME REFLECTIONS

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My fiancée was sharing my interview on Priestessing, Politics and the Indian Parliament with his colleagues in India yesterday. Suddenly, he realized that some (if not all of them) might see me as delusional, a madwoman or a fake would-be guru (or a combination thereof).

Part of me felt sad, and the other part smiled (I’ll explain why).

For you see – despite being the land of a million goddesses, and the origins of some of the greatest spiritual philosophies in the world, Indian culture at the day-to-day level is strangely disconnected from these ideals – either through a focus upon the ritual form (and not necessarily the spiritual), or through the cynical, hardened eyes of rationalism. There are of course, exceptions, but that tends to be a fair generalization.

Despite Indian philosophical-scriptural exposition on ideas such as – the sanctity of woman and the Feminine Principle, or the idea that we walk as Divine Beings, often unaware of our spiritual inheritance – these are ideas that are disconnected from everyday culture there. Yet such principles are put forward as emblems of Indian heritage and culture, particularly when idealized and interpreted through different cultural perspectives.

Whilst I get the basis for such a reaction to my work and presence, I honestly do not see it as my problem. I thought about what I would feel if someone levied those views to my face – and the answer was — well.. not very much at all..

The baggage, the judgment, the condescension – that’s an issue with the one choosing to perceive my path in a certain way. And remember – perceptions (mine/yours/our) are never accurate reflections of reality (whatever that is).

And I’ve experienced that in mild – and – extreme ways during my pilgrimages in India and Nepal. Even when viewed with suspicion, distrust, ridicule, and at times being bullied by the people there – I have always found that the temples themselves have welcomed me in ways that seem miraculous to others, especially by those who live there.

Despite the harsh challenges, I’ve never allowed that to stop me doing what I’m doing. It’s certainly not a pleasurable experience or one that I consider myself some great martyr for enduring. I see it as part of the work that needs to be done to transmute a particularly rigid manifestation of societal consciousness (the super-ego construct). Just gotta keep on walking.

It’s a choice I made, that I rarely even think about it, in all honesty.

The sadness I do feel about it – and that too seems to be going – is when I consider the extent of spiritual disconnection between the people, the land and its spiritual essence. Just about every saint I adore in the Indian context (and other parts of the world) has been seen as mad, delusional, or fraudulent. And they are better appreciated posthumously, long after their death when society gradually begins to catch up with the vibration these powerful spiritual-in-flesh-vessels bore.

And here’s where the smile comes in, as soon as I thought that through and wrote a reply to my fiancée, I saw this on FB (It’s about a saint I love, whose path comes closest to the way I walk with Kali-Ma – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa):

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“People of his times labeled Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa as a madman. With their limited mind and prejudices, some creatures thought they had a license to judge him. The Paramahamsa was indeed mad but mad for and of the love of Divinity. He was committed to Mata Kali, the All-embracing Mother. He reached the state of perfection in the bhakti path not because of this belief or that faith. Even parrots have faith in their wings, fly wherever they believe seeds and nuts can be found. We wish we had one infinitesimal part of the Parmahamsa’s bhakti. Perfection comes through unconditional love and disinterested performance of action. If you are expecting anything – name and glory, badge and status from your karma, go join the boy-scouts or the marines for now but seek Grace at the earliest convenience. Jai Mata Kali.” ~ Yogi Ananda Saraswathi

**Now if that’s not a sign that the Universe has my back.. I really don’t know what is.

Chin up, eyes forward… and away we go!

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

PS – The interview in question that started all this! 🙂

THE SHADOW OF THE DIVINE FEMININE AND DIVINE MASCULINE IN ASTROLOGY (INTERVIEW LINK)

Panel interview 1

Topics/Questions addressed in this interview (in order of their discussion):

– What is a Priestess?
– Who am I? How did I get started on The Path?
– What is the Nurturing Feminine/Masculine?
– What is the Assertive Masculine/Feminine?
– Astrological Bodies that represent the Feminine/Masculine
– Interpreting Venus & Mars in the Natal Chart
– The Goddess & God in Astrology
– Reinterpreting Juno and Virgo
– The Fiery Venus: Going back to Goddesses Ishtar and Inanna
– The Compassionate Masculine: The Christ Archetype and Lord Shiva
– Eroding Gender Binaries and its Impact on Astrological Interpretation
– The Path of Formlessness / Dissolution
– What is ‘The Shadow’? (Goddess Chinnamasta as Compassion, Saturn as Crone-Love – Reversing the Archetypes and bringing them into balance)
– Nessus & Overcoming the Cycle of Abuse
– Eros & Intimacy
– Re-defining Astrology as a Tool of Healing

+ why everything said in this interview is but one Truth, not fixed, and open to Interpretation and Evolution … breaking through the stereotypes!

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Many thanks to Empower You Media and Conscious Consumer Network TV and all panelists. Links: www.empoweryoutv.org , www.consciousconsumernetwork.tv and Living Astrology

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Blessings to all,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com
www.facebook.com/theskypriestess

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THE RISE OF THE DARK PRIESTESS: Vesta conjuncts the Galactic Center and Black Moon Lilith shifts into Virgo

The Goddess Asteroid Vesta represents the Archetype of the Priestess. She calls us to find a path of faith, commitment, devotion, dedication – and equally of sacrifice – and – rejuvenation.

Conjunct the Galactic Center, Vesta calls us to learn from the Great/Grand Central Sun and the Black Hole at the Center of the Universe. We are called to balance the Polarities of Light and Dark – and to see the Healing and Wisdom within both.

She asks us to awaken to the Wisdom and Heritage of the Priestess.

Black Moon Lilith in Virgo reinforces the same energy – Here we are challenged to stand up and determine our own Sexuality, and Material Paths of Service.

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com