THE STAR MAIDEN, THE GALACTIC CENTER AND THE TAURUS NEW MOON: A YOD OF COSMIC ABUNDANCE NOW ACTIVATED WITH VARUNA, QUAOAR, ASTRAEA AND PALLAS ATHENA!

Skypriestess Taurus New Moon May 2015

Blessings to All. The Sun and Moon conjuncted one another at 26’55 Taurus at 12:12 PM, May 18th 2015 (GMT + 8). New Moons are potent windows for seeding intentions that are then culminated in some form during the Full Moon of the same sign – in this case the Taurus Full Moon of October 27, 2015. Here we have the opportunity to set the seeds of abundance that will allow us to feel more supported and nurtured at the material, sensual level. We have the chance to examine our material value systems and decide what it is that matters to us, and what not.

The Sun and Moon conjunct Astraea, the Star Maiden – she brings our focus back onto the cycles of balance, justice, karma and renewing our relationship with the Earth-Bull-Abundant Mother Archetype. Time to start a new cycle, as the last Goddess to leave humanity, Returns. And she calls for a more just engagement and relationship with the Material World / Mother Nature, our Earth-Home. A far vaster energy than any one of us as individuals may be able to fully appreciate. But yes, my friends, the Goddess of the Stars, the Virgin that cast aside the Scales of Libra – now calls to us once more!

Owing to the sheer intensity of all the other alignments (Juno conjunct Jupiter, trine Great Attractor, trine Uranus, inconjunct Pluto + an unusually intense Mercury Retrograde), some people are feeling this energy in overdrive. In cases like that, I’d suggest going to some kind of natural space and grounding out. A crystal like smoky quartz can help, as can simply earthing (placing your bare feet on the ground). My preference is sitting under a tree I like (who hopefully likes me too) and simply grounding out that way.

Whilst the Bull (Taurus) can be playful and sensual, it comes with a great solidity of force that can charge (rightly or wrongly) through things. This New Moon energy seems to be a potent mixture of these various energetic tropes.

In addition to the Sun-Moon conjunction, we see a powerful YOD Alignment involving Varuna, Pallas Athena-conjunct-the Galactic Center-conjunct-Quaoar. Yods in themselves, are powerful ‘Fingers of Fate’ that lead us to key karmic crossroads of choice in our lives. We can truly get more attached to, or, completely detach from certain cycles or lessons that karma sees fit to impart to us. The lesson is is upon the attachment-detachment cycle, the question of how we can exist in this sensual, material, world without being overwhelmed by its dictates and seeming necessities.

The Sun/Moon conjunction sextiles Varuna at 26 Cancer. Lord Varuna is the pre-Vedic, Dravidian deity of the waters, associated with the movement of serpents and the coming of the rains. Prior to the influence of Vedic Hinduism, he was more of a primordial creator deity who existed more in the aether. Astrologically, his role in Cancer stimulates the movement of emotional, intuitive and subconscious energies in a fluid form, fixated upon the realm of the Mother and the Home. He is one of my favourite deities and plays a significant role in my chart and personal evolution.

The Sun/Moon – Varuna sextile both make inconjuncts to Pallas Athena (27 Sagittarius) and the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius), as the apex of the Finger of Fate. Here, we see the energy of strategy, assertiveness, the mind and the power of Pallas directed within. She seeks out the Teacher, and through that inward journey, allows us to connect with external sources of guidance – be it gurus, saints, mentors – sources of wisdom that exist in the Universe, guiding us all the while. As we go within, we discover the world beyond ourselves.

I have saved the best bit for last. Pallas Athena and the Galactic Center are also conjunct a body known as Quaoar. Quaoar teaches us to harmonize opposites, reconcile dualities and heal the divisions created by false binaries. He is activated through ritual song and dance. A powerful way to wield the energies of the Cosmos and arrive at a truly profound, transcendent understanding of All-That-Is.

What a Day. Truly, What a Day. There’s still 3 days left in which we can sow the seeds of powerful intentions that will culminate in late October of this year.

Enjoy this powerful, profound energy, my friends!

Vanakam, Namaste, and Blessings to All,

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

Image: Lord Varuna from Thanjavur Periya Kovil, 2015 by Bairavee Balasubramaniam ; Echinopsis Atacamensis and the Milky Way (wallpaper).jpg – By ESO/S. Guisard (http://www.eso.org/public/images/milky-way-cactus/) [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Text © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2015. All rights reserved.

In the skies now …. Venus at 29 Sag! Venus / Vesta / Mars / Moon / Neptune YOD (Finger of Fate)!

Venus 28 Sag yod

Blessings everyone.

Venus is at the Anaretic (Final, or 29th degree) of Sagittarius. At this critical degree, the energy of Venus reviews all the lessons it has brought us through its Sagittarian transit and gives us the opportunity to use what we have learnt in preparation of it’s shift into Capricorn. There is a certain intensity associated with our sense of attachment and value systems we use in matters of romance, material attachments – and particularly in Sagittarius – our relationship with ‘grand ideas’ / philosophies / paths. Sagittarius can be pretty opinionated about what it believes is true, eschewing all other ways of knowing – and when Venus is convinced that what it knows is ‘true’, it intensifies our emotional and psychological attachment to those constructs. Hence, yesterday’s post on how All Truths are just as Valid as our own – see http://wp.me/p4OUNS-dN .

At 12:33 am, December 11th 2014 (GMT + 8), Venus will enter the sign of Capricorn – the Earth-Crone, the Sea-Goat, The Tomb and the Mountaintop. When the time for that comes, I’ll tell you about the wisdom She brings to us then. Until then, enjoy the lessons, the intensity and the passionate convictions that Venus in Sagittarius continues to bring to you – and allow yourself to transcend these passionate attachments if you so choose.

At this time, Venus is in a loose conjunction with Vesta (The Priestess). They both sextile Neptune in Pisces and point via inconjunct to the Moon in Leo, which is currently opposed Mars in Aquarius. The intense, shifting energy of Venus at this time, features into this Yod (Finger of God/Goddess/Fate/Karma). We are asked to evaluate our judgment of our spiritual paradigms as we begin to acknowledge the material and manifestation of that Path of Facilitation. Venus may be holding onto some ideals which are out of resonance with the material path of service – use that energy to ‘break through’.

Venus and Vesta sextile Neptune in Pisces, which asks us about what we consider to be ‘real’ in our understandings of what it’s all about. The reality beyond the veil of illusion, the trappings of the material world. We are called to see both the truth and the illusion that makes up our subjective experience of a transcendental reality.

Finally this energy apexes with the Moon in Leo that seeks to express its truth for all the world to see. You may find yourself at a karmic point of culminating in which you are asked to re-evaluate sub-conscious perceptions and/or emotional connections with issues to do with the Heart and Sacral Chakra. Be it in matters of romance, creativity, childhood/children, honoring/healing the wounded child – this is your time to learn how to express yourself authenticity, shedding all the masks and personae that surround your Truth in layers of learned behavior and conditioning.

With the Moon opposed Mars, this can be a time in which we find these dynamics playing out emotionally through the Mother Archetype and the Masculine archetype. Mars represents your own masculine (yang) energy and often, the energy of the male lover. The Mother archetype represents your ancestral connection with the Goddess, your own ‘Mother’ within and also your relationship with your biological Mother – among many other things.

This is an excellent opportunity to reach a point of decision wherein these energies, now polarized, find a sense of Balance. You/ the male or masculine lover or energy may find an unconventional way of demonstrating and expressing what makes you feel original and Unique. This can feed into and manage to heal aspects of the tender, wounded inner Child that calls out for expression and longs for recognition.

All in all, a potent configuration for Venus to be a part of as she exits Sagittarius. The yod lasts until 2:35 am, December 11th 2014 (GMT + 8).

Positions:

Venus – 29 Sagittarius

Vesta – 3 Capricorn

Mars – 4 Aquarius

Moon – 4 Leo (at the time of writing this)

Neptune – 4 Pisces

Remember that we are moving towards the 6th (penultimate) exact square of Uranus and Pluto – due on December 15. Hang onto your hats!

Blessings to All,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

SUN-CHIRON OPPOSITION: PRELUDE TO THE PISCES SUPERMOON

Sun-Chiron opposition

Blessings everyone. I know we’ve already been preparing for this Supermoon for a week now – but there’s another peak of intensity that comes one day before it is due – the Sun-Chiron opposition at 15 Vir/Pis ’23. 


Chiron is the Wounded Healer, or the Soul Healer – Its energy represents the deepest wounding within you. When opposed by the Sun, your conscious awareness of the wound is amplified. You may ‘feel it more’ at this time. Chiron Retrograde is in Pisces, signifying that the the issue most likely has something to do with your spiritual path and connection with Spirit. The Sun is in Virgo and is finding practical ways of getting things done and working with matter to keep the rhythm of life in balance.

Many will be feeling the sense of wounding even more so with the energy of the Full Moon, as the Moon will be so close to it. Consider this opposition a prelude, or taster of what is to come. Don’t be worried if you suddenly start crying or remembering past things that hurt you – they’re coming out now so you can become aware of them, and find ways to heal them. Stay centered, grounded – and if you feel overwhelmed – find some sacred/quiet space and simply breathe. That’s a perfectly valid response to the overwhelming energy that this configuration can bring.

It’s a good idea not to wound others, or to place yourself in circumstances where you are likely to get wounded. Being by yourself (only if you can handle it) or in the company of a reliable support group is a good idea at this time.

Now this opposition and upcoming Full Moon aren’t the only exact aspects in the sky – as you can see in the graphic – there’s quite a few of them.

The Sun-Chiron opposition forms the backbone of a Kite formation involving the Juno-Vesta/Saturn-Chiron Retrograde Grand Water Trine (link provided). In this formation, the energy of the Trine gets channeled and bounced back and forth in the opposition. The focal point would tend to be Chiron Retrograde in Pisces, however.

We’ve also got the Final Grand Cardinal Cross of 2014, involving Pallas Athena, Pluto Retrograde, Uranus Retrograde and Juno. At present, Pallas and Pluto – and – Uranus and Juno are squaring one another at an orb of +/- 1 degree. That’s pretty intense. Through Juno, the Grand Cross feeds into the Grand Trine, and therefore into the Sun-Chiron opposition.

We also have a very powerful Yod (Finger of Fate) formed by a sextile between the Sun (focus, awareness) and Vesta (priest/essing, spiritual service, tending the sacred flame, regeneration), both inconjunct/quincunx Uranus Retrograde (awakening, breakthrough, surprise, suddenness, the unexpected). Again Uranus is already engaged in the square with Juno (see above) – so all these configurations are connected and energetically amplifying the pivotal Sun-Chiron opposition.

There’s other things happening in the sky right now, but these are the most important aspects of the lot. I’ve skipped an explanation of what each bring as I’ve covered all the aspects in the links listed below. The one thing I haven’t explained is the Yod – so here goes:

Sun/Virgo sextiles Vesta/Saturn/Scorpio both quincunx Uranus Retrograde in Aries. I see this as a sudden, fairly abrupt issue that may arise from something that seems ‘mundane’, perfectly ‘day to day’. The roots of the issue or event may be more obscure, rooted back in your soul’s biography. The issue will unfold in an almost explosive way – and powerfully challenge your understanding of yourself – and the sacred authority you bear within you – at this time. You have the choice between hubris and humility, so make it wisely. Some may even manifest this as some kind of unexpected physical event or encounter are Aries often relates to the physical body itself. With a Yod, you can never say if it’s ‘bad’ or ‘good’ – only that it’s sudden and will lead you to make decisions that will set you upon some new (or to revisit an old) curriculum of spiritual growth and evolution.

Take care, everyone

Related Links:

Intro to the Supermoon and its challenges – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-62
A 12 house Coping Strategy – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-6s
Grand Water Trine/Grand Cross – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-6g

Blessings and I hope this is of use. The Coping Strategy offers practical advice to cope with Piscean energies (where Chiron Retrograde is at present).

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD
www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

NEW MOON IN LEO, 6 42 AM 27-JULY-2014, GMT + 8: 00

New Moon in Leo

Blessings to all,

In a few hours, the Moon will be conjunct the Sun in the sign of Leo. New Moons are typically associated with new beginnings – as the time to ‘set the seed’ of intention or action. The seeds you set now are likely to come to fruition, culmination or be somehow highlighted in six months’ time with the Full Moon in Leo on Feb 4th, 2015. I have organized a prayer event for this New Moon to which you are all invited: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468489506731297/?fref=ts

The sign Leo is associated with the astrological 5th house, which is in turn linked with self-expression, creativity, romance and children. I also look to it as the expression of the purity, innocence and Joy of the Inner Child.

During this New Moon, we have three profound astrological aspects which transform, or modify this energy-of-beginnings in specific ways.

(1) New Moon (Sun/Moon) conjunct Jupiter
(2) Powerful Square with Mars in Scorpio and Ceres/Vesta/North Node in Libra – if the South Node-conjunct-Eris is included, the whole configuration becomes a loose T-Square.
(3) A world-changing Yod (Finger of Fate) involving Pluto Retrograde, Neptune Retrograde and apexing with the New Moon/Jupiter combination

The Sun (our focused attention, awareness, direction of vital energy) meets the Moon (emotion, intuition, psychological depths) and Jupiter (blessings, expansion) come together in the sign of the Joyful Child.

Were it not for the energetic climate, or ‘season of shifts’ we are all experiencing, this energy would be felt by most, if not all, as a pure bolt of joy! sunshine! rainbows, etc. That energy is there, but it is one amongst many aspects and influences that make up the astrological heavens at present.

One such factor is the motion of Mars into Scorpio (10:03 am, 26th July). As I’ve been saying in my videos, Mars-in-Scorpio is a powerful, intense, smouldering expression of masculinity. This will be felt at an intimate level as Scorpio is associated with the 8th house of secrets – sexuality, sensuality, the deep journey within to seek esoteric wisdom, shadow-working, shamanic journeying into the depths of the psyche – it is the cauldron in which the Phoenix first perishes and then rises from its own Ashes.

With the Sun, the Moon, and Jupiter in Leo squaring Mars in Scorpio what we essentially get is a clash of masculine energies – within men, women, all beings, and the planet. Leo seeks to express its innocence and seek validation from others in the process. Scorpio seeks to (to paraphrase Gargatholil) ’emotional security through power and control’.

Both signs can do much good, but, when energies are used from the place of the Ego – and not the Heart – we can get a manipulative Leo wearing a persona or mask to gain approval (and bolster an insecure ego), we can get an obsessive, controlling manipulator in Scorpio that seeks to control others from behind-the-scenes – unable to accept world-views that do not resonate with its own.

With Jupiter involved in the square, the ways in which we manifest this tense Leo-Scorpio dynamic will be amplified, and magnified several times over.

The Sun, Moon, and Jupiter are also squared with Ceres (nurturing and being nurtured), Vesta (Priestessing, spiritual service) and the North Node in Libra. These bodies remind us that balance, diplomacy and partnership is what we require in order to nurture, heal and rejuvenate ourselves and others at this time. A T-Square is formed between all these bodies, with the apex (or focus of tension) at the New Moon/Jupiter conjunction, when the South Node in Aries is conjunct Eris – the Goddess of Discord.

Truly a melting pot of energies, and ones, which are easily provoked to extreme reactions.

Finally, I’d like to tell you about the aspect which I feel will truly be ‘the game-changer’ this New Moon. We will be having a powerful Yod or Finger of Fate between 2.31 – 9.11 pm on the 27th (GMT + 8:00) is formed. I would extend the sphere of its influence till 6:39 am, July 28th.

Yods are situations which often feel like crisis. It is literally as though a giant finger in the skies points you to a certain direction or situation in your life. The ways in which you respond to a yod will set you upon some new chapter of your spiritual journey. They are portals through which we learn just how far we’ve come, whether we’re ready to go to the next level, or if we need to learn more lessons from the teacher that is Karma.

Pluto Retrograde (transformation, crisis, associated with Scorpio energies – operating in retrograde – internally, within the psyche) sextiles Neptune Retrograde (spiritual transcendence through disillusionment, ‘cutting through the crap’, ‘bursting the bubble’, ‘peering through the veil’ and seeing what’s real, and what’s not). Pluto is in Capricorn (associated with career, societal status, achievements or legacy to the planet), whereas Neptune is in Pisces (transcendental spirituality, otherworldly energies, the dissolution of the ego and boundaries, recognition of Spirit-level existence).

These energies create the base of the Yod – they then inconjunct the New Moon (Sun/Moon/Jupiter) – creating crisis in need of Resolution. This crisis is going to challenge your desire for power/need to feel powerful – your spiritual vision or sense of what is Truth – and make you decide – how authentically you embody what is True for You.

Will you wear a mask?

Or will you skilfully draw upon the reservoir of creativity, joy, and the wisdom of the Inner Child to integrate all these energies – and Stand in the Radiance of your own Truth?

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

Video on the Leo-Scorpio square and the challenge of ‘Healing the Masculine’ <3 <3 <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image of Lion:
“Lion waiting in Namibia” by Kevin Pluck – Flickr: The King.. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Lion_waiting_in_Namibia.jpg