Feb 2023: The Dangerous Dance of Thereus and Nessus (TW: Violence – of all kinds)

Thereus is the Hunter-Stalker of the Skies. In mythology, Thereus, the hunter, stalks bears and watches them till he chooses to strike. He rushes into the cave, hits the bear on the head, and drags it out, kicking and screaming. He is eventually killed by the hero Theseus. 

There’s a second mythological figure of King Tereus who again engages in covert stalking and ultimately inflicts sexual violence on his sister-in-law and cuts off her tongue. His wife and her sister cook Tereus’ son and feed him to his father, who eats him unknowingly. He then tries to murder both women, and all are ultimately transformed into birds. 

A third Thereus in mythology is driven mad by the aroma of the wine Pholus offers to his guests and is eventually killed by Heracles. Interestingly, a genus of a gossamer-winged butterfly was also named Thereus.

Thereus brings up themes of hidden or covert predation, parasitism, energy loss, violence, and the like. Others see it as an ability to dominate, control, and separate personal and public life – which can easily occur together.

Bear in mind that we all have Thereus somewhere in our charts. It’s asteroid number 32532. So that doesn’t mean that we’re all going to be serial killers, cannibals, violent maniacs, and the like. However, such individuals and the astrology of violent events that terrify the collective tend to have significant aspects to Thereus. I’ve been researching all this for my book, and it is a consistent pattern.

In short:

Thereus can highlight abusive, controlling tendencies and also our propensity and vulnerability to such tendencies. By facing these vulnerabilities and the fear that comes with them, you can learn how to better protect yourself and others.

But getting to that point of revelation is an initiatory test in itself, as Thereus tends to push you to face what you fear first. Personally, and with clients, I’ve seen Thereus be more violent than Pluto in its targeted intensity and depth.

In Virgo, Thereus focuses on matters of health, the little details that make up daily routines, ritual implements, vows of service, the gut, and how we manage our daily lives and work. The Thereus in Virgo transit began on 31 December 2020 and continues till 12 July 2025.

Expect fears and a greater collective focus surrounding gut, mental and other aspects of health, daily workplace culture, ideas of sacrifice and service, judgement towards sexual attitudes, understanding the global supply chain and its impact on the environment, and so on.

The good news about Thereus is that the more we are aware of it, the more we can mitigate its effects.

I’m bringing this up because Thereus is particularly prominent this month (February 2023). 

One of the reasons why this February is going to be so intense is that Thereus opposes Nessus in Pisces and squares Mars in Gemini and The Great Attractor in Sagittarius. There are other alignments present throughout the month, but this is what I’m focusing on here. 

So there’s going to be a lot of focus on your actions, movements, breath, lungs, travel, astrological choices, philosophical and religious decisions, political rhetorics, and so on. Mars makes this alignment particularly tricky this time, as it is so tied to health, agency, and key aspects of relationships. 

But let’s talk about Nessus.

Nessus (asteroid number 7066) is a different kind of abuser. He doesn’t bother stalking his victims. He inflicts violence as he pleases. Astrologically, Nessus is linked to control, lust, abuse, violence, manipulation, rape, etc. 

In mythology, Nessus seeks to rape Deianeira, the wife of Heracles. He kills him with an arrow tipped with the blood of the Hydra. In his final moments, Nessus manipulates Deianeira, telling her to make his (unbeknownst to her Hydra-poison-steeped) blood into a love charm and apply it on Heracles’ clothes will make him hers forever. She then gives them to wear to her husband, leading to the hero’s death.

In Pisces, the focus of potential abuse is in the most profound domain of the subconscious, and hidden aspects of self knowable only through deep spiritual meditation. Pisces also addresses the dream state and succession of incarnations that make up our soul’s journeys. 

Obsessive and escapist behavior, suicidal tendencies, the martyr complex, substance abuse, and delusions are also associated with the sign. So are inspiration, music, art, miracles, prayer, and transcendent experiences. (Pisces is a mixed bag, to say the least).

Having Nessus transiting Pisces (01 April 2014-12 January 2034) is essentially two decades of needing to learn how to navigate karma, spirituality, and energy in ways that do not perpetuate cycles of abuse. And those who want to feed off others in this way have an easy time doing so if their target is unaware of the extent of potential manipulation. It explains the great vulnerability the spiritual community is starting to acknowledge and the need to protect the self when seeking.

(It’s generally a hard time in incarnation; these are just some of the little layers).


As Nessus and Thereus oppose each other, they open up mutually reinforcing pathways of potential abuse, predation, and violation. It is imperative to focus on physical and energetic safety at this time. And where you may be letting in what drains you, especially if it has excellent PR or tugs your deeper sympathies. Or if it draws you in with beautiful, fantastic visions of transcendence and enlightenment. It can also be the constant drain of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues that make you lose your focus where you need it the most.

Nessus and Thereus oppose each other once every four decades; however, the opposition lasts for a few years. Here are the dates of the exact opposition:

– 14 October 2022 (I was far too ill even to type this, it tracks)

– 18 February 2023

– 27 August 2023

– 26 May 2024

– 06 June 2024

It would be wise to pay close attention and not take unwarranted risks in October 2022, February & August 2023, and May & June 2024 – especially – if you have heavy aspects to 14-19 Virgo/Pisces.

And again – Thereus is lit up by other bodies throughout February. In my T-23 monthly membership group, I referred to February as a red-flag month. No joke. 


Thereus and Nessus aren’t pleasant bodies – and often bring up fear and anxiety. Knowing what they’re about doesn’t change anything unless you change your actions.

Let me share something I found helpful.

When thinking about Thereus, I often think about a scene in the movie ‘The Conjuring 2’. The spook itself was rather meh, but there’s a scene where the protagonist explains the different stages of possession.

(Don’t panic. There’s a reason I’m bringing this up).

Effectively, several things have to happen for a person’s will to be severely compromised to the extent that they are no longer in command of themselves. They have to start obsessing with some pattern of recurrent, intense disturbances they cannot always see or understand. That obsession becomes fear, which effectively leaves a person vulnerable to control.

Whilst I’m not suggesting an all-out psychic war or interdimensional rift that will ruin us all, there was something about that explanation that always sat true. The source material is from the chief exorcist of Rome, Father Gabriele Amorth, and is helpfully summarized here: https://www.newportri.com/story/entertainment/2016/10/25/4-degrees-demonic-possession/985256007/

You don’t have to look to the occult to see this same pattern at play with abused, tortured, oppressed people. Whatever the oppressive person seeks to do can only have an effect if the person they target begins to put more weight and focus on the fear surrounding the actions designed to bring them under control in some way. This shifts your focus away from yourself and something external – the opposite of a power move.

And do we not see that oppression in so many lives all over the world? Whether it’s a war, a creepy ex, or an over-controlling parent who demands to control your every movement … the same process comes into play.

The way to subvert Thereus and Nessus is not to give into their power play (through whoever is playing that role in your life) or to seek to control others. It is in returning to Faith and living a life that reflects your knowledge of the truth of who you are and that Spark of Divinity that continues to exist despite what life has thrown at us.

Again, it will be a more dramatic trial for some. 

It comes down to your soul’s journey, chart, and spiritual awareness you bring to a situation. 

With Nessus in Pisces, a lot is likely to be tied up in old soul contracts. With Mars in Gemini aspecting it all, expect much of this to come up through connections with masculine energy, siblings, and what you literally choose to do with your will. 

Not everyone will have the worse possible outcome – as some will be able to find greater transparency, protection, and integrity – as they are willing to look at what needs to be done. 

Denial is the gateway to unprocessed trauma and unacknowledged fear that does nothing but weigh you down.

This is not a good month to open your energy up to others or perform spiritual ceremonies and facilitations. The exception is if you know and trust the people and energies involved and all parties have the proper awareness and protection to do whatever is needed safely and cleanly. There is psychic and spiritual baggage to every tool of divination and every reader who exists.

Some will be able to handle the intensity implied by the opposition and show people ways of finding greater protection, balance, and peace in their lives. Others will not.

So choose who you open yourselves to, very, very carefully.

Whatever you are or will be experiencing later this month – look back to October 2022 to see the roots of it or clues as to what you need to do to improve your experience. 

Practice greater self-care, especially if you have suicidal tendencies, substance abuse issues, health concerns, etc.

Examine potential backdoors to your energy, seal the cracks, and make things a little more secure for yourself and others. At a practical level, it’s also looking at things like faulty wiring, mold, uneven surfaces, rotting food, and slippery floors in the home. 

Working with greater protection as you sleep is also a good idea. Calling on spiritual guides and angels you trust can work wonders. Crystal grids of selenite can help immensely with this. 

Replenishing your daily energy with taichi, good nutrition, and meditation (without the need to get too intense about it) is a healthy approach to this opposition. Vitamin C comes up strongly for me when thinking about revitalizing focus.

Keep the center of focus on yourself and your Faith in Spirit. More than anything else, this can help you endure and successfully navigate what comes up. 


Knowing what’s coming up, I have carefully chosen my days of work for February, as there will be some people I can help at this time. Naturally, if I know of someone who can better facilitate your needs, I’ll point you to where you need to go.

Sessions are open, but please take the time to feel into whether it’s the right time for us to work together – or if you’re ready to see what needs to be faced.

I am also doing a special discount on the 45-minute session, knowing that some people will need the time and have a limited budget.

Booking Link: 45-Minute Session

Coupon code: FEB2023 , valid till 15 February 2023


Dr. Bairavee, The Sky Priestess

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Heads up – Thereus Alert: Jan 8-12, 2023

Hello everyone. I know it’s been a while but recovering from my ordeal over the past few years is taking a lot longer than I thought. There are good days and there are bad ones, but healing a journey and it takes the time it’s going to take.

I thank all those who have supported my work and livelihood in this time and ask that you continue to do so if able and willing.

The video contains key messages on several alignments over the next few days that require greater attention and discernment to successfully navigate. A lot of it focuses on Thereus, The Hunter-Stalker – and that means heads up. Take nothing for granted, be it your health, physical safety, immediate living or working environment. Eat light and don’t tax your body. Not a good time to be taking unnecessary risks either, especially in questions of your path, and who you want to walk with.

As you know, I am probably the only reader of the stars and their energies that focuses upon Thereus and its many facets. You’ll find more information in the links below.

Former articles:

Time to Face Thereus, The Hunter Stalker (introductory piece)

What is Thereus The Hunter-Stalker & Its Key Alignments till August 22, 2021

The book is still coming. But it emerges as I unveil future chapters on this journey. It is truly a lived experience.

Blessings to All,

Dr. Bairavee, The Sky Priestess

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(Subscriptions to the Tier-23 program can also be found at the same link)

Prepare for the Saturn-Uranus square ( October 4th )

Between October 1-12, we will see multiple re-triggerings of Saturn and Uranus, along with the Nodes, Typhon, Thereus, Chiron and Nessus.

I was just feeling better and suddenly awoke with cutting pains in the side of the neck ( Taurus ). Waited a day, it’s unbearable so I’m headed to the hospital.

There’s a huge need for caution at this time , be it in physical, mental, emotional, astral terms.

Keep moving away from what no longer serves. Some may see resistance arising from old karmic patterns and groups who hold them.

Greater care in earthquake prone zones is advised.

Growth and success can come from all this tremendous change. But only if you are willing to face the wound, the vulnerability and the truth with authenticity and courage.

The Sky Priestess

I’m back!

Greetings, fans and friends!

I am firstly thankful for all of you who have been supporting me in these past few months, be it through financial contributions, prayers, or both.

I tried different approaches in the past few months, including deep rest – but they did not appear to fully do the trick. I am thankful for those who have tried to be of assistance, but it is clear to me that the remaining answers I require I will find through my work, as guided by Spirit.

It has been hard not to work. It has been hard not to help the community that has been growing with me since 2013. But it has also been illuminating.

I finally got the signal today, that I had to get back on the horse and see what I could discover for myself, and ultimately help others with. It is unsurprising that it comes during an Aquarian Full Moon part of a Grand Fixed Cross with the Sun, North Node, South Node, Uranus and Saturn.

Karmic gates are opening today as people make choices that will set them unto new trajectories of evolution, or devolution. Not every trigger will be a pleasant surprise – some will be downright frightening. But it is what will show you, and others, the truth of being.

This is a time where the courage of one’s heart is revealed.

Or where selfishness blinds you to the path of truth and love.

Work for me, resumes immediately.

And I thank all of you who have stuck by me and supported me and my little family through these desperate times.

Stay tuned,

Dr. Bairavee, The Sky Priestess

For those of you who wish to ease my transition back into work – here is the gofundme link that can make it possible – https://www.gofundme.com/f/showing-up-for-dr-bairavee


Health Update: Progress & Healing Continues

Hello everyone, I have good news! Let me start with some general words of thanks, and a re-cap. And then the hopeful stuff!

First of all, a big thank you to all of you who responded to my SOS in early May. Shortly after I wrote that message, I sustained a concussion without any physically visible cause. It was a whack to the head as I was heading back to our current place. We then got into the lift and it kept moving up and down very very quickly in a haphazard manner. I was disoriented and dizzy but immediately got into prayer, and then it finally stopped at the right level. It was pretty terrifying. (And no, it did not have any prior electrical issues)

When we got back to the house, I just sat there unable to move or speak for hours because of the disorientation from the concussion. That day, I told my baby I wasn’t sure that I was going to make it. Breathing just got harder and harder, and there was no real physical remedy or approach that was able to make a difference.

I realized I had hit my limit and had no real idea what the next move should or could be. I knew that if I did not get help, me and my family would be dead within a few months.

To monitor my situation, I worked with a bio-resonance center that was able to measure the frequencies of specific organs. After looking at the software a little closer, as the scans were indicating things that were humanly impossible, I convinced the doctor to pull up the auric scans for each major organ. It was horrifying. And I do not use that word lightly. I wanted to cry.

It’s been that way for some time, but I didn’t say anything till I felt I had exhausted every resource, every means of being able to address the situation in some way.

To say that me – and my brother – were at death’s door is not an exaggeration. There were clear and present signs of damage that reflected rapidly deteriorating health, and no explanation why. Not even long COVID fit anymore. No diabetes. No real indications of hyper-estrogen. My liver scans suddenly looked like an alcoholic’s even though I don’t really drink alcohol or eat terrible food. I’ve had a lot of health practitioners write in, but things were changing way too fast for the worse, and in new ways each day.

From the metaphysical side of things – all of the usual approaches people take to psychic causes, spiritual attacks and defense were just not working on us. Very detailed investigations on other spiritual causes did not yield fruit despite trying for three years in earnest and even longer than that in a general capacity. Nothing was adding up and we could not find a discernible cause.

We learnt many things about ourselves, spirituality and the cosmos in the process – but I tell you I would not wish that cost on anyone. As I heal, I will be able to share and teach aspects of that journey that are safe to be witnessed and understood.

But every reading, every healing, every clearing, every prediction did not work – or if it did, just for a little while. And often, there would be the offer to work with an energy of a lower frequency, and no matter how hard it was to say no to the promise of help, it was not worth it.

Even the astrology (and you can imagine how I investigated in multiple systems) did not fully account for the sheer extremity of it.

Those of you following me on my youtube channel have had glimpses into the way our lives have been transformed in the past few years. It’s been humbling to say the least.

Being unable to move at all for days on end, even to go to the bathroom, for a person who was jet-setting just a few years ago is … a vast change. (And there’s a lot more than that, but that’s the most obvious example I can give you).

We have survived accidents, spontaneous fires, metal bending in impossible ways, cracks appearing overnight on walls, and things more suited for horror movies in 3-D. Things we could document, measure and photograph as there were so many times we wondered if we were just imagining the whole thing. But the evidence is there – and the good news is that we’re finding a way out of it.

Some people have run reading these little glimpses, and that’s probably for the better. The work is real. Deeply real. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. These are the same people who, following the ‘ just world theory’ seek to blame the person experiencing these events because ‘ bad things don’t happen to good people’. If you believe that, you’ll believe anything.

But for those of you staying on, thank you for your courage and compassion to trust and bear witness. And to support, be it through heartfelt prayer or financial help (which we still do need as we are still healing). Thank you all so so much.

Now – let me tell you about the positive stuff that happened 🙂

The day after I spoke to my baby telling her I wasn’t sure if I would be around for long, someone reached out to me offering help. A few people also did but I got a clear message that despite their good intentions, they would not be able to assist.

We have gone to a lot of people seeking guidance and help these past few years, only to find them limited by their own fears and projections – or to see them get affected, often as they overstepped into something beyond their ability or scope of authority. But we kept looking – and even that experience taught me how to really vet my clients and know what I could and wasn’t my task to handle.

I think 2022, despite my health and financial difficulties, was the year I refunded the most people as I knew I was not the person they needed.

There was something different about the person who reached out to help me. She made no grandiose claims. She was earnest, modest but calm. She did not immediately try to prescribe and diagnose or provide solutions from her experience.

She wanted to talk to me. And I liked her energy. I did not know anything about what she did or how she did it, but I could see Grace in her.

I spoke to Source and said: This is the last one. If this person cannot help me, that’s it. I’m going to face my fate whatever it may be.

We had been gaslit by so many people donning the title of facilitator or teacher for so long, that at that point I just could not go through that rigmarole again.

But I’m glad I listened to my instinct. She is the real deal. I will be interviewing her soon so more people can be helped. But not everyone will need her level of work.

From this teacher, I learnt that what’s been happening to me has been intimately tied into the collective work I have been doing for years. That is not what I do publicly on social media and my website, as most of my work is energy based. Of course it’s karmic (everything good and bad that happens has some connection to that) – but not in the way I was thinking.

It wasn’t a punishment ‘ for something bad I did’ , but it was … an opportunity for me to … walk the talk. To be tested, to be witnessed and to stand true in the face of relentless, unyielding horror for several years on end. When I finally hit my limit, I surrendered fully.

It triggered many different patterns and waves of change, in spaces both seen and unseen. There is little point hiding the fact that I appear to be a person of significant interest in the spiritual world. This entire journey was witnessed.

My brother wants to beat up whatever higher aspect of myself that agreed to this experience in the name of the greater good, but I don’t blame him. It’s been hard for him to see his little sister go through this and not be able to help despite being a wonderful healer, and vice versa. It’s been hard for my baby, but she has more wisdom than I do.

This experience, as painful as it has been, is probably why I have been able to reach people who have needed help in the darkest of spaces whilst all this was going on. You have to walk that journey to be able to empathize. It’s not something you can intellectualize or imagine into being, but a shared knowing.

Source guided me through every step. It was always a bizarre irony that the extreme levels of protection I could place on my clients and their families would not be enough for my own. But I understand why that was and why that is needed no longer.

Despite facing these challenges, these past few years have also let me help some of the hardest cases I have faced in my life. It’s been a deep honor to be able to do this. But again, I no longer need to do this in this way.

In terms of what is measurable, I worked with the bio-resonance center again and was amazed at the dramatic changes that happened after a single sitting with the facilitator who came to help me. The scans were totally different. They were no longer critical, but still some significant areas of damage to work through. The before and after is unrecognizable. (My doctor at this point has learnt not to ask questions)

Over the past few weeks, the healing has been happening. My lungs are no longer on fire. We have not had any bizarre accidents or events. The babies sleep peacefully.

I can only offer my gratitude to those who came to help, who stood by me, and who made it possible for me to receive this help at such a critical moment. There have been a few facilitators who are more family than friend at this point – and they have stood by me and done their best, even if there was no resolution. Their love has been a deep inspiration for me to keep going with trust and an open heart.

I estimate another few months of deep healing and continual unlearning before I am ready for work, sessions, public videos and Tier-23. I am learning far more about myself, who I am, and what I am here to do – and how best I can do it. I have hope for the future and faith in the work that is going to follow. And I am deeply, deeply grateful.

This isn’t the kind of event a person usually has, certainly not at my age. But then again, it’s not been a very run of the mill kind of life either. But it honestly feels like things will be different from now.

I hope this answers some of the questions and provides greater context. I look forwards to seeing how the next chapter will unfold.

Sending you all love

Dr. Bairavee, The Sky Priestess

( & family 🙂 )

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I need your support – will you help me?

Hello everyone,

Life has been very strange and profoundly challenging for a few years now.

I found myself on a road I didn’t think I was going to take, and right now it seems like the destination is shifting again.

I began with astrology, branched out into non-binary spirituality and metaphysics, created (and dissolved, and re-built) communities on different platforms, and engaged thousands of people in ways that made them care about political and social causes in a way they had not done before.

I was going to keep doing all of that, but Life had other plans.

2 years ago, what we believe to be Long Covid struck me and my brother out of the blue.

I’ve been mostly silent about my health, but it has made even the simplest of everyday tasks very very time and energy consuming. And I can’t do it anymore without support. He’s in pretty bad shape as well.

I’ve spent a great amount of my personal energy in guiding as many people as possible through this website, my (former) FB pages, Youtube and (now) Instagram. The work speaks for itself.

If you have benefited from my existence in any way through all this time, I would like to ask you if you would be willing to help.

Right now I need time to rest. I was once able to do 8 sessions a day, and now I can barely manage 1 session in eight days. I used to be able to write 40,000 words in a night, and now I can barely manage 400. I used to travel around the world, and now traveling to the bathroom is a real challenge. As is walking, cooking, playing with my child, doing any of the normal things I used to do.

I have a family to support and no immediate social network in this country.

To further my spiritual pursuits, I deliberately chose not to focus on my work as a business and chose to give as much as I could freely.

Now, it’s my time of need. I hope I can count on each of you.

The best way to do this is to give me a little breathing space. I’ve been doing this almost non-stop since 2013, through hell and high water. And I need to rest.

Not having the pressure of constant financial burden would be a real blessing right now. As I can then just sit and focus on healing more fully. I estimate about 3-6 months of slow, gentle, rebuilding.

If you would like to help me in this way, please send your contributions here:


If you would like to send me funds via Western Union, bank transfer, or some other means, please write to me in the comments and I’ll email you back.


Dr Bairavee, The Sky Priestess

health update!

Howdy Peeps x

After much searching, I think it’s very likely that I have Long COVID. There are multiple issues in different bodily systems simultaneously that can’t be explained otherwise. There are a few other systemic explanations that could the case, but the usual suspects have been ruled out.

Much like the others suffering from the same, I have dizziness, headache, brainfog, extreme lethargy and in my case chronic inflammation and debilitating pain to touch.

It’s been bad for the past two years but it seems to be getting a lot worse right now. Especially in moving about and doing normal stuff. This is why the most exciting trip in my life has been going to do the laundry.

It has been terrifying reading about the stories of other active, international travellers in my age category who, like me, just stopped being able to move normally and got bedridden. Some of them even committed suicide as they lost the will to live.

Long COVID is horrific. Utterly horrific. And very poorly understood.

I’ve got the research that I need but medications and treatment here might not be as easy as the government has de-prioritized COVID related matters.

I can still push through, and have to, as the breadwinner of the family. Spiritual practice works wonders here but it is still utterly exhausting.

And the prices of stuff just keep going up here. I haven’t been able to cook in a long long time.

So it’s one of those very hard times for us.

But we’re doing our best. Bro is hit pretty hard too, harder in some ways.

Am resting from my advocacy efforts as well as the health aspect of things needs more attention right now.

I’m sure there’s an energetic component to all this as well. And I have a lot of things to try.


Dr. Bairavee

The Sky Priestess

The Situation in Tigray, Ethiopia & Letter to the United Nations office on Genocide Prevention

This article comes with a major trigger warning (genocide, sexual violence. etc.) Please ground yourself first before reading. This concerns the largest ongoing genocide on the planet at this time, the deliberate attempt to exterminate 7 million Tigrayans in Ethiopia through starvation, extra-judicial killing and rape.

I have been following this story since late 2020 in some capacity and have been moved to speak out as there is a further escalation of the horrific violence. I have also been asked and encouraged by Tigrayans to speak out and so take that as permission.

Please note that Ethiopia has had a history of ethnic conflict among its various groups. No one is truly innocent here unless they’re a civilian. My intention is to raise awareness of this genocide so that innocent lives can be spared.

However, the scale of what is being levied against Tigrayan people is unprecedented, as is the specific pattern of rape perpetuated upon Tigrayan Wombs with the intent to erase and end the Tigrayan bloodline.

So far, I have written to the International Committee of Experts and critiqued the omissions in the Joint Report prepared by the OHCHR/EHRC (UN Human Rights / Ethiopian Human Rights Commission). I have also been using my platforms on Instagram and Twitter to feature the voices of Tigrayan activists and current news. I find it impossible to do ‘ business as usual ‘.

As you know my ‘ brand’ if you can call it that has always been the combination of politics, spirituality, compassion and activism. So this is very much in line with what I have done publicly for the past 8 years.

For those interested in the details, please see my letter to the United Nations Office on the Prevention of Genocide. I will be sending slightly modified versions to other agencies that deal with humanitarian crisis of this nature.

This is also available online at https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6912041501715832832/

It is very likely that many of you have no idea that 7 million people have been blocked off from food, medicine, aid – and the outside world for 500 days. Or that 120,000 women and girls have been brutally raped and their wombs burnt with genocidal intent. Or that half a million people have already died. I provide a quick summary here:

This video also talks about the spiritual impact of allowing these atrocities to continue.

I feature far more voices on my Twitter and instagram accounts – @theskypriestess . You are more than welcome to follow these as well.

I send you much Love

Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

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The Invisibility of Brown/Black Trauma & What Can Be Done

Many in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East support Ukraine, yet, there is a sense of deep discontent with the way their own local conflicts have lacked the coverage, global focus, and outpouring of support we have seen emerge over the past few days.

This is neither whataboutism nor a distraction from the war fought by a valiant people. My words are not intended to limit or dilute your support for Ukraine but to invite you to expand your compassion to include others who have been overlooked.

I am heavily referencing examples from the Ukrainian context as this has sparked a global outcry at the ‘ hypocrisy ‘ of Western nations.

To be clear – I stand in solidarity with Ukraine, its people, and its inspirational leadership. It is heartwarming to see so much love and support for this nation worldwide. I have also donated what I can to help with rescue and relief efforts.

However, as a scholar of politics and history and as a woman of non-European ancestry: my response is incomplete if I do not acknowledge the glaring double-standard that the world’s response to Ukraine has been.

Racism is, of course, alive and well in many parts of the world, but it is not the focus of this essay.

It provides the context for why non-European lives and conflicts appear to be valued less and explains why more significant effort and more humanistic reporting in these regions are critical.

To understand the disparity in reportage and the understandable anger that so many feel, all you have to do is to look at the way journalists have been covering their reports on Ukraine – and compare them.

Journalists are shocked, traumatized, and honestly surprised that this has happened ‘ in Europe’, with images of scared or hurt ‘ blond-haired and blue-eyed children’ seared into their memories .. that this is happening in a ‘ civilized ’ land, unlike Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan or somewhere in Africa.

These statements undoubtedly trigger deeply-held epigenetic memories of non-European peoples as their ancestors were told their land had to be subjugated because they lacked civilization, and their lives were worth less than their (allegedly) benevolent European rulers.

As a member of the British royal family put it, it is ‘ normal ‘ to see conflicts in places like Africa and Asia, but it is ‘ alien’ to see it in Europe. Coming back to the present, that is a powerful statement on how strategies of ‘ othering’ continue to pervade discourse.

And all of this is being said in shocked, sometimes visibly traumatized tones as journalists and other observers are simply unused to seeing trauma in non-black or brown bodies.

In other words, the presence of conflict and trauma in non-European countries has become normalized.

And the best way to make something invisible, or beyond question, or simply not worth engaging, is to consider it ‘ normal ‘.

In contrast, the shocked tones and traumatized delivery of news reports from Ukraine signals that something truly horrific, abnormal – that now requires unprecedented attention and action – has occurred.

How would that read to someone whose country is in a more severe crisis?

( And yes – whilst the crisis in the Ukraine requires immediate support and engagement, there are worse things happening on the planet going completely unreported )

In Ethiopia, 52,000 civilians were killed in the past five months, where starvation is being used as a weapon. Women are subjected to mass rape, yet there is no outcry. Not even a sliver of acknowledgement – this is just one of many examples.

Just as it is critical to ensure a unified global response to Ukraine’s war, it is equally important to recognize the discontent created through the erasure of so much (othered) human pain.

People respond to what they see through the media. The way the news is delivered shapes public response.

When journalists cannot contain their own shock and trauma, they impart an additional layer of meaning. They are certainly not neutral actors in the generation of public opinion.

Non-European journalists have responded, stating that they have not been allowed to cover local stories as media houses for fears they would not be able to be ‘ objective’. However, that standard has not been applied to Ukraine’s coverage.

This is a great thing for Ukrainians.

However, I hope it is also a wake-up call for mainstream media channels and journalists to do the same in other conflicts.

When they signal ‘ normalcy’ even when reporting on a mass violation, people ignore it as there is no emotional engagement; therefore, there is no need to respond or act.

From Ukraine, we see powerfully engaging images and videos that show the courage, resilience, emotion, humor, and creativity of a people under siege. This is an absolutely valid depiction and one that should become common elsewhere as well.

A little girl singing ‘ Let It Go’ from her underground sanctuary has gone viral. Photos of men and women carrying their pets across the border or to shelters move the viewer to want to help such a compassionate nation because they can see them and empathize with them as fellow humans – who are able to be kind even when fighting for their lives.

This is a profound testament to the humanity of Ukrainians.

However, if one is willing to look, we will also see this humanity amongst the many whose stories have not been afforded the same humanity, compassion, and empathetic engagement.

Such humanistic reportage needs to become the norm rather than the aberration. Not just for Europe, but the rest of the world.

Instead, in Africa, Asia & the Middle East, we are exclusively shown images of children starving and covered in flies, people in states of absolute poverty and hardship, over and over again.

The subject is erased and becomes an object in need of perpetual rescue.

By forcing coverage to ignore the human factor in the name of staying ‘ objective’, the stories of people suffering in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are erased, blurred into one brown-black mass.

All that inspires is compassion fatigue and denial.

The kind of global response we see now towards Ukraine will be far more likely to emerge in other contexts if we change the terms of reporting and engagement.

There are so many stories of heroism, courage, kindness, and humanity in the face of desperation from Ethiopia, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Israel & Palestine – that have simply not been told.

Let us break the culture of rendering black/brown trauma invisible by acknowledging the stories of hero(ines), survivors, leaders, carers, and families with empathy, humanity, dignity, and compassion.

Dr. B. Bairavee

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Psychic Health, The Triple Warmer & Finding Beauty in Discipline

We cover a variety of topics in this talk.

The first is the role of the Triple Warmer/Burner/San Jiao Meridian in maintaining psychic health. There is a lot that gets energetically congested in the interstitium and fascia, parts of the connective tissue system that link the entire body and play an important role in the lymphatic system.

It’s nothing that muscle therapists have not known for decades, but has only just received recognition within more mainstream medical circles.

Therapies that acknowledge these systems and their role in health include TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), myofascial therapy, tapping (and many others). TW / TB / SJ 3 – Zhongzhu is a key point I recommend for all those who utilize spiritual and psychic gifts as part of their work, and for hypersensitive people in general.

It is an excellent point to drain Wind and Heat excess in the Wood (Liver/Gallbladder meridians). Steve Woodley is a good resource on this, as is five element acupuncture.

Look it up online to find the exact location – and I do demonstrate where this is in the video. Don’t use a needle unless you are trained acupuncturist. A light touch for a minute at most, once or twice a day should do it.

The rest of the discussion followed the flow of questions from the community.

People are experiencing overwhelm at the sheer weight of the psychic field in the collective.

The point above should help manage that at the individual level.

I talk about some examples of people who have faced horrors in their life and how they inspire others to find beauty and dignity in life. One person who does this is @theredheadofauschwitz (on TikTok and Instagram).

When you see someone who has survived the horrors of Auschwitz retaining their inner beauty, grace, humor and dignity – it is proof that a person can find purpose, meaning and life – even in such troubled times.

There is no real point in giving into defeatist attitudes or doomsday predictions. That creates no real change except to add to even more psychic burden.

Be strategic. Be focused. Be disciplined.

Invest your time in projects that make a difference to yourself & others, be it a community lending library, free childcare for parents who can’t afford it, a community garden, and so on. Manage your energy by taking on what you can and be focused in the change you want to make.

Even if you think it’s a ‘ little’ change, these little changes happening everywhere at once create a mighty ripple effect.

Believe in your ability to do something, even if you think it’s nothing at all in the grand scheme of things.

Developing this mindset is a key part of spiritual discipline.

Anything else just leaves you over-saturated with energy that you have no means of doing anything about.

The simple answer to what to do in these times:
Is to do what you can.

And manage your own energy, first of all.

More information in the video.


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Terms of Use and Sharing: As the author of this work, I do not accept any liability arising from any and all potential effects from issuing or reading this work in any way. Anything communicated here is not intended to replace professional legal, medical, psychological, psychiatric, or financial counsel. How you choose to act on this information is up to your own free will, and you agree to be responsible for whatever consequences arise from your actions. Use your common sense first. I will assert my legal right over my work should these clauses be violated in any way for any reason. Always use common sense first and reach out if in doubt.

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