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.
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
A lot has happened in the past few years, and the path I find myself on has dramatically changed. So many of you were drawn to this space because of the sharing of hundreds of posts, with original research information and hours and hours of work.
I am grateful that the information shared has helped so many over the years. It’s certainly been a process.
In response to a recent query from one follower (and I use that term only to mean that you’re viewing the contents of this site), I felt the need to clarify what this space now means to me and where you can find the different kinds of information I now provide, within more sustainable limits.
Since my departure from Facebook, I have started growing a new community housed on Youtube. It was an important point for me to put my spiritual and political ideals into practice and to create a space that did not enable spiritual bypassing or denial in the face of injustice and discrimination. Facebook is a fantastic echo chamber – and as the years passed I found people hearing what they wanted to hear, rather than what was being said. It does have its own energy.
The community space that has now emerged is one that is far more conscious, welcoming to people of all races, genders (and yes, there’s a lovely sub-group of queer folk from all walks of the LBGTQIA umbrella), ages, and walks of life. I started the ‘ Hello, Neighbour’ series (inspired by the works of Reverend Fred Rogers and his ‘ Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood ‘TV series). It’s evolved into a deeply humbling, inspiring and meaningful community-building exercise and am very happy to say that there’s a good vibe in the air from it all.
I have found the creation of that space to be an intrinsically valuable act for myself, and apparently, from others who have felt a greater need of connection during the isolation brought about through COVID.
The key principle is true inclusivity and the willingness to live a spiritual path from the truth of the heart. And that is not possible, in my view, without an examination of systemic inequalities, privilege, and a deconstruction of mental categories strongly related to footprint of colonialism, patriarchy and essentialized view on the gender binary.
Whilst we do talk astrology there, the focus of my work as a whole has shifted towards inspiring, nurturing and building more goodwill and community. It’s hard to have that kind of engagement in this space – which is far more static, so I would encourage you all to check out the Youtube channel if you have not done so already. There’s also a small following on Instagram where I am starting to also share my art and musical compositions.
Again, these are not new directions in my work. You can look at –
There’s also the introduction to my workshop in Tempe, Arizona: Beyond Construct & Into The Void – Transcending our Concept of Feminine Experience
As you can see, my path was never about astrology for its own sake.
What I am being more drawn to now is helping people see where astrology can be useful, where it can blind you, what it can & can’t teach you – and how this can make you a more fulfilled person in this very, very, complex world that demands from a a mixture of compassion, kindness and integrity. (Also the ability to say no to the BS and to be willing to speak the truth, even if it challenges your/another’s comfort)
That often requires a re-examination of the values, ideas and tools that a person has used to make sense of themselves – and the world. I can tell you that astrology, or any human path of inquiry is subject to co-optation if a person is not careful. It is that willingness to learn, and un-learn so to find some sense of decency, honor, love and solidarity with the planet that informs so much of the work that I am drawn to at this time.
For those of you are interested in the more hard-core astrological interpretations of the skies, I have created a premium membership program called Tier-23 which gives you anywhere between 20-40, 000 words of content per month, expressed in 2-3 hours of video discussion. There’s also a monthly meditation where my direct spiritual facilitations take place.
It takes real time, energy, work, dedication and devotion to create and hold the energy of that space. And it has created its own very focused and potent membership.
I am hoping to introduce a smaller version of this called Tier-5 this year for those who do not have the time or resources to invest in a larger and more intensive body of work.
As sustainability is a core principle of the work I am generating now, it does not seem just to continue engaging with the public the way I did before. That, and health reasons which have made me need to be far more careful with my time and energy.
I hope that decision can be respected. It would be wonderful if those of you who have benefited from my work for years will choose to support me in a tangible, material sense if able and called to do so.
In any case, you are more than welcome as part of the community on Youtube 🙂
I have chosen to share the video up above to accompany this write-up as it signifies my current relationship with astrology. As I have written in numerous previous articles such as ‘ The Limits of Astrology ‘ (2015) over the years, it is not a new move at all. Just more public.
For those who do want the intense, in-depth treatment of astrological bodies, again, you are welcome to join the Tier-23 program or to book a personal session where these can be discussed as they pertain to your chart – the ‘ Discovery Session’ would be most suitable for this..
I take the spiritual energy behind the way astrology is communicated and taught very seriously these days which is why I have opted not to provide the same kind of content that I did before to the general public.
It is a sacred form in its own right, and honestly, it does require a fair bit of spiritual discipline and self-insight for someone to benefit from it, rather than be bound by it.
I have been sharing this information and gradual shift in perspective on my Youtube Lives, but had not yet put it in writing within this space. Hence, this post.
There is now also a newsletter where I email people maybe once a month (or every few months) if there’s something major going on – and of course you are more than welcome to join it – but it’s going to be what you still find in this space. Just the most important pieces of information and notifications on special promotions and offers.
If this is farewell, no worries and best wishes.
Otherwise, I’ll see you about – perhaps on a live, or in the Tier-23 program, or a session.
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