GRAND CARDINAL LUNAR NODAL CROSS RETURNS! 11:02 am – 10:39 pm (Feb 1st, GMT + 8 – PEAK times)


Blessings to all – today we have the Grand Cardinal Lunar Nodal Cross in the skies (same alignment we had on Jan 5th). Uranus in Aries conjunct the South Node squares Pluto in Capricorn, the Moon in Cancer and opposes the North Node in Libra. It’s the same karmic dynamic which we faced for so long in 2014, this time reinforced by the Nodal (Aries-Libra) opposition. By now, all of us have experienced this alignment several times. Those with strong Cardinal Placements (Capricorn, Cancer, Libra, Aries) – be mindful that these energies will be even stronger for you!

The times given above are PEAK times. Meaning that you’re likely to have already felt this alignment coming and will continue to feel it into the morning/afternoon of February 2nd, depending on where you are. Bear in mind that we’ve also got a lot of Pisces activity with Venus, Mars, Chiron and Neptune going on concurrently – asking us to Transform the Way We Love (see ). The Moon, by way of its transit through Cancer lights up the Pisces stellium as well! Those with placements between 12-18 Taurus will also experience a powerful Yod between Mars/Chiron, the North Node and the Taurus placement (read the linked article for more information).

Many of you will feel this alignment as an unusual form of intensity or pressure, urging you to take action and DO SOMETHING! Others who have already attuned themselves to the Grand Cross may feel a little calmer about it, sensing a slight pressure. It really depends on you and how you work with this energy.

Cardinal energies look at some of the larger questions such as
– Who Am I? – Aries (Self, I AM Consciousness, Self-Assertion, Path-making/Path-breaking)
– Who Are You? – Libra (Partnerships, Balance, Collaborations, the Shadow Self)
– Where do I Come From? – Cancer (Home, Grounding, Mother, Family)
– What did I Come to Accomplish? – Capricorn (The Legacy you leave behind, Public Life, Career,, etc.)

In short, we’re being asked to look at all of these major questions – at once! The North and South Nodes directly weave our Soul’s Experiences and Karmic Cycles into this alignment. Many will be remembering the strength they once had (which may have been abused) – South Node in Aries, whilst finding ways to bring that strength and self-knowing into a social, group or partnership dynamic (North Node-Libra).

I see the North Node as the direction which this Grand Cross leads us towards. I’ve often said that I find Libra to be the most powerful sign in the zodiac. It represents Balance and the ability to accept Ambiguity and Paradox. It can Accept Difference without needing to change it!

I suggest the following practices/ideas to you on that basis:

(1) Stay Centered, Stay Grounded.
(2) Know that this is a transitory phase. It WILL pass.
(3) Look for the Eternal Part of you that lies deep within. All of these transformations are powerful, but there is still a part of you that remains as the Detached Observer. Connect with that part of yourself and the Wisdom it carries.
(4) Try to avoid knee-jerk reactions. Take a few moments to calm yourselves before saying anything in haste

(5) Sitting by the Ocean, or going to places which make you feel deeply connected with Source is highly recommended.
(6) Be forgiving on yourselves and others. Take nothing personally at this time. Remember that Everyone is going through the same process!
(7) Have Faith. This process is helping you prepare for something much bigger. Have Faith in your conception of the Divine/Sacred and allow the transformation to happen.

To those of you who observe the Sabbats of Lammas (Southern Hemisphere) and Imbolc (Northern Hemisphere) – happy celebrating! I hope to do a post later today which explains the energies of these festivals and how they are reinforced by current astrological configurations.

Blessings to All,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD



We’ve got Neptune, Venus, Mars and Chiron all together within a 9-10 degree stellium (grouping) in the Sky, along with a few asteroids. They present to us a powerful opportunity to Transform the Way We Love. There’s a lot going on right now astrologically but I feel this is this the most relevant aspect to discuss at this time. Quite a few of us will be feeling the need to retreat or find seclusion amidst all the deep processing that’s going on.

We’re looking at the Soul’s Wounds (Chiron) sustained in the Feminine (Venus) and Masculine (Mars) [however you define the two], embedded in the history/biography of our individual Spiritual Journeys (Pisces/Neptune) and the collective Journey we are all a part of. You’re looking a deep examination of our drives, assertiveness, desires, value systems, relationships, all aspects of material life and attachment to such, soul’s wounds, karmic dynamics, connection with Spirit, anima/animus [gendered aspects of the psyche as conventionally defined] — a lot gets covered in this stellium! And as you’ll see below – there’s going to be a strong focus on LOVE. (Quite appropriate as part of the build-up to the Leo Full Moon – Leo rules of matters of the heart and the kind of joy that romance can bring, and many other things)

The asteroids involved are: Teharonhiawako – 9 Pisces, Eros – 11 Pisces – Urania – 12 Pisces – Psyche – 15 Pisces – Borasisi – 16 Pisces – Orpheus – 16 Pisces — Without going into too much detail – this is the message that they convey:

We are asked to confront the known and unknown (light and dark) aspects of our selves to realize and transcend false binaries/dualities/ideas that we have about ourselves and our spiritual paths (Teharonhiawako). Borasisi’s energy encourages us to lift the veil of Maya that separates our illusions from some truer understanding of reality. In so doing, we are asked to uncover and let go of old scripts, narratives and ingrained patterns of thought we have about ourselves. For instance, people often have the script of ‘victimhood’ or being undeserving somehow running through our heads, almost on autopilot, whilst the parts of ourselves we are aware of try to learn new ways of defining our own stories. The veil is particularly thin now (in more ways than one) – it’s an excellent time to de-clutter the subconscious and release your hold on what no longer serves your path or purpose.

Eros focuses these energies upon the way in we we seek completion through union, with a special focus on the erotic. It may not always refer to intercourse as it is perfectly possibly to passionate about something abstract in the same way. The way we love, in all its flavours (as Venus is in the mix) is being strongly focused upon at this time.

Orpheus adds poetry, nuance and ability to move another being through artistic (verbal, musical) expression of some kind. He nearly brought back his wife Eurydice from the Netherworld, having moved its Lord and Lady with his hauntingly beautiful music and poetry. He speaks to (again) the extent of what we will do for love. Unfortunately, Orpheus fails to comply with the one condition stipulated to him – that he must not turn back to look till he reaches the world of the living once more. This asteroid also teaches the the power of faith and cautions us against giving into our insecurities, lest we sabotage our own efforts. (They are ultimately reunited though, upon his own death).

Finally, Urania – the Muse of Astrology and Astronomy – indicates deeper insights to be found in our current journey from the stars themselves. This is an excellent time to consult with your astrologer of choice – or to simply open yourselves to the messages of the Cosmos.

So taking it all together – there’s a powerful emphasis on some of the most fundamental drives that make up the human condition – Love and what we’d do for it – highlighted in the Sky. Along with the kind of surrender, faith and sacrifice of perspectives that Pisces often asks of us. It’s very likely to involve karmic dynamics now rising to the surface of your consciousness – chances are that your relationship with whatever person/object/idea/etc. that your energies are focused upon is something that is built upon earlier experiences in your Soul’s Journey.

None of this is happening in a logical, rational, straightforward way – we’re all in a big boat, riding the same waves of Mystery and Spirit. Trying to make sense of what you’re feeling through the lens of logic can – for most – be an exercise in frustration at this time. So what can you do?

It’s a good time to relax, meditate, find seclusion in nature, or simply someplace quiet enough to simply ‘just be’. Some of you may be feeling extra sensitive or vulnerable at this time – Neptune/Pisces’ energies can also be used to fuel escapist tendencies (be it through substances, people, fantasies, obsessions, etc. ). Those who feel in need of support are advised to the seek the company of reliable care-givers at this time (e.g. solid friends or family who understand, or even a community group of some kind). Some of you will enjoy the solitude and others will be overwhelmed by the prospect of it – where you sit on that scale depends solely on you.

I’d say this isn’t the best time to start new things, or push through things like a conquering hero. Take the time to rest, retreat and rejuvenate – but remember it’s your journey. I’m sure there will be some who are just filled to brim with the intuitive, mystical and otherworldly type of inspiration that all this energy in Pisces can bring. It can be a powerful time to express channeled messages, embody truths, or simply connect with Spirit in powerful ways – perhaps through art, spiritual work and so on. Others may simply need to rest and sleep more.

Honor your instincts and be as kind to yourselves and others 🙂

Current Placements: Venus – 4 Pisces, Neptune-6 Pisces, Mars-14 Pisces, Chiron – 15 Pisces

Venus conjunct Neptune – 1:38 am Feb 2nd 2015 (GMT + 8) at 6 Pisces ’22
Mars conjunct Chiron – 4:05 am Feb 1st 2015 (GMT + 8) at 15 Pisces ’10

Note that the Cancer Moon will be trining these energies throughout between January 21st – Feb 2nd 2014. Emotions, subconscious impulses/conditioning, intuitive perceptions and/or communication with your mother and/or The Divine Mother archetype will be instrumental in activating the stellium’s energies.

Those with strong placements in Water signs – take heed. Those with placements between 4-16 Scorpio will experience this as as a powerful GRAND WATER TRINE. Chiron/Mars is inconjunct the North Node – those with placements near 15 Taurus will be experience a powerful Nodal Yod (deeply karmic).

Try not to get engaged in domestic/familial conflicts at this time – where possible. Those of you who reach out to the Mother Goddess, call upon her for guidance and support especially at this time.

it’s a pretty intense buildup to the Leo Full Moon due February 3rd/4th (depending on where you are in the world). The Pisces stellium will be heavily lit up this Full Moon.


Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

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