LIBRA’S LESSONS w. Mercury Retrograde, The North Node, Saturn & Co.

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In nearly a week’s time, Mercury will end its Retrograde in Libra and the North Node will shift out of Libra, entering Virgo. Mercury, as part of its apparent retrograde motion, has conjuncted The Sun, Black Moon Lilith, Juno and is headed for The Super Galactic Center & North Node before stationing direct.

Basically, the energy of this particular Mercury Retrograde focuses on revisiting decisions made and ideas held within the context of partnerships. collaborations and relationships-between-Self-and-Other. Much was already revealed to us on this theme during the last Lunar Eclipse in Aries, and more revelations are underway.

It’s a very intense Mercury Retrograde for a whole bunch of reasons:
– the fact the North Node is completing its collective teachings for us in the domain of partnerships (Oct 9/10, 2015)
– the various conjunctions Mercury Retrograde has made along the way
– the fact it’s taking place within the 7-day window of the past Eclipse
– and that Mercury will be sextiling Saturn at 1 Sagittarius (Sep 30-October 18). In the next two weeks, those with placements near 0-2 Taurus will be seeing re-triggerings of past Yod (Finger of Fate) activity/themes seen in previous weeks.

So what does all this mean?

The energy is one that asks us to question everything we thought we knew about who we are, how we relate to others, and why. There’s a great emphasis on honoring our integrity, but at the same time, realizing that ‘integrity’ is not a code word for ‘holding onto bits of you that no longer resonate or for ‘being unwilling to change and adapt’.

There’s a different kind of `birth-death-rebirth process, one that can now involve two individual selves, finding ways to tear down the walls erected by the Ego-Mind that believes it is separate from all else. What is then created or formed is a bridge between unique souls as part of something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Bear in mind that also refers to the dynamics between the Conscious-and-Shadow Self, legal-contractual agreements, and partnerships of both a professional and personal nature. And – all of these absolutely reflect aspect of a much larger partnership that we are all a part of: as members of a Co-Creative relationship with our notion of ‘The Divine’.

I suspect many of us will feel the weight of this alignment ease over three phases:
– when the Mercury Retrograde ends – October 8/9
– when the North Node shifts – October 9/10
– when Mercury stops sextiling Saturn – October 18/19
– when Mercury exits the Shadow Phase – ( 15 Libra ’55, October 24/25)

Personally, I’d look to Nov 8/9, 2015 as the time by which we can definitely expect to see the contours of the new ‘normal’, or the new level of consciousness we now accept as the filter through which we construct our sense of ‘reality’. This is when Saturn exits its shadow phase by reaching the degree at which it first began its retrograde (4 Sagittarius ’56, March 13 2015).

It’s been a very, very, intense ride thus far – let’s see where it takes us all.

Best,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

PS – for those wondering about the dual dates, e.g. October 8/9 and so on – take the 1st date if you’re in the US/Canada and the 2nd date if you’re in Asia/Australia. Ciao!

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MARS, THE MOON, SATURN & CO – ENERGIES OF 26/9/2015

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At 19:43 (25-Sept, UTC time), the Moon moved into Pisces and formed a powerful Mutable T-Square involving Mars, Saturn at 0 degrees Virgo and Sagittarius respectively – nearly 18 hours ago. At the same time, it made an inconjunct aspect to the Libra cluster dominating the upcoming Lunar Eclipse with The Sun, Juno, Black Moon Lilith, the Super-Galactic Center & the North Node. (0-3 Libra). This particular emphasis would have dissipated about 8-9 hours ago (5-6 am, 26th September, UTC time)

Those of you with placements near 0 Gemini would have experienced the energy of a Grand Mutable Cross, whereas, those with placements at 0 Leo or 0 Taurus would have experienced the energy of an absolutely Powerful Yod (Finger of Fate).

It’s not the easiest of energies to handle, especially with Mercury in Retrograde (12-11 Libra), currently squaring Pluto Retrograde (12 Capricorn). Those with placements at 11-12 Aries or Cancer (or both) would have experienced a Grand Cardinal Cross or Cardinal T-Square.

In short, we’ve been at the receiving end of powerful waves of cosmic energy today. Not the best day to try and butt heads with ‘the establishment’ unless you’ve got a flexible attitude and have triple-checked all the facts at hand. Communication issues and electronic breakdowns are also strongly highlighted as possibilities.

Whilst I can go into a fair bit of detail for each of these alignments, something tells me this is okay for now – as they’re all preliminary waves, or build-ups to the Lunar Eclipse in Aries.

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

The Final Lessons of Saturn-in-Scorpio … Preparing for Rebirth

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Saturn has one day left before it leaves Scorpio (till 2041) – and so many are already feeling the powerful, intense, currents and ripples of change it brings in its wake. We’re headed for the mountaintop (Sagittarius) next, but first we’ve got to complete the work down below – in the Underworld, the Sub-Conscious, the place we Descended into and found ourselves stripped and laid bare of our illusions, fears, insecurities and inauthenticity. We’ve already taken the steps towards the entrance of the cave, leaving behind the teachers of the realms beneath.

So many now are in their metaphysical death throes before re-birthing into a new cycle of being, a new level of awareness – whilst others are sailing smoothly under the pressure of such immense energy.

Many of you know what you’re feeling, enduring, living through or even soaring through (depending on your individual journey) – and what you’re at the cusp of emerging into. But the question is –

What do you with all this intense energy? What lessons do the final days of Saturn-in-Scorpio ask us to complete and embody?

For starters –

Honor your Commitments. Ensure fair dealings or exchanges.
Finish off things that you’d been putting off.
Be honest in your dealings.
Be charitable, if you are able.
Believe that you have the strength within to rise to the challenge.
Be authentic. Never compromise on your core values.
If your core values no longer resonate, change your core values.
Be truthful. Represent yourself with honesty and integrity.
Cut away, or simply walk away from anything that no longer resonates.
You owe no one and no thing an explanation.

But above all,

Remember your power and use it well.

Many have asked me ‘when does the process end’. And in all truth, growth never does. We simply experience new phases of it.

We’re going to see several major cosmic/astrological alignments in the coming weeks, through which time a new ‘normal’ will begin to assert itself in your realities. We began the process long ago, powered by the generation-transforming Uranus-Pluto squares, peaking with the Grand Cardinal Cross in mid-2014 and the Saturn-in-Scorpio transit (itself in mutual reception with Pluto-in-Capricorn) between 2012-2015.

So there really isn’t any going back, in terms of the levels of consciousness or the doors of awakening we’re about to step into.

For those looking for more specific, human-timeframe-dates, here’s a couple of key markers (earlier dates for the US/South America, later dates for Asia/Australia):

Mercury Retrograde Begins, Jupiter/Neptune opposition, Juno enters Libra – Sept 16/17

Saturn’s actual shift in Sagittarius – Sept 17/18  Exact time: 02:46:04 hours:minutes:seconds on September 18, 2015  in UTC

Lunar Eclipse in Aries – Sept 27/28
Mercury Retrograde ends – October 8/9
North Node’s shift into Virgo, leaving Libra – Oct 9/10

These will be fairly intense times that will speed up the process of death-to-rebirth. I suspect more people will be settling into the ‘new normal’ towards in the final week of October 2015, as Mercury exits its shadow phase.

Astrologically speaking, there are few periods of human history in the past few decades that – as far as I know of – have been anywhere near as intense as what we’ve been going through for the past three years.

So please – Be gentle on yourselves, those of you who are still letting go of whatever that no longer serves you. It could be your desires, attachments, fears, shadows, intimate partnerships, finances – whatever your personal journey of awakening has entailed.

It’s been a rough, rough, transit for so many….

Some of you will sleep loads, others will be buzzing like Duracell bunnies – don’t bother with comparisons, simply honor the time you have now – alive, awake and at the precipice of eventful transformation.

You’ll have the time you need to grieve what has been released. Practice gratitude for the lessons you’ve learnt and prepare to set sail for new horizons …

Can you feel the breeze yet?
The whiff of fresh air that so many parts of you have yearned for?
Can you feel the rays of the Light on your face?

It’s right around the corner.

Finally, a new Chapter – about to begin.

Love, Blessings and Honor to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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Current Energies – 16/9/2015: Eclipse Season, Welcoming Mercury Retrograde + More

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Why do things feel so heavy? Why does it feel like the cosmic spin cycle just got a hundred times more intense? My personal take on this crazy intensity is simply — Eclipse Season + the last-days-of-Saturn-in-Scorpio.

There’s a wild influx of energy present now – things are shaking, unsteady, and waiting to birth/burst/combust.

And that’s okay.

Personally, I see tomorrow’s (Sept 17) Mercury Retrograde in Libra as a good thing. Merc Rx actually brings a welcome slow-down to the already overactive mind. It’s a good energy to work with, take a chill pill, and slowly – but steadily – make key decisions inspired by the Virgo New Moon and the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse in Aries (Sep 27/28). I feel like there should be a wolf howl accompanying that in the background…

I’ve been sleeping, and sleeping and sleeping. Crazy dreams though – but hey, it’s an interesting way to process.

Bear in mind we’ve also got other things going on/coming up – Juno’s entry into Libra, Jupiter/Neptune opposition – Sept 17, Saturn’s shift – Sept 18 and more besides.

It’s a busy time for us all to search for Balance, Equilibrium, and the role of the Self within/through Partnership.

Love,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

PS – Whilst most of us are still in the ‘dying’ phase that precedes rebirth (Saturn-Scorpio themes), some will have already passed that phase. For them, it’s smooth sailing through epic energetic intensity.

Grand Mutable Cross w. Isis, Amor, Ixion, Chaos & Hephaistos – REFLECTIONS ON THE VIRGO NEW MOON/SOLAR ECLIPSE (13-Sep-2015, 6:41 am UTC)

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In addition to the Chiron-Eclipse opposition yesterday, we also experienced a powerful Grand Mutable Cross involving Isis (19 Virgo), Amor (20 Pisces) and Ixion (21 Sagittarius), Chaos & Hephaistos (21 Gemini). As so much has been said of Virgo energies as of late, I’d like to focus on this lesser-explored dynamic.

Grand Mutable Crosses bring with them the challenge of resilience and adaptability – they ask us if we’re able to roll with the punches and make adjustments as need be. That was very much my experience yesterday.

I was planning to write a post on the Eclipse, but throughout the day, I had to manage a balance between doing spiritual work, going on an abrupt pilgrimage someplace, performing acts of service and maintaining a level of self-nurture through trying circumstances (very Virgo-an). I woke up in the middle of the night, fueled by the need to write on the Virgin archetype – and this words flashed in my mind as I was waking up – Venus (a personal message for myself) & Ixion (a collective placement)! I had no inkling why until I had the choice to ground out, center myself and actually look at the star alignments for the Eclipse just past. We’ll get to what it all means.

Sometimes the Universe has a different idea for the work you’re meant to be doing at a given time. I find it’s just best to go with the flow.

The Sun and Moon conjunction in Virgo essentially asked us to honor our powers of discernment, and to understand how we are all essentially Vessels of Service. The strength of Virgo lies in its ability to be of the Earth, and to maintain a certain earthly humility despite its spiritual gifts and prowess. Other themes that would have been highlighted include our conceptions surrounding priestessing, parthenogenesis and the Womb. That was what I was wrote/channeled through at 2 am last night, half-asleep – you can read about it here: The Virgin Goddess. The Virgin Sacrifice. The Vestal Virgin

Chiron opposed the Sun/Moon conjunction and essentially asked us to – equally – surrender. Despite the power of the Virgin, at times we were simply told to turn the other cheek. To experience the vulnerability that comes with letting your guard down – and equally – to know when to put it back up. There are moments in which Spirit works through us best when we simply open ourselves, and others when we draw a line past which certain energies are not granted access.

At times – for those of us who serve as Priestesses or in a similar spiritual vocation, our willingness to surrender and take on the pain of others is used to perpetuate energy dynamics that are in themselves, unbalanced. For instance, when you meet a person who is not willing to do their inner-work and constantly seeks some external intervention or ‘help’. The former may appear child-like, somehow immature or undeveloped in constant need of a wiser, older guide. Whilst that can feed an ego that desires to be needed, it becomes counterproductive in the long run. Knowing when to to walk away and send love from a distance or to pitch in/step in/take on the burden of another is where the discretion of Virgo comes in.

It’s a fairly complex opposition of energy, and one that would have echoed strongly with most people doing any kind of spiritual work or vocation.

But what struck me just now as I was called to (finally) look at the charts, was the Grand Mutable Cross woven into the Eclipse-Chiron opposition, to which we now turn.

Isis (19 Virgo) conjuncted the Eclipse. We saw the hand of the bounteous Egyptian Mother Goddess guiding us all to find the parts of ourselves connected to the vibration of Nurturing, Protection, Guidance and Security. You may have connected it through different archetypes of deity, depending upon your path.

Amor (20 Pisces) conjuncted Chiron. We were encouraged, through the act of surrender and ‘turning the other cheek’ of discovering Unconditional Love in its most pervasive, ephemeral form. Note that this has nothing to do with the vibration of victim-hood or codependency that can be read into this – but it comes from a place where you surrender without expectation of any kind.

Chaos & Hephaistos (21 Gemini). Chaos refers to the Void from which all things emerge. You can think of it as the mystery of the Abyss, in which life somehow thrives, the black holes at the hearts of galaxies, or even the dark womb through which we all (in one way or another), emerge. Hephaistos refers to the act of self-redemption, the forgiveness of betrayal and the ability to find worth in a self that has been rejected by others. In Gemini, we see these sudden emergences that require forgiveness, acceptance, or the re-discovery of self worth come through siblings, issues in the immediate environment, issues from early childhood, thought-forms, perceptions and ways of seeing/expressing the self to others.

Ixion (21 Sagittarius). This was one of the aspects I dreamt of at 2 am last night. Ixion represents the tyrannical abuse of power, in ways that seek to deny the individual worth of others. This can arise in issues pertaining to citizenship/visa/immigration matters, foreign travels, ideas within belief systems, philosophies, etc and connections with guru, mentor, preacher, Hierophant-like figures.

For me, all this simply lit up the Grand Mutable Cross that was already in my natal chart, sitting within the Mutable Houses. I saw each element listed above present itself through a series of unexpected events requiring my attention. So much of these lessons connect with different aspects of the Spiritual Journey – be it of seeking, teaching, preserving or sacrificing. It was quite a powerful day indeed.

Let’s not forget that all of this energy, woven into the Eclipse-Chiron opposition was already inconjunct Uranus (19 Aries). Those with placements near 19 Scorpio would have experienced this as an almighty Yod or Finger of Fate, with its apex at Uranus. An alternate yod placement arises at 19 Aquarius. Damocles was close by at 21 Aquarius, making the apex of the Yod the Eclipse itself. That would have brought many of us to a critical decision points that either asked up to rescind or accept fully a certain ideal in our paths. Such choices prepare us to accept greater responsibilities in our lives, or to realize that certain ideals may exceed our capabilities.

Taking all of this together, what we do see is the immensity of the Eclipse just past and its Energetic challenges. I hope this explanation of the Grand Mutable Cross woven into the skies last night (it persists, but without the Eclipse in full force) will help you better chart your spiritual pathways.

Blessings and Love,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess ; www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com

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RE-WORKING THE NARRATIVE; RE-WRITING YOUR LIFE’S STORY – The Sun opposes Chiron and inconjuncts Uranus, w. Isis, Eurydike and Psyche.

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RE-WORKING THE NARRATIVE; RE-WRITING YOUR LIFE’S STORY – The Sun opposes Chiron and inconjuncts Uranus, w. Isis, Eurydike and Psyche.

Tomorrow’s (12/9/15) Sun-Chiron opposition & Sun-Uranus inconjunct will be bringing us powerful insights as to the nature of who we truly are, what we truly believe in, what wounds us and how we can heal from them, what needs to stay and what needs to go in our lives.

The Sun also makes significant aspects to key asteroids:

The Sun will be conjunct asteroid Isis (19 Virgo) and square asteroid Psyche (18 Gemini). It’s an excellent opportunity for connecting with the healing, nurturing, but equally disciplined force of the Great Mother-Nurturer archetype. Psyche’s role tells us that here, we have a powerful opportunity to ‘rewrite the script’ or sub-conscious narratives that we believe govern our lives.

Isis/The Sun is also trined asteroid Eurydike (18 Taurus). This opens a great potential for healing issues that surround codependency, the desire to be rescued, the fear of the Unknown – and to recognize we can only feel/be trapped in our lives only when we allow ourselves to be at a deep, sub-conscious level. It’s a great time to examine your inner drives and fears and to see how they may be helping you hold yourself back. It’s also an excellent time for healing from grief.

Those with placements near 19 Sagittarius or Gemini will experience this as a Mutable T-Square or Grand Mutable Cross. Those with placements near 19 Aquarius and/or 19 Scorpio will experience a powerful Yod/Finger of Fate with the Sun & Uranus. Those with placements near 18 Capricorn will experience a Grand Earth Trine with the Sun/Isis and Eurydike – a perfect to manifest a pathway out of ‘the cave/descent/subconscious’.

Key Placements: Sun – 19 Virgo, Uranus Retrograde – 19 Aries, Chiron Retrograde – 19 Pisces.

Bairavee Balasubramaniam
The Sky Priestess

Image: “Eurydike”, 1901 by sculptor Wilhelm Wandschneider, public domain by Wikimedia Commons. It was a bust of his wife whom he saw as Eurydike.

KEY ASTROLOGICAL ALIGNMENTS TILL SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 – Buildup to Saturn’s Shift!

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There’s a powerful build-up of energy that precedes Saturn’s shift into Sagittarius. Here are the key highlights:

September 9 – Black Moon Lilith conjunct North Node! (http://wp.me/p4OUNS-C4 )
September 12 – Sun inconjunct Uranus, Sun opposed Chiron
September 13 – New Moon at 20 degrees Virgo
September 17 – Mercury Retrograde Begins at 15 Libra ; Juno shifts into Libra ; Jupiter opposes Neptune (7 Virgo – Pisces – already feeling the start of this one – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-Cl )
September 18 – SATURN SHIFTS INTO SAGITTARIUS! ; Jupiter inconjuncts Vesta Retrograde (8 Virgo – Aries)

So, friends, as you can see – there’s plenty of energy in the skies building up to Saturn’s shift into Sagittarius – and I’ll be doing write-ups that reflect these shifts when they occur.Two major themes jump out as being ‘dominant’ during this intense energetic phase:

Mercury Retrograde will be asking us to slow down before we commit into partnerships, and to ask us to think twice before using our minds/voices/words. It’s a time to take the time to deliberate, carefully weigh  your options before committing to anything.

The New Moon on September 13th will be strongly interwoven with the impending Jupiter-Neptune opposition in Virgo-Pisces. We’re going to feel a strong call to actually act upon our spiritual beliefs and paradigms in a material, tangible, way. (Why else do we talk about Earthly Service, if not to Serve?)

There’s a lot more going on, but this is the bare bones of it – all as we move out of the Cave of the Sub-conscious, ending the phase of collective Descent-with-Scorpio on September 18.

Also – I’m holding a special on the Soul Portrait Masterclass – it now costs 250 dollars for the 3 hour session. That also ends on the 18th. Get in touch asap if you’d like to book.

I’m also going to be revising the sessions and prices of readings to better fit the intensity, time and energy it takes to do the work that I have been called to do. I have to better honor my physical requirements, just as I honor the requirements of my Spirit.

Blessings to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

GRAND CARDINAL CROSS w. VESTA, MERCURY, PLUTO & THE MOON, 7-8 September 2015

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Vesta Retrograde (10 Aries), Mercury (11 Libra), Pluto Retrograde (13 Capricorn) and The Moon ‘s transit through Cancer (4-18 degrees) square-off in an intense Grand Cardinal Cross alignment. GCC-s are fairly intense alignments, ones which often precipitate the destruction of something old and/or the birth of something new.

It feels like a ‘push’ in may ways – you can think of it as the way an artist pushes themselves to the brink, working day and night – the mother breathing deeply as she brings new life into the world – the straw that breaks the camel’s back as a tiny comment or nudge makes a person absolutely explode in rage and frustration. In a balanced form, it’s the kind of push that turns into a healthy drive to create something new, powerful and stable with ingredients that otherwise appear to be in continual, chaotic, conflict.

This particular alignment involves Cardinal energies, meaning that it calls for decisive, significant changes in key aspects of our lives.

The Moon in Cancer brings to a crescendo our emotions, intuitive drives and subconscious associations concerning the Mother, home, family, domestic sphere – and whatever forms of collective identities from which our individual identities emerge (e.g. traditional beliefs, ethnic identities, etc.).

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn opposes the Cancer Moon, bringing its intense, heavy, transformative energies to bring about change in how we understand ideas of ‘success’, ‘legacy’, ‘power’, ‘authority’ and ‘control’. This might manifest as some kind of work/home imbalance. Bear in mind that the Sun (14 Virgo) is trined Pluto Retrograde, so much of our thoughts surrounding Pluto’s concerns also feed into our desire to be of Service whilst providing a material, practical basis for sustaining our everyday needs.

Mercury in Libra, preparing for its Retrograde, begins to slow down as we consider matters pertaining to wholeness, balance and partnerships. The energy of the Messenger asks us to consider the ways in which we relate with/to other people and other, less acknowledged, parts of ourselves. Watch the ways you think about or communicate on issues surrounding justice, fairness, relationship matters and the like.

Vesta Retrograde in Aries opposes Mercury-in-Libra, bringing the wisdom of the Priestess of Flame to the table. She asks us what notions of Self, Identity, and Ego-Mind we believe truly represent us, and then to cast them in the sacrificial fire. We are asked to surrender, and suspend judgement, about what we believe we are and to allow Spirit to complete its alchemical process. This may be triggered by perceived imbalances in the Libran (partnership) side of things, be it at home, or work. Remember that Vesta yearns to serve – but be sure that it’s Spirit that you’re working with, rather than the Ego of the Self 😉

You’ll be feeling the effects of the Grand Cardinal Cross till late on the 7th (US time zones) or the first half of the 8th of September 2015.

The Moon then goes onto trine Chiron Retrograde (19 Pisces) and square Uranus Retrograde (20 Aries). So, even when the GCC alignment is completed, we’ll still be working through a fairly vulnerable type of energy, one which ultimately asks us to burn through illusions and re-kindle a more authentic Fire within the Self.

In short – Its a time for greater sensitivity – on all fronts. You might just discover a new direction, a new path to walk on, a new way to see yourself and others through the process 😉

Love to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

PS – Spirituality, in whatever its form, ultimately aims to bring a deeper and more sustained vibration of Love on this planet. Whilst some of that comes about through internal realization, rituals and prayer-work, there is still an equal part of it that transpires through the material, physical, hands-on-in-the-soil way. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask all of you to strongly consider donating to, or in some other way physically, tangibly supporting the relief efforts taking place in Europe & the Middle East. We’re witnessing one of the largest humanitarian crises seen in recent years, with families and little children drowning in the sea, with no place to go. Here’s two links with many, many ways that you can make a physical contribution to the relief efforts –

http://www.theguardian.com/…/syria-crisis-how-you-can-help-… ; http://www.thejournal.ie/what-can-you-do-migrants-2309710-…/

I donated directly to the UNHCR at rfg.ee/RN3uy – feel free choose whichever method/organization/type of contribution is resonant with you . There are even options to buy basic necessities for the refugees through Amazon.

So – thank you for reading this message – 🙂

PPS – This is the 300th post on www.bairaveebalasubramaniam.com, which has now passed the 200,000 view mark since its founding in June 2014 – much love to all of you who have resonated with my work and saw fit to share it so extensively within your own networks. Much Love! ❤ ❤ ❤

The End of Venus’ Descent – Retrograde Ends (yay!)

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It’s a time to Reconnect with You, Others, Loved Ones, Children, The Sun, anything and anyone that moves in resonance with the Self that remains. We’ve been in a particularly powerful ‘descent’ phase with Venus in Retrograde. Many things have been burnt, processed, turned to dust, released with Love – and others have survived the test of fire and begun to glow even more brightly!

Many of us – are in re-birthing phases now – emerging out of the cocoon as it were

Be slow, be gentle – take your time to fully ‘wake-up’ from the process.

Even Lions need a little bit of a warm-up before they Roar 😉

Much Love,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

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THE DARK GODDESS DANCES AT THE HEART OF THE COSMOS! Black Moon Lilith conjuncts the Super Galactic Center & The True North Node (1 Libra)

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It’s here! It’s today! We see Black Moon Lilith conjunct the Super-Galactic Center and the North Node at 1 Libra. Black Moon Lilith (the Mean Apogee) represents the Shadow or Darker aspects of the Feminine, associated with figures like MahaKali, the Morrighan, Goddess Hecate and so on.

The Super-Galactic Center (SGC) represents, in astrology, the closest point to Source. It is a supermassive black hole in the M 87 Galaxy, residing at the heart of the Laniakaea Supercluster, of which The Milky Way is a part of.

The exact alignment between SGC and Black Moon Lilith  occurred at 13:11 UTC today (September 4, 2015) at 1 Libra 8′ ”50. The True North Node is close by at 1 Libra 8′ ”53, which Black Moon Lilith conjuncts at 13:22 UTC, some 11 minutes later.

Placements close to the SGC feel unusually intense as we are attracted or drawn towards the fulfillment of powerful contracts with Spirit/Source. These will be focused upon the ways that we connect to or relate with other people, be it through personal, professional or even intra-personal relationships within Self.

The True North Node, making its (nearly twenty-year) bi-decade conjunction with the SGC also intensifies this need to reconnect with Source and to seek balance within and without. Watch the way you relate to others now as they represent a new direction of spiritual growth for you. It’ll be challenging as we are called to develop greater detachment, acceptance and tolerance of the ‘Other’.

This may be a time in which the Fires of Self that so many of us have been stepping into as an act of reclaiming the Self, now consumes that very sense of Ego-Identity. It is here that what we thought we once were turns to ash and is consumed by a much larger need to re-connect with one’s sense of the Divine.

So what does the Dark Goddess have to do with all of this? What challenge does Black Moon Lilith bring to this already epic, intense energetic backdrop?

Black Moon Lilith represents the aspects of the Shadow Feminine that have been suppressed, unacknowledged, or relegated to some distorted conception of ‘The Other’ for thousands of years.

As so many have begun to reclaim the Shadow, many are now – at this time – focused upon that immediate sense of rage that comes with a recognition of the extent of this suppression and its energetic consequences for generations forth.

So many have associated the Shadow Feminine with that need to rage, to whip out the machete and strike off the head of the patriarchal villain. So many have associated MahaKali in particular with the need and right to rage and rebel against this unjust silencing of the Feminine.

But that too, is a part of a necessary process of cleansing and purging – a much needed release of pent-up energy before it can then be modulated in a more stable form.

In some sense, the recognition of one’s anger at the Silencing of the Feminine is but the first stage of working with the Dark Goddess. And unfortunately, that is where so much of the popular conception of Her energies ends.

…..Just as we begin the deeper Journey with Her.

Collectively, with Saturn’s final days in Scorpio, we are – all together – turning the corner in the way we Dance with the Dark Feminine. We are moving past a personal rejection or reaction towards injustice and in so doing we are allowing our hearts to Open.

We stop viewing the Justice of Ma-Kali, the Morrighan, the Dark Goddess, exclusively in terms of which heads need to roll, or through the need to ROAR in one’s power.

Multiple responses, multiple possibilities, multiple ways of responding to the individuals, relationships and connections we make in our lives then emerge. We begin to explore alternate meanings to the phrase of ‘standing in one’s own power’.

This process begins as we experience, acknowledge and embody the energy and lessons of the lower three chakras, then freeing ourselves to move towards a Heart-based (4th chakra) level of consciousness.

As Hearts Open, therein we find the Pathway, or Bridge towards Wholeness, Re-Connection and Balance (Libra).

It is this opening that the current Black Moon Lilith-True North Node – SGC alignment pushes us towards. And then ……

………..

What comes next is between You and Her 🙂

Blessings to All,

Bairavee Balasubramaniam

The Sky Priestess

Image: Kaliposter1940s – With a flaming background that evokes the end of the world (bazaar art, c.1940’s) – Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (digitally enhanced for this article)