The skies and energetics of today have been very strange. It feels as though the veil is thinner at this time than it normally would be. Turning to astrology, I see the most likely explanation to be the MERCURY RETROGRADE – NORTH NODE trine. The North Node asks us to evolve into new cycles of Balance (Libra), positions were we can be ourselves and let others to be who they are, and understanding of partnership dynamics (both inter-personal and intra-personal – they both reflect each other). Mercury Retrograde may pose us challenges in communication, particularly in friend groups or as expressed through social media (FB, Twitter, etc.) — that we may look deeper and find new, or better ways of expressing ourselves to the collective.

Even if you’re saying something as best you can, the other person might hear something different (and vice versa from their perspective). Same words, different meanings. Things like that. But What For, you might ask?

Mercury gives us the chance to reflect upon the ways we communicate in these larger group/collective dynamics and to refine both our listening/expressing skills – In Aquarius, it asks us to become aware of how we bring layers upon layers of meaning to what we say and how, by virtue of being the unique individuals that we are. it asks us to take ownership of the assumptions, the meaning, the perspectives we bring into communication – both conscious and sub-conscious. It also challenges us to put our individual ego-minds aside at times and see the truth that the other is offering, even if it seems opposed to your own. Practice the principle of compassion – and resist the temptation to respond in anger, defensiveness or fear.

Simply state your truth and be – no one has to accept it but you. For as a Collective, are we not entitled to Plural or Multiple Truths?

(I should add that – right now – Mercury is conjunct asteroid Icarus (12 Aquarius) — if you’re going to explore an idea of form of expression that is ‘out there’, try to do so with some restraint. Try not to leap too far ahead too quickly. Baby steps!)

Trined the North Node in Libra, it is likely that these opportunities for learning may come through a partner (at work, in life) or a social setting of some kind. It may occur as part of a intellectual discussion, legal arguments, or attempts at mediation between conflicting parties.

Rather than obstacles, I’d call them stepping stones towards a fuller expression of your being. The specifics of how that plays out depends on which houses that Mercury Retrograde and the Noth Node sit in for you.

In fact some of you might actually enjoy this time and find it a great moment to re-connect with people! It’s not always bad, or good – just depends on how you work with the energies with your own Free Will.

This is the second time that this trine is happening. The first trine between the two occured at 2:31 am, January 16 (14 Aqu-Lib ’09) , the second occured earlier today at 4:57 am, January 28 (13 Aqu-Lib ’31) and the third will occur on 5:57 pm, February 27 (11 Aqu-Lib ’54 – all times in GMT/UTC + 8). It is likely that the seeds of whatever is going on now may have been set during the first crossing, and that some form of culmination/release may come during the Feb 27th crossing. The fact this this back and forth is happening is of course due to Mercury’s apparent retrograde motion through the skies. (It’s not really moving backwards, it just looks that way to the observer on Earth)

Also – not all of you must or will experience this sequence in the way described, but some of you will – and so I hope it is of use.

At this moment, Mercury Retrograde is also sextiled the South Node and Uranus in Aries. This suggests the opportunity to find a harmony in the way we think, articulate, express and communicate by drawing upon the Truth of the Self. No… Not the Ego-I, but the I AM 🙂 Work with the revelations (which for some of us, have struck like lightning in recent times) you have about yourself and – Dare to Step into a New Dynamic in the way you Think, Express Yourself, etc.. This is a fantastic opportunity to break out of old karmic cycles, related to the themes described above.

Those with placements at or near 13 Virgo will experience this as a powerful Yod – a potential karmic crossroad which punctuates, intensifies and accelerates your spiritual journey in many ways.

Blessings to All,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

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Blessings everyone, there’s a powerful Grand Earth Trine in the skies right now! Earth Trines represent powerful opportunities to manifest in the material realm. Earth energy is tangible, physical, and extends to all that we can interact with in three-dimensional space. We connect to this energy via deities or archetypes such as Gaia-Sophia, the Earth Mother, Bhuma Devi, and so on. I would be curious to know of your experiences if you connect with the Earth element through the conduit of the Masculine – so feel free to share.

In the skies, the Taurus Moon asks us to examine our subconscious belief systems and emotional attachments to ideas of ownership and sensations of pleasure in the material world. We can neither afford to elevate the spiritual at the cost of the material or vice versa – once we realize that matter is the outward manifestation of – or an expression of – Spirit. The two are linked just as the light and the heat of a flame. Inseparable. The Taurus Moon asks us to find a position of Balance, wherein we can engage in the material world without seeking to own, or become owned by any aspect of it. Material incarnation is a transient phase of your spiritual evolution yes, but nonetheless, an important experience.

Black Moon Lilith in Virgo, challenged now by her opposition to Neptune in Pisces, asks us to recognize the Rise of the Dark Feminine Principle. Darkness here does not refer to negativity, but rather that which has been repressed, suppressed or forcibly hidden or unacknowledged. In Virgo, the Feminine Rises into her role as a Spiritual Facilitator or Spiritual Servant. She is challenged here to walk her Path of Service irrespective of projections traditionally associated with Virgo: neuroticism, frigidity, subservience and so on. Nothing could be further from the truth when you consider the independence, sexuality and knowledge of the Vestal Virgins who (in one narrative) inspired the Virgo archetype. The energy of Virgo ultimately asks us to realize that the material Path of Service that we do is encoded/entwined with Spirit. She reminds us to fill our cups first before we fill another’s – as you cannot give if you own cup is empty.

Ceres, the Goddess Asteroid of Nurture, asks us about how we best give and receive nurture. She shows us the kind of caregiving which works best for us in order to help us grow into the goals or experiences which our Souls seek to re-discover – and how we can do the same for others (where appropriate). In Capricorn, Ceres asks us to examine our understanding of what material legacies we come to leave in this world. Be it a career, a life purpose, your children, an internal shift, a life lived with a minimal carbon footprint – however you define it – Capricorn wants to know what material consequences the sum of your life will bring once you have eventually left this physical realm. Try to imagine the kind of legacy you want to leave, in whatever way you define the term. The question to ask is this: Once you have departed from this current material cycle of incarnation,

Will future generations have to bear the burden of your choices, or be freed by them?

To re-iterate: Taurus is more concerned with the immediate, sensorial, personal experience of materiality, whereas Virgo begins to shift towards a sense of facilitating a larger group (with the needs of the self met first). Capricorn on the other hand, culminates the material-Earth sign triad by asking how the sum of individual actions influences the material experiences of the (future) collective.

The Grand Earth Trine encourages us to explore these energies and to manifest a material reality in greater alignment with one’s ongoing spiritual evolution, and the needs of the collective.

This alignment is actually a Kite – focused by an opposition between Black Moon Lilith and Neptune (conjunct Venus, Mars and Chiron as part of stellium in Pisces). Reconciling the relationship between Matter and Spirit appears to be a key focus in this alignment – as is the relationship between the Sacred Masculine and the Sacred Feminine. Those with placements at or near 6-9 Cancer AND 6-9 Scorpio will experience this as a Grand Sextile.

To conclude:

There is utterly nothing shameful, sinful or taboo about Matter. We wouldn’t have manifested as Spirit-seeking-to-experience-Matter otherwise. What tends to be the problem is when matter is elevated above spirit, or spirit above matter. Either imbalance has its own set of repercussions. Feel free to explore this idea and see how it sits with your own understandings – as ultimately, it is your Truth that guides You.

Blessings to All,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

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