TRIPLE SHIFT: VESTA ENTERS PISCES, MERCURY ENTERS ARIES, MARS ENTERS TAURUS

Triple shift

Blessings to all. Against the backdrop of a powerful Sun-North Node opposition (with a square to Kassandra – see: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-ri ), we see three powerful shifts with Vesta, Mercury and Mars moving into new signs. Let’s discuss each in turn.

VESTA SHIFTS INTO PISCES

Vesta represents the Archetype of the Priestess and the Spiritual Facilitator. She also rules the hearth, the sacred flame of the temple, and the flesh. She shows us that which we are devoted towards – and – paradoxically – that which we may feel the need to divest ourselves of (thrown into the sacred flames) for something new to arise – much like the Phoenix must surrender its old body for the flames to render it anew.

In Pisces, Vesta wades through the Cosmic Ocean. Her laser-point focus is somewhat more diffuse and information comes to her at a sub-conscious level, woven together with different threads knitted together by forces larger than herself – call it Karma, Mystery, Time, Divinity. Whilst the Priestess knows how to commune with the elements, with her understanding of Deity, this is a sign which requires her to surrender all that she knows, and all that she is.

What remnants of the ego declaring that ‘I’ or the Individual Self knows, and serves in a certain way will have be washed away in these Cosmic Waters. It’s important for Vesta not to get overwhelmed by the sheer depth and intensity of the psychic information she is likely to receive now. Quite a lot of messages may come through dreams, or in moments of deep meditation. Some will be illusory, and others will be powerfully, and profoundly real. Part of the work comes in differentiating between the two. (Thanks to Catrin for highlighting the need to expand on this aspect)

It’s easy to get lose in those waters and to lose sight of things. The focus for those of us on a spiritual path, particularly those who facilitate, will be to remember the ‘goal’ (if you can call it that), or rather the orientation of the Heart that seeks the truest expression of Spirit possible in this lifetime.

Vesta, during her transit here, is likely to be called back to complete half-finished tasks, potentially from her past lifetimes. There is a sense of ‘cleaning up’, with waves of energy washing through the self (the sacred temple) and our paths of service itself. Part of the ‘cleanup’ process will involve releasing attachments to those we thought were on the same journey as we were. A lot of washing away of attachments that are no longer in alignment – remember that Pisces is also the sign of Detached Compassion.

Vesta entered Pisces on March 29, 2015 and will complete this deeply karmic chapter of her journey through the zodiac on June 8, 2015.

At that point Vesta will enter Aries and it will be a start of a fresh cycle of facilitation. But till then, it’s Surrender, Surrender, Surrender to that which we perceive as Sacred, or Spiritual. If you feel the ‘I’ making absolute claims of knowledge (it’s one thing to say 1+1 =2, it’s another thing to say 1+1 = 2 and knowing that makes someone superior… perhaps worse than saying 1+1 = 3).

MERCURY SHIFTS INTO ARIES

Mercury represents our communicative, intellectual, analytical and perceptive abilities. It is the energy of the Messenger, bringing us insight and information from various realms. Mercury has completed an astrological cycle and now sits with us at the start of Aries, preparing for a new cycle ahead. We’re working through new issues with reading, understanding, communicating and expressing the Truth of the Self. The thing to be aware of is that they way we see our Truths is not the same as the way others see it. Expressing your truth is a good thing, but trying to make another person feel inadequate because of it isn’t. Try to avoid absolute statements, or statements that do not allow another’s truth to be included. Sometimes there’s not much that you can do about it when a person is triggered by perfectly innocent words (it becomes their process to deal with, and the best you can do is to assure them that it is not meant in those ways). But with Mercury in Aries, greater circumspection is required as we all desire to burst forth with the truth we now know and wish to express. Mercury enters Aries on March 31st, 2015 and stays there till April 15, 2015 (when it then moves to Taurus).

MARS SHIFTS INTO TAURUS

Mars represents our assertiveness, willpower, sense of masculinity, and our ability to go forward and acquire our desires. As Mars moves through Taurus, we’re going to have a lot more energy and drive to act upon desires related to the material plane. Be it finances, property, a relationship, anything to do with material plane and the comforts and sense of security that it can provide. Mars also fuels our quest towards developing greater internal resources like self-worth, self-value, self-love. It’s a great time to work on the foundations of anything that you’d like to build or shore up in your life, provided that it gives you a sense of grounding or rootedness – ideally in ways that align with your Spiritual understanding, rather than blocking them out. At times the material realm is used as a shield or insulating bubble separating the ego enjoying comfort and security, from Spirit that knows no limitation or form. It’s important to ensure that the Mars energy is used (ideally) to create a bridge between the vibration of material abundance that Taurus can bring and also our spiritual paths and journeys. Mars enters Taurus on April 1st, 2015 and leaves (then entering Gemini) on May 12th, 2015.

An interesting thing to note is that Venus is now in Taurus (desires, sensations), then Mars (action, will) enters, followed by Mercury (communication, ideas). I suspect that the idea of material manifestation, or at the very least, deep reflection upon the value systems underpinning our relationship with the physical world, will be a fairly strong theme for us all. That makes for an interesting emphasis, what with Vesta swimming through Pisces, overturning and releasing our spiritual attachments that longer service. Generally speaking, it is the merger of Earth (Taurus) and Pisces (Water) – that can either result in a flood in which nothing may grow – or fresh, fertile soil, infused with blessed water upon which lush vegetation may one day grow

Please note that the dates given are relative to where I am (so Asia/Australia) – so these shifts will occur a day earlier for those in the US/South America/Europe.

Blessings to All,

Priestess B. Bairavee
Astrology with Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

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SUN CONJUNCT SOUTH NODE IN ARIES, OPPOSED NORTH NODE IN LIBRA, T-SQUARE WITH KASSANDRA

Sun South Node

Blessings to all. The Sun conjuncts the South Node (10 Aries), whilst opposing the North Node (10 Libra) today. The alignment calls for greater balance in the way we express who we are as individuals (our Sense of Self) in partnership with others, or as part of some collaborative unit (Libra). One cannot purely give or take in any exchange of energies. There has to be a balance – whether it’s with your partner, friend, collaborator, with your spiritual facilitator (for reasons discussed below) or even with respect to the balance within.

Try to use this energy to look at the the various exchanges of energy that you’re a part of:

Are there people from whom you take and have never given back?
Are there people to whom you give and have never gotten anything back?
Are there people whom you expect to give you something upon demand? Perhaps consciously/unconsciously?
Are there people who expect the same from you?

Now whilst unconditional love, and the gift of giving that is its own reward applies to some areas in life, it isn’t quite a total fit. Not till all of us get to that vibration. Till then there are bound to be imbalances. Moreover, the idea of unconditional love at often times gets twisted– Too often has this rhetoric been used to guilt-trip people into serving others when they don’t need to, or staying in codependent relationships – sometimes it is the line of thought that martyr-caretaker archetype often takes on, even when their vibration is wholly different.

And on that subject – Love, my friends wears many different faces. At times, it is giving and warm, and at times it is detached and impersonal. Sometimes the most loving thing you can do for someone who desires you to do their work for them (in an inappropriate way) is to simply say no. We call it tough love, but at times it is necessary.

In cases where one may not be matching the energetic contribution of another – then try to find ways to give back. Sometimes its a hug, or a sincere expression of gratitude, sometimes it’s bringing a person a home-made meal – try and find some meaningful way to express thanks for whatever that person has brought you.

In general – It’s a good time to re-evaluate whether you’re setting the right boundaries as you deal with other people. Know that the extreme manifestation of Aries is the bully, whilst it is the doormat for Libra. The first ignores the individuality of others, whilst the latter ignores the individuality of the Self.

Also an excellent time to work towards becoming more aware of aspects which you have hidden from yourself (typically what we call The Shadow Side). Try to make peace with yourselves, even the parts of you that you might find particularly annoying or difficult to stomach. Those are the bits that tend to need the most love, in any case. Try to be more accepting of the diversity within others as well. People are rarely, if ever, 2-dimensional characters.

KASSANDRA – THE IGNORED ORACLE

Both the Sun/South Node and the North Node square Kassandra at 11 Capricorn, making a T-Square alignment with Kassandra at the apex (pinnacle). Kassandra was an oracle who was punished by the god Apollo for rejecting his advances. Her curse was that her words would be ignored, despite the purity and worth. She was accused of being a liar, and her gifts were overlooked. She suffered at the hands of the Greeks as they lay siege to Troy (her warning to not let in the Trojan horse was of course, ignored) and died an unhappy death – brutally raped and murdered in the Temple of Athena.

Don’t let that alarm you – essentially – her archetype is one that asks us to speak out for our truth and to hold fast to our integrity – especially so for those who seek the path of the spiritualist or spiritual facilitator of some kind. The truths that emerge now are more likely to be related to the legacy we forge in this world, by way of our actions, our careers – the parts of life in which we place our energies to build something for the future.

Giving the question of balancing give-and-take I just discussed, with Kassandra’s involvement, it seems to me that spiritual facilitators are likely to be asking themselves similar questions. Am I letting myself be taken for granted? Do I need to set better boundaries? Am I valuing the wisdom of the Self that I bring into my Service? Am I doing the right thing, by being on this path? (Quite a lot of self-examination .. )

One of the biggest issues that facilitators face is knowing when and where to strike the right balance. They need to fulfill their commitments – whether it’s rent, paying the electric bill, paying off the mortgage / college debt, saving up for their kids’ college funds – and very often, the fact that they’re human and have those needs is forgotten.

In ancient times, those exchanges were more straightforward — as all one needed was the food to stay alive and materials, if need be, to maintain the temple and enable it to survive. But it is a different world today, and one that is rapidly evolving. Holding onto the same ideas, does justice to no one.

Different facilitators take a different view on this – but it’s certainly going to be one of those questions that many in the field ask themselves at this time. Though – generally speaking – Very rarely do you find a facilitator who gives too little, the balance sought is often from the other side – where they give too much.

On a different note, as the South Node conjuncts the Sun, we may also find ways (especially with Kassandra involved) to shine the light of awareness upon parts of our pasts that deal with oracular or prophetic gifts. For some, this may manifest as a deep re-membering of past times, even past lives.

OTHER ALIGNMENTS:

The North Node is inconjunct Neptune (8 Pisces). This is a time where the Deep States of Balance (acceptance of all extremes as equally valid) which Libra ultimately seeks can be challenged by, or in turn, challenge your view on how your Soul fits into the Cosmic Ocean/Collective Unconscious, i.e. your relationship with Spirit, or a Transcendental understanding Divinity. In a literal sense, it may be a relationship that you’re in, that you have with someone, that makes you question the spiritual views and understanding of You-And-God/Goddess/Divinity that may have once supported such an arrangement. Inconjuncts are generally uncomfortable aspects, ones that are not satisfied with easy compromises and that demand resolutions. Those with bodies between 5-11 Taurus or Leo will experience this as a Yod (Finger of Fate) that pushes you to a decision point of some kind involving the two.

Pluto (15 Capricorn) is loosely squared the Sun/South Node and North Node (if you’re willing to take an orb of more than +/- 3 degrees for the Nodes). Its transformative lessons also weave themselves within this alignment. The focus of the Sun is already somewhat activated by trine energy from Jupiter Retrograde( 12 Leo) and Saturn Retrograde (4 Sagittarius).

The Sun trines, whilst the North Node sextiles Sauer at 10 Leo – Sauer can refer to astronomy, space exploration, aeronautics (in the literal sense) and to a more mystical, etheric form of Cosmic Connection. A day where inspiration can strike, or be made apparent through our connection with the skies. Cloudwatching, astronomy, astrology, thinking about your relationship with the Cosmos – this can be a potentially fruitful way in which to bridge both The Sun’s and the North Node’s energy. In Leo, Sauer’s energy focuses upon the sensual, creative, child-like or more playful ways in which we can find this connection. It may be externalized and appear as a lesson/guidance/circumstance involving a romantic partner, a child, or even the inner child Archetype within.

The exact Sun-North Node opposition took place a 2:06 pm, GMT + 8, March 31, 2015. (About 3.5 hours ago). You’ll be feeling its continued effects over the next 1-2 days.

Blessings to All,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD
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