12 Hours of Transformation

We are all about to experience a powerful Double-Yod (Finger of Fate) in the sky involving The Sun, The Moon, The North Node, Jupiter Retrograde, Black Moon Lilith, Chiron and Neptune, intersecting with the Month-Long Yod (+ Pluto, Ceres, Mercury, Vesta). It’s going to be an epic alignment, and one which a lot of us are prepared to welcome! This alignment occurs between 1:01 am – 1:00 pm March 3rd, 2015 (GMT + 8), for almost exactly 12 hours.

For the past 2 days, we have been feeling the build-up to this alignment, with a strong Sun inconjunct North Node alignment. I often think of the inconjunct as an uncomfortable, restless aspect. Something, in itself, which is in need of resolution. That happens when the Moon passes through Leo – creating the window of time indicated. Those with placements very close to 11 Leo (8-14 degrees) in their natal chart will have been feeling this energy since Feb 28th till March 5th! Those born between Aug 4th-7th (roughly) will basically have their natal Sun at that position.

When two bodies form inconjuncts to a third body, they form what is known as a Yod – or Finger of God/Goddess/Fate/Karma/Destiny. The original bodies are connected by a sextile, allowing their energies to harmonize create a Karmic Gate of sorts. One often is pushed down to the apex of yod where they are then forced to choose between different paths. It’s a karmic quest – and here you choose whether you re-live an old cycle, or begin a new chapter entirely. And when two Yods intersect … it’s .. almost as though you’re in a cosmic pinball machine… with energy ricocheting off the various bodies and reinforcing the strength of the alignment.

Please note those with placements near 9-13 Taurus, 12-17 Gemini will experience this as a Triple Yod.

It doesn’t make much sense to go into details with what each and every single body does in this cosmic alignment. So I’ll give you the general picture of the Yod formed by the Sun, N. Node, Moon, Black Moon Lilith and Jupiter Rx. You can refer to the Month-Long (2nd) Yod Article to understand what lessons it seeks to teach – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-jY.

The North Node asks us to break new ground and start a new cycle of learning in matters to do with partnership, social relations and knowing the Shadow (Hidden) Self. It encourages us to find a deeper sense of balance in all that we do, recognizing that Balance doesn’t quite apply if you only deal with what you perceive as pleasurable and/or positive. Also note that North Node is opposed Venus (and Mars and Uranus in stellium) in Aries. Many of the lessons of the Node comes straight from what we feel attracted towards, yearn for, desire and are willing to assert ourselves to acquire. Conjunct the South Node, the Cosmic Lovers (Mars and Venus) highlight the Union or Partnership of the Divine Masculine and Feminine concept to be key in the lesson of this Yod. Here the partnership is focused upon/within The Self – though the spark/reason to learn this lesson may come through romantic partners (current and/or past, considering the South Node position). It is important to realize that the needs and perspectives of others (Libra) must also be taken into account – in a fine balance – as you seek to be True to Your Self, Your Needs, Your Desires, Your Being.

The lessons and experiences that took place on May 26/27 2014, when Venus conjuncted the South Node (as it is now) will be likely to play themselves out at this time, if unresolved.

It sextiles the Moon and Jupiter Retrograde in Leo. Here, our lessons are focused upon the Sacral and Heart Chakra, and in particular the way we express our sensual, creative and self-expressive energies. The lesson here is to ‘Be Real’ about who and what you are, without wearing a person to please another, or to hide from your self. It’s when the mask needs to come off. Jupiter amplifies this energy and the Moon heightens the emotional and intuitive experience of it.

Both these bodies form inconjuncts to the Sun in Pisces. The focal point of this yod is finding a point of Compassionate Detachment, Surrender and Release of Expectation. Its about learning to let go of what holds you back from fully expressing the truth, joy and creativity of the Self (Leo), or from living in a fulfilling social context, partnership, or intra-personal state of balance (Libra). Pisces energy (when unbalanced) is famous for projection, escapism and falling in love with its own illusions – this particular Yod is likely to bring you face to face with your Own Truth – eye to eye with your Spirit, or whatever it is you consider a profound connection with Source and/or Divinity. Neptune and Chiron in a stlelium with the Sun further intensity the spiritual, formless and boundlessness of this energy, and also open us to our vulnerabilities surrounding the way we connect with this Deeper notion of Source/Divinity/The Sacred/The Transcendental. Surrender, Faith, Release, Letting Go, Compassion, Detachment – those are the keywords for this apex….

In other words, many of us are preparing to Drop the Veil (of Maya/Illusion) and look at the Reality Beyond it. It’s an intense focus of energy in the Cosmic Ocean – and if we have any anchor at all in that Tempest – it is Faith.

Black Moon Lilith in Virgo activates this Yod and energizes it by way of her opposition with the Sun. She demands that you flesh our the details and – equally-take practical steps to manifest the spiritual lessons this yod provides. She asks you to nurture the self, and when you can, rise in Service to others who may be struggling with this energy. Facilitators in general are likely to be connecting with the energies of the Detached Crone to a greater degree today – represented by figures such as The Cailleach, Goddess Dhumavati, Goddess Hekate, and so on.

This Yod is connected with the Month-Long Yod, itself activated by the Mercury/Vesta opposition with Jupiter and the Moon. Priest/esses and Spiritual Facilitators in General are going to be receiving messages that support both their personal journeys and the journeys of the collective at this time. Pluto and Ceres are activated in Capricorn, asking us to transform the way we view our legacy on this planet, nurturing ourselves and others to do the same. The other points have been addressed.

Personally, I welcome this Double Yod with open arms – because at this time – it just feels like something’s gotta give way, something’s got to come to an end before a new beginning is truly possible.

The build-up of energy, for many – has been absolutely tremendous. I would encourage you to go with Faith and answer the Challenge of the Double Yod. You may find yourself even more prepared for the final Uranus/Pluto square (when it arrives on March 16/17) and ready to set the seeds for growth at the Total Solar Eclipse & Equinox (March 20/21).

And on top of that we have a powerful Jupiter Retrograde – Uranus trine going on as well! The Great Revealer/Awakener electrifies both the Yods and intensifies the sheer depth of transformation possible through this alignment. Please note that I take a 3 degree orb for the Nodes.

Blessings to you all, and may your choices pave the way to manifest fulfilling lives on every level imaginable.

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

Astrology with Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

Text and Image © Bairavee Balasubramaniam, 2015

THE ENERGY OF NOW: 9th January 2015 [Double Yod + T-Square]

9th jan 2015 energy of now

Blessings to all. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. At this moment we have a powerful, intersecting Double Yod formation (present till January 20-21st) greatly influencing the energy dynamics of the heavens. Yods are known as Fingers of Fate – the literally point us to a karmic crossroad at which we are called to make a key decision. The experience of a yod is generally crisis-oriented, insistent and operated by a hidden, Divine hand. We are called to make a clear decision on something anytime a Yod is present. Our decisions determine whether we engage with the yod through an old energy cycle, or whether we finally break through into a new paradigm.

At this moment we have an intersecting Double Yod involving Chiron (14 Pisces), Pluto (13 Capricorn) / Sun (18 Capricorn) / Vesta (19 Capricorn), Juno Retrograde (14 Leo) / Jupiter Retrograde (21 Leo) and the North Node (14 Libra).

As these two yods intersect, they create a flow of energy that is akin to a ball bouncing off obstacles and walls in a pinball machine. The energy shifts quickly, but into a targeted and specified direction. So let’s look at each component and understand what these yods bring to our karmic curriculum.

Chiron in Pisces – The Soul’s Wound is activated by/in areas related to our spiritual paradigms (at the transcendental level), our perceived channels through which we directly access Soul and Spirit, and through past-life activations. Here we are really called to face whatever vulnerabilities we face in directly gazing upon / accessing our most authentic Self. Be warned of escapist tendencies – be it through workaholism, food binges, substance abuse – or even by escaping ‘into another person’ where you rely upon another’s vital energies to support yourself. (And you may also be the recipient of such energy, so watch out either way). The only real response that Chiron asks you to manifest is Surrender. Surrender to the Flow of the Divine and to the Wisdom of your own Ancient, Powerful Spirit as you go through these turbulent energy dynamics. Those of you who do so willingly, may find yourself on a spiritual journey of Epic proportions. In short: As tough as it may seem, go with the flow. Expect nothing and take each moment as it comes. If you can do nothing else, just breathe.

Pluto / Sun / Vesta in Capricorn – We are focused upon the kinds of Legacies which our Souls yearn to create and leave behind in this material plane of existence. Pluto challenges us to find a balanced and ethical use of power, and acknowledgement of boundaries, whereas Vesta asks us to detach from something near and dear to our ego-level understandings of ‘what constitutes success / recognition / achievement’, etc. In other words, some outdated way in which we see success etc. needs to shift so that the work you do resonates with a Path of Collective Service. The kind of Sacrifice that Vesta calls for is not like what you’ve seen in Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom! It simply means that you need to let go of some old idea, habit, identity or perception that currently constricts your ability to access Capricornian energy. Let go of what holds you back and you will find your Innate Source of Power, Authenticity and Authority, by way of Pluto’s presence in this sign.

Note that the asteroid Narcissus is at 19 Capricorn. The balanced energy of self-love (as opposed to full blown narcissistic self indulgence) can help you determine which type, or form of legacy you wish to create. What would you love doing? What would you love yourself more for doing?

Juno Retrograde / Jupiter Retrograde in Leo – The presence of Soulmate energy and/or Gateways that directly access the vibration of the Divine Feminine are highlighted at this time, as is the role of the Teacher, Guide, Guru or Mentor. It is very likely that your romantic partner, creative collaborator, sexual partner (all of whom relate to the Sacral Chakra that Leo partially accesses) is going to ask you to walk through the Gate of the Fiery Feminine. Here is where that more active, assertive form of the Feminine comes through and asks you to Take Action – Lead – Create (Leo). Your child / children whom you may work with may also perform a similar catalytic role in awakening this part of you. The retrograde motion of both Juno and Jupiter indicate that these lessons / awakenings are more focused upon an internal process – it may be your perception of these beings that you are responding to, rather than anything they do themselves. Another alternative is simply that these are lessons from the past (this, or a previous lifetime) that you are completing now.

North Node in Libra – As far as I am concerned, Libra is the most powerful sign in the Zodiac. I’ve seen this understanding echoed by very few others, with some wonderful exceptions. I believe this is an understanding of the sign that really needs to be revisited in mainstream and more specialized branches of astrology – as we can then learn the true strength of the Scales and all that it represents. Libra is the only energy in the Zodiac that can accept ambiguity and paradox. It can hold opposites in perfect balance and harmony with one another. An understanding of Libra that only favours things that are pleasant is … well… a different form of imbalance. Libra can, at its essence, hold the good / bad / ugly / beautiful / pleasant / unpleasant in dynamic equilibrium with one another. Like the Hindu gods who hold weapons in 4 hands and implements of peace in the other 4, it is not an energy that – in its most authentic form – seeks to hide or dismiss or transform anything. With the North Node in Libra, we are called to find a New Balance in the way we deal with the complexity of our Lives. Note that the North Node is opposed by Uranus (conjunct the South Node) in Aries. We are being pushed towards reacting to whatever situation the North North is triggered into playing out, through the modality of Aries – resist the temptation to Charge Headlong into the Abyss! There is in fact, another way!

Looking at these four energies and knowing that they intersect powerfully through these two yods, we see the kinds of challenges we face. Be it through wounding, finding your legacy, seeking a true Balance, or dealing with romantic/sexual partners/teachers/gurus/soulmates/children — we are really called to step up right now. In our understanding of astrology, in our understanding of self, in our understanding of the choices we make and the consequences they generate.

Also note that Juno Retrograde is trined Uranus/South Node. This only adds further charge to this alignment. We also have a powerful T-Square involving the Virgo Moon conjunct Black Moon Lilith (4 Virgo), squared Saturn (1 Sagittarius) conjunct Pallas Athena (5 Sagittarius), squared Neptune (5 Pisces). In a nutshell, this energy relates to different spiritual paradigms, paths of service, strategies we take to search for spiritual guidance, and the relationship we have with the Dark Feminine (as she Facilitates us to awaken deeper). Those with placements at or near 1-5 Gemini will feel this as a Grand Mutable Cross.

Neptune is also conjunct asteroids Psyche and Bacchus at 5 Pisces. A great deal of healing work is possible if you choose to transcend old myths or narratives in which you may have confined your identity, sense of purpose, life perspective etc (Psyche). Bacchus encourages you to partake in in sensual pleasures, fun, and other activities which break you out of the groove and into a more joyful vibration. Spiritual work doesn’t have to be a drag, not do you have to be overly serious about it. Be sure you don’t cross the line and overindulge!

Also bear in mind that we are still bearing the intensity of the Cardinal T-Square involving Pluto/Vesta/Sun, the North/South Nodes and Uranus – also activated by way of the Double-Yod.

The Double Yod lasts till January 20-21st, whereas the Mutable T-Square (Neptune, Black Moon Lilith, Saturn, Pallas Athena) lasts till Jan 14. The Cardinal T-Square (Nodes, Uranus, Pluto) breaks completely in early April.

Please also note that Mars (27 Aquarius) is currently sextiling the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius). Those with placements near 27 Cancer will experience this as a powerful Yod, inspiring you to Source-driven Action that will help you further your Spiritual Journey and play a role in facilitating the Awakening of the Collective.

Many Blessings to All, I hope this article will help you make more sense of the energies which surround us collectively at this time.

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

For an overview of 2015’s astrology see – http://wp.me/p4OUNS-ga



At 3:05 pm (GMT +8, Dec 29 2014), Pallas Athena conjuncted Saturn in Sagittarius. This is a powerful blending of the mind / intellect / strategic / analytical gifts that Pallas Athena (the Goddess Asteroid) brings, along with the authority, structure, and discipline represented by Saturn. It is an excellent time to look at the kinds of structures which govern your relationship to systems, activities and teachings through which you broaden your knowledge and experience of Self. Pallas Athena may help you find a key strategy, or simply give you the strength of conviction that you need to address this challenge. You may, for instance, find a way to speak to or address an older, authority figure who may teach or guide you in some form. You may realize you ARE that authority. You may figure out the steps you need to reach a certain level of achievement which you deem as successful. In the sign of Sagittarius, this relates to fields of life and experience such as foreign travel, higher education, academia, spiritual paradigms, belief systems, religious institutions, Gurus & Structured Guidance, and so on. Also an excellent time for those of you seeking to learn more about astrology (as it is ruled by Sagittarius) and its secrets. Whilst this process may play out as an internal process for some, for others it may be projected onto others you see as authority figures in these fields. Rather than a time for judgment and division, allow the Blessings of Pallas Athena to safely convey you to where you need to be.

As I told a friend today, “You Be Your Own Guide”. Listen to others when you require advice, get feedback from experts or those you consider an authority, but at the end of the day, remember that it is your Voice and Truth that whatever advice you receive needs to resonate with. Those of you who are working towards the archetype of the Spiritual Teacher/Guru/Philosopher may also realize your need to and capacity for greater self-assertion, conviction and faith in what you do. Remember that Sagittarius fans the flames of ‘I AM Consciousness’ in a more expanded sense than Aries or Leo – it seeks to understand the Self in relation to the wider Cosmos.

Saturn conjunct Pallas Athena in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces. This indicates a classic clash between those who accept/reject the Guru/Guide system, and the relationship that one has with the concept of Formlessness as the central feature of a Spiritual Path. For more info on that you might want to read this:

At 9:29 pm (GMT + 8), a Grand Fire trine formed between Ceres in Sagittarius, the Moon conjunct Uranus in Aries and Juno Retrograde/Jupiter Retrograde in Leo. This only enhances the emphasis on Self Assertion, Expression and Definition that all three Fire Signs encourage us to find. Just bear in mind that the Self we’re talking about here is not the Ego-Self, but the one you find when you move past it. Call it the Flame of Spirit, if you like.

The Grand Fire Trine ends at 6:41 pm on the following day (Dec 30th, 2014).

All of this is taking place in the backdrop of two immensely powerful, intersecting Yods (Fingers of Fate), apexing at Juno Retrograde in Leo and Chiron in Pisces. The other components of this yod are Jupiter Retrograde, North Node and the entire Capricorn Stellium (Mercury, Venus, Sun, Pluto, Vesta). An intensely karmic backdrop to work through such key questions for spiritual facilitators and seekers!

Stay centered, and (as my dance teacher keeps telling me) – Remember to Breathe through it. If nothing else, take Baby Steps!

Last but not least, Ceres (The Goddess Asteroid of Nurture) is about to conjunct the Galactic Center at 27 Sagittarius. I will be offering discounted readings in honor of that conjunction. So stay tuned x

Blessings and Love to All,

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Image: By Giovanni Dall’Orto. (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons