16 18 nov 14

At 9:34 am, November 16th 2014 (GMT + 8), exactly 12 hours after the Neptune Retrograde ended, a powerful yod formed in the skies. The Virgo Moon sextiled Mercury (11 Sco) and Pallas Athena (12 Sco), both forming inconjuct aspects to Uranus Retrograde (13 Ari). This yod will remain in the skies until 1:39 am, November 17 2014 (approximately 9.5 hours from now).

As you know, the skies are currently lit up with all kinds of different configurations (which I’ve written about on my blog) – so to avoid repetition, I’ll just focus on newer configurations.

This Yod (Finger of Fate) creates a critical decision point/karmic point of transcendence or further entrenchment in the way we access the qualities of ‘Higher’ Consciousness or ‘Higher’ Mind.

Our connection with Source ‘Out There’ as opposed to Source ‘Within’ is being pushed to a whole other level. In the sign of Aries, we are likely to feel the effects of this yod as an opportunity to transform, to revolutionize, to discover a whole new way in which we embody ‘I AM Consciousness’.

Many will see key breakthroughs in their sense of self at this time – as whole new chapters of their Soul’s awakening begin to emerge.

With the Virgo Moon, the energy of one’s emotions, subconscious attachments and intuitive faculties are likely to be focused upon the Here-And-Now – what needs doing, who needs serving, what’s right/what isn’t, what’s the best way to deal with something from a practical perspective, etc.

On the other hand, sextiling the Moon, the conjunction of Pallas Athena and Mercury are focused on different things.

Pallas Athena is giving you the courage to speak up about what your feelings, rights, entitlements and perspectives are surrounding a situation with an intimate/sexual and/or financial partner of some kind.

She slams her spear into the ground to create a boundary and says: Do not cross, lest I call you to do so. Remember that She is the Goddess of Healing, Wisdom _and_ War – it’s probably wise to honor that boundary and to assert the same for yourself..

Mercury similarly focuses upon the communicative, intellectual and analytical faculties that Pallas Athena embodies. In the realm of Scorpio, the energy of the Messenger allows you to access different layers or parts of yourselves at this time, facilitating a more holistic, integrated response to whatever situation of crisis/karmic challenge you face.

Whilst this is a powerful opportunity to transform one’s notion of Self, even the health of the physical body (depending on your chart), it may be experienced painfully by many – owing to the Moon’s opposition with Chiron Retrograde ( 5:41 pm, November 16, 2014, GMT + 8) at 13 Vir/Pis ’07.

This opposition is likely to take on the classic Pisces/Virgo dynamic which – as I understand it – places two different approaches the spiritual journey in (unnecessary) opposition.

Think of Pisces as the tsunami, ultimately washing away all need for Form, Structure, Boundary and knows no Time. In contrast, Virgo represents the Priest/ess holding his or her ground, ensuring that energies are encoded in material form, serving in the present moment, the Here and Now.

They seem like opposites, but truly, they are complements to one another. I see it as a different expression of the Shiva-Shakti dynamic.

Those who feel particularly ungrounded or vulnerable at this time are advised to treat themselves gently and/or to seek reliable support groups. Try not to give into escapist tendencies – be they expressed through substance abuse, food binges, over-working, etc.

If you can, face the energies these aspects unleash, and allow yourself to learn their lessons – and if that’s not possible, don’t worry about it – just make sure you are in a well-supported situation.

You will learn what you need for your journey ahead, when you need to. No rush.

Be aware that Mercury will conjunct Pallas Athena at 9:29 am November 17th (12 Sco ’30) – you may well find the words and the strategy to deal with the intimate situation highlighted by the yod (possibly even earlier!).

Also note that the Sun is preparing for its annual conjunction with Saturn at 25 Scorpio ’56 – This will take place at 4:47 pm, November 18. I expect many of you to be already feeling the focus upon some kind of element of restriction or obstacle perceived within intimate partnerships, energetic/resource sharing arrangements and such.

All of this emphasis on Scorpio will certainly require you to look within the ‘Shadow’ Self, in a direct and disciplined manner.

It’s time to look in the darkness, only to realize that there is – Nothing To Fear. This is a profound opportunity for you to address issues deeply buried within your sub-conscious with the Light of Awareness (Sun) present in this conjunction.

Mars (17 Cap ’15) will will make a T-square with both the North and South Nodes (17 Lib/Ari ’15) at 5:42 pm, November 18. Those with placements at or near 17 Ari/Can/Lib/Cap will feel this as either a Cardinal T-Square or Grand Cardinal Cross!

This is powerful Nodal energy which hints at a karmic situation involving (1) a male romantic partner/the partner playing the ‘masculine role’ (2) one’s animus (male aspect of psyche) which we can interpret as reflections of our connection with the Divine Masculine within. The partner/s we attract externally tell us something about this Inner Connection – strongly emphasized during this alignment.

So, all in all – it’s a very busy sky at the minute! Here’s yesterday’s article which tells you more about Neptune stationing Direct, other aspects still playing their roles in the sky, and the Awakening of the Masculine Principle –

And… I’ve saved the best for last. Those with astrological placements at or near 11-12 degrees Cancer AND 11-15 Taurus will feel this as a GRAND SEXTILE. Happy Manifesting!

Blessings and Joy to All!

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

A Guide to the Grand Sextile, 13 September 2014

A Guide to the Grand Sextile

The Grand Sextile, is a Star of David/Shadkona Yantra/Hexagram shaped configuration in the sky surrounded by a hexagon. It is a portal of Manifestation, a Divine Seal of Facilitation. This configuration is ‘completed’ through the motion of the Moon in the sign of Taurus.

Window of Time (19 HOURS, 27 MINUTES):
4:39 am, September 13 2014 – 12:06 am September 14 2014 (GMT + 8)
6:39 am, September 13 2014 – 2:06 am September 14 2014 (Sydney, GMT+ 10)
2:09 am, September 13 2014 – 9:36 pm September 13 2014 (India, GMT + 5:30)
4:39 pm, September 12 2014 – 12:06 pm September 13 2014 (New York, EDT)
1:39 pm September 12 2014 – 9:06 am September 13 2014 (California, PDT)
9:39 pm, September 12 2014 – 3:06 pm September 13 2014 (London, GMT + 1)

[[ The Grand Sextile Portal is now Open ]]


Enjoy 🙂 (And check out the FB event for further information: Calling The Tribes on FB – I’ll see you there — )

For those of you who prefer learning through an oral rather than verbal component (or who simply want to re-inforce what is written here) you can also look at my video explaining the Grand Sextile and the challenges and gifts it brings us.



Here are the components of the Grand Sextile, a planet/body in all Earth/Water elements:

Moon in Taurus – emotional security, subconscious relationship with the flow of abundance (be it wealth or inner resources like self-worth)

Chiron Retrograde in Pisces – the sense of wounding or vulnerability with respect to one’s Path and/or connection with Spirit – healing and wounding tends to take place at a very deeper internal level and involve past life wounds and karmic ties rising to the surface for resolution

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn – transformative crises (mostly internally generated) to find a new articulation of our relationship with power, status, career, prestige, the legacy we leave behind

Saturn conjunct Vesta in Scorpio – Saturn deals with karmic, the virtues of limitation and structuring of energy – Vesta deals with a path of Spiritual Facilitation, healing, the histories and memories of those who tended the sacred flame, be it within the self, or in ancient temples – in Scorpio , these energies unearth powerful memories of tasks or lessons from the past and ask us engage with our shadow beliefs and attitudes towards these aspects of life. They challenge you to find the gift in the Shadow, essentially.

Sun in Virgo – the focus of one’s essence/vital energies is on the Path of Service, ways to maintain, preserve, and nurture the integrity of the Self and Others in Balanced Harmony. The role of Priest/ess in Spiritual Facilitation and Honoring the Earth-Mother is also highlighted.

Juno in Cancer – The energy of the Divine Feminine moves through us as it seeks to elevate and transform our engagement with Spirit. She pushes us to the boundaries of our understanding of Home/Family/Motherhood/Goddess Love and helps us chart new waters in our engagement with her. Not to be underestimated.

So these are the main players in this alignment – their energies and lessons and challenges come together as one for 19.5 hours – the duration the sextile remains open. Astrologers will note that the Grand Sextile is formed if an 11 degree orb isuse for the Sun-Pluto Trine. Venus trines the Sun weakly, and She’s also 11 degrees away from the Sun as well. Still within the range of influence.

Three other factors intensity the experience of this Grand Sextile:

(1) The Final Grand Cross of 2014 – involving Juno, Pallas Athena (now conjunct Mercury), Pluto Retrograde and Uranus Retrograde. For more information see – this Cross challenges the Rising of the Feminine as She takes her Place on the World’s Stage and the Path of the Priestess, Witch, Goddessian is legitimated once more.

(2) A Triple Yod Configuration – 3 Fingers of Fate interconnect creating Karmic Decision Points which can radically alter the rate, progress and path that you take in your spiritual evolution

– Yod 1: Moon-Mercury/Pallas-Chiron Retrograde
– Yod 2: Chiron Retrograde-Jupiter-Pluto Retrograde
– Yod 3: Jupiter – Chiron Retrograde – Mercury/Pallas

Mercury/Pallas bring an intense analytical/mental/intellectual focus to any issue in your environment which is out energetic balance, particularly focused on your partnerships (due to its placement in Libra) – it even be the partnership within yourself with Spirit. For more information, see

Jupiter in Leo deals with your guidance, sense of adventure, willingness to explore through experience, and a general sense of amplification/blessings on your path. Leo relates to romance, children, creativity, self-expression, the Inner Child Construct and the challenge of remaining authentic through vulnerability.

With the Yods as interconnected as they are … expect powerful shifts through all of the energies / planets / asteroids mentioned here. They can and will surprise you in powerful ways.

(3) Mars shifts into Sagittarius and remains at 29 degree Scorpio throughout the duration of the Grand Sextile’s portal

The 29th degree is the Anaretic Degree. It’s the time and place where the lump sum, or intensity of the energy from a particular sign concentrates, just before it is transcended.

So look back to all of the lessons of Mars in Scorpio. The balanced use of assertive force or power, the desire to know/own/control kept in check, the penetrative emphasis on self-knowing, often through another.

So with that intense focus of assertive energy, penetrating to the depths of your subconscious, shedding light on your Shadow (sometimes seen in others) …

You’re going to feel the -shake-up-wake-up- at this time. Intensity of focus, powerfully deep emotions rising to the surface.

All in preparation for Mars’ entry into Sagittarius which will take place at 5:40 am, September 14th, 2014. Basically 5 hours after the Grand Sextile portal closes.

To Summarize – the Energy of this Portal of Manifestation Births a New Reality. It Anchors the Energies of the Rising Feminine and the Masculine which must now acknowledge and confront the deep emotions buried in its Shadow. the Masculine (energy of assertion, not limited to gender) will then teach the lessons of its emotive sensitivity as it moves through Sagittarius. Plenty of new information coming in the next phase of Mars’ Journey. The Feminine, on the other hand (again, not limited to gender) learns the lessons of the game of power, presence and challenging the patriarchy.

Pallas Athena and her androgynous energies will help us find ways to balance those energies and interpret them in powerfully new ways. 

There is a dance of Balance that these, and other Energies in the Universe will play together at this time And eventually, we will find that Unity.

So as you anchor your intentions for Manifestation, focus upon your Truest Understanding of Divinity Open your Heart and Work with its energies.

Blessings and Love to All,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

PALLAS ATHENA CONJUNCT MERCURY 13 Libra ’14, 10:18 pm, GMT + 8, 11 September 2014


Merc Pallas 1156 pm 11 9 14

Blessings to all I love this energy! Pallas Athena in Libra teaches us the wisdom of strategy, the virtue of justice and quest for peace even in times of strife. She chooses not to charge into battle without a plan. She sees both sides of the equation, both perspectives before rendering her judgment, born of detached wisdom. Unable to remain neutral ‘sitting on the fence’, Pallas takes her stand in the cause of Balance, Refinement/Nobility, Harmony and Justice/Equality. In our day to day lives she represents a mental energy or aspect of ourselves looking for patterns, strategies and analytical approaches to collecting and interpreting information. In this role, she is similar to Mercury. The cause that Pallas fights for reflects her Virgin Motherhood (for more info – ) , and her dedication to healing, preservation and maintenance. At this time, the masculine-feminine balance is wildly out of proportion. Greater assertiveness for the feminine and Greater sensitivity for the masculine seems to be the dominant pattern of healing and re-balancing we are collectively a part of. Yes, even in matters traditionally associated with the feminine (motherhood, childcare, violence or harassment on the basis of having a female gender), Pallas Athena shall help you fight your corner not with emotion, but with the power of the detached mind (at least on the surface – I believe she feels Deeply, but does not reveal it). I refer you to the article mentioned above for a discussion on her androgynous energies.

Yet the focus of her preservation, to me, associates her with Virgo, which, once again is linked with Mercury.

Therefore, the conjunction of Mercury and Pallas is a natural one. It may feel as though that part of you that seeks to launch itself forth on a crusade (but with a plan) is emphasized. Self-preservation and preservation of balance in your environment, in your partnerships, in your social surroundings may be the focus of this energy for you. Mercury will be finding ways to maintain balance. If stressed, however, the energy of Mercury – and Pallas Athena – can counteract imbalance with further imbalance.

If you think of a scale (Libra sign) – if one side is tilted because there’s something on it, you can find balance by gradually adding counterweights on the other side – or by slowly removing the weight that is present. You can do the exact same thing in a forceful or violent manner, causing both sides of the scale to dance wildly.

It’s your choice as to how you find strategic ways to find balance at this time

Remember that Mercury can travel between the different realms/states of Being. You will find that your ability to synthesize information together will come together in a harmonious way today, particularly if you have aligned your thoughts and focus on a balance-seeking cause.

If you do choose to ‘chaaaarge’ towards a cause today, make sure you have a backup plan, and one that (likely) involves the support of others in your environment. Remember, you can’t and don’t have to make change in the world all by yourself.

To get more specific, you’ll have to know where 13 Libra is in your natal chart – you can do that at . If you’re feeling a little more inquisitive, also take note of the ruler of the 7th house (associated with Libra). That’s the Descendant, marked on the Right hand side of your chart (Western system) – the generally thicker line than the rest. It’s summarized as Dsc.

A quick guide:
1st House – Body/Self, Sense of Self, Ego-Personality
2nd House – Finances, Self-Worth, Connection with Abundance,
3rd House – Siblings, Early Childhood, Mental Perceptions,
4th House – Home, Mother, Family, Domestic Arrangement, Tribe,
5th House – Love, Romance, Creativity, Children, Projection of Persona,
6th House – Work, Path of Service, Daily Rituals, Hygiene, Health, Self-Preservation/Maintenance/Nurturing Instinct,
7th House – the Descendant: Partnerships (Business, Marital, Collaborative), Shadow Selves,
8th house – Intimate Partners (Energetic, Financial, Sexual), Deep Mysteries, Relationship with Power, Self-Knowledge through Depth Exploration,
9th house – Sense of Exploration, Adventure, Learning, Higher Education, Philosophy, Travel, ‘The Guru’
10th House – Career, Legacy, Appearance in the Public Eye, Status
11th House – Friends, Altruistic Associations, Unconventionality, Eccentricity, Genius
12th House – Mystery, Sacrifice, Surrender, Transcendence of Ego, Seclusion, etc.

Remember – one aspect of Libra energy is that it seeks to find itself in others. This is the part of your chart where you draw in energy that you do not see in yourself, but through other people. So if you think someone is being unreasonable… hold up a mirror before you judge further. You may be simply reacting to something in yourself that you do not like.

A day for great plans, strategies and insights to be revealed. Listen to what your Mind has to say today It’s not just about Body, Spirit, Heart, Soul – but the whole package.

Also note that this energy is involved in a Yod (Finger of Fate) with Jupiter, pointing at Chiron Retrograde (which opposes the Sun). You may find a breakthrough in a major decision or strategic approach in an issue related to your healing from past wounds, karmic ties, etc.  – as the Virgo Sun focuses upon maintenance, preservation and nurture of self and others in balance. Your lessons or sources of guidance are likely to come from activities related to Leo (children, childcare, play, romance, creativity) and so on. 

Much Love to All,
Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Image Information: “Bust Athena Velletri Glyptothek Munich 213” by Unknown (Greek original by Kresilas) – User:Bibi Saint-Pol, own work, 2007-02-08. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons –
“Evelyn de Morgan – Mercury, 1870-1873” by Evelyn De Morgan – [1]. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons –,_1870-1873.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Evelyn_de_Morgan_-_Mercury,_1870-1873.jpg