Neptune Retrograde Ends

At 9:34 pm, November 15 2014 (GMT + 8), Neptune’s retrograde officially ended (4 Pisces ’48). This is a phenomenal shift in terms of the energy we experience on a day-to-day basis. Neptune Retrograde in its home sign of Pisces has – for the past few months – been teaching us to get harder, edgier, and more critical (in the analytical) sense about our spiritual understandings. It’s been a rough ride for many as all forms of illusion, no matter how beautiful they may have seemed had to break.

Neptune will station direct for a little while longer before it begins its normal motion. In direct form, its energy allows for a little more softness in our spiritual journeys where everything does not have to be defined in terms of harsh truth. We begin to see the beauty in that truth and the ephemeral qualities it brings to our lives. From a strongly internal focus upon ourselves, we will begin to move outwards and seek external sources for inspiration, and connection with more transcendental understandings of the Spiritual. I expect to see many boundary-crossing works of art and other forms of inspired creation be birthed at this time – just as many will see the dissolution of many fallacies held close to one’s heart.

As this directional shift was going on, know that we also had a powerful Neptune-Moon opposition take place at the same time. The Moon was in Virgo, seeking to attend to the more practical details of life, setting necessary boundaries and searching for ways to nurture self – and others (ideally in a position of balance). Neptune shifting signs in Pisces would have had the opposite effect.

Many emotional decisions are likely to have been made now, some leading to the dissolution of older ties and bonds, linked by the energy of care-taking, or the (imbalanced) quality of Subservience (as opposed to Spiritual Service/Facilitation) – especially for those with natal placements anywhere near 4-5 degrees Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces.

This is further emphasized by Jupiter (21 Leo) trining Vesta (20 Sag) as the energy of the Guru/Guide energizes the archetype of the Spiritual Facilitator (Vesta), often associated with the energy of Sacrifice. This would have been most keenly felt in romantic partnerships and also in the nature of a parent-child relationship.

Soulmate partnerships and dynamics are under particular scrutiny at this time as Juno (13 Leo) is seriously activated by several intense configurations at this time – the Great Goddess Fire Trine, the Cauldron and November’s Mega Yod (check out my blog for info on each of these aspects if you’re interested).

Black Moon Lilith (28 Leo) also squares Venus (29 Scorpio), indicating powerful dynamics within romantic and financial partnerships which are being challenged by the wilder, primordial, irrepressible strength of Black Moon Lilith. Kali energy rises in many partnerships, now, in other words – and it is best to honor that energy seeking to express the truth of itself. Those with planets at or near 28-29 Aquarius or Taurus will feel this as a powerful Fixed T-Square or Grand Fixed Cross.

Venus at 29 Scorpio (the Anaretic degree) itself pushes us to a point of finality or culmination in some key aspect of deep, intimate partnerships. It can also refer to the way energies and funds are merged in businesses involving another person’s money (trusts, mergers, etc.).

There a bunch of other aspects also operating in the skies which amplify what has already been said and expressed. All in all, not an easy time for partnerships of any kind. With Neptune ending its retrograde, a lot of illusions (if any were left) or inappropriate attitudes/perspectives taken about partnerships will be severely challenged at this time. Some may seek to escape, retreat into their own inner worlds because the tension may be too much – if this sounds like you, surround yourself with friends and stay away from overly taxing emotional encounters. (Make your need for space and retreat known first – to avoid over-complicating an issue).

In general, rest – relax – and take a ‘time-out’ if you have to, taking this massive shift into account. It’s also a time for massive spiritual re-awakening and — a fantastic call for the awakening of the compassionate aspect of the Divine Masculine. I associate Neptune’s energies with those of Lord Shiva – and it does seem to bear fruit at this time.

The asteroid Siva (representing His energies at 18 Sag) is sextiled the North Node (17 Libra). Those with astrological placements at or near 17-18 Taurus will feel this as a powerful Yod (Finger of Fate) which will open a new chapter in your spiritual lives.

Blessings to all, and I hope this report helps you make sense of the current energies.

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Shiva image: Lord Shiva at Murudeshwar, Karnataka..jpg – By Abhijeetsawant (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Graphic: Neptune Retrograde Ends 2014 + Lord Shiva. jpg – By Bairavee Balasubramaniam (Own work) – [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (]


Cauldron and Yod 407 14 11 14

There’s a Cauldron in the skies, and it’s brimming with energy. Uranus Retrograde (13 Ari) is trined Juno/Moon (12 Leo), which is squared Pallas Athena (11 Sco), which sextiles Pluto/Mars (11-13 Cap), which squares Uranus Rx (12 Ari). It lasts till November 23rd , and so it’s energy plays a big role for the next 9 days.

That in itself is a potent combination, one which seeks to set your level of consciousness on fire and initiate major life shifts. But that’s not why I’m writing this post … This Cauldron (not a technical term, just what I call it), is activated by the most powerful Yod of 2014 – the one which defines the month of November 2014 (as I’ve told you about before – ). This Yod gets fully re-activated again at 4:18 am, 14th November 2014, GMT + 8

Pluto/Mars – the explosive combination of power, crises, subconscious/subterranean journeys meets the fierce assertiveness of Mars. They join forces in the sign of Capricorn, taking (stereotypically) masculine energy and amplifying its power in the sign of Capricorn – all to do with status, achievement, legacy and our ideas surrounding what outlives us from a material perspective. This powerful energy is sextiled Chiron Retrograde (13 Pis), the Wounded Healer, who is forcing us to confront old wounds from our Soul’s past (karmic ties), our final point of dissolution/beginning, our understandings of spirituality, otherworldly energies and transcendence.

Both Mars/Pluto and Chiron Rx are sextiled one another, and each side makes an inconjunct aspect to Juno conjunct the Moon in Leo – thus reactivating A MAJOR YOD. The focus on this energies will be upon your emotional, intuitive, subconscious understandings of Sacral / Sexual / Creative / Passionate / Joyful / Child-like Energy (Leo). The energy of Leo links up with your sense of joy in life, your ability to create, to express who you truly are, as well as your interactions with romantic partners and children. There is some overlap here with Heart Chakra energy, but my feeling is that the emphasis is more so on the Sacral (Creative) aspect.

Juno (already a part of the Yod) focuses the intensity of this energy upon soulmate dynamics in particular, and the people who open you up to new experiences and perspectives, particularly those that involve the flow of Goddess Energy (Shakti, Asherah, Sophia, Shekinah) and so on. Yods are portals towards new chapters (or re-visitations of old chapters) in our spiritual journeys.

We have a choice as to how we deal with the challenge posed by this yod. Wisdom can be found within your Heart’s deepest Core. You will know no Fear, no Ego, no Confusion the moment you connect with this energy within yourself. Working with Goddess archetypes at this time is a splendid idea, for the spiritualists among you x

Coming back to the Cauldron, this powerful yod creates opportunities for Awakening (Uranus Rx) in your understanding and embodiment of Self and I AM Consciousness. It also challenges and allows you to strength your ability to use the mind and voice of conviction to hold true to your Heart’s messages (Pallas Athena). Thse with astrological placements at or near 11-13 degrees Gemini will experience a yod involving the sextile of Pallas Athena and Mars/Pluto.

I would also like you to bear in mind that the Sun is nearing its square with Jupiter (21 Leo) – I expect this to manifest as a form of tension, probably involving a respected guru/recognized spiritual/intellectual/religious authority. Bear in mind that this is also contributing to a highly charged energetic climate in its own right. Those with astrological placements at or near 21 Gemini/Aquarius will experience either a Fixed T-Square or a Grand Fixed Cross (depending on your chart). An excellent opportunity for getting out of established ‘ruts’ and overly-fixed ways of thinking about your path, and who you are.

The North Node (17 Lib) is still sextiled Vesta (19 Sag) – those with astrological placements at or near 17-19 Taurus will experience a very, very karmic yod that will test the resolve, dedication and commitment of any spiritual facilitator (i.e. priestess, witch, priest, shaman/ka, etc.). The opportunity to find ways to support and/or nurture yourself materially, emotionally and spiritually will the point of focus.

Blessings and may you find the resolution that is required.

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD



Blessings all. We still have pretty much the same aspects as we did yesterday, obviously now Post-Eclipse. The biggest change is the formation of a T-Square between the Moon in Taurus, Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio and Juno in Leo. This is an intense configuration that points to the new role of Juno, having just entered a new sign. This Asteroid Goddess is usually conceptualized as the soulmate and marriage partner, but I would reinterpret her as referring to the Flow of the Sacred Feminine itself for reasons I have previously discussed). Juno in Leo encourages this flow through Romance, Sacral Activity, Creativity, Engaging with Children and other manifestations of lovely Leonine energy. Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio is challenging us to look at the ways in which we have shared intimate energies with others, sexually, financially, and in any context where two entities merge with one another. We look to past relationships and soul contracts and untangle the dynamics of issues of power and control, particularly in romance, over creative work/expression or over children. The Taurus Moon, seeking security often through material attachments and possessions is squaring Juno as well.

The deep work of examining the Soul Contract (which ultimately leads one back to an understanding and honouring of both Feminine and Masculine and all other aspects of the Divine) is one that potentially destabilizes the material security, solidity and sensual pleasures that the Taurus Moon seeks. The Taurus Moon – Mercury Rx opposition emphases this tension, played through the dynamics of control, domination, possessiveness, and so on. Taurus relates to the flow of Abundance through one’s life and one’s perceived connection with the Source of that Abundance. Ideally, it makes it feel secure and safe in the knowledge that all will be provided for, in whatever form that is required.

So you’ve got all these elements in a powerful T-Square. Leo is asking for your authenticity, Scorpio and Taurus are both seeking security and power in different ways. Vulnerabilities are on the line and the presence of Mercury Retrograde signals deep karmic dynamics at play throughout.

So, what on earth do you do?

Try to look at the lessons of each of these signs:
Leo wants you to play, be yourself, be unafraid to express your inner child and to know there is a lion/ness within that can leap out to protect you if need be.

Scorpio wants to know the self but fears the deep subconscious. It engages in games of projection as a defense, or themes of submission and dominance to avoid ownership of experience. Know thy Self and realize that everyone, even in the ones who have hurt you, have played their role in getting you to look in the Spiritual Mirror and see the Beautiful Soul reflected therein for what it is.

Taurus wants to bathe in the waters of abundance and fears loss and disconnection. Focus upon that Unbreakable connection between you and Spirit. Know that detachment is not the lack of interest in the material, but the knowledge that you are firstly Spirit, explained through this powerful quote:

” Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.
~ Ali ibn abi Talib ”

The same applies for people and partnerships.

As you encounter individuals or remember experiences in which your deepest vulnerabilities were gored by the Bull’s tusks or Stung by the Scorpion’s Tail – remember the lessons of each sign.

And stay Balanced. You Co-Create Your Reality with Others. Accept that, and release what you need to.

And in time, you’ll see a whole new side of your emerge. Ready to dance, create and play – the Happy Divine Child watched over by the Lion/ness.

Please note that this T-Square will be felt as a Grand Fixed Cross by those with astrological placements at or near 0 Aquarius (+/- 7 degrees). This T-Square is in effect 8:14 am, Oct 9th – 10:08 am, Oct 10th 2014, GMT + 8). Shortly after this T-Square ends, a POWERFUL Yod which harnesses the power of the Eclipse, begins (more on that tomorrow).

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam, PhD

Image Information: Laanemaa järv Orkjärve looduskaitsealal.jpg – By Heino Ruiso (Eesti Looduse fotovõistlus 2013) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons