In praise of Saturn and Virgo: Showing us where WE ABANDONED OURSELVES.

“Ye suffer from yourselves. None else compels,
None other holds you that ye live and die,
And whirl upon the wheel, and hug and kiss
Its spokes of agony,
Its tire of tears, its nave of nothingness.”
Edwin Arnold, The Light of Asia

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Hell-to the-o Yoganauts!!!

Just want to use this space in the letter to remind you of where we are in Lunar Flow Yoga and in time and space (as much as one can with the dimensions shifting, opening and reorienting our world).  Firstly, just had a penumbral (almost) lunar eclipse in Aquarius on 18 August.  Friendly warning or a shot across the bow, depending on your perspective.  Mercury retrograde begins in Virgo (the planet’s home sign) on 30 August.   We head toward the annular solar eclipse new moon in Virgo on the 1st of September.  Secrets revealed and extreme energy for everyone!  Then we have ANOTHER penumbral lunar eclipse on 16 September –but we won’t see it in North America.  AND THEN (as if all of that was not enough) comes my favorite!  A total suprise and an astrological event I was not even aware of when we started this class cycle:  


The second new moon in a calendar month is called a black moon and since the first new moon of September is an annular solar eclipse, this heaps on even more potential for meaning.  Y’know, if you dig that sort of thing.  Only two more classes to support this maelstrom, both on Saturday, both at noon this week 8/27 and next 9/3.~L

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The Archetype of Black Moon Lillith – the Vengeance of the disowned feminine.

(Part of me celebrates, the other half trembles, but ALL of me cares about this symbol.  And just to remind you, if you don’t think you are occupying several dimensions?  Please touch your body right now — nothing perverted for this exercise, please.  Now touch a thought you are having in this moment.  Please touch the emotion this causes.  Touch the memory of last nights’ dream.  The veil between what you can touch and what you cannot thins now as this eclipse cycle closes the 9 months of work you have done in lunar yoga.  May both/and blessings be upon us.  May the dark and the light recognize your offering, your sacrifice and your beauty.  I do.

Also, remember that personal vision of beauty and how you wanted life to go?  It may come in hand to be able to call it up at will and under duress.~L)

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Mars is the brightest “star” in this image, in the lower right. Saturn is second-brightest, above and to the left of Mars. Plus stars in Scorpius and Ophiuchus.

Mars is the brightest

You see the world famous Eiger North Face in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Saturn and Mars are sitting over the Jungfrau mountain. The moon just starts to rise from behind Eiger peak. The bright light is the train station of the famous Jungfraujoch Top of Europe railway situated in the midst of Eiger North Face.  Roland Küng, a professor in the School of Engineering at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, submitted this photo.

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If you are not seeing this gorgeous lineup, you possibly have something obstructing your view south and west.  The straight line is even more pronounced now, perfect view from the Mt Helena scenic bench above the parking lot.  Happens after sundown, needs to be dark – and cloudless!. ~L

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In French: “Balance” is Libra

 At 7:27 am on Aug 24th, the planet Mars (ancient god of war) conjuncts Saturn ((ancient) ruler of limits and boundaries (and time~L)). Their coming together represents a debate between polarities:  action vs. stasis, hot vs. cold, spontaneity vs. containment, individual needs vs. the Collective. These planets meet in the sky approximately every two years.  It urges us to develop the self-discipline and groundwork needed to become a courageous warrior for our personal or collective causes. Less positively, when the energies are right for war in the world or strife within a relationship, this conjunction can represent the

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“I Was Wrong…”

Those are words you are not likely to hear for the next few weeks… hehe… Geeshka, it can be hilarious at times because chart energy like this always seems to provide reasons and excuses to ‘splain (sometimes in the most idiotic ways) or to try to justify errors or mistakes… The classic “the dog ate my homework” excuses… If you find yourself in a situation like that and you made a mistake, do yourself and others a favor and just admit it… This energy is actually here to point out where additional learning and understanding can be found and often that happens as the result of making mistakes.                          ~daniel dowd of

(This is my favorite piece of advice ever.  Welcome to Virgo season (tropical)!!  I mean Leo season (Vedic/sidereal)!!!~L)

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I am a Warner Brothers baby.~L
8/24/2016 Wed 2:42am EDT Mars Sagittarius Conjunct Saturn Sagittarius 
Irresistible force meets immovable object. Proceed with caution! There is a lot of energy available for disciplined work, but push too hard and you may break something.         ~daniel dowd of

(Perfectly describes the line between intention and allowing that Lunar Flow Yoga tries to attain.  When walking on the moon, giant steps are propelled by subtle, masterful use of force and focused attention on trajectory, Yoganauts.  Congratulations.  You broke through.~L)

Venus and Jupiter do a little square dance over the nights of August 26-28. Jupiter is headed westward toward conjunction with the sun, while Venus is moving away from the sun from our perspective. Stellarium

Venus and Jupiter do a little square dance over the nights of August 26-28. Jupiter is headed westward toward conjunction with the sun, while Venus is moving away from the sun in the opposite direction from our perspective. Credit: Stellarium

“Wednesday, August 24th

4:27 AM PT – Mars conjunct Saturn at 9 degrees of Sagittarius on the fixed star Antares

Thursday, August 25th

11:57 PM PT – Mars in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces both at 10 degrees

Saturday, August 27th

3:29 PM PT – Venus conjunct Jupiter at 27 degrees of Virgo

Sunday, August 28th

11:32 PM PT – Mercury conjunct Venus at 28 degrees of Virgo

This week is one to watch.

Eclipses come in pairs. They signal times of endings and beginnings. Openings and closings. Power shifts and lasting change. On September 1st there will be a solar eclipse in Virgo and on September 16th there will be a lunar eclipse in Pisces. Eclipse season is a time when we can expect rapid growth and acceleration in a certain area of our lives.

In astrology, the Virgo/Pisces axis is about healing on micro and macro levels. While Virgo carries with it the wisdom of the earth’s way of healing by breaking things down, organizing, digesting, categorizing and assimilating, Pisces heals through the wisdom of the waters that flush out our wounds and wash away the separations between us so that we might remember that we are unified and connected to each other and all of life.

Virgo is discerning. Pisces is unifying. We need both to attributes to heal.  (I am SO SICK of the word “heal” it seems like the new age version of “original sin”–don’t mind my Lillith, she just needs to vent.  Let’s see the word “align” in place of heal so it doesn’t feel so ripped open. K?  I can accept that I am out of whack, but I don’t think I need to call a shamaness, necessarily.  My discernment tells me to “trust I can handle it”.~L)

During this eclipse season Mercury will be retrograde, Jupiter, planet of abundance and expansion is also changing signs from Virgo to Libra and Saturn will make its last square to Neptune. It’s is a month of endings and beginnings on many astrological levels. By the time September comes to a close we will be onto many new endeavors and adventures. ~chani nicolas of

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August 27, 2016 is conjunction evening when the two planets are 7 arc minutes apart!

“To be a true yoga master, you need to master the art of negation. That’s Patanjali’s idea, from the Yoga Sutras:

2.33 Vitarka badhane pratipaksha bhavanam

The practice of pratipaksha bhanavam prescribes that, when disturbed by negative thoughts, opposite thoughts should be brought into awareness.  (Ever wonder where the “Law of Attraction” got started?  I feel it is a flawed interpretation of this idea and the result of the double slit experiment of quantum physics.  Don’t get me started.~L)

It takes a good amount of logical and spiritual training to know how to approach the art of negation. It’s like when you were studying algebra, and you learned how to use the order of operations. When you are solving for x, you need to understand the operations and their inverses, and figure out where the parentheses are, to really figure out the value of x. And just like algebra, it takes a good amount of practice to do it consistently well.”

#BlackLivesMatter is itself a negation, a masterpiece of pratipaksha bhavanam, a response to a society whose actions tell them that black lives do not matter.

Statement: Black lives don’t matter.
Not the opposite: Other lives don’t matter.

Sutra 2.34 (concerning Ahimsa~L) applies to three kinds of violence. First, don’t commit violence; instead, cultivate the opposite. Second, don’t think violent thoughts; cultivate the opposite.  It includes the third type: don’t allow violence to happen.  (Finding the False Dichotomy.  For Yoganauts, taking the both/and approach.~L)

The altruistic chant, “Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu,” is often followed by, “shanti, shanti, shanti.”

“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all. Peace, peace, peace.”

~  at Embodied Philosophy
(Despite the fact that this yogic instruction fits wondrously well with our Lunar Flow Yoga attention to inverses, polarities and dichotomy as learning and navigation tools, you may wonder about my including it here.  Wonder no further, for the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in ANTARES (for the love of Pete) may as well spell out W-A-R, but we know that there is always another side to appearances (double entendre intended)~L.)

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Mars, Saturn and Antares on August 21, 2016 from Azya Matsumoto in Malaysia.

Mars, Saturn and Antares on August 21, 2016 from Azya Matsumoto in Malaysia. She wrote: “Every night I look up at the freckled sky and fall in love with the universe all over again.” (Sigh.  Me too.~L)

The actual conjunction of Saturn and Mars – when they’re due north and south of one another on the sky’s dome – happens on August 24.

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War and Peace by jinzilla on DeviantArt

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”

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“Yoga to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system : Virgo rules the sympathetic nervous system, the division known as “fight or flight.” To counterbalance this primal electrical storm of adrenaline and instinctual urge running through the body, we engage the parasympathetic – “rest and digest.” The sympathetic nervous system is designed to maintain homeostasis in the body and rules our unconscious actions. Its areas of function include the stomach, duodenum, colon, spleen, gallbladder, liver, kidneys and ureter. We can calm any nervous energy here by engaging the vagus nerve, which falls under the parasympathetic nervous system. The vagus nerve is actually a pair of cranial nerves running from the medulla oblongata all the way to the abdomen. It is connected to the heart and digestive tract – stimulating this nerve brings peace and relaxation. We can do this bytwisting the spine in many kinds of standing, sitting and reclined poses – I have listed a few above. Inversions with the feet resting above the heart are also very effective. Try placing a block under the sacrum, parallel to the spine, and lifting the feet directly above the hips.” ~Ren Tvenden   (Woohoo!  Saturday is gonna be upside~down and twisty!!  We’ll honor Saturns’ ‘slow it down’ message AND Virgos’ ‘clean it up’ entreaty. Thanks Ren!~L)

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“Love the horn”, her look seems to say.~L

“Patanjali uses the word twice in the Yoga Sutra. One sutra [2.33] says, “Vitarkabadhane pratipaksha bhavanam.” That’s a very simple sentence. (!~L) It means that when we have afflicted thinking, then “Pratipaksha bhavanam”: Contemplate and take another view—look at the situation from another perspective. In another sutra [2.34] Patanjali says if you have negative thinking that comes from anger, greed, or delusion, whether you’re actively in it or just thinking about it, the fruit will be unending suffering and ignorance (!not THAT again!~L). Therefore, “Pratipaksha bhavanam”: Take another view, reframe your perspective on the situation.”

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“My body is my instructor,
Teaching me to find,
The balance in giving to the world,
And taking personal time.
Yes indeed, with the Moon passing through Cancer this weekend, and Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and the north Node in Virgo, it is a time to listen more to our feelings and our bodies than the chitter chatter of our minds. AND, this may not be so easy to do! Ol’ Mercury wants to keep analyzing and talking, and fixing, and planning, and working and and and. Whew….. chill it out.As Mars moves away from Saturn, it will free up toward freedom, expansion, and the wild. Great time to travel, be outdoors, listen to the trees whisper and look at those stars! Good time to be in nature, rejuvenate, heal, and allow Spirit to whisper in our ears by silencing the monkey mind that is stuck in 3D…… Injoy!

So Much Love,

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Virgo is the point in the zodiac where the real world and the world of spirit become one. It’s where the Hermetic Axiom, “as above, so below” installs itself in the collective mind. The obsessive-compulsive tendencies that are characteristic of most Virgos spring from a deep desire to witness spiritual perfection, or see it reflected on the physical plane. The need for order, the love of purity, and the willingness to work harder than anyone else, come out of an innate understanding that behind what is apparent, absolutely everything we do is really a sacred act.
When the sun’s in Virgo what is of this earth is being consecrated and blessed so that it can symbolically be handed over to whatever its ultimate purpose is. The fruit that gets picked off the vine doesn’t become truly glorious until it goes through the alchemical process that preserves it for future use. Transmuting lead into gold is sacred work. And at this point in the dream cycle our visions are being transmuted so that we can bring them into the core of our being and understand at a deeper level how they are meant to serve us.
Virgo is the sign of the High Priestess. In the Egyptian temples the High Priestesses were the intermediaries who superintended the rituals that kept life going in the right direction. They knew where the all the sacred objects needed to be placed so that the proper energies got stirred. They were also the guardians of the sexual mysteries and acted as conduits for the spiritual force that comes through all of us at the sexual level. Contrary to popular belief the Vestal Virgins were far from celibate. In fact, it was part of their job, their ultimate purpose, to be sexual.
It’s hilarious to me that Virgos are written off as prudish. I think it has something to do with the fact that the sexual force and the spiritual force were so intermingled in the Priestess archetype. And 13,000 years of patriarchal programming have led us to believe that sex and God can’t occupy the same space, so Virgo can only be seen in public as the “resident prude!” The truth is that all the power and force of creation resides within the womb of the female.
It’s no mystery. The sacred and the profane are one and the same.
God and light flow through absolutely everything. The fine line between what is apparent and the spiritual energy that fuels it may be invisible but it’s the point where we can tap into our own divinity. There’s so much more to what we do than meets the eye. All the visions that we’ve fostered have spent nine months in the womb of creation. And they are on the verge of being alchemically transmuted so that their highest purpose can be served. Open your heart to that idea and use this month to recognize that all of life and everything you do is sacred. – See more at:  (That’s the Mother of Skye, Cal Garrison explaining to you the archetype of her sun sign, Yoganauts.  Sacred to the last semicolon if you asked me.~L)
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If 2% of the brain is ego and 98% is unconscious it might be time to let the music move the body, if you are picking up what I am laying down.  I am calling this picture “too much think”.~L

“Mercury (27 Virgo) squares the Galactic Center (27 Sagittarius), whilst conjuncting Jupiter (26 Virgo) and Venus (24 Virgo).

Mars (10 Sagittarius) has just finished its conjunction with Saturn (9 Sagittarius) and both square Neptune / South Node (10-12 Pisces) and the North Node (12 Virgo). In roughly 9 hours´time, the Gemini Moon will complete a Grand Mutable Cross, linking all these bodies on the 25th of August.

Tomorrow (26 August), the Gemini Moon will go on to oppose Venus, Jupiter and Mercury in Sagittarius. Jupiter will enter 27 Virgo and square the Galactic Center directly.

The Great Goddess Grand Water Trine – with Juno, Black Moon Lilith, Vesta, Neptune and the South Node continues to bring us revelations on the Nature of the Dark Feminine (especially), and the karmic currents that we need to navigate in the Search of Her. This alignment will remain in place for the next 2 weeks and is a remnant of the Great Goddess Grand Sextile that lasted between the end of July till mid-August 2016.

In English – what all this means is that we´re seeing the arrow finally Launch! We´ve been building up to so many of these alignments for months now and they are revealing to us the Path we must take, or Paths (if that works for you).

The next few days will bring you in contact with teachers, teachings, paths, philosophies, paradigms and/or opportunities for travel, learning or really – anything that expands your horizons. Some of these paths will be right for you, and some won´t. See what comes and choose what you need to.

~Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

(Viveka, viveka, viveka.  Look into the situation from within yourself.  No one and nothing owns you.  Only YOU know what is right for you.  You do not know what is right for anyone else.  No absolutes! (grin)~L)

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This is a long one and there is more to say, but for now I’m going to walk my talk and just present the deep appreciation I have for the authors presented here.  Appreciation is a good place to be as we realign the ossified belief structures and realize that misalignment or wounding IS this Virgo Pisces Axis (9 months!) and we need to acclimate to the astrological enema being administered by Saturn and Mars, Jupiter and Venus.  Think Jenga (one balanced move at a time), not (cut it open, rip it out) surgery.  Relax and breathe, move slowly and deliberately it will all come out in the end (tee hee).

Remember, Eckhart Tolle made a billion dollars for naming the pain body (thanks for pointing that out Sara Silverman) and our tendency to gravitate there and become addicted to our suffering.  It is really time to stop (I write this because I, more than anyone, need to allow my pain lover to leave me).  It is time to decide if we want our lives and the lives of the next 7 generations to be about toil or joy.

Saturday at noon.

Mind your heart,


PS Make art.  

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