This week is going to have pain in it. I beg you to consider embracing it.
There are good reasons for this ask.
My cat has a big scratch above his eye. It’s red; it could become infected. I can’t afford a vet if it gets infected. I had to make the decision to hold him down and blot it with alcohol. It hurt him, and he hurt me back. But today it’s not red. He doesn’t know the consequence we averted. He also forgives easily.
Sometimes life holds you down to hurt you and it means you harm. Sometimes it means to help. You can’t ever know which is which. The astrology this week… it says to me that it means to help.
Consider the pain of childbirth. What if you didn’t know you were getting a baby at the end? Pain we can ascribe meaning to is pain more easily borne. For some people, when they trust there is meaning to pain, it can be experienced as something other than negative sensation.
This week’s astrology calls for something between alcohol on a scratch and childbirth. It would be different for everyone. With Pluto in Capricorn in the larger timeline, structures are collapsing, being demolished. With Pluto in square to the Sun-Moon conjunction in Libra, something is ripped away in order to initiate something of great value.
The ruler of this new moon is newly retrograde, Venus in Scorpio – ruled by Pluto. Venus heads back to square Mars in Aquarius. Mars is just out of a crap summer retrograde when action was muffled by circumstance. Right before Mars’ retrograde it opposed Venus, then in Leo. That was in late June. In early August they trined. In early September they squared at 29 degrees cardinal – Mars in its retro shadow, Venus in its retro shadow (future).
Good pain or bad pain? Meaning changes everything. What we want can affect our experience of the physical as well as mental and emotional.
Where is the mental aspect in this: Mercury in Libra is also ruled by Venus. This week (Tuesday) it quincunxes Pisces Chiron (divine healing/chronic pain), then moves to Scorpio where it opposes Uranus (electric surprise)… moving into wide orb of aspect to the Venus-Mars square. The mind is involved intimately. Having faith that there IS meaning is a healing balm, but it requires going deep mentally.
Pascal’s wager is an exercise in conscious faith, one I find questionable, but its point works here. If believing might lend advantage and not believing might increase the pain, why not believe? No one says you have to believe anything specific for this to work.
Many say that it is the belief that makes it work. Believing is seeing.
All this I ascribe to Monday’s Libra new moon conjunction square Pluto in Capricorn. Tuesday morning after the new moon, the Moon squares Pluto. Thursday the Sun squares Pluto. That makes it sound like it’s scattered. What it is is drawn out. It happens over time, like a birth. Wednesday the Venus-Mars square is exact. I wouldn’t expect anything to POP at any particular juncture. To quote the ever-relevant Journey: Don’t stop believin’.
Remember, just because nothing painful happens this week, doesn’t mean it couldn’t have. Maybe you dodge a bullet. Believe anyway.
As the Moon moves through Scorpio (late Tuesday through early Friday) it aspects each of the major players in differing ways. The mood exacerbates, then eases… again and again. Like the tide. Like a doula. The collective mood is there to help us along. It will aspect our own natal positions, a personal influence on how we respond to our own new moon birthing process.
This new moon is not like the others. It ties us all in personally to what is happening in the collective. It ties us in because something very personal is happening in response in our lives. There IS personal meaning. Believe in it. It’s not enough to grind your teeth against the leather.
Friday morning Scorpio Mercury sextiles Capricorn ruler Saturn, under a hopeful, Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius Moon. Expect solid good news and a blast-off mood. Expect the opportunity to permanently manifest transformation via perception. Consider that none of this may be instantly discernible, but the opportunity is ripe. Time will tell.
The new moon in Libra takes place in the mid-degrees. Pluto is at 19 Capricorn. Where are these transiting your chart? Are you finding meaning? Are you open to finding meaning?