I remember an exquisite moment after the World Trade Center Towers fell. The international outpouring of compassion and grief grew so strong, it seemed we might suddenly ascend and enter a whole new era, one in which the forces of love and peace became stronger and more viable than the forces of violence and hate. Sadly, the moment quickly passed and the US leadership drove us in the opposite direction. Still, creating a new and better world is just the kind of the spectacular potential that’s available whenever Pluto—planet of transformation—meets Saturn—planet of the status quo. In 2001, Pluto and Saturn were in opposition. Now and through 2010, they are in square, in fact, exactly so as we approach this Scorpio New Moon. It’s important to look at current events in this light—particularly those experiences of violence and grief, like the recent massacre at Fort Hood. We should wonder about the shooter’s motives, but more deeply, we should wonder about the insanity of war itself. Is such institutionalized mayhem really viable? What does today’s world gain from killing so many innocents and maiming the ones who live?
Pluto/Saturn transits represent a strong invitation to transform our world. All great transformations begin with sacrifice. When there is a sacrifice, but no transformation, we’re left with just meaningless violence.