I’d begun to think I was living in an alternate universe where things were so grand, its reporters had nothing to talk about but a very-good-golfer’s sex addiction. But last week Pluto stationed retrograde and suddenly we have so many difficult things to talk about, words hardly do them justice. En route to commemorating the tragic Katyn massacre, the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, and many of that country’s highest military and civic leaders died in a plane crash. In Kyrgyzstan, a violent uprising ousted a president and many protestors were killed. Two dozen miners died in a massive explosion at a West Virginia coal mine. It’s the country’s worst mining disaster in 25 years. Over 200 are feared dead after the heaviest rains in Rio de Janeiro’s history brought massive landslides. That’s Carlos Eduardo Silva dos Santos in the picture above, trapped under a wall.
“Look for explosions in the news when Pluto stations,” my astrology teacher used to say. Pluto rules Big Forces and he reminded us of that last week. Even as Obama and Medvedev signed their historic disarmament treaty, the Lord of the Underworld reminded us of just how powerless we are. We live in a world full of overwhelming forces. And they aren’t always on our side. In one of last week’s more complicated stories, a US mother sent her adopted 7-year-old son on a plane alone back to Russia because she feared he’d hurt her daughter and burn their house down. After reading the facts of the story, it’s not easy to blame or excuse her. Rather, in a world full of difficult situations, it’s easy to feel like both the helpless mother and her lost little boy.