On the evening of November 18, 1987 an inferno blasted through King’s Cross underground station, killing 31 people, and injuring and maiming three times that number. The causes were negligence and a discarded match.
Two weeks ago, the BBC reunited people who were directly involved in the disaster including the then managing director of the underground Tony Ridley, and the Ghanaian musician Kwasi Afari Minta, who sustained devastating injuries from the fire, including the fusing of his fingers, and subsequently spent 25 years struggling to hold together his shattered life.
At the end of the programme, the interviewer asks Minta how it feels to be sitting there.
He says: “The desire to come out and be all blazing, attacking Mr. Tony here, would like to come, but it’s not him; it’s not the government; it’s not the system –– it’s the devil.”
To hear the full programme, click here.
In traditional astrology, Saturn was the devil. But these days, we might be more inclined to pick Pluto, king of the underworld, as our Lord Voldemort. In fact, in the chart for the fire you can see that both are playing a role. Interestingly, Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, is conjunct Lilith, she of darkness, and trines Pluto-Mercury in the underworld of Scorpio. I would associate Vesta with safety, but also, obviously, with matches.
This year for the first time since the catastrophe, Saturn finally reaches the spot where Pluto was on the day of the fire, down at 10° Scorpio. Transiting Pluto is also sextiling that point. The lunar eclipse that we just had was at 5° Scorpio. I’m writing this as transiting Mercury opposes the fire’s Moon. No wonder the subject of the fire has come up again.
Mr Minta expressed the real point I wanted to make though – and he should know: bad things happen, and sometimes no one is really to blame. And no, those bad things are not always there to teach us something, or even help us evolve as individuals. Mr Minta’s life was wrecked. Maybe it would have been wrecked in another way — or maybe not.
Collectively, however, we did learn something from that day. The underground is run along completely different lines today. For a start, there is no smoking. That particular kind of disaster would not happen again, but others might, others which are unforeseeable, over which we have no control, that strike seemingly out of the depths of Hades.
Saturn and Pluto are currently in mutual reception, which will last until Saturn leaves Scorpio in a few years time. But right now they are also in sextile aspect – aiding and abetting each other. This will help us collectively to dig through the sins of the past and expose them, and also to listen closely to those susurrations in the underworld and try to distinguish what they are saying. Today on the news, another story about institutionalised child abuse over four decades was brought to light.
Pluto and Saturn are pitiless.