I finally have an update re Pluto, our rescued racehorse to share. If you don’t know what I am talking about or the details have been churned in the Saturn-Pluto maelstrom,* here is a quick refresh.
In 2016, we – as in the MM members and myself acquired Pluto, a rescued racehorse via Save A Horse Australia – which was run by my former editor and friend at the time. A portion of Mega Mystic member fees went straight to keeping Ms Pluto in clover and I updated you all re her progress every birthday – she’s Libran. (Read the 2016 birthday post here, her 15th birthday post here and the 2019 – 16th birthday post here)
So in 2020, heading into the realm of restricted movements, border closures etc, I was unable to get hold of anyone at SAHA for the usual Pluto update details. I didn’t push it too much because there were phases during the maelstrom when authorities were discussing animals as potential disease vectors – ie: threatening to euthanize some – and I could only imagine the stress of trying to manage a horse sanctuary in such times.
Then over 2021, when I began trying to reach out for an 18th birthday post, I gathered that the organization had completely restructured – evidently for the better, with more resources etc but I was still unable to get a call or email returned.
I finally got a Gemini onto it – my assistant Geo – and she shrieked in disdain when she heard of the primitive technology – phone, email – I’d been deploying. Her social media ‘nudges’ worked and voila this update: While the previous sponsorship arrangement was forever and specifically for one horse – Pluto, the restructured charity was run differently.
Horses are now adopted out and sponsorships are temporary so our lovely Pluto has been adopted out! This is the update I have from SAHA re contemporary Pluto:
“I have spoken with Pluto’s adopters and she is doing great, she lives with 2 other paddock mates as a companion. They absolutely love her to pieces. ♥
She absolutely loves her food as is often trying to get into their feed shed. I have attached the photos they sent through so you can see she is doing great and is in a loving home.”
So I am delighted that Pluto is well but sad that we no longer have a direct involvement. SAHA do incredible work advocating for/supporting rescued racehorses and they have other horses up for sponsorship – I am also talking to my other (personal) animal sanctuary charity – Whisker Woods and I’ll email members with further news shortly.
*Saturn and Pluto were conjunct in Capricorn from 2019-2021, exact in January 2020. No offence but respectfully what the fuq? I’m delighted that this pairing won’t be back in this sign for another 500 years or so. I might leave some scary graffiti someplace spooky.
So FYI the last Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn was in 1518 – a year most notable for a bizarre Dancing Plague. There were outbreaks all over the place, with people dancing until they dropped – dead in many cases.
When I first mentioned this, it seemed kind of quaint – now? Not at all. I don’t want to loop into a labyrinth re this but the more info you read about the 1518 phenom, the more apparent it is that the authorities of the day totally amped the craziness.
“In July 1518, a woman whose name was given as Frau (Mrs.) Troffea (or Trauffea) stepped into the street and began dancing. She seemed unable to stop, and she kept dancing until she collapsed from exhaustion. After resting, she resumed the compulsive frenzied activity. She continued this way for days, and within a week more than 30 other people were similarly afflicted. They kept going long past the point of injury. City authorities were alarmed by the ever-increasing number of dancers. The civic and religious leaders theorized that more dancing was the solution, and so they arranged for guildhalls for the dancers to gather in, musicians to accompany the dancing, and professional dancers to help the afflicted to continue dancing…”
I appreciate that the citizens (serfs?) of the 16th Century probably had pretty low governance expectations what with all the witch-persecutions, the inquisition and dragooning every spare man to assist in bullshit crusades but even so…