Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dope on Pope

Pope Francis I  - Astrology
Born December 17, 1936

Yesterday, after looking at his chart briefly, I made a comment that the new pope was a man with an inner conflict - on one hand feeling unworthy, on the other a God-complex and was reprimanded by people who didn't believe it possible to 'judge' someone we've 'known less than 24 hours'.' The truth is, even without viewing an astro chart for particulars, an intuitive person can see/sense a lot. 
But, here's what I saw in his chart. For the record, an inner conflict is a GOOD thing for someone in this position to have. It keeps them battling the enemy within.

The two main things that I look for in the chart of a very religious/spiritual person are their Saturn and Jupiter placements, especially if their religion is patriarchal.
Jupiter is Jehovah and Saturn is also a symbol of the father, or old God. In particular (and this is where the intuition comes in), when I see Saturn in Pisces, Catholicism or Hinduism comes to mind. I think we can rule out the latter, although it appears there is some Mother Teresa of Calcutta influence going on with the Neptune in Virgo opposition. It's like she's always there, in the back of his mind, a projection to help judge himself by. Saturn in Pisces not only feels the pain of the world, the downtrodden, but also feels somewhat responsible for it, perhaps due to past lives. Interestingly, while the name Francis immediately makes us think of St. Francis of Assisi (a natural icon for the Saturn in Pisces type), it is also 'a nod to' Francis Xavier, the Jesuit missionary influential in spreading catholicism in India during the 16th c. 

                                                                    Francis Xavier

With a Sagittarius Sun conjunct his North Node and his Jupiter ruler in Capricorn, this is also someone who feels chosen to lead and, being a seeker and philosopher, very close to God/at one with God and constantly having to keep the ego that arises with this in check. With a sense of duty from on high, Sagittarians are born to pontificate. Mercury in Capricorn means he will think things through before speaking, which is not usually the Sagittarian way, but there's that Jesuit training. Sagittarius can be reasonable, but a Capricorn Jupiter signifies hard-nosed dogma. But as we have been informed, he is very conscious of the poor. Capricorn is a charitable sign that says 'there but for the grace of God go I.' 

                                                                Francis Xavier's feet, on display in Goa 2004

So likely he is good for the poor, but maybe not so great for poor women. Moon in Aquarius conjunct Venus in Aquarius are not the best for relating to women. We're a bit like aliens or else have a mystique that is incomprehensible, removed from reality. However, with the Pluto in Cancer opposition, more guilt, for the plight of mothers and the unborn. (Uh oh). He seems more comfortable imagining women in their perceived/idealized roles as dictated by the church, though he did grow up with sisters. But how long he spent with them after teen years, I don't know. 
Venus in Aquarius can certainly win many friends, but not close ones. Moon in Aquarius is emotionally detached. So he'll be seen as amiable, friendly, but perhaps not emotionally accessible. Lilith in Scorpio makes good aspects to these three, which is curious. Evidently he did have a girlfriend in his teens, who he proposed to, named Amalia, meaning 'labour of God.' Again, he's inclined to be hard on women, though less so on mothers.

                                                                           Stella Maris - Star of the Sea 

Mars is a bit ineffectual as a warrior in Libra, and Francis was at one time accused of not doing enough to stop Argentina's 'dirty war.' Not that he supported the dictatorship, but that he was passive and did not speak out against the kidnappings and murders. Rather, he told the slum priests they should abandon their work (they were  later kidnapped and tortured). He bears some residual shame about this, judging by the inconjunct to Saturn (a 'slightly difficult' aspect). 

Chiron in Gemini shows both his physical wound and 'a personal crisis about integration on Earth.' Gemini rules the lungs, and he had part of one removed as a teenager (post Amalia - perhaps this was the deciding factor in his religious path), after an infection. He has lived inside his head a lot and has had to learn/is learning how thoughts and experience are not the same thing, but that thoughts influence experience, as well as the nervous system. I found it funny that the announcer had picked up on how you could practically see his heart beating in his chest up on the balcony - yes, anyone would have been be nervous, but it's not always pointed out in that way, which was exactly true.

                                                                 St. Francis of Assisi feeding the birds 
Francis is a calm man, but with Uranus in Taurus square his Aquarius Moon, there's likely been occasions where he has repressed the urge to blow up. Could have affected his lung that way (imploded energy), as dis-eases have their spirit source, too. Sagittarius has a lot of fire, but he has had to keep his cool.

You can tell if someone is repeating lessons in this lifetime or if they are an old soul come back to repair things, by their retrograde planets. (Look at the person, not just the chart, to determine this). Francis has Pluto in Cancer and Uranus in Taurus retrograde, suggesting he is back to work on family/tribe/Mother issues and restore tradition, in attempt to heal his own past. This need not be taken literally. The church is, after all, the Mother, and the tribe is the religious family. Maybe Francis Xavier wasn't quite done.

                                                         Sistine Seagull - Saturn/Pisces Ancient Mariner ?

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


  1. So, as far as popes go...not so bad. I am hopeful, if not popeful.