As astrologers know well, timing is everything when it comes to events of global importance. The Pope’s visit to the U.S. was exquisitely timed to coincide with not only a critical time in U.S. politics (on the cusp of a new election year), but with the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and with the September 25-27 (Super Moon!) U.N. Summit for the Adoption of the post-2015 Agenda, where the hot topic will be global sustainable development goals—a concern the Pope eloquently expressed in his speech today at the U.N.
There’s so much more to consider in all this (see earlier post about the Pope's chart itself), but for now, a few astrological observations about the Pope’s historical visit to Congress. Because his stated intention was to speak to the country at large, through our representatives in Congress, we’ll examine the U.S. Sibly chart and the chart for the Pope’s visit to Congress for the biwheel (see below):
· Pope’s Visit Sun conjoins Sibly MC. The Pope is clearly the “man of the hour” with a serious message for the nation about its responsibility and role in the world.
· Visit Mercury in Libra conjoins Sibly Saturn, squares Sibly Sun in Cancer. The Pope’s message is seen being literally delivered to the halls of Congress (Saturn) here, but his message is also directed to the larger nation and the Executive (Sun). The Pope made several pointed comments about the perils of extremism, polarization and “a simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or if you will, the righteous and sinners.” Quite appropriate for this Mercury in Libra—and for the ears of Congress!
· Visit Jupiter in Virgo opposes Visit Neptune in Pisces; Visit Jupiter sextiles Sibly Jupiter; Visit Neptune trines Sibly Jupiter and Venus. These may seem like “soft” aspects, but Visit Jupiter opposite Neptune created a spiritual context and elevated the tone of the proceedings. As one reporter put it, there was an air of “reverence” in the chamber that he had never witnessed before. Jupiter and Neptune together speak to the “common good,” a guiding principle for the Pope that our economic/political system tends to sweep under the rug. The “softness” of the Visit aspects to Sibly Venus-Jupiter reflects the proverbial “velvet glove” with which the Pope delivered some pretty harsh criticism—on the issue of the U.S. role in the global arms trade (“… money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood”), on the need to direct business efforts differently (“a noble vocation…especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good”), and on the many ways economic justice falls short. The Pope poked at open wounds in Congress and the nation as he promoted the reciprocity of the Golden Rule (Venus-Jupiter-Neptune) in regards to today’s refugee crisis and to other immigrants knocking on our doors: “…most of us were once foreigners…We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces…” The need to better balance human and financial interests was a constant theme.
· Visit Mars and Venus in Leo oppose Sibly Moon in Aquarius; Visit Mars falls inconjunct Sibly Pluto in Capricorn. This potent, fiery Mars befits the strength and courage of the Pope’s message; Venus in Leo reflects the affection with which he delivered that message. The American people’s response (Sibly Moon) has been all over the place, as might be expected, but if Pope “bobble-head” sales are any indication (clearly we’re not getting his anti-consumerism message), many were impressed by his warmth and the aura of leadership he projected (Mars in Leo). The Leo-Capricorn inconjunct suggests the Pope’s speech rattled some cages on high—especially on Wall Street. He does, after all, promote adjustments to the capitalist system (Pluto), with the aim of making the economy more sustainable for all concerned—not an easy sell.
· Visit Saturn in Sagittarius sextiles Visit Sun in Libra-Sibly MC and opposes Sibly Uranus in Gemini. Clearly, the timing of the Pope’s speech allowed him an amazing teaching (Saturn in Sagittarius-Uranus in Gemini) opportunity, and early comments suggest that the lessons are resonating with American public consciousness (MC). Scientific studies have failed to impress, but the Pope’s ethical spin (Sagittarius) on scientists’ warnings about climate change show signs of hitting home.
· Visit Moon in Aquarius trines Sibly Uranus in Gemini; Visit Uranus in Aries opposes Sibly Saturn and square Sibly Sun. The Moon aspect fits the almost clinical, matter-of-fact style the Pope adopts in his speeches. With Uranus disposing this Moon, it’s clear that the Pope spoke with an authoritative voice and delivered a clear call to action that will perhaps set some action in motion during the months remaining of the current Uranus-Pluto square (Aries-Capricorn). This harsh cardinal square has promoted polarization and extremism, of course, and we can sense that with his critique of the arms trade and with many comments he made in his speech to the U.N., the Pope is frustrated with the inability of regional stakeholders to resolve Middle East crises and to avert the tremendous human suffering we’ve been seeing with the refugee crisis.
· Visit Uranus in Aries conjoins Sibly Chiron and trines Visit Venus in Leo. Here we see that the Pope’s visit was clearly a call to action—action that works to heal the planet we have helped to wound and works to elevate our consciousness in regards to humanity and human relationships.
The Pope’s speech to the United Nations, delivered this morning, was an exhaustive deepening and broadening of the themes touched upon with Congress; however, there’s an inner consistency in both messages that speaks to the gravity and focus of this dedicated human being. Please feel free to add your observations on these charts and the amazing times we’re witnessing!
Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former university English instructor. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, the astrology of generations, and in issues of public importance such as education and health. Several of her articles on these topics have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer and other publications over the years. Raye can be contacted by comment here, or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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