More than 15 minutes of fame: From babe to Pope
Karol Wajtyla was born on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. As a child and young adult he was dedicated to learning, partly due to the strict guidance of his father and partly due to his own character. He was also very athletic. Some of these factors will play into charts that may be pursued here. However, for now I want to use this Natal chart, the precession-corrected Solar Return chart and a Progressed Daily Angles chart for his election as Pope on Oct. 18, 1978.
These three charts will be used to illustrate in some depth the MC-Solar Cycle and the MC-Solar Cycle Interpretive Model that is used in these posts as a basis for predictive work. Unfortunately we cannot go around the Internet selecting people who are old and who may possibly die within the next few weeks, or follow those who lead dangerous lives—all in the hopes of being able to predict their deaths. It would be almost as absurd to predict other events in the lives of well-known people. So, we will limit ourselves to following past events, seeking to learn from them.
This natal chart features two T-Square patterns. T-Squares are defined as two or more planets in opposition to each other while squaring a third single/more planets. This patterns represents tensions and oppositional factors that must be reconciled as well as the tension and conflict of the square aspect. Yet, in spite of these likely issues, the T-Square has become known as often providing a driving focus in one’s life to achieve practical goals and advancement in life. A natal chart with two T-Squares is uncommon but not unknown. For a successful person, we have to assume that the strife contained within them has been turned to achievement — and represents a unique story. Let us briefly examine this chart.
Saturn opposite Uranus, squaring Moon: Saturn represents the status-quo, solidarity, conservatism, struggles to maintain one’s place in life, dedication. Uranus represents change, innovation, inspiration, rebellion. These factors are contradictory to each other. Now, throw in the Moon — changability, moodiness, relating to people as a group, habits, women and mothers, emotions and caring. What a combination. Now, when we combine these factors from an astrological viewpoint, we do not come up with a magical combination of some of these words that explaing how this contradictory set of factors is blended. Instead, we expect that life will bring opportunities that allow first one set of expressions, then another combinations of expressions, even multiple forms of expression to be experienced over time. Especially through one’s younger years and teen years into early adulthood. It takes time to integrate complex factors into one’s personality and lifestyle.
North Node opposite Mercury and Venus, squaring Jupiter and Neptune: This pattern may be even more complex than the other T-Square. Mercury and Venus bring a cohesive and charming expression into a exploration of associations and working with others (N.Node). The Jupiter-Neptune conjunction brings a flamboyant, altruistic idealism into the mix, especially due to the closeness with the MC angle. The greater good and opportunities of society and the wider populace has to be wrapped up with his personal choices of goals and ultimate social status.
Mars conjuncts the Ascendant: This signifies an active, physical person who holds little back. As we explore the life of this influential man, we will see how this and the other patterns all fit into his life. The final planet to address is Pluto, trine Uranus and sextile Saturn. Deep struggles, hard work, sometimes brutal conditions will mark some portions of his life. The trine aspect is not one of continuous effect but instead indicates an alteration between which planets will be expressed —- a sort of “your turn” and now “my turn” of affairs.
In this chart, every planet seems to play a role. Not an easy role, but a significant role. It is my practice to only note briefly the nature of the natal chart, and to move on to the other c harts. When factors show up there, I come back to the natal chart to examine portions of it more closely if the need to do so exists.
In my next post I will present the precession-corrected Solar Return chart prior to his election to Pope by the college of Cardinals on Oct. 18, 1978. We will find that chart and his election day chart to be most informative. Dave