Pope Francis has charmed much of the world with his down-to-earth manner, but he has also shown himself to be a tough and pragmatic manager. Since his installment as Pope he has re-shaped Church policy in several areas and has made corruption a top-priority target.
Italian newspapers yesterday reported that Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, dubbed “Monsignor 500” for his preference of his favored banknote denomination, was arrested for money laundering through the Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works. This man had already been arrested once in June for improprieties. Over the past several years some seven million euros had passed through his personal accounts — a great deal of money for one who is essentially an unpaid priest. The Church had been conducting its own investigation as well as vigorously supporting the Italian Police. Policy-from-the-top has its consequences — this Pope must be taken very seriously.
So, what can we expect to see in Pope Francis’ Progressed Daily Angles chart for this date, Jan. 21, 2014, relating to the effect of his policies within the Church? The Pope is the Church. The Black Moon Lilith is on the IC angle, a chart factor which I do not normally use or pay any attention to. I will therefore use information provided by Joëlle de Gravelaine in “Lilith und das Loslassen”, Astrologie Heute Nr. 23, in part . . .
The Dark Moon relates us to sacrifice and letting go. Some form of castration or frustration is involved. This is often found in areas of desire (including greed and self-interests). The Dark Moon points to our questioning of our principles, lives, beliefs — giving us the opportunity to both shedding what needs to be shed without concern for our public image. Through this approach, one might become more in tune with the universe.
Transiting Neptune is on the Descendant Angle, deceit by another is the best contextual interpretation for this pattern. The Pope’s relocated natal Ascendant is in the second house of this daily chart — his basic view of life will be affected by events involving money. Normally, Siderealists and those using precession-corrected Solar Returns use only the angular houses for interpretive purposes. I have found that other factors in the charts can lend great supportive detail — the natal Asc. and MC, the use of astrological hopscotch relationships, and the Co-Descendant (which I haven’t referred to in the last several posts). In this case, the Co-Descendant (the arc of the Asc.-to-MC projected towards the Descendant area of the chart) is at 21 Aquarius, close to t/Mercury. This indicates that the news of another’s activities will intrude into the Pope’s life this date. The Co-Descendant is always seen as an “intrusion by external events or people.”
So, this man continues through his statements, actions and policies to be a newsmaker.