The Beatification of Pope John Paul II

by Marilyn J Muir, LPMAFA

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Karol Jozef Woytyla who was to become Pope John Paul II was born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920. The beloved 265th Pope of the Catholic Church, Pope John’s death was a profound loss to the faithful. To be sure, he faced many controversial issues during his lifetime and his tenure as Pope, but he was well loved.

At the time of his death and the election of the new Pope Benedict XVI, I researched the charts of both Popes and the moment of election. The Cardinals’ decision was signified by a signal of white smoke that I was able to watch on television and time personally. This week Pope Benedict XVI affirmed the beatification of Pope John Paul II and reminded me of the work I had done in 2005.

Beatification What does beatification mean to the Catholics Church and believers everywhere? Beatification is one of the four steps of canonization that can lead eventually to sainthood in the Catholic Church. While the process has changed many times over the centuries, the current process begins with the death of an individual who has been martyred or is thought to have caused a miracle or favor through the candidate’s intercession. Also, the writings and teachings of such a candidate must have purity of doctrine. In the second stage a thorough investigation determines whether the candidate died for the faith or offered his life in sacrifice or in dedication to Christ and the church. All doubts must be addressed through a devil’s advocate process. The third stage is the beatification in which the candidate is declared to have been proved to be worthy due to martyrdom or a verified miracle. Once beatified, another miracle must be proved in order for the candidate to achieve sainthood.

Astrology I am very interested in symbolic degrees and there are several authors and systems. Usually I prefer Charubel but I find that system usually works bests with event-type charts rather than individuals. I explored several other systems for the Popes and obtained the best results from the Sabian symbols taken from The Astrology of Personality by Dane Rudhyar. Briefly the concept is that each whole degree is represented symbolically, and the selection of such symbol differs from technique to technique.

Because whole degrees are rare on a chart, the system instructs that all positions past zero minutes be rounded up the next higher degree. Please note that because of this rounding up process you will find listings for 30 degrees of each sign indicating that it is the last degree of a sign that has not transitioned to a new sign. In an excess of curiosity, I always note both degrees. Also, and not part of the usual “rules”, I also look at the degree prior if a body is retrograde. My reasoning? Life is a process with one moment leading to another, so I choose to look at the “flow” of the changing degrees. The “rule” says round up so that should be primary, but you can elaborate using adjacent degrees.

I investigate the ten bodies, the ascendant, midheaven, and north node. If I believe spiritual issues are involved, I may also add the karmic ascendant, Dark Moon Lilith, the vertex, the pre-natal eclipse, and possibly the Part of Fortune. You can use your own preferences. It does not hurt to generate too much information, and ignorance is never your friend, so I prefer to look first and eliminate later. At the time of the changing of the Popes, the symbolic degrees strongly illustrated the spirituality of Pope John II. As you read the degree symbology remember that most of it was formed at the turn of the 19th century and shortly after. Following is what I found relative to his chart. I have italicized what I see as spiritually pertinent.

Pope John Paul II MC 5 Leo 39

5 Leo   Suggesting figures, granite masses overhang a canyon. Permanence of basic elements in nature underneath temporary changes and emphases. Endurance. Steadiness of self-knowledge.

6 Leo   Old-fashioned belle and flapper admire each other. Realization of changeless subjective worth beyond changing appearances. Interchange of sympathy. Enhances self-awareness.

Asc 27 Lib 16

27 Lib  A spot of light in clear skies, an airplane sails calmly. Dwelling above the normal stress of existence. Superior mental vision. Calm objective observation; quiet inner strength.

28 Lib  A man in deep gloom, unnoticed, angels come to his help. Spiritual sustainment given to him who opens himself to his full destiny. Slow realization of betterment. Unsolicited help.

Sun 27Tau 22

27 Tau A withered old squaw, smiling brightly, sells trinkets. Dignified offering of fruits of wisdom to exuberant youth. Patient understanding of destiny; or else meddlesomeness.

28 Tau Mature woman re-awakened to romance admires herself. New perspective on life, genuine rejuvenation. The compelling charm of mature experience. Rebelliousness of inner hopes.

Moon 2 Gem 41

2 Gem Santa Claus is furtively filling Christmas stockings. The natural beneficence in any normal human heart. Alertness to the wishes of others; the often-hidden price of benefactors.

3 Gem Louis XIV’s court in the gardens of the Tuileries. A degree of genuine aristocracy and perfection of behavior. Self-fulfillment in form and tradition. Collective strength.

Mercury 18 Tau 33

18 Tau  A woman is airing a linen bag through a sunny window. Revolt against musty, dark corners of being. Psychoanalysis. Self dissatisfaction. Strong will for self-transformation.

19 Tau  A new continent, fresh and green, rises out of the ocean. Potentiality for tangible self-manifestation in all beings. Over-flowing originality. Spontaneous, rich creative urge.

Venus 14 Taurus 51

14 Tau  Children splash in receding tide amid groping shellfish. Need for a realization of life’s unity in the multiplicity of its forms. Unconscious contact with higher stages of being.

15 Tau  Man with rakish silk hat, muffled, braves the storm. Supremacy of conscious mind over brute nature forces. Full appreciation of outer difficulties. Great inner resources.

Mars 22 Lib 26 R

22 Lib  Child laughs as birds perch on an old fountain, and drink. Intuitive understanding of simple souls in spiritual matters. Youthful life-enjoyment. Fresh grasp of the soul’s needs.

23 Lib  Chanticleer salutes the rising Sun with exuberant tones. Capacity for self-refreshment at the inner sources of ever-reviewed life. Anticipation of opportunity. Security in Self.

Jupiter 11 Leo 00

11 Leo  Children play beneath huge oak, shelter from the Sun. The sustaining and protective power of ancestral background against emotion. Appreciation of inborn cultural restraint.

12 Leo  A garden party is in full swing under Japanese lanterns. Easy intercourse of human souls in moments of relaxation from strain. Examination of, or self-loss in social values.

10 Leo  Early morning dew sparkles as the Sun floods the fields. Freshness of spontaneous response to life and emotions. Uplifting lightness in experience, or else superficial glamour.

Saturn 4 Vir 56

4 Vir  Negro child plays with white boys unaware of race line. Underlying fellowship of all life underneath social creeds. Stimulating sense of distinctness. Rising above contrasts.

5 Vir  Irishman dreams of “little people” beneath a tree. Constructive imagination as it reveals unconscious realms of being. Creative fantasy. Contact with inner-life energies.

Uranus 5 Pis 28

5 Pis  A warm-hearted crowd gathers at a church bazaar. Interchange of spirit and understanding on which groups are built. New self-development. Discouragement mastered. Commerce.

6 Pis  A parade of West Point cadets is held as the Sun sets. Self-exaltation through consecration to the task of defending collective values. Self-testing. Perception of high goals.

Neptune 8 Leo 59

8 Leo  Proletarian, burning with social passion, stirs up crowds. Leavening of the inchoate materials of a new order by a forceful vision born of repression and misfortune. Revolution.

9 Leo  Glass-blowers shape with their breath glowing forms. The formative power of the soul in moments of emotional intensity. Controlled self-expression. Art as a spiritual fact.

Pluto 6 Can 19

6 Can  Innumerable birds are busy feathering their nests. Instinctive preparation for mature and full expression of the self. Subconscious planning or dreaming of idle dreams.

7 Can  In a moonlit fairy glade, two little elves are dancing. Man’s recognition of the elusive play of underlying forces in nature. Cooperation with the invisible. Unusual good luck.

T NNode 15 Sco 38 and M NNode 15 Sco 2

15 Sco  Laughing children play upon five mounds of white sand. The world of the five senses as the playground of God and Soul. Honesty in self-expression. Bondage to sense-patterns.

16 Sco  A girl with aristocratic features smiles entrancingly. Fervent outreaching of self in moments of the purest beauty. Leaping to meet the potentialities of life. Blossoming forth.

T SNode 15 Tau 38 and M SNode 15 Tau 2

15 Tau  (see Venus above)

16 Tau  Old man tries hard to impart hidden truths to a crowd. Conscious possession of greater knowledge and potentiality than can be used. Great inner fullness. Spiritual loneliness.

Vertex 27 Tau 48

27 Tau  (see Sun above)

28 Tau  (see Sun above)

Part/Fortune 2 Sco 35

2 Sco  From a broken bottle traces of perfume still emanate. The fine scent of deeds well done as it persists in the memory of men. Stimulating recollection. Spiritual immortality.

3 Sco  Happy house-raising party among western pioneers. The constructive sharing of experience which builds social values. Interchange of efforts. Necessity to learn cooperation.

Karmic Asc 00 Gem 2

30 Tau (00 Gem)  Peacock displays its plumage on lawn of old estate. Personal magnificence or unconscious splendor. Sure retreat for the solitary soul where it can reveal its inmost glory.

01 Gem Glass-bottomed boat drifts over undersea wonders. Depth of realization in a consciousness constantly in touch with the sources of life. Sensitiveness to collective images.

Dark Moon Lilith 25 Tau 57

25 Tau  Vast public park displays glorious and inspiring vistas. Social strength of collectivities. Power of traditional culture. Faithfulness to established achievements. Immortality.

26 Tau  A Spanish serenader at the window-grill of his beloved. Power of well-defined desire which assures success in all live contacts. Imaginative power that compels manifestation.

Birth Solar Eclipse 26 Tau 59

26 Tau  (see Dark Moon Lilith above)

27 Tau  (see Sun above)

Birth data and notes

Karol Jozef Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II)

May 18, 1920, 5:30 PM EET (- 2 hr) (Rodden A, born around the time of Vespers)

Wadowice, Poland, 49 N 53, 19 E 30 (near Krakow)

Born on a Solar Eclipse May 18 at 26 Tau 59

Date of Death: Apr 2, 2005, 9:37 PM CED, Vatican City, Italy, 41 N 54, 12 E 27

Died 6 days from Solar Eclipse 4/8/2005

Additional personal history:

  • Mother died age 12                
  • Brother died age 15               
  • Father died 1941 (age 21)                              
  • Ordained 11/1/1946               
  • Cardinal 1/26/1967
  • Papacy 10/16/1978
  • Shot 4 times 5/13/1981
  • Colon surgery 1992
  • Skin cancer 1992
  • Broke shoulder 1993
  • Appendectomy 10/8/1996
  • Death 4/2/2005

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Published in AFA Today’s Astrologer May 2012, v74#5, republished with slight editing.

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