24 hours after the new moon in the spiritual sign of Pisces, the world awaits the white smoke signals to come from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel in Rome signaling the election of a new Pope. Smoke signals on Monday were black, revealing no consensus, and no election on the first vote.
With more than half of the planets in Pisces, world events were bound to occur that would reflect the nature of the sign Pisces. Pisces and Neptune rule religion and spirituality, among other things.
Pope Benedict XVI made his final public appearance on February's full moon in Virgo February 25. As this moon squared Neptune, the planet of illusion, delusion and confusion, scandal swirled around the Vatican, and there were questions as to why the Pope actually resigned, being the first to do so in 600 years.
As the first vote for a new Pope was cast March 12, Mars entered the sign Aires, at 0 degrees. 0 degrees of Aries is a Cardinal degree, meaning it is of importance and orients us toward the world at large. Astrologer Celeste Teal wrote about the AP, or Aries Point stating, "Sometimes it represents a "spectacular out rush of energies... and involvement with the world at large."
There are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, among 6.7 billion people, so the election of a new Pope is a significant event in the world.
If a new Pope is selected before March 17, the election occurs on a retrograde Mercury. Situations that begin on a retrograde Mercury often do not turn out as expected or planned. There may be a non-consensus during the retrograde Mercury period.
Cities and entities like people, have birth charts and the chart for Vatican City State is cast for June 6, 1929 at 11:00 a.m. Here lie the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, papal apartments, St. Peter's Church, the Vatican museum including its treasures and the famed Sistine Chapel as well as the extensive Vatican library. Vatican City's natal chart shows change and disruption starting in April as the Uranus-Pluto square aspects Uranus in the 8th house of the Vatican natal chart.
In national and group related charts the eighth house represents international finance, issues involving foreign investment, death, public mortality, national death and death and rebirth on a psychological or spiritual level. The eighth house is connected with sex. In the Vatican natal chart Uranus squares Pluto from the eighth to eleventh house of groups and collectives, and the history of the church over the past 84 years has included many cases of child molestation by priests that have been brought to light, and this transit has played out many times.
Uranus will conjunct Uranus in the natal chart and Vatican City will experience a Uranus return as part of the Uranus-Pluto square. This will be a transformative and disruptive cycle that will repeat itself again several times between spring of 2013 and spring of 2014.
This transit could initiate a financial crisis. Further secrets/issues will be disclosed that will seem to come out of the blue and the Church may be put in a position of having to deal with abuse of power or the clergy's handling of child abuse and the victims of abuse that have been wronged. Death of prominent individuals could occur. By late 2014 Saturn will square Jupiter and the midheaven, or public place of the natal chart which can bring public disgrace and the potential for lawsuits. The future of the Vatican looks filled with conflict and change.
The full moon on March 27, and the few days before and after, will be an important period for the Vatican. The full moon conjuncts Uranus in the 8th house placing a focus on 8th house matters along with change and transformation. Mars conjuncts Uranus, and the Sun and Venus are within a 4 degree orb of conjuncting Uranus as well. Uranus brings the element of change, but also unexpected issues and events.