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April 11, 2005

"Habemus Papam"

On April 18 the conclave of 117 Cardinals convenes to elect the next pope. Among the most influential Americans participating in the process is Cardinal Justin Rigali, who may introduce the next pope to his colleagues in the same way that the Polish-American Cardinal John Krol is credited for the lobbying campaign that made his friend Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II.

Justin Rigali was born (April 19, 1935; Los Angeles, CA; time unknown) with his Aries Sun closely conjunct Uranus in traditional Taurus, a combination which found expression in promoting conservative Catholicism. His Sun and Mercury square Pluto, giving him a desire to be around power, which he has accomplished by spending many years in Rome as a close confidant and travel companion of John Paul II.

Although most observers dismiss the possibility of an American pope, the lunar eclipse on April 24 shows the persuasive influence of Americans during the deliberations. The Lunar Eclipse takes place at 6:08 am* in Washington D.C. and happens to fall right on the U.S. Scorpio Ascendant. In addition, Mars is perfectly conjunct the U.S. Moon, while Pluto is exactly quincunx (150º) the U.S. Mercury.

Each and every one of these transits happens to make strong connections to Rigali's horoscope, suggesting that he is being very active behind the scenes. Rigali's Mars is in the partnership sign of Libra, and around the Lunar eclipse transiting Jupiter is conjunct his Mars. Mars in Libra excels at promoting others, so that he may already have a good idea of who is meant when the announcement comes: "Habemus papam".

Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank

Paul Wolfowitz is probably best known for his neoconservative ideology. As a military strategist, he dismissed the traditional "containment" policy of potentially aggressive nations in favor of "pre-emption", an idea that Bush adopted against Iraq. Recently, Bush nominated him to head the World Bank, a post which he will assume on June 1 where his new responsibilities include ending global poverty.

Wolfowitz was born on the Winter Solstice (December 22, 1943; Brooklyn, NY; time unknown) near the end of World War II when U.S. military strategists were feverishly preparing for D-Day. The immense logistics in that invasion plan can be seen in Wolfowitz's horoscope, with a Mars-Uranus conjunction in mobile Gemini, sextile to resourceful Pluto. Also, Saturn in Gemini is right on the U.S. Mars.

Naturally, Wolfowitz carries with him as a psychological imprint the excitement and boldness of that pre-launch phase. He's driven toward radical action on a large scale. As he was nominated, transiting Uranus in Pisces was squaring his Mars-Uranus pairing. This stressful link registered as immediate shock and surprise from many quarters. Transiting Uranus moves on, but returns in November 2005 while exactly squaring his Mars-Uranus.

This promises to be a volatile, confrontational time for the new World Bank President. Simultaneously, transiting Pluto opposes his Saturn and transiting Saturn is conjunct his Pluto. This double Saturn-Pluto message indicates that a radical transformation of the World Bank is on the drawing board, a deep restructuring of bureaucratic procedures and international policies. The world's one billion people on the edge of starvation can only hope.

Rumors about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

British and American tabloids have been having a field day reporting rumors that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are having an affair**. Did Pitt and Jolie spend Easter weekend together holed up in a hotel? Was their affair, begun during the filming of "Mr. And Mrs. Smith", the reason that Pitt broke up with Jennifer Aniston? Pitt's spokeswoman sent out firm denials last week.

Brad Pitt has a conflicted horoscope (December 18, 1963; 6:31 am; Shawnee, OK), with his Sun and Ascendant in adventurous, free-spirited Sagittarius competing with four planets in disciplined Capricorn. Pitt's Venus (by secondary progression) is currently in a powerful opposition to his Pluto, a combination that frequently finds expression in sexual betrayal, as a passion and fascination with another overcome any sense of propriety.

Angelina Jolie (June 4, 1975; 9:09 am; Los Angeles) thrives on this kind of sexual tension, with her Moon-Mars opposite Pluto natally. Her Venus square Uranus loves the fireworks of sex and passion, but avoids the commitment. The strongest connection between their charts is his Mars exactly squaring her Mars, a celestial battle which coincidentally is best described in the plot of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith".

They want to kill each other, but also want to make love with each other. Over the Easter weekend the Sun and Venus were traveling together in Aries, which brings a scintillating, romantic vibe. This Sun-Venus happened to align with their Mars-Mars square, indicating a momentary, enjoyable weekend together is probably correct. Of course it won't last: transiting Saturn opposing Pitt's Venus squelches anything longer than a fling.

* The Ascendant for this moment happens to be 28º Aries, which is the exact location of Rigali's Sun.

** As first described in this column back in December 13, 2003

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