Astrology: Pope Francis, Forerunner of the Rider on the White Horse?

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ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY ANALYSIS OF POPE FRANCIS’ MISSION (2. Includes new footnotes)
Leoni Hodgson
PhDe Esotericism, PMAFA

Prior to his election in March 2013, Pope Francis lived a simple lifestyle, resided in a small apartment, took public transport and cooked his own meals. As Cardinal Bergoglio, he became known for personal humility, doctrinal conservatism and a commitment to social justice. He chose the name “Francis” in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi, who was especially concerned for the well-being of the poor and who opposed the luxury, pride and vanity of those in power at that time. By taking on this name – and by following up quickly with sweeping reforms, Francis declared to the world the nature and goals of his mission as pope. He is a new, cleansing wind blowing through an organisation that reeks of greed, corruption and self-service. It is easy to see from his words, actions and global influence, that he is at least an initiate – a very spiritually advanced human soul.

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|| Charts of the very spiritually advanced are interpreted differently. This is because the inner cleansing work on the personality has been done and the chart does not represent the personal self and its goals. Interpreted at the “Hierarchy” or global consciousness level, the chart represents the character of the individual, the goals of the world missionary work, the way they go about it and any obstacles that stand in their way.

|| Remember also that in the very spiritually advanced, the force of Uranus – the 7th Ray (that seeks to unite spirit and matter, to lift the masses up to their higher spiritual destiny), flows through the Sun and Moon. Spirit rules and it releases its power through the personality. It is no wonder Francis’ approach as Pope has thus far been very different and radical from his predecessors. He bristles with Uranian electric-fire and it pours through his work (6th House {H}), his important partnerships (7H), and through his important goals out into the world for all to see (10H).

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Source Notes for chart from Astro.com – Birth certificate

1. Pope Francis’ Spiritual Purpose: Ascendant Cancer:

Francis’ spiritual purpose is to minister to the masses and “build a lighted house” (keynote of Cancer) – reach out to the masses of whatever faith, awaken them to reality about the state of their lives and that of the world, and to unify them into a collective whole. [1] We can see this mission unfolding:

This church.. is the home of all, not a small chapel that can hold only a small group of selected people..  [2]

May the church be the place of God’s mercy and love, where everyone can feel themselves welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged. [3]

we pray to the Lord that the Church may always be a true family that brings God’s love to everyone. [4]

Pope Francis envisions an inclusive church: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone.” Even atheists? He was asked. “Everyone”.. [5]

Neptune, Hierarchy ruler of Cancer, is in the house of money

The Hierarchy Ruler of the ascendant sign, provides details about one’s’ spiritual purpose in this incarnation. Francis’ Neptune is in Virgo in the 2nd house that rules money, possessions and values.

a. Lower Virgo (“Let matter reign”) fosters greed and materialism in those who are still controlled by material ambition. But once soul influence (kindness, altruism) is strong enough in the nature, Virgo gives birth to the soul (the Christ child) within the heart. From this point onwards, such an individual is being governed by the higher keynote of Virgo “Christ in you, the hope of glory”.

b. With Neptune in Virgo, this is the message that Francis is radiating out into the ethers – “all of us”, we are all divine! Francis’ mission is to act as “mother” (Cancer) and help the Christ-birth take place in humanity as a whole.

having entered God’s house.. guided by the flame of faith which illuminates our steps, and enlivened by the hope of finding the ‘great light’.” “By opening our hearts, we also can contemplate the miracle of that child-sun who, arising from on high, illuminates the horizon.” [6] 

c. Fundamentally then, Francis’ goal is to spiritualise man’s values and in this regard he has turned his sights on corporate greed and profiteering (Neptune opposite Saturn in Pisces 8H).

While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation… To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion,.. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. [7]

Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption .. thrown aside as if they were trash. [8] 

d. Francis is a direct, and pragmatic communicator (Mercury in Capricorn) of the truth, tells it like it is and does not mince words. (Neptune {his spiritual approach} is in Virgo trine Mercury in Capricorn, two earth signs that see reality as it is. Mercury squares Mars, trines Uranus in Taurus). Francis does not try to soften his message to cater for the sensibilities of those targeted or their systems. He is tough (Pluto {1st Ray} rising, Uranus {7th Ray} in the midheaven, sextile ascendant).

e. Francis is also cleaning up his own financial house – the Church’s Vatican Bank, which he threatened to close. He sacked four of five cardinals charged with its over-seeing and has a new commission in place, including lay financial experts, who are cleaning things up. Thousands of suspect accounts have been closed and there have been arrests. All this within a year of taking office. He is a Uranian broom sweeping through a dirty house.

f. As the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion, his words will no doubt help to bring about the much needed radical change in the world’s economic systems. This could happen on Francis’ watch. In his chart, Saturn (corporate profit and greed) is in Pisces, a sign of death, in the eighth house of death (and other people’s money). Further, the hierarchy ruler of Pisces and natural ruler of the eighth house – Pluto, is rising in Francis’ chart. He is an “arrow of death”, and his mission is to use the power of the Church and of his office, to force radical change in this area.

g. Pope Francis is an uncompromising social reformer (Uranus / Aquarius influence), and this has become very clear in these very early days of his papacy. In a Biblical sense, he is a modern day version of Christ taking up a whip and driving the money-changers from the temple (John 2:15). Today, nothing has changed and Pope Francis is attempting to do what Christ did back then – free the ‘temple of humanity’, God’s holy flock, from corruption and greed. He has the weight of all the goodness in nature, in the universe, in the spiritual realms, supporting his efforts.

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2. Francis’ Personality, the Sun, is in Sagittarius

a. Francis’ spiritual power as it works through his personality (the Sun), is highly inspirational and magnetic, as only a very advanced Sagittarian can be. He is pointing the way forward and is leading from the front – onwards and upwards for both the Church and humanity.

b. In the chart of aspirants and disciples, the Sun symbolises the major challenge to the soul, because it represents the power of the lower personality traits and beliefs that stand in the way of soul expression. In Francis’ chart, the Sun symbolises the major (obvious) difficulty which will face him in his missionary work. This will arise from within the ranks of Church personnel (Sun in Sagittarius, 6H).

c. The note of lower Sagittarius is “Let food be sought” and it is symbolised by the centaur, a mythical beast who has come to represent the lower appetites and indulgences. The centaur is an apt symbol for the Catholic Church as it has operated thus far. Here is what the sage Djwhal Khul said in 1947.

The Roman Catholic Church is distinguished by three things which are all contrary to the spirit of Christ: a. An intensely materialistic attitude… b. A far-reaching and far-sighted political program in which temporal power is the goal and not the welfare of the little people… c. A planned policy whereby the mass of the people are kept in intellectual ignorance.. Blind faith and complete confidence in the priest and in the Vatican are regarded as spiritual duties. [9] 

c. Here is the very inspiring prediction made by Djwhal Khul (DK) for the Papal Office and the Church:

the whole field of religion will be re-inspired and re-orientated from Rome because the Master Jesus will again take hold of the Christian Church in an effort to re-spiritualise it and to re-organise it. From the chair of the Pope of Rome, the Master Jesus will attempt to swing that great branch of the religious beliefs of the world again into a position of spiritual power and away from its present authoritative and temporary political potency. [10] 

d. The higher symbol of Sagittarius is an arrow of light, soaring into the heavens. This is a symbol for Francis, metaphorically, a great symbol of hope and spiritual renewal cutting a bright swathe in the heavens for all to see. Is Pope Francis, Christ’s agent? The man who will swing the church into the new and higher direction and help become a lighted edifice of “spiritual power”? Pope Francis’ intentions are in line with DK’s prediction.

It is my duty, as the Bishop of Rome, to be open to suggestions which can help make the exercise of my ministry more faithful to the meaning which Jesus Christ wished to give it. [11]

Time will tell whether our modern-day St. Francis will manage to fulfill the spiritual duty and responsibility which has been given to him.

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3. Moon in Aquarius, 7th House

a. Exoterically, the Moon symbolises the masses and the type of relationship one establishes with the general public; esoterically it represents the past, and the unconscious “prison of the soul” pattern. In the charts of initiates and adepts the Moon symbolises the major impediment to the initiate’s mission, posed generally by the instincts and blind impulses rising from the physical nature of the masses.

b. Aquarius is an air-mental sign and “ignorance” is the major impediment facing Francis, the blind acceptance by the public of whatever is told to them by those in authority (Uranus {exoteric ruler Aquarius}10H, square Moon). The other problem is “greed” (Uranus is in Taurus, Venus conjunct Moon). These are the primary conditions of humanity that challenge all light-workers.

c. However, the Moon is in Francis’ 7th house of intimate one-on-one partnerships, suggesting that some of his closest partners, individuals he inherited along with his office – who are still entrenched in the habits and corrupt politics and values of the past; will pose the major problem. One immediately thinks of those cardinals associated with the Vatican Bank (Venus-Taurus, money, banking) who were summarily dismissed by Francis within a few months of coming to power (Uranus square Moon). No doubt there will be more dismissals in the future. On December 22 2014, in his address to the Roman Curia, Francis listed fifteen ailments that that plague the Vatican’s bureaucracy. Here are some of them:

  • Feeling immortal, immune or indispensable.
  • Becoming spiritually and mentally hardened
  • Having “spiritual Alzheimer’s”.
  • Suffering from “existential schizophrenia”.. the sickness of those who live a double life, fruit of hypocrisy that is typical of mediocre and progressive spiritual emptiness that academic degrees cannot fill. It’s a sickness that often affects those who, abandoning pastoral service, limit themselves to bureaucratic work, losing contact with reality and concrete people.
  • Committing the “terrorism of gossip”
  • Being indifferent to others. “When, out of jealousy or cunning, one finds joy in seeing another fall rather than helping him up and encouraging him.”
  • Forming closed circles that seek to be stronger than the whole.
  • Seeking worldly profit.

d. Through his public addresses (3H), Francis’ messages will have a soothing effect on world aggression and mould public opinion so that it is more balanced and intelligent. He will be effective in playing a peace-making role in the world and leading people to peace (Moon unveiling Uranus trine Mars in Libra, 3H). However, as witnessed in his December 22 address to the Roman Curia, he can be cutting when he chooses to be and will go on the attack to keep his “partners” in line. (Mars 3H, square Mercury 7H).

e. Francis has also revealed himself to be on the side of the poor, their spokesman.

Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor. [12] 

Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor. [13] 

Consequently, he has gained the support of the public who see him as a “water bearer”, one whose words and very presence “slakes the thirst of the masses” (Moon-Uranus in Aquarius). Consequently, the public loves Francis (Moon conjunct Venus), and though they may be shocked at times because of his actions or revelations (Uranus square Moon); they trust him, have faith in him, and see him as their prophet and teacher (Uranus trine Jupiter {esoteric ruler Aquarius}).

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4. In Summary

a. Francis’ spiritual purpose as represented by Cancer, is to transform man’s collective consciousness into “a lighted house”. To do this, he will take steps to rid it of greedy ambition and materialism. This will allow the Christ light which resides in every human heart, to emerge (Neptune in Virgo).

b. This theme of ridding man of his greedy tendencies is echoed again in Francis’ MC sign, Taurus. (The MC or midheaven point is at the top of the chart and it represents worldly status and position). Francis would not be able to make sweeping changes unless he was elected pope, so his election as supreme pontiff on March 13, 2013 was vital if he was to have the freedom to act.

c. At his election, Venus, ruler of Francis’ natal MC, had progressed up to the MC (within 3.5 degrees) and was trine his Sun. The forces of Love and Spiritual Power (Venus and Uranus) brought this man who loves humanity (Venus conjunct the Moon), this forerunner of the “rider on a white horse” (Sun in Sagittarius); into the seat of absolute power in the Roman Church.

.. one of the oldest traditions in the world.. where the Coming One [The Christ] is seen coming forth to the rescue of the people “riding upon a white horse.” [14]

d. Now Francis could act to manifest his highest goals – to stop the gallop of the greedy bull (lower Taurus), and divert man’s desire upwards into an aspiration for “the light” (higher Taurus ). The spiritual keynote for Taurus is ” I see, and when the eye is opened, all is illumined”. “Light” is always a symbol for anything higher and finer, so helping people “see the light” to see the good in life and other people will gradually build the lighted house, the One unified Soul of Humanity, which is Francis’ spiritual purpose (Cancer Ascendant).

f. He started in his own house, in the intensely materialistic, political and corrupt Catholic Church, by firing corrupt cardinals in the Vatican Bank. Francis has continued his work by preaching about the evil of world greed and its detrimental effect on the well being of the world’s masses.  

g. Pope Francis has made radical changes in just these few months he has been in power. He is part of the spring-cleaning work required (Uranus in Aries) to prepare for the “Reappearance of the Christ” which is set to accelerate from 2025 onwards.  This simply means a noticeable increase in the emergence of the Christ qualities of loving compassion throughout humanity as a whole.

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But who is Pope Francis, really? Remember the prediction made by Djwhal Khul for the Papal Office and the world religion:

the whole field of religion will be re-inspired and re-orientated from Rome because the Master Jesus will again take hold of the Christian Church in an effort to re-spiritualise it and to re-organise it. From the chair of the Pope of Rome, the Master Jesus will attempt to swing that great branch of the religious beliefs of the world again into a position of spiritual power and away from its present authoritative and temporary political potency. [15]

Are we seeing Jorge Bergoglio aka Pope Francis, a simple man who has risen to a great height who is doing the best for those he loves? Are we seeing an initiate who is being overshadowed by the Master Jesus, at work? Or is it the Master Jesus Himself we are seeing?

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Footnote 1:
This month (Dec 14) Francis refused to meet the Dalai Lama, which seems puzzling to those who hold both spiritual leaders in high regard. However, if one accepts that Francis is an advanced being, then one trusts that there were important factors behind the decision. The clue is found in this statement – A Vatican official said the decision was “.. to avoid any suffering by those who have already suffered” – a reference to Catholics in China. Time will reveal more.

Footnote 2: in 1922 the Master Djwhal Khul said:
The Master Jesus.. is at present living in a Syrian body, and dwells in a certain part of the Holy Land. He travels much and passes considerable time in various parts of Europe. He works specially with masses more than with individuals, though He has gathered around Him quite a numerous body of pupils. He is upon the sixth Ray of Devotion, or Abstract Idealism, and His pupils are frequently distinguished by that fanaticism and devotion which manifested in earlier Christian times amongst the martyrs. [Bailey, “Initiation, Human and Solar”, p56]

Footnote 3: Ray Chart
|| In terms of his personal rays, we are told that Jesus is the “Master of the sixth ray [16] “, is “on the sixth ray [17] “, and that “The Christ had a second ray soul, a sixth ray personality (which accounted for His close relationship with the Master Jesus) [18]”.
… I hypothesise that Francis has
– A 2nd Ray Monad with “Love” emphasised. This ray firstly because “every initiate has for his primary or spiritual ray one of the three major rays” [19]; and secondly, because Jesus is a disciple of the Christ and therefore he would be on the second ray line.
– A  2nd Ray Soul – subray 6, because Jesus is the Master of the sixth ray and Christianity is on the sixth ray. [20] His 2nd Ray Soul works through his Cancer Ascendant – “the wise, loving and inclusive parent”.
– A 6th Ray Personality (other possibility is Ray 1). The manner in which Francis is reorganizing the Vatican bureaucracy displays militant zeal. His 6th Ray Personality works through his Sagittarius Sun Sign.

Footnote 4
This paper, is part of an Esoteric Astrology – Interpretation of Charts Course that will be available via email, shortly. If you are interested, then contact me at leoni@bigpond.net.au

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[1] Alice Bailey, “Esoteric Astrology”, p 332

[2] A Big Heart Open to God”. Interview Pope Francis, Antonio Spadaro http://americamagazine.org/pope-interview, September 30, 2013

[3] http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/francis-envisions-inclusive-church

[4] Facebook. Pope Francis. June 2, 2013

[5] http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/francis-envisions-inclusive-church

[6] Pope Francis, Vatican City, Dec 24, 2014

[7] Pope Francis, “Apostolic Exhortation” (56), 26 November 2013; http://www.osservatoreromano.va/en/news/the-joy-of-the-gospel

[8] Pope Francis, General audience, June 5, 2013

[9] Alice Bailey, “Problems of Humnaity”, p130-131

[10] Alice Bailey, “Destiny of the Nations”, p59

[11] Pope Francis, “Apostolic Exhortation” (32), 26 November 2013; http://www.osservatoreromano.va/en/news/the-joy-of-the-gospel

[12] Address to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 6/14/13

[13] Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 2013, Ch.4, #187

[14] Alice Bailey, “Externalisation of the Hierarchy”, p269

[15] Alice Bailey, “Destiny of the Nations”, p59

[16] Alice Bailey, “Esoteric Astrology”, p564

[17] Alice Bailey, “Initiation, Human and Solar”, p46

[18] Alice Bailey, “Destiny of the Nations”, p38

[19] Alice Bailey, “Initiation, Human and Solar”, p17

[20] Alice Bailey, “Esoteric Psychology I”, p167

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11 comments to Astrology: Pope Francis, Forerunner of the Rider on the White Horse?

  • Julie

    Love Pope Francis and plan to go to his mass in Philadelphia, this year, God willing.

    Your article is very enlightening and inspirational. I believe he is the Master Jesus and not overshadowed by him. His messages, speeches, and writings are in line with Christ and the Hiearchy.

  • Asha

    Thank you Leoni for this enlightening article.

  • Leoni, thank you for this analysis. LIke you, I remember Pope John Paul !’s short ‘reign’ and am praying that Pope Francis doesn’t also become a martyr. Perhaps that awareness is spurring him on to act swiftly and decisively. Would that a secular leader would take on the big banks and financial oligarchs in the same vein.

  • Hi Dorothea,”how on earth he was elected” is something many of us are wondering. I can only think that because is is very advanced and therefore is part of the Spiritual Hierarchy of Ascended Masters (who are exceedingly intelligent as well as having developed the higher psychic powers); that, they carried out a secretive and military-coup type exercise. The “opposition” never saw it coming I think, or there would have been attempts to kill him. Remember Pope John Paul I, who died 33 days after his election. L

  • Trish Comazzetto

    Thank you Leoni for this analysis. It gives me a re-newed sense of hope of peace for our humanity! May Christ return to earth within ALL our hearts.

  • Dorothea Vickery

    Thank you Leoni for this ‘paper’ which leads to much contemplation. I have been following Pope Francis’s process in the Vatican and have often wondered how on earth he was elected as surely he was up against the established political/economic greed existant. I can only surmise that there was enough “good” present to bring him to this position of power; may his reign bring goodness, truth and peace to all.

  • Thanks Frances. Time reveal whether it is HIM or an overshadowing. Can you imagine the manipulations that must have been going on behind the scenes prior to his election? To get him there? L

  • Frances Robbe

    Thanks for this thought provoking analysis Leoni. It seems that D.K.’s prophecy has come true; I also wonder if Pope Francis is the Master Jesus or is overshadowed by Him. If those who elected him to the papacy thought they were electing a gentle dove of peace, they must have been surprised when they discovered he had turned into an eagle who is chasing the moneylenders out of the temple!

  • Great reading – very interesting. Many thanks!

  • Laura Ghiurca

    Thank you for the wonderful esoteric astrology analysis of such a brave advanced human being, Leoni! Loved reading it as always!

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