Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic and the third-ranking official in the Vatican, will stand trial on historical sexual offences, starting May 2nd. It’s a critical announcement for Pope Francis, who has been accused of failing to come to grips with the abuse scandals enveloping the church.
Pell, born 8 June 1941, Ballarat, Australia, has a Gemini Sun at the same degree as the Vatican (7 June 1929 11 am Rome). Pell’s Sun squares onto a Mars in Pisces opposition Neptune in Virgo; and he has the heavyweight Saturn Uranus in Taurus trine Neptune. At the moment he has the swampy, panicky-failure tr Neptune conjunct his Mars and from May 7th the start of the undermining tr Neptune square to his Sun running till late 2019. With a discouraging tr Pluto trine Saturn in 2018/2019 and a disruptive tr Uranus square his Pluto in July, again in 2019; plus a tranche Pluto transits to three of his Mars midpoints in 2018/2019 which are angry, frustrated and trapped.
Pell’s Jupiter Uranus are conjunct the Vatican’s MC so he is a key figure. Tr Neptune is also moving in square to the Vatican Sun from next month, having been square the Moon and Sun/Moon midpoint already and repeating again later leading to lack of will power, indecision and drift.
Pope Francis’s Election chart, 13 March 2013 7.06 pm Rome, has been wobbling precariously through 2017 with the Solar Arc Uranus exactly square the 4th house Pluto, detonating deep fears. Tr Saturn will soon square the 7th house Mars for the second time, bringing setbacks, again in the autumn; and into 2019 there’s an explosive Solar Arc Mars conjunct Uranus plus tr Saturn square the Moon – not in a happy place, with sagging popularity, that’s for sure.