With the first resignation of a pope in six centuries, a huge energy block has been moved out of the way of human relationships.
For its entire history, the Roman Catholic Church has set the rules for relationships in our society and many others. Yet its own sexual and relational conduct has been so horrific that it has paid out more than $3 billion in settlements for child sex abuse.
Numerous archdioceses have filed for bankruptcy in recent years as a result. The outbound pope has had to use his diplomatic immunity as a head of state to protect him from being sued in the US for personally taking part in the coverup.
Unprecedented in the modern world and with few precedents in the past 2,000 years, the papal resignation was surrounded by some truly astonishing astrology, descriptions of which I will link to in the Internet edition of this column on the beautiful new Chronogram.com (for which I am now writing weekly).
The astrology involved centaur planets, which speak to experiences of wounding and healing, and can bring up all kinds of shadow material. A key player was Nessus, a planet providing information that helps people heal from sexual abuse.
The day the pope tendered his resignation (technically, he abdicated, since he is a form of royalty), lightning struck the dome of St. Peter's Basilica not once but twice—symbolism so obvious even the most literal-minded person could hardly fail to notice.
Later that week, a massive meteorite struck the planet, injuring more than 1,500 people (miraculously, none were killed) the same day as an asteroid passed within 17,200 miles of Earth (30 million miles is considered by astronomers to be too close for comfort). This was followed by an earthquake in Rome. Yes, the pope quit, and both Heaven and Earth moved.
At the peak of the astrology involving the papal resignation (which came three days later, on Thursday, February 14), there was a conjunction of the Sun and Nessus (the planet about healing sexual shadow material and abuse legacy).
That very day, the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights played the role of the Sun, and filed a lawsuit with the International Criminal Court in The Hague. They moved the court to open an inquiry on behalf of The Survivors Network, accusing the pope and the church of crimes against humanity.
Their complaint said that the global Catholic Church has maintained a "long-standing and pervasive system of sexual violence" despite promises to swiftly oust predators, the UK-based Telegraph newspaper reported. This received next to no press coverage in the United States.
"Lawyers for the victims say rape, sexual violence and torture are considered a crime against humanity as described in the international treaty that spells out the court's mandate," the Telegraph reported. "The complaint also accuses Vatican officials of creating policies that perpetuated the damage, constituting an attack against a civilian population."
This scandal has repeatedly exposed the morbid, perverse goings-on inside the church that has preached sexual purity and chastity for the entire duration of its existence.
In November 2012, a film called Mea Maxima Culpa came out that exposed the systematic coverup of sex abuse claims. The film focuses on a Catholic school for the deaf in Milwaukee, where more than 200 students say they were sexually abused by one priest. The film details the systematic coverup of global sex abuse complaints, an effort headed by none other than Joseph A. Ratzinger, who as of February 28, 2013, is no longer Pope Benedict XVI (I will have full coverage of the astrology of the papal election on the Planet Waves blog and podcast). Mars in the chart for the film's opening hit Ratzinger's chart like a bomb. He was out less than 90 days later.
What would life be like if we stopped letting these deeply troubled people set the terms of our relationships? I think the world would be less coarse and more relaxed. The terms as set by the church are sex only for reproduction, within the bonds of marriage, with minimal pleasure, at the core of which is the concept that pleasure is sinful.
Many of us have begun to question this. We all know that a lot more is possible, and I would like to talk about some of that today. There has been some attempt to embrace sexual diversity in recent years, though nearly any such movement is wrought with conflict all of which has its roots in church dogma.