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Part 2: Relationship Needs

Moon in Aquarius in the 8th House
Moon Rules 1st, Almuten 10th, 11th

In order to feel Safe (Moon), he needs to feel altruistic, objective, progressive, and rational (Aquarius) WITH his personality and self-image (Moon rules 1st), his career and public image (Moon Almuten 10th), and his personal ambitions (Moon Almuten 11th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his experiences with shared resources and other people’s opinions (Moon in 8th House). [Blueprint Sentence].

With only one planet in Water (Saturn in Pisces), it could be suggested that Pope Francis is very drawn to emotions and feelings; however, the Moon in Aquarius tells a very different story. While he may be attracted to emotions and feelings, if they get too personal, he will begin to feel unsafe. The saying that Aquarius energy has a great love of humanity, but difficulty loving individual humans well describes the Moon in Aquarius.

Aquarius energy always operates on the level of the group, not of the individual. It’s interesting to consider that Pope Francis is particularly concerned with being objective and serving the greater good of the group in his self-image and personality (Moon rules 1st), and also in his career and public life (Moon almuten 10th), and his friendships, and personal ambitions (Moon almuten 11th). This altruistic need to put his personal feelings aside in the name of greater freedom for humanity shows up, interestingly enough, in his 8th house of shared resources. One can presume that the Moon in Aquarius in the 8th house tends to take a somewhat radical view towards the distribution of resources, one that favors a very high level of equality.

Board of Directors for the Moon

05 PF Moon

Although the Board of Directors for Pope Francis’ Moon seems to consist of three planets, Saturn in Pisces with 5 votes, Mercury in Capricorn with 4 votes, and Venus in Aquarius with 2 votes, in fact, the Board belongs entirely to Saturn in Pisces, because both Venus and Mercury report directly to Saturn.

Saturn in Pisces in the 8th House [5 Votes]
Saturn Rules 7th, 8th

In order to feel Safe (Moon’s Board of Directors), he needs to experience boundaries, structure, limitations, and responsibility (Saturn) in a manner that is benevolent, nebulous, mysterious, and unselfish (Pisces), WITH his one-to-one relationships (Saturn Rules 7th), and his shared resources (Saturn Rules 8th). He encounters these needs particularly IN other people’s money, values, and opinions (Saturn in 8th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Pope Francis’ Saturn in Pisces is in mutual reception with his Jupiter in Capricorn. The influence of Jupiter in Capricorn was prominent in his personality, and the influence of Saturn in Pisces is dominant in his Safety and Validation Needs. Saturn is always concerned with the Law; but Saturn in Pisces is more concerned with spiritual Law than with any material or man-made laws. In many cases, this can make Saturn in Pisces a challenge to experience, because it’s still important to be able to recognize and respect the more tangible, form-based rules and boundaries. This is where the mutual reception with Jupiter in Capricorn comes in handy: Jupiter in Capricorn forces Saturn in Pisces to operate on a tangible, material, structured, form-based level.

What this may mean is that in order to feel Safe, Pope Francis must truly live the spiritual values and Laws that he teaches and represents. His personal austerity might also be an expression of his Saturn in Pisces (via Jupiter in Capricorn) need to “walk his talk,” as it were.

Mercury in Capricorn in the 7th House [4 Votes]
Mercury Rules 3rd, 12th, Almuten 8th

In order to feel Safe (Moon’s Board of Directors), he needs to communicate and understand (Mercury) in a manner that is authoritative, practical, determined, and responsible (Capricorn), WITH his writing, communication, and personal spirituality (Rules 3rd), his shadow-self and personal unconscious (Rules 12th), and with shared resources and other people’s values and opinions (Almuten 8th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his one-to-one relationships (Mercury in 7th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Again we encounter an unusual contradiction with Pope Francis. Because the Moon is in an Air sign, words are essential to meeting his Safety Needs, something that is reinforced by Mercury having 4 votes on the Moon’s Board of Directors. And yet, Mercury is in Capricorn, which suggests that words will not be quite sufficient to meet Pope Francis’ Safety Needs. Mercury in Capricorn needs to put ideas into tangible, concrete, manifest action. Again, this suggests that “talking the talk” isn’t good enough; you must also “walk the walk.”

Venus in Aquarius in the 7th House [2 Votes]
Venus Rules 10th, 11th

In order to feel Safe (Moon’s Board of Directors), he needs to align with his Core Values and experience love and appreciation (Venus) in a manner that is selfless, loyal, humanistic, and egalitarian (Aquarius), WITH his career and life path (10th) and his personal ambitions and friendships (11th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his one-to-one relationships (Venus in 7th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Venus has only 2 votes on the Moon’s Board of Directors. This suggests a connection between his Safety and Validation Needs, but little else. Venus reports directly to Saturn in Pisces, so Venus has virtually no independent influence on the Moon’s Board of Directors. We’ll wait to explore Venus in Aquarius until we consider Pope Francis’ Validation Needs in their own right.

Aspects to the Moon

Chiron in the 12th House Trine Moon in the 8th House (Moon Rules 1st, Almuten 10th, 11th) [7a41]

There is a constant flow of energy (Trine) caused by his core wound (Chiron) COMING FROM his unconscious and shadow self (Chiron in 12th house) and affecting his shared resources (Moon in 8th House). This could cause him to feel unsafe (Moon), particularly WITH his personality and sense of self (Moon Rules 1st House), his career (Moon Almuten 10th house), and his personal aspirations and friendships (Moon Almuten 11th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

The trine from Chiron to the Moon does not represent a significant challenge to feeling Safe. Because Chiron is in the 12th house, Pope Francis is largely unconscious of the nature of his Chiron in Gemini core wound, which is concerned with uniting opposites. This aspect probably increases Pope Francis’ sensitivity to the social and economic inequality in the world, and fuels his personal quest to resolve these issues.

Venus in Aquarius in the 7th House
Venus Rules 10th, 11th

In order to feel validated (Venus), he needs to be inventive, unique, fearless, and free-thinking (Aquarius) WITH his career and life path (10th) and his personal ambitions and friendships (11th). He encounters these needs particularly IN his one-to-one relationships (Venus in 7th House). [Blueprint Sentence]

Venus in Aquarius has an Air Validation Checklist, so words are essential for Pope Francis to feel loved and appreciated. Because Venus rules his 10th house of career, it’s reasonable to consider that every time he advanced in his career and received a new title (Bishop, Cardinal, Pope) it made a significant deposit in his Validation Need Account.

The challenge with Venus in Aquarius is that others may see Pope Francis’ Core Values as eccentric, contrary, and abstract (Aquarius). He will always seek out the company of others who share his unique views, and will have great difficulty feeling appreciated or validated by people who do not see the world in the same way that he does, particularly with regards to humanitarian issues, equality, and freedom.

That his Venus is in the 7th house gives Pope Francis an interesting perspective. He is naturally aware of the values that other people hold dear. While he may not feel an easy or natural affinity with others because of the fundamental differences in value systems, his ability to see what’s important to others is a valuable asset that serves him well in his negotiations and diplomacy.

Pope Francis’ Venus in Aquarius only has dignity by Face, which does suggest an underlying fear about being able to meet his Validation Needs. One way this could manifest is as an underlying fear that there aren’t any other people who, in fact, share his core values. Planets in Aquarius need to associate with a group, and with Venus in Face, Pope Francis may fear that his values may always make him an outsider.

Board of Directors for Venus

06 PF Venus

Saturn in Pisces in the 8th House [5 Votes]
Saturn Rules 7th, 8th

Mercury in Capricorn in the 7th House [5 Votes]
Mercury Rules 3rd, 12th, Almuten 8th

Venus in Aquarius in the 7th House [1 Vote]
Venus Rules 10th, 11th

The Board of Directors for Venus in Aquarius is virtually identical to that of the Moon in Aquarius, except that Mercury has 5 votes instead of 4, and Venus has only 1 Vote for Face.

Aspects to Venus

Uranus in the 10th House Square Venus in the 7th House (Venus rules 10th, 11th) [1s40]

There is friction, tension, stress and conflict (Square) caused by unexpected disruptions, and issues of rejection and abandonment (Uranus) COMING FROM his career and public life (Uranus in 10th house) and affecting his one-to-one relationships (Venus in 7th House). This could cause him to feel invalidated, particularly WITH his career and public life (Venus rules 10th), and his personal ambitions and friendships (Venus rules 11th). [Blueprint Sentence]

One way this aspect could play out is with the story that the higher Pope Francis advances in his professional and public life, the less support, validation, and appreciation he receives from other individuals, and the more isolated he becomes.

Summary of Relationship Needs: Connection between Moon and Venus

Moon Conjunct Venus [4s56]

Both Pope Francis’ Moon and Venus are in Aquarius. Not only does he have both an Air Safety Checklist and an Air Validation Checklist, but because the Moon and Venus are widely conjunct, they’re virtually the same. Words and ideas are absolutely essential to meeting his relationship needs. However, as noted several times before, because both the Moon and Venus report to Saturn in Pisces, Pope Francis isn’t automatically averse to feelings and emotions (as is sometimes the case with Air Safety and Validation checklists).

His Safety and Validation Needs are even more connected because while Venus rules the 10th and 11th houses, the Moon is the almuten of these houses.