To one with faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. Thomas Aquinas
St Thomas Aquinas was not talking about belonging to a particular religion, since in his day — 13th century Italy — he could assume that his readers were inside the same Christian fold. He meant divine revelation of the existence of God. In the 21st century global science park, talking about faith is not always so simple. You may feel you have to hedge the concept with caveats and explanations. “I believe in God — but not your God…. I believe in Goddess but not literally… I don’t have a religion, I believe in God.” This is exacerbated by the media discourse which excludes people who are not members of an organised religion. So faith in this discourse becomes the province of those who shout loudest.
How blessed we are then to have a person of profound faith and humanity at the helm of the Catholic Church these days. Pope Francis has shown humility, compassion, wisdom and faith in his first year as Pope. You can see this in his chart. Moon (emotional connection) and Venus (love) are conjunct in Aquarius, that most humble and humanitarian sign. His pontifical Sun in Sagittarius conjuncts Jupiter in Capricorn (a rock solid faith). Last week’s heartfelt plea to stop the fighting in the Middle East: “Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!”
Another religious leader who preaches tolerance, compassion and love is the current Dalai Lama. His chart shows a Grand Trine in water — the religious element — connecting Jupiter in Scorpio (profound faith) with Saturn in Pisces (solid faith) and the Sun in Cancer on the Ascendant. The smiling face of the Dalai Lama is the true spirit of the man.
Right now. Jupiter, the planet of faith, has moved into Leo, where he is this week being challenged by Mars, the planet of war, in Scorpio, his own sign. Mars, armed with the pincers of the scorpion, is ruthless. And so this week, it seems especially hard to have faith when you see the Angel of Death ravaging the weak and destroying the innocent. In Damascus, Aleppo, Baghdad and Gaza, in Nigeria, in Congo, senseless violence seems to be winning. Arms dealers are rubbing their hands.
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2 United States
5 United Kingdom
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Symbolically, the planet that is a counterweight to the compassion of Jupiter is Saturn. Where Jupiter expands, Saturn contracts. Both planets are kings. Jupiter is Zeus, wise, generous, flamboyant. Saturn is Cronos, Father Time himself. Saturn is the cynic, the pessimist, the inner father who criticises and restricts. Jupiter is a different kind of father, the kind who shows us the way to be free, the optimist, ungrudging, magnanimous. These two very different fathers are both in fixed signs this summer. Although they do not come into aspect, by sign they are square, which means they challenge each other.
While Jupiter was in Cancer, like Scorpio a water sign, these two planets were working together. That is over and we feel the friction. Saturn tests our strength — and eventually helps us to find deeper reserves of strength, more solid foundations. Remember, the Dalai Lama has Saturn in Pisces, the sign of belief, trining that deep Jupiter in Scorpio. Jupiter gives us courage and optimism to expand.
So where are we now? Mars is moving out of aspect to Jupiter but remains in Scorpio for another month and on August 26 conjuncts Saturn. That could be nasty, but it could also be a breakthrough. Now Mars’ natural opposite is Venus, the planet of love. She is currently in sympathy with Saturn and Mars as she travels through Cancer, but on August 12 she moves into fiery Leo, on August 18, she conjuncts Jupiter. Love meets faith.
“…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing….” 1 Corinthians 13