A Time of Sudden Changes
I woke up this morning feeling a little unnerved, as though there were – in the words of the Jedi Master – a disturbance in the Force.
I went to the kitchen to heat the water for my morning cup, and just after I switched on the radio, the story on the news was about the Pope’s resignation. The goose bumps of validation came, and I knew this was the ‘disturbance’ I’d been sensing.
Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation was due to “advanced age”.
In the statement he released, he declared that “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”
The sudden revelation caught the world by surprise. The influence of Uranus square Pluto continues. This pontiff has always been attentive to his health and to preserving his strength. He only held a single public audience a week, and spent many hours playing piano or praying in the garden. His intention was to guard his health as much as possible.
Less than a decade as Pope, and none of it mattered in the end. Destiny seems to have a mind of its own. This is the first time a pontiff has resigned since Pope Gregory XII did so in 1415 AD, some 598 years ago. It will be interesting to see who is chosen as this person’s successor.
I prayed he would last a long time. My prayers were not answered, but I know God’s plan for humanity is unfolding as it should.
Take a breath and stay centered. Listen carefully to the still, small voice of guidance from within the center of your Being. Follow the promptings of your Spirit.
The next exact aspect of Uranus square Pluto is coming in May of this year with another in the series to follow in November. 2013 promises to be an interesting year.
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