Libra and Virgo – The Church of Saint Francis in Assissi

Libra and Virgo – The Church of Saint Francis in Assissi
Basilica of San Francesco in Assissi

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Franziskus Assisis_Basilica_superiore Libra and Virgo - The Church of Saint Francis in Assissi
Libra and Virgo – The Church of Saint Francis in Assissi

 

Oldest representation of St.Francis painted in his lifetime (born 1181/1182, died October 3 1226)

The Church San Francesco in Assisi was built for the grave of Saint Francis. The place was a former execution site and is situated on a mountain slope. It was chosen by Saint Francis himself for his grave because he wanted to be buried just like Jesus outside of town on a place of torture and execution. Construction of the basilica was begun in 1228. It was built into the side of a hill above the city and comprises two churches known as the Upper Church and the Lower Church. The remains of the saint are interred in a crypt below the basilica..

Astrogeographic position of the Church of Saint Francis for morphogenetic field level 3 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the site of the church and monastery and how it is embedded in the land: The Church and monastery with the tomb are located in the combination of earth sign Virgo sign of reason, health, celibacy, monkhood, yoga culture, self-protection, conservation  and mummification with service-orientated air sign Libra, the sign of the angels with the topic of being focused on relationship. Like no other sign Libra could make clearer the religious statement and   Saint Francis` general attitude of openness: “to me everyone is welcome”. Libra represents the sign of openness, doors, the sensual organs, harmony, balance, beauty, justice, decoration, relationship, marriage, naive painting and the ideal of a higher and aristocratic culture.

As the sign of the angels Libra is a strong indication here for the religious purpose of the sense for a positive humanitarian thought, the idea of positive communism and the search for peace. The idea of selecting an execution site as a burial place for to find one`s peace in eternity indicates the motif of feeling at home with all the emotions of suffering, pain and injustice stored in the place.

Libra has been traditionally assigned to Saint Francis as the sun position in his birth chart. The birth chart as reconstructed by Noel Tyl as presented on the astrodienst page is an example for that. Si. Francis died on  October 3. 1226 in the Porziuncola Chapel today lcated inside  the large Papal Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli near Assissi.`  the Sun was conjunct Venus in Libra on that day – and the saint`s day is therefore celebrated with the Sun in Libra since that day.

The Porziuncola Chapel in astrogeography

Porziuncola (small piece of land) is the name for the small chapel Santa Maria degli Angeli about 3 km from Assissi. It was right next to the Porziuncola where Saint Francis founded his first monastery himself staying at a small hut right next to the church. On Palm Sunday 1211 St. Francis received Saint Clare of Assisi here and dedicated her to the Lord.

Interior of the Porziuncola chapel. The Porziuncola has one coordinate exactly on the divide between Scorpio and Sagittarius and the 2nd coordinate in Sagittarius too.

According to a legend the little chapel of Porziuncola was erected under Pope Liberius (352-366) by hermits from the Valley of Josaphat, who had brought relics from the grave of the Blessed Virgin. The Porziuncola was referred to as  “Our Lady of the Valley of Josaphat” or “….of the Angels” – the latter title referring to the singing of angels which had been frequently heard at the chapel.

Astrogeographic position of the Porziuncola Chapel for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the small chapel itself: The Porziuncola has one coordinate exactly on the divide between highly alert defensive water sign Scorpio the sign of sculpting, imaging, photography and dynamic fire sign Sagittarius the sign of philosophy, thinking, shamanism, initiation, playgrounds, fire sacrifice and the healing and cleansing fires. The 2nd coordinate of the chapel lies in Sagittarius too. Sagittarius further emphasizes the topic of a local healing center for the treatment of the poor for which Saint Francis used the place.

For other temples located in Sagittarius compare: The Birth Place of Jesus in Pisces and Sagittarius. Massabielle Cave & Our Lady of Lourdes,  Basilica St. Peter in Rome,

Between 1569 and 1679 the large  Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in Assisi was built above the small Porziuncola chapel.

View of the Porziuncola inside the Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli which was built above the chapel.     image: Georges Jansoone, GNU/FDL

The site of the chapel is directly under the dome making the chapel the main altar and center of the larger church building. The round shape of the dome is highly typical element of architectural design in  Sagittarius.

Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli located in the combination Scorpio with Leo. photo: Radomil, GNU/FDL

Astrogeographic position of the Papal Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli   for morphogenetic field level 3 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the Basilica and how it is embedded in the land: the area has one coordinate in highly energetic, magnetic fire sign Leo sign of the sun and light. The second coordinate lies in solid. fixed water sign Scorpio the sign of sculpting, imaging, dogma, giants and indicator for the fortress character and the standard design (uniform) of the large church building.

La Verna Sanctuary – the site of the exploration of the stigmata

La Verna is a franciscan sanctuary and pilgrimage site on Mount Penna, an isolated mountain of 1,283 m in the Tuscan Apennine.  The La Verna retreat was a present to Saint Francis by the Count Orlando of Chiusi della Verna on 8 May 1213.

Astrogeographic position of the La Verna sanctuary for morphogenetic field level 3 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the site and how it is embedded in the land: one coordinate lies in highly energetical fire sign Leo sign of the sun, light, self-centeredness, emotional self-expression with water sign Cancer sign of the moon, motherhood, fertility, the uterus, emotional individuality, feeling at home.  The combination of the signs of  the Sun and the Moon  reflects the topics of the strongest physical astrological factors.

Following the topics of the place as given in the astrogeographical position in Cancer with Leo the stigmata represented in one way or another a – sublime or not – materialization of unexpressed personal emotionality, sexuality and fertility. A fascinating analogy for this aspect of the phenomenon are the Lactating mermaids of Neptune Fountain in Bologna located in the same constellation (Leo with Cancer).

Sanctuary of La Verna located in Cancer with Leo image: Mattana, ccbysa3.0

There are of course more aspects to the materialization of the stigmata as the personal emotional level of experience not only because the stigmata have become an inheritance of mystical experience and deeper initiation in christian religion.

Cave of Saint Francis at La Verna photo: Geobia, ccbysa3.0

Saint Francis first received the stigmata during his meditations at the La Verna retreat during a fourty days fast on the morning of September 14, 1224. In Saint Francis` individual biograhy the moment of the reception of the stigmata came very late in his life at a moment when he is said to have been frustrated about the changes in the Order of Friars Minor – which was part of the wish of some monks for a more comfortable lifestyle.

Giotto: Stigmatization of St Francis. 1295-1300, Louvre, Paris.

” ……a six-winged angel allegedly appeared to Francis while he prayed. As the angel approached, Francis could see that the angel was crucified. He was humbled by the sight, and his heart was filled with elation joined by pain and suffering. When the angel departed, Francis was purportedly left with wounds in his hands, feet, and side as if caused by the same lance that pierced Christ’s side. The image of nails immediately appeared in his hands and feet, and the wound in his side often seeped blood.” (from the  wiki article)

Saint Francis was the first catholic saint who received the stigmata. There are basically two dates discussed for that event: 14 or 17 September 1224. Astrologically there are several differences between the 2 dates.

Saint Francis receiving the stigmata on 14 or 17 September 1224 Julian date “at morning time”  calculated for sunrise at La Verna

The  cojunction of Mars with Jupiter an aspect of intense activity on the material plane on 17 September saw Jupiter right on the divide between the signs of the mental sphere Scorpio the sign of trauma, projections and visualization and the underworld and Sagittarius the sign of the cleansing fires and earthly hell. Jupiter on that degree is a plausible aspect for an alchemical metamorphosis and the urge to manifest mental projections.

Jupiter`s position fell in exact square to Venus the planetary indicator for the physical body on 2°Virgo a degree known for habitual self-limitations in the sign of self-healing, self-protection, yoga and monk culture and the skin as the natural limitation of the physical body.

At the same time the Moon-Uranus conjunction the movable aspect of disgust with the physical body, effects from rape, abuse and castration, the craving for purification and strong relationship to obsessive-compulsive disorder marked the deeper emotional drives and wounds behind the desire to overcome the boundaries of human experience and self-identification.

The lazar house at Rivotorto
Sanctuary of Rivotorto. The church and monastery was built over the former lazar house located in Virgo with Taurus. Saint Francis stayed here in his early times.   image: schaefer@heiligenlexikon.de, ccbysa4.0

Astrogeographic position of the old lazar house for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the house itself: the lazar house is located in the combination of self-protective earth sign Virgo the sign of health, herbal medecine, hospitals together with earth sign Taurus sign of the earth, grounding, growing roots and local energetical centers.

 

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