Cardinal Martini – an approachable man of freedom, charitable, open to dialog, and possessing a
great mental/spiritual strength – left his physical body to ascend to our Lord in Heaven.
Words cannot express the sense of singular purpose in how he lived his life. It has been truly a
privilege to have met him personally and to be acquainted with his books and writings. The main
thread consistently encourages one to be mentally free and for the individual to think for himself
despite what-ever life throws at him.
He expressed the opinion that faith comes from freedom of thought. In his vision, freedom is not an
end in of itself but as a means to search for both “good and justice” because he said that “justice is
the fundamental endowment of God”. He suggested that individuals ought to live life with the spirit
of faith, trusting in its immense value, and hoping to be able to create a dream, and an ideal which
can further assist with daily human difficulties…
“Let’s walk, let’s walk. Let’s walk together in Jerusalem. Let’s walk together towards Jerusalem”.
Lots of times, someone asked me: Why Father do you want go to Jerusalem? I answered: I don’t
know. I go °inspired by the Spirit°, which is that I feel moved inside by the Spirit of God, like St.
Paul. So I am guided to strongly follow these feelings, living them in my heart. Also, I go without
any idea about what will be happen to me there. Nobody knows what can happen in Jerusalem
where so many painful and excruciating things have taken place (from his book: “VERSO
GERUSALEMME”- see the bibliography).
Remembering him fondly, let’s take a glance at his natal, direct (solar arc) and transit chart on the
day of his passing. Using the Uranian interpretation on the Dial 90° (plus Dial 15° only for the
MC axis) and choosing to show only a few main axes. Not enough can be said about his human
qualities, his prophetic gifts, his fortitude to act against the general trend, his great spiritual stature.
Natal chart on the DIAL 90° and 15° Graphic N. 1 and next ones (no graphic for the Dial 15°)
N.1: MERIDIAN AXIS (MC): his personality
MC = NEPTUNE = POSEIDON (33°45’) = SUN = MOON+KRONOS-LUNAR NODE ….
(Other planetary pictures to follow):
Carlo Maria Martini’s personality (MC), is totally reflected in his external behaviour (Sun).
He grew up in the nobility of the spirit (Neptune = Poseidon) through the fundamental
relationship with his Mother starting from the early childhood (Moon+Kronos-Lunar Node):
These are the other planetary pictures in this axis:
= VENUS = MERCURY* = VULCANUS* = MOON* (* these are the main factors on the
15° Dial) = MC/VENUS = PLUTO/CUPIDO = PLUTO/ADMETOS = JUPITER (33°45’) =
SATURN (33°45’) = Local Meridian MILAN = Aries point / APOLLON = (VENUS/HADES)
/ (MERCURY=VULCANUS) = PLUTO / (JUPITER/KRONOS)
…In relationship to his Mother, Carlo Maria possessed great empathy, sensitivity, and
perception (MOON). He grew up in a harmonious environment with his mental equilibrium
becoming receptive/open to refined psychic perceptions as well as high minded thoughts (MC/
Venus with Mercury-Vulcanus). He also developed the capacity to meditate and to reflect
upon everything forming a personal opinion on what he observed. He also cultivated his mind
both on the psychical and spiritual planes with a view to applying this knowledge for a higher
purpose (Venus = Mercury, Vulcanus = Neptune = Poseidon).
During his intellectual spiritual and physic wanderings, his personality lent him (=Jupiter
= Saturn = Poseidon) to take part in the cultural and spiritual transformation of Society
(=Pluto/Cupido), both in Milan than in other circles around the world (= Aries Point
/ Apollon) through his words, sermons and personal books (=Mercury = Vulcanus). A
significant spiritual contribution was in his teaching of Theology, being a great expert on
the Bible (= Jupiter = Saturn = Poseidon). The planetary picture (VE/HA)/ (ME=VU) shows
his love for research of very old texts (like the Bible) while PL/ (JU/KR) points to great
Note: Even though people would know him as a courageous man (MC=Mars), often he
mentioned his weakness (see his book: “Night Conversation in Jerusalem” where the planetary
picture MC=Neptune is pointed out).
“I would ask him (Jesus) if He loves me although I am so weak also having made so many
mistakes…” On the other hand, by reading his books we see that Card. Martini trusts his
consciousness a.f : “ The consciousness is the most secret place and also the shrine of the human
being…it opens towards the divine aims which inspires courage” (MC=Poseidon)
Now a short historical frame to remember what Card. Martini really did. He was a teacher who
encouraged debate about the Bible at the Pontificio Istituto Biblico (He held the chair of “Textual
Criticism). Then when he became Archbishop, he coached classes on “Divine Letio” (interpretation
of the Scriptures) for people who attended Milan Cathedral during his 22 years of service. His
behavior put the personal human consciousness above the external rules. It doesn’t facilitate
the mental, psychic and philosophical agreement with the religious and more conservative
Community (= Pluto/Admetos =… in the MC axis above). Nevertheless, he attained greater
realizations in the higher spiritual concepts (= Vulcanus = Poseidon). “Card. Martini had a
terrific capacity- being a priest of souls – to express faithfulness without any compromise to the
Word of God all the while living in the external world” (from Marco Garzonio in the book : IL
CARDINALE. M. Garzonio’ words go in the direction of card. Martini constellations).
N 2. SUN AXIS: The external I.
SUN = NEPTUNE = MARS = ARIES POINT (33°45’) = MC = MC/KRONOS = MC/ZEUS
= (MERCURY = VULCANUS) / URANUS = (MERCURY = VULCANUS) / POSEIDON =
MOON/APOLLON = L.A. Jerusalem / (MERCURY = VULCANUS) = AS / L.A Jerusalem =
VENUS/KRONOS = VENUS/ZEUS = (JUPITER = SATURN) / ARIES POINT.
Carlo Maria Martini was conscious about his aims to have a mission during his life
(SUN=MC). His activism (=MARS) was strongly underlined from his idealism and faith
(=NEPTUNE, gave him Afterlife perception). The loftiness of his soul (MO/AP) put him in
touch with many people, he was always in constant motion and travelled frequently (JU=SA //
He often was sad about the separations. These are his words:
“I felt saddened particularly having the task in life to separate and bid farewell when some
people left me or when I had to leave them. Or when I felt unable to find a solution. All that brings
wound…Then again I had the chance to feel that doubt brings something new and deeper…Of
course, one must place one’s trust in God ” (from the book mentioned above).
The place where he was able to express the force of his thoughts was Jerusalem. (LA.
Jerusalem. /ME=VU = MA = VE/KR = VE/ZE = AS/LA Jerusalem.). There he worked with
joy and love by himself and together with others (In fact his book: “Conversazioni Notturne a
Gerusalemme” was written in collaboration with Father Georg Sporschill).
PLEASE NOTE: The planetary picture MARS=NEPTUNE refers to his SUN which underlines
his generous nature. It enables him to steer his energies to inner research for both himself and
others. This planetary picture is demonstrated by personal action undertaken by his personal
participation chiefly aimed at good causes. His willpower and aims tend to be idealistic, but he is
also able to have control over both feelings and passions, in part, due to his mental high qualities
MARS = NEPTUNE = SUN is also an illness constellation that biologically can bring the
diagnosis “Paralysis of the Muscles”. By the way in 2002, Hades direct triggered his natal Sun
=Mars = Neptune: Cardinal Martini fell ill with Parkinson’s disease!
By taking a more in-depth look at the planetary pictures above, we can add that MERCURY/
POSEIDON made him happy when he could immerse himself in his studies.
By VULCANUS/POSEIDON Cardinal Martini radiated a strong “aura” and expressed
himself with great confidence (MC/KRONOS = MC/ZEUS). In fact he clearly was a higher
human being and also an authoritative person who was able to act independently. He was
both a courageous leader and a good strategist, always being ready to give help even focusing
his will where noble causes were concerned. He was a mental spiritual reformer, having
a creative mind and in possession of a strong intuition complemented by his outstanding
communication skills. He was also an individualist (in fact the planet Uranus ruler of his Sun
underlines his sense of “singularity”. Please see the planetary picture MERCURY=VULCANUS
N 3: THE ARIES AXIS: HIS PUBLIC ROLE
Carlo Maria MARTINI was a terrific prelate and he sought “to obey” according to the main
doctrines of Catholicism. Being a Jesuit he couldn’t occupy a highly visible position in the
world. However, Pope Johannes Paulus, II, thought differently and assigned him Archbishop
of Milan, from 1980 to 2002 . When he reached his 75th year he had the right to retire and
did so. Retiring into the academic world, studying the beloved Scriptures in Jerusalem.
Unfortunately, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease (Hades d. solar arc at that age. This was
connected with his natal SU=MA=NE, see above). He stayed in Jerusalem from 2002 till 2008.
The planetary pictures on the Aries Axis show both his religious/spiritual role and being duty
ARIES AXIS = POSEIDON = CUPIDO/KRONOS =MC/SUN: “He is a religious head
(Archbishop) in the public life”.
= JUPITER : “ lucky leader ”
=SATURN: “he must obey. And so was not totally free to do what he wanted”.
N 4. HIS DEATH DAY
Let’s look at two significant axes:
Day and hour of the death (graphic n. 4): SUN t. = MOON t = ADMETOS d. = LUNAR
NODE d. = VENUS t = SUN/KRONOS r.: “A religious person (VE=AD) who is very
prominent (Father Carlo Maria Martini : SUN/KRONOS), is connected (LUNAR NODE d.)
harmoniously (VENUS t) to death (ADMETOS d.).
The MINUTE of his death (graphic n. 5) : MC t. (the minute at Gallarate) = MARS/SATURN
r. (death) = JUPITER and SATURN d. (transiting to another “place”) = NEPTUNE t. (that
is : Afterlife ) = POSEIDON t. = ARIES d. = POSEIDON d. = ARIES/MC r. (all the last 4
constellations show a condition of spiritualization) = (KRONOS d = MARS/SATURN t.)
/ HADES t. (the last 2 constellations show a dying ill body. It’s the death of a leader or a
king though) = SATURN t. / (KRONOS=URANUS) t. (that gives the confirmation that an
authoritative person passes away all of a sudden) = MC/SUN d. = MC/NEPTUN d. (he holds
fast to his ideals) = SUN t / SUN r. = LM / LA Jerusalem (considering that the 2 constellations
are connected with POSEIDON t., it is clear that Jerusalem is his destination). In synthesis we
“The day of his death and particularly during the last minute of his life,
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini was still in his body being at the same time
spiritualized and ready to leave. He is intended to go to the Afterlife, that is
towards the Jerusalem in the Heavens (LM/LA Jerusalem = POSEIDON t.)”
Quoting his words: “…Besides I would ask Him (to Jesus) if in the moment of my physical death,
He will come to pick me up. If He will receive my soul? In those difficult moments, I’ll pray to
Him to send me his angels or saints or friends who are able to hold out my hand and help me to
overcome my fear” (from his book: Conversazioni notturne in Gerusalemme).
Written on his grave in the Cathedral of Milan there are the special words of the Psalm 118,105
NUN, that he chose during his life: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my paths”.
Witte-Lefeldt: RULES FOR PLANETARY PICTURES (Witte Verlag- Hamburg)
Udo Rudolph : ABC FUR PLANETENBILDER (Witte Verlag- Hamburg)
Irene Andrieu : ASTROLOGIA EVOLUTIVA ( Mediterranee Publishing House)
Reinhold Ebertin (for the constellation of illness: Mars=Sun=Neptune): THE COMBINATION OF
STELLAR INFLUENCES (AFA- USA)
Lietta Catoni: Forthcoming text of uranian research on the Childhood Attachment by the planetary
picture: (AS+MOON-LUNAR NODE),
REFERENCE BOOKS :
Carlo Maria Martini-Georg Sporschill : CONVERSAZIONI NOTTURNE A GERUSALEMME
(Mondadori, Milano 2008) . German Text: Jerusalemer Nachtgesprache, Verlag Herder GmbH,
Freiburg im Breisgau 2008
Carlo Maria Martini : VERSO GERUSALEMME, (Feltrinelli, Milano, Ottobre 2002)
Marco Garzonio : IL CARDINALE (Mondadori 2002)