Cardinal Lustiger Positions Himself for the Coming Conclave
wheels of the
itself, Cardinal Lustiger’s resignation as Archbishop came as no surprise. At age 78, he is already three years beyond
the mandatory retirement age for bishops, and his resignation was discussed at
a meeting with the Pontiff in
On the tenth anniversary of the Lateran Treaty, February 11, 1939, Pope Pius XI was assassinated. The Pontiff was administered poisoned medications the night before in very much the same way that John Paul I was murdered. Ironically, the date of Pius’ demise fell exactly on the anniversary of his papal coronation 17 years earlier. This 17-year reign is the subject of one of Nostradamus’ most important prophecies:
After the See has been held for seventeen years,
It will change hands five times in a comparable period of time:
Then one will be elected at the same time [as another],
Who will not be too much in conformity with the Romans.
Century V, Quatrain 92
As I explain in my book (p. 148-150), this Quatrain deals with the election of a successor to John Paul II, who is the last of the five successors to Pius XI mentioned in the second verse. Nostradamus foresees two competing claimants to the papal throne emerging out of the next Conclave. One of them will be an Antipope, who is referred to in St. Malachy’s prophecy as the “Glory of the Olive Tree”. In both the Old and New Testaments, the olive tree is a symbol of God’s chosen people, the Jews. Cardinal Lustiger is a Jew who converted to Catholicism at age 14 while hiding from the Nazis in the home of a Catholic family. He has said many times that, despite his religious conversion, he still considers himself to be a Jew.
The date of Lustiger’s “retirement” also corresponds to an important event in the liturgical calendar, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. On February 11, 1858, an apparition of the Blessed Virgin made the first of 18 appearances at the grotto of Massabeille. In referring to the Antipope successor to John Paul II, Nostradamus uses a pun on the French word lourde, which means “heavy”:
Through the wild and open desert place,
Will come to roam the nephew of the great Pontiff:
Wearying the seven [hills of
Through those who afterwards will occupy the vacant See.
Century VI, Quatrain 82
A detailed analysis of this Quatrain can be found in my book (p. 232-239).
what can only be considered a portent, the death of the sole surviving witness
of the Fatima apparitions, Lucia dos
its symbolic trappings, Lustiger’s announcement on February 11th was
also clearly timed to coincide with the Pope’s health crisis and the open talk
of his abdication among the
the time of Cardinal Lustiger’s resignation, the
Nonetheless, Lustiger’s brief stint as the Pope’s “stand-in” can only have his enhanced his standing as a possible successor. His resignation from the duties of Archbishop also gives him greater freedom to focus on the pre-Conclave lobbying that so often determines the outcome of a papal election.
Assuming the Cardinal Lustiger’s efforts bear fruit, what kind of a Pontificate can we expect to see in the wake of his coronation? To help answer that question, I have prepared an astrological chart for Lustiger’s birth. His birth chart is intriguing on a number of levels, not the least of which is the persistent theme of a “shipwreck” of the Church under his leadership. His Ascendant (the horizon line when he was born) is the 11th degree of Cancer, for which the Sabian image is of a shipwreck during a tempest at sea. Just below his Ascendant in his First House are Castor and Pollux, stars mythically linked with shipwrecked sailors. Regarding the tenor of his Papacy, the most relevant indicators would be his Jupiter and his Tenth House. As to the former, Jupiter is at the 19th degree of Aquarius, for which the Sabian image again involves a sinking boat. In his Tenth House, we find Uranus conjoined with Scheat — an ill-omened star associated with disasters at sea, such as shipwrecks and drownings.
with the prevalent theme of shipwreck and drowning, his Uranus is positioned in
the 28th degree of Pisces. The
Sabian image for this degree depicts a drowning man who is often identified
with St. Peter sinking beneath the waves of the tempest on the Sea of Galilee
(Matthew 14:28-31). Since Peter is the
archetypal Pontiff, this image suggests a Papacy overwhelmed by a crisis of
faith. This “sea of troubles” motif is
further underscored by the location of
As analyzed in my book (p. 35-36), Nostradamus repeatedly uses the metaphor of a “shipwreck” to describe the coming crisis in the Catholic Church. In Century II, Quatrain 56, he refers to the power-hungry Opus Dei faction as “those of the shipwreck wishing to seize the Rock”, where the Rock obviously refers the legacy of St. Peter. And in Century V, Quatrain 31, he identifies the origin of the Antipope who will hand the Holy See over to this pernicious faction:
By the Attic land [
Which is at present the rose of the world:
Pontificate ruined, and its great preeminence
Submerged, a shipwreck amidst the waves.
Since Jean-Marie Lustiger is a French Cardinal, his astrological indicators seem to match Nostradamus’ prophecies quite nicely. His ability to cause this impending “shipwreck” of St. Peter’s bark is also something revealed in his birth chart. Most pertinent regarding his personality and emotions is the Moon, which is in the 30th degree of Capricorn. One of the Sabian images for this degree is the Pied Piper, a man with such a compelling, charismatic persona that he is literally able to lead great masses of people astray. While outwardly appearing innocent and humble, he exercises formidable power over others — a power he can choose to use for good or ill. A second Sabian image for this degree depicts a secret conference, suggesting his ties to the powerful secret society Opus Dei.
indicative of Lustiger’s magnetic personality is his Pluto in the First
House. His iron will was forged at an
early age during his bitter struggle for survival as a Jewish adolescent in
The latter alliance appears in the chart as the nearly exact square aspect between Jupiter in the Seventh House and Mars in the Eleventh. This aspect reveals a tendency to embrace fanatical beliefs and to embark upon “holy crusades”. We might infer that the Antipope will be seduced in this direction by the warrior Antichrist, who will use religion as a smokescreen for his true motives. One of the Sabian images for the 19th degree of Taurus where Mars in found portrays the reappearance of a submerged continent. This suggests that discoveries relating to an antediluvian civilization — the race of Cain — may play a role in the religious “revelation” espoused by Antichrist. Mars is definitely an afflicting, disruptive, manipulative presence in this chart, with its opposition to Saturn presaging Antichrist’s knack for exploiting the emotional scars of Lustiger’s past.
We get the impression that, if not for this disastrous alliance with Antichrist, Lustiger would actually make a great Pope. As shown by the close conjunction between his Sun and Mercury, he is an immensely effective communicator, albeit that the opposition of this conjunction to Uranus betrays a tendency to impose his ideas on others, which may become a source of conflict. He is gifted with peerless organizational aptitude, as shown by Saturn’s trine with Uranus and sextile with the Sun/Mercury. His Moon is well aspected, indicating self-confidence, poise, charm (trine the Sun), imagination and magnetism (sextile Uranus). But Saturn’s square with Jupiter suggests that he will become a “victim of circumstance” — a potentially good man, but in the wrong place at the wrong time. All the wrong buttons get pushed, all the wrong notes get played on what otherwise might be a melodious instrument. Venus in his Third House shows him to be a genuine lover of the arts, with the soul of a poet. But Venus is also conjoined with the star Zosma, which again points to an “Achilles heel” in the form of an unhealed emotional wound. Given the persecution he and his family experienced during his youth, this is quite understandable.
a chart utterly dominated by Earth signs, it’s as if the edifice of his life is
washed away by a great tsunami wave of calamity. When Pope Leo the Great encountered Attila
the Hun before the gates of
…and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.