Several weeks' ago, when it looked likely that Cardinal Ratzinger would succeed John Paul II, I cast the future-Benedict XVI's horoscope. (I didn't then know his exact time of birth but was still able to glean some analyzable data. Now, I am using the time 4.15am found at this site.) Two things about his chart struck me as noteworthy in the circumstances.
The first was the presence of the great star Sirius (the Dog Star, of the constellation Canis Major) conjunct Pluto. Ratzinger, the dogged theologian, has been likened to a guard dog, a rottweiler, a German Shepherd. Sirius brings "honour, renown, wealth, ardour, faithfulness, devotion, passion and resentment, and makes its natives custodians, curators and guardians" (Ptolemy). "Possibly, the rise in [the natives'] station is made possible by protection from people of influence" (Ebertin). (George W Bush's natal Sun is conjunct Sirius.)
Although they are at considerably different latitudes, Sirius shares its chart position with another huge star, Canopus. And, as it happens, Ratzinger's Pluto is in closer conjunction to Canopus (0°6') than it is to Sirius (0°46'). According to Ptolemy (via Vivian Robson),
[Canopus] gives piety, conservatism, a wide and comprehensive knowledge, voyages and educational work, and changes evil to good.
Let's hope that last bit's right.
The second notable feature of Joseph Ratzinger's chart was a striking planetary pattern, resembling a bishop's mitre.
First, here's his full chart, based on the birth details I believe are correct. Click image to enlarge.
An unpredictable, destiny-directed life is represented here, and personal relationships may be complex and intense. Often, individuals with this formation in their birth-charts are directed, or driven, by a force beyond their conscious control or comprehension.
(Also note the septile-biseptile-triseptile triangle of the Moon, Saturn and Jupiter, whose focal point is Jupiter conjunct the Ascendent.)
The almost exact biseptile (102°41') between the Moon and Saturn also forms part of another, more complex pattern in Benedict XVI's birth-chart. Its overall focal planet is the Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius in the 9th House, and its overall shape could be said to be auspicious in a pope.
This pattern, which has no known name but which I've dubbed a Bishop's Mitre, only becomes visible when one excludes the aspects of the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Uranus. Here is the pattern (click to enlarge):
Apart from it looking like an early version of a bishop's mitre, it has other notable features. It is partly created by three triangles focused on Saturn. The first is another septile triangle, this time a biseptile-triseptile-biseptile one of Jupiter, Neptune and Saturn. Michael R Meyer writes that "this formation represents internal or spiritual experiences and events."
Saturn is also the focal planet of two biquintile-quintile-biquintile triangles. (Quintiles are the circle divided by 5.) Both involve Saturn and Pluto, one with the Sun, the other with Chiron. Meyer says these formations represent "interfunctional activity and focalization for the purpose of bringing a highly individual and unique form of self-expression into being, inspired by an internal realization."
The lower half of the near-symmetrical pattern is filled out by two criss-crossing trines (Sun-Neptune, Jupiter-Pluto) and two noviles (Jupiter-Chiron, Neptune-Pluto). Finally, the Sun and Chiron are loosely conjunct.
Which means that this pattern is created only from aspects of consequetive odd-numbered divisions of the circle: a conjunction (1: 0°/360°); trines (3: 120°); quintiles (5: 72°); septiles (7: 51°2571426...'); and noviles (9: 40°).
No, I've no idea what any of this means, if it means anything at all, but I think it's just rather cool.