It has been said that the only institution in Western Culture to survive the Dark Ages was the Catholic Church of Rome. Yet, it may be even more remarkable that the Holy See has survived the Enlightenment and the industrial revolution.
The reasons for Catholic longevity have taken up many volumes of historical analysis, and we have no room for that here, but we should ask if this survivability has any discernible astrological strengths or patterns.
To start such a quest, I want to first look at an era when the Holy See was at its most vulnerable – the 16th Century.
The early 1500’s saw the rise of Protestantism, fueled by the Renaissance. Countermeasures by the Vatican included the sanctioning of the Society of Jesus, more commonly called the “Jesuits.”
The Jesuits were the creation of Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque priest who took to studying at…
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