Lady of Fatima Apparitions: Truth or Delusion?

Saint Francisco de Jesus Marto (11 June 1908 – 4 April 1919).

Francisco was the brother of two sisters who from Aljustrel, a small hamlet near Fátima, Portugal, witnessed three apparitions of the Angel of Peace in 1916 and several apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Cova da Iria in 1917.

The title Our Lady of Fátima was given to the Virgin Mary as a result, and the Sanctuary of Fátima became a major centre of world Christian pilgrimage. The two were solemnly canonized by Pope Francis at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, in Portugal on 13 May 2017, the first centennial of the first Apparition of Our Lady of Fátima.

Francisco was born with Mercury, Mars and Neptune within one degree of a conjunction around 13-14 Cancer. His natal Node was around 6 Cancer. This is an example of how the Node also activates points of the chart by solar arc, since it hit the conjunction around the year of the alleged apparitions.

Astrologers might be unable to determine whether this natal conjunction would play out as a truly divine spiritual experience, or an illusion, a lie. In my experience of studying people born with hard Mercury-Neptune aspects, they are invariably compulsive liars.

For a deeper look into this, we might draw some insight from the degree of his natal Sun according to Leinbach, published in 1973.

20 of Gemini: This degree gives an excessive curiosity which arouses situations which the native is unable to cope with. Once you have stirred up a situation you are in danger of being overwhelmed by the aftermath. There is also a sense of over-optimism which contributes to the whole process. The whole tendency is most dangerous in the occult or political fields. The use of drugs and probably alcohol would be particularly dangerous to a native of this degree. In general, the native of this degree is prone to stir up far more action than he is able to handle and ultimately the whole situation falls back on him. It is not a situation where he can stir it up and then move out of the way. He seems to be the center of what he stirs up and then finds there is no escape. If he develops the help of trustworthy and reliable friends they may be a measure of help to him and even protect him in some instances from disaster. He may also believe he is being lead through some psychic influence by God, whereas in fact he is only being deluded.

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