Francesco Forgione was born in a small town called Pietrelcina, near Benevento outside of Naples in Southern Italy, He was fifth of eight children. At an early age, he had celestial visions & spoke with Jesus and the Virgin Mother. He was also tormented by the devil to turn away from the Heavenly visions.
Francesco helped his family looking after livestock until he was 10 years old, so he gained only a limited education. When he first applied to join the Capuchin order, he was knocked back because of this lack, so he worked in exchange for private lessons from a local schoolmaster. Finally, upon graduation, he was able at 15 to enter the Capuchin Friars at Morcone, where he took the name Friar Pio.
The Capuchins are an offshoot of the Franciscan order, founded by St Francis of Assisi. The Capuchins seek to return to the extreme austerity, simplicity, and poverty envisaged by St Francis.After entering the Friary of St Francis, Pio experienced both severe illnesses and moments of religious ecstasy. It was said that strange sounds could be heard from his room. Padre Pio said he would frequently be attacked by the devil and the sounds were from the battles taking place.
On August 10, 1910, he was ordained a Priest in the Cathedral of Benevento and eight years later on September 20, 1918, while he was praying in front of a Crucifix located in the choir in the hutch, an angel gave him the stigmata. Those stigmata remained opened and bleeding for the next fifty years. This was one of the reasons for which doctors, scientists, journalists went to San Giovanni Rotondo to observe this miracle.
Like most monks, Father woke up in the early morning to get himself ready for the Holy Mass. He arose at 4 a.m.and inevitably there were always hundreds and sometimes even a thousand people waiting for the door of the church to open and receive his blessing. After the Mass, he used to spend most time of his day in prayer and confessions. After fifty years of stigmata, he died September 23, 1968, at 2:30 am when transiting Ceres (08 Aries) was exact to his North Node (09 Aries) and his transiting North Node (23 Leo) was exact his Ascendant (21 Leo).
Read more about the mystic life of Padre Pio here.
The dear Padre is a bowl temperament type, with everything in the Southern hemisphere of his chart, giving him a very public life. His ascendant 08.32 Scorpio suggests that while he was a recluse at heart, he performed his duty for pilgrims who came to see him tirelessly and with inexhaustible patience ( conjunct Jupiter 27.14 in the Libran twelfth house). 9 Scorpio is the Sabian symbol of “Dental Work,” that hints at the pain he suffered. We know of no one who finds visiting the dentist anything but a necessary evil, and Dr. Jones writes that this symbol is a “continuous and conscientious attention to the needs of others” because of his own “inner and divine spark.” He further writes that this symbol (Scorpio 09) is about the creative ingenuity brought to the service of others and his personal life is a dramatization of a greater good.
The Crowded House
Of course, it is the crowded seventh house that is striking. Chiron is actually in the eighth house, separated by the dotted green line on the online chart, but also in Gemini at 23.33. It’s symbol is “A mounted Indian with a scalp lock,” & depicts the Father’s “personal display” of his affliction and with the keyword of Preservation, his stigmata remained with him for life.
The massive stellium in the seventh house contains Mars, Neptune, Mercury, Pluto and finally the Sun. While the Ascendant gives us Padre Pio’s outlook on the world, and the Moon in the ninth house, tells us of his public devotion to the Church, the Sun shows the deeper and inner side of his character for at 4.09 in Mutable Gemini denotes his adaptability to his affliction as well as his gift of “spiritual sight.” Mercury is the Lord of the sign of Gemini, so the stellium of planets around it buttress the strong support, giving the Father strong mental resilience to doubt and vexation from others, including the devil himself.
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