Dr. Marc Edmund Jones in his book, How to Learn Astrology, mentions the nativity of Vatican City 1 as a footnote to the Pope who founded it; nothing more. According to the Vatican website, the Vatican City State was founded following the signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy on February 11th 1929; ratified June 7th 1929. Its nature as a sovereign State distinct from the Holy See is universally recognized under international law.
The site though does not give an actual time of when the accord occurred and reading through old newspapers, we decided like the formation of the City of New York, it had already been ratified and just came into existence at the stroke of midnight, almost like a Cesarean birth — planned for a certain date and time. There are no public documents to state otherwise.
Why Vatican City?
The chart for the birth of Vatican City, actually a mundane event, has a Fixed Grand Cross i.e. a Grand Cross made of the houses of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo and Aquarius (see the purple lines) 2 . This is also called the Square of Gain as it demonstrates the natal’s desire to display its will and power, a astrological tour de force most akin to the blitzkrieg, where the cross manifests itself for a higher good.
Its ascendant 07 Scorpio 29 is the “Moon shining across the lake” suggesting man’s magic that he can tap into to expand his consciousness into a deeper metaphysical experience. Its keyword is Rapport. Opposite the Ascendant, besides the obvious and meaningless descendant, is the more important Jupiter in Taurus 04.00 with the lovely symbol of the “Rainbow’s pot of Gold, ” and the keyword of Faith.
The T-Square of Saturn in Sagittarius in the second opposite Mars in Gemini in the eighth, that really hits home as to the grand purpose of this natality: concern about the great works of art commissioned or donated for the Glory of God and His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. The Square finds its expression in our friend Ceres at 29.13 Pisces, or actively preventing the loss of its collection by creating a prism around it and so making the City as testament itself to its character and upward destiny.
Jones, Marc Edmund. How to learn Astrology, 1970. Stanwood, WA: Sabian Publishing Society, copyright: Dromenon, LLC, Chicago, IL.
For the record, Dr.Jones does not use the Ascendant as an astrological entity except as when in the Part of Fortune, but we do. One should not be slavish towards a mentor otherwise there is no growth, or individuality, but on the other hand, too much deviation leads to no structure.