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“Astro – Mykonos 2001” – International Astrology Conference

After the success of the “Astro-Mykonos 2000” conference, me and my wife decided to repeat the experience and organize a second International Astrological Conference on the Greek island of Mykonos, in the summer of 2001 (8-10 June). As our key speaker we invited the foremost Astrologer, prolific writer and exuberant Noel Tyl. And we also invited the famous French astrologer Elizabeth Teissier.

Elizabeth Teissier & Noel Tyl

Elizabeth Teissier – Noel Tyl

 

Once more, we worked hard with my wife, taking care of every facet, every issue, every small detail, so that the conference ultimately succeeds! We already had in our favor the precious experience of the “Astro – Mykonos 2000” that we had organized in the previous summer. Plus, it was a major comfort to us the fact that we had the full support of an individual who is a benefactor of Greek Astrology (and an excellent Astrologer him/herself)! I would like to express my gratitude to this person for his/her immense contribution to the introduction of cultured Astrology in Greece! I wish I could mention his/her name here, but I cannot because his/her wish is to remain anonymous…

We invited various Greek astrologers to come over and speak to the conference but most of them rather deliberately (!) chose not to participate! You see, I don’t belong to the rather narrow minded and lucrative Greek astrological establishment, which I am ever criticizing! So, naturally the “establishment” backfired to me, by either not mentioning at all the “Astro-Mykonos 2001” or by portraying it in a negative way. After all, a cultured, open minded international conference that was not serving their lucrative and other interests was of no use to the Greek astrological establishment (or so they thought)…

I should also mention here that there is no Astrological Federation in Greece and cultured Astrology is generally marginalized in this small Mediterranean country. Plus, in 2001 there was no Facebook and the promotion of any event was possible only through TV and radio announcements, through relative articles on magazines and newspapers. But as the “Astro-Mykonos 2001” conference was not supported by any media corporation – despite all the efforts I had made and the dozens of press releases I had sent to every single media – ultimately the general public was not informed on this conference and the participation was rather limited. Eventually though, the rather small participation worked in our favor, because it created a warm and spontaneous atmosphere among the people that attended the conference!

In hindsight, I would say that the Greek public was not ready back in 2001 for conferences of such magnitude. They didn’t even know who Robert Hand, Noel Tyl etc. were (their books have never been translated in Greek). So, in the mind of the average Greek astrology “aficionado” the astrologers presented on Greek national TV were far more important than those “unknown strangers” speaking at the “Astro – Mykonos” conferences!

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The “giant” as a carriage, as a personality and as an Astrologer Noel Tyl during his magic lecture

Noel Tyl & Elizabeth Teissier - Astromykonos 2001

Two famous Astrologers under the sign of Capricorn: Noel Tyl and Elizabeth Teissier

The two International Conferences “Astro-Mykonos” 2000 and 2001 will undoubtedly remain in the history of modern Greek Astrology as two “beacons”, shining over the Greek astrological “haze” and “drought”, over the total absence of astrology conferences in Greece. Thanks to these two “Astro-Mykonos” conferences some internationally recognized, world famous Astrologers were invited for the first time in Greece – and the Greek public had the unique opportunity to assimilate some of their wisdom, to talk to them in person, to even join their table at the restaurant and enjoy a meal and a cup of wine rubbing shoulders with them!

Thanks to these two “Astro-Mykonos” conferences Greek Astrology somehow managed to emerge out of the fringe and stand (at least for a few days) at the center of the International Astrological scene!

Thomas Gazis

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International Astrology Conference “Astromykonos 2000”

One of the best International Astrology Conferences I ever attended was the “Astromykonos 2000”! This conference took place on the famous Greek island of  Mykonos, on the weekend of  9th to 11th June 2000!

Actually, I was the guy that organized this conference (having my wife’s full assistance). Don’t get me wrong though here! I am not an  organizer of conferences, it was entirely an amateur’s effort. Some things didn’t go as good as they could… In addition, there was another colleague (Grazia Mirti) who took care of the Italian delegation.

Speaking in all honesty, the “Astro-Mykonos 2000” was a magical conference! Be it for the particular vibrations of the island of Mykonos, be it for the great astrologers that were present there, for the wonderful hotel complex we were residing in, there was indeed something “magic” in the air, within the conference halls, the roof gardens, the beaches, magic as we were strolling the alleys of the cosmopolitan town of Mykonos, casually talking as if we were old friends – although we had just met each other!

 

As I am an Astrologer and not a professional organizer of conferences, I wouldn’t have succeeded with “Astromykonos 2000” unless I had the full support of a benefactor of Greek Astrology (and excellent Astrologer on his/her own) who prefers to stay anonymous. I had already a long experience on Astrology Conferences as I had attended many in Europe – some of them as a speaker. Thus it came to my mind that it would be a unique experience for the speakers and the public alike to combine good astrology and some great summer vacations and organize an international conference on the paradisaical island of Mykonos!

Serendipity favored us, because the island of Mykonos had just acquired back then its first ever huge (500 attendees) lecture hall, at a recently inaugurated (beautiful) hotel complex. There, between the 9th and the 11th of June 2000, the historical “Astromykonos 2000” took place. Three wonderful days, where one moment you were attending a fascinating lecture by a foremost astrologer and just a few moments ahead you were swimming in an exotic, crystalline sea!

(Robert Hand’s lecture in “Astromykonos 2000”)

 

As our main speaker I invited the internationally recognized foremost astrologer Robert Hand! Rob gave us a profound lecture on the Aristotelian concept of “eidos” (form – species) and on the various ways the “eidos” unfolds itself in Astrology. Additionally, twenty four Astrologers from Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Italy and France – some of which you can see in the photo below – presented us a variety of interesting and in many cases original lectures (always in accordance to the main theme of the conference, which was “Astrology: the cultural kernel of the new, third millennium”).

from left: Elia Ramos, Maurice Charvet, Maro Ioannidou, Emilio Pelaez, Ernesto Cordero, Thomas Gazis (on his knees), Yves Lenoble, Dante Valente, Grazia Mirti

 

                  Thomas Gazis – Robert Hand – Maro Ioannidou

In the so called “parallel events” of the conference the French, Italian and Spanish Astrologers (you may seem them on the photo above) examined the eventuality of consolidating a Southern – European Astrological Federation (expanding on an idea that me personally and Ernesto Cordero had initially put forth)! You can see Yves Lenoble (left, with the yellow shirt), Marta Capdevila, Emilio Pelaez (the bearded guy), Maurice Charvet (green shirt), Ernesto Cordero (wearing a waistcoat) while down on the left the head of the President of the Italian Astrological Federation (CIDA) Dante Valente is poking out.

Due to the high level of the invited speakers and to the quality of their lectures, “Astromykonos 2000” is considered the top Astrology Conference ever held in today’s Greece!

Thomas Gazis

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