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The Greek Declaration of Independence (and the true horoscope of modern Greece!)

“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more -you’ll be a Man, my son!”

This Rudyard Kipling’s “If” poem was one of my favourites during my early adolescence. I couldn’t entirely understand the melodramatic tone of the poem back then. I was just sensing that life – and the poets talent – had distilled some omnipotent truth in this particular poem, so something was telling me to keep it in me as some precious resource. That proved to be a wise move, because as the years were passing by I was ever more encountering situations were I had to make a stand against many individuals supporting a totally different point of view. I was thus resorting often to this poem, as I was struggling to maintain my inner balance. Because difficult as it might be to stand all alone against many it is (when creative) one of the holier tasks a human being can undertake…

This premise was rather necessary for you to understand the gist of this article. You see, I am probably the only person in Greece claiming that the national horoscope of Greece is not the one everybody else believes it is! And I am not claiming this out of some whimsical extravagance of my character but because there is ample evidence of it, as you will see.

Before proceeding further, I should stress the fact that commercial astrology is running high in modern Greece while what we call “cultured astrology” and the astrological research in general are almost non existent! Greece is a small country and the opinions of certain astrological “companies” and “environments” tend to prevail easily (no matter how subjective, outdated or even biased they are). So, almost all the Greek astrologers are claiming that modern Greece was born with the London Protocol on February 3rd, 1830 – and thus it is an Aquarian country. But if you ask them how can they be so sure they will most probably answer you: “Well, everybody says so…”!

Δικήρυξη Ανεξαρτησίας Ελλάδας

The painting you see above depicts a monumental event in modern Greek history, an event which is – oddly – largely unknown to the Greek astrologers! It is a painting hung in a hall of the Greek Parliament and it depicts the historical moment the Greeks are declaring their independence from the Turks (who had militarily occupied Greece for four whole centuries) in the year 1822! The painting is entitled “the Declaration of the Political existence and independence of the Greek Nation”! Essentially this Declaration marks the founding act of contemporary Greece. This monumental Declaration (which is an astrological milestone as well, as we will see later on) took place in Epidaurus, on January 1, 1822 (old – Julian – calendar).

You may see below the original text of that Declaration (the papyrus that the Greek patriot with the blue vest is showing at – in the above painting) as it has survived from that period. Being a Greek and reading this declaration of the Greek “founding fathers” is a rather emotional experience. Every single word contained in it is carefully tailored so that it captures the spirit and the intentions of the “founding fathers” of modern Greece, as they were about to declare their Independence:

Αυθεντικό κείμενο Διακήρυξης Επιδαύρου
«In the name of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, the Greek Nation that in the last four centuries has been under the horrible Turkish rule, unable to bear any more the heavy and unprecedented tyranny, which with huge sacrifices we have finally thrown off, is proclaiming today – through its legitimate delegates here assembled – in front of God and humanity, its political existence and Independence! Epidaurus January 1st 1822».

Note that the “founding fathers” of modern Greece are explicitly stating the year 1822 as the “First Year of the Independence of Greece!” Thus, they are somehow telling us that in 1822 the modern Greek nation-state was born. Today most of the scholars in political sciences are in full agreement with them!

See for example what the Greek branch of “Wikipedia” is reporting in its article on the First Greek National Assembly of Epidaurus:

“The (1822) National Assembly of Epidaurus constitutes the first legislative body of the newly founded Greek state.”

See also what the Greek professor of Law Pierrina Koriatopoulou is stating regarding the matter:

“The Epidaurus Declaration of the Greek Independence is a major achievement of the First Greek National Assembly. It introduces modernity in Greek society, which is called forth to establish – through some very innovative political institutions – the state rule of the first in the Greek history independent nation-state.”

I personally consider crucial an assessment made by the professor of the Athens University of Political Sciences George Dimakopoulos:

“The Declaration of the Political Existence and Independence of the Greek Nation is the constitutive act of the Greek State, whose foundation, legally and historically has to be regarded as from January 1st, 1822 (old calendar, meaning January 13 on the Gregorian calendar). Certain points of view that appoint it to a different day – ultimately connecting it to the diplomatic recognition of the Greek State by foreign powers – not only are contrary to the applied Greek national law, but to the international law too. For the diplomatic recognition of a State by a foreign power cannot be turned into a constituent part of that State!”

Obviously the majority of today’s Greek astrologers are rather ignoring these findings of the political sciences because they are assuming that modern Greece was born on February 3, 1830, when the foreign powers recognised – for the sake of their own interests – the Greek independence (with the London Protocol)! Therefore the Greek astrologers are sustaining that modern Greece is an Aquarian country! But it doesn’t look like one at all! Whoever has lived in Greece s/he knows that the modern Greek society not only does not encompass but it actually lacks some major Aquarian attributes like the creative collectivism, the progressive attitude, the idealism, the radical innovations etc.).

So, Greece is the only country in the entire world that is not defining its national horoscope from the date when the Greeks themselves declared their Independence (as the Americans do, who have a far more advanced astrology). Instead, the Greek astrologers are determining the national horoscope of their country on the basis of the date the foreign powers recognised Greece as an independent nation – state! This is somehow an insult to the memory of the Greek “founding fathers,” whom we are seeing on the above painting enthusiastically proclaiming the political existence and independence of Greece! It’s like telling them that the foreign powers and not themselves are to be considered the founding fathers of modern Greece!

Obviously there are some loose ends here. There is something wrong not only astrologically but historically too. You see, when the Greek astrologers are claiming that modern Greece was born with the London Protocol (in 1830) they are automatically committing an injustice to their own “founding fathers”! It is as if their founding fathers never proclaimed the Greek Independence from the Ottoman Turks, as if they never won battles against the Turks, as if they never shed their blood and sacrificed their lives for Greece!

What you see below is the copy of an old Greek chronicle reporting on a very critical national assembly that took place in 1843, immediately after the massive revolt of the Greek people who were protesting against the totalitarianism of of the German King of Greece Otto and were demanding a proper “Constitution”!

Χρονικό Γ ΕθνοσυνέλευσηςOne can easily deduce from chronicles like this that Greece was a fully fledged state long before 1830 (for example John Capodistria – the undoubtly most eminent politician in modern Greece – was appointed prime minister in 1827). Moreover, the “Otto monarchy” was imposed onto the Greek people by the foreign powers and was never accepted in the souls and in the hearts of the everyday people. In the above chronicle I am underlying an expression in Greek that goes: “King Otto and the Bavarians skillfully and deliberately silenced the fact that Greece had a fully fledged government long BEFORE the London Protocol (February 3, 1830)!”

So, the Germans were “hushing” back then the fact that the Greeks had established a government of their own long before King Otto arrived in Greece. Why would they do such a thing? Well, just think about it… They were hushing it because their own “agenda” was completely different from the one of the Greek people! Ultimately, the horoscope based on the date February 3, 1830 is the horoscope of the foreign plans for Greece (the horoscope of the “Kingdom of Greece”, a kingdom that was actually abolished in 1974 by a national referendum). And definitely it’s not the national horoscope of Greece, which should stem out of the historical date January 1st, 1822, Old Style).

Greece is a Capricornian country (you may read my relative article here)! Therefore, those Greek astrologers who are insisting that the national horoscope of Greece is resulting from the February 3, 1830 date are somehow allying themselves with king Otto (with the Bavarians and with the foreign powers in general) and NOT with the spirit and the will of the Greek people!

Thomas Gazis
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The astrological implications of lifting planet Pluto’s veil!


A monumental astronomical/ astrological event is going to occur in just a few months time! An event oddly coinciding with the Pluto’s “taking over” of the “World Zenith” (you may read about it here) and with the end of the Uranus – Pluto “seven fold” cosmic dance. I am talking about the first encounter ever of planet Pluto with a human artifact: the “New Horizons” space probe which was launched back in 2006 – destined to Pluto and beyond!

By now “New Horizons” is so close to Pluto that we are about to resolve – through the probe’s telescope –  this mysterious planet’s surface features! You see, living up to its namesake god’s reputation, Pluto has kept  its face strictly hidden from us till now (even with our strongest telescope we could just get a blurred image of it – of just a few pixels)! But all this is going to change and for the first time ever we are going to disclose the “awful face” of the god of the underworld! And that seems to be on its own a sort of “hubris” (in the Greek sense of the word)! Let us thus hope that no fatal event (fatality being a Plutonian attribute) will occur and the probe will successfully complete its mission. And without doubt, the arrival of “New Horizons” to Pluto will be celebrated as a major astronomical / space event. The fact is though that – under a “Semiotics” point of view – this flyby should be heralded as a major astrological event too!

For some mysterious (Plutonic?) reason, the major astronomical breakthroughs are all along triggering major astrological breakthroughs too. This is not a conclusion stemming out purely from some theoretical, abstract field – such as the aforementioned “Semiotics”. There is ample evidence of it, drawn out of a series of similar past events. To cite one, the astronomical discovery of the “awaking” and revolutionary planet Uranus back in 1781 paradoxically coincided with a very radical and enlightened period in the world history, a period that ultimately bred the historical USA and French revolutions!

Thus, the imminent disclosure of Pluto’s face – for the very first time ever in the history of humanity – should be considered a meaningful event on an astrological level too! Shedding light on an archaic archetype of invisibility, of obscurity and darkness, seeing it from such a proximity and “stealing” with our cameras its face is entailing some kind of “intrusion” into the realm of the “under world“. The current cosmic balance is going to be disrupted in some sense…

Don’t get me wrong though here! I am not against such a “disruption” – out i.e. of some shamanic ideology. I just regard this mission as a pivotal event that will produce a “quantum leap” for mankind and for our collective consciousness! It is very likely to trigger a chain of events around the Pluto flyby (on July 14), events mainly of an esoteric character that will entail a deep transformation for humanity …

In fact, as Pluto will be revealing to us for the first time ever its occult face it might as well bring us into contact with our own “shadow”! And it might eventually reveal to us some deep mysteries! Mysteries related to the life/death process, to some new intricacies of the human soul/unconscious or shocking discoveries regarding the universe (or the multi-universes), the nuclear physics and the paradoxical world of the “quantistic dimensions”…

Thomas Gazis

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Astrological predictions for Greece (2012 and beyond) – under the siege of Eris!

                                                    (an artist’s concept of Eris)

Greece is taken over by unknown forces! Forces the nature of which we essentially ignore! All we can say with certainty is that these astrological forces are omnipotent, primordial and somehow fatal. They will radically change the shape and the “soul” of this ancient country. A new Greece is been hatched now, a Greece that if it will be finally “born” and raised it will have nothing in common with the old Greece of the 20th century (or of the first decade of the 21st century). I wrote “if it will be born” because this is a delicate phase, where always lurks the danger of extinction. The astrological influences on Greece are extremely powerful now! And they largely stem out of a planet that has just been discovered and whose nature we must decode promptly!

Actually, modern Greece has never before received such extreme astrological influences! Especially in the last 3 years it has been the “target” of a mysterious primordial  planet (dwarf planet to the astronomers) that moves on the very edge of our solar system and which is called “Eris”! This planet is big enough – as big as Pluto – but it is so far away from us that we discovered it only in 2005. When it was first discovered many people considered it to be the legendary Tenth Planet of our solar system! We are not talking here about a “boulder” but about an important celestial body, which we astrologers owe to include in the astrological charts we erect and interpret it properly. Very little we know about its nature and its astrological properties. It will probably take another 20 to 30 years to form a complete picture of its astrological “identity”. The thing is though that Eris has spent the last years being in a severe frontal collision course with the horoscope of Greece. And it is the first time since the foundation of this mediterranean country that Eris is influencing in such a negative way. This is a major astrological event, which as far as I know has not been studied yet! An event that requires us to determine directly the mysterious properties of Eris, because they ultimately determine to a large extent the course of Greece in 2012 – and in the years to come!

Eris is now at 21 degrees of Aries and it is currently forming an acute square aspect to the natal Sun of modern Greece (22 degrees of Capricorn, and a few minutes – not sure about Greece’s time of “birth”). Essentially, Eris is hovering over the 22 degrees of Ariessince 2010 (the year the huge crisis in Greece started). And because of its extremely slow motion and its many retrogradations Eris will keep hovering around 22 degrees of Aries until 2017 – forming continuously a square aspect for 8 consecutive years to Greece’s natal Sun! Considering the adverse influences of Uranus – Pluto too in the natal horoscope of this country (you can see it here), you realize how crucial this period is for modern Greece.

Since each planet has its “flip” side (i.e. Pluto contains the “destruction” but the “regeneration” too), our interpretation will not be complete unless we find first this Eris’ “flip” side . We have already taken a first idea of ​​the “destructive” side of Eris, but we completely ignore its “creative” side, namely how will 
Eris “reform” and “re-build”  the future Greece (of the 2020’s – 2030’s)!

(a BBC photo)

The most conspicuous elements of the mythological Eris that its namesake planettriggered in Greece’s case are the next:

1) The sense of the sudden and unexpected breaking of the “wedding party”. Greece livedin the previous years a largely fictitious prosperity  and suddenly – under the influence of Eris – the “party” broke! From a rather “celebrative” mood  the Greeks fell soon to a depressive and even suicidal mood!

2) The element of the “uninvited”, of the “unwanted” (Eris was the only deity that was considered undesirable and was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis). This is how the Western European Union is treating now Greece, like a “pariah” country.

3) The friction and “discord” that occurred in Greece (the endless ptotests and clashes on the streets of Athens and the tension between the various social strata).

4) “Lawlessness” (a parliamentary minority – which basically does not represent the will of the Greek people – is now legislating and deciding the fate of the entire country).

5) The “chain reaction” effect. In the Eris myth something small and insignificant, like the golden apple that Eris threw in the room where  the marriage of Peleus and Thetis was taking place disrupted some delicate balances and caused strong chain reactions that eventually led to the Trojan war. On a superficial reading, the responsibility for the conduct of the Trojan war could be attributed to Eris. In reality, however, Eris intervention was just the “drop” that overflowed the already full – of egos and rivalries between the gods – glass.” Such a role of an “international trouble maker” has been lately attributed to Greece (which is generally depicted as a heavily indebted country inhabited by lazy, irresponsible, corrupted people).

Every time, now, a memorandum is passed for voting in the Greek parliament all the stock markets of the world are (apparently) anxiously awaiting the outcome of the voting, as if a tiny country and economy like the Greek could affect the stock exchanges of our entire planet! This is completely absurd, and yet many people believe that Greece is largely responsible for the current course of the stock markets all over the world! And indeed Greece has a huge exterior debt. But this debt largely consists of all kinds of “toxic debts” that certain foreign banks and funds unethically dumped upon Greece! In any case, this mediterranean country has suddenly become extremely important to the entire planet, it is the country most often heard in the news all over the world! It has gained an unprecedented worldwide publicity – but mostly of a negative kind, at this stage!

And to step into the paths of the “jungian synchronicity” there are some other elements that do not stem from the mythological Eris but from the “spirit” of the period in which Eris was discovered:

1) planet Eris was given a Greek name – of a Greek deity – and soon after its discovery Greece suddenly became the most “discussed” country all over the world!

2) the element of “demotion”. The “demotion” of Pluto occurred as a result of Eris discovery. Since Eris looked a lot like Pluto the astronomers suddenly realize that they both belong to another realm – to the Kuiper belt – and not to our very Solar System. But the fact of Pluto’s demotion into a dwarf planet caused confusion and upset to millions of people around the world who were accustomed to regard Pluto as a planet. Similarly, the  “international rating agencies” constantly downgrade Greece lately. Moreover, the very standards of life dramatically slipped in the last couple of years in Greece (and we are talking in material terms here, because under the human point of view the Greek society has ameliorated, the human approach between the individuals in Greece became warmer, stronger, more fraternal – than in the previous consumistic Era).

3) The “capsizing” of the scene. By 2005 we knew that our Solar System ended to Pluto, that Pluto was the last planet. And suddenly in 2005 (with the discovery of Eris) we realized that a vast new world – filled with many planetoids – extends beyond our Solar System and that eventually Pluto is not the last of the planets but the first of the planetoids! This is a sort of quantum leap, a momentous shift in human consciousness! So I think that Eris is associated with properties like those of the “unexpected capsizing of the scene,” of the acquisition of a “more advantageous point of view” and of a “profound mass awakening.”

All these elements have been strongly manifested in the – under the siege of Eris – today’s Greece. Like many citizens across the world, the Greeks were previously conducting – blissful and unaware – their lives within their “Greek mini-universe” and suddenly the horizons opened up and Greece was flooded by the agony of so many nations and international stock markets which apparently – for some mysterious reason – were dependant upon Greece! The Greeks suddenly realized that their “Greek microcosm” was ultimately composed of more dimensions than they never thought of, that their country is crucial and relevant to the entire world! They painfully realized the huge responsibility of their current and previous governments, of their fellow citizens and themselves as well for the colossal crisis they are going through. Quite paradoxically, the Greek governments that previously were expressing the will of the people now seem to express quite the opposite: what is against the will of the people! Under these circumstances the Greeks have somehow lost their “bearings” and are in confusion and despair now, they cannot understand what is actually going on, what is happening to them – as everything around them seems so grim and chaotic (another Eris’ property), unstable and threatening!

Thus, if we want to discover more Eris’ properties Greece is now our chance! As this country is currently under the siege of Eris, we should simply observe and differentiate the particular results of Eris upon Greece. One such key element is what I call the “schizoid paradox.” While the everyday Greek citizens experience at first hand the cruelty and brutality of the various “memoranda”, cuts and undemocratic measures the Greek politicians maintain that they are taking these steps “for the people’s own good”! I have the impression that one of the astrological properties of Eris will prove to be that of the “schizoid paradox” (two opposite things that seem equally plausible). The fact is that one cannot liberate him/herself from the entanglement of such a paradox unless s/he possesses a higher level of consciousness and an ability of “second reading”).

I personally marvel at how much “collective” and “universal” Eris seems to be. It is far more collective and universal than Pluto! Thus, Eris creates some very particular ties between the “differentiated” and the “universal”, advocating the “inter-connectiveness” of all things. For example, apparently it is Greece that currently has a “huge” problem – “discussed” world-wide – but ultimately it turns out that Greece just happened to be the carrier of some very deep and profound “collective messages” that are resonating to the entire humanity! That is why many protesters in various European and other capitals rally to support Greece. They don’t actually do it purely for Greece but for themselves too. Because they know that what Greeks faces today they will probably face tomorrow. Greece represents to them a “condensed” symbol of something much bigger going on, to which every single citizen on this planet partakes! As the Australian author/journalist Guy Rundle put it: «Greece is now the cutting edge of the world»!

Some of the above mentioned attributes of Eris are in a way consistent with the view of certain astrologers who claim that Eris is the higher “octave” of planet Saturn (the method of “octave” turns to be an unexpected assistance to us, in our effort to decode the properties of Eris. According to it, the higher octave of Mercury is Uranus, Neptune of Venus and Pluto of Mars). Somehow, Eris appears to have expressed several “Saturnian” properties in the case of Greece. He brought a sharp decline in its people revenues, shortages, privations, hardships (many homes have no heating while many people by now resort to public messes in order to eat). An international scorn fell upon the people of Greece – foreign goverments argue that the Greeks are lazy and they cannot tidy up their country. If Eris is ultimately the higher octave of Saturn then it will work really hard and it will probably bring Greece to the very point of extinction. From a certain point on though Eris will “mature” Greece and it will begin to build this country on a new, stronger foundations – transforming this Mediterranean country into a more vibrant, progressed and competitive country!

My personal view however is that Eris is the highest octave of Uranus. Between Pluto and Eris there are two more large planetoids, “Haumea” and “Make-Make.” If we want to keep the hierarchy then we should consider Haumea as the superior octave of Jupiter and Make-Make as the one of Saturn. In such a case, Eris would be the higher octave of Uranus. This means that in the near future the people of Greece will probably experience a resounding overthrow of their established order – through extreme social uprisings and a general impoverishment and “lawlessness” that could initially dominate (another intrinsic element of Eris). I believe though that in a second phase some creative elements of Eris will manifest, which I personally asign to the Eris’ “odd singularity” principle (these elements will manifest especially from 2020 onwards, when the intensity of the square aspect of Pluto to the natal Sun of Greece will begin to wane). Eris will change in a strange way Greece in the late 2020’s. Of course by then Greece will be pretty much owned by its today’s creditors. But as Eris is wisely teaching us polarities are somehow an illusion. All is One and there should be no distinctions. A creditor and a debtor are intrinsincally related and thus the creditor can turn to a debtor and the debtor to a creditor! Thus, by the 2030’s many of the actual creditors – who are grooming now for the take over of the Greek wealth, resources, properties and assets – will be turning themselves (if living in Greece) into Greek citizens!

All in all, Eris will radically reshape Greece and turn it literally to a new country, a country more efficient and advanced, with better institutions and a more just society. Greece of 2020-2030 will be probably resembling a Mediterranean Sweden!

Thomas Gazis
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World Predictions 2012 – A Rigid Pluto vs a Raging Uranus!

You would be surprised to know that you can make some DIY world astrological predictions (even if you are not very knowledgeable about astrology) as long as you remember the basics of mythology and possess a discerning mind!The image above depicts the “World Horoscope” for the year 2012. Actually a “World Horoscope” looks like a minimalist natal chart. We keep on it the “collective” planets (Uranus, Neptune,Pluto) and the intermediate, “social” ones (Jupiter, Saturn) – while we “strip” it from any personal planet. On a “World Horoscope” the sign of Aries stands always on the left and the sign of Capricorn on the top!

As the “intermediate” planets and the outer ones move slowly, their positions for the whole of 2012 will be – broadly – as you see them above (Jupiter – being relatively faster – will transit in the sign of Gemini too and Saturn in the sign of Scorpio from October on).

The most “elevated” planet in this “World Horoscope” is Pluto (the planet in black, on the top). Pluto actually stands on the very “Zenith of the World” – in the sign of Capricorn that is! Why is this “World’s Zenith” so important? Because any “social – collective” planet standing there somehow dictates the “spirit” that will prevail in humanity for the period of its stay there! With this in mind, we can foretell the “spirit” of 2012 as being somehow dark, extreme, plutocratic, ruthless, transformative and potentially “mortal” – as planet Pluto is!

Remember “Hades” in mythology? He is the same (tricky) deity as Pluto. Hades dwells in the underword and is usurping the souls of the deceased people and their fortunes too. Actually Hades is a “quintillioner”, as he accumulates over the centuries the fortunes of all the deceased people! Is this ringing a bell to you? The International Monetary Fund is apparently becoming the “Hades” of our Era, as it is ever more accumulating the fortunes of the various “deceased” nations – triggering a huge world financial crisis and bringing the spectre of poverty and famine over previously prospering populations! Goldman Sachs is allegedly ever more infiltrating the governments, indirectly ruling a large chunk of the world! Our governments are apparently getting ever more corrupted and irrational, reaching to the point of even conspiring against us (supposedly they are spraying us with chemtrails, they are massively administering us vaccines containing harmful to us toxic ingredients etc.) With dark and “diabolic” Pluto sitting currently on the “Word’s Zenith” our governments seem more “dark” and evil than ever! And this situation will aggravate in 2012, as Saturn will move into Scorpio (and will form a “mutual reception” with Pluto in Capricorn).

The planet most prominently “rising” on this “World Horoscope” is Uranus (the blue planet on the left, near the “horizon”). Uranus represents the kind of “energy” that is actually “rising” worldwide (we will analyze this in a while)! Uranus currently stands in Aries, over the “World’s Ascendant” point. This “World’s Ascendant” is a sort of “gate” and out of it torrential fresh energies are released upon humanity – and upon each single individual in particular. If the “World’s Zenith” represents the “ruling class” – as we saw – and Plutocracy then the “World’s Ascendant” represents the plain individuals and Democracy. Pluto on the “World’s Zenith” makes the ruling classes ever more corrupted and oppressive while Uranus on the “World’s Ascendant” makes the individuals torrentially rebellious! And as Pluto and Uranus are blatantly clashing in 2012 (by a very harsh astrological aspect called “square”) we are going to witness tremendous battles between the people and the ruling classes in the months ahead!

Uranus is the “Big Awakener”! As it reached in the last couple of years the “World’s Ascendant” it has torrentially started awaking the individuals all over the planet, inciting them to take the power from their corrupted governments into their own hands! A brave new individual is born now, far less inactive and “dormant”, more partaking to the society and to the collective, more enlightened, visionary and even “cosmic”!

Finally, planet Neptune in Pisces will probably bring a huge wave of poverty worldwide but – at the same time – it will change us as human beings, it will unite us deep in our souls, making us more sentimental, empathic versus our fellow humans and charitable! Neptune in Pisces will revive romanticism.

Thomas Gazis
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P.S. You can read more on the mythology of Uranus and Pluto here and on Neptune in Pisces here .
The astrological charts are made with the “Astrolabe’s” Solar Fire Gold 8 software.

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War of Titans: the historical Uranus – Pluto “square”!

(“Prometheus brings Fire to Mankind” – Heinrich Fueger)

The war of the Titans is not taking place just in some Greek mythology books. We are actually witnessing such a Titanomachy above our heads, as planet Uranus is forming a (multi-annual) harsh square aspect with planet Pluto! Under the two battling Titans we stand as feeble spectators and fatal receivers of the tidal cosmic waves they produce.

The implications of this  Uranus – Pluto square are enormous! They extend far beyond our current 2010’s decade (which astrologically will be remembered as the “Uranus – Pluto square decade”) and they will keep reverberating for whole generations to come! So it is very important to comprehend what this battle is all about and what the two Titans are holding in store for us humans beings!

The two opponents

Every time I want to get deep into the astrological archetypes I am resorting to Greek mythology. It never lets me down and is ever more enhancing my awareness of the archetypes – not to mention that is impressively enriching my astrological interpretations! Strictly speaking, Pluto is not in mythology a Titan but an Olympian god (although a grimly one, being the god of underworld). Neither Uranus (Ouranos in Greek, meaning “sky”) was a Titan, but one of the primal “elements – Gods” out of which our earthy dimensions were created. But apart the fact that Ouranos is “the sky”, this primal deity shares very few attributes with planet Uranus. There is though an authentic Titan who shares a plethora of attributes with planet Uranus (and with the sign of Aquarius), PROMETHEUS!

First of all Prometheus is a Titan. The Titans actually were the “second generation” primal deities. Meaning that they were less primal and “archetypal” than their parents and more partaking in our earthy dimensions (more muscular, vigorous and “titanic” in appearance)! Prometheus (his name means “foresight” in Greek) was considered the wisest of the Titans! He could foretell the furure (how appropriate to an Uranian – Aquarian entity). Prometheus somehow befriended the Father of the Olympian Gods Zeus (Jupiter) by whom he was consequently given the task to create – with his rather foolish brother Epimetheus – living creatures on Earth! Hastily Epimetheus commenced creating animals, giving them all kinds of “survival traits” (fangs, claws, armour, feathers to fly etc.). But when he arrived to the creature destined to become the human being he realised he was left out of survival traits. With no “weaponry” at all, this delicate being was doomed! Fortunately Prometheus – who obviously had a weakness for this creature – intervened! He modeled the humans after the Gods and endowed them with the ultimate gift: reason!

Zeus was outraged by this Prometheus action! To compensate, he unleashed upon mankind all kinds of suffering. Humans were left in a dark, cold misery. But again Prometheus came as their rescuer! He stole the fire from the Gods and brought it to the humans, delivering them warmth, “light” and energy. This time Zeus punished Prometheus severely (he bound him to a stake on Mount Caucasus, where an eagle was coming each day to feed upon his ever regenerating liver)!

What is this myth telling us? How crazy in love is Prometheus – Uranus with the human kind! What a superb humanist he is! He doesn’t want us humans to be animal-like, deprived of reason and of the divine “goodies”. Actually, Prometheus’ biggest secret is that he created us upon his own image, that we somehow partake of him! He considers us almost his equals, a sort of brothers. That is why he is so devoted to us humans, that is why he is ever striving to liberate us from our animal descent, to lift us from the “gutter” and enlighten us!

Pluto on the other hand is not that much of a friend to us. He is rather a friend of the “human kind” (in its entirety). And he somehow is a “Spartan”! He wants humans to be strong and crafty, to have a good DNA, so that the human species endures all kind of adversities and survives. He does not love at all the weak, fragile, disabled, gullible individuals (he’d rather have them exterminated as he considers them a peril to the survival of the human race)!

As the god of underworld (the “Hades” in Greek mythology) Pluto is a friend of our souls – meaning of the most “undifferentiated” and collective part of ourselves. Thus, it is not in his interest to know how we behaved during our lifetime, how much “animal-like” or idiotic we have been – as long as we deliver him a soul the moment we die. So actually he is a friend of ours from our death on but not during our lifetime! Pluto is uninterested in single humans, in their individual stories, sorrows, traits, level of awareness etc. (that’s Uranus bussiness). To him people are important only in the masses, when they act as a sort of “mob”, as an homogenized portion of the “human race”! He may turn utterly cruel to seperate individuals.

You may have realized now why Pluto is thriving during major wars, disasters, epidemics etc.! His kingdom is flooded then with human souls. Plus in such circumstances the weaker individuals, those who bear a bad DNA etc. are massively extincted and this means that the human race as a whole is ever more “cleansed” and strenghtened – through a process known as “the survival of the fittest”! No need to guess that Pluto adores the “cleansing” processes in general (and that the fascist regimes adore Pluto)!

Pluto is related to money, to a lot of them! The name Pluto (Πλούτων) sounds like “ploutos” (πλούτος) in Greek, a word that means “richness” (“plutocracy” stems out of the Greek word “ploutos” and plutocracy indeed is ruled by this remote planet)! Pluto is constantly gaining colossal amounts of money, as he is ever usurping the fortunes of the weaker and of the deceased people.

The match!

The two planets are actually forming a harsh square aspect between them. Such an aspect is VERY difficult on its own. But in this case there are some other factors that exacerbate further the hardness of the specific square:

1) First of all, both the signs these two Titans are in (Aries – Capricorn) are “Cardinal”. By their nature, they are very impulsive signs and they tend to start things with a great impetus. This means that since Uranus and Pluto are on a collision course here – in a discordant aspect – their crash is going to be trully defeaning!

2) As if this “cardinal” dominance wasn’t enough, Uranus is located in Aries, in the sign ruled by the bellicose planet Mars! Pluto on the other hand is in Capricorn, in the sign where Mars – the god of war – is “exalted”! Too much Mars is involved here and this denotes an extremely violent “crash” of some kind!

3) Uranus – in its circular motion in the zodiac – is currently forming a waxing “first quarter phase” aspect in respect to Pluto (think of the Moon forming a first quarter phase in respect to the Sun). A waxing phase unleashes tremendous energies.

4) The “polarization factor”. Uranus (being a masculine planet) is in a masculine sign (Aries) while Pluto (being a feminine planet) is in a feminine sign (Capricorn). Too much “polarization” occurs here and polarizations often lead to dramatic outcomes!

There is still another crucial fact: Pluto in the last few years has climbed up to the very “Zenith of the World” – which in the zodiac is represented by the sign of Capricorn (you may read my article explaining this concept here )! Any “social – collective” planet standing on the “Zenith of the World” dictates the “spirit” that will prevail in humanity during its stay there! And since Pluto is the most “elevated” planet now – and it will remain such at least untill 2018, when he will be momentarily supplanted by Saturn – it is Pluto’s spirit that currently rules the entire world. As we said before, Pluto is a dark, underground, ruthless, highly transformative planet that loves the strong and crafty individuals and favours plutocracy (while he disdains the weak and the poor). Don’t we perceive his dark spirit all around us now?

With the dark and “diabolic” Pluto sitting currently on the “Word’s Zenith” our governments seem more “dark” and sinister than ever (a government is ruled astrologically by the sign of Capricorn)! They are apparently getting ever more corrupted and irrational, reaching to the point of even conspiring against us (supposedly they are spraying us with chemtrails, they are massively administering us vaccines containing harmful to us toxic ingredients etc.). And this situation will definitely aggravate by the end of  2012, when Saturn will move into the sign of Scorpio and will start forming a “mutual reception” with Pluto in Capricorn!

And it’s not just Pluto in Capricorn the culprit of the “Middle Ages” mini-era we are entering in. We should blame the Pluto – Uranus square too. Because of this square aspect Pluto is fiercely combating Uranus, hurling him often to the ground and neutralizing thus his “promethean”, humanitarian, awaking energies – to such an extent that these energies seem at times totally lacking from our world! But Uranus/Prometheus is a tough god too, he regains consciousness, stands up on his feet and fights back Pluto (through the street protests the weaker people organize). Who is going to win?

Thomas Gazis

(To be continued)

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Jupiter in Taurus (and the Taurus’ “dark” flip-side)

(photo: Sergey Larenkov)

On the 4th of June 2011 planet Jupiter entered in the sign of Taurus (after completing a crazy race in Aries –  very apropriate to that fiery’s sign nature).  I wanted from the begining to post on my blog an article interpreting Jupiter in Taurus but I had the sense that I was missing something. I could not figure out what it really meant for Jupiter to be in the sign of “the earthy reality”. I was reading other colleagues’ articles who were interpreting Jupiter in Taurus as a “world-wide financial growth” but that interpretation seemed simplistic to me and not very congruent with the current global situation. So, I decided to shy away from any possible interpretation till some kind of inspiration would illuminate me.

I was recently watching on Youtube a documentary on the German occupation of France. Seeing all these German soldiers in front of the beautiful monuments of Paris felt kind of creepy and grotesque. It made me wonder about the astrological “spirit” of that particular period. Was there too much Pluto and Scorpio emphasis back then? Then I suddenly realized that this was the period of the famous Taurus Stellium! No Scorpio at all, but too much Taurus instead (Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus in Taurus)! How could it be? Taurus is supposed to be a sign of peace and prosperity! Why was that much emphasized at the very peak of world war two, when Europe was plunging at a period of utter destruction, misery, famine and massive extermination of lives?

It might have been prosperous just to the Germans, as they had occupied back then rich lands, taken over the conquered countries’ production, factories, people’s gold etc. But to the other Europeans it was an inferno, as even the most simple and carefree to us actions like obtaining food turned to be – to most of them – a desperate everyday battle. So definitely Jupiter in Taurus does not necessarily portend a financial and material prosperity. On the contrary, sometimes Taurus’ “flip side” might come out, a side which is very similar to the nature of Scorpio (not by chance these two signs are polar opposites in the zodiac – and polarities partake and fuse in mysterious ways).

Pondering on this I came up with this conclusion: Jupiter is the planet related to “the expansion of awareness”. Taurus on the other hand is the sign of material goods, of our resources, of our ability to survive and endure, of serenity, of the simple pleasures of life, of our basic, elementary needs. If we combine the two then we might arrive to this interpretation: with Jupiter in Taurus our consciousness will expand to the direction of how important are after all the simple, basic goods and pleasures of life, to which we were not paying too much attention previously as we were thinking of them as trivial, just a matter of course, eternally there for us…But now we will realize how precious they are, that we have to seriously take care of them because they might not always be there! Remember, a loaf of bread, a pair of dirty, worn shoes or just the fact of being alive was enough to make people revel back in the 40’s! How many people revel today over these things? But the point is WE SHOULD! And that’s exactly what Jupiter in Taurus will teach us.

Additionaly, with all these volcanic eruptions ocurring lately all over our globe we realized that Earth is not after all as rock-steady and solid as we thought it to be. It is in its nature to produce every now and then mega-earthquakes and unimaginable volcanic eruptions. This notion will radically change our attitude towards Earth and towards ourselves! We will realise that after all we are just minuscule ants on the surface of an often troubled planet. And of course we will start missing – somehow – our planet in its previous rock-steady state, when we thought that such a state was eternal to our Earth…Well, it turns out it’s not and we’d better start realising it, respecting more the power of the Earth and protecting as much as we can ourselves from its intemperancies!

Another Jupiter in Taurus element that stroke me lately is the fact that two friends of mine are creating a sort of shelter, filling it with food and water just in case something goes very wrong. Although their words sounded as if they were coming out from the past, from the 40’s they were actually the words of relatively young people spoken in 2011! And they sounded very much Jupiter in Taurus! People want to better protect themselves now, to expand their resources and security, in case things turn ugly. They create shelters, they accumulate food while they are investing on gold, silver and precious metals…

Jupiter has to do a lot with travelling (especialy in far distant places). But Jupiter in Taurus is one of the less travelling-prone positions. Look what is happening lately with all these volcaning eruptions and the volcanic ash spreading over entire continents: till a few weeks ago people could not fly over Europe because of the eruption of the two Icelandic volcanoes. And till yesterday they could not fly over South America because of the eruption of the Chile volacano, nor they could fly over a large chunk of Africa because of the recent Eritrea volcanic eruption etc. So, what is the message coming out of all this? I think this one: “if you don’t want to get stranded in an airport for several days avoid to travel by air! Meaning avoid to travel far away! Stay where you are, in your own land and try to make the best out of it. Enjoy the little things everyday life is offering you, avoid pursuing an ever more unattainable happiness in far away places. And as the world is turning ever more crazy and insecure you should seek true happiness and serenity in yourself!”

Thus with Jupiter in Taurus we will mainly expand and cultivate our “inner landscape”, our inner values, our practical skills, while we will start taking a better care of ourselves. We will learn to appreciate more the simple, everyday things that life is offering us. The small pleasures – that is – and the fleeting moments of relaxation and serenity of which previously we were not very much aware of how important they are! And after all, Jupiter in Taurus will at some point attract prosperity, stability and serenity for us. But only in a second phase and rather as a “by-product” of the insight and wisdom we will have gained of how valuable and crucial the basic goods and the “down to earth” matters are!

Thomas Gazis

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Did astrology predict the actual finacial and social world crisis?

We live in times of reflection – and by no means of celebration. An unprecedented economic and social crisis is spreading rapidly around the Globe. In periods like this it is vital to keep our minds clear and to see things as objectively as we can. And with all due objectivity, we can say that apparently this crisis has not been trully predicted by nobody in the past, neither by the economists nor the sociologists nor by any other specialized scientist. Some may have had some glimpses but the exact dimension and time of occurrence of the phenomenon has not been predicted by none! To the exception of the Astrologers…In fact, many major Astrologers predicted the current crisis with astonishing accuracy, even decades ago! The French Astrologer Andre Barbault for example, who is a world expert in planetary cycles and in mundane astrology, was talking already back in the ’80’s about “the great financial crisis of the years 2008 – 2012” ! In his book “L’Avenir du Monde Selon L’ Astrologie” (published in 1993, Editions Du Felin) and in page 198 he states: “the opposition Saturn – Uranus (of the year 2008) will probably trigger the first major financial crisis of the XXI Century”. In the very same page he talks about the ominous square aspects that will be formed in the year 2010 between the planets Uranus and Pluto and Saturn and Pluto. He claims that these rare planetary delineations will coincide with the peak of this cataclysmic finanacial and social global crisis. Nationalistic and extremistic movements will gain momentum, riots and wars will escalate!

Another relevant book I have in my hands is E. Alan Meece’s “Horoscope for the New Millennium” (Llewellyn Publications) first printed in 1996. In page 273 Meece writes: “The year 2009 marks the start of an important and painful period…The ferment will rise to fever pitch in the Fall of 2009…”. In page 274 he goes: “Dodging an Apocalypse: A titanic square. When Jupiter and Uranus enter Aries in the spring of 2010, people will be much less restrained in expressing their frustration. “Peasants” and other poor people will rise up world-wide and governments will be besieged with demands for change…This titanic, historic T-square involves the same four planets as the T-square which coincided with the Great Depression”!

Finally, let me quote here an excerpt from the book “Forecasts for 1995” of the American Astrologer Reymond Merriman (he wrote this book back in 1994, when there was not even a slight indication of the current crisis in the air ):

In this book Merriman is focusing on the predictions of the year 1995. He highlights some difficult planetary delineations of that specific year and then he – rather abrubtly – states that these configurations are nothing in compare to the ones that will be formed in the period years 2008 – 2012! As he writes:

“These are indeed all important (planetary configurations), but not likely as eventful as…the period 2008-2012, when Uranus will enter Aries, Pluto will enter Capricorn (squared by Uranus), and Saturn will enter Libra. This will be the first time since 1929-1931 that these three bodies have been in the cardinal T-Square signs to one another. You may recall that 1929-1931 was an eventful time in the world. You may conclude (I do) that whatever we are doing now is simply a buildup into that time period. What happens then will be a direct result of policies, behaviors, and attitudes we are starting to develop and implement now. Hopefully, as a world body, we will have more wisdom and foresight now than we did in the 1920’s. Otherwise it might very well fall apart – again. Oh yes, it will rebuild again. But is it necessary to go through the agony – again? It is until we learn from our experiences.”

How prophetic was Reymond Merriman 15 whole years ago! And as we saw here, he was not the only one… Whoever was able to elementary decipher the rare planetary configurations we are actually experiencing would come to the same conclusions. I could cite dozens, hundreds of similar articles of other Astrologers – written some 10, 20 or even 30 years ago – all of them predicting with a stunning accuracy the actual grim situation!

I am ever surprised by the greatness of Astrology! The fact that it forecast this huge worldwide economic and social crisis (a succesful forecast that could be described as the most dramatic made by astrology in the last 100 years) is to me a great event! It makes us realize the validity of Astrology and its enormous utility for us humans, who are blindly trying to find our bearings in this vast and mysterious Universe!

Thomas Gazis

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(By Thomas Gazis)

As we know, not only the individuals but the countries too have a zodiacal sign. Everything born in a particular moment in time bears the quality of that moment. Thus, by knowing the date and time of birth of a country we can determine its natal chart – provided of course we can identify the country’s exact moment of birth! Because, contrary to a human being – the birth of which is evident to the people around it – the countries may have many and different kinds of “births”, some of which are not so evident. Take Greece for example. When was this ancient country really “born”? This turns to be a rather complicated issue!

First of all, Greece is not a country that was born in the last few centuries – as i.e. the U.S.A. It has been there for thousands of years! Thus, its birth is lost in the mist of time. How and when Greece was born turns to be a sort of a mystery. Did the geographical area that corresponds to Greece remain uninhabited for millennia till suddenly a day the “Greeks” jumped over its fences and poured over this southern “offshoot” of the Balkans? Had that – somehow hilarious – event happened, then yes, we could say that Greece was born into a particular moment in time (and our only concern would be then to identify that moment). In ancient times however there was not a single ethnic group called “Greeks”, but various kinshipped “tribes” who in successive periods descended to Greece (the Dorians, Ionians etc.). The gradual amalgamation of all these tribes eventually gave birth to ancient Greece, but that was done gradually over time and not at a unique, specific date. In addition ancient Greece had been mostly a conglomeration of independent city-states and was not a single nation-State, a country that is – as we would call it today.

Of course some very significant and prominent historical events had occurred in the Greek past, out of which we could draw some clues (such as the formation of the “Athenian League” – an almost national institution that came very close to be what we consider today a “country”). But we do not know when exactly the Delian league was officialy formed! And without a specific date we cannot cast a natal chart! We can only speculate and a plausible speculation would be that ancient Greece was much influenced by the sign of Sagittarius. The major ancient Greeks’ deity was Zeus – Jupiter, the archetypal figure that rules the sign of Sagittarius. Maybe that’s a mere coincidence…On the other hand it might say a lot about ancient Greece’s “geist”…

Zeus was the father of all Gods and of all the people. He was very liberated, playful and Jovial (as ancient Greeks themselves were). Moreover, the Greeks were considering the virtue of hospitality – a typically Sagittarian trait – as a supreme one, and people were normally expected to host any stranger they were meeting – as any one of them could be God Jupiter himself, in disguise! Additionally, a unique and unprecedented spirit of freedom and democracy was reigning in ancient Greece, a spirit that was quite rare to its epoch! Not to mention that this ancient country is the cradle of philosophy, a Sagittarian field!

But even if we knew with certainty the zodiacal sign of ancient Greece then a new question would arise: does the sign of a country remain the same as the millennia pass over? I think not! First of all, “everything is flux” as the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus stated. The correlation between a nation and the cosmic forces ever changes! On the other hand – if we follow the exact definition of what a “country” is – no “country” has ever managed to survive as an absolutely homogenous entity for thousands of years. Not to mention the fact that the the so called “country” or “nation-State” is actually a contemporary invention! Most of the nation-States, of the countries that we know today have been formed in the 19th or 20th century! There might be some exceptions – because some scholars consider Japan and China as two countries that were formed many centuries ago. But even in such a case a “country” cannot last eternally. Countries do dissolve and then reconstitute, incarnating each time under a different “state” form. What has to do for example today’s Egypt with the Pharaohs’ one? What has to do today’s Greece with the 5th century BC “Golden Century” Greece? Ancient and contemporary Greece are quite different in spirit and essence and consequently their charts should be different!

Modern period

When was contemporary Greece born? In order to find it out we have to wrap back the thread and find out when was the last time that Greece “died” as a free and separate country. Apart a small period in World War II (which was really brief, to alter the essence of Greece or its constitution) the last time that Greece ceased to exist was when the Turks military occupied the country in the 15th century and annexed it to the then forming Ottoman Empire! Subsequently, Greece was reborn – this time as “contemporary Greece” – when the Greeks massively revolt against the Turks and expelled them from their country, in the beginning of the 19th century! So, we know the time period but we still do not have a specific date.

First of all, we must set forth the necessary prerequisites for the formation of a new country – stepping a little bit onto onto the terrain of Political Sciences. The basic premise is that there must be a relative “roofless” nation, which has full «conscience of its entity». This nation must have explicitly expressed its will to become a constitutional country – usually in a geographical area historically related to it. Adverse conditions though (usually the fact that such a nation is subject to another country) might have hampered for a long time the materialization of such a will. Another important parameter to consider is that new countries do not come into being on historically insignificant moments but on the very climax of historical events, after a revolution, an overthrow of centuries old regimes etc. In Greece’s case all of the above features are strongly manifested around 1821, in the year when the Greeks revolted against the Turks, who for 4 whole centuries had militarily occupied Greece and the whole of South – Eastern Europe!

The revolution was allegedly proclaimed (give or take a couple of days) on the 25 March 1821 Old Style (6th of April actual date). So, could this be the date of contemporary Greece’s birth? The answer is no! The revolution of 25 March mostly denotes a revolt of certain important Greek chieftains against the Turks (a revolt that was neither the first nor the unique) and not the very establishment of the Greek State. This is made clear by a document issued by certain delegates from all over Greece who met at Epidaurus, 9 months after the beginning of the revolution. Almost in an apologetic tone they write: «It should not seem strange that we have postponed till now the political “arrangement” of our fatherland, that we have not yet declared our independence and stand as equals in front of the other legitimate nations of the world. Because it was impossible to think about our political existence unless we first ascertained our physical one”! The authors of this declaration sound like they knew astrology! Because no situation can really exist and prosper in our physical dimensions unless it goes through the stabilizing phase of Taurus. And this phase cannot be obtained unless the generating phase of Aries has been completed first! So, the mystery remains. Which is Greece’s birth date?

Some 20 years ago it came to my attention the copy of an old document, that I felt very significant! It was entitled «Declaration of the Political Existence and Independence of the Greek Nation». Let us see what this document says: «In the name of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, the Greek Nation that in the last four centuries has been under the horrible Turkish rule, unable to bear any more the heavy and unprecedented tyranny, which with huge sacrifices we have finally thrown off, is proclaiming today – through its legitimate delegates here assembled – in front of God and humanity, its political existence and Independence! Epidaurus January 1st 1822».

The Declaration of Independence commemorative plaque at Nea Epidauros

There is no doubt that this declaration constitutes the birth certificate of contemporary Greece! It fulfils all the criteria we set up and unambiguously states the creation of the contemporary country of Greece. The birthday of Greece is on the 13th of January (on the Gregorian calendar. Contemporary Greece is a Capricornian country). You can see Greece’s national horoscope (its natal chart) below:

There is a key expression in this historical declaration that we should emphasize: the one that goes “with huge sacrifices we have finally thrown off”. This expression is telling us a lot about the mental state of the people who signed the Greek declaration of independence. Actually, this very expression reveals a “certainty” from the part of the authors of the declaration, the certainty that for the first time ever in almost 400 years of Turkish occupation the Greeks had begun to take the “upper hand” against their oppressors – the Turks – and they were feeling confident enough to establish a sovereign state! For the first time ever they had achieved that “critical mass” which we might call “a certainty that they could sustain their liberation and independence and establish a sovereign state”. This is a crucial element that plays a key role in the choice of the date January 1, 1822 as the “birthday” of contemporary Greece. You see, a basic argument of those who reject the date January 1, 1822 as the birth date of contemporary Greece is the fact that Greece consisted then by just a fraction of its current territory. This element though I do not consider as crucial as the element of reaching that “critical mass” that triggers the permanent and irreversible “dynamics of liberation, independence and establishment of a state.” And although the USA were annexing territories as far as 1912 (New Mexico and Arizona) and 1959 (Hawai and Alaska) their undisputed National Horoscope is considered the one of July 4th 1776!

If contemporary Greece looses or gains – out of a military conflict – some islet should we cast a new horoscope for Greece? Certainly not, because contemporary Greece was “born” as a nation-state in the historical 1822 National Assembly of Epidaurus (the Greeks reached then the “critical mass” for their liberation, independence and establishment of a nation-state) and not during any eventual loss or recovery of any partial territory. When the holy fathers of the USA signed the Declaration of Independence (4 July 1776), the USA consisted of just 13 eastern states, maybe of the 1/20 of its current territory. Still, the natal horoscope of the USA is considered the one of July 4, 1776 (because it was then when the Americans reached the “critical mass” for their liberation, independence and establishment of a state)!

Cultured astrology is not very much advanced in contemporary Greece and the vast majority of the Greek astrologers (who are surprisingly giving credit to the “highly scientific” methods of the “hearsay” and of the “everybody says so…”) believe that their country was born on the 3rd of February 1830 – when by the 3rd London protocol the major forces of the time (England, France, Russia) RECOGNIZED the independence of contemporary Greece. Essentially, this 3rd London protocol established the “Kingdom of Greece” (imposing on the Greek throne a Geman king!). But a country is not born when some foreign powers decide it – under their own terms – but when its own people will it! Otherwise contemporary Greece should not be considered a sovereign country but a mere protectorate!

By no means the London protocol defines the birth date of Greece. It rather defines the (imposed by the foreign powers) “Greek Kingdom”, a rather tributary state that is under the foreign powers suzerainty! Clearly, we are not talking here about a SOVEREIGN state! In addition, monarchy has been constitutionally abolished in Greece since 1974 – by a national referendum. Thus this 3 February 1830 horoscope is not applicable any more – in any way whatsoever. Obviously Nicholas Campion realized this fact because in his book “The Book of World Horoscopes” he states: “Regarding the significance of the international recognition of 3 February 1830, it should be remembered that Greece was already a fully functioning state with its own government, and had been for some years.” Moreover – as you will read below – the political scientists argue that the mere diplomatic recognition of a country by foreign powers does not constitute its foundation act.

And in any case, if Greece was born as a nation-state when the major powers of the epoch decided it then we should apply the same method in the case of the United States. The founding date of this country should be the one in which the major powers of the period recognized the independence of the United States, on the 3rd of September 1783 by the Treaty of Versailles, France. The overwhelming majority of the astrologers world-wide though consider the 4th of July as the birth date of the United States. The September 3rd date is by now an obsolete one, a date that has been forgotten in the drawers of history, a date almost no astrologer ever mentions!

The same goes for all the countries who were liberated from a foreign power, as i.e. Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba etc. etc. Argentina’s horoscope for example results from the date on which the Argentinian colonies unilaterally proclaimed their independence from Spain (on 9 July 1816 that is). Spain and the other powers of the time recognized the independence of Argentina much later (Great Britain in 1825). And yet, the universally accepted “birth” date of Argentina is the July 9, 1816, when the people of Argentina – by their representatives – unilaterally declared their independence!

Why should we then apply in Greece’s similar case not only different but quite opposite criteria? It makes no sense at all! And ultimately, this is a matter of political sciences too, thus let us hear what a Greek professor of Political Sciences (George Dimakopoulos) has to say. He argues: «the Declaration of the Political Existence and Independence of the Greek Nation is the constitutive act of the Greek State, whose foundation, legally and historically has to be regarded as from January 1st, 1822 (old calendar, meaning January 13 on the gregorian calendar). Certain points of view that appoint it to a different day – ultimately connecting it to the diplomatic recognition of the Greek State by foreign powers – not only are contrary to the applied Greek national law, but to the international law too. Because in no way the diplomatic recognition of a State by a foreign power can be made up a constituent part of that State!»!

So, even the political scientists maintain that contemporary Greece was born on January 13th, 1822 (the correct date, on the Gregorian calendar.) Those astrologers who believe that contemporary Greece was “born” on February 3, 1830 instead of January 13, 1822 they are actually maintaining the thesis that a man/woman is not born when s/he comes out the womb of his/her mother but when s/he is baptized!

Greece is NOT an Aquarian country – as very many people believe in Greece – but a Capricornian one! And it has all the characteristics of a Capricornian country. It is an old country, which due to its glorious past it enjoys the respect of all the other countries. It is a conservative country and much materialistic but lacking the material and financial abundance of the other western European countries (should we blame this to Saturn, Greece’s solar ruler – Saturn bringing deprivations and hardships)? It is a State whose public sector – associated with the sign of Capricorn – is over inflated. Out of a population of 11 million in Greece there are almost a million civil servants!

Greece is also a country where social status is extremely important! To realise what I mean just picture this: 2 cars mildly crashing in a Greek street. In several instances, the two Greek drivers would jump out of the car and most probably would yell to each other this line, as a kind of intimidation: «Do you know who I am?» – as if every single Greek were at least a tycoon! This is VERY Capricornian and personally I have never encountered it anywhere else in the world!

The fact is that neither any American, English etc. astrologer possessed a documented date for the birth date of Greece (since it was much harder for them to find the relevant sources). In 1994 I met the famous astrologer Nicholas Campion (at his summer astrology school, in the Greek island of Kos). Campion was writing then his very successful book “Book of World Horoscopes» but had no clear view on Greece’s horoscope. I explained him my findings and he accepted the January 13, 1822 as the birth date of contemporary Greece (he included it in his book).

One more word on Greece’s Ascendant: we know its birthday (13 January 1822) but not the exact time the declaration was pronounced – nor we have some specific information on it! And since we are seeking the Ascendant of Greece my very first thought was “what is the main characteristic that Greece is projecting to the people abroad?” The answers that came to my mind were these: “A maritime and somehow exotic country”. ” A mythological country”!

Well, these two characteristics resonate a lot with the sign of Pisces. And they are rather “projected” by contemporary Greece, as they are not constituting the entirety of its “body” (the people of mainland Greece for example have a different image of their country in their minds, as been a rather continental and mountainous – and that resonates a lot with Capricorn. Actually Greece – partially maritime, partially continental and mountainous country – something that is resonating a lot with Capricorn)! In any case, this hypothesis of a Pisces Ascendant worked well when I tried to rectify some major historical events in the history of Greece. The speculative birth time I am proposing would be around 9:25 AM. The village where the Independence of Greece was proclaimed – and where actually contemporary Greece’s “birth” took place – is Nea Epidavros, close to the famous ancient Epidaurus theater!

Alternative charts

It is worth mentioning that some astrologers favour a more recent birthday for contemporary Greece (placing its birth in the period following the fall of the Greek military junta in 1974). These astrologers are claiming that contemporary Greece’s national horoscope should stem out of the date its last Constitution was drafted (on the 11th June 1975 – after the collapse of the military dictatorship). But how proper is it to study astrologically a country not using its “foundation” horoscope but what actually is the horoscope of a posterior constitutional “amendment”? If somebody studies the 1st January 1822 Constitution s/he will realize that it is essentially as democratic and advanced as the Constitution of 1975. Thus, in 1975 we did not experience a major constitutional shift in regard to the VERY Greek constitution (the constitution upon which Greece was founded on). We just experienced a shift in regard to the imposed by the military junta regime – a regime that lasted just 7 years, not so many to alter the “soul” of Greece and its original constitution.

Some other astrologers (mostly English) are claiming that contemporary Greece’s horoscope should stem out of the moment its first post-dictatorship Prime Minister was sworn in – on the 24th of July 1974. But as I explained before, the seven years military junta did not essentially change either the “soul” or the constitution of Greece. Why should we then consider the July 24, 1974 chart as the “national horoscope” of Greece and not the original January 13, 1822 one? By claiming that either the 1974 or the 1975 chart represents THE National Horoscope of Greece then we are automatically cutting off something like the 90% of contemporary Greek History – four major war periods and a civil war period, historical battles, some brilliant Greek politicians in office, major deeds (the first Olympic games of 1896 i.e.), military coups, almost everything! It’s like claiming that a person is not actually born when s/he comes out of his/her mother’s uterus but when s/he draws his/her pension…

Thomas Gazis
Copyright:Thomas D. Gazis


P.S.  You may also read the relative article “The Greek Declaration of Independence (and the true horosocpe of Greece)


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When Hades reached the top of the firmament (the “dark” 2010 – ’20 decade)!

As you most probably know Hades is the mythical god of the underworld. Therefore Hades (or Pluto) should be normally dwelling under our feet, within the farthest depths of the earth. How would you feel then if I told you that Hades has actually left his gruesome kingdom and has climbed over the top of the sky, over the very “Zenith of the world”? If I told you that Hades is currently hovering over our heads, having taken under his control our societies? Well, there might be a sort of “horror movie” feeling to it but that’s the reality! The grisly Pluto’s form is hovering over our heads, ominously casting his shadow and disrupting our societies (radically transforming and regenerating them too).

I think most of us have experienced – and we are experiencing it as we speak – this subtle plutonian sensation…We are living in a critical, deeply transformative era. And Pluto will continue to be at the very “top of the world” throughout the entire decade. So, in the future the Astrologers will be referring to our times as “the dark 2010 – ’20 decade, when Pluto was at the zenith of the world”!

Pluto has been transiting for the last seven years in the sign of Capricorn.  Capricorn is a “high consciousness” earthy, cardinal sign and in mundane astrology it represents the “World’s Zenith”. This “World’s Zenith” (or “World’s MC”) concept is a very simple one – and quite functional as you will see.

In the image below you see the Zodiac in its classic “archetypal” orientation, with the sign of Aries to the left (9 o’clock) and the sign of Capricorn on top:

As we know, the Zodiac circle is forming the very basis of the horoscope. But in reality the Zodiac is a “dynamic” entity rather than an inanimate one (I personally call it a “universal software”), an entity controlling ALL the processes within the Universe! From the birth of a man to the manufacturing of a car, from the course of a love affair to the course of humanity itself! And ultimately, this turns to be extremely convenient to us!

You see, probably we will never find out which is mankind’s “natal horoscope” (the exact date the first man was born). But we are still given an alternative solution: we can study the course of the entire humanity through the positions and the aspects of the “socio- collective” planets (Jupiter to Pluto) within the Zodiac! The only thing we have to do is to put just the “socio- collective” planets in the above “archetypally oriented” zodiac. And then voila! We are immediately getting the “World Horoscope” for the period we are interested in. It is that easy!

On the very top of the World Horoscope there is an area (corresponding to the sign of Capricorn) called the “World’s Midheaven” – “World’s MC” or “World’s Zenith”. The World’s MC is revealing to us – depending on the planets transiting over it – the kind of “energies” that are currently diffused and prevailing in our societies, in world economy etc. It is also revealing the quality of our rulers, of the actual “ruling class”, of the governments and the “establishment” in general.

Therefore, with dark Pluto residing now on the “World’s MC” area  the “zeitgeist” prevailing in our societies is a rather dark, “chthonic”, ruthless, highly transformative and (even) “deadly” one. And not just for the time being but throughout the entire decade – because planet Pluto (the black planet in the image below, on the highest point of the “World Horoscope”) will remain in that area for ten more years.

Pluto is responsible for the “crisis” we have been experiencing in the last seven years, for the “debt” issue that dominates the world scene, for the “imminent collapse” sensation we all have, for the “absurdity” of it all… We all (pretty much) feel that we are living in an Era of abrupt decline, an Era that has led us to the very brink… And our fear is that there are going to be even greater sufferings down the road! We have reached the point of worrying even about our own survival! As a matter of fact, all these words: “debt”, “crisis”, “decline”, “collapse”,”irrationality”, “fear”, “survival” are  classic “key-words” associated to Pluto! But why are we going through this situation? Because in the last seven years Pluto has risen over the top of the firmament!  Thus, it is not just the notorious Uranus – Pluto “square aspect” responsible for the tumultuous atmosphere we are sensing all around us in the recent years but to a large extent the ascent of Pluto on the “World’s Zenith” as well!

Pluto was again in the very same portion of the zodiac (and on top of the sky) some 250 years ago. But its impact was much smaller back then, for a simple reason: there were no organized societies around – to the extent there are now (New York for example looked like a small provincial town back then, while the current colossal financial and commercial networks had not developed yet – nor the stock markets. I am saying this because Pluto in Capricorn affects primarily the so called “over-organized societies” – which are generally under the auspices of the sign of Capricorn). Therefore, never before in the history of mankind the presence of Pluto in Capricorn / on the “World’s  MC” is impacting us as strongly as nowadays! What we are experiencing now has not ever been experienced by any previous generation within the last 200,000 years (since Homo Sapiens appeared on Earth, that is)!

Do you remember “Hades” in mythology? It is the same (tricky) deity as Pluto. Hades resides in the underworld and is grabbing the souls of the dead – and their fortunes as well. Actually Hades is a “quintillioner” as he is steadily accumulating over the centuries the fortunes of all the deceased people! Does this sound familiar? The International Monetary Fund seems to have become the “underworld” of our time, as it is accumulating more and more the fortunes of the various supposedly “dead” – under a financial point of view –  countries, contributing thus to the deterioration of the global financial crisis and the spreading of poverty and hunger among many countries – which until a few years ago were doing rather well.

As the “dark” and “evil” Pluto is now on the very “Zenith” of humanity most governments seem more “dark” and sinister than ever! Many governments are cruelly taxiing  their less advantaged citizens  while anti-constitutional foreclosures seem to be the norm of the time! Actually, usurpation of money and properties is the norm by now almost all over the world – not by chance, Pluto is the great “Usurper”

In general, our governments seem to operate in an increasingly corrupt and irrational manner (irrationality and madness being two typically Plutonian elements). Things have gotten so absurd that our governments seem to conspire against us the citizens (supposedly our governments are “spraying” us with chemicals (i.e. chemtrails), are urging us to take useless and harmful vaccines that contain toxic substances etc.). This feeling of collusive cruelty from the part of the authorities has been enhanced during the years 2013 – 2014 – as Saturn entered the sign of Scorpio (and formed a “mutual reception” with Pluto in Capricorn – which I personally believe we should  classify as a very tough reception).

As we explained before, any “social – collective” planet standing in the “World’s Zenith” dictates the “spirit” that will prevail within humanity during its stay there! And since Pluto is the most “elevated” planet now (and will remain so at least until 2023 – while in 2018 Pluto will be joined by Saturn as well), it is the spirit of Pluto that is currently prevailing all over the world!

Pluto is a dark, underground, irrational, ruthless, highly transformative planet who supports the strong and “unscrupulous” kind of people and encourages plutocracy – while he despises the weak individuals and therefore the poor and disadvantaged ones. He rather loves the tough guys, the tricksters (even the “dirty” and the immoral ones), those who manage to survive and to enrich themselves (as mentioned, Pluto loves the riches) no matter if they employed cruel, dark and immoral methods (it is no coincidence that Pluto is tightly related to the mobsters) …

Ultimately though, things are not so “black”. All planets have a creative side and in the case of Pluto this is the transformation that he will massively entail to the organized societies all over our planet. Pluto will dissolve the old, worn-out and non-functional elements and structures and out of the ashes a new, more alive, functional and healthy world will emerge! All this of course will not be achieved painlessly but probably through profound and agonizing procedures which will eventually affect in a myriad ways (mentally, morally, financially and even physically) vast masses of people – eventually bringing to full despair the weaker and more vulnerable ones. Pluto’s game is not meant for the faint hearted …

Pluto, however, is not entirely free to do what he wants. He has been fiercely fought by another Titan, which is currently located on the “World’s Ascendant” (see a couple of images above), struggling to ascend to heaven and displace Pluto – resending him back to the underworld – where he actually belongs. We are talking about planet Uranus (the blue planet in the horoscope below, on the left). Uranus standing actually on the “World’s Ascendant” is the major indicator of the sort of “energies” and trends that are currently springing forth in our societies (the “World’s Ascendant” is a “gateway” ever diffusing in a torrential way fresh cosmic energies to humanity – and to each individual. And since Uranus possesses some intensely humanistic qualities this planet is fighting now for the rights of the disadvantaged and unadjusted people (urging them to rise up)!

We are thus in a situation where on one hand Pluto – standing over the “World’s Zenith” – is ever making the ruling class more brutal, corrupt, cruel and oppressive, while on the other hand Uranus over the “World’s Ascendant” is making people more freedom demanding,  rebellious and revolutionary than ever! And things are going over the edge especially in the period 2012 – 2015, when Pluto and Uranus are tightly forming a particularly tough planetary aspect called “square”. Thus the split between the ordinary citizen and the “authorities” is widening in the years 2012 -2015 – as a “partile” square aspect is formed  several times during this period – because Uranus and Pluto move back and forth.

Planet Uranus is the “Great Awakener” and the “Rebel with a cause”! About three years ago it reached the point of the “World’s Ascendant” and it dynamically started “awakening” the people all over the planet, urging them to overthrow their corrupt governments and seize power! A brave new individual is begot now, no longer a numbed and indifferent “consumerism machine” but visionary and enlightened, committed to its social fabric, open to its fellow-humans and with an elevated, cosmic consciousness!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

P.S. –   I have been developing  (and teaching  in my seminars) the “World Horoscope” and “World’s MC / Zenith” concepts since 2011.

– At some point we should start taking into consideration the planetoids such as Eris, Sedna etc.

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Saturn in Scorpio (and echoes of a plague)…

(William Blake – “La Sconfitta”)

The celestial vault looks like a “roulette”. The planets move orderly in it and every now and then they pass into a new “segment” (call me sign) ever creating new and different planetary combinations. The very moment each planet passes into a new segment-sign is significant. The most signicant (to humanity) shifts are the ones produced by the so called “external” planets (the slow ones, from Jupiter on) that need entire months or even years to transit a sign. Now, depending on the sign they are in (and the aspects they are forming) the outer planets are the ones that dictate the overall “spirit” (the “zeitgeist”) that will prevail worldwide in a given period.

Perhaps you understand now why the entrance of the planet Saturn in the sign of Scorpio (that will take place on October 5, 2012) is so important. Saturn will exit then the sign of Libra and will enter in Scorpio (where it will remain until the end of 2014 – regressing back to it for a while in the summer of 2015). What kind of new events will Saturn in Scorpio bring to humanity in the next two years? Very many for sure, but I fear none of them will be truly “new”. In no way the effects of Saturn in Scorpio will instigate surges of excitement and enthusiasm to the plain people. On the contrary, they might aggravate the climate of austerity that Pluto in Capricorn has already triggered (with the help of the infamous Pluto – Uranus square that is ultimately characterizing the entire decade of the 2010’s).

You see, Saturn and Pluto will be somehow acting now in unison, because they will  form between them a “mutual reception” (Pluto – who traditionally rules Scorpio – is now in Capricorn and Saturn – who traditionally rules Capricorn – will pass in Scorpio). Actually, in this “mutual reception” the most austere, fatal and harsh planets and signs are implicated. Therefore, a period of utter austerity and harshness may lie in front of us, a period where we may face major trials, hardships and privations (analogous to the ones we faced from 2008 on – but on a much higher scale now). On the other hand, many things may be put in order now and our societies and countries, our governments and political systems may be radically changed and transformed. We will start “building” on a much solid foundations and we will create more durable structures. I personally believe that we will intensely experience both sides of the “coin”, with its harsh side prevailing initially. We will definitely evolve but only after we experience on our skin some harsh and probably extreme conditions (that’s the most direct way people and societies evolve anyway).

In the beginning of this article I mentioned how unique – and important – the planetary “combinations”  are. Two years ago I was completing an astrological survey on the major epidemics that struck mankind. Specifically, I was studying the great “Plague of Justinian” that struck Byzantium in 542 CE and caused the death of tens of millions of people! Suddenly I noticed that this terrible pandemic occurred under a unique astrological “combination” which will be repeated (almost exactly the same and for the first time ever after almost 1500 years) in October 2012!

Of course it’s not my wish to become a harbinger of bad news. I merely list the astrological facts – and I expand a little bit into history, in an attempt to truck down past periods with similar astrological configurations (because according to the fundamental astrological maxim “as above, so below” whenever similar astrological configurations appear in the sky similar events occur down here on Earth). In 542 CE Pluto was  again in the sign of Capricorn, Neptune in the sign of Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Gemini (from May on). These are the very same zodiacal positions the planets will share after the 5th of next October! With such a critical astrological configuration pending over our heads I would not exclude the possibility of a major flu epidemic occurring in the next two-three years (nor of some other pandemic).

The plague was not the only evil suffered by the Byzantines in 542 CE. Almost equally nightmarish to them  were the Justinian’s tax collectors – sent by him to every single corner of his empire in order to collect money (Justinian had squandered every single coin in the imperial treasury). The requirements of Justinian were so irrational and his tax collectors so tough and unyielding (if a family was wiped out by the plague then its neighbors were forced to pay the taxes ought by the perished family!) that people were publicly disinheriting their children – so that in case they die their children would not be stripped by the tax collectors but secretely keep their parents’ fortune. During the reign of Justinian a gigantic economic collapse and a savage tax plunder occurred and I am afraid that these two phenomena will be repeated again from next autumn on…

One last thing: we will somehow estrange ourselves within our societies, we will become more distant – psychologically – as citizens (and suspicious too). You see Scorpio is the sign of the “profound human contact and interconnection”, of “intimacy” (and of sex and money of course). The entrance of the granitic and “restrictive” planet Saturn in Scorpio will entail a certain restriction over these Scorpionic functions (so that it better structures them in the long run). Thus, we will become now more cautious as to whom we “open up” our souls and to whom we share our most cherished feelings. Consider the fact that during the plague that struck Byzantium in 542 CE (when Saturn was again in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn) the individuals were utterly reluctant to engage in any sort of familiarity and intimacy with the people around them! Therefore, we will now become more picky and we will open our souls to fewer people – mostly within the safe environment of the people we know the best and who compose our personal circle-“shelter”. Certain strong bipolar stratifications of the type “s/he is poor” – “s/he has money” might prevail now within our societies ultimately leading to some rupture of our very social web!

All in all, we are headed now towards some “dark ages” but this will be an epoch of “grandiosity” too, a “Greek tragedy” sort of grandiosity though… Collectively speaking , we are headed towards the most  important years for our maturation and inner empowerment, towards the most “karmic” and probably the most interesting years of our life…

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

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