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The 13 signs controversy is actually discrediting the astronomers (not the Astrologers)!

The “12 signs” Zodiac as a “magnetic belt” around the Earth

I am quite fed up with the 13 signs “thing”, that is resurfacing every now and then on the media…I have been publishing articles over the last 25 years explaining why the zodiacal signs are 12 and why they cannot be 13 (or 14, 19, 27 or any other number, for that matter). I just realized though that all this explaining has been of little avail, because ever since the 13 signs controversy made again – for the umpteenth time – the greek front news, the “thing” resuscitated and frantically started chasing and nagging me! In the beginning I thought it would be better not to touch this issue, so that it eventually deflates and dies quietly – as in every previous case. But it seems that this time things are more serious, Astrology is receiving a -based largely on ignorance – “double whammy” hit and it is imperative for us Astrologers to intervene!

Fortunately or unfortunately, most of the people in my neighbourhood know that I am into Astrology…So, in the last few days I cannot get out of my house and go strolling or shopping without somebody coming over to me, confiding me his/her confusion over the “thing”. Yesterday I went to buy a magazine from my local kiosque, when the kiosque guy (Stavro) told me: “You know Mr. Thomas I am not a Leo anymore, I am actually a Cancer !”. “Stavro that’s nonsense, you shouldn’t pay attention to this stuff…” my answer was. “NASA ain’t nonsense Mr. Thomas” Stavro emphatically told me. “Trust me it is in this case” I told him and I went away with the magazine in my hands but with a sensation of incompleteness in my head.

Stavro was like the 100th perplexed about his sign person that I met this week. NASA had told him that he is not anymore the sign he knew he was. I told him that that’s nonsense. But ultimately, it was NASA’s reliability against mine. And I am obviously loosing there big time…How on earth can I explain to an average person (with no astronomical background), in just a couple of minutes that NASA is wrong?

Apart from being an astrologer I am an amateur astronomer as well. I have several astronomy books in my bookshelves. And I have noticed that many of them are mentioning and even extensively elucidating the pivotal difference between a zodiacal sign and a constellation! Take for example the book “Astronomy” by James B. Keler (“Harpers Collins College” publisher – you may see its frontcover above). In page 52 of this book the author – who is a professor of astronomy – is stating:

 

“There is an important distinction to be made between the astrological signs of the zodiac and the astronomical constellations of the zodiac. The constellations are real star-groups that can be seen on any clear night. The signs are symbolic concepts that are locked to the vernal equinox. They were once aligned with the constellations, but no longer are because precession has moved them westward”!

It would be logical to assume that if we are provided with such a degree of clarification over the sign/ constellation distinction  in some popular astronomy book then this would be common knowledge to all the astronomers, a sort of a freshman’s syllabus to them. But apparently it is not! To our utter astonishment even the prestigious NASA astronomers seem to ignore the most obvious and fundamental distinction between a zodiacal sign and a constellation (a distinction that apart from its astrological signification has an inherent astronomical value as well)! And lo and behold the all mighty NASA is now proclaiming that “the signs have shifted” and that “a new “sign” (Ophiuchus, which in reality is a constellation) has to be added in the zodiac”! Thus, according to NASA the zodiacal signs should be 13 from now on and not 12! But we know very well that NASA is talking about constellations and not signs and thus what it is proclaiming is not true at all!

Think for a moment: how good an astronomer may be when s/he is not possessing even that elementary level of astronomical knowledge pertaining to his/her own freshman’s syllabus? You see, it sounds absolutely preposterous for a prestigious astronomer not to be aware of the fundamental sign/constellation distinction! And ultimately, there is no doubt that when we come down to the 13th sign’s controversy it is the astronomers the ones that have been utterly discredited, not the Astrologers!

Please dear astronomers try to be more scientific next time!

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

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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”…

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Is Ophiuchus the 13th zodiacal sign?

The issue of Ophiucus – the so called 13th zodiacal sign – has surfaced again in the media. In reality Ophiuchus is a CONSTELLATION, not a zodiacal sign. There is a huge difference between the two! And ultimately this is the whole gist of the matter…

A brief but lucid explanation of the difference between a constellation and a “sign” is given by the American astronomer – and professor at the University of Illinois – James B. Kaler, who in his book “Astronomy” (Harper Collins College Publishers) writes:

“There is an important distinction to be made between the astrological signs of the zodiac and the astronomical constellations of the zodiac. The constellations are real star-groups that can be seen on any clear night. The signs are symbolic concepts that are locked to the vernal equinox.”

So, Ophiuchus IS NOT a zodiacal sign but a zodiacal constellation! The two ARE NOT the same. The confusion stems out of the fact that the twelve zodiacal SIGNS bear the same names as the twelve CONSTELLATIONS. But that’s where their similarities end. They have nothing else in common.

A CONSTELLATION is something visible and tangible while a zodiacal SIGN is not. The signs are absolutely invisible! We have to think of them as 12 equal divisions of the space around Earth. We do not know much about them and they actually constitute a mystery to us. To get a hint on their nature we have to resort to one of the greatest astrologers – philosophers of all times, Dane Rudhyar! He is writing on the zodiac (which is actually composed of the 12 signs):

“The zodiac is what astrologers-scientists call the “magnetic field” of the Earth, what occultists call the “aura of the Earth”, or the auric egg of the planetary Being…It is a sort of electrical envelope within which the Earth rotates…”.

So, it is relatively easy to debunk Ophichus as the 13th zodiacal sign. The zodiacal signs have always been and will always remain 12! But under all this Ophiuchus issue lies a deeper question: WHAT A ZODIACAL SIGN REALLY IS? We still don’t know! Zodiacal signs constitute one of humanities greatest mysteries! They really exist, we have ascertained them, even measured every single property of theirs! We have never seen them or touched them, though. They simply transcend our senses and current perceptions.

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What sign do we “become” when we get drunk?

Since we are now under the influence of the “crazy”, liberating and unorthodox sign of Aquarius and the Carnival is just around the corner I think it fits to ask:

What sign do we become when we get drunk?

Astrology is a universal and all encompassing language, so any kind of question – even the weirdest one – can be astrologically phrased and answered through the correct synthesis and interpretation of the corresponding astrological symbols and concepts.

There is now a rather unexpected source that can give us the answer to our “booze” riddle: Ancient Greek Mythology! It is not by chance that leading Astrologers like Liz Greene have developed a very advanced and meaningfull Astrology based mainly on ancient Greek Mythology.

First, let us ask ourselves: who was the god of wine and drunkenness in ancient Greece? Dionysus –
Bacchus! A very characteristic adjective of Dionysus now is: the “liberator”. He was the god that was liberating humans from their “normal” selves, from their worries and sufferings, from their inhibitions and taboos – through the wine, through drunkenness, through the “orgiastic” ceremonies and ecstasy in general.

Does this description ring a bell to you? Is your mind going to a certain “extra sociable, extra free and liberated” sign? Yes, exactly! Aquarius is the great liberator of the zodiac, the sign associated with collective ceremonies, frenzy etc. In modern astrology Dionysus is associated with the sign of Aquarius. And not by chance, Aquarius is the sign diametrically opposed to Leo (who symbolizes our ordinary Self – while Aquarius our transcendental Self). Aquarius is also the first sign that comes after Capricorn – the great guardian of the social conventions, of the limits, barriers etc. Being the first sign after Capricorn, Aquarius symbolizes the breakdown of barriers and conventions.

And since the 12 signs of the zodiac function in pairs, Aquarius is the masculine (+) phase of drunkenness and Pisces the female (-) one. The sign of Pisces represents something even more advanced: the total escape from our everyday routine (which is symbolized by the diametrically opposite to Pisces sign of Virgo). Pisces actually represents a stage where (either through a substance – such as wine – either through a ritual, a ceremony etc.) man is led to absolute ecstasy, the stage where a certain Union with the divine is produced!

And to answer our original question, under the influence of alcohol we do become certain signs or at least we adopt their behavior: we somehow become “Aquariuses” (more open, sociable and friendly to the others) and more “Pisces” (we discover a new, embellished dimension to the people around us, we might unexpectedly get up and dance while we usually feel ashamed, we might do crazy things, we might even fall for the stranger s/he stands beside us  – something we usually regret the next morning).

You will ask me then, if we become Aquariuses and Pisces when we get drunk then what about those people who already are Aquariuses and Pisces? Actually they become Aquariuses and Pisces to the highest degree. Or (on the other hand) when these people are drunk – a situation rather familiar to them – they behave relatively normal in respect to the others.

So there is a priceless treasure in Greek Mythology that can be connected with the archetypes of Astrology and thus deliver us rich and advanced astrological interpretations.

Thomas Gazis
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Having a crush on society! (Jupiter – Sagittarius – Ninth House)

We mostly know Jupiter as a “beneficial” planet that is “magnifying” things and situations … And we probably know Sagittarius (the sign ruled by Jupiter) as the sign of “religion, higher education and distant traveling” … There is another important dimension to Sagittarius though which we often neglect: its impetus towards sociability! In other words, the trend of this sign to enthusiastically open up  to the “unknown others” and to continuously and indiscriminately mingle and interact with people and groups! Those individuals having a strong Sagittarius, Jupiter or ninth house emphasis in their charts are somehow imbued by a very special “geist”, which we could call “a crush on society”!And ultimately this “crush” turns to be one of the fundamental traits of Sagittarius (and of the two other astrological archetypes associated with Sagittarius: Jupiter and the Ninth house)!

In the “dynamic” zodiac (where each sign represents an advanced step of the preceding one) the sign of Sagittarius is located immediately after the “pairing” signs (Libra, Scorpio) and before the “universal” ones (Aquarius, Pisces). Therefore it represents an intermediate step, a phase where the individual should move past the stage of romantic and sexual pairing (which is “sugarish” and tends to “engulf”, to close in  the individuals).The sign of Sagittarius is thrusting us forward, beyond the often petty and claustrophobic company of our “buddies”, of “our own people”. It is enticing us to open up to the wider world, to indiscriminately socialize and thus evolve. It advices us to overcome our narrow horizons, our selfishness, the “Samsara” of our micro-routine and gradually pass to the higher state of becoming a “universal being”. At that state we encounter ourselves fully twinned with our unknown fellow-humans, ultimately loving them as much as our own self!

The sign of Sagittarius is thus inducing a major “consciousness shift”, urging us to go beyond the (often raw and immature) “pairing” and “becoming buddies” thing,  to move onto the broader and undifferentiated “socializing”! To begin to feel our intimate “likeness” to our totally unknown fellow-humans. But this is something extremely difficult for the “average Joe” to achieve,  unless he has in his chart elements conferring to him this kind of “social crush” quality! That is why the “geist” of Sagittarius (Jupiter and ninth house) is ultimately so important to our society! As much as a Scorpio is longing to meet his/her viscerally desired lover a Sagittarius is longing to meet an unknown to him/her group of people (and the more unknown the people around him/her the more s/he longs to get to know them and exchange energies!)

So the “Archer” is a collective unifying force, a very strong, cohesive and heightened societal link! In order now to be sociable, to stand constantly beside unknown individuals one should have an open, elevated mind and display a friendly and benevolent attitude to his/her fellow humans! You see, the over-sensitive people, the touchy, immature, suspicious ones are mostly anti-social (as they somehow fear the contact with any people they don’t know. Thus they enclose themselves within “petty-groups” and environments they are familiar with – which they can manipulate! This kind of people is set to a rather phobic mode when found in an “open” social environment. So, whenever an opportunity arises for them to go out and meet unknown  people they mostly overlook it thinking: “why should I go to an “alien” environment, full of people I don’t know who might put me down, hurt me etc.”…

This mentality is characterizing an awful lot of people who are ending up couch potatoes, watching TV or “procrastinately” surfing on the net (losing thus valuable opportunities their eventual social participation might have given them – i.e. to find a good job or a proper partner). So we need to overcome this anti-social trend that prevails to the average person. And the energy needed to overcome it is provided to us by the sign of Sagittarius (and on another level by the sign of Aquarius, whose Sagittarius is somehow a “proto-form”, an early “warmer” version – Sagittarius being a fire sign)!

Most people are not endowed with a surplass of Sagittarius, Jupiter or Ninth House energies in their charts and thus they lack this kind of openness to their unknown fellow – humans. People in general have a tendency to “close in” and mistrust those who do not partake to their own group. This means that our societies are largely composed of isolated groups/companies of people, who do not readily exchange energies and do not fully communicate with each other (thus these groups easily degenerating into fractions, cliques etc.). And of course this is not producing a healthy social fabric at all! Where narrow minds prevail people isolate themselves in small groups and then the vital “societal energies” do not flow freely – they get “coagulated” instead – creating within the social fabric all kinds of gaps and “polarizations”. The society as a whole cannot function properly and is ultimately driven into decline and collapse.
This is the case of our modern western societies, which over the past decades have somehow collapsed and led us to the current  mega – crisis (which apart from being a financial crisis is mostly a social/ethical one)! Us the Astrologers can easily detect at the core of this social crisis a deficit of sagittarian  “social crush ” geist! This seems to be the major problem in our contemporary western – or westernized – societies: the guileless opening to our unknown fellow human (with no expectancy of a blatant benefit – such as profit, social or professional advancement etc.). This kind of “opening” creates a free flow of the energies and a general uplifting of the society!

Thus, the stronger the presence of Sagittarius, Jupiter and Ninth house in our charts the more prominently we have a  “crush on society”, the more open we are towards our fellow-humans, the more we are attracted by the large and unknown to us groups of people and therefore the more we partake of society and of the powerful energies flowing in it, getting “enriched” by them and ultimately contributing ourselves to the formation of a more healthy, “homogenized”, progressed and bright society!

Thomas Gazis
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This is a newer version of a Thomas Gazis article that was published οn the December 2013 issue of the Greek magazine “Astrologiki Pyxida” (“Astrological Compass”).

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How does a love story (and everything else) unfold according to the zodiac!

                                      (snapshot from the Youtube video “How to flirt”)

(In 2004 the leading magazine “American Astrology” published an article of mine entitled “The Zodiacal Banquet”. In that article I was explaining the function of the Zodiac as a Universal “software”, a software that every entity and process has to “run” in order to come to existence, to keep existing and properly evolve.  As I explained in that article even a simple dinner or a banquet has to piously follow the “steps” of the twelve signs in order to come to existence and “evolve”. And in this article I will show you how a typical love story unfolds according to the zodiac!)  

The zodiac seems to be a sort of “primum mobile”, an archetypal entity valid not only to our terrestrial dimensions but to the whole Universe. We might consider it as a sort of Universal “software” which every process, situation and creature has to faithfully “run” in order to properly unfold and become functional. It comprises 12 fundamental “steps” (the known to us 12 signs). It begins by processing the most primeval and fundamental stages of an entity or situation (the stages of Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc.). And gradually, sign by sign, it reaches ever more advanced and complex stages – till the whole process is completeded with the sign of Pisces. And as the zodiac permeates everything in the Universe, it shapes every single situation, even the ones we would never suspect so.

Think of a love story and consider it as a process in evolution, something that is born, matured and finally worn off and dissolved. Every love story has to run the “zodiacal software” in order to become a true love story and not a parody of it. Every affair has to faithfully follow the 12 “steps” (signs) of the zodiac, it has to pass one by one the 12 sign-stages – starting with Aries and ending with Pisces. If it misses just one then it will not unfold properly and will remain in a sort of suspended animation (think of the innumerable wannabe love stories that for various reasons remain suspended out there). Let us specifically see now how a love story unfolds according to the zodiac:

– Stage one: The ARIES beginning – “A flock of sheep and a ram”

Let’s stage our love story on a central boulevard. People are coming up and down and among them a man and a woman (in the heterosexual version of the story) who do not know each other but actually bear what we call “chemistry”. They are walking opposite directions and suddenly they meet, they glance into each other’s eyes and… kaboom, they are electrocuted!
Let’s freeze this scene. At that very moment nobody else exists for these two individuals, they become an «islet» among the river of people flowing around them. Out of the many men / women walking up and down on the wide boulevard’s pavement they dramatically focus on each other – hermetically differentiating themselves from the rest of the casual passerby’s. And regardless of the state of mind they were just a second ago, all of the sudden they are thrust onto a rare state of utter excitement! A sudden, intense differentiation occurs here, a dynamic burst of energy, a potential birth of a process (of a love story), the “beginning” of a possible something. All these are typically Aries traits.
Aries is a masculine sign. Masculine energies are explicitly stated, thus when men and women get hooked in “electrocuting boulevard flings” of this kind the casual passerby’s usually witness the “energy” between the two…

– Stage two: The TAURUS stabilization phase – “Let me take a better look of you”

So, the two boulevard passerby’s feel an instant attraction for each other. But their meeting is casual and as such is not good enough for a love story to unfold. The two will probably be lost forever in the crowd after having intensely glanced each other – as they passed by. Some kind of “niche” must be provided for them, some kind of a lucky circumstance (i.e. her books falling down and him picking them up, like in the movies) or a “repetitive pattern” (that they daily meet, so finally one day they talk). A certain additional precondition is needed that will allow them to stay close for a while, experience their “chemistry” and reassure themselves that they definitely like each other, before they make a move.
Let’s suppose i.e. that the two – after been “thunderstruck” – are both directed to the same nearby café. The meeting in a café is far more promising to wannabe lovers than them simply coming across in the street. In the café the two should sit to almost adjacent tables, so that each one “explores” for a certain amount of time the other person (his/her features, his/her “aura”, the way s/he moves and acts, possibly his/her voice when ordering etc.) and concludes whether s/he really like him/her or not. This is a particular stage, corresponding to the cautious sign of Taurus: a person having to realize that s/he really and irrevocably “likes” something or somebody – and is not just momentarily thrilled by it – that this other person (or material) indeed suits him/her.
At this stage the two do not need to talk. You see, the Taurus stage is a feminine one, so the individuals might very well pretend here that they did not come to the café for each other’s sake (although they did in reality). To feminine “yin” stages things can remain hidden and are not expected to be explicitly stated.

– Stage three: The GEMINI communication phase – “Hello there! Are you coming often here?”

The two are silently sitting in nearby tables in the boulevard café “exploring” each other, so that they cast away any doubt they are excited about the wrong person. If they ever gain the certainty that they really like the other person then immediately a longing to talk to him/her overwhelms them. Thus, even with a trivial pretense, they address him/her and hopefully engage to a conversation (starting from ground zero, as they practically know nothing about each other). At this stage they crave to get as much information as they can for the other person, so that they fill the puzzle and comprehend what kind of person this attracting “stranger” is. Continuous questions and answers are usually taking place here, related to their “whereabouts”, to their lifestyle, preferences, habits etc. It also becomes obvious here how “sharp” each person is, how clever and witty (through the various innuendos and the “elaborated” lines they exchange, the verbal «teasing» between them etc.).
After having exchanged enough info, the two form in their minds a first raw idea about the other person and realize in general terms how much common ground they share with him/her – regarding their points of views, ideas, daily life routine etc. All these are Gemininian traits (communicating with somebody, exchanging info, getting to know a person on a rudimentary level). Gemini is a masculine sign, so things can be openly stated here.

– Stage four: The CANCER journey of intimacy – “What a warm eyes s/he has!”

As the two keep on their conversation they ever more realize that they share common points of view and bear an affinity. Thus, their initial fear of them being thrilled with the wrong person is cast away. At this stage someone usually invites the other to his/her table: “why don’t you join me”? This move actually marks the very first step of the journey of intimacy between the two individuals (Cancer is a cardinal sign, and cardinal signs do start pivotal phases). And as the one comes over and sits to the table of the other the individuals get closer not only by space but emotionally too, their inner worlds come close and have to be urgently dealt, either merge or collide.
In fact, distances are deceiving and a likeable stranger several meters away from us might not be equally likeable when s/he comes to our table – as we might like his/her Ascendant but not likewise his/her other astrology elements. Thus, as the two protagonists of our story get close they experience better their “vibrations” and look more clearly into each other’s eyes. The eyes are the doors of the soul, so by looking to the eyes of a person standing in front of you you actually “slip” into his/her soul, you travel through and meet his/her inner world, you start merging (or colliding) emotionally with him/her.

This stage, where the inner worlds, the souls of the two ex strangers have to dialogue and eventually connect, is a distinctively Cancerian one. If the individuals feel at this closer distance that the other person’s eyes and general “aura” are sweet, attractive and “mergeable” with his/her own then something new is born in them and a sudden surge of warmth takes over their souls. They both start – in a torrential manner – to exchange feelings and soul energies – through their eyes, their facial expressions, through the tenderness of their voice and general posture – longing to commune with the other person’s inner world and experience feelings at its greatest. And since Cancer is a feminine sign, this procedure is largely invisible to third parties.

(Please note that this is just an excerpt of the whole article)

Thomas D. Gazis
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