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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.

Thomas Gazis


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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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Scorpio’s (death’s / sex) “quantistic” nature!

Scorpio is a mysterious sign, representing certain “oddities” and situations that apparently do not seem to be compatible with life itself. And as we will see here, it bears in its nature a somehow “quantistic” dimension!

To make you realize what I mean, just take a look at the painting above. It is made by a Scorpio painter, the Belgian Rene Magritte. It is a rather bizarre image…It shows a woman riding a horse in a forest. But it is not a “realistic” image, because the woman and the horse are crossing the trees in a rather “quantistic” manner…They themselves are “split” and they are crossing the trees on several planes…

I don’t know whether Magritte had studied quantum physics or not, but this painting of his is a very good metaphor for what happens in the microcosm (on the sub-atomic level). The particles there are apparently “splitting” and crossing simultaneously different dimensions and planes…Scorpios – being “tiny” and representing the paradoxical nature and the power of the tiny and invisible things (i.e. of the subatomic, of radioactivity etc.) – are instinctively aware of this quantistic dimension of nature…

So, we might say that the sign of Scorpio represents certain “quantistic” fields of our lives. Take death for example. If you go downtown in the city you live and you walk among the generally careless crowd you will realize that death – although a powerful human phenomenon – seems to be totally absent in such a social context (unless some tragic event has occurred). And yet, just a few meters from where you are walking people might be dying in the private settings of some house, clinic etc.

Sex is  another “quantistic” activity associated with Scorpio. When we walk downtown or we find ourselves in some specific social (professional etc.) context then we realize that sex – although omnipotently dominating the human nature – is actually absent there. Every person around us is dressed and behaves “decently”, avoiding any acute reference on this subject, which all in all still remains a taboo. And yet most of these seemingly “unscathed” from sex men and women – whom we see standing strict, proud and dignified in the everyday social contexts – they are having sex like frenzied steaming engines, once they find themselves with their usual or casual partner (or partners) in the privacy of an apartment, a hotel etc. This is what I call a “scorpionic quantum paradox” …

It is not so hard to understand why death is a “quantistic” phenomenon in our lives. Meaning that it exists alright but at the same time “it doesn’t exist”! Obviously, this “quantistic” dimension of death is somehow convenient and comforting to us humans. Eschewing death as some procedure that has nothing to do with us right now but constantly postponing it to some fuzzy and remote place and time in the future, certainly out of the reality plane we are living right now, that’s an extremely convenient thing to the phenomenon of life! Otherwise, the ominous overwhelming heaviness of death would be constantly crushing us, every single day and moment, not permitting us to live, to feel good, to do things.

Alright so far. But why is sex “quantistic”? Because it actually is our ultimate resort against death! Through sex we become ONE with our partner, we experience the ONENESS of everything, of the entire Universe and we thus overcome the fragile destiny of the mortal individuality we are “entrapped” in! Not to mention that it is through sex that we somehow “multiply” and immortalize ourselves, that we propagate our species. And the undeniable fact is that the “quantistic” dimension of sex, its “social hypocrisy” and “dirtiness” adds a lot of fascination and power to it, it makes sex far more important and special to us!

Just picture what would happen if there was no “quantistic” dimension to sex and various passerby’s were freely falling upon you the very moment you were getting our of your house – or walking on the street –  in order to have sex with you right on the spot! Wouldn’t that be – as soon as the initial “bacchic libertinity” phase would tear off – a nightmare? Wouldn’t that weaken sex? And the fact is that we human beings need sex to be unique, “dirty”, fascinating and powerful, because ultimately we need a powerful antidote to death!

Thomas Gazis
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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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