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The astrological causes of the grim “zeitgeist” running now through Europe!


According to the myth, Jupiter the father of all gods in the disguise of a bull abducted the beautiful phoenician princess Europa and brought her to the european continent! In this way the continent of Europe was “inaugurated”! Every myth is rich in symbolism and this specific one is recounting to us the fact that the current European continent was bound to become a blessed land, a land that would display at its fullest the archetypes of royalty, of joviality and of taurean stability and prosperity.

Fast forward some thousand years and Europe today is indeed the most prosperous, serene and cultured continent worldwide. Or at least it used to be. Because in the last few months things seem to have radically changed, due to a series of ferocious terrorist attacks that ultimately spred a lot of terror (deadly attacks and killing sprees both in northern and southern France, in Belgium, in Germany). It seems that the careless years have gone away, no more romantic walks along the river Seine in Paris or anywhere else in Europe, since everywhere now there is an odor of gun-powder on the air! Everybody looks suspicious and each corner (no matter how cozy or romantic) is fraught with danger! The enemy is within and everywhere a potential terrorist is lurking! That’s a rather unnerving sensation, causing massive paranoia throughout the European citizens! Their cities are transformed into over-extended prisons! So, what is the astrological reason that brought over this blick, disruptive and fearful “zeitgeist” to the old continent?

Definitely Pluto in Capricorn has a lot to do with it. You see the sign of Capricorn is somehow rapresenting the structured and organized societies – our urban landscape, our cities. And Pluto (the “grim ripper”, the bearer of primeval fear) is transiting for 9 years now in the sign of Capricorn (and over the “World’s MC” – you may read about the importance of this phenomenon here). Additionally, Pluto is a planet intimately connected to the masses and to the tragic collective events. Of course Pluto transited several times in the last two-three millennia over the sign of Capricorn. Βut its impact upon humanity was rather minimal back then. You see, the disruptive and transformative effect of Pluto in Capricorn escalated from the moment our structured, industrialized societies and mega-cities appeared in the horizon (mostly from the 19th century on. So, humanity is actually experiencing this Pluto in Capricorn effect for the first time ever!)

Pluto has to do with the so called “agoraphobia” too – the fear of crowds. If you are currently in Europe and you walk among many people or if you stand amidst a crowd (i.e. in a concert) then definitely the – not that absurd by now – thought of being shot or even bombed will be repeatedly crossing your mind! And there are other factors contributing to this paranoia: the current Saturn – Neptune square aspect, which is not facilitating us in stop thinking irrationally and in coming to our senses. And of course the overall Jupiter – Saturn – Neptune T-square (with the “double whammy” element of Saturn being in the sign of Sagittarius and at the same time squaring planet Jupiter! That’s par excellence the fear of the unknown, of the person standing beside us whom we don’t know, the fear of anybody belonging to a different ethnic background or religion…)

Rebellious planet Uranus in the ultra-individualistic sign of Aries has its fair share too! It brings forth the uprising of the individuals. That would be a good thing, if creatively channelled. But if we put in the mix the newly found planetoid Eris then things are getting more dynamic and complex. You see Eris has to do with the people who are “uninvited”, “unwanted”. To the Europeans these “uninvited” people seem to be the muslims (who on their turn perceive the Europeans as invadors and usurpers of their own lands and goods (they call the Europeans “the infidel crusadors”). And the fact is that we are currently in the middle of a volatile triple conjunction between the planets Uranus and Eris, a conjunction that is ever more exacerbating the tension between the uninvited muslims and the european christians! It’s not by chance that with this Uranus -Eris conjunction the phenomenon of “the lonely wolf” kind of terrorist appeared! In their perspective, the atrocities they commit on european soil are nothing more than mere “retributions” for the sufferings inflicted upon them by the Europeans!

I’ve done some research on the impact of the Uranus – Eris conjunction over the human history. Of course it is preliminary to draw any definite conclusions but apparently this conjunction is coinciding with some rather odd and “out of the norm” periods of our history! It coincided i.e. with the outbreak of many revolutionary movements (especially in China). And with the implementation of rigorous dictatorships – where one man/woman is seizing absolute control over his/her entire country (the “lone avenger” seems to be a favorite theme to Eris). It was the case of Stalin back in 1927 (during the previous time planet Uranus was conjuncting Eris in Aries) and it is so far (in July 2016) the case of Erdogan in Turkey – who is apparently seizing absolute control over his country, disposing of (or even executing?) his opponents!

As the decade of 2010’s seems to be pretty reminiscent of the 1930’s, some even larger-scale events might be coming over to the old, aristocratic continent within the next few years!

Thomas Gazis
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Planet “Nine”: the next “Big Kahuna” in astrology!

An artist’s depiction of planet “Nine” as envisioned by scientists (Credit: Caltech/ R. Hurt (IPAC))

Many extraordinary discoveries go largely unnoticed at the time they occur. Take for example the discovery of planet Uranus in 1781. Not very many astrologers realized back in 1781 that this new, outlandish planet – which actually upset the millennia old established astrological model of the seven “planets” in our Solar System – would ensue a gigantic leap for astrology! For decades (and even centuries) after the discovery of Uranus the astrologers continued erecting their horoscopes as before, by using the traditional set of planets and paying little attention to the “misfit” planet Uranus. But today it would be unthinkable for an astrologer who practices modern astrology not to include Uranus (and Neptune and Pluto) in a chart! These three “transcendental” planets have tremendously enriched our interpretative capacities and it was a pitty that the astrologers of those generations did not take advantage of their enormous potentiality.

Maybe we are bound to repeat that mistake, this time with the so called planet “Nine”! You see, in the last couple of decades – and especially from 2003 on – we are discovering in the far reaches of our Solar System so many celestial bodies (Sedna, Eris, Makemake, Quaoar, Orcus and many other objects bearing numbers instead of names) that we are beginning to lose count and interest in them. Somehow, it feels like we are back in 1781! But this time we have to carefully evaluate these newly found bodies, so that we promptly determine their astrological value. Personally, I think that we should start with planet “Nine”, which actually is a fully fledged planet (and not a dwarf planet like the rest). Planet “Nine” is one of a kind (as I mentioned, it is the ONLY newly found PLANET) and by far stands out among all the other new “kids on the block”! There is a small problem here though: we haven’t seen yet this planet!

Odd as it might sound, no human being has set his/her eyes yet on planet “Nine”! And as I am explaining below, for the time being this planet exists purely as a theoretical – intellectual conception. If we ever gaze with our telescopes planet “Nine” then it will be a triumph of the human intelect. Actually, it will be the second time that we will experience a triumph of that kind. Back in 1841 the French astronomer Le Verrier noticed certain discrepancies in the orbit of the newly found planet Uranus and theorized that another giant planet should lie beyond it – exerting its influence over Uranus. He even provided the exact coordinates of this new planet to a German observatory, which consequently discovered the planet Neptune exactly where Le Verrier suggested it would be!

                               Does planet “Nine” really exist?

To be honest, we are not absolutely sure that planet “Nine” really exists. Even Mike Brown (the famous astronomer who on the 20th of January 2016 made the announcement of planet Nine’s “discovery” – on a purely theoretical basis, via mathematical equations and cumputer’s simulations) admits that there is a ten per cent chance that planet Nine does not really exist. But on the other hand, there is a bounteous ninety per cent chance that planet Nine is really out there! I might be betting on the wrong “horse” here but I trust Mike Brown. He is an internationally recognized astronomer and he has discovered so many objects in the far reaches of our Solar System that he has definitely got the hang of it. I don’t think he would ever publicly announce the existence of planet “Nine” unless he were quite sure about it…

Let me try to explain you as plainly as I can the gist of his theory. Just picture a kids’ swing. If such a swing is swinging then we are sure it is not swinging on its own, There must be some force moving it, a force exerted by some phenomenon or entity. It might be a person, a strong wind or even an earthquake. We might not be seeing the entity or the phenomenon producing the force but we clearly see the effect produced by it: the swing swinging. We know that it is impossible for a swing to move unless some force – stemming out of something or somebody –  is exerted upon it. In certain instances we might not have a direct visual contact with the person pushing the swing (there might be ie. a tree lying between us and him/her) but we are pretty sure s/he is there! The very same principle apllies to planet “Nine”. We know it is out there because we are seeing – to our astonishment –  six whole dwarf planets “swung” to the overall same direction, without anything else out there being capable of producing such a dramatic effect!

Planet “Nine” swinging the six dwarf planets on the left to an overall same direction (Credit: Caltech)

So, we are talking here about a new planet that is located far beyond our known Solar System. By measuring the amount of force this planet exerts over the six “swung” dwarf planets we determine that planet “Nine” should be two to four times bigger than the Earth and 10 times as massive! It is temporarily named “Planet Nine” (it will be properly baptized when captured by our telescopes), because it is the ninth planet in numerical order from the Sun. It comes immediately after Neptune, which is the eighth planet of our Solar System (we shouldn’t forget that the body we previouly knew as the “ninth planet”, Pluto, has been demoted in 2006 by the Ιnternational Astronomical Union and is currently considered not a proper planet but a dwarf one).

It is like living i.e. in the island Cuba and believing (as our ancestors used to believe before us, for that matter) that Cuba is all that there is, the entire world. And then some day unexpectedly finding out that beyond Cuba lies the vast american continent! That kind of “shock” the astronomers are experiencing nowadays! For generations we used to believe that our “island” (the Solar System we were familiar with) was all that there was and suddenly we discovered a vast “continent” (an immense extended area of our Solar System) lying beyond our “island” (our previously known Solar System)!

The gargantuan orbit of planet “Nine” in respect to our known Solar System (Credit: Caltech)

The main difficulty in spotting planet “Nine” lies in its sheer distance from the Sun. As you can see in the picture above, planet “Nine” orbits the Sun in a gargantuan distance that somehow is “off scale” in comparison to the orbits of the planets we are familiar with (in fact, everything about this planet seems to be “off scale”). Actually, planet “Nine” it is so remote that the astronomers estimate it would appear something like a 1000 times fainter than Pluto (and if you know how faint Pluto appears in our telescopes – just a few pixels across – then we are talking here about something that is extremely faint)! Obviously planet “Nine” reflects a very limited amount of sunlight, thus even to our most sensitive telescopes – if they ever serendipitously focus on this “ghostly” planet – it will be extremely difficult to distinguish it from the background of the “all starry” sky. In addition, planet “Nine” should be pretty much frozen, meaning that its thermal “trail” is not easily detectable by our radio telescopes. So, it might take years before we “physically” discover this majestic object.

Some people might say then: why should we care for such a remote planet that even to our strongest telescopes  appears as a minuscule dot? Well, the answer is that astrology does not seem to care that much about distances. The planets of our known Solar System – which are much closer to us than planet Nine- do not actually affect us astrologically by their gravitational tug. If that was the case then – as the skeptics are claiming –  an obstetrician would exert on the infant a much stronger gravitational tug with his/her body mass than any other heavenly body! So it is not the very proximity of a planet that makes it astrologically “active”. It rather is a complex web of cosmic interrelations. Think of Pluto: it is a tiny object very far away from us but still it is tremendously affecting us! Let alone planet Nine, which is 5000 more massive than Pluto! In any case, it would be ridiculous for us astrologers to be giving credit to “space boulders” like i.e. the asteroids “Arachne” or “Eros” and ignore such a majestic and domineering celestial body like planet “Nine”!

Actually, planet “Nine” seems to be the absolute king of this newly discovered, unimaginably huge area that lies well beyond our known Solar System. It is gravitationally dominating vast reaches of this over-extended area. Beyond any doubt, this is an omnipotent celestial body, which is subduing several dwarf planets dictating them the orbits they follow…

                      The astrological properties of planet “Nine”

Determining the astrological properties of a somehow “ghostly” planet that we have just theoretically “discovered” – and that we haven’t even set our eyes on – would normally be a task next to impossible! In fact, it took several decades – and even centuries – to guess, then  “distill” and finally determine the specific astrological properties of each of the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. But this rather long process ultimately handed over to us a valuable practical “kit”, that turns to be very useful in determining the properties of a newly found celestial body. You see, in retrospective and after so many years that the astrologers were eagerly striving to detect the properties of the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto we realized that “synchronicity” is a crucial elementt. So, we should carefully examine every single set of events, every process or even intricacy occurring around the time a celestial object is discovered. Additionally, we realized that the astronomical reality of a celestial body has much to do with its astrological nature. Armed with these notions we will attempt now to guess some eventual properties of planet “Nine”!

First of all, planet “Nine” is a purely theoretical discovery, a discovery made possible thanks to the human intellect and the – produced by the human intellect – science of mathematics and astronomy, the advanced computers, astronomical software etc. So, it might be a planet exalting the human intellect and endowing the individuals and the generations it is affecting with extraordinary spiritual / intellectual capacities!

And beyond any doubt, this is a “transcendental” planet. We have been already calling “transcendentals” the (astrological) planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Thus, we are aware that we are having here a planet that goes beyond the “transcendental”. I don’t know what might lie beyond the transcendental but definitely planet “Nine” is the harbinger of a much elevated and profound consciousness. It apparently represents experiences that go beyond the habitual spectre of life and is probably “attracting” some unusual or even extreme to our everyday perception events (often of an inner dimension). Such a “hyper-transcendental” planet might be an agent of tremendous evolution for the human beings, although the individuals themselves might be experiencing the initial stages of such evolution as an acute suffering and constant adversion. In such a transcendental realm the concept of “duality” is largely eased off and the polar opposites look ever more the same!

Planet “Nine” is a distinctively “generational”, collective planet. It acts mostly on a collective level and its impact would be more obvious over the human generations than on single individuals. All the other planets stay in a sign just a few years, not enough time to “stamp” a generation with the distinguished “frequency” of their permanence in that sign. Only Pluto might stay up to 31 years in a sign – and this period stands on the fringes of what we might call a generation’s time span. Sometimes though Pluto stays just for 12 years in a sign and that’s not enough time to produce a distinct “astrological stamp” for that generation. Till now we did not have a planet staying in a sign for say a century, a planet vibrationally “marking” an entire epoch for humanity (i.e. there is no known planet that can be accounted for – on its own – for the epoch of the roman empire). But that might change now, as planet “Nine” remains in certain signs for entire centuries (it might orbit the Sun in a period of 15.000 years)!

Michael Brown hypothesizes that planet “Nine” might currently be somewhere in the constellation of Cetus – which corresponds to the zodiacal signs of Aries/ early Taurus. It is very probable then that planet “Nine” was transiting in the sign of Aries during the two last world wars (together with Eris and Sedna, you may see my relative article here), marking with its presence in Aries one of the most bloody and bellicose periods in the history of humankind (with almost 70 million human casualties)! …Isn’t clear now in retrospective the sheer madness we have been through in that grim period of the two most large scale, destructive wars in the history of humanity?

Planet “Nine” is definitely a planet of power, somehow fatally dictating its will upon the individuals and especially upon the generations it is affecting.

It is also a planet long heralded by different names and forms! As “Planet X”, as a stellar “Nemesis”, as “Tyche”etc. Thus, it might have to do with the attribute of “heralding” things, situations, entities. It might be also teaching us that a true entity might be concealed behind different names and appearances, which are ultimately reflecting just partial facets of it!

Oddly enough, planet “Nine” seems to be connected to all of the transcendental planets/dwarf planets Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris! In addition, it somehow summarizes certain of their properties. First of all, it is much reminiscent of planet Uranus, because (as Uranus back in 1781) it is ushering us now into a vast new area of our Solar System, an area that we had never imagined it existed. It is thus a “system’s breaker”, a somehow subversive, revolutionary planet that is awaking us to new vast dimensions!

It has some obvious similarities with planet Neptune too! You see, both planets were “discovered” first on a theoretical level, due to the perturbations they were exerting over some other celestial bodies that had already been discovered by the astronomers. And they were “physically” discovered later on (or so we hope for planet “Nine”).

In addition, planet “Nine” is intrinsically connected to Pluto, because it actually took its place as the ninth planet of our Solar System (since Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet back in 2006). There shouldn’t be a ninth planet after all, but thanks to this new giant planet the order is apparently restored and Pluto is somehow vindicated! Not to mention that planet “Nine” seems to be a “dark” king, the king of a very dark region of the “extended” Solar System. And as we know, Pluto is considered the king of the underworld. So, there is an intimate, “semiotical” kind of connection between planet “Nine” and Pluto!

Finally, planet “Nine” seems to have some kinship with the newly found dwarf planet Eris. You see, both these objects have been somehow “unwanted”. Eris was the only deity that was not invited in a crucial – according to greek mythology – marriage. And planet “Nine” was apparently kicked out of our known Solar System some billions of years ago – due to the gravitational tug of our known giant planets. So, planet “Nine” seems to have been somehow redundant to our Solar System and for that reason it was kicked out in its farthest reaches! It might thus be astrologically representing the traits of being unwanted, kicked out and redundant…


The impact of the definite, visual discovery of  planet “Nine” will be enormous for astrology.  You see, at least as early as 2005 a quest has begun from the part of the international astrological community on the astrological properties of the newly found planetoids Sedna, Eris etc. The astrologers worldwide have been  trying to understand how important these planetoids are and whether or not should they include them in their charts – and how should they interpret them. When we come down though to planet “Nine” we don’t deal with just a small planetoid but with a proper giant planet, perhaps four times larger than our Earth! Therefore, planet “Nine” carries a particular astrological weigh and it is imperative to determine as early as we can its actual position in the sky and its overall astrological properties. Then, we should permanently include it in our astrological softwares and the horoscopes we erect!

When an extraordinary dicovery is made people feel they are living in exciting times! Provided they realize the fact that the relevant discovery is extraordinary. And we – today’s astrologers – are lucky to live in such an exciting epoch, when the discovery of planet “Nine” was made!

Thomas Gazis
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SOCIETY AS OUR SURROGATE FAMILY (the vital “Vertical Axis” of the Zodiac)

Every time I yield to the temptation of eating a delicious Greek candy I find myself crossing a high speed avenue, in order to get to my favorite pastry shop. There is a footbridge crossing over to the other side of that avenue and I often use the elevator to get up to it. The elevator is a modern, see through one (even playing some lounge music). Inexplicably though (or not that much so) it is vandalized! Its glass paneling is broken at various points, as if wildly kicked or clubbed…And there is graffiti all over. It somehow makes me sad to see a communal benefit like this elevator in such a state. You see, all the citizens of my area are benefiting from it, thus it should be kept as clean and intact as possible. Not everybody though is thinking it that way. To some it is rather a target where they are unleashing their rage…But why?

I am pondering on this every time I get in that elevator…I am thinking of who those people might be, who are venting their anger over that defenseless elevator…Most probably they are young – you see the older ones are more “socially conformed”. Maybe these are some youngsters whose father/mother did not give them the pocket money they were expecting. Or maybe their parents are quarreling and do not pay enough attention to their particular adolescent/ post-adolecent needs…Or maybe some girls spurned them out..Who knows…All we can see is their rage that is permanently impressed upon the elevator’s glass paneling…For some reason these people are blowing off steam on that defenseless elevator, vandalizing a communal good.

I have studied some psychology and I can see a sort of “freudian transfer” going on here. In reality, these youngsters would like to confront face to face their indifferent parents, their tough bosses or the spurning girls so that they pay them back the emotional pain they have experienced. But for various reasons they cannot – and this makes them even more furious. So, they are resorting to a feasible to them alternative solution: to damage communal goods they can lay their hands on! Like this elevator, which their parents, spurning girls, or bosses will eventually make use of – indirectly receiving thus their rage. So, these guys in order to avenge their own privately induced emotional pain are ultimately “damaging” society at large!

The fact is that this kind of “rage transfer” is not limited just to the hot-tempered youngsters. The older ones have their fair share too! There is on Youtube a documentary on the worst spy in the history of the USA. It is entitled: “Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History – Robert Philip Hanssen”.Hanssen (an Aries man with Moon in Pisces) was for 20 years selling vital USA secrets to the Russians! During his childhood his father – a tough and aloof Chicago police officer – was constantly disparaging and humiliating him! And after his arrest Hanssen confessed to the bureau’s psychiatrist that the FBI was filled with characters just like his father, “authoritarian, demanding, never willing to praise or reward him”! That is why he decided to hit back and with no remorse betray his very country, damaging it beyond all means! I was impressed by the fact that Hanssen “transferred” his grudge towards his father over the entire FBI personnel! And furthermore, that he ultimately sought to avenge his painful early years by damaging his entire country! From an astrological point of view, I perceived a strong “Cancer – Capricorn axis” emphasis being at play here.

Cancer – Capricorn: the vital “Vertical Axis” of the Zodiac

The signs of Cancer and Capricorn are called “cardinals”. The two are located the one across the other in the zodiac circle (diametrically opposite). They constitute the “vertical Axis” of the zodiac (or a zodiacal “Tree of Life”). Cancer is located at the basis of that axis (at the lowest point of the zodiac) and Capricorn at the top of the axis (at the highest point of the zodiac). Actually, the Cancer – Capricorn “polar duet” is forming (as every other zodiacal “polar duet”, for that matter) a sort of a “Yang – Yin” pair. These two cardinal signs are constantly interacting but at the same time are ever found in a dynamic equilibrium as a whole – seen from the outside. Each sign is somehow “reflected” into the other. And every change in one of them is triggering a “counteract” change in the other. We could say that there is a “recompensatory process” taking place among these two cardinal archetypes. And in this “recompensatory process” ultimately lies the reason why we are transferring (positively or negatively) our privately-induced emotional states onto the wider society!

According to psychology, our early years in life are extremely important. They constitute the foundation upon which our entire adult personality is based. Our childhood experiences mold and shape the “spinal chord”of our adult temperament, state of mind, overall character. And it is next to impossible for an adult to be well balanced, emotionally sound, mentally alert, confident in him/herself, open to the people around him/her and happy unless s/he has been properly loved, nurtured, encouraged and stimulated during his early years in life. In the horoscope these fundamental loving and nurturing energies are archetypally set in the sign of Cancer / in the Fourth House (the cusp of which was called by the hellenistic astrologers “Hypogeion” – basement that is). Not by chance the sign of Cancer lies at the very lowest part of the zodiac – such a position is explicitely stating the Cancer’s “fundamental” nature for us humans.

So, the “watery” sign of Cancer harbors the all important for our development and formation energies of loving and nurturing. But then, by extrapolation this implies that its diametrically (polar) opposite sign of Capricorn not only does not encompass such energies but it pretty much lacks them! We could actually say that the sign of Capricorn is harboring energies that are as alien as they can get from the ones of loving and nurturing (not by chance the Moon, the “planet” ruling the sign of Cancer, is characterized as “Debilitated” when located in the sign of Capricorn)! But if such an hypothesis holds any water then we are facing a serious problem here. Because we are having a zodiacal sign that is not providing to its “holders” some very fundamental and vital for their well being energies!

How can this be? Is the sign of Capricorn a “flawed” one? Well, foremost astrologers like Dane Rudhyar and Liz Greene – who are specialized in psychological astrology – have extensively written about the profound insecurities and complexes characterizing the planet Saturn, which is ruling the sign of Capricorn (meaning that those saturnine complexes are somehow embedded in Capricorn). No doubt that a person that did not receive his/her due amount of loving and nurturing in his childhood might very well harbor serious psychological deficiencies in his/her adult character. But as we explained before, the polar opposite signs develop what we might call a “recompensatory process”. Thus, the sign of Capricorn in order to redress its lack of cancerian nurturing energies has developed a very particular “recompensatory mechanism” that I will explain below! If it didn’t possess that mechanism then we should call Capricorn a seriously flawed zodiacal sign!

The deprived early years of the archetypal Capricorn

Although I don’t have in my hands a survey officially attesting this, all my life I have been encountering Capricorns having a problematic relation with the entity we call “family”. They are often coming from cold, strict, aloof, poor families and during their childhood they have experienced all kinds of hardships. They lost their father or mother early, their parents were very demanding and disciplinarian, ever enforcing on them duties and in general some heavy for their childish shoulders burdens. And they had lived in a somehow “sterile” family environment, where there was very little room for the display of affection or joy and where they received very little encouragement or praise. And what is even worse, there are characteristic cases of Capricorns who were completely abandoned by their parents and who grew up in the cold and impersonal environment of an orphanage!

I recently watched the interview of a famous Capricorn who confessed to the hostess that for very long in his life when he was seeing children who had even one of their parents by their side he was feeling completely shattered! In every single such occurrence he was overcome by a sense of colossal injustice and taken over by a heavy grievance. The pain was unbearable, an obviously recurring pain that bred in him a lifelong resentment against every single kid that had a parent/parents. And this ultimately led to a general resentment against the entire society!

We would expect from this Capricorn man to become a bad lot in his adult life. Surprisingly though he did not. Fueled by his inner bitterness and fervently seeking to rectify the unfathomable injustice he suffered (being abandoned by both his parents) he worked very hard after he left the orphanage. He remained largely undistracted by the usual youth enjoyments, outings and “idle living”. With the substantial amount of money he earned he enrolled in a prestigious acting school. He was rehearsing for hours and hours in front of his mirror, becoming a shining example in the acting school. He then began his career by initially taking small roles in theatrical plays or in the movies (knowing him I believe that he shrewdly used all his connections and devices – especially his charm – to get the jobs and rise high). Gradually he became a well known and respected name and he is today a leading actor in major theatrical plays. Thus, he is daily basking in the applause of the spectators, who are ever admiring and loving him – in a way his actually non-existent parents never did! He has had his own family and kids too but he is actually divorced. He is receiving though so much love and adoration by the wider society! That’s Capricorn at its best!

Ultimately, what led this man to excel is the fact that he applied in his life the “recompensatory proces” I mentioned before. He didn’t have a family and that element alone might have totally crippled him. But he somehow transmuted his colossal resentment and turned it into a driving force, into a fervent desire to achieve important things in his life and distinguish himself both professionally and socially. As a Capricorn he instinctively knew the “secret” that even if someone never had a family of his own, life is offering him/her a second chance to have one. And I am not implying here just the family we may create with our own partner. The secret is that society itself is acting as a sort of surrogate family to us!

You see, when you have a good professional/social reputation then society treats you really well (even if you don’t have a lot of money in your pocket)! It treats you that well and “tender” almost as if it were your maternal family! Let’s say you are a well known doctor/lawyer in your area (all too often people with strong Capricornian elements in their chart become doctors). Wherever you go you will be meeting people paying attention to you, greeting you or even complimenting you (for curing them or their relatives, for winning their case in the court etc.)!

Even more so, when you are a famous doctor/lawyer etc and you visit i.e. some restaurant or music hall you will be drawing the attention of the entire personnel over you! Obviously, it will be an honor (and a very effective marketing) for the specific restaurant, the music hall etc. to have a recognizable, respected citizen, a sort of celebrity in their premises. So, as soon as this (even local) celebrity comes over they will lead him/her (and his/her eventual company) to the very best table, they will offer him/her the best service possible, they will grant him/her the most delicious plates. Thus the restaurant or the music hall owners and personnel will be treating this distinguished citizen with much care, interest, warmth, almost as if they were his/her own paternal/maternal family!

Transmuting Society into our Family!

This is a very interesting but relatively uncharted aspect of the human nature! There is out there a somehow indestructible, perennial “family” of ours waiting to pamper and reward us (if we have been “good children” of course. I am explaining this in the next paragraph)! Even if we were allotted the cruel fate of not having a maternal/paternal family of our own, there is still a future for us, because later on in our lives we are given – thanks to the Capricorn’s “recompensatory process”- a chance to turn the entire society into our “family”! But there is a catch here. Society is not acting as a surrogate family to everyone but only to its most distinguished members (in reality, society may become extremely tough and ruthless to an average Joe)! It is its most renowed members the ones who society is coddling and pampering, in the way a mother is coddling and pampering her children. Capricorns are very much aware of this fact, that’s why they are ever striving to excel and become important in life, both professionally and socially.

So, behind every ambition, behind every professional/social achievement of ours lies a fervent desire to turn society into our “family”! Let me explain this in more detail. Being a doctor or a lawyer are two of the highest esteemed and top ranked professions in our society. But you are not becoming a doctor because you like your patients’ debilitating conditions. Nor because you love being interrupted in your coziest moments by emergency calls. Likewise, you don’t become a lawyer because you desire to be continuously annoyed by some actually indifferent to you and stressful affairs regarding other people… In all honesty, you become a doctor or a lawyer for the prestige and the money of it! You emerge as a doctor/lawyer etc. mainly because you want to become socially important, to be admired and respected by the people around you. There is a strong egotistical drive hidden behind such a wish and obviously it is not by chance that Mars – the planet of raw egotistical drive – is exalted in the sign of Capricorn!

Somehow and to a certain extent, there is a “shortcoming”, a “complex” hidden behind our desire to “achieve” in the wider world! The more we have been “denied” things in our early years the more motivated (cosntructively or destructively) we become in our adult life. Thus, indeed some kind of “flaw” lies at the core of our successes. Of course I am not excluding here the eventuality of a well pampered in its childhood individual achieving important things (professionally/socially) in its adult life. All I am saying is that the individuals who did not receive much affection and rewards in their childhood are more motivated to achieve things in their adult lives.

You see, when you have had a nice childhood you usually feel complete inside you, you feel good with yourself. You then wish to imminently experience your completeness and share your well-being with the people around you. Thus, you get more easily carried away by the omnipotent allurance of the “here and now”, by the idle chatting of casual companies (especially if they comprise members of the sex you are attracted to), by any carefree situation. And if you have been well pampered in your early years then you are more unwilling to engage in activities that give you a hard time and do not immediately reward you! You prefer to live an easy life – at the cost of not accomplishing much. Meaning that the real achievers might ultimately be the ones who are probably feeling a little bit unconfortable within the context of a casual company, who do not get much reward in the “here and now” and who thus prefer to retreat behind the curtains and work hard in order to achieve something “big”. Some big achievement that will ultimately draw upon themselves the society’s admiration and pampering.

In a certain sense, the big achievers are actually trying to fill some fundamental “void” in themselves. An illustrious historical case comes to my mind at this point: according to his biographers, Alexander the Great was disparaged by his father Philip, who was bragging that had conquered almost the entire southern-eastern Europe (and it was a great deed back then for a small greek kingdom to have conquered a whole chunk of Europe). But ultimately Alexander exceeded by far his father, as he conquered almost the entire world – or at least the known in his era world! Apparently, his father’s scorning became a major motivation for Alexander the Great to accomplish his legendary deeds that will be eternally admired!

We might have never suspected that, but behind every imposing skyscraper or other mega-construction, behind the great missions, the life saving inventions and discoveries lies a more or less wounded child that craves to be admired, recognized and loved by his/her surrogate “mommy”/”daddy” the society! So, somehow all the major accomplishments in the history of humanity are stemming out of some sort of promordial “deficiency” within the soul of the“achievers’”, out of some kind of “complex”! Think though how much our societies have benefitted and advanced out of this inherent human “deficiency”! Think how much behind we would be as humankind if we didn’t harbor such a powerful, creative “complex” within our souls!

Thomas D. Gazis
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P.S. This article was first published in Greek. My friend Theo Phalieros assisted me in its English translation
       Since 2010 I have been presenting the ideas of this article in various seminars.

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Jupiter in Virgo – the God of small things!

Without too much ado, planet Jupiter entered a few days ago (on August 11th) in the sign of Virgo! The event went largely unnoticed, probably because at the time most people in the northern hemisphere were taking their summer vacation! Thus, unlike the entrance of Jupiter in Leo a year ago, this was a “no fanfare”, low profile event – but that’s quite appropriate to the nature of Virgo!

This is a critical shift that will affect pretty much all of us (since the sign of Virgo is present in every natal chart). It will activate now a specific, important area of ​​our life – and eventually a new set of planets and “points” in our chart.

Apart from the individual level though, this zodiacal shift of Jupiter will have a collective impact on mankind as well . It will diffuse a new “spirit of the time” (“zeitgeist”) in our societies and it will affect in a particular way the psychology of the masses. You see, everything (people, events, situations) is attuned and adapted to the “frequency” of the ever changing “spirit of the time”. It is important therefore to define that “spirit” astrologically!

To realize what I mean consider this: during the previous 12 months that Jupiter was in Leo the so-called “selfies” pictures were in vogue. These “selfies” mirrored perfectly the spirit of the exuberant Jupiter in the egocentric and somehow exhibitionist sign of Leo! But now that the giant planet has moved to the rather timid and modest sign of Virgo the “selfies” may start to tire out and a new fashion might prevail – having now a distinct “virgonian” essence! For example, we might see the clothing fashion clinging towards more earthy and simple forms in the ensuing months.

Jupiter represents the “higher mind” but is entering here in a realm of the “lower mind”. One might find a contradiction there but not the ever pondering “grandmaster”. You see, Jupiter is an avid apprentice of the core philosophy of each sign it is transiting in. It yearns to master that philosophy and to extrapolate more advanced notions out of it – so that it ultimately carves new promising paths in its eternal quest for enlightenment!

The king of the gods is unexpectedly discovering here the virgonean microcosm and much intrigued is plunging in it (instead of taking its habitual “outer” trips). And being in Virgo Jupiter ultimately realizes that there can be no “higher mind” without a “lower” one. The two are tightly interconnected and are mutually fed! That the “prosaic” and the “here and now” are as holy and important as the spiritual and the eternal! That our world is composed of innumerable little things, of countless functional parts that are crucial to the whole, parts we should become more aware of. That being of service to the others is a holy task! And that our body is a temple that we must revere and take care of!

Frankly, the coexistence of Jupiter and Virgo is a little bit problematic. Jupiter is a “fiery” expansive and enthusiastic planet imbued by a high idealism, a planet that is ever yearning to go beyond the distant horizons. Virgo on the other is an “earthy”, practical and perfectionist sign that avoids the energy wastage and is focusing its attention on making its current routine fully functional and “ritualized”. Therefore, there is a significant gap between the aspirations of these two astrological elements (and it is not by chance that Jupiter is in its “fall” in the sign of Virgo – meaning that this earthy sign is somehow hampering the primary goals of  the king of the gods – as Jupiter wants to aim high but this sign is ever calling him off to watch its next step).

Jupiter is a “cosmic barometer” showing us (according to the sign it is transiting in and the aspects it is forming) the degree of evolution, prosperity and optimism within our societies. In this regard, Jupiter in Virgo does not leave much room because it indicates that we are now entering a “minimalist” phase, a contraction phase of further thrift and austerity. Therefore, in the next twelve months a “Spartan” spirit will  prevail worldwide (which will probably become even more rigorous around March 2016, when Jupiter will be forming again a discordant square aspect to Saturn).

On the other hand, this position of Jupiter will offer us some valuable lessons. It will teach us how to take maximum advantage of our available resources, it will make us wiser, more inventive and effective in saving resources, in managing materials etc. – so that we ultimately cope with the overall scarcity of money and resources that we might come across.

We spoke earlier about the great gap that exists between Jupiter and the sign of Virgo. But there is simultaneously a focal point of convergence between them. This point is the so-called “sacredness” of the two signs. Jupiter is an idealistic planet that represents our connection with the higher, spiritual realms, with the divine. And Virgo is an “earthly” sign representing the purification process, virginity, “angelicality”! Therefore, Jupiter in Virgo will highlight now the sanctity of the everyday, ordinary or even old-hat situations, the God that resides in the small things and in the apparently trivial processes of life.

This means that we will start undertaking with greater willingness now some manual works that we were previously thinking of as boring or undesirable. From the washing of the dishes to the sweeping of the floor, to the DIYS repairing of our car or house, to knitting etc. These jobs we will be doing now more willingly and consciously, feeling their importance and “sanctity” in the “larger scheme of things”! Consequently, we will become more efficient at our jobs (working harder and paying closer attention to the details – producing thus a work of higher quality).


You may never have heard it, but in Japan there is a whole traditional ritual associated with – the otherwise trivialized – tea serving… This ritual is summarizing the spirit of Jupiter in Virgo (which is a very ritualistic sign)!

In general, Jupiter in Virgo will help us become more realistic and it will assist us in better arranging and organizing our lives. Furthermore, it will significantly contribute to the purification and cleansing of our society! Some fundamental moral values ​​will re-emerge and more pure and honest people will be promoted to the important posts!

The sign of Virgo is closely linked to the popular, to the working class. So the beneficial planet Jupiter in Virgo should normally mark a period of growth and relative prosperity for the working classes. And indeed initially some high expectations might be cultivated, which in the course of  time might prove to be largely “illusory” – making people feel once again that they have been cheated (Jupiter will form – at times – a difficult opposition aspect with the somehow “fraudster” planet Neptune). However, although in recent years many labor rights have been violated, some new laws might be issued now that will ensure better conditions for the working class. A more flexible and effective labor law might be applied now – regulating the immigrants’ issue as well.

Undoubtedly, Jupiter in Virgo (the sign of work) will accentuate the importance and the “sanctity” of work. More people will try now to enter the labor market (seeking – in order to survive – even the humblest of the jobs)! On the other hand, many people will seek jobs abroad. We will be more willingly now rolling up our sleeves in order to work, to produce something useful, to assist in an immediate and practical manner the people around us.

Whenever Jupiter is in Virgo it apparently increases the frequency and volume of the public and private sector’s construction activity. Consequently, many unemployed people are finding new jobs in such periods – but not necessarily well paid ones!

The health sector is also traditionally associated with the sign of Virgo and is expected to somehow improve now (our governments will probably announce fancy new public health programs). Additionally, any business regarding, healthy/organic food products, natural remedies, centres promoting natural (no toxic drugs) treatments and a healthier lifestyle will bloom now!

Another category of “little things” that are under the auspices of Virgo are the pets! Our societies will take better care now of our small friends. New laws might be issued regarding their welfare (punishing i.e. more severely their negligence or maltreatment).

At times, however, Jupiter in Virgo (in its “fall” that is) appears to suppress the liberties in the environment of the educational institutions (i.e the disciplinary decisions that were taken against the rebelling students in May 1969). In addition, it acts in a rather shrinking and “minimalist” manner on issues regarding the judicial system, the judges, the lawyers and the courts. But it may cause some sort of cleanup there too.

A rather unhappy combination of the properties of Jupiter (expansion, bloating) and Virgo (the earth, the soil) is that during the passage of the giant planet in this sign volcanoes are often erupting (too much “bloating”of the earth)! The spectacular – and well documented on TV – eruption of St. Helen’s in 1980 i.e. took place under the influence of Jupiter in Virgo). In addition, during these periods some major tectonic faults are often displaced (as a mutable earthy sign Virgo is representing the “earth in motion”)..

Thomas Gazis
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