Monday, 13 March 2017

A recent scientific "symmetry field" theory might be totally justifying Astrology!

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The Zodiac has always been a conundrum to me! It is the very basis of Astrology but we know next to nothing about it! We are fairly sure (us, the Astrologers) that it exists, but if somebody asks us "Where exactly is the Zodiac lying?" we will be left rather clueless...You see, we don't really know! What we know is that the Zodiac is some kind of "belt"! A non-magnetic belt obviously, because if it were one it would have been detected by now. And if it is not a magnetic belt then what is it made from (since there aren't many alternatives)? And ultimately, where exactly is this belt? Is it over our heads, over our highest mountain, up in the stratosphere, in the near-Earth space, somewhere within the distant space or simply everywhere?

For the last couple of decades I've been giving lectures trying to explain to the public the profound mystery of the Zodiac (why is it so perfectly geometrical, why is it cyclical and twelve-fold with each sign comprising exactly 30 degrees, how could possibly exist such a perfectly geometrical structure up there on the sky, what is the Zodiac made of etc.). In those lectures, I was usually relying on Plato's theory of the "solids" and especially on the famous "Dodecahedron" to offer an explanation. That was my very best shot back then but still, I could not make the ends meet! Little did I know though that very soon science itself would somehow justify both Plato and Astrology!

I am a sort of science nerd, so I am reading almost every scientific article I am laying my hands on. A couple of days ago I was browsing the "" site in the hope of finding interesting astronomy articles when I stumbled upon an article on a relatively new theory called the "conformal symmetry of time-space"! I was immediately flabbergasted by this theory, which is sustaining that there is an inherent geometrical pattern hidden deep within the fabric of time-space! And in this actually "polyhedral" pattern might lie the secret mechanism that makes Astrology tick!

You may read the article here

Let me quote an excerpt of interest:

"The discovery was so unexpected that (researcher)Polyakov initially didn’t believe it. His suspicion, shared by others, was that “maybe this happens because there is some hidden symmetry that we didn’t find yet.”

Everyone is excited because these kinks are unexpected and interesting, and they tell you where interesting theories live,” said Nima Arkani-Hamed, a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study. “It could be reflecting a polyhedral structure of the space of allowed conformal field theories, with interesting theories living not in the interior or some random place, but living at the corners.”

Science has advanced so much lately that has reached some rather weird and even paranormal fields...And contrary to the expectations of the skeptics, the more science advances the closer it comes to Astrology, ever more justifying it! The exciting discovery of the "polyhedral symmetry fields" that are lurking within the fabric of time-space might soon lead us to the longed-for scientific explanation of why and how Astrology works!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The "latent" Synastry of Donald and Melania Trump!

Although I am a "synastry-holic" person, the idea of studying Donald Trump's and Melania's synastry was never particularly appealing to me. As most people, I was seeing in these two an unscrupulous businessman and an avid "gold-digger". So, to me there wasn't interesting stuff there. Not to mention the fact that nobody seemed to know Melania's time of birth, meaning that an eventual synastric study of theirs would be rather incomplete. But things have changed and Donald Trump is now the elected president of the United States while his wife Melania the First Lady! A synastric study of theirs seems more appealing than ever.

Let's take a quick look at their natal charts. Donald has a versatile Gemini Sun, while his Moon resides in the fiery and expansive sign of Sagittarius. His Ascendant is in the regal sign of Leo (although in the very last degree of it)!  Donald was born during a Lunar Eclipse (and probably this has to do with his peculiar, "obscure" relation to women at large). 

Let's move on to Melania now. We are still lacking her verified time of birth so we don't actually know her Ascendant nor the "domification" of her planets (thus there are no Houses in her chart - the one you see bellow - while the reported time of birth is a conventional one). In such a case we are obliged to focus mainly on the zodiacal signs of the "Lights" (Sun and Moon). But even there the lack of Melania's verified time of birth produces a controversy, because if she were born before 1:27 am (Slovenia time) she would then have a Sagittarius Moon (the same as Donald's). But if she were born after 1:27 am she would have a Capricorn Moon - and that would make all the difference!

If both Donald and Melania have a Sagittarius Moon then you can see the power of their synastry right in front of your eyes! When two people share the same Moon - in the same sign and in conjunction - they feel a deep, visceral sense of "community"! A rich emotional flux is developed among them and a profound "comprehension" of each other. And although the time frame for this to occur is relatively small (00:00 to 01:27 am) there is a strong probability that Melania was indeed born within that specific time frame. Mathematically though the odds are against it and she might very well have been born after 1:27 am - having thus a Capricorn Moon. In that eventuality things would change drastically - both for Melania and for their relationship. You see, Melania would then have a Taurus Sun and a Capricorn Moon, an extremely earthy and realistic combination, prone to materialism and social climbing (especially if the individual is attuned to the "lower frequencies" of the Taurus - Capricorn combo) ! 

Well, to many of you that might sound a lot like Melania but to a Synastry connoisseur the striking fact (with this Capricorn Moon scenario) is that Melania's chart bears no astrological affinity to Donald's chart! Her  "Lights" are too earthy and "feminine" (Sun in Taurus, Moon in Capricorn) while his "Lights" are "airy-fiery" and both "masculine" (Sun in Gemini and Moon in Sagittarius). There is no common astrological ground among them. Actually, their two charts not only do not bear any substantial resemblance but in addition they are not compatible! Here is the "bi-wheel' of their Synastry (the inner chart is Donald's and the outer one is Melania's).

So, what's going on with the Donald - Melania Trump relationship? Is theirs an arranged match, a mere marriage of convenience? Because under an astrological point of view the two do not seem to be very compatible. Well, that's not entirely true, as there are at play here some astrological elements that are rather invisible at first sight but crucial in the long run. I have developed a theory on this, calling these "difficult to spot" but crucial elements "Latent Synastric Elements" (LA.S.E. in abbreviation, you may read the gist of that theory in my article "Latent Synastric Elements: The secret fuel of love" , at the "Sasstrology" website).

As you know, the Sun in a woman's horoscope is telling us a lot about the type of the masculine figure she is mostly attracted to. In Melania's case her Sun forms a conjunction to her Saturn, thus her ideal man should be an authoritative, socially recognized and probably older than her figure. Trump actually represents all these traits. Furthermore, Melania's Sun - Saturn conjunction bears a strong affinity to Donald's Sun in the Tenth House (since that House is traditionally harboring Saturnian values)!

In addition, Melania's Sun forms an opposition to her Jupiter, thus her ideal man should have some Jupiterian traits too (he should be exuberant, optimistic, larger than life and "rich" - figuratively or literally speaking). And Donald is Jupiterian alright, since one of his "Lights" (his Moon) is in Sagittarius (the sign ruled by Jupiter), while his Sun is forming a trine aspect to his Jupiter!

What is striking here is the fact that in Donald's chart his Venus (a pivotal planet in love affairs, indicating the attributes of our ideal partner) is replicating almost identically the planetary aspects of  Melania's Sun (his Venus is conjuncting his Saturn and is forming a challenging aspect to his Jupiter)! His Venus replicating her Sun's planetary aspects, that should definitely be accounted as a latent synastric element! 

Another important LA.S.E. in this relationship stems out from the fact that Melania's Sun in Taurus is synastrically "falling" in Donald's Ninth House. As we saw before, Donald is very Jupiterian (his Sun is trining his Jupiter and his Moon resides in Sagittarius). But with this Ninth House domification Melania (although a rigid Taurus) somehow acquires Sagittarian traits when interacting with Donald! And this he definitely loves, because Melania is ever aggrandizing him, she is ever lifting him up, making him see the brighter side of life! And she might be even learning him a couple of things - while she definitely makes him laugh...

Actually, as we delve deeper in their Synastry we realize that Melania is the "stabilizer", the soothing and "grounding" force in their relationship! And Donald needs a lot of "grounding" for sure, having both his "Lights" in mutable signs. And Melania is complementing him in other ways too. Surprisingly, Donald's Moon resides in a very emotional, tender, family orientated sector of his chart (in his Fourth House). In that sector the Moon is much dignified. But there is another side to it, as the Fourth House Moon might often become ultra sensitive and touchy. If Melania has a Capricorn Moon she is to a certain extent complementing and strengthening that sensitive side of Donald Trump (the Fourth House and the sign of Capricorn being somehow two complementary areas of a horoscope). And the First Lady does that even more so if we take in consideration the fact that her Venus and Mars are synastrically falling in Donald's Tenth House (meaning that she becomes even more Capricornian when standing by his side, when interacting with him)!

We already mentioned that planet Venus is of paramount importance in love affairs. Melania's Venus is conjuncting her Mercury, meaning that her ideal partner should have some "mercurian" traits, he should be witty, versatile, communicative. One part of her craves for a  mercurian partner and guess what, Donald definitely is one (as he belongs to the sign of Gemini, ruled by Mercury).

Another part of Melania craves for a Martian partner (because her Venus is forming a conjunction to her Mars, as well). And since his early childhood Donald has been the martian type of guy (his Mars in conjuncting his Leonian Ascendant - allegedly he was feared by many of his school mates). Even more so, Melania craves specifically for a martian Gemini type of man (as her Mars resides in the sign of Gemini). Well, Donald absolutely fulfills that side of hers too!

In Melania's chart, her Moon is interacting with Uranus (forming a square aspect). In Donald's chart, his Sun is interacting with Uranus (forming a conjunction). So they both have an "uranianized" "Light" (not by chance they got into politics). That uranian factor should be accounted as another "latent" synastric element!

This isn't by no means a complete study of Donald's and Melania's synastry. They do have many interesting "explicit" synastric inter-aspects (like the ultra "merging", intense and powerful inter-aspects that Pluto is forming with their respective "Lights". Also, the romantic but probably "disillusioning" as well inter-aspects of Neptune with their Moon and Venus - and several others). That kind of stuff though pertains to a slightly different field (and an exhaustive synastric analysis should normally take something  like 15 - 20 pages). In this article I just tried to give you a different synastric point of view on the Donald's - Melania's relationship, focusing mainly on their "latent" synastric elements,which although not very obvious are utterly conditioning the quality of a relationship!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis 

Monday, 23 January 2017

America is turning against its own self (Trump's Plutonian demonization)

There is a very odd thing going on in the United States these days. The Americans are massively protesting against Donald Trump, the President that they themselves elected just a couple of months ago! They are marching all over the country, shouting some diminishing and degrading slogans against their head of State  - and even publicly swearing at him (i.e. Madonna's case). Apparently the Americans have "demonized" their own president - before him taking office! To a neutral, European observer like me that seems to be a strange, abnormal occurrence...

I was struck lately by some pictures like the one you see above, portraying president Trump as an ugly, obese pig! I am personally appalled by this specific picture but at the same time I realize that many Americans actually like it, they take some pleasure out of it! Since I have studied some psychology I wonder why people take pleasure out of such an appalling and degrading picture? And then I remembered what I had been taught in the psychology classes I attended, that there is a deep-seated psychological mechanism in our souls called "projection".  

In my "non-expert" qualifiedness, I would define "projection" as "a defence psychological mechanism through which we are attributing to somebody else/others unwanted traits of our own self"! Furthermore, there is a collective kind of projection as well, where many individuals are projecting disparate unwanted traits of themselves upon a specific individual, a specific ethnic or religious minority etc.

In other words, the more unwanted traits, shortcomings, "sins" you harbour in yourself the more you feel the need to project those "bad traits" of yours upon somebody else (be it the Jews, Putin, Trump, it doesn't actually matter that much). And if you join other people attuned to that very same need of yours then you might start marching with them, protesting loudly - and that turns out to be a "cathartic", therapeutic experience to you!

Don't get me wrong here, I am not "en masse" accusing the protesters nor am I on Trump's payroll. I didn't vote republican, I am not an American citizen, I don't even like the guy. I am trying though to see the whole picture and make some (astrological) sense out of what I perceive as a rather absurd and irrational situation. Because to me it is like America has snapped in front of my eyes and turned against its own self! I have never witnessed that in such a colossal scale (and I see certain similarities between this current situation and the Civil War period)...

As we saw before, demonizing the others has its perks, because it  makes you feel better deep in your soul! And when you do that on a collective level you are summoning - astrologically speaking - Pluto! Because all this massive projection and "shadow dancing" is bearing some typically Plutonian hallmarks! So, something must be going on with Pluto in America's "National Horoscope"! And guess what, it actually is! 

You might be familiar with the chart you see below. It is the famous "Sibly" National Horoscope of the United States of America.

As you probably know - and as you can see above - America is ruled by the sign of Cancer - its natal Sun being in that specific sign. In "Mundane Astrology" (the Astrology of Nations) the Sun is traditionally representing the "Head of the State"! Henceforth Donald Trump in our case! USA's natal Sun is located at the 14th degree of Cancer and as you might have already heard, transiting Pluto is currently opposing for the first time ever in the history of the USA their natal Sun! That's a big event! And since Pluto is representing the masses, the collective "shadow" (and the "irrational" as well) it's no surprise that that the masses are turning now against their own president!

When Pluto is strongly aspecting the Sun of a country it is affecting its very core identity. It's not by chance that the American society has been permeated lately by an "end of the times", "dying" sensation, as Pluto has been opposing the country's natal Sun! And in a certain sense the old America has been moribund for a long time now. The very American population is somehow altered as the Hispanic-Asian-afroamerican citizens are about to outnumber the traditional Anglo-European ones. That's a huge transformation to a society! Additionally, the USA are not considered anymore the undisputed financial superpower they once were, as China is about to become the most powerful country in the world. Industries are transported abroad, people are left without jobs, the middle class is ever more fading!

As we know, Pluto is instigating fear, suspicion and irrationality to the people (when adversely aspecting their country's natal Sun)! And irrationality is wide spread now in the USA, as many people are claiming that the Russians rigged the elections (how did they do that? Do they possess some alien device with which they can influence the mind of the people? And how they managed then to influence just the half of the American population? Can you see the irrationality of it?)

All in all, Pluto has been opposing the natal Sun of the USA for (at least) the last seven years! And it almost perfectly opposed (due to its retrogradation) the USA's Sun just before the recent presidential elections. There are some other factors that contributed to the current strange political situation as well: the USA's progressed Moon (representing the American people) is located now in the USA's 12th House, a sector representing the concept of "process dissolving", "the End" of a major cycle, the sadness, indisposition, impoverishment and confusion of the people!

Furthermore, the aforementioned progressed Moon is currently squaring the USA's progressed Sun (and this particular configuration has been impressively enacted in the last few days with the massive women's marches (the Moon) against their Head of State (the Sun)! Transiting Neptune is also conjuncting the progressed USA's Sun, exacerbating the disillusionment, dissatisfaction and despair of the people!

Too much Pluto, too much Neptune, things are not what they seem to be! People cannot discern fiction from fact (blame it on the recent Saturn - Neptune square too), they are acting irrationally and out of fear and ultimately they are easily manipulated and deceived! Not to mention that we are now under the auspices of the historical Uranus - Eris conjunction. Meaning that "expiatory goats" are urgently needed for the collective to dispose of its own "sins" and burdens. A paradoxical Taoist/Quantistic spirit is prevailing in the global political scene, polarities are blurred and it is ever harder to say which is "good" and which is "bad"! Under the present "Zeitgeist" what we call "the good politician" might easily turn to be the bad one - and the other way around. Different as they might seem the two of them, they are pretty much the same!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Monday, 26 December 2016

Astro-analysis of George Michael's death (& life) - a "stellar overdrive"!

George Michael - "Exposurephotos"
Superstar Yorgos Panayiotou (George Michael's true greek-cypriot name) left the earthy dimensions on the very Christmas day - ironically, as his "Last Christmas" super hit was torrentially playing and airing all over the planet - and vanished into the ethereal (that he so much longed to artistically reach)!

His was an unexpected, untimed death that shocked the masses. So the average astrologer would normally search for some clamorous transits and progressions that "caused" Michael's death: say a transiting Pluto or the ruler of the Eighth House aspecting his "Lights", his progressed Moon located in his Eighth House or something in that line. But surprisingly s/he will find none of these! Regarding his transits and progressions, there is no major "death causing"configuration in George Michael's chart on the day of his death! That seems to be a major incongruence...So, is astrology wrong after all? No it's not! Our divine art is just outsmarting us once more!

Let's start from the beginning. In my opinion, the most important planet in George Michael's chart is his Moon! Being a Cancer, his Moon is playing a very important role in his horoscope (the Moon is ruling the sign of Cancer). But his Ascendant is Cancer once more and this makes his Moon even more important, as it is now becoming the ruler of his entire horoscope! That's why he had such an easiness to communicate with the masses, to touch the souls of the people with his songs, to carry them away into a "sea of emotions". You may see Michael's natal chart below:

His chart attests to the fact that he was a very sensitive person, both because he had a "watery" Cancer Sun and because his Sun simultaneously fell in the "uber sensitive" 12th House of his chart (not to mention that his  Mercury and his Venus were falling in that 12th House too)! Most probably, he was often feeling that he "did not belong", that he was a somehow secluded, misunderstood and essentially unloved individual. His otherwise aristocratic, artistic and well placed Moon (in Leo, in his 2nd House) was not helping him in that sense, because it is receiving a hard opposition aspect from the - often depressive - Saturn (as a matter of fact, he was diagnosed with depression!) Now we better understand why he was so often resorting to drugs, as he was seeking to cope with the pain and sorrow he was feeling inside. 

Let me show you now an oddity that occurred in Michael's chart the day he died. As we can see above, his pivotal natal Moon is located at the 20th degree of Leo (actually, it is the 21st degree but never mind that). Let's put now in the scene his so called "tri-wheel" (his progressions and transits) for the moment of his demise:

The very inner chart represents George's natal chart. The chart in the middle represents his progressions for the moment of his death and the outer chart the transits for that very moment. Just look for a couple of minutes at this "tri-wheel", sweep it over if you can with your eyes. If you are a good observer you will notice that there are six more progressed/transiting planets located at the 20th degree of their respective signs!
  1. Progressed Mercury at the 20th degree of Virgo
  2. Transiting Jupiter at the 20th degree of Libra
  3. Transiting Saturn at the 20th degree of Sagittarius
  4. Transiting Venus at the 20th degree of Aquarius
  5. Transiting Uranus at the 20th degree of Aries  
  6. Progressed Venus at the 20th degree of Leo - perfectly conjuncting his Moon!
Now, that's quite a rarity! Six (progressed or transiting) planets located at the very same 20th degree (and we are not counting here the progressed planets Jupiter and Saturn, falling short of the 20th degree by just mere minutes of arc - nor the transiting Moon that might very well be close to the 20th degree Scorpio) definitely constitute a planetary "over-tuning"! And what is the focus of this "over-tuning" in Michael's chart? His natal Moon at the 20th degree of Leo of course! So, on the Christmas day of 2016 too much planetary energies were focused upon the superstar's vital Moon! Too much excitement for him, to say the least...

But there is more to it. On that fatal day Michael's progressed Venus was perfectly conjuncting his Moon (in a partile aspect)! This seems to be a very sweet, docile conjunction (maybe he died in some quiet and serene manner). But in reality Venus is not that "docile" in the superstar's chart. You see, Venus is the ruler of the zodiacal sign of Taurus. But in George's chart the sign of Taurus is what we call "intercepted" (it is entirely comprised in the 11th House, with no House cusp crossing it). This denotes a deep rooted blockage and possibly an inherent inability of some kind! Scorpio is also intercepted, representing some sexual - intimacy blockage. According to Joanne Wickenberg (who developed the theory) the outlet for such blockages is provided by the so called "duplicated" signs (Leo and Aquarius in Michael's case, meaning that his outlets were creativity in general, the extravaganzas, the unconventional and unorthodox). 

What I am saying here is that in Michael's chart both Venus and Pluto are rulers of "intercepted signs" and as such might have some unusual attributes. This means that the partile conjunction of his progressed Venus to his natal Moon should not be interpreted just in the usual way but under some new, insightful perspective as well.

Of course, if one over-scrutinizes Michael's "death tri-wheel" s/he will eventually find (there are many "all finding" astrologers) several "death configurations" in it (i.e. transiting Mars and North Node aspecting his deadly Uranus - Pluto duet - with Uranus being the ruler of his Eighth House. Progressed Saturn in the Eighth, transiting Uranus over his natal Jupiter or transiting Neptune opposing his natal Pluto or any near eclipse over his vital points). Well, these configurations might have their own merit but they are not giving us the full picture. Because ultimately the astrological study of George Michael's death grows to a study of the "over-tuning" of the planetary energies (regardless of the quality of the aspects they are forming) and to the study of the rather neglected theory of the so called "intercepted" and "duplicated" signs. The "all finding" astrologers might learn something out of it!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

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Saturday, 1 October 2016

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 D. Gazis

Saturday, 23 July 2016

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!

Finally, there are two more elements that I personally think that they have somehow contributed to the current hectic "zeigeist" in Europe. The first one is the long stay of planet Mars in the third decan of Scorpio. That's pretty significant on its own but it gets more significant if we notice that Mars is actually forming an opposition aspect to the mysterious, "harsh" planetoid Sedna - that is located in the 3rd decan of Taurus.

The second element is rather a wild guess of mine: planet Nine. If this legendary mega-planet exists at all then chances are it is transiting now (according to the famous astronomer's Mike Brown calculations) somewhere between the signs of Aries and Taurus.Thus, it might very well be in the third decan of Aries, forming a unique triple conjunction with the planets Uranus and Eris! Undoubtedly, such a conjunction would create a very particular "zeitgeist" worldwide! 

In any case, the decade of 2010's seems very reminiscent of the 1930's decade (astrologically speaking). Thus, some even larger-scale events might be coming over within the next few years to this old, aristocratic continent consecrated to Jupiter and Europa!

Thomas Gazis
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Thursday, 14 July 2016

France under Pluto's (and Mars' Uranus') spell! The Nice massacre

As I had written back in November 2015 (when the Bataclan terrorist attack occured in Paris) the latest horoscope of France (the one of the so called "Fifth Republic") is currently receiving some very hard and deeply transformative astrological influences! These influences are mainly stemming out from transiting Pluto, which is steadily hovering in our days over the Tenth House of France's Fifth Republic chart (6 October 1958, 18:30, Paris) opposing its Moon in Cancer and squaring its Sun in Libra! These are some tremendous cosmic influences!

Not to mention the fact that transiting Uranus is conjuncting the Ascendant of the Fifth Republic, it is squaring its Moon and has been for a considerable amount of time opposing its Libra Sun!

But that's not all! In modern France's."natal" chart (its "basic" national horoscope, the one of the First Republic, 22 September 1792) there is an extremely flammable T-Square between Uranus in 22 degrees Leo - Mars in 26 degrees Scorpio and Pluto in 22 degrees Aquarius (all planets occupying angular Houses and two of them lying over the cusps!).

Without doubt, this T-square has been triggered by the recent long retrograde/ stationary/direct course of the bellicose planet Mars - going back and forth for a couple of months now in the third decan of Scorpio! Actually, both transiting Moon and Mars (in Scorpio) were triggering on the day of the fatal Nice's attack (July 14, 2016) that ultra flammable T-Square in France's "natal" chart!

Thomas Gazis