Sunday, 3 April 2016

Greek astrologers sentenced to 6 months of jail for insulting and libelling Thomas Gazis

On March 18, 2016 the greek astrologers Thanasis Matsotas, Katerina Saloniki and Dimitris Koronakis were tried at the 8th Athens magistrate's court, for the charges of unprovokedly insulting, defamating and libelling astrologer Thomas Gazis (charges pressed against the accused by Thomas Gazis back in 2010).

Both Matsotas and Saloniki were sentenced to six months of jail each!

Personally, I am not complaining at all for this court's sentence. It was fair enough. To make you realize though the full extent of this case I would like you to consider another fact: due to the current greek legal framework the court tried the three accused on the basis of a single insulting and defamatory post of theirs - with its relative comments - published against Thomas Gazis on their blog "Astrosymmorites" ("Astrogang") within a small time frame (three months prior to the date when the charges were pressed - on May 17, 2010 in my case). But both before and after that critical period (February 17, 2010 to May 17, 2010) the Matsotas, Saloniki and Koronakis trio had published hundreds of insulting, derogatory and even life threatening posts and comments, on their blogs "Astrosymmorites" ("Astrogang") and "Ouranitsa eh Ophiuchos" ("Celestina the Viperial"). 

Most of these posts and comments were submitted to the court but they were only marginally taken in consideration, as they had "expired". You see, to the greek legal system if you want to be fully justified in the case of somebody insulting and libelling you on the Internet you should be constantly pressing charges against him/her every three months (and then consequently attend all the corresponding trials)! Thus, in my case I should have being pressing charges against the accused every 3 months for the last 10 years - and thus attend 40 seperate trials!

You may read though some of these posts and comments and draw your own conclusions. On May 27, 2008 Matsotas and Saloniki (the court identified the two as the sole moderators of their blog) published on their blog "Astrosymmorites" a post where they are explicitely threatening my life! See it for your self:

                                "Keep it well in mind...I AM NOT used in losing! You are 
                                playing with me now! I WILL EXTERMINATE you!
                                And don't think that I am just threatening you (as the idiot 

                                you are)...BE SURE OF IT!!!"

When Matsotas and Saloniki saw that I republished this specific post of theirs in various pages  - so that many people see it and determine their quality as human beings - they deleted it! After a few days though they wrote another post where they - rather  unwittingly - are admitting that they had already launched threats against my life. As they were publicly exposed though, in this newer post of theirs they attempted to downplay the extent of the threats. They quoted in it the above phrase in red and they additionally wrote:

                                  "Tommy boy you shouldn't overestimate your self! 
                                    There are other means of extermination 
                                     beside the physical ones!"

The third member of the trio is Dimitris Koronakis. He was acquitted from the charge, due to circumstantial evidence in that one and only critical post of theirs. But to my knowledge, in the long term he is as guilty as the other two.  He wrote for example a comment in that "downplaying" post of theirs, as "Ouranitsa the Ophiuchos" (the court identified him behind this nickname). And in that comment Koronakis not only he did not condemn the appalling threats of his two friends and associates but - in the spirit of fully endorsing them - he wrote a defamatory and insulting comment against me :

                                                 "Every town has its own circus!"

(If you yourself or somebody you know speaks greek, you may read (or at least try to "google translate")  the relevant publication and its comments by clicking here. Allow a few seconds for the "Photobucket" full image to load. Initially it will look like a narrow strip. You may zoom on it by clicking the magnifying lens you will see on the "Photobucket" tools).

("Astrocat" is the nickname by which Katerina Saloniki comments to both the blogs "Astrosymmorites" and "Ouranitsa eh Ophiuchos". "La Pelle Noir" is Thanasis Matsotas nickname).

Αs I mentioned before, when we come down to Dimitris Koronakis ( alias "Ouranitsa eh Ophiuchos", "Uranus", "Uranialb", "Vanessa the scorpion", "Vanessa111" etc.) my testimony is that he is as guilty as Matsotas and Saloniki for insulting and libelling me (that's why I pressed charges against him as well). But ultimately due to the existing greek legal framework he was tried just over a single post and acquitted because the evidence on that specific post was circumstancial! In no way though this tantamounts to his overall innocence. Just take a look below at a post published on the "Astrosymmorites" ("Astrogang)" blog, entitled "Thomas Gazis the buffoon of the astrological scene"

In this specific post the duet Matsotas- Saloniki are writing:

"This post has been written with the consent and cooperation of "Thanasis Matsotas", "Katerina Saloniki" and "Dimitris Koronakis"! 

And further on:

"Dimitris Koronakis is a friend and associate of Yianis (John) Rizopoulos is as well"...

(If you yourself or somebody you know speaks greek, you may read (or at least try to "google translate")  the relevant publication and its comments by clicking here. Allow a few seconds for the "Photobucket" full image to load. Initially it will look like a narrow strip. You may zoom on it by clicking the magnifying lens that you will see on the "Photobucket" tools).


All in all, Dimitris Koronakis has written and republished hundreds of defamatory and insulting against me posts and comments, both in his blog "Ouranitsa eh Ophiuchos" (in which both Matsotas and Saloniki were frequently commenting) and in the "Astrosymmorites" blog of Matsotas - Saloniki. You may take a look at one of Koronakis own defamatory and insulting against me post below, where in one of his comments he is advising me to "stop being delusional and start writing something creative, even of bad quality" (according to Koronakis' opinion that much I can do). Furthermore, in that same comment Koronakis is urging me "to put a champagne bottle into my "sewer"" (as a famous greek porn star did)!

(If you yourself or somebody you know speaks greek, you may read (or at least try to "google translate")  the relevant publication and its comments by clicking here. Allow a few seconds for the "Photobucket" full image to load. Initially it will look like a narrow strip. You may zoom on it by clicking the magnifying lens you see on the "Photobucket" tools).

Literally HUNDREDS of insulting  and libelling posts and comments of Matsotas, Saloniki and Koronakis have been preserved. For the time being though the once here are sufficient to give you an idea ...

The only witness who the three of them managed to bring to the court is Evita Zachariadou, who told shameless lies to the court, the same lies that Matsotas, Saloniki, Koronakis and their associates have been propagating over me for the last ten years (that "I do not know astrology", that "I quarrel with everybody", that "I behave hysterically" - their favorite version is that I am a psycopath - that "I destroyed all their efforts to form an astrological collective entity", that I am a "money grubber" etc. etc.). Ms. Zacahariadou though did not convince the court...

Thomas Gazis

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

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
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

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.

Monday, 14 December 2015

The Antiochus of Commagene Lion Horoscope

Let me introduce you to the larger-than-life half-Greek, half-Armenian ancient king Antiochus I of Commagene. He lived in the first century BCE in Asia Minor (today’s Turkey) and apparently had a keen interest in astrology and hermeticism. Born on the 16th of the Greek-Macedonian month “Audynaios” which roughly corresponds to our month of December, Antiochus of Commagene was most likely a Sagittarius.

This ancient king is somehow in vogue now. I am writing this article in December 2015 in the midst of three topical issues somehow related to him: the bloodied Syria war, the Jewish Hanukkah festival of lights, and Hellenistic astrology.

Antiochus himself might have been a larger-than-life figure, but his kingdom– Commagene—was a minuscule one that was smaller than modern Israel. In his era (1st century BCE), his kingdom was surrounded by menacing empires like the Parthian, the ever-expanding Roman, and the Ptolemaic-Egyptian one.

Geographically, Commagene is situated some 25 miles north of the modern Syrian borders where some bloody conflicts are actually taking place right now and where innumerable refugees are flocking in a desperate attempt to escape the mayhem. This is the first element connecting our regal protagonist to the present.

The second link has to do with a Greek “Seleucid” king who was a successor to Alexander the Great and whose superior army had been defeated by the Maccabean Jews in 165 BCE, the event modern Jews commemorate in their Hanukkah festival.

Coincidentally, that king - also named Antiochus - was an ancestor of the mother of King Antiochus of Commagene! Here then is the second element connecting Antiochus of Commagene to the present period.

And the third link to Antiochus is recently revived Hellenistic Astrology which had apparently held the interest of Antiochus of Commagene at a very deep, esoteric level. In his time, Hellenistic Astrology was beginning to take shape and form through its Mesopotamian roots, especially within the Commagene geographic area very close to Mesopotamia.

Antiochus, who bore the title “Manifest God”--Epiphanes Theos in Greek—was either a megalomaniac or a shrewd politician. Well aware his kingdom was tiny and would eventually be swallowed by giant empires, Antiochus tried artificially to “pump up” his kingdom, to aggrandize and establish in his own way an illustrious “Commagene dynasty.” This goal led Antiochus to commission a rather pharaonic project—the construction of a huge mausoleum atop Mount Nemrut, the highest mountain of Commagene—where he said, “my soul will be eternally dwelling with the gods.”

Using many thousand tons of stones and gravel, his workers actually reshaped the entire mountaintop to resemble a perfect pyramid! They created two separate terraces at the east and west corners and added a similar array of gods’ statues including, remarkably, Antiochus’ statue! Bas reliefs below these gigantic statues recount Antiochus’ mostly fictitious saga. Inside the pyramid, they allegedly placed his tomb.

The lion bas relief at the west terrace is most interesting to us and perhaps to the entire history of astrology. We know the lion from remote antiquity has been a symbol of royalty. But although there are plenty of lion statues on this sanctuary/mausoleum, this specific lion slab is different: It clearly depicts several stars on its surface! In fact, 19 eight-pointed stars are spread all over the body of—and some around—the lion. Not of the same magnitude, some of these 19 stars are bigger, and some are smaller. Such detail cannot be coincidental.

The artist who sculpted this bas relief was good with his hands, and the arrangement of these 19 stars over and around the body of the lion presents another question: Is this arrangement casual and purely decorative, or is there something deeper to be seen? Even an amateur astronomer can tell this arrangement is not casual at all.

More than two millennia have passed since the era of Antiochus of Commagene, but the constellations in the heavens have maintained pretty much the same configuration. Only after tens of thousands of years do they shift significantly. Typically, Greek astronomers commonly observed the constellation of Leo with 19 stars. Knowing this, everything starts fitting in and it makes sense that some stars on this lion slab are bigger and some smaller: they almost perfectly match their true corresponding magnitudes!

So we understand this bas relief is an astronomical depiction that might very well be a sort of deification of the constellation of Leo. But while I am just hazarding a guess, another question comes to mind: How can we possibly be sure that the lion sculpture relief on Mount Nemrut is in reality a horoscope? Surely, it doesn’t look like one, or at least it doesn’t look like the circular horoscopes with the zodiac on the circumference and the planets arranged around it.

If this is a horoscope, then where are the typical horoscopic elements—the planets, the Ascendant, the houses, and so on? Our modern assumptions of a horoscope do not match what we see here. Yet supporting evidence on this bas relief points to the horoscope scenario. One needs a discerning eye - and the notion of some Greek!

We mentioned the presence of 19 stars on this lion slab earlier. In reality, there are 22, but three of them - those hovering over the back of the lion - stand out from the other ones for three reasons:

1) They are much bigger than the rest.
2) They are composed of sixteen-pointed rays, not eight like the other 19 stars.
3) They bear names over them, in Greek. Actually their Greek names are the key to their mysterious nature!

The Greek phrase—ΠΥΡΟΕΙC ΗΡΑΚΛ(ΕΟΥC)–over the left sixteen-pointed “star” means the fiery one of Hercules. Of course this sentence does not make much sense without one’s knowledge of some ancient Greek astronomy or literature. In classical Greece, “the Fiery one” referred to the planet Mars which in ancient Greek texts we often encounter simply as ΠΥΡΟΕΙC—the “Fiery.” We will see below why the full title “the fiery one of Hercules” is displayed here.

The Greek phrase—CΤΙΛΒΩΝ ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΟC—over the central sixteen-pointed “star” means the glittering one of Apollo. But without someone’s knowledge about Greek astronomy or literature, again this sentence will not make much astrological sense. In classical Greece, the name of the planet Mercury was known as “the Glittering one.” We often encounter it in ancient Greek texts simply as CΤΙΛΒΩΝ—the Glittering.

And the Greek phrase–ΦΑΕΘΩΝ ΔΙΟC—over the right sixteen-pointed “star” means: the radiant one of Jupiter. This is the easiest item to identify on the Lion slab because indeed it refers to planet Jupiter. In classical Greece, “the Radiant one” was the name of planet Jupiter. We often encounter it in ancient Greek texts simply as ΦΑΕΘΩΝ – the “Radiant”.

                                  When planets and gods commune

At this point, the Lion slab takes a whole new meaning and becomes apparent that this is not a mere representation of the constellation of Leo, but there is still more to it. It most probably has astrological connotations. Otherwise the three fully named planets over the Lion’s back would make no sense. Why would they inscribe and depict just the planets of Mars, Mercury and Jupiter on the slab? Why not Venus and Saturn too? The latter are conspicuously absent!

The sequence of planets over the lions back might be another important clue. They do not follow the classic sequence—Mercury, Mars, Jupiter—but they are enumerated in this rather erratic manner: Mars, Mercury, Jupiter. Did the sculptor commit an error in the sequence of the planets? Or is the famous scholar Otto Neugebauer correct in claiming the sequence of these planets is either accidental or manneristically repeats the late Babylonian enumeration of the planets—Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Mars? If we omit Venus and Saturn, we get Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, the exact sequence of the planets on the lion slab although mirrored in reverse. I personally think Neugebauer’s assumption does not hold much water. In contrast to what we know today, he lacked some crucial archaeological findings.

I believe the lion slab is “semiotically” connected to the gigantic statues of the deities at the pyramid’s base. At both the eastern and western terraces, the same array of deities is replicated in exactly the same order: the deified Antiochus on the very left, the all=important Greek goddess Tyche—Fortune, Jupiter at the center, Mercury and, finally, Mars on the very right. If we start enumerating these statues from right to left we get Mars, Mercury, Jupiter. That’s exactly the sequence of the three planets on the lion slab!

Of course there are a couple of objections here:

Why should we enumerate the gods/planets at the base of the pyramid from right to left when, on the lion slab, we enumerate the three planets from left to right?

Why are the two major statues/deities—Apollo and Mars—located on the left, the “lesser” side of Jupiter, while a mortal like Antiochus stands on Jupiter’s right, “good” side?

The answer to the second question is simple: The Mesopotamians always took the observers’–the pilgrims in this case—point of view into account, so actually Antiochus stands on the lesser, left side of Jupiter. In the first question, it was a matter of “staging.” Since Jupiter as the king of the gods had to be at the very center of the statues’ array, the only viable option left was to enumerate the Mars-Mercury-Jupiter sequence on the reverse, ending with Mars on the far right. Even so, the lion slab and the array of the statues are intrinsically attuned! The full planetary denomination over the lion’s back—for example, “the glittering one of Apollo” for Mercury—enabled the pilgrims to correlate the lion’s esoteric symbolism to that of the gods’ gigantic statues.

                           A lunar "necklace" - Signs vs  Constellations

There is a last decisive clue on the lion slab we haven’t touched so far. A clearly visible type of sickle-shaped ornament is shown on the lion’s chest. In the long Mesopotamian, and probably global, tradition, a sickle-shape symbolizes the Moon. Here, we can see the message that the lion slab shows the Moon in the constellation of Leo.

This isn’t an astronomical slab but an astrological one commemorating some major event either for Antiochus or the kingdom of Commagene, taking place under the auspices of the constellation of Leo!

Did you notice I’ve been writing “constellation of Leo” instead of “zodiacal sign of Leo?” Although both the constellations and the zodiac are divided into 12 sections bearing the same names, constellations and zodiacal signs are two radically different things. The constellations remain (relatively) fixed on the celestial vault while the zodiacal signs are slowly shifting. Today, for example, the constellation of Leo largely corresponds to that section of the sky where the zodiacal sign of Virgo is. In some 2500 years the constellation of Leo will be corresponding to the zodiacal sign of Libra. That’s why I am cautious with the use of the terms “constellation” and sign”. But by a remarkable coincidence in Antiochus’ times, the tropical and sidereal zodiacs were almost coinciding and were off by just 4 degrees. So astrologically speaking, the “constellation of Leo” and the “zodiacal sign of Leo” were almost the same back then.

To what extent Commagene astrologers were aware of conceptual differences between constellations and the zodiac, we are not sure. Within the realm of the Hellenistic world, Hipparchus had discovered precession of the equinoxes in 130 BCE. From that point on, astrologers had to take a gigantic leap in consciousness to comprehend and assimilate that there was a new “entity” called “zodiacal sign,” which was quite different and independent from its namesake constellation! Generations would definitely pass before astrologers began to adjust to this new idea.

But let’s turn back to the lion slab which obviously depicts a horoscope! To our modern eyes, we may not see it because we instinctively compare it with the modern horoscopic blueprints with which we are familiar—the ones with the zodiacal circle, the planetary symbols, the houses, the Ascendant and so on. But we shouldn’t apply modern preconceptions to artifacts that are more than 2000 years old. At that time, for instance, the Ascendant was a concept not yet developed. There were no astrological houses at least not in the modern sense. Apparently the zodiac had already been invented, but it was handled as a theoretical concept without much usefulness. The astrologers of that era were following old traditions and verbally wrote down planetary positions in the signs, writing the words instead of the symbols.

Those were times of a major transition in astrology. The “omen lore” era where horoscopes consisted of simple planetary omens inscribed on mud-bricks was coming to an end, and the gigantic wave of the new, revolutionary Hellenistic astrology was emerging on the horizon. If we could see Mount Nemrut’s lion slab through the eyes of an educated person in that culture, we would immediately see a very advanced horoscope!

Apparently, this lion slab horoscope serves two major purposes: On one hand, it astronomically marks as a short calendar, the date of some important event. On the other hand, this short “certificate” gives testimony to the event’s having taken place during some extraordinary cosmic occurrence that vibrationally “sealed” it for ever!

But what was that important event and when did it occur?

                                      Determining the date of the "event"

Thanks to the lion horoscope and modern computers, it’s rather easy to establish the date of this unknown event. We are looking for when the Moon and the planets of Mars, Mercury and Jupiter were all in the constellation or zodiacal sign of Leo. We will not get many such dates. And thanks to information provided by the inscriptions at the site, we know this important event was related either to Antiochus or to his father Mithridates who ascended to the throne in 109 BCE. We can further narrow the time frame to the period between 140 BCE and 38 BCE, when Antiochus died. We then can obtain the results you see in the next table:
I immediately dismiss case 2 because Antiochus wasn’t even born in 98 BCE and it doesn’t correspond to any major event in the lives of Antiochus or of Mithridates. It also doesn’t obey the Mars-Mercury-Jupiter sequence we see depicted on the lion slab. I also dismiss case 4 because Antiochus was rather old by then and his Mount Nemrut statue portrays him as a young man. This case also fails to obey the crucial Mars-Mercury-Jupiter sequence.

We are left then with cases 1 and 3. Case 1—July 14th, 109—corresponds to the coronation year of King Mithridates, Antiochus’ father. Some scholars claim the lion horoscope is “cast” for the Mithridates coronation. I disagree. Why would they elect a coronation horoscope, leaving the Sun, the most regal of the “planets” out of the sign/constellation of Leo and in Cancer instead?

Case 3 is the most satisfactory of them all. It not only meets the requirements, the Sun is in the sign/constellation of Leo, the ultimate “certificate” of royalty! But then, very reasonably, you will say to me, “There is no sun depicted on the lion horoscope.” I don’t think that’s true. The entire lion slab depicts the Sun in Leo so there was no need to inscribe the Sun symbol on it.

Such an absolutely rare and unique accumulation of planets in the regal sign of Leo could not have gone unnoticed by an erudite man, well-versed in astrology and hermeticism—our man Antiochus I Theos! Those years were extraordinary from another point of view as well: the regal star Regulus, lying at the “heart” of the Leo constellation a few inches above the lunar “sickle” we identified on the lion slab, had just entered the zodiacal sign of Leo.

Antiochus took full advantage of this extraordinary cosmic occurrence to deify himself and to establish an illustrious dynasty that included the construction of his enormous sanctuary/mausoleum on the summit of Mount Nemrut. He most likely performed a sort of “Theurgy” there on August 3rd, 62 BCE and equaled himself and his dynasty to the gods. This was probably when he gave himself the title of “Epiphanes Theos” —“Manifest God” and propitiated his kingdom. He wasn’t very successful however. A few decades after his death, the Romans annexed Commagene to their huge empire. Nevertheless, the Antiochus monument and the lion horoscope have survived more than 2000 years, still creating fascination in people all over the world. In that sense, the legacy of Antiochus I of Commagene has indeed been immortalized while horoscope of the lion has been a perfect election after all.

Thomas D. Gazis
©2015 Thomas D. Gazis

P.S. This article has been kindly edited by the prominent American Astrologer Michelle Young and is published on her site

Friday, 21 August 2015

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 while in Virgo Jupiter 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 rolling up our sleeves now 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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Thursday, 4 June 2015

The obscure Hitler's relationship with his niece Geli (an astrological analysis)

Astrology is a powerful tool! It enables us to transcend time and space, to penetrate entire centuries or even millennia and go back in the distant past and "experience" from an incredible vicinity some major historical occurrences that have been poorly recorded and thus remain obscure, to revive human stories and situations we know very little about. It enables us to probe and somehow "resuscitate" the lives, the character and the behaviours of historical key-figures and meaningful situations that would be otherwise irrevocably lost in the mist of the time....Thanks to astrology we are able of penetrating even the sanctuary of an intimate relationship (provided we are given the birth data of its members)!

Today (I am writing this article on June 4th, 2015), 107 years ago, the flirtatious but rather inconspicuous girl you see above was born. Her name was Geli Raubal. She was Adolf Hitler's niece (half-niece actually) and according to many his lover (the prestigious "Astrodienst" for example is explicitly reporting Geli as being "Hitler's mistress")!

We do have in our disposition Hitler's complete horoscope. He was a Taurus, with a Capricornian Moon and his Ascendant in Libra (born on April 20th, 1889, at 6:30 pm in Braunau am Inn in Austria). The first thing that is striking us in the study of their Synastry is that Hitler doesn't seem to be astrologically compatible with Geli, who was a Gemini with a proud and fearless Leonian Moon (she was born on June 4, 1908 in Linz Austria. No time provided)! On the contrary, there seems to be a huge incompatibility between Hitler's Taurean stellium and Geli's Moon in Leo (the Moon being crucial in a woman's horoscope)! Inexplicably though Hitler seemed to be extremely fond of Geli! For 3 whole years (from 1929 to 1931) he was housing her in his Munich apartment. And he wouldn't go anywhere (in a cafe, a restaurant etc.) unless he had Geli on his side!

Nobody can say for sure whether the Hitler's - Geli's relationship was a sexual one or not. What we definitely know is that it was the most intense relationship in Hitler's life! And that this relationship was permeated by an extreme possessiveness, especially from Hitler's part. When Hitler found out that Geli had a fling with his private chauffeur he threatened to shoot him! In 1931 Geli asked Adolf to leave the apartment and go back to Vienna in order to take singing lessons (a Jewish  man she was in love with was secretly awaiting her). But Hitler furiously refused and ordered his guards to get tighter on her. On September 18, 1931 Geli was found dead in Hitler's apartment. Apparently she had committed suicide, shooting herself on her chest with one of Hitler's pistols. She was 23 years old!

So, what's the story behind Hitler's - Geli's relationship? Because there is something deeper there and that something we have to find out! You see relationships - any kind of them  - do not casually "result". They are dictated by profound needs of ours and they are attuned to often obscure and irrational facets of our souls - facets we are not very much aware of. But Astrology can substantially assist us in this direction! So, let's take a look at their Synastric bi-wheel (with Hitler's natal chart in the inner circle and Geli's in the outer one):

Αs Ι already explained, the two of them do not seem to be particularly compatible - under an astrological point of view. There is however a "latent" synastric element that might create a certain degree of compatibility between them. Hitler's Moon is located in the restless, youthful and communicative Third House of his chart. This configuration alone - isolated from the rest of the chart - denotes that a Gemini woman could ultimately be the ideal Adolf's partner (as the Third House is tightly related to the sign of Gemini)!

It also impresses us the fact that both Geli's Sun and Pluto are falling in Hitler's Eighth House (while simultaneously her Sun is in a wide conjunction to Hitler's Pluto)! That's a very powerful Synastric configuration! Actually, the Eighth House is the BIG MERGER! It does unite and merge two individuals (physically, mentally, psychologically, financially, erotically etc.) to the extent that the two interconnect to a very visceral and profound level, within the deepest reaches of their souls! Under the Eighth House's spell the partners are somehow "squeezed" the one over the other, till they finally shed the shell of their individuality and merge into a single entity, transforming themselves into - let's say - the legendary "Androgynous"! And with such a strong Eighth House emphasis some very powerful drives and passions dominate this relationship. Which, unless sexually consumed or somehow "sublimated" might eventually give birth to feelings of mortal hatred and hostility!

Since we don't know Geli's time of birth we don't know too the exact degree her Moon is in. We are absolutely sure though that it is in Leo, around the 13th degree of that sign. Thus, it is probably forming a tight conjunction with Hitler's Saturn! This means that Geli was experiencing Adolf as a sort of (strict and severe) father figure. On the other hand, Hitler was feeling very complacent having this brilliant and vivacious young woman by his side! The Saturn - Moon conjunction might also mean that he was somehow controlling and limiting her (psychologically, spatially etc), that he was ever trying to discipline her! And since Geli's Saturn is squaring Hitler's Moon too it was hard for them to communicate on an inner level, to exchange feelings and achieve a proximity within their souls, to manifest tenderness to each other etc. Thus, it would be a lot easier for them to resort into raw sexual intercourses...

A strong sexual connotation is ensued too in this relationship by the fact that both their Mars's are forming aspects with their respective Moons. It was hard for them to feel at ease. A spirit of intensity and unrest was constantly hovering over them and they were very easily and without an apparent reason upsetting each other! They were both feeling that the other member was excessively cruel and aggressive, an insensitive person that was repeatedly hurting their feelings...

But apart these pivotal synastric configurations there is something else that made Geli so important to Hitler: the two specific zodiacal signs her Luminaries are in (her Sun in Gemini and her Moon in Leo). You see Hitler was very much attached to his mother, whose death never managed to overcome. His mother was a Leo with a Gemini Moon (her Sun-Moon zodiacal combination was the reverse of Geli's!). So definitely Geli was reminding Hitler something of his mother. That would explain a lot why he was so fond of her. But it doesn't end here. Hitler's father was a Gemini with his Moon in Leo. He had the very same Luminaries combination as Geli! The fact is Hitler hated the guts of his father. And that hatred he undoubtedly transferred onto Geli. That would explain why he abused her so much, bringing her to the point of committing suicide (provided she was not murdered, of course...)

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis