Tuesday, 8 July 2014

What is a patronage made of ? (the Da Vinci's - Duke's of Milan Synastry)

                                                     (Ludovico Sforza - Duke of Milan)

To my knowledge, there has never been a thorough study revealing the extent to which the incidental likings or aversions of the people involved in any situation ultimately determine the course of that situation - and the course of the events in general, both in our every day lives and in historical occurrences. I suspect that such a factor is considerably larger than we generally believe. Often it is due to some particular sympathy flaring among the participants of an x situation that turn i.e. a job interview into a cosy chat, that bring forth unexpectedly profitable deals, collaborations and enterprises! Thus, the quality of the human interactions, the inner "attunement" of the individuals (their "Synastry", as we call it) is of an uttermost importance and it lies at the foundations of many human accomplishments!

I was pondering on this while I was studying the Synastry of the "Renaissance man par excellence" Leonardo Da Vinci and his major patron: the Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza! I was wondering what was the astrological element that prompted Sforza to offer his generous and multi-annual patronage to Da Vinci (who had been seeking such a patronage out of many Italian lords all over Italy but mostly he was denied it)!

As you may see above, the horoscope of Ludovico Sforza has been preserved (this square type of horoscopes was in vogue till a couple of centuries ago). Sforza was born on the 3rd of August 1452 (Julian calendar). Thus, the Duke was a Leo Sun with his Moon in Pisces (by the way, he has the same "Luminaries" combination as  actor Robert De Niro - and judging by the Duke's portrait they look alike!). His Ascendant is in Aquarius. You may see below the modern counterpart of his Renaissance chart:

We know as well Leonardo's Da Vinci natal chart (his grand-father had noted the exact date and time of his birth and fortunately that specific note has been preserved). Da Vinci was a Taurus Sun and he had his Moon in the sign of Pisces (isn't this an artist's combination or what?). His Ascendant was in Sagittarius. You may see Leonardo's chart below:

Da Vinci was born in a village near Florence and he lived in this illustrious city till his thirties (he was apprenticed to Verrocchio and received some form of patronage out of the tycoon Medici family). Things though were turning against the Medici's and him personally (he was accused of sodomy) and thus in 1482 he moved to Milan, where he was very well  received by the Duke of the city Ludovico Sforza. The Duke was a Leo and Da Vinci a Taurus. Their solar signs are considered discordant (actually, they are discordant!). How comes then they matched so well (Da Vinci stayed at the Sforza's court for 17 whole years)? Well, Synastry is much deeper than we think and it somehow moves in mysterious ways!

The Duke of Milan was a Leo. But Da Vinci was in a certain sense a Leo too! You see, he had his Sun in his Fifth House - and that is a potent domification, since the Sun is the ruler of the Fifth House! So definitely there was a common thread connecting them (Leonardo was orchestrating i.e. for the Duke  spectacular wedding ceremonies and other extravagant social events and happenings - putting on stage i.e mechanical "knights" moving on their own etc.)! Not to mention the fact that in their Synastry Leonardo's Sun is "falling" in Sforza's Second House (as you can see below). Thus, Leonardo was somehow "Taureanizing" the Duke of Milan - meaning that through their interaction Leonardo was activating in the Duke certain Taurean properties, turning largely Sforza (especially when Leonardo was dealing with him face to face) into the very sign he was! !

Actually, we are dealing here with what I call  "latent" synastric elements  (you may see my relative "Sasstrology" article here ). A "latent" synastric element is a pivotal element in a Synastry but it is somehow "hidden". Thus it is not easily perceived as a pivotal synastric element unless we somehow "extrapolate" it as such by spotting certain composite inter-connections within the charts of the two individuals and within their own Synastry!

Furthermore, an extremely unifying factor is stemming out of their Moons! They both had their Moon in the sign of Pisces (meaning that their "inner worlds" were largely composed of the same stuff and that they could instinctively connect and "feel" each other!).

And now the two "uber" beneficent / patronage kind of factors in this Synastry! First, the Duke's Jupiter is standing exactly over Leonardo's Moon (the Duke's Jupiter is in the 3rd degree of Pisces and is synastrically forming a PARTILE conjunction to Leonardo's Moon, in the 3rd degree of Pisces!) And second, the Duke's Sun is "falling" in Leonardo's Ninth House (this is an archetypal benefactor's / "godfather's" domification)! There are some other minor beneficent configurations too but we might as well rest our case here...

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Friday, 20 June 2014

When Hades reached the top of the firmament (the "dark" 2010 - '20 decade)!

As you most probably know Hades is the mythical god of the underworld. Therefore Hades (or Pluto) should be normally dwelling under our feet, within the farthest depths of the earth. How would you feel then if I told you that Hades has left his gruesome kingdom and has climbed over the top of the sky, over the very "Zenith of the world"? That Hades is currently hovering over our heads, having taken under his control our societies? I know, there is a sort of horror movie feeling to it but this is the reality! The grisly Pluto's form is hovering over our heads, ominously casting his shadow and disrupting our societies (and radically transforming them too). I think most of us have experienced - and are experiencing as we speak - this subtle sensation...We are living in a critical, deeply transformative era. And Pluto will continue to be at the "top of the world" throughout the entire decade. So in the future Astrologers will be referring to our times as "the dark 2010 - '20 decade, when Pluto was at the zenith of the world"!

Pluto is currently in the sign of Capricorn - which to us astrologers symbolizes the "World MC". It has been there for the last seven years. The "World MC" is a simple idea that apparently is quite functional too. You are all familiar with the zodiac... In the image below you can see the Zodiac in its classic "archetypal" orientation, with the sign of Aries to the left and the sign of Capricorn on the top:

Actually the Zodiac circle is forming the very basis of the horoscope. The secret is that the Zodiac is a "dynamic" rather than an inanimate entity (a "universal software" I call it), that controls and directs all the processes in the Universe! From the birth of a man to the manufacture of a car, from the course of a love affair to the course of humanity itself! This ultimately proves to be  extremely convenient to us! You see, probably we will never possess  mankind's "natal horoscope"  (based on the exact date the first man was born). But we are still given an alternative solution: we can study the course of humanity through the positions and the aspects of the "socio- collective" planets (Jupiter to Pluto) in the Zodiac! We just have to rename the above "archetypically oriented" zodiac, call it in this case the "World Horoscope" and display in it only the "socio- collective" planets!

On the top of the World Horoscope there is an area (corresponding to the sign of Capricorn) called the "World Midheaven" - "World MC" or "World Zenith". The World MC is showing to us - depending on the planets transiting in it - the kind of "energies" diffused and prevailing at the time in our societies, economies etc. - as well as the quality of the current "ruling class", of the governments, of the "establishment" etc. Therefore, with dark Pluto in this area  the "zeitgeist" prevailing currently in our societies is rather dark, chthonic, ruthless, highly transformative and somehow "deadly". And not just now but throughout the whole decade - because planet Pluto (the black planet in the image below, on the highest point of the "World Horoscope") will remain in this sector for many more years.

Pluto was again in the very same position of the zodiac (and on top of the sky) some 250 years ago. But its impact was much smaller back then, for a simple reason: there were no organized societies around - to the extent there are now (New York for example looked like a small provincial town back then, while the current colossal financial and commercial networks had not developed yet - nor the stock markets. I say this because Pluto in Capricorn affects primarily the so called "organized societies" - which are generally under the auspices of the sign of Capricorn). Therefore never before in the history of mankind the presence of Pluto in Capricorn/on the "World  MC" is impacting us as strongly as nowadays! What we are experiencing now has not been experienced by any other previous generation within the last 200,000 years (since Homo Sapiens appeared on Earth, that is)!

Do you remember "Hades" in mythology? It is the same (tricky) deity as Pluto. Hades resides in the underworld and is grabbing the souls of the dead - and their fortunes as well. Actually Hades is a "quintillioner" as he is steadily accumulating over the centuries the fortunes of all the deceased people! Does this sound familiar? The International Monetary Fund seems to have become the "underworld" of our time, as it is accumulating more and more the fortunes of the various supposedly "dead" - under a financial point of view -  countries, contributing thus to the deterioration of the global economic crisis and the spreading of poverty and hunger among many countries - which until a few years ago were doing rather well. As the "dark" and "evil" Pluto is now on the very "Zenith" of humanity most governments seem more "dark" and sinister than ever! Many governments are cruelly taxiing  their less advantaged citizens  while anti-constitutional foreclosures seem to be the norm of the time! Usurpation of money and properties is the norm by now almost all over the world - not by chance, Pluto is the great "Usurper"...

In general our governments seem to operate with an increasingly corrupt and irrational manner, apparently reaching even to then point of conspiring against us the citizens (supposedly our governments are "spraying" us with chemicals, are urging us to do useless vaccines that contain toxic substances etc.). This feeling of collusive cruelty from the part of the authorities has been enhanced during the years 2013 - 2014 - as Saturn entered the sign of Scorpio (and formed a "mutual reception" with Pluto in Capricorn - which I personally believe we should  classify as a tough reception).

As we explained before, any "social - collective" planet standing in the "World Zenith" dictates the "spirit" that will prevail within humanity during its stay there! And since Pluto is the most "elevated" planet now (and will remain so at least until 2023 - while in 2018 Pluto will be joined by  Saturn as well), it is the spirit of Pluto that is currently prevailing all over the world! Pluto is a dark, underground, ruthless, highly transformative planet who supports the strong and "unscrupulous" kind of people and encourages plutocracy - while he despises the weak individuals and therefore the poor ones. He rather loves the tough guys, the trickters (even the "dirty" and the immoral ones), those who manage to survive and to enrich themselves (as mentioned, Pluto loves the riches) no matter if they employed cruel, dark and immoral methods (it is no coincidence that Pluto is considered the planet of the mobsters) ...

Ultimately though, things are not so "black". All planets have a creative side and in the case of Pluto this is the transformation that he will massively entail to the organized societies all over the planet. Pluto will dissolve the old, worn-out and non-functional elements and structures and out of the ashes a new, more alive, functional and healthy world will emerge! All this of course will not be achieved painlessly but  probably through profound and agonizing procedures which will eventually affect in a myriad ways (mentally, morally, financially and even physically) vast masses of people - catapulting to full despair the weaker and vulnerable ones. Pluto's game is not meant for the soft players ...

Pluto, however, is not entirely free to do what he wants. He has been fiercely fought by another Titan, which is currently located on the "World Ascendant" (see two images above), struggling to ascend to heaven and displace Pluto - resending him back to the underworld where he actually belongs. We are talking about  planet Uranus (the blue planet in the horoscope below, on the left). Uranus standing actually on the "World Ascendant" is the major indicator of the quality of the "energies" and of the trends that are currently springing forth in our societies (the "World Ascendant" is a sort of "gateway" ever diffusing in a torrential way fresh cosmic energies to humanity - and to each individual. And since Uranus possesses some intensely humanistic qualities this planet is fighting now for the rights of all the unadjusted and disadvantaged people (urging them to uprise)!

We are thus in a situation where on one hand Pluto standing over the "World Zenith" is making the ruling class more brutal, corrupt, cruel and oppressive than ever, while on the other hand Uranus over the "World Ascendant" is making people more freedom demanding,  rebellious and revolutionary than ever! And things are going over the edge especially in the period 2012 - 2015, when Pluto and Uranus are tightly forming a particularly tough planetary aspect called "square". Thus the split between the ordinary citizen and the local "status quo" is widening in the years 2012 -2015 - as a "partile" square aspect is formed  several times during this period as Uranus and Pluto move back and forth.

Planet Uranus is the "Great Awakener" and the "Rebel with a cause"! About three years ago it reached the point of the "World Ascendant" and it dynamically started "awakening" the people all over the planet, urging them to overthrow their corrupt governments and take power into their own hands! A brave new individual is born now, no longer a numbed and indifferent consumerist machine but more visionary and enlightened, more oriented to its social fabric, open to its fellow-humans, with a cosmic consciousness!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis 

P.S. At some point we should start taking into consideration the planetoids such as Eris, Sedna etc.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Having a crush on society! (Jupiter - Sagittarius - Ninth House)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazes

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

Monday, 21 April 2014

The Grand Cardinal Cross of April 2014. Αn historical event!

The crucifixion has been the central theme these days within the christian communities. As we speak though a unique "Cosmic Cross" is ever more precisely formed in our skies - climaxing to the April 22nd perfect (partile) Cross configuration between the planets Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars (all of them being exactly at the 13th degree of the corresponding sign. And it is interesting to know that both the USA's natal Sun and the Russian President's Vladimir Putin Sun stand at the 13th degree of Cancer and Libra respectively)!

There are some astrologers out there claiming that this very rare phenomenon is "no big deal". Maybe they forget that a similar Cross configuration was formed in 1933, during the culmination of the "depression", the ascent in power of the Nazi party in Germany and the nomination of Hitler as Germany's chancellor! And also a similar quality cardinal T-square was formed back in 1344, just as the deadly Bubonic Plague was about to ravage almost half of Europe's population!

                                                           (courtesy of "Lisamooncat")

So, definitely this is far from being a "no big deal" phenomenon... We don't need to be afraid of it (it actually works for our own evolution - indeed with frenzied pace) but we should investigate it more thoroughly and evaluate it properly! Obviously there is no unanimity among the astrologers as to how this Cross will manifest its energies over our earthy dimensions. But this is not necessarily a bad thing, it doesn't tell us how "flawed" astrology is. The astrology configurations - especially the most complex ones like the current Grand Cross  - often manifest their energies in surprising ways ("archetypally" as Glenn Perry says - and not in a "linear", mathematically induced way). 

What we have to consider is that this is a unique and powerful astrological phenomenon, whose power is not stemming out just from the "additive accumulation" of the four high energy planets involved in it, from the ultra - elevated potential of the square and opposition aspects dominating in it but from the fine "attunement" of the four participant planets too - all of them being exactly at the13th degree of their respective signs.

All in all, no ultra catastrophic events might occur these days as the Grand Cardinal Cross is peaking. No doubt it will strongly affect us and our planet but probably not in the explicit, dramatic way we expect. "Something is about to crack" indeed! Yes, but what if this "crack" has positive implications? And ultimately the intensity of this phenomenon might not be cataclysmically expressed during its culmination (around April 22, 2014 that is). It might be dissipated over time and somehow subtly permeate the months and years we live in, coloring them with its own particular astrological hue - and ultimately creating a distinct mini "epoch" in our modern human history!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Seventh and Eighth House: the mating "niches" in our charts!

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Deciphering astrologically "the most beautiful suicide" mystery!

The above photo has profoundly impacted millions of people. It shows a young and apparently beautiful woman, a few minutes after she committed suicide falling over the top of the Empire State Building! It is somehow an eerie image. The woman seems placidly and peacefully sleeping, not dead at all! But the violently crashed car under her - that somehow has taken her body shape - attests otherwise!

I saw this picture just recently (my friend Theo Phalieros sent it to me in an e-mail) - although it is out there for more than 50 years...And being an Astrologer the first questions that came to my mind were: what kind of natal chart Evelyn McHale (her name) had? What kind of transits she were receiving to commit such a deperate act? If I only knew her birth data! But how? She was not a celebrity - although she somehow became one after her death! Fortunately, there is nowadays a "Genie in a bottle" that is called "the internet"! Thanks to it I found a lot of info on Evelyn McHale (there are even a couple of facebook pages created in her memory).

Evelyn McHale was born on September 20th, 1923 in Berkeley California (we don't know her time of birth but given the adverse conditions that's probably too much to ask). She was a Virgo (her solar sign) with Moon in Aquarius! My first thought was: Oh! she must have had a lot of Scorpio and Pluto in her chart. But that's not the case, as you may see in her natal chart (conventionally set for midday) below:

She wasn't much of a Scorpio (she had just Jupiter in Scorpio) nor she had any major aspects between her "Lights" and Pluto. She was rather a low profile, discrete Virgo. Of course - since we don't know her time of birth - she might have had i.e. a strong Eighth House emphasis (if her Ascendant were Aquarius - Pisces then a planetary stellium would "fall" in her Eighth House. Although something like that is very plausible, apparently we have no way to ascertain it). In any case, not only she had an "electrical" and anti-comformistic Aquarian Moon but a very rebellious and disruptive Mars - Uranus aspect too!

The "beautiful suicide" took place on May 1st, 1947. So, let's see in a bi-wheel the major transits Evelyn was receiving on that fatal day (the inner wheel is Evelyn's natal chart and the outer wheel the planetary transits of her "long jump"day):

Well, the aforementioned "Pluto factor" is triumphantly entering the scene here, since transiting Pluto is (probably tightly) aspecting her Moon in Aquarius (by an opposition aspect). Transiting Saturn as well is beginning to aspect her Moon - not to mention transiting Uranus her Sun! And that's heavy because the Moon represents our soul, our feelings, our mood! On the other hand Pluto and Saturn are considered the toughest, the "darkest" and most "malignant" planets in Astrology. We begin to understand now that Evelyn was going through a very tough, extreme, depressive and "dark" period of her life in the period she killed herself!

But that's not all! Evelyn was engaged to Barry Rhodes and they were about to get married. By sheer serendipity I found out her fiance's date of birth too! The day before she committed suicide they celebrated together his 24th birthday! So, apparently he was born on April 30, 1923! You may see his chart below (of course no time of birth is provided).

It strikes us right away the fact that both his Sun and Moon are forming ultra-discordant square aspects to Evelyn's Aquarian Moon! Barry might have been a great guy otherwise but definitely Evelyn was not feeling happy with him! She was probably perceiving him as a too single - minded, possessive and oppressive person, as someone who was taking away her liberty. Although a Virgo woman and a Taurus man traditionally go well together, in their case her Moon (in the beginning of Aquarius) was tremendously clashing with his respective "Lights" in Taurus and Scorpio. Meaning that their relation was often getting into a very awkward ground, making her utterly unhappy! And him as a young man was not perceiving this so much as she was! And ultimately (as a Virgo) she took the blame of it!

They were about to get married in June 1947. But with her Aquarian Moon - and with her Virgonian "I cannot split from him now, people will criticize me bitterly!" attitude -  she chose to perform the tragically liberating act of jumping to her death!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Friday, 18 October 2013

Scorpio's (death's / sex) "quantistic" nature!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis