Sunday, 19 July 2020

Usa is ever more plugging into a sort of collective psychosis abyss!

(Disclaimer: I am a Greek citizen. I don't support Trump and I am not particularly interested in whom exactly is going to be the next USA President. But I find quite abnormal and interesting (astrologically, psychologically, semiotically) the phenomenon of the over-demonization of the current American President).

There are people who almost every single day are writing comments demonizing the current American President Trump. And since there are on Facebook so many Americans doing daily this "demonization ritual" they are ever more building it up! The demonization is ever more escalating and has reached by now an irrational "middle ages" - "which hunt" level! We are seeing in the making the phenomenon that Eckhart Tolle described as a "destructive unconscious hive-mind" (when people are continuously and unceasingly demonizing a specific individual or a specific group of people).

Take for example this comment that I recently saw on Facebook:

""Paternitia: "Carmen Johns~
""We are in the clutches of a skilled psychopath. It is very difficult for people to really grasp what that means. They believe he is a human being, but he is not.
And so he gets away with everything, because he turns being treated as a human being to his reptile advantage—in ways even the worst of actual human beings would never even consider doing.
He is not there because of an election, and he will not be gone because of an election. Think of what it took to dislodge Hitler. *That* is the ballpark we are in.
That is why even the most radical solutions prove fruitless. Snakes are adept at slithering away, to reappear and again strike unexpectedly, releasing their deadly venom with every strike.
Only other snakes are immune from this. It’s a kind of 'professional courtesy' among psychopaths. Why? because protecting one makes the grazing easier for all of them.
We’re not used to it. As a nation, we are being terrorized every day by a leader who hates people, his country, and all that lives.
That is his nature and he is faithful to it—and always will be. And that is nearly impossible for most of us to accept.
Why? because it goes against the basic premise of our own humanity—which, pointedly, he neither shares nor really even understands.
The only difference is, He knows he is not the same kind of creature we are ... and we, for the most part, do not.
In short, he survives by using our own humanity against—the one thing we instinctively know we cannot sacrifice without enormous cost.
So what to do? that is our seemingly impossible problem to solve. And yet, maybe it has already been solved but we are not yet ready to acknowledge what we know.
I think that is not only possible, but likely.""


This is clearly an "unconscious hive-mind" product! Probably millions of such irrational statements are frantically written on Facebook every day, by American citizens. So, it's not anymore about "the vote" (people could simply go and vote against Trump and that will be the end of it)! It's mostly about the collective "shadow" projection! People are addicted by now to the habit of releasing their inner tensions by daily lashing out on their current president!

To that aim, the "polarization" mechanism is useful too: "we the Democrats are fighting against the "monstrous" Republicans" - and the other way around! You see, political, ethnic, sexual, etc "polarizations" have their psychological perks, and often people resort to them in order to release their own inner tensions!

Last but not least, diminishing an authority figure (publicly calling him/her names like "dumpster", "cheeto" etc. - as the American citizens are calling now their President) has been our secret, inhibited wish, ever since we were kids! Needless to say that "ridiculing authority figures without suffering any consequences" is releasing a lot of inner tension - and that's the third time that we are witnessing this "release inner tension" mechanism! It's more than obvious that "demonizing" a specific individual or group of people is "therapeutic" to the masses!

As far as I remember, never in history such a massive over-demonization phenomenon (like the one taking currently place in the USA) has occurred! Blame it on the "Capricorn Climax"...

Thomas Gazis

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Our cities/societies are getting ever weirder and deadlier! (Coronavirus & "Capricorn Climax")

Our entire planet is living now some unprecedented and even nightmarish situations, with this deadly coronavirus pandemic that has stormed upon us! Most of us are experiencing situations that no human (except for the few aware epidemiologists and Astrologers) would ever expect to live! Especially in the western world, no generation before us has lived something like this (except of course the two world wars - which did not cause the collapse of societies in the Americas). And if we put aside the so-called "Spanish Flu" (which more or less coincided with World War I), the "movie" that is playing now before our very eyes has not been played for thousands of years (the 1347 CE "black death" had not affected, again, the American continent, Australia, etc.)!

Although humankind is technologically advanced by now, it has proved to be rather "flimsy" in front of the coronavirus threat - and so far unable to produce a drug that can neutralize it! The only countermeasure (prevention - not treatment) left to us is to stay indoors (as if we were doomed to "home restriction")! If we kept congregating in public spaces, in crowded halls, stadiums, cafes, gyms, cinemas, public means of transport, etc. then we would be mourning an exponential number of victims!

Therefore, a simple, everyday move, like opening the door of our home in order to go somewhere, is now equivalent (especially if we are not in our first youth) to playing the "Russian roulette"(wondering each time "will I catch the coronavirus in the environment I am going to?")! Our home's door has been transformed into a vital "membrane", as it holds out of our house the specter of death, which is wafting now across our societies, across the cities we live in!

The average individual is constantly moving between a "public" and a "private" realm. Actually, our "public" and "private" lives meet right on the central door of our home! Outside our door lies the bustling society, our work, our obligations, the "others". Behind it lies the sacred "cradle" of our personal lives, the embrace and warmth of our family, the soothing smell of "home sweet home"! If we put this in astrological terms we could say that outside the door of our house are lying those situations that correspond to the zodiac sign of Capricorn, while inside that door the situations that correspond to the zodiac sign of Cancer! Having this knowledge, we can better understand now why we are experiencing such an abnormal and disturbing phenomenon!

In 2011 we experienced another crucial planetary shift: planet Neptune entered the sign of the Pisces, its natural "home"! In astrological literature, Neptune in Pisces is - in itself - a classic indication of epidemics or even pandemics! If we combine his energies with those of Pluto in Capricorn then the "scene" begins to get heavier (this very astrological combination was in force, as well, at the terrible Justinian plague of 541 CE)!

 Capricorn Climax
By the time we reached 2020, the momentous event of the "Capricorn Climax" - for which Astrologers (with capital A) had been preparing us for years - took hold! To understand the power of this phenomenon, think of it as having a "double-whammy" character! Which means that two events of a similar nature and power occurred simultaneously, mutually reinforcing each other: on one side Pluto is in the zodiac sign of Capricorn and on the other side Saturn (the planet that rules the Capricorn) is now very close to Pluto, forming a powerful "conjunction" with him! The combination of these two "vibrationally" similar events eventually created an "overdrive" that released colossal energies! Some "dark" and "chthonic" energies of the "underworld" have been summoned upon our cities and societies!

This "pluto-capricornian" tsunami of energies has caused astrologically this unheard of and largely nightmarish situation that we are experiencing now. The deadly coronavirus penetrated and disrupted our societies, our governments and social structures collapsed loudly, the commerce and the economy knelt down, the majority of the people have been locked in their homes and are confined as if they were prisoners! All these "exotic" events are clearly linked to the epochal phenomenon of the "Capricorn Climax", which is omnipotent nowadays!

And to explain this in more detail, Saturn's presence in Capricorn speaks for itself of "difficulties",  "deprivations" and "limitations". If we put on the stage Pluto as well, then these deprivations and limitations acquire an extreme character - insofar as people's psychology is undermined and pushed to the limits! We are seeing now in dismay, right in front of our eyes, the societies that we used to know collapsing and being radically altered (due to the "double-whammy" element I mentioned above)! And in this "mutually reinforced" hurricane, Mars' presence in Capricorn caused additional panic and brought the army to the streets of our cities (as in Italy). At the same time, Jupiter in Capricorn disproportionally magnified all these phenomena!

As you know, coronavirus does not particularly harm young people. But it is extremely threatening for the elder ones, as most fatal cases occur to those ages. We could say that this is also the result of the "double-whammy" presence of the planet Pluto (whose one of its basic "keywords" is death) in the zodiac sign of Capricorn (traditionally associated with the so-called "third age"!). In addition, the current pandemic has forced us to focus on something that is extremely tiny but nevertheless omnipotent! An invisible enemy has infiltrated our societies and is shooting us from all over the places, with us being incapable of shooting back! Our fear thus becomes even greater! All this "scenery" is clearly linked (even to a "rookie" in astrology) to Pluto in Capricorn (and to the "accompanying" Saturn-Pluto conjunction, as well)!

Pluto, however, is not a "bad" planet (no astrological element is "bad". Everything works for our evolution). But since Pluto is a powerful "collective" planet, the fate of the individuals is not of particular concern to him. He only cares about the survival and evolution of the humankind, on a "collective" level (and regardless of the eventual "collateral losses" - as our personal stories are quite indifferent to him)!

In this respect, Pluto may produce a major "cleansing" and "regeneration" of the humankind! In an extremely cruel and inhumane way, though! Ask yourself, what continent is the hardest hit right now by the coronavirus? It is not Asia, because there (especially in China) is somehow subsiding. Europe is the hardest hit, which has the most aging population on the planet! Do you understand what I mean? Coronavirus is deadly especially for the elderly or even for those younger people who have serious health problems! So in its own, very cruel and inhumane ("plutonian") way the coronavirus is now producing (if we look at it under a different perspective) a "cleansing" and "invigoration" of the very population of the European continent!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

The economic and demographic plundering of Greece (astrological predictions 2020)!

background image: Sven Erik Golden "Jewels of Light"

Ten years ago, Greece was making headlines all over the world! You most probably remember why. For the first time ever, a European Union country was facing a sovereign debt crisis and there was a tangible risk of it going totally bankrupt! Not only that but (due to the so-called domino effect) the economies of many other countries in Europe (and even worldwide) seemed to be at risk because of the very Greek debt crisis!

That was quite odd! How could a minuscule economy like the Greek one affect the gigantic markets of our planet? How could Greece be responsible for the overall course of the international economy? I had the feeling that something was amiss there. Thus, I resorted to astrology in order to better grasp what was going on. I had extensively studied the national horoscope of Greece and I knew that this Mediterranean country was just coming under the grips of both Pluto and Eris! And the theme of Greece facing a sovereign debt crisis that could potentially trigger crises all over the planet resonated perfectly with the vibrations of these two planets/ planetoids (the very word "crisis" is a plutonian keyword)! The fact is though that since Pluto and Eris are two transcendental, "esoteric" planets /planetoids, under their influence things are not always as they seem to be! Usually, they are much deeper, extensive and fatal than they appear to be!

As you know, an epoch-changing assembly of planets will take place in 2020 within the zodiac sign of Capricorn! It's such a rare phenomenon that Astrologers have been talking about it for decades. They even coined a special term for it "the 2020 Capricorn Climax"! What you most probably don't know is that Greece has been for the last ten years in an ever-escalating head-on collision with the  Capricorn Climax phenomenon! You see, Greece's Sun is located (according to its National Horoscope) at 22 degrees Capricorn, at the very degree where the notorious Saturn - Pluto partile conjunction will take place on January 12, 2020! Additionally, Eris has been forming a tight square aspect to Greece's Sun (and a tight conjunction to its Jupiter - Saturn), for many years now!

I have to explain something here: there is a controversy in Greece over this country's National Horoscope. The fact is though that the Greek astrological scene is totally controlled by a "circuit" of mostly commercial, lucrative astrologers, who have deliberately set aside and marginalized many worthy Greek astrologers - just because they are not their "bedfellows"! You may read my relative article here). This "domineering circuit" (with ample access to the media) is rather unexaminably claiming that Greece is ("solarly") ruled by the sign of Aquarius!

On the other hand, I am the only astrologer in Greece stating the obvious, that modern Greece is ruled by the sign of Capricorn (you may read a relative study here). And I have my good reasons for stating this because, as it goes, the Greek "fathers" declared our independence from the Ottoman Turks on January 13th, 1822, NS (a momentous event, as the Turks had militarily occupied Greece for 400 whole years)!

Fortunately, this rather parochial view of the greek astrologers on their country's chart is not shared by the international community. Foremost astrologers worldwide (OPA's president Maurice Fernandez and Mayo's principal Wendy Stacey, among others) are considering the January 13th, 1822 chart as the National Horoscope of modern Greece.

But let me show you now the National Horoscope of modern Greece (based on the declaration of Greece's independence, on January 1st, 1822 - Julian Calendar): 

The National Horoscope of modern Greece

You can clearly see that modern Greece's Sun is located at the critical (in our days) 22nd degree of Capricorn (where Saturn and Pluto are about to form a partile conjunction). Furthermore, the Jupiter - Saturn tight conjunction in Greece's chart is forming a square aspect to the notorious Saturn - Pluto conjunction, occurring in our days! Not to mention that the recent December 26, 2019, Solar Eclipse took place right over the Uranus - Neptune tight conjunction, in Greece's chart. Maybe you realize now the catalytic effect of the January 12th Capricorn Climax phenomenon over Greece's National Horoscope. If not, then you should take a look at the bi-wheel chart below: 

Inner wheel: Greece's natal chart.  Outer wheel: Capricorn Climax on January 12, 2020
The intensity of the Capricorn Climax phenomenon over Greece's chart becomes visually obvious here. On the upper left, the transiting planets Sun, Saturn, Pluto and Mercury are all conjuncting Greece's natal Sun (while at the same time they are squaring its Jupiter - Saturn duet). The stark Lunar Eclipse of January 10, 2020 is triggering Greece's Sun (while at the same time it is squaring its Jupiter and Saturn)! Furthermore, transiting Eris has been squaring in the last few years Greece's chart while at the same time has been conjuncting it's characteristic Jupiter - Saturn duet too.

Back in the '90s, when I first noticed the current colossal planetary influences over Greece's chart (especially fateful Pluto transiting over its natal Sun, for the very first time in modern Greece's history) I got really worried. It came to me the thought that Greece was about to experience some threatening to its existence events in its imminent future, perhaps a mega-quake or even a war (Greece's eastern neighbor is Turkey, a military super-power and a local bully). We cannot, of course, exclude such type of events when Pluto is aspecting critical points in a country's chart. The fact is though that Pluto is a tricky planet and it has in store mysterious ways of manifesting its properties! 

                     Pluto's invisible tentacles over Greece!

How can we then determine, decode and interpret the full array of Pluto's influences over Greece's natal chart? Well, the archetypal realm of mythology is often a good start. In Greek mythology, Pluto is the god of the underworld, dwelling in the dark and gloomy kingdom of Hades. Extrapolating from this, we may come to the conclusion that Pluto is a supremely powerful planet (being god-like). There is a twist though: to manifest the enormous power he possesses Pluto has to act covertly, secretly, in a concealed manner, in the dark, somehow disguised or even resorting to underhand tactics! On the contrary, the more openly, overtly and explicitly Pluto acts, exposing himself to the "light of the Sun" (the domain of other gods), the more he is bound to break up - becoming ever less capable of manifesting his powers!

If we add now to the above picture the fact that Pluto is the "intruder" and the "usurper" par excellence (do you remember how he quite unexpectedly intruded, emerging from beneath the earth, the mother-daughter idyllic relation and in what a ferocious way he abducted Persephone?) then we begin to formulate an hypothesis on how Pluto might be influencing Greece. It is possible that this Mediterranean country is experiencing currently some form of ominous intrusion and abduction! Its sovereign rights might be in peril as there is the eventuality that some foreign mega-powers are trying to invisibly take over and control crucial parts of Greece! And as Pluto is the planet of death (and of resurrection - in some other realm or under a different form) Greece might be going now through a profound death-rebirth process. Its very core is rapidly decaying and is bound to either irrevocably die or be radically transformed!

Speaking of death Pluto is actually ruling it (as the god of the netherworld he is). It rules as well money
(or to be more precise the "money-energy". You may read about it here). You see, Pluto ("Πλούτος") in Greek means "wealth", "riches". We are getting here a rather inconspicuous association between "death" and "wealth" (the death of a human being is usually bequeathing wealth to his closed relatives). Furthermore, in Hellenistic Astrology, the "Second Place" (corresponding to modern Second House) was called "Gate of Hades" and it was associated with cemeteries, material possessions, and money! 

Overall, Pluto has to do with the so-called "public purse", with any kind of public funds, with taxes, debt, inheritances, etc. The sign of Capricorn, on the other hand, has to do with the government, with regulations, contraction, austerity, etc. There is though a "double whammy" hidden behind this delineation: Pluto is not just in Capricorn but is currently forming a conjunction with Saturn as well - Saturn being Capricorn's ruler! Pluto and Saturn are mutually feeding up each other here. This "double whammy" is actually forming the very backbone of the Capricorn Climax phenomenon, granting it much of its power!

Thus, Greece in the 2010s came up against a titanic crisis (as Pluto was getting ever closer to its Sun). A crisis that is considered by the experts worse than the 1930's depression in the USA! Saving money became the domineering doctrine, applied to all walks and aspects of life. Salaries were slashed, the direct and indirect taxes were abruptly and disproportionally raised and the public funds began to require higher contributions from the citizens. The life of millions of Greeks became nightmarish as the specter of poverty began hovering over their heads!

Greece before the crisis was a relatively prosperous "western" European country (ranking not very far away from the economies of the other thriving European economies). Today though its economy is reduced almost to the levels of the ex-communist, eastern European countries! The irony is that Greece requested in 2010 the notorious loans from the Central European Bank and the International Monetary Fund in order to dodge the very situation is currently experiencing and boost its economy. But ten years after, the Greek economy is stagnant, the wages and pensions have been reduced almost to half, the "Greek" banks are massively foreclosing homes - and in collaboration with the "Greek" IRS they are confiscating - with no previous notice - the meager deposits of countless distressed Greeks! And as if all this wasn't enough, the Greeks were unable to withdraw their savings from the banks, due to the capital controls introduced in 2015!

I think that by now (2020) it is more than obvious to every perceptive man/woman that all the austerity measures and those bombastic foreign funds did not substantially help Greece! They might have benefitted other people but definitely not the Greek people! In reality, almost every single Greek asset, every public utility, every vital resource (gold mines, telecommunications, airports, marinas, etc.) has been sold (often in ridiculous prices) to some foreign corporation! Even the huge deposits of oil and gas found recently within the "EEZ" of Greece - that could have yielded hundreds and hundreds of billions to the Greek coffers - seems that will be ultimately exploited by foreign powers!
It is worth noting too that the so-called "Greek" banks (especially the four major ones) are no longer Greek since they are majority-owned by foreign interests! The fact is that most of the hundreds of billions that the lenders "generously" granted to Greece were not dispensed to the needs of the Greek state and to its citizens but were exclusively funneled to bail out the "Greek" banks! Most of which are owned now by foreign interests! The capital though of those loans
(along with their high-interest rates) won't be paid back to the lenders by the (mostly foreign by now) banks but by the very Greek citizens! How deceitful, how "mafioso" and "Soprano" (Plutonian) is this? 

It doesn't end here though. It is also worth noting that the Greek public IRS office no longer exists and that what we call today Greek "IRS" is, in fact, an "Independent Public Revenue Authority". This authority seems to be transferring
the taxes that the Greeks are paying - in order for their state to be operational, for hospitals and roads to be built, the infrastructure to be modernized, etc. - directly to the foreign lenders! That's a humongous usurpation, which is confirming the fact that Pluto is indeed transiting currently over Greece's "Capricornian" Sun! 

                       The Plutonian demographic "contamination"

There is another element that Pluto's influence on Greece's "Capricornian" Sun evoked. An element that had initially eluded me. As I explained above, Pluto is fond of the undifferentiated masses of humans (death is after all the great leveler. All the souls in Hades are equal, as no earthly form or title is differentiating them anymore). Thus, for Pluto a white, aristocratic man of say Christian belief is exactly the same as a humble origins dark-skinned, poor Muslim! Therefore, mixing "different" kinds of people, "contaminating" the "purity" of societies, literally
constitutes a game for Pluto! And the immediate consequence of this Pluto's attribute (remember, the planet is on Greece's Sun) is the massive influx of refugees - migrants into this historic country. Greece, although a small country, receives twice as many refugees / migrants than Spain does and almost six times more refugees - migrants than the six times more populous Italy (according to the 2019 statistics)!

This ultimately means that, in proportion to our populations,
we receive in Greece ten times more refugees - immigrants than they receive in Spain and thirty-six times as much they receive in Italy! Not twice or thrice as much but thirty-six whole times as much! Does this sound reasonable to you? Does this sound reasonable to anybody?

Why do other European countries control, restrict or even bar refugees - migrants? Do these countries know something critical that the Greek citizens are not aware of? I agree that we have to show humanism and help those people who are truly persecuted and in danger. But the refugees - migrants are mainly coming to Greece from Turkey, which is NOT a war zone! So they are not in immediate danger. Rumors say that some people are inciting them to come over to Greece with some financial lure, benefits etc. It worries me also the fact that it does not seem to be any serious program of resettlement or repatriation of these refugees - migrants. They look as if they came to permanently stay in Greece - the poorest country in Western Europe, with the highest unemployment! Who benefits from this situation? Who are the true beneficiaries of this massive influx of refugees - migrants in Greece?

Greece has a population of little over ten million. The refugees - migrants in Greece are approaching
today one million people! If they keep surging - to the hundreds or even to the thousands every day - then in a not so distant future the refugees - migrants Greece will be more than the indigenous inhabitants! That would entail an unprecedented demographic alteration of Greece  (with the compliments of transiting Pluto, who has been for a few years now hovering over Greece's natal Sun and is thus "contaminating" its demography).

I wish we had in Greece a flourishing economy and plenty of job opportunities so that we Greeks creatively work side by side with a logical number of refugees - migrants. In reality, though the immigrants are already too many for a small, poor country that is going through a huge financial crisis - facing at the same time a high unemployment rate. More immigrants coming over to Greece under these conditions is a recipe for a humanitarian disaster! 

To conclude, the great "Capricorn Climax" of 2020 (which is in its own a rare and powerful astrological phenomenon) has had a fatal, decisive impact upon the National Horoscope of Greece. It has caused - and continues to cause - an unprecedented "plutonian" usurpation of colossal portions of national and individual wealth and a torrential plundering of this country (economically, demographically etc.)!
The Greek people have been grossly lied to, deceived and manipulated! Overall, what Greece used to be will never come back again. This ancient country has been to a large extent destroyed, but in a subtle, invisible "plutonian" way (that does not allow the elements of its destruction to be easily perceived)! It will retain many of its external features alright but deep in its core it will be radically transformed, it won't be anymore the Greece we used to know! 
Money is to a country what blood is to our body! Thus, a country whose resources are systematically plundered, whose "money - energy" (the hard work and the sweat of its citizens) is "usurped" and taken abroad, such a country is doomed to remain without vital energies and thus gradually become a "zombie country", a sort of "banana republic"! And under the current Capricorn Climax mega-phenomenon (Pluto - Saturn on Greece's Sun in particular) we are attesting Greece (an erstwhile glorious country and the cradle of western civilization) turning ever more into a broken, pillaged,
demographically altered, moribund country. We are longing now for its "plutonian" resurrection...

Thomas Gazis

Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Friday, 18 October 2019

Pluto in Capricorn disclosed to us the fact that the "King" is naked!

To some of you, this Frank Zappa's saying might seem just the mumbling of a stoned rocker. In reality, though, it is a profound and insightful statement, brilliantly explaining in just a few words the very essence of modern politics!

You see, politics is so complicated! But everything becomes crystal clear if we apply this Zappa's saying to it! Modern presidents are some sort of entertainers! Take Trump for example. Trump seems to be but the colorful host of the entertainment division of the all-mighty military-industrial complex! Apparently, his job is to amuse us, to distract us, so that big "industra" can easily make good money!

Presidents have always been this sort of "entertainers"! They were always serving the interests of the mighty parties but this didn't show in the past, no citizen would believe that their President is a rather shady guy, which is serving the interests of the mighty parties at the expense of the people! But now, with Pluto in Capricorn, this is becoming ever more obvious! Everybody can see that the king is naked!

The reality is that the previous presidents were not worse than Trump. Bush senior and junior, Clinton, Obama, all of them officially endorsed the slaughtering of millions of innocent people in Iraq, Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, etc. so that big "industra" make good money! Some of them were even shadier than Trump! But none of them was daemonized to the extent Trump is!

You see, a new kind of consciousness is emerging now, in our era that is strongly reverberating to the Pluto in Capricorn tune! Everybody can see that the President is "naked" but they cannot figure out what exactly is wrong with him...They sense the incongruency, the "wrong vibes" coming out of the president but they think there is something wrong exclusively with him, that he might be a sociopath, a lunatic, behaving and acting the way he does!

To grasp what is really going on you need to hold on for a moment, pan out and realize that you were focusing so far on the host of the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex, missing the big picture! And that you were blaming the entertainment division host for the ills of the military-industrial complex!

Thomas Gazis

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The Greek Astrological "school" "Alternative Education" ("Enallaktiki Paideia") - (A Critical Approach by Thomas Gazis)

Some non-Greek fellow-astrologers have seen this article (in Greek) on Facebook and they thought it might be interesting. By using though the automatic translation they couldn't make a sense of its content.. So, I have translated the article in English for them to read.

Many of us, who have stated astrology as our main interest on Facebook, we have been bombarded in the last few weeks by an "ad" that was calling us to enrol in the "Alternative Education" astrology "school" ("Enallaktiki Paideia" in Greek ). I wanted to write a review of this "school" but I waited for  the enrolments to be completed first, so that my criticism wouldn't be considered a malicious one. Now that they have, I can more freely express my opinion.

The "Alternative Education" Astrology "school" caused a lot of fuss in Greece in April 2017, when it appeared on many TV news stories as the first astrology "school" ever in Greece, a "school" recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education! Many people who watched the specific news story were excited, hearing that a recognized astrology school has been established in Greece, providing official "astrology diplomas"! It seemed like brand new horizons were opening up for astrology in this mediterranean country. And that's odd because till recently Greece was a rather backward country regarding astrology.

Personally, I have been dreaming for many years now the creation and establishment in Greece of an academic level Astrology School - and I have incessantly worked on a collective level to realize this vision - alongwith the one of a national Greek Astrological entity (association etc.)! So I would be one of the first persons in Greece to celebrate the establishment of a true Astrology School! I am stressing the word "true" because somebody can relatively easy create a "sort of astrology school" but in order to create an actual astrology school many terms and conditions must be fulfilled first. So let's see if these conditions are met in the case of  the "Alternative Education" center.

First of all - as you can see in the photo below of the "Alternative Education's" identity (you may click on it) - we are not dealing here with an academic type of "school" but with a "Lifelong Learning Center" - "LLC" or "ΚΔΒΜ" in Greek! There is a big difference between these two entities!

I wonder why the directors of "Alternative Education" display the actual status of their center with just its initials ("ΚΔΒΜ" in Greek, meaning "Lifelong Learning Center" - "LLC" !) Is it because they are ashamed to state publicly that thers actually is a simple - NON academic - "LLC"? Or because they prefer to give to the public the impression that their center is a recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education "school" - without actually being it? If the latter applies then they mislead the public!

To give a hypothetical example, we could create a "Lifelong Learning Center" for knitting! At this center the art and the secrets of knitting would be explained. Secrets that ultimately our grandmother might hold much better than the rest of us. So our grandmother could lead a knitting section to a similar "LLC". But in no case she could become a "teacher" in an academic school, if she did't meet first a whole bunch of prerequisites!

Let's go to the second element that I have highlighted above in the identity of "Enallaktiki Paideia"! In the element stating that this "school" is composed of "distinguished astrologers, with extensive experience in Astrology teaching"! If we believe this claim then we must admit that "Alternative Education" has been staffed by foremost "teachers" of Astrology!

In reality though, there is no easy way to becoming a TEACHER! And not just in Astrology but in any field. Actually, in Greece we do not even have many worthy Astrologers (our country ranks among the last in the West in Astrology Education, Astrology Research, etc.). So how did we suddenly get in Greece so many important Astrology teachers?

The concept "teacher" carries a lot of weight! Being a teacher of Astrology means that you are literally a mobile encyclopedia, in terms of Astrological Knowledge! That you are knowledgeable on any Astrology branch, on  any aspect of Astrology, no matter how small and trivial it might seem! That you also have knowledge of many different fields and subjects, such as Psychology, History, Politics, etc. That you are an integral person, with Principles and Ethics! These are the elements that constitute a true Astrology teacher!

From my part, though, I've never read a book, original astrological articles, or some kind of research by the majority of the "Alternative Education" employees who are claiming to be foremost Astrology teachers! And I'm a man who reads a lot and peruses the publications of Greek astrologers of all kinds (I don't read of course the trivial weekly predictions, the Mercury retrograde hysteria etc. because I don't think that such "bubble-gum" kind of articles are worthwhile - nor they automatically render you an Astrology "teacher").

But let's go into more specific details and take for example the case of Mrs Nona Voudouri. As she writes in her resume (and as you can see in the picture below), Ms. Voudouri has been working as an astrology teacher
at the "Alternative Education" LLC. since 2018 ! He even mentions that she  took lessons in this very "school". The point is that  the "Alternative Education" center was founded in April 2017! Which means that in just a few months, Ms Voudouri has turned from a mere astrology student into an astrology teacher! We're talking here about things that are not serious at all!

Finally, let's look at the third statement that I have underlined on the "identity" of the "Alternative Education" center. The statement saying that this particular
"LLC" "will employ as teachers the most important Greek Astrologers "! Since I am an old hand at the various vicissitudes of the Greek astrology scene I can assure you that the "Alternative Education" has actually done the opposite: it employed none of the people who are the truly leading Greek Astrologers (you can see my relative article here)! I mean people like Nicholas Kampanes, Konstantine Stefanou, Yianni Symeonoglou (unfortunately he passed away early in 2019,  with the bitterness in his heart that his work will never reach the wider public) For Astrologers, that is, who are among the few in Greece that meet the prerequisites of an Astrology teacher! So why the directors of  the "Alternative Education" (which are in the know) did not employ these leading Greek Astrologers as teachers of their "school", when it was founded?

All in all, the Greek "Enallaktiki Paideia"
"school" is in reality a LLC. center of non sincere intentions. But this "school" would not actually exist unless the Greek public had "summoned" it! A public that considers the formalities more important than the essence. You see, the diploma provided by any school has no value "per se"! Its value is derived exclusively by the overall quality of the "school" the diploma is provided by and by the worth of its teachers! 

Thomas D. Gazis

Sunday, 22 September 2019

WE DESERVE A BETTER ASTROLOGY IN GREECE (and in any other country for that matter)!

Societies are thriving when they are placing their most worthy members to their higher positions. On the other hand, those societies that are habitually promoting their less worthy members, the “well connected, mediocre” ones, are bound to decline and degenerate!

The phenomenon of  the "well connected, mediocre" people taking over prominent posts is more or less prevalent all over the world. However the very fabric of the advanced societies is such that is providing ample recognition opportunities for many of their worthy citizens as well! I don’t think though that there is another civilized country in the world that promotes to such an extent the "well connected, mediocre" people (at the expenses of the worthy ones) as modern Greece!

The people who dominate today the Greek astrological scene (and who are portrayed in public as the "leading ones") in reality are no more than golden mediocrities (although they promote a quite different image of themselves. Some of them even claim that they are the best astrologers worldwide!). Definitely they are not "top astrologers" at all. Because it's not someone's appearances on TV or on Internet portals, or the support s/he receives from various "circuits" that makes him/her a top astrologer. It is someone's quality work, inspirational books, original articles,  thorough research and high ethical standards that renders him/her a top Astrologer! And none of the people who are calling today the shots in modern Greek astrology meet such criteria. And ironically those who meet them are totally marginilized!

Very few Greeks know for example that Yianni Symeonoglou was a leading contemporary Greek astrologer! Symeonoglou was the one who essentially introduced and developed the so called "Systemic Astrology" in Greece! He wrote two insightful books ("The Times and the Seasons of the Invisible - Astrology" and "Beyond the Astrology you know"). He was about to publish a third, monumental book but he suddenly died in early 2019. Although Symeonoglou was opting for a "scientific" astrology he was not afraid to draw material from the fields of metaphysics and esoteric knowledge - especially from Orphic and Pythagorean teachings. He discovered some new dimensions of the Moon's Nodes - to which he gave some pioneering interpretations! And yet, the circuit that is controlling the astrological scene in Greece has never presented his work, has never honored him! They never offered him the opportunity to get in touch with the public, never invited him to their speeches and lectures (maybe they were afraid that their "poverty" would become obvious if challenged by Symeonoglou's wealth of knowledge)!

The result is that Symeonoglou was marginalized by the dominant astrological circuit and was gradually turned into a picturesque figure! The man who has been one of the foremost contemporary Greek Astrologers in reality lived as a rather insignificant astrologer - and died with the bitterness in his heart that his rich and original work would remain unknown to the Greek public!

Two other major figures of modern Greek Astrology are Nicholas Kampanes and Konstantine Stefanou! Kampanes is an erudite, renaissance kind of Astrologer! Apart from Astrology, he has delved into Philosophy, Theosophy, Metaphysics, Literature etc! He has published two excellent books that literally adorn the Greek Astrological literature ("Astrological Institutio" and "Astrology in the Light of Science")! The other Astrologer, Konstantine Stefanou, has created a distinct and robust work on asteroids and on the so-called "harmonics" - while he has opened new paths on the "quantistic" dimension of Astrology (inspired often by esoteric knowledge)! So, as one might suspect, the dominant Greek astrological circuit has never given a step to these people! Thus, Greek astrologers of international caliber are deliberately "buried" in this mediterranean country and they end up by being considered "non-existent" or "marginal picturesque" figures at best!

I could mention 3-4 more names of outstanding Greek Astrologers who are also completely unknown to the general public. I believe though that the three aforementioned are the most important! And I think that it is embarassing to all of us who love Astrology (the true one, with a capital A) that these people have not yet been recognized and honored, they have not been accredited for their original, pioneering, monumental work that could enrich all the Greek (and maybe foreign too) Astrology students and researchers!

Unfortunately, the Greek public (which actually is "under-cultured" in Astrology. You see, names like Dane Rudhyar, Robert Hand or Richard Tarnas are largely unknown in Greece) considers as foremost Greek Astrologers some well-connected people, who in reality are a "glittering wrapper with a disproportionately low content"! The astrological beacons that I mentioned above are completely unknown. And as these people have not been recognized and honored - due to their "blacklisting" and deliberate silencing from the part of the dominant circuit  - they are considered by the public (despite their huge astrological magnitude) as some picturesque, marginalized figures ...

But that is damaging to all of us, as the Greek Astrology is overall hold back! Because under the current conditions the "bar" is constantly lowered so that it serves the interests of some rather unscrupulous people. It's like walking into a dark desolation without any lights around. It is no coincidence that modern Greek astrology ranks low within the civilized world!

Think now that we are in 2019 and there isn't still a national Astrological entity (association, federation) at all in Greece! There are a couple of “astrology clubs” (that's what they are in reality), claiming to be "genuine Pan-Hellenic astrological entities" but that's not the case at all. A pan-Hellenic Astrological entity should be created by (first of all) an open invitation to all interested parties, to all Greek astrologers (and not just to a selected narrow circuit). And secondly, by implementing open, democratic processes, without any elements of secretiveness and covertness.

An Astrological entity should not be created just in order to protect the interests of the Greek astrologers but in order to wholesomely elevate Greek astrology, to raise the "bar" and bring as much as possible quality and morality to our heavenly art! Also, in order to organize regular talks, lectures and conferences (even international ones) all over Greece, talks that will be promoting the work and research of the BEST Greek Astrologers, and not of those privileged ones belonging to "circuits"! Such an astrological entity will be opening the road for the younger, talented Astrologers to walk in!

To turn back to the people controlling today the Greek astrology, these people are making various deceitful claims and one of them is that "they are fond of collectiveness, they always act in unison and in a collective manner"! That's not true at all! You see these people constitute a "closed circuit" and they are "rubbing shoulders" with each other. So, with such a claim they are trying to make a virtue out of necessity! If they were truly collective they would have long ago presented publicly and promoted the excellent Greek astrologers I mentioned before - them and their monumental work!

On the contrary, the "controllers" seem to have tacitly compiled a "black list", with people that are "undesirable" to them! Not because these "blacklisted" astrologers have done anything bad to them but simply because they are their best and this it annoys them! And by taking advantage of every available means they have, they preventively undermine any bridge (however small or - in most cases - imaginary to them) they see forming between the worthy astrologers and the general public! Well yes, sometimes they include a fresh face in their events, but this they do in order to look open minded, generous and "progressive" in the eyes of the public. The disapponting thing is though that they never invite the same individuals more than once or twice, so that they do not run the risk of being overtaken by them!

Another burning issue is the one regarding the national horoscope of Greece. The entire Greek astrological establishment is incorrectly claiming that Greece is under the influence of the (solar) sign of Aquarius. However, a thorough study has substantiated the fact that Greece is ruled by the sign of Capricorn (you may read about it here). And there are leading astrologers on a global level like Maurice Fernandez (president of the OPA, the organization of professional astrologers of America) and Wendy Stacey (director of the famous Mayo School of Astrology) who have published articles on Greece and they are all basing the Greek national horoscope on the Declaration of Independence of the Greeks from the Ottoman Turks (January 1, 1822 OS).

The fact is though that the astrologers of the Greek "establishment" - who have been propagating for decades that Greece is an Aquarian country - do not want now to stray into the eyes of the public - admitting they were wrong the whole time! So they deliberately continue claiming that Greece is ruled by the sign of Aquarius - although even they themselves know it it’s not!

Their reasoning is this: "we don't care what the foreign astrologers are saying and whether the Aquarian horoscope for Greece is true or not! We are the ones calling the shots here, so we will impose the doctrine of "Greece is ruled by the sign of Aquarius" no matter what"! This fact alone gives you a glimpse of the obscurantism prevailing today within the Greek astrological scene!

Another important issue is this: two Greek astrologers belonging to the "establishment" were recently sentenced (by a Greek National Court) to 6 months in prison! These astrologers were insulting, calumniating, intimidating and even threatening one of their Greek colleagues (you may see the relative post here).

You would think that the people who are prominet within the Greek astrological community would condemn these two unethical astrologers. But actually they didn't! The Greek astrological "establishment" artificially silenced their condemnation and whole-heartidly protected them - on the grounds of "these are our own people"! Thus, their conviction was not reported anywhere and all references to it were deliberately silenced. In no civilized country such a thing could happen!

It's clear as water that the incentives of these people - who claim to be into spirituality, high awareness and self-improvement - are rather low. The bitter truth is that the current Greek astrological scene is dominated by selfishness and hypocrisy, by mediocre, short-sighted, secretive, lucrative astrologers - and by "closed circuits"!

Do we really deserve such astrology? You see, as we get the politicians we deserve, so too we get the astrology (and the astrologers) we deserve! But how many of us really want this "low energy" astrology that is prevalent in Greece today? Don't we all want a cultured, advanced, bright Astrology? Don't we desire a worthy, decent kind of Astrologers that will be illuminating, and inspiring us? Because ultimately, the way Astrology will be shaped in Greece, in the years to come, depends exclusively on what we really want!

Overall, a society that does not give prominence to its most worthy members but allows the “connected mediocre ones” to dominate is actually choking its most vital energies and thus is doomed to decline, to lose its Brightness and Beauty...

Thomas Gazis
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