Monday, 31 January 2011

Pluto in Capricorn

(Photo: AFP)

(Thomas Gazis note: back in 2008, a couple of days before Pluto moved to Capricorn, I published this article in Greek - and then I somehow forgot it. Then, recently I noticed that many of the things predicted in the article had already happened in real life - as the years were passing by! Here is the article translated in English...)

An extremely important astrological event will occur on 26 January 2008 (at exactly 4:37:13 am, GMT). Planet Pluto will change its zodiacal position, leaving behind the sign of Sagittarius and entering Capricorn (where it will stay for about 17 years, till 2024)! This change is extremely important for the following reasons:

1) Both the sign of Capricorn and the planet Pluto are considered in astrology as elements of "strain". They do provide maturity and integration to people, but mainly through hardships.

2) Pluto is in itself a very powerful planet (for us astrologers still remains a planet). It is actually a planet that affects strongly the masses, the "collective unconscious", the economy, the global energy stocks. Moreover, he often triggers massive fatal events. Capricorn, on the other hand, is a pivotal zodiacal sign, as it stands at the top of the axis of the "Cardinal Cross" signs! Capricorn is rigid and Pluto extremely powerful! The meeting of these two astrological energies is expected to breed strong and decisive events, events which will change the course of humanity in the next 17 years and lead it into a whole new direction (when the signs of the "Cardinal Cross" are strongly activated they release huge amounts of energy which on their turn thrust humanity into new directions)!

3) The last time in history that the same thing happened (Pluto entered Capricorn) was in 1762 - whole 246 years ago! And Pluto stayed in Capricorn till 1778. This was a particularly critical period in the history of mankind. The United States declared their independence (initiating thus the countdown to the collapse of the all-mighty till then British Empire)! At the same time, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire occured! It is likely, therefore, to witness the collapse of an empire within the next 17 years !

4) This zodiacal shift is especially important to Greece, as this country is "born" under the sign of Capricorn (see my relative article
The natal chart of modern Greece). Therefore, some very relevant events are expected to happen especially in Greece in the next 17 years, that will propel this country into a new, radically different direction!

Thus, what I write here applies to all humanity but in a particular way to Greece!

First of all, the sign of Capricorn represents astrologically all social and political "institutions". All the commonly accepted - that is - systems of management and governance in our society, countries etc. At the apex of such pyramid lie the governments themselves and the people who staff them, the "rulers", the administrative and repressive mechanisms etc.

With the entrance now of Pluto in Capricorn all the above mentioned institutions will become more "plutonic"! I will explain you right away what I mean! First though we should stress the fact that each planet has 2 sides, the creative and destructive one! The creative side of Pluto is that he destroys whatever is old, worn, "sick", with no strength in it and regenerates it under a new, vibrant, healthy form! At the same time, Pluto is the planet of the "masses", of the ordinary people when they act en masse! Thus, a basic scenario is that we are now entering a phase where politics, the governments will change their structure in depth, they will completely regenerate! At the same time, the everyday people, the masses, will start exerting a more direct and dynamic influence on the governments - especially if they are not democratic!

(You may read the rest of the article here )  

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

First historical evidence on Alexander's the Great Horoscope!

Alexander the Great is probably the biggest "Superstar" that ever existed on planet Earth! It is a non mythical - but flesh and blood - figure that has been fascinating millions of people all over the world for entire millennia! Still, to the disappointment of the astrologers, never a horoscope of this brilliant personality has ever been found. And we are very sure that astrologers DID erect Alexander's chart (or at least studied the positions of his birth planets) because Alexander lived his whole (actually short) adult life in Mesopotamia, in the very cradle of astrology! When Alexander the Great invaded this area and conquered Mesopotamia astrology was already considered a millennial tradition, applied especially to the mesopotamian kings! So, how comes we have never retrieved some cuneiform tablet with Alexander's the Great horoscope on it? The fact is that there are hundreds of thousands of cuneiform tablets in various museums etc. and very few people able to read them! So, it will probably take centuries before we decipher all of them and possibly discover an original, mesopotamian reference to Alexander's horoscope....

I have been personally conducting a research on Alexander's the Great horoscope since the early '90's. And I finally came up with a plausible date and time for Alexander's birth (you may see my relative article here). I was suggesting in that article that he were a Leo, with a Leo Ascendant too! And then to my amazement, a few months ago, as I was reading a Byzantine astrologer's text of the 11th century (George Kamateros) I saw the next line (first in Greek and then in English):

"Ο δεύτερος δεκανός (του Λέοντος) γεννήσει Αλεξάνδρου του κτίστου και Μακέδονος υπήρχεν ωροσκόπος"

"The second decan of Leo was the Ascendant of Alexander's the Macedonian nativity"!

As far as I know, this is the first ever historical evidence on Alexander's the Great horoscope! Of course you might consider - with all good reason - not very reliable such a piece of information coming from a Byzantine astrologer  born 13 whole centuries after Alexander. But George Kamateros has been otherwise a reliable source. And he has to be considered a very special source too, because Byzantine literature is somehow a continuation of the Hellenistic one. At least, Byzantines preserved the hellenistic literature (just think of the many CCAG astrological volumes). I have personally studied many Alexander's the Great forged horoscopes (Gadbury's and Argoli's been the most famous). But these horoscopes apart from the fact that they smell "forgery" they were created by people disconnected from the hellenistic civilization. Kamateros on the other hand had a direct access to illustrious hellenistic astrologers such as Ptolemy, Hephaestion, Maximus and Rhetorius (the last two been more Byzantine than hellenistic astrologers).  Thus, I consider reliable this Kamateros' precious piece of information on Alexander's Ascendant.

Maybe the day is not very far away when we will stumble upon the original horoscope (maybe of a clay tablet form) of this unique, ultra-brilliant human being!

Thomas Gazis

Friday, 14 January 2011

Is Ophiuchus the 13th zodiacal sign?

The issue of Ophiucus - the so called 13th zodiacal sign - has surfaced again in the media. In reality Ophiuchus is a CONSTELLATION, not a zodiacal sign. There is a huge difference between the two! And ultimately this is the whole gist of the matter...

A brief but lucid explanation of the difference between a constellation and a "sign" is given by the American astronomer - and professor at the University of Illinois - James B. Kaler, who in his book "Astronomy" (Harper Collins College Publishers) writes:

"There is an important distinction to be made between the astrological signs of the zodiac and the astronomical constellations of the zodiac. The constellations are real star-groups that can be seen on any clear night. The signs are symbolic concepts that are locked to the vernal equinox."

So, Ophiuchus IS NOT a zodiacal sign but a zodiacal constellation! The two ARE NOT the same. The confusion stems out of the fact that the twelve zodiacal SIGNS bear the same names as the twelve CONSTELLATIONS. But that's where their similarities end. They have nothing else in common.

A CONSTELLATION is something visible and tangible while a zodiacal SIGN is not. The signs are absolutely invisible! We have to think of them as 12 equal divisions of the space around Earth. We do not know much about them and they actually constitute a mystery to us. To get a hint on their nature we have to resort to one of the greatest astrologers - philosophers of all times, Dane Rudhyar! He is writing on the zodiac (which is actually composed of the 12 signs):

"The zodiac is what astrologers-scientists call the "magnetic field" of the Earth, what occultists call the "aura of the Earth", or the auric egg of the planetary Being...It is a sort of electrical envelope within which the Earth rotates...".

So, it is relatively easy to debunk Ophichus as the 13th zodiacal sign. The zodiacal signs have always been and will always remain 12! But under all this Ophiuchus issue lies a deeper question: WHAT A ZODIACAL SIGN REALLY IS? We still don't know! Zodiacal signs constitute one of humanities greatest mysteries! They really exist, we have ascertained them, even measured every single property of theirs! We have never seen them or touched them, though. They simply transcend our senses and current perceptions.

Thomas Gazis