Saturday, 3 September 2011

International Astrology Conference "Astromykonos 2000"

One of the best International Astrology Conferences I ever attended was the "Astromykonos 2000" which took place in the Greek island of Mykonos (June 9th to 11th, 2000). Don't get me wrong though here, as I was actually the guy that organized this conference (I am not a conferences' organizer, it was a totally amateur effort. Not everything was organized well -plus there was another colleague (Grazia Mirti) who took care of the Italian delegation). Stiil, this conference had magic on its own! Be it for the particular vibrations of the island of Mykonos, be it for the great astrologers present there or for the wonderful hotel complex we were residing in, there was that particular sensation of "magic" in the air, in the conference halls, in the roof gardens, in the beaches, in the cosmopolitan town of Mykonos...

As I am an Astrologer and not a professional organizer of conferences, I wouldn't have succeeded with "Astromykonos 2000" unless I had the full support of a benefactor of Greek Astrology (and excellent Astrologer on his/her own) who prefers to stay anonymous. I had already an experience of my own on Astrology Conferences as I had attended many in Western Europe, some of them as a speaker. Thus it came to my mind that it would be a unique experience for the speakers and the public alike if we would combine good astrology and great summer vacations and organize an international conference on the paradisiac island of Mykonos. Serendipity favored us, because just a few weeks before the conference the island of Mykonos acquired its first ever 500 people (beautiful) lecture hall, at a new hotel complex. There, between 9 and 11 June 2000, the historic "Astromykonos 2000" took place. Three wonderful days where one moment you were attending an interesting astrological lecture by a foremost astrologer and the other you were swimming in a crystalline sea.

Robert Hand's lecture in "Astromykonos 2000")

As the main speaker I invited the internationally recognized top astrologer Robert Hand! Rob gave us a majestic lecture on the Aristotelian concept of "eidos" (form - species) and on the ways the "eidos" unfolds itself in Astrology. Additionally, twenty four Astrologers from Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Italy and France - some of which you can see in the photo below - presented us a variety of interesting and in many cases original lectures (always in accordance to the main theme of the conference, which was "Astrology: the cultural kernel of the new, third millennium").

(from left: Elia Ramos, Maurice Charvet, Maro Ioannidou, Emilio Pelaez, Ernesto Cordero, Thomas Gazis (on his knees), Yves Lenoble, Dante Valente, Grazia Mirti)

(Thomas Gazis, Robert Hand, Maro Ioannidou)

In the so called "parallel events" of the conference the French, Italian and Spanish Astrologers (on the photo above) examined the possible ways to consolidate the Southern - European Astrological Federation! Among them, Yves Lenoble (left, yellow shirt), Marta Capdevila, Emilio Pelaez (with the beard), Maurice Charvet (green shirt), Ernesto Cordero (with the waistcoat) and down - left you can see the head of the President of the Italian Astrological Federation (CIDA) Dante Valente.

Both because of the great astrologers who came to this conference and for the high quality of the presented lectures, I believe that "Astromykonos 2000" has been the top International Astrology Conference - or Astrology Conference in general - ever held in modern Greece!

Thomas Gazis

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