Monday, 14 December 2015

The Antiochus of Commagene Lion Horoscope

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                  When planets and gods commune

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

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

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

Of course there are a couple of objections here:

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

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

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

                           A lunar "necklace" - Signs vs  Constellations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                      Determining the date of the "event"

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas D. Gazis
©2015 Thomas D. Gazis

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

Friday, 21 August 2015

Jupiter in Virgo - the God of small things!

Without too much ado, planet Jupiter entered a few days ago (on August 11th) in the sign of Virgo! The event went largely unnoticed, probably because at the time most people in the northern hemisphere were taking their summer vacation! Thus, unlike the entrance of Jupiter in Leo a year ago, this was a "no fanfare", low profile event - but that's quite appropriate to the nature of Virgo!

This is a critical shift that will affect pretty much all of us (since the sign of Virgo is present in every natal chart). It will activate now a specific, important area of ​​our life - and eventually a new set of planets and "points" in our chart.

Apart from the individual level though, this zodiacal shift of Jupiter will have a collective impact on mankind as well . It will diffuse a new "spirit of the time" ("zeitgeist") in our societies and it will affect in a particular way the psychology of the masses. You see, everything (people, events, situations) is attuned and adapted to the "frequency" of the ever changing "spirit of the time". It is important therefore to define that "spirit" astrologically!

To realize what I mean consider this: during the previous 12 months that Jupiter was in Leo the so-called "selfies" pictures were in vogue. These "selfies" mirrored perfectly the spirit of the exuberant Jupiter in the egocentric and somehow exhibitionist sign of Leo! But now that the giant planet has moved to the rather timid and modest sign of Virgo the "selfies" may start to tire out and a new fashion might prevail - having now a distinct "virgonian" essence! For example, we might see the clothing fashion clinging towards more earthy and simple forms in the ensuing months.

Jupiter represents the "higher mind" but is entering here in a realm of the "lower mind". One might find a contradiction there but not the ever pondering "grandmaster". You see, Jupiter is an avid apprentice of the core philosophy of each sign it is transiting in. It yearns to master that philosophy and to extrapolate more advanced notions out of it - so that it ultimately carves new promising paths in its eternal quest for enlightenment!

The king of the gods is unexpectedly discovering here the virgonean microcosm and much intrigued is plunging in it (instead of taking its habitual "outer" trips). And while in Virgo Jupiter realizes that there can be no "higher mind" without a "lower" one. The two are tightly interconnected and are mutually fed! That the "prosaic" and the "here and now" are as holy and important as the spiritual and the eternal! That our world is composed of innumerable little things, of countless functional parts that are crucial to the whole, parts we should become more aware of. That being of service to the others is a holy task! And that our body is a temple that we must revere and take care of!

Frankly, the coexistence of Jupiter and Virgo is a little bit problematic. Jupiter is a "fiery" expansive and enthusiastic planet imbued by a high idealism, a planet that is ever yearning to go beyond the distant horizons. Virgo on the other is an "earthy", practical and perfectionist sign that avoids the energy wastage and is focusing its attention on making its current routine fully functional and "ritualized". Therefore, there is a significant gap between the aspirations of these two astrological elements (and it is not by chance that Jupiter is in its "fall" in the sign of Virgo - meaning that this earthy sign is somehow hampering the primary goals of  the king of the gods - as Jupiter wants to aim high but this sign is ever calling him off to watch its next step).

Jupiter is a "cosmic barometer" showing us (according to the sign it is transiting in and the aspects it is forming) the degree of evolution, prosperity and optimism within our societies. In this regard, Jupiter in Virgo does not leave much room because it indicates that we are now entering a "minimalist" phase, a contraction phase of further thrift and austerity. Therefore, in the next twelve months a "Spartan" spirit will  prevail worldwide (which will probably become even more rigorous around March 2016, when Jupiter will be forming again a discordant square aspect to Saturn).

On the other hand, this position of Jupiter will offer us some valuable lessons. It will teach us how to take maximum advantage of our available resources, it will make us wiser, more inventive and effective in saving resources, in managing materials etc. - so that we ultimately cope with the overall scarcity of money and resources that we might come across.

We spoke earlier about the great gap that exists between Jupiter and the sign of Virgo. But there is simultaneously a focal point of convergence between them. This point is the so-called "sacredness" of the two signs. Jupiter is an idealistic planet that represents our connection with the higher, spiritual realms, with the divine. And Virgo is an "earthly" sign representing the purification process, virginity, "angelicality"! Therefore, Jupiter in Virgo will highlight now the sanctity of the everyday, ordinary or even old-hat situations, the God that resides in the small things and in the apparently trivial processes of life.

This means that we will start undertaking with greater willingness now some manual works that we were previously thinking of as boring or undesirable. From the washing of the dishes to the sweeping of the floor, to the DIYS repairing of our car or house, to knitting etc. These jobs we will be doing now more willingly and consciously, feeling their importance and "sanctity" in the "larger scheme of things"! Consequently, we will become more efficient at our jobs (working harder and paying closer attention to the details - producing thus a work of higher quality).

You may never have heard it, but in Japan there is a whole traditional ritual associated with - the otherwise trivialized - tea serving... This ritual is summarizing the spirit of Jupiter in Virgo (which is a very ritualistic sign)!

In general, Jupiter in Virgo will help us become more realistic and it will assist us in better arranging and organizing our lives. Furthermore, it will significantly contribute to the purification and cleansing of our society! Some fundamental moral values ​​will re-emerge and more pure and honest people will be promoted to the important posts!

The sign of Virgo is closely linked to the popular, to the working class. So the beneficial planet Jupiter in Virgo should normally mark a period of growth and relative prosperity for the working classes. And indeed initially some high expectations might be cultivated, which in the course of  time might prove to be largely "illusory" - making people feel once again that they have been cheated (Jupiter will form - at times - a difficult opposition aspect with the somehow "fraudster" planet Neptune). However, although in recent years many labor rights have been violated, some new laws might be issued now that will ensure better conditions for the working class. A more flexible and effective labor law might be applied now - regulating the immigrants' issue as well.

Undoubtedly, Jupiter in Virgo (the sign of work) will accentuate the importance and the "sanctity" of work. More people will try now to enter the labor market (seeking - in order to survive - even the humblest of the jobs)! On the other hand, many people will seek jobs abroad. We will be more willingly rolling up our sleeves now in order to work, to produce something useful, to assist in an immediate and practical manner the people around us.

Whenever Jupiter is in Virgo it apparently increases the frequency and volume of the public and private sector's construction activity. Consequently, many unemployed people are finding new jobs in such periods - but not necessarily well paid ones.

The health sector is also traditionally associated with the sign of Virgo and is expected to somehow improve now (our governments will probably announce fancy new public health programs). Additionally, any business regarding, healthy/organic food products, natural remedies, centres promoting natural (no toxic drugs) treatments and a healthier lifestyle will bloom now!

Another category of "little things" that are under the auspices of Virgo are the pets! Our societies will take better care now of our small friends. New laws might be issued regarding their welfare (punishing i.e. more severely their negligence or maltreatment).

At times, however, Jupiter in Virgo (in its "fall" that is) appears to suppress the liberties in the environment of the educational institutions (i.e the disciplinary decisions that were taken against the rebelling students in May 1969). In addition, it acts in a rather shrinking and "minimalist" manner on issues regarding the judicial system, the judges, the lawyers and the courts. But it may cause some sort of cleanup there too.

A rather unhappy combination of the properties of Jupiter (expansion, bloating) and Virgo (the earth, the soil) is that during the passage of the giant planet in this sign volcanoes are often erupting (too much "bloating"of the earth)! The spectacular - and well documented on TV - eruption of St. Helen's in 1980 i.e. took place under the influence of Jupiter in Virgo). In addition, during these periods some major tectonic faults are often displaced (as a mutable earthy sign Virgo is representing the "earth in motion")..

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Thursday, 4 June 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The chart of the fatal “Air-Germanwings” pilot!

Pilot Andreas Lubitz (who according to the investigations intentionally crashed - on March 24th - the "Germanwings" plane into the French Alps) is not just a tragic suicidal figure but one of the major serial killers in world history as well (since he deliberately killed 149 innocent passengers and crew of the plane - among them several children )! This man somehow "sowed" an incredible amount of death into very many of his fellow-humans - while he brought hundreds of families on the verge of unfathomable pain and despair!

Astrologically speaking, all these elements bear a fatal “odor” that is usually stemming out of the sign of Scorpio (to be more precise, it is stemming out of the lower, “blindly destructive” nature of this sign and not out of its elevated “Eagle” version), out of Pluto or out of the Eighth House. We do not know Lubitz’s time of birth and therefore we do not know whether or not he has an Eighth House emphasis in his horoscope. But it seems to abundantly have the other two aforementioned elements: Scorpio and Pluto!

Andreas Lubitz - Germanwings suicidal pilot Although the solar sign of Andreas Lubitz is Sagittarius, his Moon (the “planet” that is closely linked to the “inner universe” of an individual, to his/her soul) is in the sign of Scorpio! A Scorpio Moon entails some very powerful, intense and extreme energies in one’s soul. But Lubitz’s scorpionic emphasis does not end here, since he was having in the sign of Scorpio Mars and Pluto too – forming a conjunction among them! Both Mars and Pluto are two archetypes associated with “war” and with death – on a rather collective level. And a Mars – Pluto conjunction is (in its “negative” manifestation) one of the most explosive and uncontrollably violent aspects that one can encounter in a horoscope.

My own hypothesis is that Andreas Lubitz was born in the evening, say around 8:30 pm. The Moon was then in the very last degree (designated by many astrologers as a “critical degree”) of Scorpio! The Moon is actually in its “fall” when in Scorpio. In its “negative” manifestation such a Moon may cause severe psychological problems, a lot of inner pain and a torrential discomfort within the soul of the person bearing it. At the same time the Moon in Scorpio is bestowing upon the individual a unique “stealthing” capacity, an ability that is to effectively hide his/her inner states of mind so that nobody ever notices them!

So, if Lubitz were born around 8:30 pm. he would then have a particularly “heavy” Fourth House in his chart (with Mars conjunct Pluto in there and a Moon in Scorpio (in its fall) – not to mention a plausible fourth house cusp in Scorpio!). Such a scenario would produce in us the suspicion that he was born and raised in a rather “toxic”, upsetting and stressful family environment, which may have caused him severe wounds in his soul. Just a few days prior to Lubitz’s heinous act the planet Saturn (who is somehow pivotal in his chart, as it is forming a tight conjunction with his Sun) became retrograde and started approaching his natal Moon (which is definitely either in the very first degrees of Sagittarius or in Scorpio’s last).

As they say, Lubitz had recently went through a period of severe depression – which is perfectly “tying” in with the fact of the “granite” planet Saturn hovering over his Moon for the most part of 2014. Since last December, however, Saturn dynamically went direct and moved to the sign of Sagittarius, staying temporarily a little away from his Moon. Until last March the 15th, when Saturn became retrograde and Lubitz’s strong “scorpionic” nature sensed it again casting its heavy shadow over him …

If the case of a Leo Ascendant holds water (he was an avid sportsman) then it seems that another powerful astrological event occurred in Lubitz’s chart, just four days before he crashed the plane: a total solar eclipse in his Eighth House (over his North Node and in a particularly discordant square aspect to his Sagittarius stellium)! Such an eclipse is capable of creating a huge emotional upheaval in an individual – especially within the deeper and more irrational layers of his soul – and lead him/her into extreme actions that he wouldn’t normally carry on…

I would like to add here another element that struck me in his chart: the tight conjunction of his Sun with planet Saturn and the (even tighter) conjunction of his Sun with Uranus! This loaded “package” (the Sun in the freedom loving Sagittarius co-existing with the rather “heavy” and “binding” planet Saturn AND with the somehow subversive and electrical planet Uranus) creates a very special “mix” – and ultimately is contributing to the formation of personality that you never know where and when s/he will suddenly and uncontrollably snap…

They say that the deeper cause of this Lubitz’s horrible act is a heartbreak he recently went through. I know that an eventual heartbreak is experienced with extreme severity and acute pain by any individual having in his/her chart a Scorpio emphasis. A man i.e. with his Moon in Scorpio is “merging” himself to such an extent with his companion that when he loses her he is losing his very self, the whole earth trembles under his feet!

The crucial point is that the German pilot Andreas Lubitz could very well cut the thread of his life within the privacy i.e. of his house (if that was what he really wanted). Why did he then choose to intentionally crash the plane with all the passengers in it? (just imagine him staring for a while – just before entering the cockpit and with some grudge in his eyes – the happy families and the kids joyfully playing in the cabin). I believe that Lubitz wanted to revenge his somehow painful earlier years and his overall dark childhood.

In my astrology seminars I am ever stressing the fact that the sign of Cancer (Family) is in a constant dynamic interaction with the diametrically opposite sign of Capricorn (Society). Thus, society is usually experienced by the people as a sort of second “surrogate family”! Meaning that we are somehow “paying back” to society the traumas’ we are carrying in our souls from our earlier years and we are ever “revenging” society for all the “wrongdoings” we suffered in our childhood – i.e. by simply throwing litter out of our car window or even by deliberately flying an airbus into a mountain and by murdering thus an entire chunk of the society…

Thomas Gazis
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The Greek Declaration of Independence (and the true horoscope of modern Greece!)

"If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, 
 If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
But make allowance for their doubting too; 
 If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, 
And - which is more -you’ll be a Man, my son!"

This Rudyard Kipling's "If" poem was one of my favourites during my early adolescence. I couldn't entirely understand the melodramatic tone of the poem back then. I was just sensing that life - and the poets talent - had distilled some omnipotent truth in this particular poem, so something was telling me to keep it in me as some precious resource. That proved to be a wise move, because as the years were passing by I was ever more encountering situations were I had to make a stand against many individuals supporting a totally different point of view. I was thus resorting often to this poem, as I was struggling to maintain my inner balance. Because difficult as it might be to stand all alone against many it is (when creative) one of the holier tasks a human being can undertake...

This premise was rather necessary for you to understand the gist of this article. You see, I am probably  the only person in Greece claiming that the national horoscope of Greece is not the one everybody else believes it is! And I am not claiming this out of some whimsical extravagance of my character but because there is ample evidence of it, as you will see.

Before proceeding further, I should stress the fact that commercial astrology is running high in modern Greece while what we call "cultured astrology" and the astrological research in general are almost non existent! Greece is a small country and the opinions of certain astrological "companies" and "environments" tend to prevail easily (no matter how subjective, outdated or even biased they are).  So, almost all the Greek astrologers are claiming that modern Greece was born with the London Protocol on February 3rd, 1830 - and thus it is an Aquarian country. But if you ask them how can they be so sure they will most probably answer you: "Well, everybody says so..."!

The painting you see above depicts a monumental event in modern Greek history, an event which is - oddly -  largely unknown to the Greek astrologers! It is a painting hung in a hall of the Greek Parliament and it depicts the historical moment the Greeks are declaring their independence from the Turks (who had militarily occupied Greece for four whole centuries) in the year 1822! The painting is entitled "the Declaration of the Political existence and independence of the Greek Nation"! Essentially this Declaration marks the founding act of contemporary Greece. This monumental Declaration (which is an astrological milestone as well, as we will see later on) took place in Epidaurus, on January 1, 1822 (old - Julian - calendar).

You may see below the original text of that Declaration (the papyrus that the Greek patriot with the blue vest is showing at - in the above painting) as it has survived from that period. Being a Greek and reading this declaration of the Greek "founding fathers" is a rather emotional experience. Every single word contained in it is carefully tailored so that it captures the spirit and the intentions of the "founding fathers" of modern Greece, as they were about to declare their Independence:

«In the name of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, the Greek Nation that in the last four centuries has been under the horrible Turkish rule, unable to bear any more the heavy and unprecedented tyranny, which with huge sacrifices we have finally thrown off, is proclaiming today - through its legitimate delegates here assembled - in front of God and humanity, its political existence and Independence! Epidaurus January 1st 1822».

Note that the "founding fathers" of modern Greece are explicitly stating the year 1822 as the "First Year of the Independence of Greece!" Thus, they are somehow telling us that in 1822 the modern Greek nation-state was born. Today most of the scholars in political sciences are in full agreement with them!

See for example what the Greek branch of "Wikipedia" is reporting in its article on the First Greek National Assembly of Epidaurus:

"The (1822) National Assembly of Epidaurus constitutes the first legislative body of the newly founded Greek state."

See also what the Greek professor of Law Pierrina Koriatopoulou is stating regarding the matter:

"The Epidaurus Declaration of the Greek Independence is a major achievement of the First Greek National Assembly. It introduces modernity in Greek society, which is called forth to establish - through some very innovative political institutions - the state rule of the first in the Greek history independent nation-state."

I personally consider crucial an assessment made by the professor of the Athens University of Political Sciences George Dimakopoulos:

"The Declaration of the Political Existence and Independence of the Greek Nation is the constitutive act of the Greek State, whose foundation, legally and historically has to be regarded as from January 1st, 1822 (old calendar, meaning January 13 on the Gregorian calendar). Certain points of view that appoint it to a different day - ultimately connecting it to the diplomatic recognition of the Greek State by foreign powers - not only are contrary to the applied Greek national law, but to the international law too. For the diplomatic recognition of a State by a foreign power cannot be turned into a constituent part of that State!"

Obviously the majority of today's Greek astrologers are rather ignoring these findings of the political sciences because they are assuming that modern Greece was born on February 3, 1830, when the foreign powers recognised - for the sake of their own interests - the Greek independence (with the London Protocol)! Therefore the Greek astrologers are sustaining that modern Greece is an Aquarian country! But it doesn't look like one at all! Whoever has lived in Greece s/he knows that the modern Greek society not only does not encompass but it actually lacks some major Aquarian attributes like the creative collectivism, the progressive attitude, the idealism, the radical innovations etc.).

So, Greece is the only country in the entire world that is not defining its national horoscope from the date when the Greeks themselves declared their Independence (as the Americans do, who have a far more advanced astrology). Instead, the Greek astrologers are determining the national horoscope of their country on the basis of the date the foreign powers recognised Greece as an independent nation - state! This is somehow an insult to the memory of the Greek "founding fathers," whom we are seeing on the above painting enthusiastically proclaiming the political existence and independence of Greece! It's like telling them that the foreign powers and not themselves are to be considered the founding fathers of modern Greece!

Obviously there are some loose ends here. There is something wrong not only astrologically but historically too. You see, when the Greek astrologers are claiming that modern Greece was born with the London Protocol (in 1830) they are automatically committing an injustice to their own "founding fathers"!  It is as if their founding fathers never proclaimed the Greek Independence from the Ottoman Turks, as if they never won battles against the Turks, as if they never shed their blood and sacrificed their lives for Greece!

What you see below is the copy of an old Greek chronicle reporting on a very critical national assembly that took place in 1843, immediately after the massive revolt of the Greek people who were protesting against the totalitarianism of of the German King of Greece Otto and were demanding a proper "Constitution"!

One can easily deduce from chronicles like this that Greece was a fully fledged state long before 1830 (for example John Capodistria - the undoubtly most eminent politician in modern Greece - was appointed prime minister in 1827). Moreover, the "Otto monarchy" was imposed onto the Greek people by the foreign powers and was never accepted in the souls and in the hearts of the everyday people. In the above chronicle I am underlying an expression in Greek that goes: "King Otto and the Bavarians skillfully and deliberately silenced the fact that Greece had a fully fledged government long BEFORE the London Protocol (February 3, 1830)!"

So, the Germans were "hushing" back then the fact that the Greeks had established a government of their own long before King Otto arrived in Greece. Why would they do such a thing? Well, just think about it... They were hushing it because their own "agenda" was completely different from the one of the Greek people! Ultimately, the horoscope based on the date February 3, 1830 is the horoscope of the foreign plans for Greece (the horoscope of the "Kingdom of Greece", a kingdom that was actually abolished in 1974 by a national referendum). And definitely it's not the national horoscope of Greece, which should stem out of the historical date January 1st, 1822, Old Style). Greece is a Capricornian country (you may read my relative article here)! Therefore, those Greek astrologers who are insisting that the national horoscope of Greece is resulting from the February 3, 1830 date are somehow allying themselves with king Otto (with the Bavarians and with the foreign powers in general) and NOT with the spirit and the will of the Greek people!

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis

Friday, 20 March 2015

The mysterious March 20th, 2015 “twin” Solar Eclipse

There is a particular factor that makes the March 20th, 2015 Solar Eclipse special: it falls right on the very last degree of the zodiac (on the last degree of Pisces – which is of course the last degree of the zodiac too). So this is a somehow “threshold” eclipse, ushering us into a state of “limbo”. It is a rather “dissolving” eclipse, whose basic task is to irrevocably close a cycle of things – but it is apparently encountering a lot of resistance in doing so. Some highly unstable and unpredictable conditions are likely to occur now and lead us into a state of a “dead-end path”, recycling things and ever returning us to the same point – producing thus global confusion, fatigue and unrest…

In the astrological tradition, the 29 degrees of Pisces are considered “critical”. They may cause great instability, blur the “landscape” around us and bring forth torrential conditions of “dissolution” and “decomposition”. So, this “frontiers” kind of eclipse is somehow stating that an old cycle of things and situations has run its course and should be withdrawn now, so that a brand new cycle begins! This is an extremely delicate process though, which can trigger a series of uncontrollable events, uncertainty and disruption within the masses.

Most of the Solar Eclipses are (under a calendrical point of view) "twin" eclipses. They are manifested in a set of two similar eclipses 19 years apart. Thus, the current eclipse will be repeated on March 20, 2034 (in the very last degree of the zodiac as well). For those of you looking for historical correlations, the same set of "29 degrees Pisces twin Solar Eclipses" re-occurred in the past in the 17th century: on March 20, 1643 and on March 20, 1662. That was when the Age of the Enlightenment and of the modern sciences was beginning to take hold...

On a purely personal level, we must follow now the path of humility and spirituality so that we effectively channel the powerful effects of this eclipse. Any effort to force out our own egotistical desires will fall flat on our face (especially around the date the eclipse will occur). We must therefore put aside our egos and abandon with confidence ourselves (up to a certain extent, of course ) to the care of the “universal welfare” …

Thomas Gazis

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The astrological implications of lifting planet Pluto’s veil!

A monumental astronomical/ astrological event is going to occur in just a few months time! An event oddly coinciding with the Pluto’s “taking over” of the “World Zenith” (you may read about it here) and with the end of the Uranus - Pluto “seven fold” cosmic dance. I am talking about the first encounter ever of planet Pluto with a human artifact: the “New Horizons” space probe which was launched back in 2006 – destined to Pluto and beyond!

By now “New Horizons” is so close to Pluto that we are about to resolve this mysterious planet’s surface features - through the probe’s telescope! You see, living up to its namesake god’s reputation, Pluto has kept  its face strictly hidden from us till now (even with our strongest telescope we could just get a blurred image of it - of just a few pixels)! But all this is going to change and for the first time ever we are going to disclose the “awful face” of the god of the underworld!

That seems to be - on its own - a sort of “hubris” (in the Greek sense of the word)! Let us thus hope that no fatal event (fatality being a Plutonian attribute) will occur and the probe will successfully complete its mission. And without doubt, the arrival of “New Horizons” to Pluto will be celebrated as a major astronomical / space event. The fact is though that - under a “Semiotics” point of view - this flyby should be heralded as a major astrological event too!

For some mysterious (Plutonic?) reason, the major astronomical breakthroughs are all along triggering astrological breakthroughs too. This is not a conclusion stemming out purely from some theoretical, abstract field – such as the aforementioned “Semiotics”. There is ample evidence of it, drawn out of a series of similar past events. To cite one, the astronomical discovery of the “awaking” and revolutionary planet Uranus back in 1781 paradoxically coincided with a very radical and enlightened period in the world history, a period that ultimately bred the historical USA and French revolutions!

Thus, the imminent disclosure of Pluto’s face – for the very first time ever in the history of humanity – should be considered a meaningful event on an astrological level too! Shedding light on an archaic archetype of invisibility, of obscurity and darkness, seeing it from such a proximity and “stealing” with our cameras its face is entailing some kind of “intrusion” into the realm of the “under world“. The cosmic balance is going to be disrupted in some sense…

Don’t get me wrong though here! I am not against such a “disruption” – out i.e. of some shamanic ideology. I just regard this mission as a pivotal event that will produce a “quantum leap” for mankind and for our collective consciousness! It is very likely to trigger a chain of events around the Pluto flyby (on July 14), events mainly of an esoteric character that will entail a deep transformation for humanity …

In fact, as Pluto will be revealing to us for the first time ever its occult face it might as well bring us into contact with our own “shadow”! And it might eventually reveal to us some deep mysteries! Mysteries related to the life/death process, to some new intricacies of the human soul/unconscious or shocking discoveries regarding the universe (or the multi-universes), the nuclear physics and the paradoxical world of the “quantistic dimensions”…

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis