"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the opinions of certain astrological "companies" and "environments" tend to prevail easily (no matter how subjective, outdated or even biased they are).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!
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis