Sunday, 17 December 2017

End of our decade astrological predictions (looking forward, via hindsight)!

Apparently we haven't directly witnessed it, but our "cosmic" route has considerably
shifted since humanity stepped over the threshold of 2018. Actually, we are now about to make (astrologically speaking) a long turn, that will ultimately lead us to the end of our decade. A decade characterized by a global economic crisis, that has so far proven to be particularly harsh towards the countries of the European south - and towards the "weaker" countries of the world in general. We all hope that in the following years the crisis will end and that we will start living a better life. But is this truly going to happen or things are going to get even worse? What kind of "zeitgeist" will globally prevail in the next few years? What kind of events will be produced on the economic, social and political level? Astrology is one of the few "fields of notion" that can provide answers to these critical questions.

Probably the average Joe and Jane are not aware of this, but we are about to collide now with a powerful astrological phenomenon, which humanity has never encountered in its recent history! We are talking about the notorious "Capricornian climax"! We call it "the Capricornian climax" because many and decisive phenomena will simultaneously occur in the sign of Capricorn, which is a very important sign in "Mundane Astrology" (in that astrology branch that deals with large-scale events, with wider social trends, with politics and world economy). You see, Capricorn represents the all important in Mundane Astrology "World Zenith" (you may read about it in my article: "When Hades reached the top of the Firmament" ).

For the last 10 years the deeply transforming planet Pluto has been in the sign of Capricorn. And within the next few days (on December 20, 2017 to be exact) planet Saturn will enter as well in Capricorn (in its own "house") and will stay there until 2020. Additionally, at the end of 2019 Jupiter will pass as well in Capricorn! Not to mention that the crucial Saturn-Pluto conjunction will take place in that sign in 2020! Pluto and Saturn - allegedly the two "bad guys" of astrology - will be perfectly conjuncting each other in 2020, at the 22nd degree of Capricorn! 

In a future article I will try to explain in details the overall Capricornian climax and its probable implications over our planet, over the international scene, our societies, economy etc. But as the future is somehow portended by the past, I think it is important to historically review here this impressive phenomenon and list the most characteristic events that the presence of Pluto in Capricorn - and of other planets -  has produced in our historical past. We will be able then to draw our own conclusions about the "geist" of the current historical period and theorize on how things might evolve in the near future, as our decade is coming to its end.

                                            Historical review

The table below shows the previous periods in the recent history of mankind where the same phenomenon was repeated: planets Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter simultaneously being
in the sign of Capricorn!

As you can see, this phenomenon is extremely rare and occurred just three times in the recent historical past of mankind (from 2000 BCE up to now). On average, these three planets (Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter) are simultaneously residing in the sign of Capricorn once per millennium! This fact makes the current "capricornian climax" quite unique! We will return to this table, just try to memorize those significant years you see on it.
Since it is so rare for these three planets to be simultaneously residing in Capricorn, let us simplify our quest and look for the previous historical periods when Pluto alone was in the sign of Capricorn. Anyone who has experienced the catalytic events that were triggered from 2008 on - as  soon as Pluto entered in Capricorn - s/he understands how powerful Pluto is in this cardinal sign of summits!

The preceding historical period that Pluto was again in Capricorn is the one between 1762 CE and 1778 CE (almost 250 years ago. Due to its once in a while "retrograde" motion, Pluto is playing a trick: after its initial entrance in Capricorn is returning for a few months back in Sagittarius. And then, as it is about to leave Capricorn it is "prematurely" entering Aquarius, returning afterwards for a few months in Capricorn. So, the period 1762 - 1778 is rather a simplification).  

As we can see in the following table, some momentous events occurred around this time in world history! This is a period that radically changed the form of our societies - mainly due to the industrial revolution and the emerging to the world scene of the greatest power on Earth today, of the United States!

The old Prussia (let's say a more "die hard" version of today's Germany, with some dose of Poland) was flourishing back then, under the "enlightened despotism" of Frederick the Great. Frederick  proceeded to a radical monetary reform and - like today  - he invited immigrants from other countries to settle in his rather sparsely populated empire! Additionally, the patriarch of the richest - as rumors go - family on the planet today, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, began to professionally and economically prosper in this particular period (which we should add that was rather cold).

The immediately previous period during which Pluto was in Capricorn (along with Saturn this time) was the one between 1515 CE and 1532. As you may see in the table below, that period caused profound changes in the fabric of the societies of the time! It began then the conquest and the colonization of the New World (with Hernan Cortes), while the Renaissance was spreading all over Western Europe. The Lutheran religious reform caused a deep split between northern and southern Europe, which we may detect even today - in various forms. Almost all the branches of the Florentine Bank of the Medici across Europe collapsed like a tower of cards and this led to a profound restructuring of the old continent's financial institutions.

This is essentially the period of the greatest expansion and flourishing of the Ottoman Empire, under the ruling of the notorious Suleiman the Magnificent. And of course this is one of the bleakest periods in the history of tens and tens of nations in Europe, Asia and Africa that had been subjugated by then by the omnipotent Ottoman empire!

Let's go now even further back, in the period 1269 CE - 1287 CE. To many, this period might seem  empty of important events. And yet, if you did your homework and memorized those critical years you saw on the very first table of this article, this period is very significant because it actually is the preceding - to the current - period, during which Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter - all three - were simultaneously residing in the sign of Capricorn! Meaning that the astrological vibrations were somehow "disrupting" back then, and eventually those vibrations attracted some dramatic events that indelibly marked the history of mankind! And undoubtedly one such catalytic event is the world-expansion of the mighty Mongol empire and of the notorious "Golden Horde" over the entire Asian continent - and even on parts of the European one!

As a consequence of this Mongolian - Turkic expansion, the Turks invaded Asia Minor and they started conquering vast Byzantine lands - essentially without meeting any resistance. Osman, the founding father of the Ottoman Empire, took power in this period! On the other hand, it then began the irrevocable decline of the Eastern Roman empire (Byzantium)!

Emperor Andronicus II  ascended then to the throne of Byzantium. He faced an almost total dissolution of his state, lack of goods and extreme poverty. Thus, he was forced to reduce his army (in extremely critical times), to completely dismantle his navy (selling ships as timber), to debase the  so called  "golden pound" of the time (the notorious Byzantine "Hyperpyron") and proceed to an over-taxation of his subjects. The landowners ruthlessly collided with him. And tο add insult to the injury, Andronicus II and his grandson Andronicus III (both with Sun in Aries) engaged in a deadly civil war!

If we now move approx. 250 years further in the past we arrive at the period of 1024 CE - 1041 CE . Stephen of Hungary defeats in that period Conrad II of the Holy Roman Empire. A major famine induced by climatic changes occurred in Europe. Regarding the Eastern Roman empire, this is a period that coincides with the end of the glorious reign of Basil the Great and the beginning of the "wild Byzantine downhill", the phase of its irreversible decline. The events that ultimately led to the religious, cultural and socio-political schism of East-West took place in this very period. The Byzantines and the Turks commenced engaging then in ever more frequent skirmishes.

If we descend now another "plutonian step" (approx. 250 years) back in time we arrive at the period 778 - 796 CE. The Vikings began raiding England in that very period.  A bleak period to Byzantium too, mainly for two reasons. First, the papal Rome recognized for the first time a westerner, Charlemagne, (and not the Byzantine emperor) as the legitimate Roman Emperor! Second, a deadly civil war erupted then (with the so called "Iconoclasm" at its roots) within the the confines of the Eastern Roman empire. Empress Irene the Athenian ascended on the throne, and among various political intrigues and manipulations, she ordered the killing of her own son! Meanwhile, the ancestors of the Turks - who were living back then on the Mongolian Altai plateau - were making then their first dynamic appearance on the world scene.

Lastly, if we go down another "plutonian step" (meaning another 250 years approx. back in time) we arrive at the period 532 CE - 551 CE, which corresponds to the epic-tragic reign of the emperor Justinian! We encounter again in this period the "planetary trio" of Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter simultaneously residing in the sign of Capricorn! And we see then the manifestation on the one hand of an epic element (the Byzantine Empire reaches its maximum expansion - stretching from Spain to Mesopotamia. The magnificent church of Hagia Sophia was built in Constantinople). On the other hand, that was a very tragic period because it then out-broke the deadly Justinian plague, that left behind it a trail of millions and millions of dead people. And as if this wasn't enough, the Byzantine citizens faced then as well the Justinian's ruthless over-taxation (to give you an  example, if his tax-collectors discovered that a family had been decimated out of the plague they then obliged the neighboring families to pay the taxes corresponding to the ones of the perished family)! Climatically speaking, Justinian's period is considered to be one of the coolest in human history (the sign of Capricorn is astrologically connected to the cold).  

All in all, "Capricornian climaxes" profoundly affect our societies, marking major transition periods for humanity! They might produce a universal "geist"of austerity and deprivation, of heavy taxation, of wars (even civil ones) and generally bring forth extreme or even life threatening conditions. Also, during the "Capricornian climaxes" the oriental part of the world is generally blooming while the western one is declining. So let us now unite as humanity and act in a responsible and enlightened manner, so that we direct this powerful "Capricornian climax" to positive outlets!

Thomas Gazis
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