Sunday, 22 September 2019

WE DESERVE A BETTER ASTROLOGY IN GREECE (and in any other country for that matter)!

Societies are thriving when they are placing their most worthy members to their higher positions. On the other hand, those societies that are habitually promoting their less worthy members, the “well connected, mediocre” ones, are bound to decline and degenerate!

The phenomenon of  the "well connected, mediocre" people taking over prominent posts is more or less prevalent all over the world. However the very fabric of the advanced societies is such that is providing ample recognition opportunities for many of their worthy citizens as well! I don’t think though that there is another civilized country in the world that promotes to such an extent the "well connected, mediocre" people (at the expenses of the worthy ones) as modern Greece!

The people who dominate today the Greek astrological scene (and who are portrayed in public as the "leading ones") in reality are no more than golden mediocrities (although they promote a quite different image of themselves. Some of them even claim that they are the best astrologers worldwide!). Definitely they are not "top astrologers" at all. Because it's not someone's appearances on TV or on Internet portals, or the support s/he receives from various "circuits" that makes him/her a top astrologer. It is someone's quality work, inspirational books, original articles,  thorough research and high ethical standards that renders him/her a top Astrologer! And none of the people who are calling today the shots in modern Greek astrology meet such criteria. And ironically those who meet them are totally marginilized!

Very few Greeks know for example that Yianni Symeonoglou was a leading contemporary Greek astrologer! Symeonoglou was the one who essentially introduced and developed the so called "Systemic Astrology" in Greece! He wrote two insightful books ("The Times and the Seasons of the Invisible - Astrology" and "Beyond the Astrology you know"). He was about to publish a third, monumental book but he suddenly died in early 2019. Although Symeonoglou was opting for a "scientific" astrology he was not afraid to draw material from the fields of metaphysics and esoteric knowledge - especially from Orphic and Pythagorean teachings. He discovered some new dimensions of the Moon's Nodes - to which he gave some pioneering interpretations! And yet, the circuit that is controlling the astrological scene in Greece has never presented his work, has never honored him! They never offered him the opportunity to get in touch with the public, never invited him to their speeches and lectures (maybe they were afraid that their "poverty" would become obvious if challenged by Symeonoglou's wealth of knowledge)!

The result is that Symeonoglou was marginalized by the dominant astrological circuit and was gradually turned into a picturesque figure! The man who has been one of the foremost contemporary Greek Astrologers in reality lived as a rather insignificant astrologer - and died with the bitterness in his heart that his rich and original work would remain unknown to the Greek public!

Two other major figures of modern Greek Astrology are Nicholas Kampanes and Konstantine Stefanou! Kampanes is an erudite, renaissance kind of Astrologer! Apart from Astrology, he has delved into Philosophy, Theosophy, Metaphysics, Literature etc! He has published two excellent books that literally adorn the Greek Astrological literature ("Astrological Institutio" and "Astrology in the Light of Science")! The other Astrologer, Konstantine Stefanou, has created a distinct and robust work on asteroids and on the so-called "harmonics" - while he has opened new paths on the "quantistic" dimension of Astrology (inspired often by esoteric knowledge)! So, as one might suspect, the dominant Greek astrological circuit has never given a step to these people! Thus, Greek astrologers of international caliber are deliberately "buried" in this mediterranean country and they end up by being considered "non-existent" or "marginal picturesque" figures at best!

I could mention 3-4 more names of outstanding Greek Astrologers who are also completely unknown to the general public. I believe though that the three aforementioned are the most important! And I think that it is embarassing to all of us who love Astrology (the true one, with a capital A) that these people have not yet been recognized and honored, they have not been accredited for their original, pioneering, monumental work that could enrich all the Greek (and maybe foreign too) Astrology students and researchers!

Unfortunately, the Greek public (which actually is "under-cultured" in Astrology. You see, names like Dane Rudhyar, Robert Hand or Richard Tarnas are largely unknown in Greece) considers as foremost Greek Astrologers some well-connected people, who in reality are a "glittering wrapper with a disproportionately low content"! The astrological beacons that I mentioned above are completely unknown. And as these people have not been recognized and honored - due to their "blacklisting" and deliberate silencing from the part of the dominant circuit  - they are considered by the public (despite their huge astrological magnitude) as some picturesque, marginalized figures ...

But that is damaging to all of us, as the Greek Astrology is overall hold back! Because under the current conditions the "bar" is constantly lowered so that it serves the interests of some rather unscrupulous people. It's like walking into a dark desolation without any lights around. It is no coincidence that modern Greek astrology ranks low within the civilized world!

Think now that we are in 2019 and there isn't still a national Astrological entity (association, federation) at all in Greece! There are a couple of “astrology clubs” (that's what they are in reality), claiming to be "genuine Pan-Hellenic astrological entities" but that's not the case at all. A pan-Hellenic Astrological entity should be created by (first of all) an open invitation to all interested parties, to all Greek astrologers (and not just to a selected narrow circuit). And secondly, by implementing open, democratic processes, without any elements of secretiveness and covertness.

An Astrological entity should not be created just in order to protect the interests of the Greek astrologers but in order to wholesomely elevate Greek astrology, to raise the "bar" and bring as much as possible quality and morality to our heavenly art! Also, in order to organize regular talks, lectures and conferences (even international ones) all over Greece, talks that will be promoting the work and research of the BEST Greek Astrologers, and not of those privileged ones belonging to "circuits"! Such an astrological entity will be opening the road for the younger, talented Astrologers to walk in!

To turn back to the people controlling today the Greek astrology, these people are making various deceitful claims and one of them is that "they are fond of collectiveness, they always act in unison and in a collective manner"! That's not true at all! You see these people constitute a "closed circuit" and they are "rubbing shoulders" with each other. So, with such a claim they are trying to make a virtue out of necessity! If they were truly collective they would have long ago presented publicly and promoted the excellent Greek astrologers I mentioned before - them and their monumental work!

On the contrary, the "controllers" seem to have tacitly compiled a "black list", with people that are "undesirable" to them! Not because these "blacklisted" astrologers have done anything bad to them but simply because they are their best and this it annoys them! And by taking advantage of every available means they have, they preventively undermine any bridge (however small or - in most cases - imaginary to them) they see forming between the worthy astrologers and the general public! Well yes, sometimes they include a fresh face in their events, but this they do in order to look open minded, generous and "progressive" in the eyes of the public. The disapponting thing is though that they never invite the same individuals more than once or twice, so that they do not run the risk of being overtaken by them!

Another burning issue is the one regarding the national horoscope of Greece. The entire Greek astrological establishment is incorrectly claiming that Greece is under the influence of the (solar) sign of Aquarius. However, a thorough study has substantiated the fact that Greece is ruled by the sign of Capricorn (you may read about it here). And there are leading astrologers on a global level like Maurice Fernandez (president of the OPA, the organization of professional astrologers of America) and Wendy Stacey (director of the famous Mayo School of Astrology) who have published articles on Greece and they are all basing the Greek national horoscope on the Declaration of Independence of the Greeks from the Ottoman Turks (January 1, 1822 OS).

The fact is though that the astrologers of the Greek "establishment" - who have been propagating for decades that Greece is an Aquarian country - do not want now to stray into the eyes of the public - admitting they were wrong the whole time! So they deliberately continue claiming that Greece is ruled by the sign of Aquarius - although even they themselves know it it’s not!

Their reasoning is this: "we don't care what the foreign astrologers are saying and whether the Aquarian horoscope for Greece is true or not! We are the ones calling the shots here, so we will impose the doctrine of "Greece is ruled by the sign of Aquarius" no matter what"! This fact alone gives you a glimpse of the obscurantism prevailing today within the Greek astrological scene!

Another important issue is this: two Greek astrologers belonging to the "establishment" were recently sentenced (by a Greek National Court) to 6 months in prison! These astrologers were insulting, calumniating, intimidating and even threatening one of their Greek colleagues (you may see the relative post here).

You would think that the people who are prominet within the Greek astrological community would condemn these two unethical astrologers. But actually they didn't! The Greek astrological "establishment" artificially silenced their condemnation and whole-heartidly protected them - on the grounds of "these are our own people"! Thus, their conviction was not reported anywhere and all references to it were deliberately silenced. In no civilized country such a thing could happen!

It's clear as water that the incentives of these people - who claim to be into spirituality, high awareness and self-improvement - are rather low. The bitter truth is that the current Greek astrological scene is dominated by selfishness and hypocrisy, by mediocre, short-sighted, secretive, lucrative astrologers - and by "closed circuits"!

Do we really deserve such astrology? You see, as we get the politicians we deserve, so too we get the astrology (and the astrologers) we deserve! But how many of us really want this "low energy" astrology that is prevalent in Greece today? Don't we all want a cultured, advanced, bright Astrology? Don't we desire a worthy, decent kind of Astrologers that will be illuminating, and inspiring us? Because ultimately, the way Astrology will be shaped in Greece, in the years to come, depends exclusively on what we really want!

Overall, a society that does not give prominence to its most worthy members but allows the “connected mediocre ones” to dominate is actually choking its most vital energies and thus is doomed to decline, to lose its Brightness and Beauty...

Thomas Gazis
Copyright: Thomas D. Gazis


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