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For our readers who can read Greek, we have just published a new article with the above title on the astrology of Facebook and its creator Mark Zuckerberg, at the following URL:

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Raging fires have been devastating large parts of Russia the past few days, with serious adverse effects on people’s health, as well as on the food production situation, as Russia’s crop was destroyed by one-fifth. Worldwide wheat prices skyrocketed these days, pinpointing once again the effects of global warming: higher food prices, higher air-conditioning bills,skyrocketing costs of fire fighting globally…

The astrological chart presented below is for December 25, 1991. This is the date that Gorbachev officially announced that the 1922 treaty of Soviet Union was annuled and that the Soviet Union ceased to exist, and the Russian flag was raised on the Kremlin. Details of the whole process of the disssolution of the Soviet Union can be found below:

http://countrystudies.us/russia/68.htm

The time (14.17) has been given by the astrologer Adrian Duncan.


In the above chart, the natal horoscope is in the inner circle, the progressed horoscope in the middle circle, and the transits  for Aug. 9, in the outer circle.

What is most striking here is the conjunction of progressed Mars, at 2.56 degrees Capricorn to the natal sun at 3.26 degrees. Prog. Mercury is part of the combination, although technically passed the conjunction to the Sun at 4.41 degrees Capricorn. Mars and Sun are both ‘fiery’ planets indicating aggression, activity,fight , but, in this case they are even mor adversely affected by the  exact T-square formed by the malefics Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus and Jupiter (the latter  not itself a malefic, but in this case magnifying the effect of the malefics)  in Aries, and Saturn and Mars in Libra, all affecting the conjunction of progressed Mars and Mercury to the natal Sun .

Uranus rules the 6th and 7th house ( health, work and everyday life affected), the Sun rules the 12th and 1st house (more than 50 deaths were caused by the fires and the death rate doubled due to the toxic cloud),Mars rules the 9th ( the fires had consequences of  global nature  ), and Mercury rules the 2nd ( financial consequences).

The one positive point here is that the prog. Sun is forming a sextile to Prog. Pluto , indicating that in spite of the damage and harship Russia will be able to slowly recover from the blow, and , hopefully, this dire consequence of global warming will make peoples and Governments realize the seriousness of the climate change and  start taking stricter measures for its control.

Full Moon. The cool June evening air is filled with sweet, romantic sounds.  The ancient theatre under the Acropolis, with its eternal grace, provides an ideal setting. The audience sing along, as, for each one of us, the song brings back memories – of old? of more recent? No matter.

As I listened to the songs ,sung by the exquisite voice of Demis Roussos during his recent concert in Athens, it brought back memories for me, too. Not only individual memories, but collective ones, of events that marked the sixties, the seventies , and the eighties.


Looking at Demis Roussos’s biography, we will see that his life was certainly greatly affected by world events, which were very disruptive, but it seems that for him they turned out to his benefit, in the long run.

Demis Roussos is under the influence of Uranus, as his Sun in the 9th house is in conjunction with Uranus, ruler of the 5th  house of creativity, and in favourable aspect – trine- to Jupiter. Such is the nature of Uranus – upheaval, disruption,doing away with the known, the comfortable, the predictable, and forcing one to plunge into the unknown.

I’d like to focus here, from an astrological point of view, on a number of life-changing events which affected his life, which events  were not only of a personal,  but of a  collective nature, affected not only a large number of people but whole countries and influence the socio-political conditions of their respective time periods.

Certainly, in Demis’s case, the Uranian events outlined below, although upsetting , did turn out well eventually.


Demis was born in Egypt, Alexandria in 1946, where he lived with his family up to 1961, when the Suez crisis came to a head and many foreign residents had to flea the country. So with Demis’s family, they moved back to their country of origin, Greece.

Below is Demis’s progressed chart for 1961, upon his family’s leaving Egypt and return to Greece  :

We see in his chart above that the progressed moon conjuncted natal Venus in Cancer, which is natally conjunct saturn, and also formed a conjunction with prog. Saturn. The presence of Saturn suggests that the move was made under stressful conditions, and , in any case, the ‘homeland’ would pose restrictions on him. After all, his Sun in the natal 9th house, suggested that Demis would make a career abroad, and he would be able to exercise his originality and creativity and feel less restricted in another country – as previously mentioned, his Sun is conjunct Uranus, ruler of the 5th house, and trine Jupiter).

The prog. MC sextile natal Neptune shows his first forming of his group, the ‘Idols’ and his beginning to play in night clubs and sing during his years in Greece.All through 1961, transiting Uranus was sextiling natal Sun, opening new avenues of opportunity for Demis.

Demis met Vangelis Papathanasiou – the now famous ‘Vangelis’- in 1966 and they became friends. They decided to move to England to seek bettter musical career opportunities. However, they were not allowed to enter Britain and were  stranded in Paris instead during the ‘May 1968’ events. Demis Rousso’s started his international career in music in 1968 in Paris, through a crisis situation. They were running out of cash, so, they decided to form a group  and  start recording   songs.They formed the group ‘Aphrodite’s child’ and recorded the song  ”Rain and tears” . A few weeks later, ” Rain and tears” was number one in the charts.

In Demis’s prog. chart for 1968 above, we see the prog. Moon squaring the natal Venus-Saturn conjunction, indicating the difficult situations he met upon leaving his country and moving abroad. But the prog.Moon also sextiled Mars – forming the  new , creative group ( Mars rules the 5th and is placed in the 11th house). Prog.  Mercury conjuncted Pluto, showing the compulsion for going abroad ( Mercury rules the 9th house) but also the  beginnning of his financial  and career success ( Pluto rules the 2nd house, and both prog. planets are in the 10th house of career).  Prog. Venus sextiled his natal Sun in the 9th, creating opportunities for his music, while tr. Uranus and Pluto were squaring his Sun. Apparently, he went through a lot of stressful situations and deep personal experiences which made him different, and stronger at the end. In three years time, we see that the prog. Sun approached the square to natal Jupiter – the time when Demis started his solo career following the breakup of ‘Aphrodite’s child’ .

Demis went through another shocking experience in 1985 .He was one of the passengers in the TWA Flight 847 which was highjacked on June 14 1985.Demis boared the flight from Athens flying to Rome, when the flight was highjacked. Although he ang other 8 Greek passengers wer released after a couple of days, he described this as a really frightening experience.

In the prog. chart for 1985, we see that prog. Mars at 20 degrees Virgo is squaring prog. Uranus at 20 degrees Gemini forming an exact square aspect. This is an aspect showing , among else, danger of accidents especially to do with affairs ruled by Uranus – and of course flying is one of them! Transiting Uranus was forming a T-square to this prog. aspect from 16 degrees of Sagittarius.

Demis came through this experience shocked but unharmed. The protective transit of Jupiter, trining his natal Jupiter, and of course the natal trine between his Jupiter and Sun,thus forming  a grand trine, helped him to overcome this difficult situation . This experience changed him a lot and he decided to go back to his music, as he’d been off the music scene for a few years.

Since, he’s had a successful and productive career to this date. So, Uranus  for Demis, in spite seemingly difficult situations he put him through, works out for his benefit in the long run, along with Jupiter.

Below is a video of Demis Roussos’s recent appearance at the Herod Atticus ancient theatre in Athens, where he sings hiw well known song ” My friend the wind”..

When Jean Michel Jarre made his first appearance on the music scene, around 1976, I and my fellow students at London University used to listen to ‘Oxygene’,  his completely original, magical music. It was like nothing we’d ever heard before, it seemed so advanced that it was almost incomprehensible, but bewitching – you kept listening on, and wanted more. It made us travel to new worlds – new dimensions, rather, like a psychedelic trip, but without substances.


– A couple of days ago, I went to see Jean Michel Jarre for the first time, as he was performing in Athens. Although many artists followed the musical road he opened , Jean Michel Jarre’s music remains unique- and drives one into unknown territories, into unimagined experiences.

But what astrological significators make an artist so productive, so imaginative and creative, that he works magic with sound, and of course, light? How can one use the laws of Physics to make such musical masterpieces?

Jean Michel Jarre natal Chart

Above is Jean Michel Jarre’s  natal astrological chart. he was born in Lyon, France , on August 24, 1948. When he is performing, his Leo Ascendant comes to the fore – a warm, vibrant performer who enjoys his work and loves to entertain  his audience!

The Virgo Sun becomes apparent later, as his work involves precision, organisation and accuracy. And , of course, his spectacular concerts have made history- he has performed in some of the most revered world Monuments, such as the Pyramids in Cairo, and the Acropolis in Athens -his  shows have been attended by hundreds of thousands of fans.

Another major characteristic of this chart is the T-square  and the Grand trine, which are interconnected – a very dynamic and creative combination, as the T-square provides the hard push, and the Grand trine gives the constructive outlet for the positive manifestation of this energy.  The T-square is  the opposition of the Moon to Mars near the MC/IC axis, squared by Venus – I believe Neptune is drawn into the T-square as well.

The presence of Neptune opposing the Moon and squaring Venus is the signature of inspired imagination and creativity which enables one to enter into the realms of the unknown and the intangible, thus creating unique works of art. As Mars is in square aspect to Venus, special charisma and dynamism is added to this combination – characteristics which are obvious in his work.

– The ‘pressure ” exerted by the T-square is given positive outlet through its connection to the Grand trine, i.e. the Moon is in trine aspect to Saturn-Pluto, and to Jupiter. Saturn-Pluto has a certain obssession, but Jupiter gives the fun part of it all! So, all the creative , imaginative potential of the T-square is channeled into materialisation through the Grand trine – in plain language, one can see in Jean Michel Jarre’s music the great ideas , that indeed must have taken a lot of careful planning, and hard work, to actually come up with the  fantastic music that  , since the mid-seventies, still continues to bewitch his vast audiences.

Mars also is in  trine aspect to Uranus, thus adding the futuristic and electronic character of his music, and the wide use of technology in his concerts.

We could certainly go on to analyse this chart much further  (in  Virgoan fashion) , but music – and light, another one of Jean Michel Jarre’s tools for his concerts – speaks to us by itself, sending subconscious messsages and creating images in our minds, messages that no written language can convey.

Enjoy!

Greece’s economy is dwindling of recent and the situation is being discussed on the news virtually on a daily basis. The situation has worsened mainly since the fall of 2009, when it was revealed by the present government ( elected Oct. 4, 2009) that the country’s deficit was aroung 12.7% , and not close to 6%, as alleged by the previous government. It was then that the bond spreads started to rise continually, and have been doing so up to date.

The main reason for this is that Greece lost credibility as to the financial figures initially presented. The situation has worsened as investors kept losing faith in the security of Greek bonds, and the Government was hesitant in taking forceful immediate measures to reverse the situation.

At the end of March ( March 25) , it was decided that the European Union, in collaboration with the IMF, would provide financial assistance to Greece up to 45 Billion Euros, provided the IMF reviewd the finances of the country and proposed strict measures to be taken in order for the aid to be given.

However, the exact method of this aid had not been worked out in detail, and, more so, Germany was sending contradicting messages , for their own political purposes ( Germany has elections on May 9).

Last Friday ( April 23), it came to the point that the Greek PM announced that the country would have to request  financial aid immediately.

We’ll take a look at the astrological significators of the chart of Greece , and look at the factors affecting it, and worsening the situation.

Below follows the chart of Greece, which is the date the Greek state was created, after it’s liberation by the Turks, in 1830.

( Interior circle: Natal chart exterior circle: Progressed chart for April 2010)

Greece-natal and progressed April 2010

You will notice the cluster of natal and progressed planets , and points, in opposition between the 3rd and 9th house. Greece has a natal conjunction of the Sun and Uranus, showing the love of independence  and , negatively, the unruliness , of the country.Also, the Sun is in opposition to Saturn, meaning difficulties and austerity. The progressed sun has come to oppose the natal planets, and the MC. In addition, progressed Mercury is just past the opposition to Uranus, all of these showing the complete reversal of the situation of many aspects of life in the country, in a way that is hard to predict – as Uranus is involved.

The other ‘Danger’ progressed aspect is the progressed Venus, which has reached the square to natal Pluto and opposition to natal Jupiter. That is a clear indication of the grave financial situation, and is worsened by the transit of Pluto forming difficult aspects on the three planets on the T-square. This T-square will be adversely afffected again  by transiting Saturn (Sept.2010 and later) and later by Jupiter and Uranus.

For the time being, we should like to concentrate on the adverse effects of the movement of Mars on the Sun-Uranus-MC-Saturn combination , ad how this affected the increase in the bond spreads:

Below is the chart of the Greek bond spreads from mid 2009 to April 2010 ( source: Der Spiegel, 23/4/2010)

Mars has been in Leo since mid-October 2009, and has passed the natal -progressed cluster of planets in the Leo-Aquarius opposition three time so far :

1) Beginning November 2009 – the first  significant uprising trend ( as mentioned, this was due to thefact that the country’s   deficit was much higher that previouly believed)

2)Mid January 2010, in retrograde motion- in addition, tr. Venus was in Aquarius, AND tr. Saturn and Pluto were aspecting the Venus-Pluto-Jupiter T-square. We notice that the increase in the spreads is much sharper, and lasts longer. By this time it became more evedent that the country cannot get out of the situation on its own, and measures to remedy the situation had not been announced)

3) April 23 2010 to date-Mars is passing from the same position direct this time. On that date, the Greek PM announced that Greece will ask for the aid immediately. Here we see that much sharper rise in spreads, as  the aid mechanism is not in place yet, and Germany continues to announce that the aid will be given only and if, strict measures are taken.

4) The situation has come to a head today, as both Mercury at 9 Taurus retrograde, and the Sun at 7 Taurus, squared the opposition.

That caused an avalanche of adverse effects for Greece: The speads rose even more , the Athens stock exchange fell by 6%, and Greece was downgraded by Standard and Poors –  but that was not all: most of the European stock exchanges started to fall , and the spreads of other weak European countries, like Portugal, started to rise dangerously. The problem was spreading throughout the European union, as investors were withdrawing funds and moving them to other markets,to the  US, etc.

( In fact, the European Union chart ( not shown here) has adverse aspects these days, mainly due to the conjunction of transiting Pluto to its Sun, but we shall not go into detail at this stage)

In view of the grave situation, Germany, and other European Union officials, had to take a firmer stand to declare that they would provide Greeece with the financial aid, so that the country can pay off the debts due on May 19. The European Union announced a summit meeting on May  10.

Tomorrow, the Moon in Scorpio will make a grand cross to this combination, exacerbating the crisis for Greece ,and endangering other countries of the European South, so that a faster and decisive action will have to be taken by the EU, to avert further deepening of this crisis.

So, as tr.Mars , Mercury and the Sun move away from the opposition in the Greek chart, we should see some calming down of the crisis situation. Mars moves away around  the end of the first week in May. Of course, there are many other transits that will cause problems  to these explosive natal and progressed aspects in the near future.Mercury , for example, will pass in direct motion from this position around May 19 , but difficult aspects are coming from mid-August onwards, this time due to the movement of Mars and Saturn into Libra, thus creating a grand cross on the existing T-square of prog. Venus, and natal Pluto and Jupiter.Possibly the financial plan that wi be finlized in the next days, will not show the expected results, thus imposing even more strict measures on the Greek people, but could also concern an adverse development on  a national issue in relations to neighbouring countries.

We shall wait and see.

The Copenhagen  international summit on Climate Change 2009 ( COP15) started on December 7th, 2009 in Copenhgen, Denmark, at 10.00 a.m., as the official program of the event mentioned.

The Representatives of the countries have to come to an agreement as to the CO2 emisssions cut they will have to achieve by 2020.

As the figures show, CO2 emissions have dramatically increased since the beginning of the 20th century, and an increase in global temperature in unavoidable, if the  CO2 emissions continue to increase  at the same rate as they do today.

At the summit up to now, there are many disagreements amongst the countries as to the decrease each one should agree to.

Still, an agreement is imperative, given the scientific forecasts as to the adverse effects which are imminent:


CO2 emissions 1990-2007



CO2 by country / per head of popn.

What can astrology tell us about the prospects of the results of this meeting?

Below follows the astrological chart of the Copenhagen summit, for the time of its commencement, Dec. 7, 2009, at 10.00 am, in Copenhagen  :

Copenhagen Climate Summit 2009


We see here the Ascendant at 4 degrees Capricorn, with the comjunction of Mercury with Pluto on the Ascendant ( 12th house -side) , squaring Pluto.

Much has been said about the Pluto-Saturn square, with its effect on the global economic crisis, but also on power conflicts between countries. In this case, it is indicative of the power conflicts amongst  the rich/strong countries, and in turn the rich against the poor ones .

In the past, the transits of Pluto   have brought about large scale events which affected large numbers of people, great expanses of land, in a dramatic way, especially when in adverse aspect to Saturn. Saturn has a constrictive effect, and brings responsibility against deeds of the past ( in this case, the reckless increase in emissions which is endangering the planet in the forseeable future). The conjunction of Mercury to Pluto is of course , making communications and agreements difficult and power games are played in the background – as these two planets are in the 12th house side of the Ascendant.

In addition, the opposition of the Moon-Mars conjunction in the 8th house to Jupiter- Neptune in the 2nd , shows the nervousness, emotionalism, aggression and false concepts at hand – all of course, having to do clearly with financial reasons, being a 2nd-8th house opposition!

Al in all, this is a very difficult horoscope and does not leave much room for optimism as to the relults of this summmit.

Still, there is a glimpse of hope: Venus in Sagittarius , ruling the Taurus (Earth) 4th house, is in sextile aspect to Saturn, the ruler of the Ascendant, in the 9th house of science and the law, among other things.

In addition, the Sun in Sagittarius is in trine to the Moon-Mars conjunction in the 8th, possibly indicating that collective funds given by the richer countries, will be able to alleviate the financial problems of the weaker countries to cope with the costs of decreasing  emissions , and that a legal ( binding) agreement will be reached by all.

Even so, the difficult aspects mentioned above, would indicate that the agreement wil not enforce the very severe emissions decrease required to definitely ensure the lowest possible temperature increase in the next years. Power conficts and financial pressures are too strong to allow for the best possible result.

The summit closes in a couple of days, and the outcome will soon be known.

TERRY PRATCHETT’s garden is as full of meandering paths, sudden dead ends and hidden gems as one of his Discworld novels. Copper-hued fish navigate their way through a weed-choked pond, a tray of Venus flytraps sits in a greenhouse that overflows with chillies the length of a child’s arm, and beady-eyed tortoises quietly crouch in a herbarium.

Pratchett himself is slight, dressed all in black. His famously luxuriant beard has been trimmed. His study looks like a medieval chapel, complete with cartoon-like cobwebs and wizardly paraphernalia: there’s a giant bronze lectern, Saturn hangs above a desk, a candle drips into a skull and a cat skulks amongst his papers.

Now 61, Pratchett was knighted this year and has been awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to literature. He is best known for the 37 books set in his fantasy kingdom of Discworld. A flat planet, balanced atop four elephants which are in turn perched upon a giant turtle flying through space, Discworld is like Lord of the Rings 500 years on – humans, werewolves, vampires and goblins live side by side semi-peacefully.”

So begins Sanjida O’ Connell  her recent article on Terry Pratchett in ”’New Scientist”.

Surely, Terry Pratchett, the British Fantasy fiction author, needs no further introduction. After all, he has sold over 65 million books in 35 languages. In the ’90s he was the top selling UK author, and his ” Discworld” series alone- the series that made him famous – consists of 36 + books, but has written many other books, a number of which have become TV films , e.g. ”The Colour of Magic”,and ”The Hogfather”. He has become a Knight of the Order of the British Empire in 2009, for his services to Literature.

His wit is unbeatable, mixed with a good dose of science fantasy, history and lore. And who else, but Terry Pratchett, could have written, or said, things such as the quotes below?


” The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it ”


” Geography is just Physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it”


”In ancient times, cats  were worshipped as Gods. They have not forgotten this.”


”Education was like a communicable venereal disease – It made you unsuitable for many jobs, and you had the urge to pass it on”

– Let ‘s now look at  Pratchett’s astrological chart –  the time of birth is not known – and see what it can tell us about the attributes of his personality as it has emerged from his books, his interviews , and other events of his life.

Terry Pratchett was born on April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, UK. The chart below is his natal Solar chart in the inner circle, with his secondary progressed chart for 2007, when he was unfortunately diagnosed with having posterior cortical atrophy(PCA), arare form of Alzheimer’s disease, that affects first vision and motor nerve activity.

Terry Pratchett-Natal and Sec.Prog.2007

In his natal chart, we see the close conjunction of the Sun with Mercury in Taurus, thus the Mercurial qualities in his work and personality. He published his first story at 13 in the school magazine, was a journalist at first and later concentrated on his books, producing on average two books yearly. This Mercury-Sun conjunction is squared by the very strong conjunction of the three  planets in Leo – Pluto, Saturn , Mars. ( I believe that, although Mars is a  9 degrees away, this is still a conjunction, and thus all its planets are squaring the Sun-Mercury conjunction).

This very strong combination shows his devotion to his writing and the  intensity of it. His books are full of the mystical, the magical and his deep knowledge of all things metaphysical comes up in his work. Death – with a capital D – is a prominent character in many of his books – quite characteristic of a person with this planetary configuration.

Although the exact position of the Moon cannot be known due to the lack of the exact time of birth, it is within the range of  1 to 13 degrees of Capricorn ( 7 degrees shown in the chart), and is therefore in trine to the Sun-Mercury conjunction, showing the harmony within himself and the ease of communication and  excellent wit. At the same time , the Moon is squaring Neptune – and only Moon-Neptune can have such a rich fantasy world.  And Terry Pratchett, with the aid of Mercury ,  so successfully communicates his fantastic creations to large numbers of people through his writings!

The Sun-Mercury conjunction is at 150 degrees ( inconjunct) aspect to Neptune, reinforcing  his ability for  imaginative creations, as well as  being responsible for his ” humanism, both in a sentimental regard for his characters’ good fortune, and in that his writing is generous-spirited and inclusive.” as the ‘Guardian’ writes.

And, of course, Venus, ruler of his sunsign, is in close conjunction to Uranus , and opposition to Jupiter, showing his love of computers, computer games , but also the new and the original, and being an indicator of his great humour.

If we look at the progressed chart of the year 2007, what is most prominent is the conjunction of prog. Mercury and prog. Venus ( Of course, there are other indicators, but I should like to concentrate on this for now). This was , as mentioned above, the year when he was diagnosed, as having PCA. That was following an initial wrong diagnosis of having had a stroke in the last couple of years. Taking into account that the first symptoms are some impairment in vision and motor nerve activity – both Mercury -related activities – Mercury becomes important.

It is also noteworthy that both Mercury and Venus had turned retrograde a few years back. Mercury turned retrograde when he was  44 , in 1992, and Venus a few years before that. This disease is probably one that starts at an earlier stage, is slow  in development, thus it might have started when Mercury became retrograde at 7 degrees of Cancer, in opposition to the natal Moon.

Terry Pratchett announced that he was diagnosed with the disease on Dec.11, 2007. At the time, Transiting Pluto and Jupiter were about to enter Capricorn and oppose the progressed Mercury-Venus conjunction , and transiting Mars had turned retrograde in Cancer, in opposition to natal Moon, close to conjuncting  the progressed position. Terry’s strife had started. He is determined to fight the disease , continue to write his books with the aid of electronic media, and also help other people with the same condition – he has donated one million pounds for the research into the disease to help further investigation into this condition.

And I, amongst the millions of his fans, wish him ‘All the Best’ in his fight, and may he have many more productive years!