Arty Farty Friday ~ George Luks + a Conundrum

An arty farty conundrum: which natal chart best suits American painter George Luks? Wikipedia has his date of birth as 13 August 1867, but other websites state 13 August 1866. Checking at Ancestry.com, the genealogy website, the question remains without a clear answer. The artist’s gravestone states 1866, as does a passport application, yet there is still confusion; several documents state

Astrology And Pokemon Go

arcanineIn the gaming world, big news doesn’t normally make mainstream radar. Pokemon Go is a huge exception. Pokemon Go is an electronic game played on handheld devices, mainly mobile phones. It’s a game that uses your device’s camera to meld travel in mundane reality with catching virtual monsters as they appear on your screen. The real life element is highly engaging, but it’s the blend of fantasy and reality that holds the interest. Remind you of any astrological trends in the collective?(…)
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Introduction To Ceres In The Natal Chart

ceres“It is difficult for some people to accept that love is a choice. This seems to run counter to the generally accepted theory of romantic love which expounds that love is inborn and as such requires no more than to accept it.”
–Leo Buscaglia, Pisces Ceres conjunct the nadir sextile Taurus Venus in the 6th house

The Ceres of mythology is the the archetype of the earth mother. The asteroid Ceres represents both our nurturing needs and how we nurture others. It is how we were nurtured as children and how we nurture our own children, as well as all the others we choose to interact with. The expression of Ceres energies ranges from controlling to permissive, cold to overbearing, just as human caregivers do. Just because it’s mama energy does not necessarily mean “warm and fuzzy.”
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Arty Farty Friday ~ Vali Myers

It’s good to find an artist who is likely to have a very distinctive astro-signature, to discover whether that, in fact, is the case. This lady could fit that description:

Vali Myers, an Australian visionary artist, dancer, bohemian and muse of the 1950s and 60s in Europe and the USA.

Born: 2 August 1930, Canterbury, Sydney, Australia. Died: 12 February 2003 (age 72).
A website dedicated to

France under Pluto’s (and Mars’ Uranus’) spell! The Nice massacre

As I had written back in November 2015 (when the Bataclan terrorist attack occured in Paris) the latest horoscope of France (the one of the “Fifth Republic”) is currently receiving some very hard and deeply transformative astrological influences! These influences are mainly stemming out from transiting Pluto, which is steadily hovering in our days over the Tenth House of France’s Fifth Republic chart (6 October 1958, 18:30, Paris) opposing its Moon in Cancer and squaring its Sun in Libra! These are some tremendous cosmic influences!

Not to mention the fact that transiting Uranus is conjuncting the Ascendant of the Fifth Republic, it is squaring its Moon and has been for a considerable amount of time opposing its Libra Sun!

But that’s not all! In modern France’s.”natal” chart (the one of the First Republic, 22 September 1792) there is an extremely flammable T-Square between Uranus in 22 degrees Leo – Mars in 26 degrees Scorpio and Pluto in 22 degrees Aquarius (all planets occupying angular Houses and two of them lying over the cusps!). No doubt this T-square has been triggered by the recent long retrograde/ stationary/direct course of bellicose Mars in Scorpio’s third decan! Actually, both transiting Moon and Mars (in Scorpio) were triggering on the day of the fatal Nice’s attack (July 14, 2016) that ultra flammable T-Square in France’s “natal” chart!

The astrological causes of the grim "zeitgeist" running now through Europe!

According to the myth, Jupiter the father of all gods in the disguise of a bull abducted the beautiful phoenician princess Europa and brought her to the european continent! In this way the continent of Europe was “inaugurated”! Every myth is rich in symbolism and this specific one is recounting to us the fact that the current European continent was bound to become a blessed land, a land that would display at its fullest the archetypes of royalty, of joviality and of taurean stability and prosperity.

Fast forward some thousand years and Europe today is indeed the most prosperous, serene and cultured continent worldwide. Or at least it used to be. Because in the last few months things seem to have radically changed, due to a series of ferocious terrorist attacks that ultimately spred a lot of terror (attacks and killing sprees both in northern and southern France, in Belgium, in Germany). It seems that the careless years have gone away, no more romantic walks along the river Seine in Paris or anywhere else in Europe, since everywhere now there is an odor of gun-powder on the air! Everybody looks suspicious and each corner (no matter how cozy or romantic) is fraught with danger! The enemy is within and everywhere a potential terrorist is lurking! That’s a rather unnerving sensation, causing massive paranoia throughout the European citizens! Their cities are transformed into over-extended prisons! So, what is the astrological reason that brought over this blink, disruptive and fearful “zeitgeist” to the old continent?

Definitely Pluto in Capricorn has a lot to do with it. You see the sign of Capricorn is somehow representing the structured and organized societies – our urban landscape, our cities. And Pluto (the “grim ripper”, the bearer of primeval fear) is transiting for 9 years now in the sign of Capricorn (and over the “World’s MC” – you may read about the importance of this phenomenon here). Additionally, it is a planet intimately connected to the masses and to the collective tragic events. Of course Pluto transited several times in the last two-three millennia the sign of Capricorn. Βut its impact upon humanity was rather minimal back then. You see, the disruptive and transformative effect of Pluto in Capricorn escalated from the moment our structured, industrialized societies/cities, the modern urban landscape appeared in the horizon (mostly from the 19th century on. So, humanity is actually experiencing this Pluto in Capricorn effect for the first time ever!)

Pluto has to do with the so called “agoraphobia” too – the fear of crowds. If you are currently in Europe and you walk among many people or if you stand amidst a crowd (i.e. in a concert) then definitely the – not that absurd by now – thought of being shot or even bombed will be repeatedly crossing your mind! And there are other factors contributing to this paranoia: the current Saturn – Neptune square aspect, which is not facilitating us in stop thinking irrationally and in coming to our senses. And of course the overall Jupiter – Saturn – Neptune T-square (with the “double whammy” element of Saturn being in the sign of Sagittarius and at the same time squaring planet Jupiter! That’s par excellence the fear of the unknown, of the person standing beside us whom we don’t know, the fear of anybody belonging to a different ethnic background or religion….

Rebellious planet Uranus in the ultra-individualistic sign of Aries has its fair share too! It brings forth the uprising of the individuals. But if we put the newly found planetoid Eris in the mix then things are getting far more dynamic and complex. You see Eris has to do with the people who are “uninvited”, “unwanted”. To the Europeans these “uninvited” people seem to be the muslims (who on their turn perceive the Europeans as invaders and usurpers of their own lands and goods (they call the Europeans “the infidel crusaders”). And the fact is that we are currently in the middle of a volatile triple conjunction between the planets Uranus and Eris, a conjunction that is ever more exacerbating the tension between the uninvited muslims and the european christians! It’s not by chance that with this Uranus -Eris conjunction the phenomenon of “the lonely wolf” kind of terrorist appeared! To these lonely wolves view the atrocities they commit in the european soil are nothing more than a “retribution” for the sufferings inflicted upon them by the Europeans!

I recently studied the impact of the Uranus – Eris conjunction over the human history. I found out that this conjunction has generally coincided with some rather odd and “out of the norm” periods in our history! It coincided i.e. with the outbreak of many revolutionary movements (especially in China). And with the implementation of rigorous dictatorships – where one man/woman was seizing absolute control over his/her entire country. It was the case of Stalin back in 1927 (during the previous time planet Uranus was conjuncting Eris in Aries) and so far in 2016 it is the case of Erdogan in Turkey – who is apparently seizing absolute control over his country, disposing (or even executing?) his opponents!

As the decade of 2010’s seems to be pretty reminiscent of the 1930’s, some even larger scale events might be coming over to the old european continent within the next few years!

Thomas Gazis
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Arty Farty Friday ~ Artemisia Gentileschi

Self portrait as lute player
Artemisia Gentileschi
(1593 – 1652/1653), a website HERE is dedicated to her, the following is extracted from it:
Artemisia Gentileschi daughter of well-known Roman artist, Orazio Gentileschi (1563 – 1639), was one of the first women artists to achieve recognition in the male-dominated world of post-Renaissance art. In an era when female artists were limited to