Greece

Posted by Jill Shearer on Friday, July 3, 2015 Under: Mundane Astrology
As the Greek people go to the polls this weekend to decide whether to accept the terms of the latest offer from the EU, or to risk the possibility of financial ostracism from Europe, I thought it might be interesting to look the astrology. As in all political crises, the issues are complex and there is a long history: years of endemic corruption and financial mismanagement appear to have led to economic meltdown, but is it fair for the rest of Europe to pay the price? Equally, should the current generation of Greeks – 60% of whom can't find jobs or afford homes – be forced to pay for the sins of their fathers dearly, and over many, many years? And shouldn't those who carried on lending, long after it had become clear that such a level of debt was utterly unsustainable bear some of the responsibility?

  
Greece's modern democratic system came into being in 1974, following years of military dictatorship (interestingly, the current Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, was born just four days later, giving him many of the same planetary positions, albeit with the added dynamic of a Scorpio Moon and Mars having just moved into analytical Virgo). 
The Greek economy is represented by a Leo Sun on the 2nd cusp – so far, so good. It is not hugely aspected – a trine to Neptune and sextile to the Moon plus a very wide square to Uranus at 23 Libra. The difficulties of this chart, however, are the detrimented Saturn (ruler of the 7th) on the Ascendant, closely conjunct Mercury, mute in Cancer, and a very tight Moon/Pluto conjunction at 4 deg Libra in the 4th. The First House - and particularly the Ascendant - is of crucial importance in all Mundane charts, representing "the People, the general condition of the country, state of affairs" [Raphael]. This is ruled by the Moon (which also represents the People in a more general sense) afflicted by Pluto – the plutocrats? – as well as repressed by a poorly dignified Saturn on the Asc, which has recently been under pressure from the ongoing Uranus/Pluto cardinal square. Although this transiting square is now moving on, it looks as though the Greek people are perhaps not in charge of their own destiny. That this is a chart without so much as a whisper of Earth is perhaps not so surprising.
Synastry with the EU chart presents further difficulties – with EU Sagittarian Mars conjunct the Greek Neptune – one can easily imagine how frustrating that must be for the Germans! – Saturn and Jupiter in a mutable square and the EU's benevolent and judicious Jupiter in the financial 2nd House in square aspect to Greece's own Leo 2nd House Sun.
 

Despite the many connections with the Greek chart, Alexis Tsipras's chart provides some hope. Crucially, it does not have the two most damaging aspects mentioned above, and Mars has moved into analytical Virgo, disposited by 2nd House Mercury, which is also his Chart ruler. A classic Leo in many ways, he has said that if the vote goes against him – he would rather resign than carry the humiliation of imposing the austerity he so opposes – this chart shows analytical intelligence fuelled by a deeply felt emotional quality. 
It's not a clear situation, and it looks as though there are no black and white answers. Uranus stations next year at 24 Aries 30 – both Tsipras and his country will have entered their Uranus half return.
 




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