What We Run From Pursues Us

Michael Zizis
6 min readOct 16, 2023

How this current conflict vindicates astrology

by Mike Zizis

October 16, 2023

In astrology, eclipses symbolize a great release of pent-up energy. This massive eclipse happened on the 14th of October, seven days after this horrorific attack in Israel.

As you have heard many times the planets don’t do anything in astrology - just as a songbird singing does not cause Spring. These symbols are heralds, chanticleers, announcements, and pointers. Yes, this takes the argument out of the reductionist, cause-and-effect accusations from science about astrology.

The eclipse chart reveals the moment of Sun and Moon reaching 21° of Libra. We can interpret this energy as either resetting a balance, upsetting a balance, or both. Benjamin Netanyahu is also a Libra. This makes the impact of the eclipse even more potent.

There are three themes to note in Netanyahu’s chart. The first is that the eclipse in Libra took place at the midpoint between his moon 19° Libra and His sun at 27° Libra.

Secondarily, he was born with the moon just behind the sun. This is called a balsamic moon, and is the signature of the one who is not satisfied, an ending of a karmic cycle, but not yet a beginning of a new one; a very torturous birth-canal phase of development. The Greek word for this is ‘pothos’, the restless one. The Greeks used this term often in describing the nature of Alexander the Great-

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FROM: https://www.pothos.org/content/index5d23.html?page=pothos-2

Alexander the Great was this kind of person; a restless spirit, never satisfied with what he had, always longing for more. He was thirsty for knowledge, amazed at the great spectacle of the world. His face shows passion and energy. He is impulsive and has the will to win. He wants to expand his horizons and live his life to the full. He has a very complex personality, a mixture of light and shadows, impulsivness and calm, selfisness and a great need to be loved, blamable vices and incredible virtues.

The third aspect of his native chart is that he was born with a conjunction of Mars 25° and Pluto 18° in Leo, in the 9th House. Both planets symbolize war, Mars by direct conflict, and Pluto by the deep immense pressure movements that result in exploding volcanoes. In Leo these planets indicate a fearless and courageous person with an enlarged ego or sense of self. This combination especially in his Leo 9th House, symbolizes a maniacal Will to power at any cost. Combined with Mars this house represents what we're willing to fight for, and who we are willing to fight with. Netanyahu exploits the Israeli sense of victors who feel like victims. The 9th House indicates, among many other things, the ideals that are represented in a person’s motives. One of Leo’s more difficult traits is a sense of entitlement.

Speaking of ‘lifting the veil,’ in this rich and nourishing symbol soup, I sometimes dip into research done by other astrologers called The Sabian Symbols. These are collections of 360 images, each one depicting a meditation or dream image of every one of the degrees of the 360° astrological circle.

Because the earth is also a planet I use it in uncovering more about a subject’s earthly mission, what they came to accomplish on the earth. To cut to the chase, Netanyahu’s symbol of his earthly mission goes like this:


KEYNOTE: The necessity for mature preparation and self-criticism.

We see here the tangible results of the situation evoked by the two preceding symbols. Great hopes, excited expectations cannot be sustained. The last symbol reveals the performer’s state of consciousness; in this one he is actually made fully aware of having promised — to the many elements of his own personality as well as perhaps to other human beings — more than he was able to deliver. The issue is how to handle this situation. In one form or another, it is an often recurring situation in the life of an individual person. The manner in which it is met determines the individual’s future possibilities of development and achievement.

This is the third stage of this five-fold sequence. What is implied here is the need to be more than “obsessed by potentiality” and subjectively involved in the use of the new powers. The objective results have to be considered, i.e. what this use will do. The individual is not alone concerned, for in a sense mankind as a whole will be affected. What is required, therefore, is an objective inclusiveness of the whole environment; thus a sense of RESPONSIBILITY for what one’s actions will produce in people who have been made to expect significant results.

The sun in a horoscope represents the urge and purpose towards individualism, i.e. — to standout, vitality, and a rationale for actions. The moon in her myriad symbols also indicates the public and fortune.

In summary, we will see a Libran theme and an eclipse -public opinion over Netanyahu swings wildly from favourable to unfavourable in almost the blink of an eye.

This is an explosive and revolutionary upset for both sides of this conflict, and an extraordinary shift in the unfolding and the unfinished story of Israel and the Palestinians, as well as the influence of Israel’s neighbors.

The United Nations calls Gaza with its 2 million people — the world’s largest open-air prison.

Blame here is to be assigned to Netanyahu. He cultivates the messianic ultra-right in order to maintain power. They demand Israeli settlements in Gaza and the West Bank in order to oust the remaining 4 million Palestinians from their land. He diverted the Israeli secret police to watching over the far right’s insane zeal for settlement in the north in Gaza, diverting Mossad from a more careful infiltration of Hamas. The result is the largest wartime taking and murder of Jewish people since the Holocaust. In the case of the Palestinians — history here reveals that the violence of the oppressed is not equivalent to the violence of the oppressor.

“I came to the Israeli / Palestinian conflict to fight on both sides.” — Leonard Cohen.

There was an unnamed Chinese philosopher brought to the court of Genghis Kahn after he conquered most of China. The philosopher, who had been spared because of his wisdom, said to Genghis Khan that the empire can be conquered on the back of a horse, but it cannot be ruled on the back of a horse. In other words the healing in this part of the world requires not a military solution, but a political one.

The Palestinians have been caught between the oppression of the current Israeli government, and the oppression of Hamas. The majority here want to lead their lives in peace and take their kids to the game on Sunday. Israel will be forced, more than ever, to grant the Palestinians their own home - their own nation within the State of Israel. They, the Palestinians, will then deal with Hamas, as should be done, with imprisonment, expulsion, and education.

With the present government of Israel taken down or voted down, the first real steps towards the two nation settlement will begin to take place. These will be the problems of peace and not the problems of war.



Michael Zizis

40 years as a student of astrology. Born in Pittsburgh