Greece’s Alexis Tsipras Dreams Big
Destiny, and the Greek electorate, have pushed Alexis Tsipras, up to Europe’s top table. He may be holding a weak hand, but it already looks as if he’s smart enough to play and maybe even win against bigger, richer, stronger, meaner opponents.
Tsipras was sworn in as Greek Prime Minister on January 26, and immediately set about saving the poorest people in Greece from going without electricity and food.
Compassion is written large in his natal chart. See Jupiter, the planet of caritas in its own sign Pisces right at the top. Jupiter is sandwiched between Ceres, which seems to be an important planet for politicians (and popes) and Juno, the asteroid of partnership. We’re already seeing that Mr Tsipras is something of a double act with his charismatic finance minister game theorist Yanis Varoufakis, and apparently his life-partner Betty Batziana is responsible for turning him into an activist.
He’s without doubt an emotional man with his Moon in passionate Scorpio and a stellium in watery, tribal Cancer expanded by Jupiter. He’s in politics because of how he feels. That Scorpio moon is also brave. You have to be to take on this job.
Mercury, the planet of rationalism is in the least rational sign. He thinks with his heart. But the Moon is ruled by Mars in Virgo. His mind is sharp as a tack and he can do detail — as well as the vision thing – Jupiter in Pisces, Neptune in Sagittarius trine Sun. Definitely an idealist, a man with big dreams.
Tsipras is shouldering a great responsibility. Saturn, the planet we look to for this, has just moved into Sagittarius, a sign of optimism and strength through knowledge. It’s squared his Mars — he may be under a lot of physical strain. But it’s trining his Sun, strengthening his conviction, and sextiling his Pluto — power. His highly intelligent Saturn-Mercury conjunction is under pressure from the mighty, transformative Uranus-Pluto square. Transiting Uranus is in his house of politics and Pluto is in its natural house in the chart, the 8th. This can be very personally empowering.
So far Tsipras and his finance minister, game theorist Yanis Varoufakis, sound like the most intelligent politicians in Europe. But can smarts match the cunning of Brussels and the head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi?
There is surprisingly positive synastry between German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chart and Tsiparis’. They share the Cancer emphasis, and her Venus is at 4° Virgo, in exact aspect to his Leo Sun and Pluto in political Libra, and close to his Mars. They may turn out to have more in common than it at first appears. With his Venus conjunct her Mercury, it looks as if they might even like each other. They are certainly both patriots, whose love of country comes before personal power or enrichment.
The Greek election happened under a Mercury Retrograde in the sign of community, Aquarius. This is opposite Tsiparis’ Sun, so we can expect these negotiations over the Greek debt to continue without an immediate, clear outcome. Mercury turns direct on Feb 11, and on his natal Pallas. This is the goddess of strategy — so perhaps a new strategy will emerge then.
You can see from this chart that Tsiparis’ greatest gift is hope, and his anti-austerity, anti-corruption stance has not just given Greeks back some dignity, it has heartened citizens across Europe.