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Nemesis was the name of the goddess of retribution, the divine law punishing the disobedience and proud, the hubris, of men. We want to talk of a mortal man who wanted to behave like a god.

Recently, I was perplexed by the comments of the British actor Robert Lindsay in an interview for the BBC; he was promoting 'Onassis', a drama by Martin Sherman almost entirely based on Peter Evans' book, 'Nemesis'. The play is still been performed in the Novello Theatre (before known as The Strand in the West End) in London, and since l could not rush to see it, l did dash to buy the book; l had actually seen it on display in Books Off in Tokyo, but at the time l did not know what an astonishing reportage it was; it can actually be read as a novel, albeit a very dark one.

Most of Martin Sherman's plays have been adapted to the big screen, no doubt this one will soon be made into a film in spite of the controversy of its incendiary material. Despite the scandals, Ari Onassis was still an iconic image of success and glamor for the American people, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, his wife, had always been associated with the image of a heroic young widow protecting her children against evil, after her husband, John F. Kennedy was killed. Peter Evans shatters the picture.

Robert Lindsay talked about the play and his involvement with what it sounded more like a moral conviction that an artistic choice; after he had read Peter Evans' account on Aristotle Onassis' life and his dealings with the Kennedy clan, he had decided to take Onassis part because, he said, some people do not respect boundaries, they are beyond any normal individual, they can buy politicians, the police, they can even buy other people. I later learned that Lindsay is a Sagittarius, a typical one motivated by a strong sense of what is just or unjust. For this British actor, far from the Hollywood commercial turmoil, his acting in this play provides him with an opportunity to disclose the dark side of power and to expose its abuse.

Indeed, the revelations of Peter Evans' book, Nemesis, are staggering; Aristotle Onasssi paid the Arab terrorist for protection for his oil tankers, Ari would have also payed a Palestinian named Sirhan Sirhan two million dollars, a money that was used to assassinate Robert Kennedy. The Greek tycoon hated Bob Kennedy who had sworn he would never again allow him make business in the US; besides, Bob did his best to destroy the love affair between Onassis and Jacqueline, his slain brother's widow; if he had been elected president of the US, he would have never approved their marriage. Other revelations concern Onassis greed of power and money, his thirst and cruelty for killing and butchering hundred of whales in cold blood, his way of corrupting governments and officials. As for the ex first American lady, Jacqueline, she had stolen Onassis from her own sister, princess Lee Radziwill, former mistress of the millionaire.

This is not only gossip, the British journalist Peter Evans, who had previously written 'Ari' (Onnassis biography, 1986), worked on the book for years, he interviewed Onassis' friends and members his family, even some ex agents from the CIA. Starting by Christina, Onassis own daughter, shortly before she died, and Yannis Georgakis, his longtime business partner; some of the accounts are anecdotes, some are shear evidence, but all are documented; the risk for being sued for defamation was huge; Evans had to be careful. As far as I know, nobody has seriously contested the information, yet.

What attracted actor Robert Lindsay to the Onassis' political, financial and love affair dark schemes, was mainly the moral scandal; but what fascinates me, the most, is the way the archetypes express themselves through this man, his family and all those who were in contact with him. I admire the tragic side of this story; tragedy is the greatest genre to learn about human condition.

Aristotle Onassis was a Capricorn, born in Smyrna, a Greek city on Asia Minor which later became Izmir when the Turks invaded it. He was born on the 20th, January in 1906, time unknown. We do not know which Ascendant he had, but he can see several planets in Earth, the element of concreteness and material security; this is the natal chart of a hard working and extremely ambitious man, his Sun Venus conjunct in Capricorn making him efficient and charming, he had many friends who loved him in spite of hearing about his bad side. Jupiter in Taurus, another earthy sign, connected to his Venus and Sun increased his charisma, and, of course, Jupiter stands in his chart for good luck, abundance and a vision for big enterprises.

The Jupiter quality of his chart is stressed and developed by his Moon in Sagittarius; a very fiery Moon intensely activated by its opposition with Jupiter. We can say that the Moon, his unconscious and feminine side, expressed in his life as a second nature.

Sagittarius is related to the myth of Odysseus, the witty, lucky and adventurous hero of Homer's Iliad; Onassis used to say that he identified himself with Odysseus, that that was his real myth. However, like many of us, Onassis had an ideal image of himself that helped him to justify his deeds and misdeeds; l would not go along with him, he actually concealed his real nature behind the jupiterian mask. Saturn, his ruler in Pisces, eventually made him atone for his failings; Onassis lost what he cherished the most in his life and was proud of, his only male son, Alexander, killed in a crash plane; he only survived him for a couple of years; Onassis was a constant traveler, like Odysseus, both unlike Penelope's husband, Onassis was always a pariah, he had many lavish residences around the world, but he never really went back home. Sure, the Odysseus' myth was present in his life but it expressed itself in a destructive way.( To be continued.)

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by xavier_astro | 2011-01-03 00:00  

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