The Role of the Least Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology,
by Rob Couteau.
Astrocartography illustration for Adolf Hitler
Uranus = 010
Mercury = 101
Pluto = 121
Neptune = 140
Mars = 200
Sun = 212
Saturn = 231
Moon = 232
[Least-aspected Uranus] / [Mercury]
I rejuvenated the German people.
–Hitler addressing the Reichstag at the Kroll Opera House, in a speech culminating in his declaration of war on the United States.
Adolf Hitler, né Schicklgruber, was born at Braunau am Inn (48N15; 13E02) in Austria, almost precisely his Secondary Transcendental, Mercury. His childhood was characterized by an unusually brutal father, Alois, who often strapped and beat the boy severely, and by an absence of any emotionally supportive or compassionate adult figures. Hitler tried to escape from his father’s abuse by building a raft with the help of several other children, but he was apprehended and, afterward, humiliated by Alois. Unable to escape from his father’s domination and having nowhere else to turn for even a modicum of normal empathy, the artistically inclined boy became ruthlessly hardened and emotionally disturbed. According to the psychoanalyst Alice Miller–an expert on victims of abuse who later become abusers–such experiences left Hitler incapable of integrating the normal range of human emotion.1 (For a discussion on symbols of “emotional constraint,” see my remarks on Hitler’s most aspected or Leading Planets, Moon and Saturn.)
When Alois retired in 1895, the family moved to Fischlham (near Linz) and then to several other nearby villages, finally settling in Leonding (48N16; 14E15), just south of Linz (48N18; 14E18). After his mother’s death in 1908, Adolf Hitler continued to move in this easterly direction, finally settling in Vienna (48N13; 16E20).
In Hitler’s astrocartography, his key Transcendentals, Primary Uranus and Secondary Mercury, form a narrowly focused Transcendental Midpoint-Field (TMF) that frames most of central Europe. The TMF frames the eastern half of France and all of southern France; the Netherlands; almost all of Belgium; northern Italy; all of western Germany and a good deal of eastern Germany; Norway; Sweden; most of Algeria; the western shores of Malta and Sardinia; and the western part of the Mediterranean.
His Secondary Mercury line forms the southern border of this Transcendental Midpoint-Field, setting over Sweden, eastern Germany, western Austria, northern Italy, Malta, Sardinia, and eastern Algeria, while Primary Uranus rises over Norway and the North Sea, then runs parallel to and just beside the coast of the Netherlands, crosses directly over the Belgian coastline, and then continues over central France, the western Mediterranean, and the western shore of Algeria. This Primary Uranus / Secondary Mercury Transcendental pairing–cutting through the heart of Europe–reflects the power base of Nazi Germany.
Hitler’s move to Munich in 1913 (48N08; 11E34) brought him almost directly under his Secondary Mercury and just west of the eastern border of the Primary Uranus / Secondary Mercury Transcendental Midpoint-Field. Hitler was not accepted for military service in Austria; with the outbreak of the First World War, however, he volunteered for service in the Bavarian army and was later awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class (1914), and the Iron Cross, First Class (1918). By aligning himself with Germany, he unwittingly aligned himself with the Transcendental region that would most enhance and reflect his personal talent and power.
Hitler was transferred to the Western front in October 1914 as part of the German advance toward the English Channel. During the first Battle of Ypres (50N51; 2E53), only one-sixth of his regiment survived the first four days of fierce combat with the British. He was wounded on October 7, 1916 in the Battle of the Somme (49N55; 2E30); after a hospitalization in Germany, he returned to his regiment the following spring. In the summer, he participated in the Battle of Arras (50N17; 2E47) and the Third Battle of Ypres (50N51; 2E53). During the Last Battle of Ypres, he was temporarily blinded by gas, on the evening of October 13, 1918.2 As we can see in his astrocartography, these locations placed him near his Primary Uranus and along the western perimeter of his Uranus / Mercury TMF.
After his release from the hospital, he returned to Munich in November 1918 (again, almost precisely under his Secondary Mercury line) where he continued working for the army as a “secret agent” (Tertiary Pluto), spying on political groups. In this capacity he joined the German Worker’s Party in Munich in September 1919, and in 1920 he resigned from the army and committed himself to strengthening this fledgling group. The following August, the party was renamed the National Socialists or Nazis.
Hitler remained in Bavaria throughout the 1920s, where he was affected by its unusual cultural climate, with its long history of stubborn separatist “independence” (Primary Uranus) and an abiding mistrust of the central government. This was reinforced by an increasing sense of disorientation and national loss following the German defeat in the First World War. After a right-wing coup in March 1920, Munich continued to fester as a hotbed of political intrigue and social discontent. In this milieu of “social and ideological ferment” (Mercury / Uranus), Hitler became president of the party in July 1921; he later participated in the Munich Putsch in November 1923. He served a mere nine months out of a five-year prison sentence in nearby Landsberg, where he worked, in relative comfort, on his notorious Mein Kampf.
When Hitler was released from prison, he undertook the “reformation” (Primary Uranus) of a nearly disintegrated Nazi party. His efforts included “disseminating / the bizarre / ideas” (Mercury / Uranus / Mercury) outlined in his book. “Eccentric / ideation” is a typical Uranus / Mercury keynote, particularly when a more positive manifestation of such energies is made difficult due to aberration or mental illness. Hitler’s Secondary Mercury is the ruler of the volk–the “common people”–whose synthesis and unity is supposedly symbolized by the radiant incarnation of a spiritual leader or “Führer” (Tertiary Pluto). The pairing of Mercury / Uranus symbolized the “volkische / utopian” movements that swept through nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century Europe; Nazism was merely the last wave of this form of paganic utopianism. (See Richard Noll’s incidental references to volkische utopianism in his book, The Jung Cult.)
Other Mercury-ruled themes such as the “rapid dissemination of ideas,” “frequent contact with so-called commoners,” and “manifesto-like writing” characterized Hitler's Bavarian period; this occurred along the eastern edge of the Primary Uranus / Secondary Mercury Transcendental Midpoint-Field (TMF). Indeed, the parallels between such Mercury / Uranus keynotes and the history of Nazism are rather disturbing. For example, in Transits Simplified, Sakoian and Acker list the following: “intuitive ideas and insights; unexpected, unusual, or interesting communications; unusual ideas for improving work efficiency … use of modern technology in speeding up work methodologies,”3 “quickened mental processes”4 “original inspiration for writers … [and] lecturers.”5 When manifesting in afflicted or aberrant manners (we must assume this was the case with Hitler, despite the fact that these were Transcendental Planets. See my essay, “Psychic Inflation and the Misuse of Transcendental Energy,” below), we find keynotes such as: “impractical ideas or hasty decisions […] nervous irritation”;6 “nervous impulsiveness in making decisions; mental conceit […] tendency to jump to conclusions without sufficient information; contact with eccentric or unreliable friends,”7 “communication with eccentric and unreliable people […] erratic and impractical communications […] unfavorable for signing contacts and agreements,”8 and disruption of plans due to “unexpected events.”9
Behavioral patterns associated with Uranus include a “desire to create large-scale social reforms or utopian structures.” In its negative expression, such urges manifest through “dystopias and bizarre schemes for social reorganization.” Such Uranian keynotes combined with the “rhetorical talents” of Mercury and the “dictatorial cravings” symbolized by Tertiary Pluto, resulting in Hitler’s transformation into a dangerous and charismatic leader. The so-called “electrifying / speeches” (Primary Uranus / Secondary Mercury) that he gave throughout this highly charged geographic region were laughed at by those in the Western World (he was parodied by Chaplin in The Great Dictator ), yet they inexplicably held the Germans spellbound for an interminably long period.
In the presidential election of April 1932, Hitler received 36.8% of the vote, largely as a result of the “bullying tactics, including threats, violence, coercion, and political manipulation” that his “underworld associates and thugs” (Tertiary Pluto) engaged in during his rise to power (Pluto). Following the Reichstag elections in July, the Nazis became the largest party in the Parliament. Hitler stubbornly held out for the office of chancellor, which he received on January 30, 1933. With his subsequent relocation to Berlin (52N31; 13E24), he placed himself almost precisely under his Secondary Mercury line and just beside the eastern edge of his Primary Uranus / Secondary Mercury Transcendental Midpoint-Field. By combining the chancellorship with the presidency in August 1934, he secured the “supreme command of the military” and guaranteed an “absolute dictatorship” (Tertiary Pluto).
Historians generally agree that Hitler’s “inflexible / emotional preoccupation” (Secondary Leader Saturn / Leading Moon) with the eastern front; his “overconfidence” (Tertiary Leader Sun) in believing he could defeat the Soviet Union; and his underestimating the power of the United States once war was declared (after the bombing of Pearl Harbor) were all critical factors in his defeat. His astrocartography reveals that Saturn, his second most aspected planet, was positioned directly over the Hawaiian Island chain (in a vertical, midnight line): the site of the Pearl Harbor bombing. Secondary Leader Saturn also appears in a vertical, Midheaven position along the western border of the former Soviet Union (over the Ukraine).
Typically, Leading Planets–pointing to an “overloaded circuit” in the natal chart–reveal how and where we may overreach and, eventually, suffer a fall. Unlike the Transcendental Planets, which symbolize our core psychic talents and values, Leaders represent areas in life that are hypo- or hyperdeveloped, under- or overextended, or in some way expressed inappropriately and without proper measure. The Leader’s abundance of planetary aspects indicates that relocating to (or directing our energies to) a geographic region under its domain leads to experiences characterized by overcharged yet unproductive displays of psychic energy, as the proper perspective or ability to focus realistically upon a task is lacking.
Hitler’s most aspected or Leading Planet, Moon, positioned just west of Europe in a vertical midnight position, and his Secondary Leader, Saturn, with its vertical, Midheaven line precisely along the Soviet border, each seem to demarcate the limits of the Führer’s power, and point to regions where his hubris got the better of him and even led to a fall. His declaration of war on the United States after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and his inability to focus on a clear strategy for the eastern front (the precise location of Leading Saturn in its vertical, Midheaven position) were the pivotal events that assured his demise. Hitler’s “innovations, intuitional brilliance, and ingeniousness” (Primary Uranus) led to his brief and astonishing success, yet his “excessively emotional approach / to pragmatic reality” (Leading Moon / Secondary Leader, Saturn) led to his fall.
Hitler’s defeat at Stalingrad (48N44; 44E25) is generally considered to be the turning point of the war. After sustaining heavy loses, his hubristic refusal to surrender led to the “loss of millions of lives” (Tertiary Pluto). In a final and desperate attempt at victory, in December 1944, Hitler moved his headquarters west to stage an offensive in the Ardennes (50N10; 5E45). After returning to Berlin in January 1945–as if retreating to a literal “Underworld” (Tertiary Pluto)–Hitler never again left his bunker. In an act of mutual “suicide” (Tertiary Pluto) with his Bavarian mistress, Eva Braun, Hitler shot himself on April 30, exactly ten days after his fifty-sixth birthday.
1. “As a child, Hitler had no witness. His father destroyed everything his son did. He could never tell anyone the pains he was suffering. In Sweden they made a play, “Hitler's Childhood,” from a chapter in my book. The story shows how that child looked for contact, longed for a glance, but was constantly treated like a dog. […] Behind every act of violence there is a history. A history of being molested, a history of denying. The denial is a law governing us, but it is ignored by society and still not investigated by the professionals. Yet it holds the keys to our understanding why pure nonsense can be still held in high esteem in our culture, such nonsense as Sigmund Freud’s idea that a child would invent traumas.” Alice Miller, from “Alice Miller: The Roots of Violence,” in an interview with Diane Connors for OMNI Publications International, March 1987 (as reproduced on online at www.nospank.org/miller4.htm). See Alice Miller’s essay on Hitler in For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence.
2. Shirer, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, p. 30.
3. Sakoian and Acker, Transits Simplified, “Mercury Sextile Natal Uranus,” p. 82.
4. Ibid., “Mercury Trine Natal Uranus,” p. 91.
5. Ibid., “Mercury Conjunct Natal Uranus,” p. 78.
7. Ibid., “Mercury Square Natal Uranus,” p. 87.
8. Ibid., “Mercury Opposition Natal Uranus,” p. 95.
9. Ibid., “Mercury Square Natal Uranus,” p. 87.
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5 August 2005
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