The making of an astrologer: Reinhold Ebertin

Before I begin today’s discussion, I would just like to let everyone know that I have been through a very difficult few days dealing with some quite acute life difficulties, and even though I anticipated them (by transit, progression and arc), it did not in the event make them any easier to dispatch; Eris is hardly predictable in the astrology. I am therefore completely off schedule with all my usual obligations, so please bear with me for a short while as I regroup.

The great Reinhold Ebertin
The great Reinhold Ebertin

In the same way that most civilians have their favourite rock stars, sportsmen and women or writers, it is always insightful to me to understand which persons my fellow astrologers most admire, within the field. For myself I have the utmost respect for Noel Tyl, Donna Cunningham, Liz Greene and most especially, beyond all of these even: Reinhold Ebertin. No astrologer has, in my humble view, so advanced the study as this rather odd and unassuming man, who is as much a pioneer in the field of astrology as Einstein was in his, or Darwin, or any other great luminary of the acceptable face of human understanding.

I first read that bible of insight the CSI, (Combination of Stellar Influences) when I was 13 or 14, it was my grandfather’s copy and he bade me take especial care with it, because it was precious and important, so I knew even then that it was a work of significance, and to this day that judgement has been so often reinforced and underpinned that I do believe that if I could own only one astrological text, Ebertin’s magnum opus would be it. I have since read all his works that are translated into English. “The Influence of Pluto on Human Love Life” is also a very intriguing treatise and shows remarkable insight for such an early exploration on Hades’ themes. “The Cosmic Marriage” is possibly his most accessible work, and contains many useful insights into the indications for matrimonial and romantic aspirants. But it is the CSI which I refer to time and again, so much so in fact, that I can probably quote half of it and I cannot even see a Saturn Pluto contact without thinking “hard labour!” before I think of anything else!

Ebertin the man was born into a difficult time. He was separated from his mother at an early age, although he was reunited with her aged 21 whereupon she taught him much about the study; her own predilections were very much to do with love and affection and this may have been a profound impetus to Ebertin who seemed to gravitate toward such studies himself. He also made a name for himself during the rise of National Socialism, where dissonant ideologies were suppressed, forcing Ebertin – and that other great father of modern astrology, Carl Jung – to alter his approaches accordingly. He worked tirelessly on advancing the earlier studies of Alfred Witte, the founder of the Hamburg School and developing his own system of halfsum correspondences, many of which are profoundly relevant to the diagnosis of medical difficulty. I have an article delineating this astonishing diagnostic tool nearly ready for publication, and I have successfully identified the psychic cause of myriad complaints, from the niggardly to the near fatal using Ebertin’s excellent methods. Ebertin himself called his approach “cosmobiology” a word much underused in the modern study, because it summarises the meeting point of body, mind and soul that Ebertin was himself insistent ought to be the key genesis point of any astrological understanding. I have worked on that same premise ever since and it has not failed me yet.

00) Gorlitz, Germany
Reinhold Ebertin, Astrologer. 16 Feb 1901 04:45 (-01:00) Gorlitz, Germany

And so to the astrology itself. Take a moment to look at the shape of the nativity, allow it to move in you a little and you will start to feel that stress manifesting down into Pisces and the easy slingshot of energy up into the precision movement of Mars in Virgo. You can too feel the impetus to build and consolidate around that Capricorn ascendant. So what is most important here?

First, Venus is peregrine. Ebertin married aged 21 and purportedly experienced a consistently happy union, his wife was too an astrologer whom he met at an astrological conference and this tallies well with a love of the different, of unusual Uranian individuals. Even more pertinently Venus is at the halfsum of Sun and Moon, thus it denotes, according to Ebertin (from the CSI):

Harmonious coordination between spiritual and emotional as well as masculine and feminine dispositions. The power of attraction between the sexes, artistic interests – Friendship between lovers, a marriage of love, a harmonious marriage.”

So this seems clear, Venus is an important factor, it creates an intellectual type of love, a love of ideas, of thinking unconventionally and finding unique solutions, revolutionary solutions, to traditional conundrums, and this describes most aptly Ebertin’s impact on the field of astrological philosophy.

Beyond this, consider Chiron conjunct Jupiter rising in Capricorn. There is always a kind of early difficulty with Capricorn, the conditions are hard at the start and hard-work pays the dividend of eventual emancipation; thus times were hard for the Ebertin family between the wars in Germany, Chiron too speaks of a certain physical sensitivity when it applies to the Ascendant, Jupiter expands that sense also and creates a possibility of ever building compassion and healing ability. Jupiter rules publishing of course, and Chiron is the astrologer; so the mystery elucidates apace. Moon’s only significant aspect is a conjunction to Saturn in its own sign, she must be overpowered there and the separation from mother becomes clear too as a result. Consider that by Solar Arc Saturn applies to Moon sometime between the age of 5 and 6, almost certainly therefore the point of physical separation from her.

Tee squared Mercury tells an intriguing story, fed by implacable energies in the form of Uranus opposition Pluto, there is a need to express that astonishingly difficult transformative upset somehow. The opposition falls across the cusps of the 6th and the 12th, which suggests either an impetus to be suddenly hospitalised, imprisoned, or – most pertinently in an evolved case – to execute esoteric and secret work, as a daily habit. Ceres is on the astrologer’s degree of Pisces and is configured into this same pattern, so he could nurture himself through his astrological work and shining down upon all of this, adding some spark and electrical potency is Sun in Aquarius, also on the astrologer’s degree.

Now on the whole, this is not an easy chart even if Venus gives great power and a mutual reception between Mercury and Neptune gives a gift for communicating the immeasurable. Mercury is itself in a difficult spot in Pisces and it would be this mutual reception which exalted his power of relating so well. Neptune in the 6th speaks to spiritual work and habits while Uranus is itself on the 17-18 degree point of a mutable sign, another astrologer’s indication.

Mars in Virgo in the 8th speaks about an economy of movement, Ed Moses, the greatest 400m hurdler ever to have graced the track had peregrine Mars in Virgo and the 6th, so that gives you some idea of its ambience. I would have loved to have met this great man so I could see for myself how he actually moved and related. Economy, precision, efficiency and here in the 8th, the making of an analytic magus, a true researcher of the profound.

Truly, a great man.

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  1. Fantastic post. I’m just catching up with it. I’m constantly mention in my blog, Astrology Mundo, that if I could have only one astrology book to consult, The Combination of Stellar Influences would be it. Unfortunately, it’s misplaced in my house right now and it’s driving me nuts. — Monica

  2. I really look forward to your article, medical and health related astrology is one of my two main interests (the other being mental health) and I cannot get enough medical astrology because, from what I have found, it just isn’t out there!

    Re: Ebertein, whom I love, you ask, “what is most important here?” For an exercise I am going to take a moment to look at his chart before I read the what you have to say about the astrology. (By the way, you ask thought provoking questions, have you ever thought about teaching an on-line class or giving private tutoring? I’d sign up!)

    OK chart: For one thing, I would look at the 8th house for an astrologer; it is ruled by the sun which is in the second house (some say writing/teaching/speaking), Aquarius (detached, spiritual, humanitarian, scientific) and partile trine Neptune from the 6th house (work/ occupation). It also houses Mars Rx which trines his rising Jupiter (partile) and trines his AC/Chiron within 2 degrees applying, thereby energizing him to engage in work such as astrology, study of death and dying, or things like that. It also opposes his 2nd house Mercury but the orb is wide and it is a separating aspect so I don’t know how much to make of that by itself. However, Mercury is also the focal point of a T square with Uranus and Pluto from the 12/6 axis, with 1 to 2 degrees orbs, a tight T square, and Pluto applying. Mercury is challenged deeply in my view, and maybe because of that, will take a strong role in the chart for that reason. Even more, it is Pisces, where is is not happy, and in detriment or fall. Actually, mercury takes a pounding which is very interesting considering that the man is a brilliant writer. Moon does offer a wide sextile coming into Pisces for some support, and Jupiter, while not within orb, should still shine a friendly light into that house, but still….that is confusing to me.

    The moon itself is extremely challenged, both by being in Capricorn, and by being conjunct Saturn, which is like a double dose of saturn on the moon (mother issues and/or drawn to older women and/or problems showing/feeling/processing emotions). It is also waning to a considerable extent, which will further weaken it. Moon rules the 7th, showing possible problems in 7th house matters, and the mother is also shown by the moon, and you have already mentioned problems with her.

    I also notice that the nodes square the sun within 1 degree, applying. North node in the 10th house has often been associated with fame, notoriety, or infamy, which fits as he is a person of international renown in his field. South node in the 4th house, suggests that the person may be seen as unusual or eccentric in some ways, perhaps shy, perhaps something else that in typical social norms for the culture are considered ‘weird.’ Also, SN in the 4th says something about the mother, either an unusual or challenged relationship with her, or she herself is onsidered ‘strange’ eccentric excessively sensitive, or something like that, or maybe she is psychic or gifted in an unusual field. (Again, you already mentioned the mother, no surprises here).

    The ruler of the 12th house is rising, which seems to fit with an astrologer and intuitive type person. I would see Jupiter right on the Ascendent as a huge boon to any chart, even when in detriment, and when it is tightly conjunct the wounded healer like this, it is not surprising that his books help so many troubled people, either directly or indirectly. Also, I would see Jupiter right on the Ascendent as giving luck to the entire life, he will be in the right place at the right time, things like that, and more likely to be ‘successful’ in life. Inner planets wise, this seems to be a very earthy watery chart (except for the sun) which fits with him being a prolific and published writer in the field he is in.

    Uranus on the 12th and South Node in the 4th suggests eccentricity toward the end of life. Isn’t he the one who lived out his life alone in a one room studio in the middle of San Diego for years and years and years, communicating with almost no one, or am I thinking of someone else?

    Now I will look at what you wrote:

    Eeeeeek. Look at that, I see that I managed completely to ignore the peregrine planet! Interesting! I guess, since it didn’t seem to fit in anywhere I just totally ignored it! Awful! Ha ha ha, grrrr. I also missed the mutual reception with Neptune, which may have really helped out with the Mercury issue.

    Thanks for a great learning exercise!

  3. I don’t disagree with anything here Alison, and I think we reached very similar conclusions on the whole.

    The Mercury question is especially interesting, as you say, incredibly stressed and it has to be the mutual reception which lifts it out of the murk of Pisces here and they do “see each other” by biSeptile, which one might normally dismiss easily, but in the case of such an evolved personage? This creates an opportunity for exchange for sure.

    I would say that it is also intriguing that in Ebertin’s case, Mercury is tightly conjunct Nessus. Here is another of the Centaur’s although unfortunately one whom in the mythology gets a very bad press. He is chiefly remembered for an attempted rape on the wife of Heracles, (Deïaneira)and by a trickery he actually brought about Heracles’ demise. Thus the overriding impression is one of a deceit. However, Nessus was appointed ferryman at the river Euenos by the gods as reward for his “moral rectitude”, so evidently there was some measure of good in him. And too (intriguingly) the trick with which he ultimately brought about Heracles’ end was taught him by Aphrodite, so there is no question that Nessus was favoured of the gods. Ovid paints Nessus as one of the truly wild centaurs, calling him savage and untamed, so whilst there is a great moral ambiguity in him, there appears to also be an unfettered and feral quality to Nessus. In conjucntion to Mercury, perhaps it gives the power to follow a line of resoning or to communicate a thing that seems out of bounds. A real antidote to Saturn?

    I find the idea of Nessus here to be interesting at least.

  4. Very interesting about Nessus and Ovid. I am not familiar with these at all, I guess they are asteroids. Thanks for the crash course in these, now I shall have to look them up in my own chart!

  5. I have discovered ebertin some 2-3 months ago and I am so fascinated…. I have some inquiries though… When ebertin applied solar arcs he used one degree orb in his midpoints.. But did he used one degree orb in the aspects too? thank you!!

  6. Ebertin forever changed my entire perspective on Astrology! Did you know he was a vegetarian? And practiced yoga daily? I believe his insights will be further explored during this Uranus in Taurus transit. What more fitting term than “cosmobiology” is there to describe Uranus in Taurus?

    1. Wonderful observations on this great character. One wonders what he might have managed with the power of today’s computers at his disposal. There seems so little true innovation today.

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