Astrology of Religion, Atheism, and Belief | 12. Rudolf Steiner

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The ingredients and recipes for this type of analysis can be found in the first post of the series, which you can view here, and were reviewed with additional comments a couple posts back, which you can view here.

Happy precessed solar return to Rudolf Steiner!

Rudolf Steiner

In this series I’ve been alternating between those who are strongly atheist/skeptic and those that are religiously or spiritually devout.  Rudolf Steiner is an interesting case of someone who was certainly spiritually devout, having many profound and guiding spiritual experiences throughout his life and himself founding the Anthroposophical Society, while he was also something of a rationalist, a well-read philosopher seeking a synthesis between science and mysticism.  He reminds me somewhat of Leibniz, who combined a profound rational intellect with deep religious convictions, seeking their synthesis in philosophy.  Certainly, thinkers like these remind us that spirituality and rationality, while not necessarily conjoined faculties, are neither opposed faculties, in spite of frequent New Atheist claims to the contrary in our era.  You can read a brief biography of Steiner on Wikipedia by clicking here.  His natal chart is below, and has a Rodden Rating of AA.  Despite the AA rating, I should note that even the day of Steiner’s birth is not without controversy, so the AA rating should be treated with a little bit of suspicion.

As I’ve done in the rest of the series, I’m going to analyze the main basic factors concerning faith, belief, doubt, and rationality, showcasing how they provide clues as to the nature of the person’s belief system.  This might be called the first phase of this series, while in subsequent phases we’ll be exploring other factors and techniques that pertain to spirituality, going beyond the basics.

Rudolf Steiner's Natal Chart
Rudolf Steiner’s Natal Chart

Steiner’s Chart Analyzed in Brief

  • Jupiter:
  • Extremely Strong – Jupiter is the strongest planet in Steiner’s chart and is extremely strong.  Jupiter is not only culminating in the 10th place, in a sign ruled by a Light, and the first triplicity lord of its place, but is actually conjunct the angle (MC) within 3 degrees, which makes it fantastically prominent, being aligned as it is with the meridian through Steiner’s location, in the South, at his birth.
  • Benefic, somewhat mixed – Jupiter is naturally benefic and is in a good place, the 10th, while very strong.  This is  a benefic Jupiter overall.  Jupiter is out of sect and dominated by Mars (though Mars is in sect), so Jupiter can associate with a fair degree of battles, heated situations, and general competitions and contentions.
  • Summary – Jupiter has an extremely strong and pervasive influence on Steiner’s life, that pertains to the 10th of actions, occupation, and career, and well beyond that.  Jupiter’s expansive, positive, faith-oriented, truth-seeking, and spiritually experiential nature leaves its mark on his life in a big way.  That Jupiter is out of sect, and particularly that it is dominated by Mars, linked Jupiter’s significations with heated challenge from others at various points in his life.
  • 9th Place:  
  • Very Prominent, Lunar, Saturnine, and Mercurial  – The 9th, Cancer, is empty, and is ruled by the Moon, which is the Light of the nocturnal sect, pertaining to the power of subjectivity, irrationality, instinct, the wild, movement, nurture, and bodies of water.  The Moon also regards the place.  The Moon is with Saturn, adding a sense of fear, control, obligation, and doubt to the significations, and associating such with the 9th to some degree.  The Moon shows an emphasis on the personal, on natural development, natural processes, and a sensitivity to social reality, in the belief system.  The Moon is in the bound of Jupiter, linking her to Jupiter’s expansive positivist spirituality, while in the domicile of Mercury, planet of rational intellect.  The Moon separates from the Sun and applies to Mercury in his chart, which, in a night chart, Firmicus associated with particularly learned people who make much public writing and are entrusted with and/or invent some sort of secret wisdom.
  • Somewhat benefic, mixed – The Moon is very mixed in the chart.  She is for the most part a powerful force (the Sect Light), benefic, and in a good place, ruled by a Mercury made benefic by sect, place, and rulership by Jupiter.  So the Moon is centrally benefic, but her copresence with Saturn, the out of sect malefic, and her being overcome by Mars by trine, both weigh her down and associate her with difficult circumstances and challenges in the life.
  • Summary – The Moon’s dominant influence over the 9th adds a particularly idiosyncratic element to the beliefs as well as stress on the role of natural processes, women, nurture, and personal development.  The Moon, like Jupiter, has her significations associated with good things in the life, but also attended by difficulty.
  • Saturn:
  • Very strong – Saturn is very strong, as he is strongly advancing in the chart, about 14 degrees from the MC.  Saturn has a strong and pervasive influence on the life.
  • Malefic – Saturn is quite malefic in the chart, being naturally malefic, and her out of sect and overcome by Mars very strongly within a degree (applying).  Saturn will tend to destroy, nullify, and challenge.  Saturn is at least in what is arguably one of the best of the good places, the 11th, where it most directly influences friends and social circles.  Saturn’s malefic tendencies are tempered somewhat by its copresence with the very powerful Sect Light, the Moon, also.
  • Summary – Interestingly, Saturn is very strong in Steiner’s chart and quite malefic.  Steiner’s life was in fact plagued with a good deal of loss, death, sorrow, adversity, and oppression.  He was certainly no stranger to doubt and criticism.  Jupiter still was a great deal stronger than Saturn in the chart.  The influence of Saturn was no doubt part of the reason he strove to make “proofs” of his ideas, hoping that he could make concrete and unbreakable the validity of his own deep spiritual experiences to others.  There is a certain Saturnine sorrow, desperation, and sense of responsibility and obligation bring the light to even the darkest most pessimistic and critical mind at the base of such a pursuit.
  • Mercury:  
  • Strong – Mercury is in phasis, copresent with the Sun, in the chart and ruled by a very strong and prominent Jupiter, so Mercury is quite strong.
  • Benefic, mixed – Mercury is quite benefic in the chart, being in sect, in the 5th place which is a very good place, and ruled by Jupiter.  Mercury is opposed by Saturn though, like a critical weight always pressing on Mercury and challenging during activations.
  • Summary – Steiner’s Ascendant is in the bound of Mercury, as is his MC, and his Descendant, as well as his Jupiter and his Saturn.  There does seem to be a strong identification with Mercury, the planet of rationality, intellect, and scholarship, even though Mercury doesn’t have the same sort of pervasive influence on the life as Jupiter, or even the Moon, Saturn, or the Sun.  Mercury is in the 5th of children, entertainment, leisure, and creative pursuits.  Mercury here gives a strong bent toward teaching and lecturing, as well as a connection with children and the creative arts (especially with the Sun here as well).  The strength of Mercury combined with the strong identification with Mercury combine to make Steiner quite the intellectual and rationalist, somewhat unusually for the leader of his own spiritual wisdom society.

Overall, the most immediately striking feature of Steiner’s chart is Jupiter conjunct his MC in Leo.  This while the Sun, its ruler is in Pisces, ruled by Jupiter, saying something of a spiritual leader and spiritual teacher.  Digging deeper we find that while Steiner’s faith and sense of the spiritual were extremely strong, this was not due to an absence of adversity or a lack of understanding as to how difficult and dark of a place this existence can be, but despite his very difficult experiences with such.  It seems to me that he was contending with this darkness and doubt nearly constantly, always attempting to build up stronger and stronger arguments and works against it.  I think this is at the heart of his desire to fuse mysticism and science, and to make mysticism somehow more objective, verifiable, and concrete.  He was a rationalist of immense strength, identifying readily with the scholar type even more than the religious type, extremely well-learned in philosophy and adept in a broad array of subjects, he was an intellectual to be reckoned with and used these powers intensely to bolster his spiritual cause.

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4 thoughts on “Astrology of Religion, Atheism, and Belief | 12. Rudolf Steiner

  • October 7, 2012 at 10:18 am
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    I begin to read some charts of people close to me (relatives, friends and so on), and start wondering.
    – Since for Mercury, being in Phasis happens to be four times more than being Stationary Direct (about a bit more than twelve times a year for Phasis, counting setting and rising from the Rays, and three times a year, from retrograde to direct motion), does it makes to be Stationary direct (in this case), being a stronger indicator than being in Phasis.

    If we count seven days to, and from the 15 degrees from the Sun (12 x 14), we can find almost half a year (168 days), about 46% of chance to a nativity to be close to be in Phasis, each year!

    Of course, I understand that it is just a TESTIMONY, and each chart needs to be judged as a whole.

    Best regards,

    Livio

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    • October 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm
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      Within 7 days of stationing direct is less common, but also pretty common, at least for Mercury. They are different testimonies of that. They probably have somewhat different meanings, as something can be strong in one manner and weak in another. For instance, some Persian authors, I think Sahl among them, noted being in a fixed sign as a strength.

      Both indications are not black and white, off and on, but seem to me to be ranges. It is more powerful if the station or phasis is closer to birth, and the 7 day cut-off is probably more of a nominal thing, rather than reflecting some huge fundamental difference between a chart with Mercury stationing 7 1/2 days before birth vs. 6 1/2 days before birth.

      It is good to note in what ways a planet is weak or obscure and in what ways strong or prominent, as well as to note those things that indicate its association with goodness or pleasure as opposed to with strife and pain. It is similar with the particular matters and significations a planet associates with in a chart. Ultimately, no basic indications of a planet can ever be destroyed, as we all experience the basic significations, and we all experience pleasure and pain throughout our lives. Both the central tendency and the variation in the indications will help us to know the prevailing themes and time their variations.

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  • September 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm
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    Hi Anthony!

    Here other chart, when we find a light as ruler of the 9th! And this time, the sect light!
    I am pretty familiarized with this case, as my kids study in an Anthroposophic (Waldorf) school, here in Brazil.
    What impress me the most, is the fact that he does had achieved a huge result, as he didn’t restrain his philosophy only to books, or seminars, “mental theoric world”, but instead, had begun many movements that really had growth and changed the “material world”, as biodynamic agriculture, waldorf education, anthroposophic medicine, administration, Architecture, eurythmy, Social finance, and so many others.

    Another thing that catches my attention, is the fact that he had so many strong planets in his chart!

    Cheers,

    Livio

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  • May 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm
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    The only way to really know Rudolf Steiner is to study his “Philosophy Of Freedom” BEFORE he turned to theosophy. He continued to recommend this book throughout his life. Within his fundamental philosophy of life and freedom, you will find he rejects feeling mysticism, speculative metaphysics, and he even rejects obedient submission to any God. His philosophy could be considered humanist and could be found acceptable even to some rational atheists. It bridges the gap between various beliefs by remaining within what we all have in common, being human. Free thinking and free morality are the highest expressions of our human nature, says Steiner. For anyone wanting to learn about Steiner’s philosophy a free online study course is available at http://www.philosophyoffreedom.com/ .

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