Astrology of Religion, Atheism, and Belief | 7. Arthur Schopenhauer

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Introduction

The ingredients and recipes for this type of analysis can be found in the first article of the series. The basics were reviewed with additional comments in the article on Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Schopenhauer’s beliefs were quite complex. Belief played a major role in his life.  While he was an atheist, he was also heavily influenced by Eastern religious thought. You can check out his biography on Wikipedia by clicking here.  His natal chart is below, and has been given a Rodden Rating of AA.

Schopenhauer's Birth Chart
Schopenhauer’s Birth Chart

Schopenhauer’s Chart Analyzed in Brief

Jupiter:

Very weak

Jupiter is retreating and cadent, so it is very weak.

Mixed, somewhat benefic

Jupiter is naturally benefic. Here it is in sect and overcome by Venus by sextile, so Jupiter has positive significations. However, Jupiter is in a bad place (the 12th) and is dominated by Saturn (right-side square) so there are negative significations with Jupiter as well.

Notes on Jupiter

Jupiter is the weakest planet in the chart. There is not a pervasive influence of spiritual expansion and positivity in Schopenhauer’s life.  However, there is some identification with Jupiter as it is the exalted ruler of the Ascendant. Jupiter overall signifies fortunate matters in the life, but it is not a prominent influence and has many negative associations. Additionally, Jupiter is dominated by the planet of doubt. 

Schopenhauer's Birth Chart

9th Place:

Very strong and Saturnine, Solar, Mercurial, and Jupiterian

The 9th, Pisces, is ruled by Jupiter.  However, planets in the place will have a more direct effect on the place’s dealings. The presence of a Light, the Sun, in the 9th (the Joy of the Sun) is enough to make the 9th very strong. One signification of the Sun in the 9th can be in terms of honors and achievement related to matters of belief (religion, philosophy, science).  Saturn and Mercury are also in the 9th, characterizing it as a place of much doubt, skepticism, and intellectualism.  Jupiter rules the 9th, so there is a sense of religion and spirituality influencing the 9th in more of an overall sense. Therefore, the 9th is very prominent and very complex.

Benefic

While Saturn is in the 9th, it’s in sect, in a good place.  Having the sect light (the Sun) in the 9th, Jupiter ruling the 9th, and both Jupiter and the Moon in stakes of the 9th, makes this place a place of very positive significations in this life.

Notes on the 9th Place

The 9th is a very complex and prominent place in this life. Overall it signifies very fortunate circumstances that arise in the life. Doubt (Saturn), Achievement/heroism (Sun), and Intellectualism (Mercury) very directly impact matters of belief in Schpenhauer’s life, but there is an overall influence of religion and spirituality (Jupiter) upon these matters.

Schopenhauer's Birth Chart

Saturn:

Strong 

Saturn is very strong, despite being combust and in a cadent place. It is strong because it is not only Strongly Advancing but actually conjunct the MC within 2 degrees.

Somewhat benefic

Saturn is naturally a mafefic so will indeed have some negative significations, but Saturn is in sect and in a good place, the 9th. Therefore, Saturn signified some fortunate matters in Schopenhauer’s life.

Notes on Saturn

Saturn is a very prominent and pervasive influence in Schopenhauer’s life. It is particularly strong in relation to belief.  Saturn is made somewhat benefic, so is not necessarily inclined to connect a lot of destructiveness and fear with matters of belief. However, Saturn will add considerable skepticism and critical thinking (more common among scientific seekers of truth than religious seekers).  The strength of the 9th and its beneficence shows considerable comfort with matters of belief and attainment of wisdom.

Schopenhauer's Birth Chart

Mercury:

Strong

Mercury is strongly advancing, so while combust and in a cadent place, it still is strong overall.

Mixed, somewhat malefic

Mercury is somewhat malefic due to being out of sect and assembled with Saturn, but Mercury is in a good place and is naturally neutral, so Mercury’s capacity to signify unfortunate matters is limited.

Notes on Mercury

Interestingly there is not a strong identification with Mercury, the planet of intellectualism, though Mercury does have a strong influence upon affairs in the life.  There may even be some degree of negative association with intellectualism due to Mercury’s capacity to signify unpleasant or unfortunate states of affairs.

Conclusion

Schopenhauer is considered to have been an atheist. He was critical of religion and objected to the notion that a god or gods created this world.  However, he was not an outspoken atheist in the sense of actively speaking out against religion and all things supernatural.  Rather, Schopenhauer was strongly influenced by the Upanishads and Buddhism, and strongly advocated compassion. The Full Moon in its Joy in the 3rd, also reflects a component of the belief connected with powerful vivid subjective experience.

As typical of those who are skeptically inclined and averse to uncritical and/or jubilant spirituality, he had a very strong Saturn and a Jupiter that was not prominent (actually, quite weak).  Additionally, his 9th place  and Jupiter were both under the strong influence of Saturn.  Mercury was also quite strong.  However, what made Schopenhauer so complicated on these grounds is that the prominence of the 9th place with all of its pessimism, intellectualism, and achievement, appeared to nevertheless evoke a spiritual purpose and sense of goodness. This is shown in part through Jupiter’s rulership of the 9th house. Additionally, Schopenhauer probably identified more with this Jupiter truth-seeking than with doubt or intellectualism.

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Anthony

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  • September 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm
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    Thank you for your answer, my friend. Re-reading my own post, I was so direct in my question, that I am afraid that I was a bit rude – If so, I am sorry!

    Truth is that, I am using these charts to learn, “how to do this and that”, and so, when I didn’t see any mention to Mercury to be in Phasis, I was worried about some kind of mistake from my own.

    Actually, I always was looking for an “astrologic personal mistery”, that myself, was so succeeding in studies issues during school and university, despite my Mercury was finding cadent, exiled and on an evil house (6th).
    Well, I am happy to say that you helped me to solve that, finding that Mercury is not only in a sign of Jupiter (Truth behind the things), but also in phasis.

    Best wishes!

    Livio

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    • September 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm
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      Hi Livio,

      No, not rude at all. Phasis and stationing direct within a week of birth are both very important strength considerations that tend to be overlooked. I often see analysis with a planet that is said to be under the beams and retrograde which is strongly in phasis and stationing direct. One of my first posts on the blog was one on Mercury in the chart of Steve Jobs –

    • http://www.sevenstarsastrology.com/steve-jobs-astrology-mercury/
    • You’ll be happy to know that he also has Mercury in the 6th in phasis.

      My Mercury is also in phasis, adhering to my MC.

      Best wishes,

      Anthony

      Reply
  • September 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm
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    Hi Anthony! I am very satisfied with this game.

    Right seven days after Schopen­hauer was born, Mercury wasn’t on 25º Pisces and the Sun in 10º Pisces? Doesn’t this make Mercury be in Phasis ?

    Best regards,

    Livio

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    • September 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm
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      Hi Livio,

      I haven’t taken a second look at it, but I’m sure it’s very close to going past 15 degrees away with 7 days, so if we aren’t being overly mechanical about it then we can consider it in phasis. That would be another indication of a very strong Mercury. We certainly should see Mercury as generally strong in the chart of a philosopher. The twelfth-part of his Mercury is in the 1st House too, while the twelfth-part of his Moon adheres to his Mercury.

      I rediscovered Schopenhauer’s funny work, The Art of Being Right, a few days ago. I had a big laugh because it is so true. There’s a hilarious “illustrated” edition of it online where it is basically laid out as the rules of “trolling”. http://logicien.fr/rhetorique.html

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts.

      Best wishes,

      Anthony

      Reply

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