THE URANIAN INSTITUTE / BEACON
Today there are 3 distinct currents, historical, and contemporary, in Uranian Astrology in the United States, delineated as follows:
1) The Northeastern USA Uranian Astrology segment is perpetuated primarily in New York and New England, largely by NCGR bigwigs with vested software and organizational interests. The approach there has long been defined largely determined by the translations (acknowledged or not) of the work of Hermann Lefeldt and other German authors or writings from early period of Hamburg astrology, before the 1960s. At that time, many experimental techniques, were still being sorted through, had not been tested out thoroughly, and there was no clearly defined methodology for approaching the reading of a chart in a coherent or efficient fashion. There was still much playing around with a variety of scattered techniques. Students of this trend often got lost in the maze of abundant and frequently contradictory techniques, pigeonholed in sporadic tangents and lost from the main thread in a given astrological chart, initially charmed by its mesmerizing complexity, or the romance of its historical foundations. The result often resembles a collection of scattered pieces in a jigsaw puzzle, with no coherent overview, perpetually fragmented. The bulk of interpretive materials used are of the general nature of astrological interpretive materials of the 1960s or older, overemphasizing the negative and sensational, and based on the early observations that had been accumulated from the 1920s to the 1960s, with strong a historical bias. The texts for this historically-oriented sect include the Rulebook for Planetary Pictures by Witte-Lefeldt, along with other materials translated and then published by Hans Niggemann. This approach nonetheless has remained in wide use in the USA due to the assumption of their eternal commercial value as classical texts for sale. Meanwhile, with the passing of Hermann Lefeldt (in 1971), who had dominated Hamburg School astrology from the 1940s through the 1960s, a radical shift occurred in Germany, and the early experimental Lefeldt/Niggemann approach was largely supplanted in the 1970s and 1980s with approaches more focused on current research, filtering, and prioritization of techniques.
2) A Southeastern US Uranian Astrology branch took off in Florida in the 1980s, functioning as an American wing of the Hamburg School. It actively promotes the historical Rulebook for Planetary Pictures and computer programs preserving historical traditions. Among this circle, translations of bits and pieces of newer materials were periodically made available. This segment still maintains ties with the heirs to the traditional Hamburg School publications in Germany, and was responsible for the distribution of a large amount of Hamburg School derivative materials during the 1980s and 1990s.
3) In 1999-2000, Blake Finley created the Uranian Beacon website in San Francisco to circumvent the monopolistic control games of both the Florida and the NCGR elements, working with both Aureas Software in France (which published the RAMS journal of statistical research on astrology, and earlier worked directly with Françoise Gauquelin) and Ruth Brummund (German advocate of refinement of Uranian Astrology via research, sorting, prioritization, and sifting of historical Uranian methods to arrive at the most salient and effective methods). One objective was to abandon historical biases and move forward, continuing the thread of Uranian Astrology founder Alfred Witte and earlier science-oriented astrologer/astronomer Johannes Kepler, whose thread Ruth Brummund had continued in Germany from the 1970s into the 2000s. A second objective was to further integrate psychological astrology with event-oriented astrology, which Ruth Brummund initiated in Germany, producing a 2nd 1990 edition of the Brummund Rulebook, an updated midpoint interpretation reference, as well as updates that were integrated in on-screen text format in the Special Uranian program from Aureas Software in France. Continual backdoor, covert efforts to co-opt and subsume this work was made earlier, by the Florida element, and then afterward by the larger NCGR element. These co-occured with neutralizing setbacks for the Uranian Beacon/Institute via hacking attacks and file theft of research and reference data, bits and pieces of which Astrolabe elements in the NCGR appeared to end up with -- as well as manipulation, and bribery in some cases, of cordial Uranian Beacon/Institute affiliates to swing over to work with Astrolabe and/or the NCGR (which became largely synonymous at one point). Next came a group of new 'students'/computer programmers and venture capitalists in Germany who fused into Ms Brummund's astrological projects there, and which the Uranian Beacon/Institute choose to not align with for several reasons, preferring instead to maintain an independent course without compromising the quality of earlier objectives or making voluntary concessions to plagiarists, frauds, and semi-skilled venture capitalists in any country.
You may partake of the third progressive advancements developed and promoted by Ruth Brummund and Blake Finley and Aureas Software by buying the Special Uranian program, which contains on-screen lessons and the new Brummund midpoint interpretation text, and by using the program to study lessons and articles on the Uranian Beacon/Institute website. As of 2014, a second computer program is under development which will allow you to experiment with other methods outside the parameters set by Ms Brummund.
(Note that earlier forms of Uranian Astrology had been pioneered in California by native San Franciscan Karl Ambjornson by the 1960s).
Information on the new Aureas Special Uranian Astrology program, designed specifically for today's Uranian techniques and interpretations, can be found by clicking here. Information will be posted later on a second program that offers related methods outside the parameters set by Ruth Brummund, developed by Aureas Software in cooperation with Blake Finley.
Ruth Brummund's commentary on the current state of Uranian Astrology can be found by clicking here.
[Note that the Uranian Institute is no way associated with Michael Jordan's 'Uranian Jedi Astrology', The Institute for Uranian Psychoanalysis, or the 'Church of Wicca'.]
San Francisco, 2003.Oct.25; updated 2014.Mar.04
THE URANIAN INSTITUTE / URANIAN BEACON: INTELLIGENT ASTROLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY