Just Who Was Sigmund Freud?

- And his relationship to Jung 

© Ruth Brummund, Dipl Psych  

[translated by L Blake Finley M..A. Linguistics]

NOTE: It has come to the translator's attention that the textual content of some of the original articles sent or posted by Ms Brummund from/in Germany have been altered after the translator received the text translated below. The following text is a translation of the content of the article as it appeared on the date indicated at the end of this translated text, and does not include translation of any alterations that may have been made in the German original since that date.

In recent years, I ran upon a book by Hans-Martin Lohmann on the life of Sigmund Freud, and this led me to astrological research on the relationship between him and his famous student Dr Carl Jung.

Just exactly who was Sigmund Freud? Much has been written about him, yet it is interesting to look deeper into who he was. He himself judged his own life to be normal and ordinary.

He was the oldest of his mother's children. His father's third marriage was to a woman 20 years his junior, even younger than his eldest son Jacob, and her firstborn son was Sigmund.

To relieve his mother of concerns, a nanny was hired, to whom Sigmund was strongly attached for the first 3 years of his life. During this period, young Sigmund experienced two additional pregancies of his mother, as well as two deaths. His brother Julius died after only ˝ year of life.

At the nanny's departure, young Sigmund grieved at the loss of a trusted role model, feeling an inner void. At that point he felt a certain emotional distance from his mother as he longed for his preferred lost nanny, while his mother clung to her remaining gifted first-born child. Here lay the grounds for the inverted oedipus complex.

Among his siblings, Sigmund took on a special position and ended up with a room of his own in the family home. This, with his continually impersonal relationship with his mother, most likely contributed to his delving into the psychology of dream interpretation in privacy.

His father served as a model of patriarchy. Sigmund followed his advice, including sublimation of sexual instincts. Thus his father could be said to have effected the psychological castration complex upon him. Even when Sigmund did not understand the purpose, he risked aligning himself with his fathers advice, and he lived with the resulting fears throughout his childhood.

In 1860, his family moved to Vienna, where Sigmund never felt comfortable, and he entered a private boarding school. Eventually his medical work in neurology led to psychiatric work with patients. He continually took note of the correlation between dreams and the clinical disposition of patients, and by 1896, after his father's death, he was honored as the 'founder' of the field of western psychology. During this period, he had married the Hamburg native Martha Bernays.

Freud saw psychology as a new field, and gained notoriety for it. Among his most famous students were Carl Gustav Jung and Alfred Adler, who both eventually went their own ways, as they did not accept the overriding significance of sexual theories in psychology. They believed there to be other contributing factors to psychological problems.

Now to Freud's chart -- Sigmund Freud was born 1856.May.06 in Pribor (Freiberg), in the Moravian provinces of the Czech Republic (at that time part of the Austrian Empire), at 17h17 UT.

Since no 16th harmonic clusters are evident in Jung's chart, we begin with the Uranian Mandala in order to understand Freud's overall disposition and manner of action.

Introversion is marked only through an accentuated Mercury, and weakend by an Admetos absence. Since all other introverted factors are neither strong nor weak, counterbalancing compulsive tendencies might have undermined the persistence and profundity of his thinking processes.

His natural sociability was heavily accentuated in all Extroversion sectors, doubly so with Mars. Only Kronos lacked remarkable differences from the norm, and Vulkanus struggled with its shadow. These indicate his enthusiastic drive for progressive reforms, even when he was unable to carry them through with persistence.

The polarized energies found balance through Venus and Hades, with an inclination to privacy and secrecy. Unconscious inclinations indicated through Neptune and Pluto absences tended to undermined his development of future-related potential. Imbalances resulted from extroverted compulsions affecting work.

From the Id sectors came the energies for work with the ill and suffering, which became problematic when not successful in altering deep-rooted conditions (NE and AD shadowed). He manifest his ideas through enjoyment of his work.

Stimuli came from new ideas (ME.UR) arising from the Superego, although these might have dissipated in nervousness, as the power to develop ideas further effectively is deficient (PL and VU shadowed) even when he had well-justified understanding (JU PO ordinary and unaccentuated).

Consciously he experienced harmony with others and attraction to physical love. Despite all his sociability he might still be somewhat withdrawn in order to fill an inner void.

Next, we move on to assess the character axis of his natal chart.

We begin with the Sun, as source of inner energies and manifest vitality.

SU=ZE=HA=NO He instinctively (HA) strived (ZE) for contacts (NO) resulting in research (HA.ZE) on the unknown (HA), the mystical (HA), and the deficiences (HA) of the ill. His creative resourcefulness (SU, ZE) was instinctively (HA) directed (ZE) toward the mysterious (HA), where the shadow (HA) resides, and which dreams (HA) reveal.

[The following are not major character axes, but special axes we are investigating here because of their special pertinence to the life and work of Freud]:






Imaginative thoughts (ME.NE) and discussions of subtlties (ME.NE) sobered him inwardly (MC.SA). He was able to successfully (JU) develop his ideas (ME.PL) once he made the contacts (NO.ZE) provided by his group and socially-involved work (MA.CU). Seeking to dissolve past rigidity (NE.AD) in family and social conditions (SU.CU), he wholeheartedly manifest harmony (SU.CU, VE.AP) where he could. Resistance from others (AS.AD) had to be fathomed (PL.AD) in order to access knowledge (AS.PO) while he also overcame his own inhibitions (PL.AD). Slow and gradual development (PL.AD) relating to extraordinary professional thinking and discussions (ME.KR) and intensive efforts (MA.SA) led to success with personal aspirations (MC.JU). Manifest good luck (SU.JU) came through increasing enjoyment (VE.AP) of his manifestations of harmonious outreach (VE.AP). Here we can already see the nature of his inner interests and priorities, appropriate for psychology.

Next we look to the primary natal midpoint for 'psychology': NE/PO.

NE/PO= JU=CU Psychology, for Freud, brings social advantage.


Desire to create balance and harmony (ZE.AP) led to spiritual development (PL.PO) and the manifestation of psychological insights (NE.PO). Physically manifest problems (SU.SA) relating to environmental stress (AS.UR) demanded intensive efforts (AD.VU) to minimize or to overcome (AD.VU) extensive serious concerns (HA.AP) within the boundaries of the family (SA.CU) and then in small groups (SA.CU). Despite difficulties and problems all around (AR.SA), through extensive contacts (NO.AP), he was able to bring about beneficial all-round conditions (AR.JU). Social benefits (JU.CU) were accompanied by the highs and lows (KR.AD) of emotional agility (MO.ME). Professional (MC.AS) maturity (JU.SA) led to genuine self- reliance (KR.PO) and cultural ascent (KR.PO). Subsequently his words and ideas had impact (ME.VU) and furthered unity and cooperation all around (AR.CU).

His central theme was usually the Libido. For this reason, let's see how that manifest for him personally. Basic everyday passion is symbolized by VE/MA, and shows:

VE/MA= AS Libido directly related to interaction with others.


Primal or pathological tensions (UR.HA) were related to problems (AS.SA) in family emotional life (MO.CU). His objectives relating to getting contrary behavior under control (UR.ZE) led to exciting or even upsetting events with others (NO.UR). He had to be on guard to exert careful attention (SA.VU) in personal contacts (MC.NO), especially to succeed in dealing with women (MO.JU), to not inundate himself with his concerns and worries (MC.HA). With increasing understanding (AP.PO) of the effect of his own energies (MC/ZE) he worked together with others (NO/MA) on issues relating to sexuality (NO/MA, VE/MA).

His own sexual drive was quite integral with his environmental interactions (VE/MA=AS). His own problems came from personal denial of impulses (UR/HA).

How did Freud assert himself to attain his inner aspirations?...

MC/MA = VE=MA=MC To effect his aspirations, Freud worked with sexuality issues.


Much influential work (AP.VU) dealing with tensions involving men (SU.UR) and sexuality (VE.MA) led to exceptional experience and success (KR.AP). Due to justified insights (JU.PO) into emotional compulsions (MO.ZE) he learned and deepened understanding (SA.PO) about the holistic harmony of body-soul-spirit interrelationships (MC.SU AR.PO CU.PO). Insights into conjugal relations and women (MO.NO CU.PO) triggered release of stimuli (MA.UR) which enabled breaking though suppression and deep blockages (SA.AD). This formed the basis (SA.AD) for developing his experiential knowledge (PL.AP) into manifest psychological theories (SU.PO NE.PO)

His understanding of the importance of human sexual drives led to a conclusion that they were the primary basis of pathological conditions. However, some of his students found this conclusion to be incorrect, and set out to investigate new ideas further.

Yet Sigmund Freud brought the field of psychology to life, laying the cornerstone for new extensions. Today we can hardly imagine our lives without psychology as a tool for understanding for those who work with it intuitively.

C.G. Jung wrote about the topic of Yoga: 'My method is, like Freud's, built on the consultation. As he, I also consider the importance of dreams, but in the evaluation of the unconscious our views differ. For him, it is essentially an appendage of the conscious... (while) for me, the unconscious is a collective psychological symbol for interpretation. Freud lost himself in the analytic-reductive process.... while I further add a process of synthesis, which stresses the function of the unconscious in the overall personality.'

It's interesting to look at Freud's partnership with his well-known student C G Jung, who was born 1875.Jul.26 at 19h10 UT in Kesswil, Switzerland

CU AD MO:  Jung felt emotional blocks toward unity with Freud.

ZE SU HA NO MO JU KR:  Freud's resourcefulness in investigating private physical relations greatly benefited Jung in grappling with matters pertaining to the emotions.

MC CU:  Freud sought communion through Jung.

PO PL SA:  Freud's insights were assimilated slowly and cautiously by Jung.

VU KR SA AP:  Freud's extraordinary influence contributed to Jung's learning and teaching after working through many problems.

KR AP NE SU NO:  Freud's higher attainments complemented Jung's need for experience and knowledge of unfamiliar and intuitive matters.

ME ME MA:  Freud's ideas were put into practice by Jung.

AS AS:  They gravitated naturally to reciprocal interactions.

AP SA HA VU:  Many problems resulting from Freud led to Jung struggling with negativity.

JU UR:  Freud benefited from Jung's reforms.

The relationship shown here between the two men shows their significant differences. Freud may have been disillusioned in hopes that Jung would simply be his intellectual 'son' and an emulator of his ideas.

Both Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung thought extensively about matters of medicine and humanity, and we can benefit from knowledge of both their experiences.

-- Ruth Brummund, Hamburg 2007

 Related article: Carl Gustav Jung and the Mandala (revised 2007): © by Ruth Brummund, Dipl.Psych


Hans-Martin Lohmann: 'Sigmund Freud' 1998

J.J.Clarke: 'C.G.Jung under der östliche Weg' (Jung on the East) 1995

Ruth Brummund: 'Regelwerk Neufassung 2.Auflage' 1990

Ruth Brummund: 'Uranische Techniken' 1994




The chart and Mandala and tables in this article were drawn on the 'Special Uranian' program by Aureas Software, designed in cooperation with Ruth Brummund.  (Click here for further information.

Pertinent questions should be directed to


R Brummund: Introduction to the Uranian Mandala (Meditation Wheel)

C G Jung: Comments on the Mandala phenomenon

R Brummund: "Evolution of the Mandala"