THE URANIAN INSTITUTE

Hamburg School Astrology

Excerpt from the comprehensive German reference Wege der Astrologie

by  Dr.phil Christoph Schubert-Weller

translated from German by L Blake Finley, M.A.

...  Still today in Hamburg School Astrology the danger exists of neglecting psychologically suitable consultation and prognosis techniques due to preoccupation with technical operations and calculations.  This potential hazard arises almost automatically from the complex storehouse of assorted Hamburg School methods which, if not handled correctly, can prove most anything one wishes to verify; this can result naturally from the fundamentally event-oriented philosophy which predominated in the early stages of the Hamburg School.  One can, however, say that since that time, the School has taken a positive turn toward a psychological focus, illustrated essentially by the writings of Ruth Brummund, and particularly by her major efforts to revise the authoritative Rulebook to include psychological insights.  The work of Ruth Brummund has demonstrated that psychological and even psychoanalytic work with the Transneptunian points, as well as with the planetary midpoints and sums, is perfectly feasible.  Just as astrology has been successful in re-examining classical principles, and taking an evolutionary path from traditional, event-oriented astrology toward a psychologically-conscious astrology, it is similarly possible for the Hamburg School, within the context of its own system, to master such a process.  Nonetheless, meanwhile, certain users of Hamburg School approaches have remained in line with classical models in their practice.

FREE-WILL OR FATE: HERMANN LEFELDT AND HIS FOLLOWERS

The strongly event-oriented approach in the early stages of the Hamburg School and the resulting techniques, where planetary configurations may seem to account for each event in an individual's life, has in fact led to a variant which seems to yield to the natal chart as a sort of blueprint for every impulse and event in an individual's life.

Whatever went on in the work of the Hamburg School in the period between the two World Wars, it is noteworthy that Alfred Witte himself in his numerous essays, as well as Ludwig Rudolph in his standard work Leitfaden der Astrologie, dealt with the fundamental question of determination due to fate or free will. Certainly among leading advocates of Hamburg School Astrology today there are strong theosophical leanings. ...

for more information, refer to Dr Schubert Weller's German-language history of astrological methodologies "Wege der Astrologie"

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