Only muggles haven’t heard of Rudolf Steiner! He has been perhaps the most practical and prolific mystic in modern times, pioneering new approaches in education, medicine, agriculture, art, philosophy, and more. His books and lecture transcripts don’t make for light and easy reading, but they’re fascinating! Steiner developed clairvoyant abilities and could directly perceive beings and dimensions of reality invisible to us, and his writings contain extraordinary descriptions of these.
There is some controversy over the actual date of this birth, though there seems to be little question of the time of day; it was either the 25th or the 27th of February 1861. The Ascending sign, and even the approximate Rising Degree is fairly certain. The Moon’s position is the factor that changes most significantly between the two possible dates.
The fact that Rudolf Steiner and I share more or less the same Ascending degree, which happens to be where the Fixed Star Acrux (the brightest star in the Southern Cross) is located, has added a little to my curiosity about him, I’ll admit. Acrux seems to have a special relationship to astrology and mystical spirituality. Vivian Robson writes that, ‘Acrux is of the nature of Jupiter. It gives religious beneficence, ceremonial, justice, magic and mystery, and is frequently prominent in the horoscopes of astrologers and occultists’. Rudolf Steiner was not an astrologer as most would understand that term, but the Biodynamic Farming he developed places a huge amount of emphasis on cosmic cycles. He also wrote and spoke about cosmic evolution, planetary influences and the nature of the zodiac in a way that could be considered a type of esoteric astrology.
Below are the two possible charts for Rudolf Steiner
Before attempting to resolve this uncertainty about his date of birth, let’s look at some of the features of this chart that are not subject to change in relation to the uncertain date.
The western chart places Jupiter, the teacher, close to the Midheaven, and in Vedic terms this Jupiter would occupy the 10th House in the sign Cancer, its exaltation sign. This makes Jupiter very powerful and creates ‘Hamsha Yoga’, the Mahapurusha Yoga of Jupiter, which simply means Jupiter is extremely powerful and will yield abundant results typical of its nature. This indicates that Steiner is a wise, learned and righteous person. A type of priest or Guru (which is literally what Jupiter is called in Jyotish). Jupiter is lord of the 3rd and 6th Houses of the Vedic chart, so Steiner achieves great things in the arts and also in more practical areas of life, such as medical and healing sciences associated with the the 6th House.
Mars occupies Sidereal Aries and the 7th House of his chart. This forms another Mahapurusha Yoga (Ruchaka Yoga) and indicates that he has a strong and forceful character and is a natural leader. Mars is lord of the 2nd House of speech, and its location in its own sign in an angular house indicates Steiner is a powerful and convincing speaker (Hitler had precisely the same configuration in his chart).
The Sun, Saturn and Uranus form a fairly tight T-Square. This is another distinct description of the ‘practical innovation’ Steiner is famous for. He was pioneering, in the Uranian sense, but also methodical, painstaking and scientific. His breaking away from the Theosophical Society to form his own organization, the Anthroposophical Society, could be another manifestation of this reformist spirit that non-the-less strives to work in a structured manner. Saturn/Uranus combinations can enable us to master difficult techniques since it marries discipline and carefulness with an alert and responsive participation. The tight Trine between Mars/Pluto Conjunction and Saturn describes something similar and enables Steiner to work in a steady and determined way towards his goals. It lessens the erratic quality of Sun and Saturn Square Uranus.
Venus and Jupiter are in tight Opposition, and in Vedic terms Venus is located in the 4th House. I assume that this contributes towards Steiner’s warmth and goodwill towards others. These angular benefics help to make him ‘a nice person’; someone kind, caring and sympathetic, and therefor popular. All of this taught and intense Sun/Saturn/Mars/Uranus energy would not be particularly endearing, rather it describes his strength, focus and resilience. The angular Venus and Jupiter manifest as personal refinement, courtesy, tact and diplomacy. Essential attributes for a public figure of his kind.
Mercury and Neptune are in fairly close Conjunction. This seems to represent the unusual otherworldly sources of much of what he spoke and wrote about. Mercury is in the 6th House of the Vedic chart (as lord of the 9th), and so he does like to apply his mind to practical matters, but it’s a mind steeped in imagination and preoccupied with psychic or clairvoyant experiences.
Now, what do we do with the Moon? Is it in the 11th or 12th House? The Moon’s position is dramatically affected by the date of his birth; a whole zodiac sign of difference!
Vedic astrology may have the answer here. The Dashas or planetary periods of Jyotish are calculated according to the Moon’s Nakshatra (Lunar Constellation) position at birth. Two days or a full sign can equate to decades of difference in this system of life-cycles.
The 25 February chart shows that the 16 year long Jupiter period began in 1903. We read in the Wikipedia that, “beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy)“.
Jupiter is lord of the 3rd House and is located in the 10th house in its exaltation sign as already noted.
In Vedic astology the 3rd House very specifically relates to ‘music, dance and drama’.
In my opinion this is a presents a compelling case for the 25 Feb birth and a good example of the manifestation of Vedic dasha periods.
From James Braha’s Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer, on lord of the 3rd in the 10th: “career in music, dance, drama or literary field. Travels for professional purposes”. This is the part of his chart that activates for 16 years starting in 1903.
Incidentally the same book states in the section on Jupiter in the 10th House: “If Jupiter is in Cancer, Sagittarius or Pisces in the 10th House… the person will have the most fortunate of careers… Fame and honor will follow him throughout his life. The person will be extremely spiritual and may be a religious leader or spiritual teacher…”
He was in Jupiter dasha during the prime years of his career; in 1904 (during the first sub-period: Jupiter/Jupiter), ‘he was appointed by Annie Besant to be leader of the Theosophical Esoteric Society for Germany and Austria‘ -Wikipedia.
This was certainly a major milestone in his career as a mystic. Within the 16 year major period of Jupiter that had just begun then he founded the Anthroposophical Society with its associated arts and sciences. Alan Leo presented a study of his chart in his book The Art of Synthesis and there he writes of Steiner: “His lectures in Germany and Austria are crowded; he has a multitude of pupils and followers, and is by far the most famous occultist and mystic in that part of the world”
Interestingly the Wikipedia biography notes a change around 1919, when Saturn Dasha began:
“Right-wing groups had been rapidly gaining strength in Germany. In 1919, the political theorist of the National Socialist movement in Germany, Dietrich Eckart, attacked Steiner and suggested that he was a Jew. In 1921, Adolf Hitler attacked Steiner in an article in the right-wing Völkischer Beobachter newspaper that included accusations that Steiner was a tool of the Jews, and other nationalist extremists in Germany called up a “war against Steiner”. In 1922 a lecture in Munich was disrupted when stink bombs were let off and the lights switched out. Unable to guarantee his safety, Steiner’s agents cancelled a next lecture tour.:193 The 1923 Beer Hall Putsch in Munich led Steiner to give up his residence in Berlin, saying that if those responsible for the attempted coup [Hitler and others] came to power in Germany, it would no longer be possible for him to enter the country;”
In Jyotish terms Saturn is located in the sign of an enemy (Leo), Opposes the Sun and shares a house with the Moon, and, by Vedic criteria, aspects the 1st House too….
Rudolf Steiner died in the Saturn period with Saturn Conjunct his Ascendant.
This is of course a very sketchy and incomplete interpretation of the chart of a complex and rather mysterious personality, but I think it reflects the value and accuracy of the Vedic Dasha periods very nicely, which is one reason I wanted to share some of these initial observations.