Uranian Astrology = (UR + AP - HA)
Use of the Transneptunian planets and Uranian techniques gives astrologers
The Differences and Similarities
Witte started it all back in the 1920's, in Germany. This system of astrology evolved into what was to be known as 'The Hamburg School'. Ebertin left this group and formed a simplified (but nevertheless clear and accurate!) approach that he termed 'Cosmobiology'. Through what I believe to be good marketing skills, Cosmobiology is today much more widely accepted than The Hamburg School's techniques. In fact, Cosmobiology is probably more widespread than 'Uranian' astrology, a term coined in the USA and initially taught in the 50's and 60's by Hans Niggeman in New York City.
The Hamburg School represents the core teachings. It has a very traditional approach when compared to 'Uranian Astrology' which tends to be eclectic. Generally, house systems and soft aspects are disregarded, but there are exceptions. A group of astrologers still meet regularly in Hamburg, Germany, as they have done so for over sixty years. In my opinion, their research and subsequent verification of techniques is nothing short of astounding. This 'school' is headed by Udo Rudolf, now in his late 70's. It could easily be argued that the Hamburg School techniques are themost accurate and reliable. I have heard it described that the Hamburg School is a subset of Uranian astrology (and vice-versa), but this may be interpreted in a negative sense which is not intended.
Cosmobiology does not use the Transneptunian Planets, nor does it use the complex system of 'planetary pictures' (eg. A + B - C). Direct and indirect midpoints are used, and house systems are disregarded. To get a feel for Cosmobiology, have a look at Ebertin's Combination of Stellar Influences ; this is a book that every astrologer should have.
Cosmobiology uses both direct and
indirect midpoints. There used to be a
The other main differences are the
dial styles. Ebertin developed the
Can you simply add the Transneptunian Planets to traditional astrological charts ? Yes and no... if you want to do real Uranian work, especially the Hamburg School techniques, then the answer is NO ! However, using the TNP's by looking at hard aspects in a natal chart (down to 22.5 degrees) can give you insights that just cannot be seen by other methods, but remember to use tight orbs of less than one degree.
** Many people coming to "Uranian" Astrology don't realise that the system has been evolving over the last 50 years in Hamburg, and much of the older methods have now been replaced by techniques that have been well researched by the Hamburg Study Group, and this book covers many of these methods.
It would be only honest and fair to say that there has been dissension and conflict between these three groups of astrologers. In fact, I still notice this occasionally, and I see it as the age-old forms of bias, prejudice, arrogance and jealousy. This type of negativity is unnecessary, to say the least. After all, we are in the later part of the 1990's. Let's hope that the Internet can provide better communication and education that not only will dispel such conflict, but will advance each of the three types of astrology.
For corrections and additions, please email me.
Thomas Doharty (Hamburg) developed and named the Indirect Halfsums
For information on the Trends ie "coverings" and "Indirect half distances"
Indirect half distances can be easily generated by AstrologicPC.
Criticism of Uranian Astrology
In my opinion,
there are three areas which are problematical:
1. A serious lack of resources - books, teachers, and conferences.
2. Planetary pictures and dial work are seen as difficult to learn.
3. Personality clashes, bickering,
arrogance and other disharmonies
And here are 'answers' to my own criticisms:
1. Have a good look at this web site.
There are some excellent books.
2. From my experience, when people have
actually shown me how to do dial
3. There really isn't that much these
days. I know of two excellent
- Steven Lee
1. Get several of the suggested reference books.
2. Purchase a 90 degree dial.
3. Look for tight-orbed hard aspects with the Transneptunian planets in your own natal chart. A tight orb is less than one degree. Less than 30 minutes is even more significant. Forget wide orbs! For interpretation, use Rules for Planetary Pictures (but see Scott's advice on the 'Books' page), or better yet, use the symbology in Jacobson's Language of Uranian Astrology.
4. Find a teacher. Attend a workshop... if you cannot
find one then suggest this to your local astrological association!
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