At the "International Astrology Days", March 2015, Bangkok Thailand, Michael R. Feist presented his lecture about the history of the different Rules-Book Editions. In the meantime this presentation with more than 40 slides is available as a commented video at Youtube (29 min.)
Historical facts about the important reference book of Uranian Astrology are mentioned and more than 10 different Editions, official, un-official and translated Editions are shown or discussed.
The lecture will inform about three different periods:
1. the early collection of the Rules (1926-1927)
2. the (nearly forgotten) first period of the Rules-Book (1928-1941)
3. the second period we known today.
In Memory of ALFRED WITTE, who was born on March 2, 1878. (more info about Alfred Witte and his Hamburger Schule Astrologie in German)
ALFRED WITTE worked as surveyor for the State of Hamburg (Germany) and held an official position as a Technical Chief Inspector. He was an astronomer and astrologer in his free time. Witte is considered the founder of modern astrology with scientific claims.
He participated in founding the first Astrologers Association HAMBURG SCHOOL in October 1925, where he was elected as a member of the board together with Friedrich Sieggrun and Ludwig Rudolph. As a result, Witte’s Astrology became world famous under the concepts: SYSTEM HAMBURGER SCHULE (Hamburg School) and URANIAN SYSTEM OF ASTROLOGY.
Richard Svehla introduced the term URANIAN in the 1930s, and it has since become an international synonym for Alfred Witte and his Astrology. Svehla referred to Ludwig Rudolph, who said: 'Alfred Witte is a real URANIAN minded Astrologer.'
A key feature of Witte's Astrology is the formulaic language of the so-called PLANETARY PICTURES - formed by geocentric PLANETARY PERIODS - detectable with MATHEMATICAL-SYMMETRICAL methods.
ALFRED WITTE deduced important principles of his theory from ASTRONOMICAL movements of the earth and HISTORICAL astrological traditions.
He was in the limelight as he participated in the search for planets beyond the orbit of Neptune and proclaimed four HYPOTHETICAL trans-Neptunian Planets in 1923-1924, which he observed by ASTROLOGICAL and MATHEMATICAL methods.
In 1941, as a consequence of state persecution of astrologers, ALFRED WITTE was obliged to appear periodically at the Secret State Police (GeStaPo). As a civil servant, he was not interned, as were other astrologers, but he was set under immense emotional pressure. Psychologically he was worn out. Fear of being dismissed from the civil service, and what the loss of that security would mean to his family, drove him to commit suicide at his “observatory” on the night of August 3/4, 1941. A handwritten note on a newspaper obituary by E.Rudolph mentioned the time frame 4 to 5 AM. It remains unknown whether her note refers to the estimated time of death, or the time when his body was found.
ALFRED WITTE was a dedicated astrologer and a gifted mathematician with a quiet, modest, and serious personality. He was an authentic astrological scientist. He was often misunderstood, except by his personal students and collaborators. Even today, there are many rumors circulating that contain incorrect information about Alfred Witte's life and work. We strive to remember and honor him and his contribution to the world of astrology based on facts.
How the astrological Transneptunians were created - and why.
(c) 2009-2014 by Michael Feist, Hamburg, Germany
Translation Werner E. Popp, Wiesbaden, Germany
Lecture at the 4th International Conference of Uranian Astrology, Hamburg, June 2009
Published inHamburger Hefte, Hamburg (in German) Journal N°171, July 2010
Edited English Version, October 2010, April 2012
Update January 2014