Einstein's Mind
Dennis Sutton 2005

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Albert Einstein - An astrological Analysis

The United Nations has designated 2005 as the international Year of Physics. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's 'year of wonders'.

In May 1905 Einstein wrote a paper that showed how the existence of atoms could be verified by jiggling microscopic particles in a glass of water. This allowed scientists to count atoms by looking through a microscope. In June he introduced relativity -- a theory of time, distance, mass and energy. He set the speed of light as the universal speed limit and showed that distance and time, rather than being absolutes, were affected by one's motion. Then in September 1905, he added his famous equation E=mc2 onto the theory. The equation explains that the energy of a body equals its mass times the speed of light squared. Einstein's discoveries became the foundation of Aquarian Age physics and in 2000 Time Magazine recognized his intellectual genius by judging him 'Person of the Century'.

The man Albert Einstein inspires wonder and mystery. His private and public lives have been thoroughly scrutinised in order to understand who he was, but a truly authentic explanation only emerges when his astrological 'character' profile is factored in. This 'character' profile merged with his external environment and conditioning by experience to produce and create the life of Albert Einstein.

His life and times

Albert Einstein was born when the thought-structure of his unconscious soul-mind and the planetary pattern in the sky aligned. This occurred at Ulm Germany (10E00; 48N30) on March 14th, 1879 at 11.30am. The time of birth is recorded on the birth registration, but it needs to be noted that this will not be his precise time of birth. In Germany at the time birth times were rounded off to the quarter hour. His precise birth time would be some time between 11.23 and 11.37am. The 11.30am time won't be exact and this means that his astrological profile and its mathematical model won't be 100% accurate.

Albert Einstein's mother was the dominant influence on his early life. She was musically inclined and encouraged his interest in the violin and classical composers. His father was an engineer. He received a formal education but was easily bored with conventional subjects. At 15 he refused to move with his family to northern Italy, quit prep school (because of its militaristic leaning), and renounced his German citizenship. He later entered the Zurich Polytechnic, where he met his future wife, Mileva Maric. Recent reports claim they parented an illegitimate daughter. In 1902 he began work as a patent-office clerk at the Swiss patent office in Berne; and in 1903 he married Mileva. Their marriage produced two sons.

In 1905 Albert Einstein experienced an intellectual discoverfest. That year his inner-world and outer-world environments synchronized in a eureka moment and he published his theory of relativity and his famous equation E=mc2. In 1909 he attained a full time academic post at the university in Zurich and in 1916 proposed his general theory of relativity. In 1919, after three years of wrangling, he and Mileva divorced and he married his cousin, Elsa. In 1922 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics. In 1933, recognizing the threat posed by Hitter, he emigrated to Princeton, N.J. In 1936 his wife, Elsa, died -- he never remarried; and in 1939 he wrote to President Roosevelt urging him to develop the atom bomb. (He later considered this letter one of his greatest mistakes.) Following World War II he became more outspoken. He campaigned for a ban on nuclear weaponry, denounced McCarthyism and rejected bigotry and racism.

Albert Einstein was a physicist and pacifist -- an outspoken and political man. He was subject to savage verbal attacks and death threats not only for his political views on pacifism and Zionism but also for his scientific ones. He was a very controversial figure. His private papers reveal an unsettled private life. He was warm-hearted and cold, doting and indifferent -- a difficult partner. When the emotions got too intense he withdrew into the safety of his shell (Cancer personality). He was very emotional and a soft touch for any worthy cause. He had humane and democratic instincts and a straight moral sense typical of Pisces -- the sign that yearns for peace and brotherly love. He also played the violin -- an enthusiastic, amateur musician. Einstein got pleasure from solving mysterious puzzles -- that time and space could be warped, that mass and energy were interchangeable. He quoted Kant, 'The eternal mystery of the world is its incomprehensibility.' (Rational thought is unable to comprehend this mystery -- it takes something more.)

A week before his death Einstein agreed that his name should head a manifesto urging all nations to give up nuclear weapons. 'The release of atomic power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known I would have become a watchmaker', he lamented.

Einstein died in his sleep on April 18th, 1955. Before his body was cremated Dr Thomas Harvey, the Princeton Hospital pathologist took his brain. Canadian researchers have recently found that it had an unusually large inferior parietal lobe -- a centre of mathematical thought and spatial imagery -- and shorter connections between the frontal and temporal lobes. This supposes that his intelligence and genius were grounded in his biology. (His physical brain was a replica of his astral brain.)

To do what he did Einstein had to escape his personal world of dreary, stifling emotions and enter a world of calm intellectual contemplation -- and (with the Sun in Pisces and Cancer rising) he was a very emotional man. He had to create the environmental conditions that allowed his intellectual urge to make an inquiry into time and space and to intellectually interpret the true situation.

Einstein claimed that his supreme objective was the 'perception of this world by thought (Mercury), leaving out everything that is subjective (Moon).' He also commented that 'one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is to escape from everyday life (Moon), with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires'. He admitted an inability to control his own unconscious impulses, and a need to escape the realities of his own consciousness into the world of objective perceptions and thought, but he never posed an inquiry into his own psyche. He refused to have his mind explored by a Freudian analyst. His psychological profile, the life he lived and the events he experienced were all a mystery to him. His birthchart and Hermetic Astrology unravel the mystery.

Einstein's astrological profile

Einstein's birthchart profiles the thought-structure and thought-cell activity of his unconscious soul-mind -- his consciousness. It's a mind map. His character profile was written in the stars and like all human souls his life, aptitudes and achievements were all character-specific.

The astrodyne power of the Sun marks for the strength of the unconscious impulse for power and significance -- the power urge. The astrodyne power of Mercury marks for the strength of the unconscious desire for mental expression -- the intellectual urge. These two planets dominated Albert Einstein's birthchart and his consciousness was driven by a powerful desire to attain significance through his mental perceptions and reasoning powers. He was an intellectual superstar. Saturn, the planet of abstruse thinking conjunct Mercury added that extra something and he was a deep and profound thinker driven by pure intellect and grinding thought rather than intuition or ESP. His intellectual discoveries were the result of profound thought. (Uranus, the intuition planet, and Neptune, the genius ESP planet, are both weak reducing their role in his intellectual work.) Mercury is high in discord so it wasn't always easy -- and he did make mistakes -- like that letter to FDR. The chart's outstanding feature is the Sun, Mercury, Saturn conjunction. It marks for confidence, intellectual power and systems thinking -- for ideas with practical power -- and his thought was applied to practical things like bombs and rockets! The Sun-Mercury conjunction was in the 10th house (honour and public recognition) and his fame rests upon his intellectual achievements.

With a dominant Sun Einstein was driven by a powerful urge for approval and attention and powerful sense of purpose. It provided the confidence and self-assurance to overcome the fear of ridicule and timidity that often hampers the Cancer personality. He was moderate rather than extreme, a conformist rather than a radical and he played by the rules even though the dominant Aries was indifferent to convention. The Sun-Saturn conjunction made him suspicion of authority. He had a powerful desire to discover what was really going on (Mercury), and he mobilised his vital energy (Sun) to put in a tremendous intellectual effort (Saturn). This aspect provided endurance and persistence -- the capacity to work long and hard to reach his intellectual and other goals. He strove to create a safe and secure (Saturn) universe, yet the times in which he lived were far from safe and secure. Saturn was the worst, most discordant planet in his birthchart and he was a man of many worries, regrets and disappointments.

Mercury in the 1st decanate of Aries codes for an intellectual front-runner -- a pioneer of scientific thought, but he was fettered by the ever-shifting desires of restless Mercury in impulsive Aries.This conjunction marks for unconscious impulses that were difficult to control. With his Ascendant in the 2nd decanate of Cancer he was guided and impressed by like-minded souls on the astral plane. This decanate also marks for an emotional struggle with sensual desires, as well as a struggle to overcome the limitations imposed by death. With the Sun in Pisces, a prominent Venus and Venus trine the Moon (the most harmonious aspect in his chart) Einstein was a pacifist. After physics came peace. Pisces has a deep moral sense and Venus and Pisces both yearn for peace and harmony. Yet, with Mercury prominent he was a very controversial figure. Being a true intellectual he was financial naïve -- you can't be good at everything; and he was absent-minded about everyday affairs -- the weak Moon codes for little interest in daily, domestic life-matters.

Mars the planet of strife, antagonism, hatred and violent opposition was in the 7th house of open enmity and the unconscious thought-cell activity set in motion attracted strife, criticism and death-threats. In Germany he was a target of hatred and his pacifism antagonized the hawks. The 7th house (marriage) is harmonious, but with Mars and Saturn influencing the proceedings his marital relations were subject to prolonged wrangling (Mars) and hopeless dreariness (Saturn).

Mercury and Mars are the astro-markers for mathematics. When prominent they give an aptitude for figures and in Einstein's chart they both have above average power. Their sextile aspect provided an educational opportunity to develop his mathematical aptitudes. Saturn, the planet of abstruse thinking, conjunct Mercury allowed him to handle abstract mathematical formulas. Uranus, the planet of original ideas, in the 3rd house influenced his studies and gave an original trend to his thinking and intellectual pursuits. The scientific Age of Aquarius required revolutionary new thinkers -- Einstein fitted the bill. Physics is concerned with the material structure of matter. It tries to discover the secrets of matter -- atoms, protons and neutrons -- and now quarks and strings. Einstein's systematic thought processes (Saturn conjunct Mercury and Sun) made sense of the data with pure thought. He was devoted to constancy and abhorred chaos. The prominent Saturn codes for disappointment and regret and he dreamed of producing a unified field theory, a series of equations that would establish an underlying link between the forces of gravity and electromagnetism, but failed.

The powerful 11th house highlights the role and influence of his friends and supporters. With Pluto and Neptune there his friends could be coercive and deceptive: And with violent Mars in the 7th house ruling the 11th house cusp his friends could become open enemies. The non-prominent Moon, cusp ruler of the 1st house (health) in the 6th house (illness) formed a friction (semisquare) aspect with Mars and he suffered bad eyesight. (Moon-Mars discord marks for eye problems.) Any tendency towards fluctuating ill-health (Moon in 6th house) was offset by the enormous amount of vital (Sun) energy that was flowing through his veins -- front pituitary gland secretions.

Albert Einstein was a pioneering thinker, and in the age of braininess, IQ and rational intelligence he was one of the best. With birthchart Sun, Mercury and Saturn in the house of acclaim and public recognition his intellectual achievements earned him the ultimate accolade when he was named 'Person of the 20th Century'.

Einstein's aptitude profile

The Sun dominated Albert Einstein's birthchart. Mercury, Pluto, Venus, Saturn and Mars had above average power. All these planets represented aptitudes that could be turned into ability with the proper training.

Self-control and vitality -- Sun dominant Capacity to control and influence others -- Sun dominant Political influence and contact with authority figures -- Sun dominant

Clerical work -- Mercury prominent Intellectual ability -- Mercury prominent

Studiousness and learning -- Mercury prominent

Capacity to express ideas in writing -- Mercury prominent (Uranus in 3rd house)

Teaching -- Mercury prominent (Jupiter in 9th house)

System and order -- Saturn prominent

Persistence and long hours of hard work -- Saturn prominent

Patience, routine and detailed planning -- Saturn prominent

Self-preservation and conflict avoidance -- Saturn prominent

Deep concentration -- Mercury conjunct Saturn

Capacity for abstruse thinking -- Mercury conjunct Saturn

Systems thinking -- Mercury conjunct Saturn

Mathematics -- Mercury and Mars prominent enhanced by their sextile aspect

Creative energy -- Mars prominent

Willingness to fight -- Mars prominent (Mercury in Aries)

Aptitude for understanding atomic and cosmic sources of energy -- Pluto prominent

Group cooperation and unity -- Pluto prominent

Capacity to work for universal welfare -- Pluto prominent

Inner plane contact -- Pluto prominent

Artistic and musical appreciation -- Venus prominent

Peace and harmony -- Venus prominent

Einstein's attitude profile

Albert Einstein was a true leader in thought and his intellectual zest and enthusiasm naturally sought new worlds to conquer. He was ambitious, enthusiastic, optimistic, controversial and political -- an intellectual front runner who used creative brain power and original thought to achieve his goals. He was also inclined to bite off more than he could chew and to rush into controversy before assessing all the facts. (Dominant sign Aries, Mercury in 1st decanate Aries.)

Einstein was sympathetic, idealistic and a lover of mystery. He claimed 'the most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious…Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel,is as good as dead.' He was profoundly upset by injustice, yearned for universal brotherhood and craved peace on Earth and good will to all men. He was also inclined to worry and to magnify the importance of actual or threatened adversity. (Sun in Pisces.)

The mathematical genius had a tenacious and moody personality. He was very sensitive to his environment and closely attached to his home and family. He was very emotional, easily upset by unpleasant news, inclined to fancy slight when it was not intended and craved sympathy. A tendency to fear ridicule was neutralized somewhat by the dominant Sun and Aries. He also had a passion for sailing. (Cancer on the Ascendant.)

Einstein was ambitious for fame, loyal to his beliefs, quick to defend the other person's rights and charitable of their shortcomings. He was mentally frank and candid -- even a little boisterous. He was inclined towards philosophy and religion. Einstein to Max Born: You believe in a God who plays dice, and I believe in complete law and order (Saturn), in a world which objectively exists. (Moon in Sagittarius).

In 1905 Einstein's thinking lit up unknown regions -- he experienced a eureka moment. With progressed Mercury trine Uranus his mind experienced a flow of original and disruptive ideas. That year he got the idea that everything in the universe was a repository of energy. His famous E=mc2 formula theorized that converting a small amount of mass would release and enormous amount of energy.

During 1905 progressed Mercury, planet of intellectual activity had formed a luck (trine) aspect with Uranus, planet of original ideas and intuition and his conscious thinking became highly original and inventive. Mercury provided the rational thought and Uranus provided the originality, inventiveness and independence and he did it all alone, but it just didn't happen in 1905

From December 1889 to April 1901 progressed Jupiter formed an opposition aspect with natal and progressed Uranus keeping his originality and study thought-cells constantly energized. Then in March 1897 progressed Mercury moved to form a (luck) trine aspect with progressed Uranus. This aspect turned on his intellectual urge (Mercury), his desire for original thinking (Uranus) and his desire to study and write (Uranus in 3rd house). He was 18 years old. The aspect was in orb till October 1909 -- a total of 11 years and 5 months. Mercury turned retrograde in December 1902 at 1 2 34. It peaked on four occasions -- on November 2, 1898, September 14, 1900, April 7, 1905 and October 21,1907. The stimulation to the Mercury and Uranus thought-cells was prolonged, intense and harmonious. The aspect had a peak power or 17.96 astrodynes and a peak harmony of 17.96 harmodynes. You could say that he and his planets got it right -- the luck (trine) aspect supporting intellectual success.

In 1915 when progressed Sun formed a luck (trine) trine aspect with Uranus his original thought-processes were again stimulated and he expanded his Restricted Theory of Relativity to the General Theory of Relativity.

Einstein and astrology -- Elbert Benjamine

According to Einstein's theory, time comes to standstill at the velocity of light, and a moving object deceases in length as it increases in velocity, until at the velocity of light it ceases to have physical dimensions. These conclusions furnish an explanation, otherwise lacking, of the observed effect of planetary energies upon human life and destiny, and of the extrasensory perception (ESP) and a wide variety of recorded authentic psychic phenomena.

Experiments with telepathy prove that distance and space are not factors, and experiments with ESP prove that the ability to visualise in detail events that have not happened (precognition) seems slightly less rare than telepathy itself. Yet if space and time relations on the inner-plane where the unconscious mind functions are markedly different, it can be comprehended how on the inner plane an individual can look down the probability line of events and see them happening, even though they will not transpire on Earth for a number of years. And if these relations on the inner plane, from which planetary energies influence the unconscious mind, and human destiny, are different, it can be comprehended how planetary movements that occur in one day in the sky, can compensate over a period of a year in influencing the thought-cell activity taking place within the unconscious mind through which events are attracted. Students of astrology owe Albert Einstein a debt of gratitude for the things he discovered give them the very information they need to explain how progressed aspects work.

The questions are now getting very profound. But discovering the mysteries of matter and explaining what is happening is not quite the same as explaining why it happens and how it happens. Scientists simple discover what God originally created. The human mind that can explain the laws of physics is not quite the same as the intelligence that originally devised the laws. The mind of the discoverer is not as clever as the mind of the originator -- and misinterpreting the data can have devastating consequences. The theory of every-thing is a single theory that seeks to unite forces, particles, space and time, but it won't explain consciousness and the astrological forces that influence its development. The fact is that Albert Einstein was ignorant of his own consciousness and the astrological energies that both shaped his mind and played the key role in his discoveries.