In 2006 the world celebrated the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's birth. Lavish festivities were held and the opportunity for commercial exploitation wasn't missed. You see Mozart these days is more popular than ever. The Mozart music industry is big business and he's even become a health fad.
The man Mozart has been cast in many roles. His brief 35 year life has been carefully examined and contradictions and conflicting interpretations abound. Authorities claim that the movie of his life, Amadeus, presents a far from accurate picture; while modern psychologists detect an infantile-regressive personality. This new-age tendency to intellectually over-examine the behaviour in an attempt to understand the underlying psychology completely misses the point. Mozart's human-life provided his soul-consciousness with the opportunity to produce a self-conscious thinker and to further develop, through experience, his innate potential. Viewed from this perspective he had a very successful life. His musical creations contribute to the common good -- they allow other people to hear and experience sublime sounds that emotionally elevate their souls. The exquisite beauty of his music continues to have a beneficial influence on this harsh and sordid world. His human-life was a merger of previous experience (stored in memory as character traits), new environmental conditions and conditioning by current experience.
His life and times
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born January 27, 1756 at 8.00pm. The place was Salzburg, Austria (13E03; 47N48). His father noted the time in a letter he wrote shortly after the birth. No doubt the precise time of birth was rounded off to the nearest quarter hour and he would have been born sometime between 7.53 and 8.07pm. This means that the astrological profile provided by his birthchart and its mathematical model won't be 100% accurate, but it will provide personal life-data not otherwise attainable.
Mozart's life can be summed up as a series of fortunate and unfortunate experiences -- but he was born into the right family. His father, Leopold, was a composer (like minded souls do stick together) and his home-life environment provided music. He was trained by his father and as a child showed astonishing precocity -- at 5 he wrote his first musical composition. His works include 27 piano concertos, 23 string quartets, 35 violin sonatas, 41 symphonies and 22 operas -- he was a very busy and prolific composer. Mozart's career as a performer began in 1762 when he was taken on his first tour to Vienna. He was six years old. Not unlike a modern day pop-star composing, performing and touring were an important part of his musical life. In 1772 he was appointed master of the archbishop of Salzburg's court band -- a position he didn't particularly like. He was suddenly dismissed in 1781.
On July 3, 1778 Mozart's mother died -- an unfortunate experience that resulted in strained relations with his father, who blamed him for her death. On August 4, 1782 he married Constance Weber. Their first child, a son (Raimund Leopold) was born June 17, 1783 -- died August 19 from intestinal cramp. On September 21, 1784 a second child, Carl Thomas, was born -- died October 31, 1858. On December 14, 1784 Mozart was accepted into the Freemason Lodge as a first rank apprentice. On October 18, 1786 a third child, Johann Thomas Leopold, was born -- died November 15. On May 28, 1787 Mozart's father died. On December 27, 1787 Mozart's fourth child, Theresa, was born -- died June 29, 1788. On November 16, 1789 a fifth child, Anna Maria was born -- lived one hour. Franz Xaver Wolfgang, Mozart's sixth child was born July 26, 1791 -- died July 29, 1844. On December 5, 1791 Mozart died at one o'clock in the morning. He was 35 years old.
In 1772 after marrying Constance Mozart settled in Vienna where he embarked on a punishing freelance career as a concert pianist, composer and teacher. This brought lasting fame, but little financial security. He made a financial living through teaching and composing, but always had problems getting paid work. He was penniless at 22. He promoted his own concerts and loved to gamble and play games -- billiards and cards.
In appearance Mozart was small -- less than 5 foot -- with blonde hair. His genius only displayed itself in his music and his daily-life behaviour was simply a reflection of the times. His capacity to make and handle money was not good and he was plagued by financial difficulties -- a fear and worry situation that no doubt hampered his musical creativity. Child birth at the time was risky business and the loss of 5 children, while tragic, was no doubt accepted as God's will. He was a victim of external circumstances -- like the Seven Years War (1756-1763) and the French Revolution (1789). The dark side of his soul displayed itself as frequently recurring black thoughts, but there were happy years. He was not a pauper when he died -- as so many commentators claim. The Mozart myths abound.
Genius displays itself as an exceptional mental power or attribute and Mozart was a unique and rare musical talent. His genius displayed itself in his capacity to compose and create music. He had a great empathy for the human emotional condition and his music conveyed incredible sensitivity. He had an extraordinary capacity to transform the emotions he felt into music -- to feel happiness, joy, romance, sadness, anger and despair and to transform these emotional states into music. His real genius was this capacity and ability to convert emotion into music -- and he invested a huge amount of emotional energy in his music.
Mozart was a romantic and energetic music maker. His music displays a spectacular sense of energy and a pronounced dramatic flair. He set wit, humour and surprise to music. His own life provided a labyrinth of complex thoughts and feelings ranging from fearful black thoughts to exquisitely beautiful feelings -- and emotional events in his own life stimulated his creative urge. Like all creative people his music conveyed his own state of mind.
Mozart's astrological profile
Astrologers look to birthcharts to explain unusual talent and extraordinary events. They want to see what the thought-cells in the unconscious soul-mind are doing and the birthchart acts as a reference point. It reveals what is going on in the unseen realm of unconscious realities. Mozart's birthchart profiles the thought-structure of his soul-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 character-specific.
Each planet in the birthchart varies in its strength or power and a planet's power determines its influence. Identifying those having above-average power and influence is the astrologer's primary task. Planets with above average power are classified as prominent. There are 12 dynamic astro-markers (Ascendant, MC and 10 planets) listed on the planet power summary and any marker with 8.3% or more of the chart's total power is given a prominence rating. (100% divided by 12 = 8.3%) Any planet with above average power marks for unconscious thought-cell activity that is sufficiently active to influence the conscious mental behaviour throughout the life. It's the unconscious thought-cell activity that pulls the strings -- not the
planets. As dynamic components of the inner-world astrological environment their influence can be monitored and managed. The planets with above average power mark for planet-specific abilities that can be developed through training and practice. Mozart's prominent planets were Moon, Neptune, Mercury, Sun, Saturn, Pluto and Uranus.
In Mozart's chart the house position of Uranus is open to question. In the 8.00am chart it's in the 7th house, but it could have been in the 6th -- which would have reduced its astrodyne power and altered its prominence status. But with Uranus ruling the 6th house cusp clarifying its true house position is not easy. His marriage was not of the Uranus type. At the time of his marriage progressed aspects to progressed Mercury and progressed Venus,in the 7th house, had turned his marriage thought-cells on. Progressed Mercury(at 22Pisces16) had formed a friction(semisquare)aspect with birth chart
Sun; and progressed Venus at (2Aries9) had formed an obstacle (square) aspect with progressed Mars at(1Cancer21)and an opportunity (sextile)aspect with birth chart Saturn (at 1Leo59 ). The Venus-Mars progressed square activated a high-harmony natal trine. Uranus was not activated by progression. If Uranus is in the 6th house its disruptive eccentricity would have influenced his work and sickness life -- not his marital affairs (the 7th house); but in both instances Uranus will be opposition the Ascendant and the high-nervous tensions this highly-strung planet generates would have adversely influenced (opposition aspect) his nerve health. All things considered Mozart was not a healthy man. He experienced regular bouts of illness throughout his childhood years. In January 1763 he fell ill with rheumatism of the joints. In November 1765 he was diagnosed with typhus of the stomach. In November 1766 he suffered a recurring bout of rheumatism and in October 1767 contracted smallpox. He then maintained quite good health until November 20, 1791 when he fell ill and became bedridden. He died two weeks later on December 5 -- most likely from rheumatic fever and kidney failure.
The electrochemical condition of Mozart's body matched his unconscious mental make-up.
The prominent Sun and Moon in his birthchart mark for high vitality and high resistance -- but his habitual unconscious mental activity did not support good health. The over-active Neptune thought-cell activity (Neptune prominent) kept the electrical energy being generated by the cells of his body tuned to a negative high frequency -- and with Neptune opposition the Sun (his vitality) the unconscious thought-cell activity the aspect marks for produced an electrical potential that robbed him of the health-giving vital Sun energy. (The hyper-sensitivity of the Neptune nervous system gives the capacity to make contact with information on other planes of existence via ESP but it does not conduce to robust physical health.) The prominent, high-discord Saturn was conjunct the Sun and Mercury and his destructive black thoughts (Saturn) not only reduced his vitality (the Sun) but adversely influenced his nerve health (Mercury) primarily through dietary deficiencies.
The Moon and Neptune are the astro-markers for music and musical ability. Pluto, the upper-octave of the Moon, plays a supportive role. The Moon thought-cells confer time, tune and a sense of rhythm. They give an aptitude for melody. His early life environment provided music and music was an environmental influence that had easy access to the genius (Neptune) thought-cells in his unconscious soul-mind. The prominent Neptune marks for unconscious thought-cell activity that sources a deeper, more subtle,quality of feeling and dramatic ability. His more intricate (Neptune) thoughts and emotions turned his interest to cultural music and symphonic work. The prominent Neptune also marks for promotional skills and he promoted his own concerts. The prominent Sun, planet of entertainers, marks for a very active desire to perform and entertain and Mozart was a stage entertainer who wrote and performed his own musical creations. The dominant 5th house marks for the stage and theatre environment where he performed.
With the Moon conjunct Pluto in the outgoing and boisterous sign Sagittarius Mozart was a high-spirited and lively soul. He had an enthusiastic, sportive mentality. The Moon-Pluto conjunction was in the second (Aries) decanate of Sagittarius -- the astro-marker for exploration. It marks for unconscious mental factors intent on searching out new fields of mental and emotional endeavour and a constant alertness for new information. It also marks for restlessness, depression and discontentment -- destructive mental responses to confinement and restriction. Mozart functioned at his creative best when his mind was engaged in creating music worthy of his best efforts. Sagittarius is the sign of religion. It marks for an interest in religion and he was a catholic and a mason.
With a high-discord Virgo on the ascendant Mozart was very self-critical. It marks for well developed critical faculties and a natural potential to display destructive criticism rather than constructive analysis. The second (Saturn) decanate is the astro-marker for experience and Mozart's life was filled with events. It marks for an exceptional variety of experiences, great temptations, unusual powers of discernment and discrimination and a strong desire for worldly fame and honour. His Virgo personality type could undertake and accomplish, by sheer hard work, gigantic tasks.
The Sun, in the dominant sign Aquarius, marks for an acute observer of human nature -- and Mozart had an exceptional understanding of human emotion. The first (Uranus) decanate is the astro-marker for originality. It marks for unconscious mental factors that sourced his originality, inventiveness and alertness for new and unique ideas.
The need to succeed requires a powerful ambitious drive -- Saturn -- and with a prominent Saturn (conjunct the Sun and Mercury) Mozart was loaded with ambition and persistence. He had the capacity to labour long and hard. With Neptune in the 11th house (friends) he composed for his friends and with Saturn, the planet of aches and pains, conjunct Mercury (ruler of Gemini his fingers) his fingers ached from composing. Mercury, the communication planet, was opposition Neptune and Mozart had a talent for saying the wrong thing.
Venus, the astro-marker for artistic ability and Mars, the marker for creativity were not prominent, but their exact high-harmony trine aspect produced and maintained a creative biochemistry that supported artistic creativity. Mozart, like all creative people, was highly sexed. Mars, the planet of strife and conflict, was in the 10th house (his mother). He was cusp ruler of the 8th house (death) and opposition Pluto in the 4th house (his father). This Mars-Pluto set-up marks for the unconscious thought-structure that produced the conflict with his father over his mother's death. Saturn, the astro-marker for loss and grief, was in the 5th house (children). Jupiter, the thoughtless, wasteful planet was in the second house (money) and Mozart's financial situation was subject to abundance (Jupiter), but he was a spendthrift.
Mozart's aptitude profile
Astrological research reveals that it's the volume and intensity of the thought-cell activity mapped by each planet in the birthchart that determines the natural aptitudes. Those planets with above average power have an above average influence. They mark for natural aptitudes that can transform into ability with the proper training. Harmony supports their easy development -- but discord does not decrease ability. Discord tends towards unfortunate events relative to the ability when it is permitted expression. Yet, if the ability is sufficiently pronounced, outstanding success in its use can be attained in spite of obstacles and difficulties. Mozart's prominent planets -- Moon, Neptune, Mercury, Sun, Saturn, Pluto and Uranus -- provide an astrological profile of his outstanding aptitudes that, with training, were turned into ability.
Musical ability -- Moon, Neptune (and Pluto) prominent
Time, tune, rhythm and a sense of melody -- Moon prominent
The capacity to compose and create music -- Moon, Neptune and Mercury prominent
The capacity to feel a labyrinth of delicate emotions -- Neptune prominent
Complex emotions and an appreciation of exquisite beauty -- Neptune prominent
Empathy for the human emotional condition -- Neptune (and Aquarius) prominent
The capacity to transform emotion into music -- Moon and Neptune prominent
Dramatic flair -- expression and presentation -- Neptune prominent
Persistence and long hours of hard work -- Saturn prominent
Performance of own work -- Sun prominent
Promotion of own work -- Neptune prominent
Originality -- Uranus (and 1st decanate Aquarius) prominent
The capacity to access the astral plane for musical ideas -- Neptune prominent
The spark of genius -- Neptune prominent
Mozart's music to-day
Mozart's music today is more popular than ever -- in fact his fame keeps growing. New age technology has increased his accessibility. The Mozart industry now embraces health fads and healing. His music is used to treat all sorts of childhood and adult disorders. And some even claim that Mozart can enhance brain power.
The exquisite beauty of Mozart's music can certainly uplift the soul allowing it to experience new emotional states: And as emotional love plays a significant role in the soul's development his music may make the soul smarter as sublime emotions transform into wisdom. Modern science is unable to explain the powerful influence that music has on the conscious emotional states. Its soothing effect cannot be explained. Music can certainly bring emotional peaks that enhance performance and awareness. Neurosurgeons track the effect of music on the brain's electrical discharge patterns, but these patterns only mirror unconscious mental thought-cell activity. Music therapy is a registered health profession in Britain and it's being used to treat mental and other illnesses. But all things considered little is understood about the psychological and physiological effects of music.
The astrology of genius
Your soul-consciousness operates below the threshold of conscious awareness. It resides on the astral plane and permanently records everything it sees and hears. It has a capacity to sense inner-plane conditions -- to tap the inner-plane for information about some subject -- and remember what it apprehends. This unusual ability, known as extra-sensory-perception -- ESP, if sufficiently active can produce genius. It is chiefly mapped in the birthchart by Neptune and your personal potential to employ ESP and through its use direct skilful endeavour is determined by the prominence of Neptune in your birthchart.
Due to the nature of astral substance the astral planes are a storehouse of information and knowledge and all genius, usually unaware of the process, is able to tune in, via extrasensory perception, to this knowledge and then electronically transmits the unconsciously acquired information through to the brain where it appears as conscious thought. Genius is thus the ability to contact knowledge on the higher planes and present it to less capable minds -- a mental event that requires a biochemical condition in the human nervous system that supports ESP. The capacity to develop this ability -- consciously or unconsciously -- is determined by the prominence of Neptune -- the ESP planet -- in the birthchart.
The human nervous system generates electricity and electricity has a positive or negative frequency. The frequency of the electricity being generated is planet-specific. Neptune for example marks for a nervous system where the electricity being generated operates on a negative phase and the wavelengths being radiated are shorter and of a higher frequency than those generated by Uranus. The Neptune nervous system is far more sensitive than the Uranus nervous system and each system supports a particular type of mental activity. The higher frequency electrical potential being generated by Neptune is negative and receptive. It supports feeling ESP. The Uranus electrical potential is positive and controlling. It supports intuition and intellectual ESP.
The Neptune electrical wavelengths are specifically adapted to sensing happenings on the inner plane and the Neptune nervous system is specifically adapted to bringing up into the conscious awareness, through the electrical charges being generated, whatever is seen, heard, tasted, smelt or felt by the soul senses -- the senses of the unconscious soul-mind. This means that whenever Neptune is a powerful influence in the birthchart that the electrical wavelengths he imparts are suitable for sensing happenings on the inner plane. They enable rapport with things having a most diverse vibratory rate. The nervous system radiates electrical frequencies that readily permit information gathered by the unconscious soul-mind to float up, via the brain, into the region of conscious awareness.
These Neptune mental factors -- the Neptune thought-cells, enable the unconscious soul-mind to freely express what it feels and perceives through the chosen field of endeavour. They can see, hear, feel and comprehend things on the inner plane. While the conscious attention is focused on learning about some matter the unconscious attention is pro-actively seeking inner-plane information about the same thing.
When active the ESP facility is able to pick up information from the inner-planes which no other person has previously known. The capacity to do this is the real source of genius. Mozart having this ability was able to tune in on the music of the spheres allowing less capable minds to hear and experience the exquisite music being performed there by the astral orchestras. Neptune -- the spark of genius -- played a very prominent role in his musical life.
Neptune marks for genius because he is the ESP planet and genius is the manifestation of extra sensory perception in a remarkable degree relative to a particular subject -- yet many people with a dominant or prominent Neptune do not display genius. There are many grades, but real genius must have a prominent Neptune, Uranus and Pluto -- all three planets having above average power. Genius usually displays itself in a single line of endeavour. It must operate in a human-life environment and is conditioned by experience. It is very often ignorant of financial, health and other practical daily-life matters. Genius in children is the result of accelerated (precocious) development -- a situation that requires a supportive electrochemical condition primarily induced by the Neptune thought-cells at the time.
Stevie Wonder -- an Aquarian Age musical genius
Due to an accident at birth (too much oxygen found its way into his incubator) Stevie Wonder is blind, but as often occurs his sense of hearing compensates. His family moved to Detroit when he was four and he heard rhythm and blues music on the local radio stations. His musical development was assisted by friends, neighbours and local clubs who gave him musical instruments -- harmonicas, pianos and drum kits. News of his talent soon spread, Motown auditions were arranged and a recording contract signed. On August 10, 1963 Fingertips reached the number one spot on the US music charts. He was thirteen years old. Hit singles, albums and music awards followed.
His outstanding musical works include Innervisions (1973); Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974); Songs in the Key of Life (1976) -- it topped the US album charts for 14 weeks; Hotter than July (1980); Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium (1982); and In Square Circle (1985). On January 18, 1989 Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame -- he was 38 years old.
Stevie Wonder was born May 13, 1950 at 4.15pm EST. The place was Saginaw MI (83W57; 43N25). Astrologer Lynne Palmer quotes him for the data. His prominent birthchart planets are Neptune, Moon, Pluto, Sun, and Mercury. (Note that Mozart also has the same 5 planets prominent.) Neptune, the ESP-genius planet, is his dominant planet, and with Libra his dominant zodiac sign he's motivated by a powerful sense of social justice and fair play. The high-discord 1st house marks for severe physical handicaps and the problems associated with being blind. Unlike Mozart his prominent Sun is exactly trine Mars -- the planet of energy -- and he generates an abundance of vital electrical energy which supports good health and recuperative power. Both his and Mozart's chart have striking similarities -- particularly the prominent planet profile. The Moon and Neptune are both high in discord indicating problems due to extreme sensitivity and misplaced idealism. The discord marks for difficulties and struggle -- key factors essential for soul development, but it didn't deny success, which is best measured by the level of social usefulness not the financial rewards. On his 21st birthday Stevie Wonder received one million dollars and at 22 Mozart was penniless. A composer's financial situation does not convert their musical talent into a monetary value. It may be viewed as a financial reward, but the real reward for effort is increased ability. Let's acknowledge the music makers and celebrate their extraordinary gifts and talents. Enjoy the music.