Böhme the mystic

It seems only fitting that Jakob Boehme, the great Polish  1 Even this is under dispute as the Germans would like to claim him too, but it seems recent DNA research states Bohme is a Sorb culturally and they are Polish Lutherans not Germans. That’s rather funny, as the only Poles I met growing up were all Lutherans and until college, when I met my first Polish Catholic, I was amazed. My amazement grew when the College of Cardinals in Rome made a Pole the Pope!  I’ll never know if the area in Brooklyn I grew up had Sorbian refugees or whether they were converts.   One of the many unsolved mysteries in life.  mystic, should have a birthday shrouded in mystery. 

On Wikipedia, but nowhere else, Böhme has a birthday of April 24, 1575, reading Marc Edmund Jones’s Guide to Horoscopic Interpretation  that date is wrong. He he posits another from Manly Hall, the eminent Canadian-American esotericist, author of the Secret of All Things and founder of the Philosophical Research Society.

Using the Wikipedia date for Böhme, I  rectified him for a Cancer 21 ascendant. It gets the Sabian symbol of a “magnificent opera house and its glittering audience rests in silence” highlighting the elevation and popularization of human dignity for all mankind, This makes sense, as does his Pluto in Pisces in the ninth house, for  Boehme followed the footsteps of the English William Tyndale and German Martin Luther in wanting a more democratic Church and a local language Mass.  But that chart agrees neither with the Guide’s layout, nor with Hall.  Bummer, eh?

       Manly Hall on Böhme

 

Now Jones, who holds Hall in the highest regard, the proper date for Jakob is November 17, 1575, with an ascendant of 12 Aries 45 or the symbol of “A bomb that failed to explode is now safely in hiding.”   Comparing the two charts, there is nothing in common except of course Pluto in Pisces.  Neptune still in Cancer, Uranus in Capricorn and Saturn in Sagittarius but that should happen as they have very long orbits and six months will just change their positions a few degrees; everything else, every from the Sun to Jupiter, is now somewhere else. Thus Böhme is a new man — where he once was a Locomotive, he is now a Splash.

Jakob Bohme via Manly Hall

So which is the better chart?  FWIW, I’d go with Hall though I really do like that stellium in the eleventh  house; YMMV.

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    Even this is under dispute as the Germans would like to claim him too, but it seems recent DNA research states Bohme is a Sorb culturally and they are Polish Lutherans not Germans. That’s rather funny, as the only Poles I met growing up were all Lutherans and until college, when I met my first Polish Catholic, I was amazed. My amazement grew when the College of Cardinals in Rome made a Pole the Pope!  I’ll never know if the area in Brooklyn I grew up had Sorbian refugees or whether they were converts.   One of the many unsolved mysteries in life. 

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