Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany on January 30 1933, at 11.07 am. The chart for his swearing-in is the chart for Nazi Germany. This means that we can see Nazi Germany as an Aquarian organization.
The sign Aquarius is possibly the most misunderstood of the twelve signs. This misunderstanding wasn’t helped by the sixties musical Hair, which talked about the dawning of the Age of Aquarius:
Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind’s true liberation
This is a million miles from the real meaning of the sign. Aquarius, in the North Hemisphere, is associated with winter. If you are a traditionalist, you’ll take Saturn as the sign’s ruler. However Aquarius, unlike Capricorn, is a positive, Air sign. This means that Saturn is not just about tradition and restriction. It is also about the harnessing of technology and modern ideas to enforce its will. Nazi Germany wanted to control people with the most up-to-date methods. For example having a modern bureaucracy to run a brutally efficient police state. And when it came to warfare, using the power of Germany industry to create the best possible weapons.
At this stage, you might think I am being unfair to Aquarians. Well, individuals possibly have more freedom than organizations. They can make their own moral choices, whereas organizations are more likely to get locked into monolithic collective forces. Yet Aquarians are stubborn. They might listen to many different views, but very often they won’t change their minds. Reasonable on the outside, but deep down very rigid. Going back to Nazi Germany, here is the horoscope:
Notice that the chart includes the eight hypothetical planets of Uranian astrology. More about that in a bit.
In many respects the chart is dominated by Saturn. It is in the Tenth House, in its own sign of Aqurius. We can also use the kind of analysis described by Robert Hand, in his monograph Night & Day: Planetary Sect in Astrology. Saturn is a daytime planet in a daytime chart, it is above the horizon in a daytime chart, and it is a daytime planet in a daytime sign. It is therefore completely in sect, and very strong. The strength of Saturn, which is the natural planet of authority, allowed the Nazis to get their way. It also amplified the worst aspects of Aquarius – ideological, intolerant of opposition, and using technology and machinery to achieve its ends.
Yet what interests me most about the chart is the exact conjunction between Hades and Admetos, in Aries. Hades is the C with a cross, Admetos the Mercury symbol with a crossed circle. These are hypothetical planets, but I nonetheless use them. Both planets are about death. Hades relates to death, garbage and crime, while Admetos is connected to limitation and delay. Mythologically, Admetos is the postponement of your death through the death of someone else. For example, in 1945 the German army, including old men and the Hitler Youth, fighting and dying just to give their leaders a few more days of power. Witte sees the combination of Hades and Admetos as being about something slowly decaying, as vitality and raw materials slowly drain away.
The Sun in Aquarius is exactly sextile the Hades-Admetos conjunction. This means that the energy of this deadly combination is brought into the living heart of the here and now. We can also see how the Hades-Admetos conjunction links to Mars and the Aries Point. The Mars-Hades midpoint is 29 49 Gemini, the Mars-Admetos midpoint 29 51 Gemini. In other words, the midpoints are very close to zero Cancer, which is square zero Aries.
The Aries point represents the world. It is humanity at large, or as Witte described it, “the general public”. Aries on the Mars-Hades and Mars-Admetos midpoint represents massive violence inflicted on the world at large. Aries is also semi-square the Pluto-Node midpoint. Reinhold Ebertin wrote that the negative manifestation of the Pluto-Node pair is “A common and tragic destiny shared with other persons”.