September 25, 2020

Origins of Cosmobiology

It was Reinhold Ebertin, a German physician and astrologer whose pioneering work the field of cosmobiology relies upon today. But it cannot be forgotten that it was the work of Alfred Witte who provided the foundation that Ebertin used to form the basis of cosmobiology.

Alfred Witte was the founder of the Hamburg School of astrology under who Ebertin studied for a period of time. The teachings of the Hamburg School were quite different to traditional astrological techniques that had previously been taught. Witte developed theory around planetary pictures which he used to describe the relationships between the planets and their effects upon personality and forecasting of events. He added a number of planets known as Trans-Neptunians that were theoretical planets calculated to be at certain locations beyond the orbit of Neptune in our solar system (Pluto at this time was not yet discovered). With the increasing power of telescopes in the late 20th century and early 21st century however, it has been shown that Witte's Trans-Neptunian planets do not in fact exist.

The Hamburg School continues on to this day with students ensuring the published work of Alfred Witte is maintained. Translations in to other languages are also being undertaken. In parts of the world these techniques are known as Uranian astrology.

Further information about Alfred Witte's work.

Reinhold Ebertin came from a family of astrologers. His mother Elsbeth was a prominent astrologer in Germany and a great proponent of psychologically oriented astrology around the turn of the 20th century. She helped to develop Reinhold's interest in the subject early in life.

After studying at the Hamburg School Ebertin began to distance himself from the work of Witte, preferring instead to base his own research on a more scientific foundation. Some of the tools that were used by the Hamburg School however, such as dials Ebertin continued to use. Ebertin's work from this point focussed more in the area ot the known planets and points as they appear in nature. He rejected the hypothetical planets employed by the Hamburg School.

Ebertin researched the very foundation that astrology is built on, questioning the validity of every tool and technique. From the astrological signs, to the house system, the planets and the aspects between them that form the basis for interpretation; nothing was sacred and nothing avoided his intense scrutiny. Some of the techniques he had learned from Witte also came under his investigation and were found to be of use. The result of Ebertin's research was a system that was scientifically researched with rules based on evidence that is repeated.

The term cosmobiology was actually first used by German medical astrologer Friedrich Feerhow and Swiss statistician Karl Kraft to designate the branch of astrology that is based on scientific foundations and which is keyed to the natural sciences. However it is largely now the term used to designate the science based on the research work of Reinhold Ebertin.