Johannes Kepler’s Original Birth Chart

There is a disagreement in the astrological literature about the time of birth of Johannes Kepler, the famous astronomer.   Kepler himself referred to two different birth times: one around 1 PM and the other around 2:47 PM.  AstroDatabank gives Kepler’s birth data as 6 Jan 1572 (Gregorian) at 14:37 in Weil der Stadt, Germany.  This gives an ASC of 24 Gemini 25.

On the other hand, Juan Revilla refers to a photocopy of Kepler’s chart drawn by Kepler himself with a 1 PM birth time and an ASC in very late Taurus.  Apparently Kepler “rectified” his actual birth chart to come up with 2:47 PM to make it consistent with Ptolemy’s theoretical notion of the “prenatal epoch,” which has no scientific validation in empirical reality.  I am grateful to German astrologer Andreas Schmitt for providing me with a link to Kepler’s original birth chart, drawn in his own hand.  It is reproduced below:

Kepler's birth chart drawn in his own hand

Kepler's original birth chart, drawn by Kepler himself

Here is a modern approximation to Kepler’s original birth chart:

Modern Approximation of Kepler's Birth Chart


About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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