In response to my recent post on the chart of a religious fanatic, James wrote: “I was looking at Martin Luther’s chart just earlier… Nov 10, 1483 [Julian] … Sun in Scorpio, but with a 45 to Pluto … granted most wouldn’t consider him a fanatic, but I think the Church might have as they excommunicated him.” James’ comment got me curious, so I began reading about Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) and found that he had a lot of strange beliefs and behaviors, often centered on human excrement.
For example, when contemplating his own death. Luther is quoted as saying: “The world is a giant anus, and I am a ripe stool ready to be squeezed out of it.” Luther’s contemporary, the humanist Thomas More (1478-1535), said of him: “This man vomits shit by the mouthful.” Astrologers will not be surprised to learn that Luther has his natal Mars, Saturn, Venus, and Sun in Scorpio. Fortunately, we have an accurate record of his birth. Here is the chart:
According to various biographies, the excremental function (ruled by Scorpio, Mars, Pluto, and the 8th house) dominated Luther’s life. He thoroughly enjoyed fart jokes and anal humor: Jupiter, ruler of the 5th of pleasures, in the 3rd of speech, conjunct Mars (ruler of scatological Scorpio) and besieged between Pluto and Mars. Jupiter also rules his 8th house of elimination and purgation.
The BBC News reported: “Luther is quoted as saying he was “in cloaca”, or in the sewer, when he was inspired to argue that salvation is granted because of faith, not deeds. The scholar suffered from constipation and spent many hours in contemplation on the toilet seat.”
Neptune, the modern ruler of his 8th house of the organs of excretion, almost exactly conjoins Mercury (this thinking) in Sagittarius (ruled by Jupiter). Thus, his thinking turns to the excretory system with a religious and philosophical twist (Sagittarius). The Mercury/Neptune conjunction occurs in the 4th house of his home and family, so he does his thinking (Mercury) at home (4th house) on the toilet seat (Neptune ruling 8th of excretion).
In horary astrology the 8th house can signify the toilet: “The eighth being opposite the second which held the kitchen where things went into your body then logically this is where things leave the body again, the toilet.”
Mercury conjunct Neptune in Sagittarius also suggests that his thinking is markedly influenced by his fantasies and spiritual or philosophical preoccupations, one of which was his concern that the Devil was after him:
“Luther frequently thought of the Devil as his constant companion. At times he rattled around Luther’s stove; pelted nuts at the roof, and rolled casts down the stairway; once appeared in the form of a serpent, another time a star; he grunted audibly like a pig, and emitted stenches; he sometimes lodged in Luther’s bowels and was closely associated in the Reformer’s mind with feces and flatus. The Devil eagerness for Luther’s soul kept him so near that he seemed to sleep with him more that Katie (Luther’s wife). Luther believed, like the desert fathers and medieval saints, that the more one advances in faith the more intense the Devil attacks become.” (quoted from themystica.com)
The site Christian-history.org states:
“Luther is famed for his comments about the toilet, feces, the devil, and private parts. … He is said once to have proclaimed, “I routed the devil with a fart.” (Scorpio rules the organs of reproduction and excretion.)
With Aquarius on the 6th cusp, we might expect Luther to have had strange dietary practices. Uranus, the modern ruler of Aquarius, lies on the zodiacal position of the fixed star Aculeus, part of a cluster of stars just above the stinger of Scorpio, the Scorpion:
“This star along with Acumen has a notorious reputation in astrology as ‘blind stars’ or stars associated with eyesight problems. These stars show up a negative Mars-Moon quality in people who have them poorly aspected, with a tendency towards a morbid outlook, seeing the worst rather than the best in everything. If their religious views are affected, as so often with anything in Sagittarius, there is a tendency to be either the ‘hellfire and damnation brigade’ or to take up a fierce anti-religious and even anti-God stance. But at their best, well aspected, they can have very sharp minds and a perception well above average as though, perhaps ‘blind’ to what we see and take for granted, they see what we do not, at levels where eyesight does not reach. Not for nothing has the word Acumen come down to us as a term for a sharp mind. [The Living Stars, Dr. Eric Morse, p.86-87.]” (italic mine)
Saturn, the traditional ruler of 6th house ruler Aquarius, conjoins Venus in Scorpio, and Venus rules the 8th house by exaltation. This astrological symbolism is consistent with the following self-abnegatory spiritual dietary practice:
“he [Luther] reportedly ate a spoonful of his own excrement daily, and wrote that he couldn’t understand the generosity of a God who freely gave such important and useful remedies.”
Thanks to James for bringing Luther’s chart to our attention. Luther was a fascinating man with a very interesting astrological chart that shows some extreme manifestations of Scorpio. James wondered whether we should consider Luther a religious fanatic. The jury is still out (in the outhouse) on that question.