Freud and Astrological Fixity


Sigmund Freud Natal Chart, Rodden Rating AAA

Sigmund Freud Natal Chart, Rodden Rating AAA

The BBC recently did a podcast about Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, first published in 1899.  In this podcast Carl Jung is quoted as saying of Freud, “I soon discovered that when he had thoughts on things, then it was settled, while I was doubting all along the line.”  Jung’s observations of Freud’s approach could be a textbook description of the astrological concept of fixity, which is associated with the “fixed” signs Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.  It would be interesting to see how prominent fixity is in Freud’s birth chart.

According to AstroDataBank, Sigismund Schlomo Freud was born on 6 May 1856 at 18:30 in Freiberg/Mähren, Czech Republic, 49n39, 18e10. The time was in LST, and the data is rated AA.  If we look at Freud’s birth chart (above), we see that all four Angles lie in fixed signs:  ASC in Scorpio (a sign associated with psychology), IC in Aquarius, DSC in Taurus, and MC in Leo.  His Sun lies in Taurus, as does his Mercury (thinking style).  In addition, two of his outer planets, Uranus and Pluto, lies in Taurus.  This is a chart of tremendous fixity, as Jung noticed in his personal dealings with Freud.

At the same time Freud has Capricorn on the cusp of the 3rd house of mind and communication.  Saturn, which rules Capricorn, lies in mental Gemini in the 8th house of the penetrating pursuit of occult knowledge.  The Moon, which rules the 9th house of the higher mind, also lies in Gemini in the 8th house.

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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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3 Responses to Freud and Astrological Fixity

  1. james says:

    while freud has ”more” planets/points in fixed then not, i attribute this fixed mental outlook primarily to mercury in taurus.. i would add that saturn in gemini has a certain rigidity to it with regard to ideas, especially if they don’t fit into the persons already established perspective..

    one could even hypothesize that the nervous mental energy implied by moon in gemini is especially problematic here with the moon in gemini in the 8th, applying to saturn.. his obsession with issues related to sexuality and death – make a lot of sense given this position. one could say the mercury in taurus determination to hold to a particular idea might be a way of relieving a good degree of that nervous mental energy implied by moon in gemini… and, remember – the moon and mercury form an important duo in understanding a persons mental make-up, both from an objective and subjective point of view..

    • Thanks for the insights.

      • Jonathan Tenney says:

        Perhaps another significant correlation with Freud’s fixed emphasis is the fact that he literally built the “foundation” for the rise of modern psychology. The efficacy of his endeavor can also be attributed to his ability to create a “structural” model of the psyche…as id-ego- superego.
        As an aside…and painting the picture with some rather broad strokes…Freud has a tight applying quincunx between a Cardinal Mars (Id) and Pluto. His mutable Moon is a good representative for his ideas regarding the mediating function of the (ego). Freud understood the ego to also be the reality principle in the psyche which might be seen in the applying conjunction of Moon to Saturn. This leaves his fixed Taurus Sun as the (Superego). The superego tends in the direction of control, rigid morals, and can be unbending, entrenched and judgemental…i.e. your original idea about the fixity in Freud’s chart.

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