Historically, as symbol of national identity, the three
colors' combination definitely emerged in the beginning of 19 th century.
Some people even trace them back to the Middle Ages' Staufian empire.
Anyway, black, red and gold illustrate typical German features; the colors
stand for characteristic national traits.
Black (in astrological terms Capricorn/ Saturn) is symbolic of the well-functioning
political and social order in Germany, the country's exemplary civil service
and legislation. Everything looks perfectly organized, every detail seems
to be under control (in the GDR personified by the omnipresent secret
service). Unlike Italy (for example, reigned by Cancer) the political
situation usually is a stable (not to say a rigid) one, German citizens
being extremely obedient to the authorities, honestly paying their taxes,
The Germans are conservative, they stick to traditions (Freud might state
"in an anal way"). They are severe, clean, punctual - and melancholic.
On the other hand they are provided with perseverance, seriousness and
reliability, some great sense of duty... In astropsychological dynamics
we know that Capricornian virtues become quite problematic and critical,
whenever - underneath a cloak of so-called "responsibility"
or "law and order" - individual and/ or emotional needs get
ignored or suppressed.
Separation seems to be Germany's historical fate. The Romans were the
first to build a wall - the so-called "limes" - in between the
"barbarian" Germanics: a barrier, which was more than 300 miles
long and which lasted for 170 years. That division generated two Germanies,
called "Germania cis" and a "Germania trans". In the
14 th century Germany became dispersed into a multitude of small countries
(literally looking like a patchwork); Luther's Reformation reinforced
that process of particularisation, adding a religious cause of separation
to the political ones..
The disaster of World War II and the global conflict between communism
and capitalism brutally tore Germany apart. Even after the reunion of
East and West Germany in 1990 more than 12 million German speaking people
still remain outside (mainly living in Austria and Switzerland). Yet,
worse and most impressive are those strict delimitations we find within
the country itself. There is a bulk of enmity, antipathies and lack of
appreciation between the different groups, parties and generations of
German society. What the ominous monument of the Wall and the barbed wire
had depicted on the macro-level still can be noticed in those many fences
and small boundary walls in between the private houses and neighboring
splitting off and repressing your needs usually is accompanied (and compensated)
by the mechanism of phantom-projection (cf. Jung), which functions this
way: all the wants you don't allow to yourself, all those features you
cannot accept as integral parts of your soul, are (distortedly) perceived
(as "excessively" practiced) in the world outside. Those hated
traits of yourself usually get embodied by specific persons - who surely
are due to your moral condemnation (the relationship of G. Bush and S.
Hussein being a recent example). It then seems to be your "right
to resist" and interfere, you feel legitimated to defend yourself
against all those "wicked guys". Correspondingly, as a social
group or nation you intend to guard and assert your "natural interests",
keeping your "enemies" (e.g. hostile races) within their borders,
maybe Saturn-like concentrating them into camps, subjecting and - if feeling
"forced to" - even eliminating them...
In typical Capricornian way ordinary German consciousness is located in
great distance of its essential needs. And the nation's soul and identity
additionally has been suppressed since 1945's capitulation. So for the
Germans to realize their wrong deeds is a pretty hard job. Most of them
cannot really comprehend the obvious facts of the Holocaust (the confrontation
with East Germany's Stalinist past seems a comparatively "easy"
task). But that gloomy, dark chapter of history has to be integrated into
Germany's collective consciousness - it's the crucial test and inevitable
destiny of a true Capricorn. Working off gathered karma, dissolving and
withdrawing projections is the preliminary condition of the nation's consolidation
and maturity. Such process demands every single German to release his
strong inner armors, to give up his permanent control of subconscious
impulses and needs. On a big (nationwide) scale the necessary change would
mean more liberalism, trying to coexist with all those subversive ("Jewish"
or "Gypsy") elements, somehow managing modern world's asylants,
Coming down to some astrological facts/ exemplifications: we have a Capricorn
Sun in the chart of Prussia (1/18/1701), the Second Reich (1/18/1871,
13 h LT, Paris) and West Germany's first chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1/5/1876,
10 h 30 LT, Cologne). The Moon is located in Capricorn in the charts of
Weimar Republic (11/9/1918, 13 h 45 CET, Berlin), Otto von Bismarck (4/1/1815,
13 h 30 LT, Schoenhausen) and Adolf Hitler (4/20/1889, 18 h 30 LT, Braunau).
If Germany realised this Capricornian archetype in a positive, refined,
constructive way, it could mean something like "honest consciousness
of responsibility" (= Capricorn at its best). The Germans are truly
able to design promising strategies and lasting standards for the European
community, they could provide an organisational frame for all national
groups of the continent to evolve creatively - i.e., if they are not personifying
others' bad conscience but living the primordial principle of Capricorn
in a serving, selfless way.
The color Red can be connected to Aries, which is Germany's traditional
astrological label. Maybe the Germans think of themselves as self-assertive,
courageous, etc. To a foreigner the people's Arien characteristics very
often just look like aggressiveness! So both Prussia's and especially
emperor Wilhelm's militarism weren't well reputed. And the GDR became
the heir of those values of drill and "fighting for a just cause":
the East German society of workers and farmers felt at war with "imperialism"
(whereas the West Germans felt the other way round). The GDR's factories
and even schools were organized like small battle units, with regular
roll calls and exercises in shooting going on. Many Germans are still
fond of that military type of music (they love "marches"). Further
analogies are the impressive results in sports, especially in former East
Germany (e.g. in soccer, swimming or fencing). Also typical of Aries is
the importance of steel production and all the arms manufacturing in Germany,
not to forget the automobile industry (by the way, there is no speed limit
on the German autobahn, cars racing over the narrow lanes at 100 mph being
Some data: the Sun is located in Aries in Bismarck's, Helmut
Kohl's (4/3/1930, 6 h 30 CET, Ludwigshafen, he is also Aries-ascendant)
and Richard von Weizsaecker's chart (4/15/1920, 18 h 30 CET, Stuttgart).
In both East and West Germany we could find an Aries Moon (forming a in
conjunction - GDR: 10/7/1949, 13 h 17 CET, Berlin; FRG: 5/23/1949, 17
h CDT, Bonn), also in the Third Reich's chart (1/30/1933, 11 h 30 CET,
Berlin) and in Adenauer's.
The combination of Capricorn and Aries (equivalent to Mars-Saturn) stands
for enormous zeal and diligence, the Germans' capacity to work really
hard (think of the "wirtschaftswunder" in the fifties). But,
symptomatically for Mars-Saturn, all those virtues in achievement and
performance easily conceal unfulfilled national wants. Both the nation's
economical power and success in sports may be seen as some psychological
shift of energy (some kind of sublimation or compensation in Freudian
terms) - the spatial, geographical level being prohibited for German "knights
and soldiers" after the defeats in the World Wars.
Mars-Saturn can be described as "some really strong ambition and
fitness". But it also means to be "permanently in search of
an opposition". One "bitter fruit" or shadowy aspect of
the constellation is the blitzkrieg, i.e. German troops (by way of phantom-projection)
running down neighboring nations and suppressing them. The lost wars had
been a heavy (Saturnine) blow to the Germans' self-image of being a hero
(Mars). Capitulation and occupation forced the brutal Martian factor to
disappear into the subconsciousness.
In order to get into contact with that repressed power and energy again,
to invest this productive capital of Aries in an adequate and profitable
way (to the use of all nations), Germany first must be confronted (= Capricorn)
with its bad deeds of the past. The country's most urgent duty is to -
honestly and consciously - deal with itself, to clear off those abysses
and disgraceful aspects of the national soul. On a higher, less material
level this specific combination of zodiacal signs (Capricorn - Aries)
could be some kind of "deliberate self-restriction" or some
"intentional self-discipline", holding back impulses in the
knowledge of a "good purpose"... The German war-resisters and
the movement of peace in the eighties indicate that some inner growth
of the nation's psyche actually had happened.
Gold, the last color of Germany's flag, is a hint
to Leo/ the Sun. This third primordial principle effective within the
nation's soul becomes evident in considering the country's central location
- amidst, in the heart of Europe. During the Middle Ages this Leo factor
had been embodied by the "Holy Roman Empire of German Nation",
its emperor representing the sunlike ruler of the occident. In rural areas
we still have that folk-tale or solar myth going around, saying that Friedrich
Barbarossa is asleep in a mountain's cave (inside the Kyffhaeuser Mountain
or the Untersberg). This red-beard emperor of 12th century is supposed
one day to rise again - and after his resurrection to start another Golden
Age... This Leo aspect - Germany's potential of a just reign over Europe
- today is the most latent and subconscious (dormant, "slumbering")
element of the national identity (so we don't find many charts whith the
Sun or Leo emphasized).
Hitler and the National Socialists magically appealed to this primordial
force of the nation's soul - thus becoming megalomaniac, in a demonic
way obsessed by the collective archetype. In looking at the swastika,
Third Reich's eminent emblem, we can understand both the solar principle's
importance and its perversion by the Nazis:
First of all, this dynamic cross is an ancient, universal - mainly Indogermanic
- sun-symbol; a symbol of life's endless circulation, particularly in
Let there now be some wind and look southward - so you can imagine the
sun's wheel rolling along the firmament!
Consequently, the opposite (mirrored) version is symbolical of the earth
(in its daily revolution, moving towards the sun, especially in black):
Standing upright, in Jainism and Tibetan buddhism the swastika illustrates
the world's natural order (dharma). The Nazi propaganda took the left-revolving
(i.e. earthly) version and, additionally, they tilted it:
Psychologically this turn reflected some fateful shift of the point of
reference: namely from the (higher, divine) self to the ego, from spiritual
dominance and power (which analogous to the sun or heart always is beyond
any partiality) to Luciferan hybris and usurpation. The Nazis' manipulation
produced selfishness and vanity; those (conferred) solar energies became
abused in a primarily material sense, i.e. in subdueing creatures and
creation, aiming at world supremacy instead of spiritual leadership.
The arbitrarily tilted swastika marked the German collectivity's (negative)
movement into the subconscious. Without true spiritual guidance all the
powers evoked deviated from the right course; the triggered events and
dynamics couldn't be kept in balance, on their regular orbit. Soon after
1933 the people's stirred up gigantic energies weren't under control any
more. In analogy to the slung hammer of ancient Thor things were running
out of order, and in the end the Germanic god's destructive thunder and
lightning - allied bombs - fell from heaven...
Hitler stimulated the most powerful, (like kundalini) sleeping archetype
of the German soul. The nation answered promptly to his call. People were
affected strongly, behaving like being in a mass psychosis. The solar
principle which had beeb twisted into material "blood and grounds"
caused extremely hypnotical and hysterical effects.
We all know the experiment of a Third ("Golden") Reich failed
catastrophically; Germany's reign over the world turned out to be a very
subjective illusion. Human evolution never can be realized by mere regression
into irrationality/ by way of just following your archetypal instincts.
The parable of the sorcerer's apprentice tells us that releasing those
primordial forces of the subconscious is quite risky; without your careful
attention they easily can turn diabolical. And every madman or person
running amok sooner or later will be thrown into prison (as happened to
many Nazis after 1945)...
Yet, like every organism, united Europe is in need of a pulsating centre
animating the whole, flooding the community with streams of energy. (The
centre meanwhile being reunited, formerly restricting armors taken away,
the heart (Germany/ Berlin) beating again, Europe's body could be filled
with new life - and realize its destiny of union and multiplicity.) In
the past decades the Germans did realize this (their) duty primarily in
the area of trade and commerce, i.e. on a mere economical level. In this
respect they are "the biggest" again, the greatest European
power - but also still - now economically - dominating and threatening
their neighbors as in the times of emperor Wilhelm or the Nazi terror
regime. Undoubtedly, by numbers Germany is Europe's strongest nation;
but is there any need of those arrogant and insolent tourists (small Leos!)
sent like missionaries all over the world to tell everybody that the kraut
is somebody again?
Psychologically, the effects of a predominant, yet subconscious archetype
in an individual are rather dangerous to others. In the concert of European
nations Germany ought to know its special function of rulership - yet
this awareness should be paired with high (Capricornian) integrity. Those
negatively lived out energies of Third Reich need to be channeled into
some positive direction, i.e., into some service of the whole, fruitful
to the other parts of the European organism. The Germans are supposed
to play quite an active (Arien) role on the European stage - yet they
should primarily be initiative in the domains of culture, in shaping spiritual
visions. Germany's leadership is to be seen rather in the fields of arts,
music, in philosophy, literature, etc. - not in any physical or economical
expansion of its dominion. The country did enrich the world with its "poets
and thinkers", not with barbarian warriors.
Goethe's protagonist Faust pacted with the devil, driving his beloved
Margarete into mental illness. In order to reconcile with his female counterpart
(anima) Faust had to descend to the Hades, there exploring his soul's
dark aspects and weak sides. Goethe's drama is describing the German hero's
mythological path. In his turbulent process of "growing up"
Faust needs a lot of time and (Capricornian) patience; on his road to
realize his self he has to accept and confess his failures and vulnerability
- not to compensate them in a masculine, patriarchal way any more.
In accordance to the system of Doebereiner (a triple step relationship
of the rising sign, the sun and the midheaven sign) I suggest Capricorn
to be Germany's ascendant. Thus, the ability to provide generally respected
structures is the nations's fundamental disposition. The ascendant signifies
what is given - so honesty and truth (mainly towards oneself) are the
Germans' starting point to complete their collective mission. The sun
in Aries shows the way how that primary intention is going to be realized,
how the original impulse (of the rising sign) is brought forth and lived,
in this case how Capricornian discipline, order, knowledge of the right
direction, etc. get outwardly expressed. Thus the characteristics of the
nation's visible behavior are (a.o.) great intensity (in making efforts)
and strength of will... Leo at midheaven is indicating the country's ultimate
and final goal (its "purpose"); here we may expect the results
and fruits of its maturity process. So Germany's (long-term) destiny lies
in creatively shaping its surrounding world, being the vitalizing centre
(originally written in 1990)