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Friedrich Nietzsche

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God Prove Thyself to Me

And Zarathustra spake thus unto the people: 

"Behold!!! I teach you the Superman." 

Who is the Superman? Superman is that lightning out of the dark cloud holding the beaming metaphorical sword of Lady Justice 1 cleanly discriminating between his values, retaining what is essential and eliminating what is not essential. When we think of key philosophical figures who have contributed to the expansion of human evolution, we can’t help but shine the spotlight on one glorious superman, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. Nietzsche, of course, was more than the philosophy in his letters; he was a clairvoyant prophet 2the glorious ZARATHUSTRA. 

By most accounts, he was a smart dresser and impeccably well-mannered, standing aside from the crowd doing his one-man show. With his intense need to be separate, he often sacrificed human contact for the world of his own imagination 3.

“I felt best whenever I could give myself over to myself – undisturbed” 

He was an enemy of ideologies with an unconventional approach to self-discovery and actualisation and he was in no way shy about expressing his views 4. His famous proclamation "God is dead" not only challenged the whole realm of human existence but transcended the boundaries of theology, philosophy, and psychology. Nietzsche never considered himself an atheist. However, he did reject conventional institutionalised religions and, with that, brought something entirely new to Western civilisation. He brought the stairs to Superman5

“Once you are awake, you shall remain awake eternally.”

On the day of Nietzsche’s birth in 1844, the Sun entered the entourage of stars that form the constellation of Libra, the house of Venus. Libra, the Maat archetype, radiates a very powerful spiritual force, the force of wisdom, good counsel, and the force of equilibrium. Like the Greek goddess Themis, the Lady with the Scales is the synchroniser of duality, she keeps harmony and order in the Universe. The ultimate truth is contained within herself: the potential existence, and nonexistence, of all things, all polarities.

In Libra, all the forces of the universe continually seek equilibrium; what is valuable is kept, what is worthless is thrown away. Here, the evolving human shifts in consciousness reaches the mastery of the mind and becomes the interpreter of gods’ will.

In Nietzsche’s chart, the archetype of Libra is nestled within the 11th house of the stellar wheel, marking him as an individual who was very much ahead of his time.  His analytically compelling, even seductive work differed from mainstream thinking. This is because his writing sought to separate the individual from the dominant institutions at the time, which held beliefs that were no longer relevant to contemporary 19th-century society. Do you recognize the light-working Zarathustra archetype, awakened and pure in the eye? For what purpose has he come? For the purpose of “alluring many from the herd.”

The presence of Nietzsche’s Sun is complemented by Venus in Virgo in the 9th house bringing about strategic intelligence and unique concepts of liberation that went on to shape western thought and culture for decades to come. Nietzsche wanted to teach humankind the sense of their existence and the evolution of their consciousness.

From childhood onward, he pondered the more profound questions concerning the meaning of life
6 . Having been confronted with the death of his father and brother at the age of five made deep imprints 7 upon his young mind and served as a decisive factor in Nietzsche’s early doubt about Christianity’s God. A lot has been written about how Buddhism held an enormous interest for him.

According to Nietzsche, Buddhism emphasises the study of the self, the nature of our minds, without one single focus on a supreme being. To him, an institutional god was dead and he urged others to challenge any idea that was religiously shared by any group.

“I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance”

Like the true Libra that he was, he saw it as his task to prescribe morality for the collective consciousness, to reevaluate what is good and what is just. His inquiring mind 8 led him to contemplate the Übermensch, the Superman archetype; the self-overcoming man that creates something beyond himself; a superior man who transcends morality and breaks free from the chains of society.

Once this superior man has set his new values apart from dominant institutions, he strives for sovereignty, he directs his desires and doesn’t succumb to them. Above all, 'Amor Fati.' 9, he loves his fate, be that good or bad.

In Nietzsche’s opinion, this was the Übermensch or the superior man: continuous creation, reflection, and overcoming of the self. The superior man is dedicated to the advancement of society, he lives by his own set of moral codes and purpose. He is aware of the suffering of existence and his animalistic instincts, but he transcends them to help improve and heal humanity 10  11

"the individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”

What makes this aspect of Nietzsche’s thought all the more interesting is that we don’t usually think of him as a “spiritual” philosopher. But the story of metamorphosis from a regular man to a superior man with exhilarating powers is nothing if not an experience of spiritual transformation.

“one must have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star”.

His academic career was marked by a number of dazzling successes 12 . He produced some of the boldest, most sublime, most thought-provoking books ever born out of the human brain and heart.

It is more than tempting to think that the fundamental concept of his work was to honour the spirit of life. And how did Nietzsche honour the spirit of life? By freeing himself from the mental tyranny of 19th-century society and by discovering what is important and true 13. He published his first philosophical work at the age of 28. What was this book about? Tragedy, of course, radical thoughts which came from a radical spirit.
During his brief career in the military, he contracted several diseases that would affect his health for the rest of his life, leaving him bedridden and in pain for days. During this time, Nietzsche liberated himself from the confines of Christianity and started searching for something to replace it. He found art and fell in love with music 14.

 “the voice of beauty speaks softly; it creeps only into the most fully awakened souls”.

In the musical experience, he discovered he could transcend his earthly miseries and feel complete, if only for a few moments. He found opera profoundly moving and identified with the suffering of the protagonists in each narrative. Carrying the imprints of his pain and limiting his friendship to those who held the same beliefs 15 16. He led a mostly solitary life.

“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses”. 

The only romantic love of his life 17 18 was a brilliant young philosophical prodigy, Lou Andreas Salomé, who went on to become the first woman psychoanalyst. Besides her beautiful looks, he loved her for her shrewdness and bravery. He proposed to her, having met her only three times, and was rejected 19. Disappointed in love but not surprised. According to accounts, romantic love would always seem to trigger his deeply buried shadow side – fear and resentment towards the feminine 20. For solace, Nietzsche would immerse himself in his work.

“I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous – a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite”

To this day, his works continue to influence philosophy, psychology, and the world of literature and art. Avant-garde figures such as Albert Camus, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Carl Jung, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean-Paul Sartre, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats Salvador Dalí, Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko have all acknowledged Nietzsche as an inspiration. 

Literary source:

Chu, S., Morgan, J., and Wardle, L., 1999, Human, All Too Human, BBC production.

Halevy, D. 1911, The Life of Friedrich Nietzsche, Marc D'Hooghe at Free Literature

Nietzsche, F.1908, Human All-Too-Human – A Book For Free Spirits. Translated by Harvey, Alexander, Chicago, C. H. Kerr.

Nietzsche, F. 1968, Walter, Thus, Spoke Zarathustra. Translated by Kaufmann, Walter New York: Viking Press.

William, H. 1962, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kafka; four prophets of our destiny, New York: Collier Books.

Image References:

1. d. a. levy Buddhist Third Class Junkmail Oracle No1 June 1967 copy

2. Saliko. Moholy-Nagy/ Future Present László_Moholy-Nagy, gelosia, 1927, fotomontaggio, George eastman museum, rochester_NY, Wikipedia open-source. 

3. Faragó, Géza - The Symbolist 1908, Hungarian national gallery, Wikipedia open-source

4. Raoul Hausmann book cover (by-Hausmann) Germany 1921.  

Lady Justice presides over the Universal Law of Equilibrium. Nietzsche’s Sun in Libra, the Scales. 


Neptune in Aquarius in the 3rd house acquires knowledge and affirms his individuality by formulating and articulating the ideas of life through the magic medium of words (Sun trine Neptune). Nietzsche was deeply interested in social improvements, and with planet Neptune, in the house of Mind, he intuitively looked out into the environment to understand it (Moon in quintile with Neptune).

His ascendant in Scorpio shows us that Nietzsche had a great reserve of hidden power that was felt and respected by others. 

Ascendant’s ruler Pluto in the 5th house, urged him to creatively explore the evolution of consciousness. Nietzsche speaks of three evolutionary levels of consciousness: a sleeping camel, a demanding lion, and a spontaneous child. One metamorphosing the other. 


Saturn in Aquarius in the 2nd house seeks and declares new values.


Nietzsche was at home in his imaginary universe (Jupiter in Pisces in the 4th house), surrounded by the secret world of his own dreams.

His childhood needs not met resulting in unconscious resentments which only surface later in life (Moon square Chiron). Moon in the 1st house represents an individual who is emotional and sensitive to the environment around him. This placement also indicates that Nietzsche possessed receptive and intuitive qualities (Moon conjunct North Node).

Mercury trine Saturn placement indicates that Nietzsche had good powers of concentration. His disciplined and diligent mind earned respect and praise in the world of academia.  He was known as a diplomatic thinker and speaker (Mercury in Libra), usually very aware of his words' effects on others. He cultivated his highly developed sense of aesthetics and was acutely aware of his surroundings (Mercury in the 10th house). 

Nietzsche’s formula for greatness is to say yes to life’s horror and yes to life’s beauty  “That one,” he said, “wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it…but love it.”

Nietzsche had a strong and forceful focus to achieve his aims; he most likely conceived his masculinity in terms of his ability to accomplish things (Mars in trine with Saturn).


He believed that to be daring and to actively strive toward some goal is to be a man (Mars sextile Ascendant), and the more noble the goal, the more truly masculine you become, like the Übermensch (Mars conjunct Mercury in the 10th house)


Energy focused on career and how one is seen in the world (Mars in the 10th house). Nietzsche found joy in seeing the tangible results of his actions (Mars in Virgo).


Pluto in Gemini generation 1884 –1914 was a time of a major social and cultural shift, a brave new world was on the horizon - the world of science and progress and the world of a morally unbound freeman of the future.

Nietzsche experienced the gentle, thrilling touch of connectedness when in communion with music (Moon in quintile with Neptune). 

Saturn in Aquarius in the 2nd house does not seek the public approval to feel worthy. This placement indicates that Nietzsche was inclined to break away from conventions and separate himself from others. 

In Aquarius, Saturn mostly relies on his own inner authoritative voice and permits only a few close friends and/or authority figures to provide guidance in his projects (Saturn conjunct P. Fortune).

Nietzsche’s 7th house in Gemini indicates that he was attracted to Mercurial, highly spontaneous, intellectual, expressive, and versatile qualities in a partner.


7th house energy is the natural energy of Venus. In this house partner often functions as a mirror, reflecting unseen aspects of our deeper self. 

In Nietzsche's 7th house, we find Lilith and South Node showing us that in this lifetime, our philosopher had to learn to see his love not just as a desire and need for the other, but as a love that is ready only to give for the sheer joy of giving.
In need to heal the feminine self (Chiron conjunct Venus). Nietzsche was extremely sensitive to disharmony in relationships. He used art as a way to heal and release pain and trauma.