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NOTE: It has come to the translator's attention that the textual content of some of the original articles sent or posted by Ms Brummund from/in Germany have been altered after the translator received the text translated below. The following text is a translation of the content of the article as it appeared on the date indicated at the end of this translated text, and does not include translation of any alterations that may have been made in the German original since that date.
UPDATED WITH EXPLANATORY FOOTNOTES IN DECEMBER 2000
In an interview I was asked what the difference is between traditional astrology and that of the Hamburg School. This prompted me to reflect a while, since I had believed that this was widely understood. To start with, Witte carried out examination of chart symmetries among the traditional planets and angles, the Aries Point, and the Transneptunians, with the aid of the movable dial.
Having used the Combination of Stellar Influences as a textbook since 1956, I made contact with the Hamburg School in 1969, at which time I already noticed differences in working methods within the School itself. These differences in technique are even greater today. Following is a summary of three different historical strains of development within the Hamburg School.
One might consider these three working methodologies derived from Witte's teachings in order of precedence, from the teachings of Ludwig Rudolph to the more tradition-based methods of Hermann Lefeldt. Ludwig Rudolph was an expert at interpreting Witte's teachings. What Witte lacked in developing a coherent system in his time, Ludwig Rudolph later clarified in form.
It is time that these three differences in interpretation and application of Witte's teachings are made known.
Our mutual tolerance is brought to question here. Each individual can only accept what is in resonance with his or her inner nature. Moreover, one's degree of consciousness plays an important role. One should not arrogantly deny other methods that one simply does not understand. Genuine human nobility is shown by astrologers through their ability to work with one another.
-- Hamburg, 8 July 1993 -- updated 2 December 2000
(*1) Saturn stands for separations, among other things. It is significant, for the confirmation or correction of birth times, to note the time that important separations or departures took place. For these events, one can use directed Saturn and derivative midpoints for rectification. Depending on the question, one might use SU/SA for separations from a man, MO/SA from a woman, NO/SA from an association, or AS/SA from a partner or a location. One should use the directed Ascendant only after the birthtime is somewhat certain.
(*2) In order to ascertain the birth time, the difference between the directed SU/MO midpoint and the natal MC should correspond to the age of a significant event. Here the example of the double triggering of SU/MO is given because the various manifestations of this combination are of exceptional importance in any given chart. It may symbolize, husband and wife, body and soul, personal presence among the public, etc.
(*3) translator's note: the issue of setting aside techniques such as sign rulerships, fixed stars, sensitive points, and dignities & detriments, was actually first suggested by Alfred Witte, as he considered them as redundant, for students in particular. Mention of this can be found on page 255 of Der Mensch, a collection of articles written by Witte and his contemporaries; thus, in his later writings, Witte himself recognized the importance of simplification and prioritization of technique in order to stay focused on essential points.
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