Keyserling, Hermann Von

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Keyserling, Hermann Von Gender: M
Hermann Alexander Graf Keyserling
born on 20 July 1880 at 21:55 (= 9:55 PM )
Place Könnu, Estonia, 58n53, 24e50
Timezone LST m24e45 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Ring
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 28°24' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 13°59 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 21°34'

Hermann Von Keyserling


European author, aristocrat and philosopher. Born into nobility, he traveled extensively in the East and lived mainly on his remote Estonian estates until driven out by the Russian Revolution of 1917, when his property was confiscated. Moving to Berlin, he married Bismarck's granddaughter in 1919.

Keyserling studied at the Universities of Dorpat and Heidelberg, trained as a Kantian Idealist. He studied science, eastern philosophy and became deeply interested in Oriental philosophies, especially Buddhism. Like Steiner, he drew heavily on Goethe for his philosophical and spiritual basis. He examined Theosophy, having visited Adyar in 1913.

He wrote books, lectured and traveled, discussing his belief that understanding exists beyond words and that truth is subjective, and in the notion that thought is not merely a means of articulating reality, it is reality. Keyserling was fashionable in the post-war period, and in 1919, he settled in Darmstadt where he established a School of Wisdom.

He died 4/26/1946 in Aurach.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Family trauma 1917 (Home confiscated by the Russians)

Source Notes

Previous entry in ADB said Rudhyar quotes him with 21:36.

Thomas Ring, who was a close contemporary of Keyserling and probably knew him personally, quotes him with 21:55, which is more plausible (Astrologische Menschenkunde, Band 1). An attempt is made to find an original document. Tony Bonin claims that 20 July is Julian calendar, but arrives there apparently by astrological deduction, not by original research. This needs to be checked as well.

Isaac Starkman writes per email: Based on 14 events, I rectified his chart to 20 July 1880 19.58.20 UT (21:37:20 LMT) Asc 5Pis37'. The date is NS (Greg. calendar) for sure.


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (Aristocracy)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Financial crisis (Estates confiscated during Russian revolution)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Travel
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Metaphysical (Wisdom teachings of the ancients)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Philosopher/ Humanist (Eastern philosophy)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Established a School of Wisdom)
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy (Oriental philosophies)