Marr, Alexander

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Marr, Alexander Gender: M
born on 12 April 1919 at 13:11 (= 1:11 PM )
Place Zürich, Switzerland, 47n23, 8e32
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 21°32' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 20°07 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 16°30'

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Alexander Marr
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Swiss-born German astrologer, he moved to Germany at age one. He was one of the first European astrologers to work with computer programs, in 1964, having access to a large IBM computer. At age 45 he learned programming and wrote all of his own astrology programs, using the Topocentric system. He was the author of "Astrologers, Kings, Politicians and Others," in which he published his own 25 page autobiography.

Marr wrote six books and more than 150 articles, publishing his own works. For some 45 years his interest lay primarily in research and was known as "an astrologer's astrologer." He rectified birth times with great care and precision, publishing many such data. An extrovert, he stated his opinions frankly, particularly in regards to astrologers whose work remained in a "fictional" belief system.

In commenting on his own chart he remarked about psychological scars from his relationship with his father and early separation from his mother. He was fond of sports, particularly in shooting competitions and hunting, but his greatest interest was in science. Although anti-military in sentiment, Marr served in the Luftwaffe for 25 years, primarily in the Intelligence branch as a specialist in deciphering codes in the Russian language. His secondary vocation was playing violin in Radio Symphony orchestras for 15 years and he served as a deputy in the Opera Orchestra of Trier for 20 years. Devoted to music and gifted with absolute pitch, he was concertmaster of the Dublin symphony after the war.

Marr had a brain stroke on 4 October 1994, and after five years of severe illness, died on 9 February 2000. His work is being carried on ably by Starkman in Israel.

Link to Astrowiki (German)


  • associate relationship with Starkman, Isaac (born 16 December 1950). Notes: Starkman developed software using Marr's rectification methods


  • Work : Begin Major Project 1964 (Computer astrology)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 9 February 2000 (After long illness, age 80)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

From Isaac Starkman in early April 2009, correcting a time of 12:11 in the original record. Starkman quotes from Marr's book "Astrologers, King, Politicians and Others" and clarifies that Marr used to give his time in UT, not MET. That fact probably accounts for the discrepancy in the original AstroDatabank record which gave 12:11 as the time. In a previous post on the forum, Starkman wrote: "In his book "Astrologers, Kings, Politicians and Others" 1990 he wrote that the hospital record for his birth is 13.30 MET, which he rectified to 13.11.14 MET Asc 16Leo33' with Saturn rising, not Neptune." The original record said "John Van Zandt quotes him in "Prediction." Marr corrected and re-corrected everybody's charts including his own. Neptune rises on the ASC and his work was a dance between Saturn and Neptune..each trying to lead.The time of 12:11:34 PM MET is excruciatingly and compoundedly rectified by himself over time."

In keeping with Rodden's standards, RR was set to C = rectified from approximate time.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Debilitating)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Retirement circumstances (Five years illness after stroke)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Hunting)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 80)
  • Vocation : Computer : Programmer (Wrote astrological software)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor (Concertmaster)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Symphony violin)
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer (Pro)
  • Vocation : Writers : Astrology
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Books, many articles)