Luther, Martin (1483)

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Luther, Martin (1483) Gender: M
Luder, Martin
born on 10 November 1483 Jul.Cal. (19 Nov 1483 greg.) at 22:46 (= 10:46 PM )
Place Eisleben, Germany, 51n31, 11e32
Timezone LMT m11e32 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 27°20' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 11°04 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 24°55'

Martin (1483) Luther


German reformationist who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1507 but broke from the church in 1519, denying Papal supreme power. Condemned as a heretic, he began the Reformed Church in 1525.

Martin Luther was one of a houseful of children, the son of Hans Luder, who worked in the copper mines, and his wife Margarethe, a harsh disciplinarian. He was a good student, a quiet boy. He entered Erfurt University, the best school of the time, in 1501, graduating with a BA in 1502 and an MA in 1505. His father wished him to be a lawyer, but to his disappointment, Luther was drawn to the study of the Scriptures. The legend is told that he swore to become a monk on 2 July 1505 when he survived a terrible storm.

He entered the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt and took his monk's vow in 1506. The life of a monk during Luther's time was hard, consisting of fasting, prayer and work. A monk's day began at 3:00 AM with the first hourly prayers. This time molded Luther, above all he found a close relationship to the Bible which characterized his later life and work. In 1507 he was ordained a priest, and went to the University of Wittenberg, where he lectured on philosophy and the Scriptures, becoming a powerful and influential preacher and university professor.

On a mission to Rome in 1510-11 he was appalled by the corruption present in the church. To raise money for rebuilding St. Peter’s, papal emissaries sold "indulgences," the forgiveness of sins in exchange for a fee. Luther was outraged at the shameless traffic, carried on in particular by the Dominican Johann Tetzel. Ostentatious, Tetzel even redeemed the sins of the dead and his saying was repeated, "When the money clangs in the box, the souls spring up to heaven." Luther strongly believed that one lived a life of humility in order to receive God's grace and the purchase of forgiveness was not only a hypocrisy but a distortion of the authority of the church.

As professor of biblical exegesis at Wittenberg (1512 - 46), he began to preach the doctrine of salvation by faith rather than works; and on 31 October 1517 drew up a list of 95 theses on indulgences, denying the pope any right to forgive sins, and nailed them on the church door at Wittenberg. Copies of the theses spread rapidly over Europe and in response, Tetzel published a set of counter-theses and burnt Luther's. He labeled Luther as a heretic and threatened to have him sent to the stake. The Wittenberg students retaliated by burning Tetzel's theses.

The pope, Leo X, at first took little notice of this disturbance, but in 1518 summoned Luther to Rome to answer for his theses. An inquisition was begun in Rome by the Papal Court. The Wittenburg faculty stood behind Luther and debates raged between the powerful church members and intellectuals and philosophers of the time.

After a noted debate in 1519 between Luther and scholar Johann Eck, Luther began to attack the papal system more boldly. In 1520 he published his famous Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, attacking the doctrinal system of the Church of Rome.

The peak of the inquisition came on 15 June 1520, with the excommunication proposal in which Luther was ordered to recant his teachings. A papal bull containing 41 theses was issued against Luther. He burned it on 10 December 1520 before a multitude of doctors, students, and citizens in Wittenberg. He refused to recant unless proven wrong by the Bible or by "clear reason." This behavior caused a conclusive and irrevocable break with Rome. On 3 January 1521 the Pope excommunicated Luther. An order was issued for the destruction of his books, and he was put under the ban of the Empire. On his return from Worms he was seized and lodged (for his own protection) in the Wartburg, the elector's fortress. During the year he spent there, he translated the Scriptures and composed his cogent controversial treatise, "Refutation of the Argument of Latomus."

The instability of the times and emergence of thinkers who no longer accepted church doctrine without question fomented civil unrest. In 1522, Luther was called back to Wittenberg. He rebuked the unruly elements, and made a stand against lawlessness on the one hand, and tyranny on the other. He also published his acrimonious reply to Henry VIII's attack on him in his letter about the nature of the seven sacraments.

On 13 June 1525, Luther’s breach with church dogma was flagrant when he took the vows of marriage. His bride was 16-year-younger Katherine von Bora, a nun who had fled from a convent and had taken refuge in Wittenberg. The marriage was opposed by many of his friends who saw in it the downfall of the Reformation. It proved, nonetheless, to be a robust relationship, resulting in not only a household of six children, but the addition of one of Katharina's relatives and after 1529, six of Luther's sister's children. Luther also housed students in his home to help the family's financial situation. It was a noisy and vigorous extended family. With massive energy, manly and affectionate simplicity, and a rich, if sometimes coarse, humor, Luther was said to not have any idea of how to run a household and was grateful to have his capable Katharina. She was skilled with handling household expenses and proved herself to be a good housewife and gardener.

The first year of his marriage, Luther published his " Discourse on Free Will." In the years that followed, Luther concentrated on spreading his beliefs through writings and sermons. Luther met with Swiss theologians at the famous conference at Marburg in 1529 in which he obstinately maintained his view that Christ is present in

the bread and wine of the Eucharist. The drawing up of his theological views in the Augsburg Confession the following year marks the culmination of the German Reformation. Many German princes and cities signed the Augsburg Confession as an expression of the evangelical faith.

During his last years of life Luther fought against many physical ailments. The death of his daughter Magdelena in 1542 was also very difficult for him. His relationship to people with different beliefs, especially the Jews,

deteriorated drastically during these years. His 1523 work, "Jesus was born a Jew," showed a conciliatory attitude; however, in later years his writing became more strongly anti-Semitic.

Luther continued to lead the Reformation in its fight against its enemies. He dealt his last blow against the Roman Church in 1545 with his publication of "Against the Papacy at Rome Founded by the Devil! "

Luther set off on his last trip on 17 January 1546, to his birthplace, Eisleben. Although he was drawn with illness, he went to settle a dispute among the Mansfeld Counts. The negotiations ended successfully but Luther was too ill to return to Wittenberg. He died on 18 February 1546 in Eisleben. On his death bed, he prayed "Into your hands, I command my spirit. You have saved me, Father, you faithful God."

His voluminous works include "Von den guten Wercken," (Of Good Works), 1520 and his complete translation of the Bible in German, 1534. By 1555, the Reformation had swept Northern and Eastern Europe.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • parent->child relationship with Luther, Paul (born 28 January 1533 Jul.Cal. (7 Feb 1533 greg.))
  • (has as) benefactor relationship with Melanchton, Philipp (born 16 February 1497 Jul.Cal. (25 Feb 1497 greg.))
  • role played of/by Fiennes, Joseph (born 26 May 1970). Notes: 2003 film "Luther"
  • role played of/by George, Götz (born 23 July 1938). Notes: 1972 play, "Martin Luther und Thomas Münzer"


  • Social : End a program of study 1502 (Received his BA degree)
  • Social : End a program of study 1505 (Received his MA degree)
  • Social : Joined group 1506 (Took his monk's vows)
  • Work : New Career 1507 (Ordained Roman Catholic Priest)
  • Social : Begin Travel 1510 (Traveled to Rome for work)
  • Work : New Career 1512 (Professor of biblical exegesis at Wittenberg, 34 years)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 31 October 1517 Jul.Cal. (10 Nov 1517 greg.) (List of 95 indulgences)
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  • Social : Left group 1519 (Left the church)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1520 (Released the "Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation")
  • Work : Contracts, agreements 10 December 1520 (greg.) (Burned his excommunication papers)
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  • Social : Left group 3 January 1521 (greg.) (Pope excommunicated him)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1523 (Book released)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1525 (Happy, supportive relationship)
  • Social : Joined group April 1525 (Began Reformed Church)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 13 June 1525 (greg.) (Katherine von Bora)
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  • Death of Child 1542 (Daughter Magdelena died)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1545 (Noted book against Roman Catholics)
  • Social : Begin Travel 17 January 1546 Jul.Cal. (27 Jan 1546 greg.) (Traveled to his home town of Eisleben)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 18 February 1546 Jul.Cal. (28 Feb 1546 greg.) at 02:30 AM in Eisleben (Age 62, via Justus Jonas:"between 2 a.m and 3 a.m.")
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Source Notes

B.R. in hand from Steinbrecher, 7/1990 (November 10 OS, 11:00 PM LAT)

(R.A.L. wrote in AA 11/1953 that "the three different horoscopes of Luther in NN 1001 are incorrect. Tycho Brahe declared that Luther's mother recalled the hour and day but not the year. She said she had been brought to bed on November 10th at 11:00 PM; time rectified to 10:12 PM." Baker's Dictionary gives November 10, 1483 OS.)

(Prior data was often given as October 22, 1483 OS, October 31 NS. Paul Mahler Dam writes that these data are given in the files in the Royal Danish Library.

Heinz specht writes, "He was born October 22 Julian, that is November 10 Gregorian." (This does not compute as the conversion of OS to NS in 1483 is plus ten days.) Ebertin in Meridian 1983/4 gives October 22, as does Huber in Astrolog No.28 with a time from Tycho Brahe. Dardanus gave 10:00 PM, Garcaeus 11:20 PM, Junctinus 11:36 PM, Reinhold Ebertin 10:59 PM, Huber 11:00 PM. Melanchton, the friend of Luther, said in his book that Luther had been born before midnight. Gauricus, a Catholic Monk falsified Luther's birthday to the year 1484 to further declare him a heretic. Cardanus did not accept that date.

Germany celebrated Luther's 500th birthday on November 10, 1983.)


  • Traits : Personality : Unique
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Severe illnesses in his later years)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (21 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Very happy (Happy home life)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Wife 16-years-younger)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Raised-supported six of his sisters kids)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Six)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Rejection/ Leave church (Left the church)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Roman Catholic priest)
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy (Prolific writer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator (The Bible into German)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Reformation)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Reformation)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book