Nietzsche, Friedrich

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Nietzsche, Friedrich Gender: M
Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm
born on 15 October 1844 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Rõcken, Germany, 51n14, 12e07
Timezone LMT m12e07 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 22°07' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 09°03 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 29°15'

Friedrich Nietzsche


German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar who is considered the most influential voice since Kant and Hegel. He taught classes until 1879, then spent the next ten years in solitude. These years were spent writing his major works "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" and "Twilight of the Idols."

Nietzsche came from a long line of Lutheran pastors and was destined to follow in the footsteps of his clergyman dad, who died after 11 months of suffering from a serious illness, when the boy was age five. Shortly after his father's death, his younger brother died, leaving him to live with his mother, younger sister, grandmother and two aunts. He received a strict Christian upbringing as his mother was also the child of a Protestant minister. He suffered continually from severe headaches, sore throats, and rheumatic ailments as a kid, especially during his school days. At age 23, recognized for his brilliant work, he was appointed to the chair of philology at the University of Basel, 13 February 1868 and later was granted to Doctorate without examination, 23 March 1868. He eventually dropped his theological studies to take up classical philology, and later philosophy.

His dealing with the opposite sex were consistently awkward. He made a precipitous and impulsive proposal to Mathilde Trampendach on 11 April 1876, two hours after meeting her. The winter of 1882 and summer 1883 were probably among the loneliest and most desperate period in his life, the time when he began his "Thus Spoke Zarathustra."

In 1879, at the age of 35, Nietzsche resigned his post a professor of classical philology at Basel University and began a decade of travels across Europe, during which he wrote his greatest books. He had a desire to define himself as a European and looked forward to a time when the peoples of Europe would define themselves as Europeans rather than as citizens of particular countries. It might have been a way for him to distance himself from the militaristic, bureaucratic, bourgeois Germany of Bismarck, whom he abhorred. He believed that history is a genealogy of geniuses, in which each genius created the mental world in which his successors live.

His mental degeneration, at the time assumed to be caused by syphilis, began with megalomania. Nietzsche started to call himself a genius, the leading person of all millenniums and he claimed that all women loved him. He took on different identities - the Buddha, Alexander the Great, Caesar, Voltaire, Napoleon, Wagner - and danced naked in his room. In January 1889 he broke down in the street and tearfully embraced a horse which had been beaten. He was declared insane by doctors and taken back to Germany where he sat in a vegetative state until his death eleven years later, on 25 August 1900, Weimar, Germany.

The diagnosis of syphilis has since been challenged and a diagnosis of "manic-depressive illness with periodic psychosis followed by vascular dementia" was put forward by Cybulska prior to Schain's study. Leonard Sax suggested the slow growth of a right-sided retro-orbital meningioma as an explanation of Nietzsche's dementia; Orth and Trimble postulated frontotemporal dementia while other researchers have proposed a hereditary stroke disorder called CADASIL. Poisoning by mercury, a treatment for syphilis at the time of Nietzsche's death, has also been suggested.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • friend relationship with Andreas-Salomé, Lou (born 12 February 1861). Notes: Nietzsche was in love with her and wanted to marry her
  • compare to chart of Bourdieu, Pierre (born 1 August 1930). Notes: influenced by him


  • Death of Father 30 July 1849 (Dad died after long illness)
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  • Death of Father 30 July 1849 (Age five when dad died of illness)
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  • Work : New Career 13 February 1868 (Appointed to Chair at Basel)
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  • Family : Change residence 22 April 1869 (Entered Switzerland, where he became a citizen)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 11 April 1876 (Proposed two hours after meeting Mathilde)
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  • Social : Change of Lifestyle 1879 (Went into solitude and traveled)
  • Social : Begin Travel 1879 (Began ten years of solitude and travel)
  • Relationship : Difficult period December 1882 (Lonliest period)
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  • Mental Health : Psychotic episode 1889 (GPI from syphilis)
  • Mental Health : Psychotic episode January 1889 (Broke down in street and hugged horse)
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Source Notes

Lockhart quotes Modern Astrology, 11/1914, for 10 a.m. from "the Young Neitzsche," p.522 (LMR finds only "The Young Nietzsche" by Frederick R. Love which has NO data. Lyndoe gave 10:07 AM as "accepted data" in AA 7/1967.)

(Jon Dunn writes on email (ACT) "Robert von Heeren's German Database gives 09h11m28s UT, no source.) PT notes that The Taeger collection cites Lescaut quoting unspecified official record for 9:30 AM LMT/8:41 AM GMT.

Sy Scholfield quotes a time of birth of 10 a.m. in the German biography, 'Der Junge Nietzsche' by his sister, Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche (A. Kroner, 1922), p. 14. Scholfield notes that Elisabeth created the Nietzsche Archive in 1894.


  • Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind (Brilliant intellect)
  • Traits : Personality : Unique
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Autoimmune other (Rheumatic ailments as kid)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : STD/Sexually transmitted (Syphilis)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Headaches, severe (Lifetime)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Throat (Severe sore throats)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Mental Illness
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Multiple Personality (As a result of syphilis-induced insanity)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Nervous Breakdown
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode (Declared insane (GPI))
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Five kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age five when dad and brother died)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Little brother died very young)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never; relationships always difficult)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Travel (Across Europe)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Philosopher/ Humanist (Philosopher)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Christian, Protestant)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (University of Basel)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Linguist
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy (Meanings of life and gods)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Literary genius)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book