Biographical Investigation

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An anthroposophical technique which aims to help individuals understand their biography, i.e. to learn to recognise the common theme between apparently unrelated events. This entails an understanding of both general patterns of development shared by all individuals and the unique experiences of any particular individual. This knowledge can then be used as a foundation upon which an individual can plan for the future with the aim of becoming a more active participant in the process. Although there is an initial emphasis on understanding the client's past, the actual focus of attention is on active participation in the future. What untapped potential is there? How can this be developed? What might the goals be? What are the main sources of energy? [1]

Combining astrology with biographical work can be very enriching, initially in retrospect: the standard prognostic methods can also be applied to past events (which is particularly recommended for anyone learning astrology because it can lead to a deeper understanding not only of the client and oneself, but of general astrological principles). Particularly enlightening can be the transits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, together with secondary progressions or solar arcs because these methods can help to understand important themes of a more long-term nature. Astrology also gives insights into general cycles of development – particularly the transits of the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to their own position in the natal chart. To name only two examples: Every twelve years transiting Jupiter forms a conjunction with Jupiter in the natal chart, which indicates a new cycle of expansion. One well-known feature of Saturn is its seven year rhythm: It takes roughly 29 ½ years to return to the position in the natal chart and during this cycle forms a series of important aspects every 7 years to this position: waxing square, opposition and waning square.

Astrology can also be a great help when making plans for the future because one of its main strengths is its ability to reveal a person's hidden potential and how it might find creative expression – particularly if it has up until that point been experienced on a more destructive level.

It is interesting to note that biographical investigation is a method that has been developed during the twentieth century because it is the century that came to emphasise the biography of individuals. More people enjoy a degree of independence and have the opportunity to make decisions in life in a way that was rare in the past when origins and the demands of the community placed greater restrictions on the choices of individuals.


  1. Mathias Wais: Biographie-Arbeit - Lebensberatung. Stuttgart 1992. S. 41.