Michel Gauquelin

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Michel Gauquelin
Gauquelin's birth chart


Michel Gauquelin was born 13.11.1928 at 22.15 in Paris, and died there 20.5.1991.[1]

His interest in astrology began quite early. In schooldays his chart readings were so successful that his schoolmates called him Nostradamus.
In 1946 he enrolled at the Sorbonne (University of Paris) to study psychology and statistics, mainly in order to test the Choisnard-Krafft-Lasson claims regarding astrology.

In 1952 he met Marie-Francoise Schneider, a Swiss psychology student whom he married in 1954. The couple is well-known for their statistical analysis of astrology. The 31 years they were together was also their most productive time.

Gauquelin's aim was to be taken seriously by science. He enjoyed being admired and the centre of attention, but he failed to gain the recognition he so desired and instead ended up being ridiculed for his work. This criticism deeply hurt his self-esteem and he finally took his own life.


Michel Gauquelin was a statistician and psychologist, and with this background he developed an early interest in investigating whether it might be possible to find a statistical basis for astrology. He understood astrology well enough to know that taking Sun signs alone was not sufficient to make a serious investigation of the subject. The Gauquelins therefore collected the data of thousands of people who had been particularly successful in their chosen profession such as sportsmen, scientists and writers, and they came up with some significant results.

Especially their "Mars-effect" showed highly significant statistical correlations between planetary positions and the birth times of eminently successful sportsmen. Yet, Gauquelin's claim concerned not only Mars but five planets, correlated with eminence in fields broadly compatible with the traditional "planetary rulerships" of astrology.

Gauquelin 's calculations finally led him to reject most of the conventions of natal astrology as it is practised in the modern west; in his last years he therefore propagated a type of "neo-astrology".

See also


Gauquelin's "Mars effect"


  • (together with Francoise Schneider-Gauquelin) The Gauquelin Book of American Charts. 518 Charts with Character Trait Descriptions, 893 Birth Data/ Planet Position Listings for other individuals. 1st Edition, 1982. ACS Publications, Inc., San Diego. Paperback. Ca. 380 Pages. ISBN 0917086333
  • The Scientific Basis of Astrology. Stein and Day, 1969
  • Astrology and Science Translated by James Hughes. 1st edition, 1972. Mayflower Books Ltd., London. Paperback. 238 Pages. ISBN 432055657
  • Neo-astrology, a Copernican revolution 1991. Arkana. Paperback. 193 Pages. ISBN 0140193189
  • The Cosmic Clocks. From Astrology to a Modern Science 1973. Paladin, Frogmore, St. Albans. Paperback. 222 Pages
  • Is There Really a Mars Effect?, Above & Below: Journal of Astrological Studies, Issue 11, Fall 1988, pp. 4-7

Together with his wife and Hans Jürgen Eysenck‎:

  • Gauquelin, M.; Gauquelin, F. and Eysenck, S.B.G. (1979): Personality and position of the planets at birth: An empirical study, British Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Vol:18: pp.71–75
  • Gauquelin, M.; Gauquelin, F. and Eysenck, S.B.G. (1981): Eysenck's personality analysis and position of the planets at birth: A replication on American subjects., Personality and Individual Differences, Vol 2(4) pp.346-350

Other authors:

  • Suitbert Ertel: Raising the Hurdle for the Athletes’ Mars Effect: Association co-varies with Eminence. JSE 1988, 2,1
  • Suitbert Ertel and Kenneth Irving: The Tenacious Mars Effect. ISBN 1 871 989 15 9. Urania Trust, 1996 Review by H.J. Eysenck 1996 online
  • Nick Kollerstrom: How Ertel Rescued the Gauquelin Effect. Correlation Vol 23 (1), 2005

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