Astrology and Architecture: Shapes of Scorpio

Astrology and Architecture: Shapes of Scorpio. towards an astrological typology of the design related to the astrological archetypes.

Related articles: Steiner`s GoetheanumScorpio as the sign of sculpting,

On the parallels of helmets, closed up containers, bulbs and bunkers with Scorpio

The First Goetheanum designed by Rudolf Steiner himself was located in Scorpio with Pisces

The “Goetheanum” named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is a building designed by Rudolf Steiner the founder of antroposophy. The new Goetheanum was built after the destruction of the first Goetheanum by an arson attack on 1 January 1920. The inauguration ceremony for the new Goetheanum was held on a full moon day which was 29 September 1928.

The construction site was located in the constellation of the two water signs Pisces and Scorpio for radius/field level 4 which describes the building itself. The combination of theses two signs also reflects the two main elements in the birth chart of Rudolf Steiner: the Sun sign in Pisces and the Ascendant in Scorpio. in Goethes chart the astrogeographical constellation corresponds to the Ascendant in Scorpio and the position of the Moon in Pisces. For both Steiner as well as Goethe the place represents the first and the fourth houses in their birth charts, just as if the building had been constructed not only to create a monument for their personalities (1st house) but also a home for them to live in (4th house)

Pisces the sign of the reconnection with the spiritual origin of existence is one of the most important and most auspicious astrogeographical aspect for temples, music halls and places for art and entertainment. Scorpio the sign of physical perception, hierarchies and also of defense may be interpreted to indicate the purpose of creating an example for spiritual architecture for others to follow and also a fortress for Rudolf Steiner`s spiritual and educational concepts.

Astrological chart for the laying of the foundation stone for the first Goetheanum 20 Sept 1913, 18:54, Dornach, CH (source:

The astrological chart for the laying of the foundation stone for the first Goetheanum is interesting also because the date and time was chosen by astrological election. Due to the fact that Pluto had not been discovered yet the astrologers were not aware of the conjunction of Mars with Pluto  on the day of the event. This conjunction also occurs in Steiner´s birth chart. Compare the chart of the laying of the foundation stone for Nelson´s Pllar in Dublin for evaluation of this aspect! The exact square of Mercury with Mars whose position on the IC (midnight point) stands for the spirits of the land had been problematic enough for questioning this astrological election anyway, because Mercury`s position indicates that the spirits of the place were put in question by intellectual, educational and maybe possibly even technological purposes of the building. The first Goetheanum had been built partly of timber and the house burnt down following an arson attack on 1 January 1920.

La Geode – closed-up containers

La Géode is a mirror-finished geodesic dome that holds an Omnimax theatre in Parc de la Villette at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris.

La Geode located in Scorpio with Leo: bullets are ph:giomodica, ccbysa3.0

Round and hermetically closed-up containers seem to help and support the reflex of Scorpio to present an image of perfection and so qualify for the relevance of architecture in the fields of emotional impression and highest standards.

United States Capitol – dominance through magnificence

Capitol in Washington located in Scorpio with Leo photo Martin Falbisoner, ccbysa3.0

The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the United States Congress, and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though not at the geographic center of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District’s street-numbering system and the District’s four quadrants.

The original building was completed in 1800 and was subsequently expanded, particularly with the addition of the massive dome, and expanded chambers for the bicameral legislature, the House of Representatives in the south wing and the Senate in the north wing.

Astrogeographic position of the US Capitol for morphogenetic field level 3 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the whole building and larger area around it: together with the whole of the National Mall the Capitol building has the coordinate for its astrogeographical latitude in highly alert, defensive, solid, fixed water sign Scorpio the sign of fortresses, bunkers, sculpting, imaging, visualization, dogma, ideology, copies, self-defense, trauma, pain, angst, fear, death and the underworld.  As the sign of sculpting Scorpio stands for the attempt to present perfect representative buildings for the state dogma here. In relation to the 88 m tall dome Scorpio as the sign of the underworld and protection of the inside Scorpio relates a self-protective function like as a helmet.

The coordinate for the astrogeographical longitude is located in highly energetic, magnetic, royal fire sign Leo ths sign of the Sun, light, self-esteem, centralism, luxury. Leo stands for the appeal for the highest role in society and the resonance with the 27°Leo astrogeograpohical position of Washington for morphogenetic field level 1.

Beijing Opera house – bunkers

Beijing Opera House located in  Pisces with Scorpio.    author: Flickr user Hui Lan license: ccbysa2.0    

Beijing Opera House the National center for the performing arts of China is located at Tianmen Square to the south of the Forbidden City in the Chinese capital.
Astrogeographic position of the Beijing opera House for morphogenetic field level 3 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the whole building and larger area around it:  one coordinate is located in mystic spiritual water sign Pisces the sign of spirituality, dreaming, main indicator for music and opera houses together  The second coordinate lies in solid, fixed water sign Scorpio and stands for the compact, dense, hermetically  secluded, container-like, helmet or bunker architecture here.  As the sign of sculpting, imaging, visualization, film, photography, welding, metal working, construction, stone-masonry, the underground, underworld, transformation and metamorphosis Scorpio is an important resonator not only for technical art work but also for important topics of art. 

Oscar Niemeyer`s representation of the polarity between Scorpio and Aquarius

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre is a fascinating example of the different aims in the architecture of Scorpio and of Aquarius.

Dome and Tower of the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre – an example for the polarity of Scorpio with Aquarius. The contrast between the tower that rises up to the sky on a narrow supporting pillar and the closed up bunker like helmet that sticks to the ground is a fascinating image to describe the different aims of Aquarius and Scorpio  photo:  FDV  ccbysa3.0

Astrogeographic position for morphogenetic field level 3: the construction site is located in creative, innovative air sign Aquarius sign of the going new ways, inspiration and heading for space. In the polarity of the 2 signs Aquarius stands for the tower holding up a round futuristic platform in the shape of an airport tower while standing on a long narrow pole, so that the concentration of the building is on the higher part and not on the lower. Airport towers relate to Aquarius role as the sign of flying. Also interesting for Aquarius is the spiral staircase that proposes taking you up to the high place.

The 2nd coordinate which lies in highly defensive water sign Scorpio is represented by the closed up helmet like round building with no windows. This fulfills the fortress reflex and helmet intention in Scorpio and the wish for protecting the head, keeping the light away and creating a space for mental visualization and even the chance for a closed up ideology, dogma or any simple interior space. This intention is so typical for Scorpio and can be observed in a number of buildings of that shape with the astrogeographical position in that sign. A typical example for that is the Beijing Opera House.

What brings the two forms together is that both can be associated to mushrooms. Scorpio as the ruler of all types of fungi would be the main indicator for the mushroom association of the ensemble.

The Taj Mahal – the image of perfection

Taurus and Scorpio – The Taj Mahal in Agra.   photo: Yann license: GNU/FDL

Astrogeographic position of the Taj Mahal for morphogenetic field level 3 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the whole area of the Taj buildings and gardens:  Taj Mahal is located in defensive water sign Scorpio the sign of sculpting, sculptures, imaging, stone masonry, death and tombs. The function of the building as a burial place is to be associated with the correspondence of the site with water sign Scorpio. The reflex in Scorpio to create the perfection of an image should be considered as a central motif behind the whole project. Compare my article: Scorpio as the sign  of sculpting.

The second coordinate lies in solid fixed earth sign Taurus the sign of the earth, grounding, growing roots, agricultural land, market places and local energetic centers. The dome as a female form in architecture is a highly typical element to be related with the apects of the female in earth sign Taurus (compare: Hagia Sophia as a temple for the eart mother). Highly fertile Taurus  indicates an expensive ground reflecting the high importance and costs of the project. And Taurus is also the indicator for the enormous profits that the Taj Mahal attracts to the City of Agra and its inhabitants until today.

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (seen from south-east) is located in Scorpio with Gemini ph: Sarahnrehm, GFDL

The Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art building is an example of a closed up container in the shape of a dark glass facade cubus with its south-east facade containing a triangular sloping element that can be seen in the picture above. The hierarchy between the taller and the lower part of the building may be identified as part of preventive, defensive reflex that reduces the potential target space at the lower end of the building. This form also appears in defensive water sign Cancer.

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro

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The defensive helmet dome resembling the Prussian “Spiked Helmet” is a typical feature of Scorpio. Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast is located in Libra with Scorpio (FL3) ph: Gillian Zouzoukov , ccbysa3.0

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast is located in service orientated air sign Libra sign of harmony, balance, beauty, symmetry, decoration and the ideal of a higher culture. Libra is also a resonator for churches dedicated to the St. Mary in her role as the female aspect of the supreme. Scorpio relates to the prominence and massiveness of the dome which relates to the helmet topic in Scorpio here – an element of style which partly contradicts the attempts of Libra to arrange for a balanced and light design. The 4 towers are an element from Islamic ornamental architecture, which relates to the strong Scorpio resonance of Arab culture.

Palácio Nacional da Pena

The Palácio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, Portugal is located in Scorpio with Pisces. The palace was built since 1835 on the former site of an old monastery hat had been destroyed by an earthquake in 1755.

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Spiked helmets on top of fortress towers appear as ornaments of alertness and defense. The Palácio Nacional da Pena is located in Scorpio with Pisces
CEphoto, Uwe Aranas, ccbysa3.0

The spiked helmets on top of fortress towers appear as ornaments of the Scorpio issues of alertness and defense. The Pisces atmosphere of the construction site is reflected in the fake character of the fortress design and the fact that the construction site originally hosted a monastery.

The Montreal Biosphere

The Montreal Biosphere is an example for an attempted closed up container in Scorpio but reduced to its skeleton through the influence of Capricorn.

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Montreal Biosphere is located in Scorpio wit Capricorn.
ph: © Ralf Roletschek , GFDL

This astrogeographical coincidence is also a fascinating astrological simile for manifestations of this year`s Pluto-Saturn conjunction Capricorn: the self-destructive impact of the closed up container of the “International Neo-Fascist Movement” ideology (Pluto) is reduced to the naked skeleton structure (Capricorn) through its dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic, California wild-fires, burning of the rain forests, spreading of hate an nationalism.