On the astrology of Neuschwanstein Castle 

On the astrology of Neuschwanstein Castle. Astrology, architecture, art, fairy tales & tourist attractions: an analysis of the astrogeographical positions and astrological data of one of Europe`s most  famous tourist sites that lies outside of a major city.

Related articles: Martin Luther`s Constellations at Wittenberg, Wartburg and Worms, The Astrology of Cinderella’s Castle in Disney WorldCastles & Palaces in my astrogeographical picture book on pinterest,

Astrology, Architecture & Castles: Neuschwanstein in Leo and between Taurus and Gemini
Neuschwanstein Castle seen from the east. Photo taken as few as ten years after the completion of the castle around 1890. Neuschwanstein lies in Leo and between Taurus and Gemini

Neuschwanstein Castle is located at the northern foots of the Bavarian Alps in South Germany. Its design combines a post-romantic scenario with a fairy tale make up of imaginary medieval german castles. Neuschwanstein may best be understood as a visualization of a fairy tale palace somewhere between the palace of Sleeping Beautys, Rapunzel´s tower and the Snow Queen castle from Hans-Christian Andersens fairy tales iced on top of the corpus of the legendary Wartburg Castle archetype which seems to have served as a model for the castle palace. Neuschwanstein sees 1.5 million visitors per year probably making it the most attractive single building in the whole of Germany next to Borussia Dortmunds Signal Iduna Park. Neuschwanstein was conceived and constructed between 1869 and 1886.

Astrogeographical position of Neuschwanstein Castle for morphogenetic field level 3 (surrounding area) which describes how the whole of the Neuschwanstein project area is embedded in the surrounding area: one coordinate lies in highly alert, defensive, solid, fixed water sign Scorpio to be seen as the factor here that resonates with the fortress character of the castles´s position and the way it towers over the entrances into the canyons that lead up to the Alpine peaks to the south of the building.As the resonating sign of sculpting, imaging, visualization and photography Scorpio stands for the ideal of a castle designed as a work of art like a gigantic sculpture. Compare my article: Scorpio as the sign of sculpting. As a practical factor in all arts Scorpio plays the most important role in the visual arts and particularly in the alchemy of the transformation of sensual perception as well as conceived visualizations into images whether it is through drawings or paintings, wooden, rock or metal figurines and statues, photography and prints, steel enforced concrete or any other way of manifestation and/or construction work. In photography Scorpio relates to the “fixer bath” which stabilizes an image onto the photographic paper.

The 2nd coordinate of the Neuschwanstein Castle project area lies in self-protective earth sign Virgo the sign of reason, health, self-cleaning which serves as the resonating factor of the remoteness atmosphere  of the castle and difficult to access and easy to defend strategical location. The resonance of the site with the qualities of Virgo as the sign of protected places, conservation and monastic life may be found in the remoteness of its location and a certain untouchability and virginity image of the unused and castle, which has been inhabited only for short periods of time. As the sign of conserving health, food, goods and even mummys (compare: The Valley of the Kings in Virgo) helped support the association of Neuschwanstein with the fairy-tale princesses of obstacles that prevent them from living life, sexuality, love and marriage.

Neuschwanstein Castle – this image shows of the Disney associations of the way the castle is embedded in the landscape      photo: Cezary Piwowarski, GFDL

These astrogeographical position in Scorpio seems to stand for the exemplary function of Neuschwanstein as a design model which has been copied extensively in the Disney versions of German fairy tales and in the Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty Castles. And Scorpio also relates to the fact that Neuschwanstein itself is a copy of other castles particularly of  the Wartburg at Eisenach (14th cent.) and of Hohenzollern Castle (1867).

Some thoughts on the energetical qualities of the magical throne hall

Neuschwanstein is a climax of the depiction and idealization of the topics of the era of Romanticism which had long surpassed its peak (1800-1850) at the times of the creation of the orgiastic interior of Neuschwanstein`s  indulging itself in copies of an imagined medieval otherworld and the decorativity of an ornamentalism that seeks to fill any smallest spaces with the iconography of the “far away idols” as if in an attempt to drive out present times.

Astrology, astrogeography and architecture of Neuschwanstein, Bavaria
Ornamentation in Neuschwanstein Throne Hall in Taurus with Leo
photo: Lokilech, GFDL

For an understanding of the astrogeographical resonance factors of the overall concept of the extremely rich artistic work that fills Neuschwanstein`s west wing with the king`s own rooms the astrogeographical positions for the exact adress (field level 4) have to be examined.

Astrogeographical resonance coordinates of Neuschwanstein Castle for morphogenetic field level 4 (exact position) which describes the energetical topics and atmosphere of the building itself: the astrogeographical longitude of Neuschwanstein Castle stretches from earth sign Taurus the sign of the earth, grounding, roots, food and energetical centers on the west side where the kings chambers are into air sign Gemini the sign of signposts, communication, learning in which the largest part of the castle with the courtyard to the east of the main building lies. The astrogeographical latitude coordinate is in highly magnetic, royal fire sign Leo the sign of the sun, light, heart, magnificence, glamour and emotional self-expression.

Astrology, astrogeography and architecture: of Neuschwanstein Castle
The Throne room in the west wing of Neuschwanstein is located in Taurus with Leo

The astrogeographical coordinate in self-centered, royal fire sign Leo means that a site that resonates with the topic of royality was chosen for the richest of all bavarian palaces. The richest and most important part of Neuschwanstein is the throne hall located in Leo and Taurus (east wing). All the cosmic allusions like the dome that connects the interior with the image of heaven and the skies, Jesus and the heavenly trinity. the apostles, saints, angels, wise men and heroes as well as the circle of the animal kingdom painted on the ground serve to explain the idea that the king of Bavaria is the natural representative of the reconnection between earth, the heavens and the cultural and spiritual inheritance.

The neo-absolutism of this post-romanticist ideal of centralism can be understood as an expression of the position in the two major indicators for centralism and gravitation: Leo and Taurus. Taurus stands for the hype for hoarding the available images of times past for the purpose of control over the memory like a territory. In fact romanticism is itself exploited, transformed and destroyed through this hype of collecting icons of depicted  personnel under the disguise of mystification. The presented romantic ideal of purification through the reconnection with spirituality and/or nature is wiped out through such hyper-ornamentalism which I find is so typical also for the stage of decline and destruction of the original and essence of cultures as can be observed also in later chinese and islamic ornamentalism.

Astrology, astrogeography and architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle
Dining room at Neuschwanstein Castle. photo taken in 1886

The mixture of wooden furniture hand-made by the skilled Bavarian carpenters and wood carvers can deliver a certain feeling of being grounded in Bavarian cultural inheritance. This aspect especially in earth sign Taurus the sign of rural agricultural backgrounds strongly contradicts the otherworldly cultural background depicted in the finely and nicely worked out mural collections. I personally felt that the presentation of collected images from various cultural backgrounds delivers a rare alienation effect through a certain uncomfortableness forced onto visitors by the disregard of the disharmonious effects from that.

In the polarity of the square signs Taurus and Leo the presentation of motifs and images gathered through the hunt for the iconography of cultural knowledge here in supra-regionally centralistic sign Leo seems to compete with the local roots (Taurus) of Bavarian homeliness here. And in such a way that both of them loose more than they could win from each other.

But for astrological considerations these are really fascinating insights into the competition between these two elements to be observed here.

Start of construction works

Construction of Neuschwanstein Castle was begun with the laying of the foundation stone on 5 September 1869 with the Sun and Moon conjunct the Virgo coordinate of the larger project area (field level 3) of Neuschwanstein. And exactly while Mars the planet of action entered into the sign of Scorpio the second astrogeographical resonator of larger area in which the construction site is embedded.

Birth chart of Neuschwanstein Castle – construction work was started on 5 September 1869 calculated for 12:00 noon

The fact that the moon was exactly conjunct the sun position in King Ludwig´s birth chart shows that the king himself was in the center of the project. How much that was the case can be seen from the fact that the moon was so shortly before new moon that no stimulation for progress for the project itself came from that waning moon position.

This leads me to the conclusion that the intense resonance between the king and the construction area was the strongest and simply natural motor behind the start of the project. King Ludwig II himself represented the princess of abstacles and Cinderella archetype here. Psychologically the Cinderella syndrome with Kings relates to the fact that the political, spiritual, social role pattern projected onto their personality allows right for an indivdual emotionality as every single aspect of their lives appears to fall under the pressure of living up to the fulfillment of that role. This “Sissy” syndrome is reflected in the king`s homosexuality – a central aspect of his identity which he was not allowed to live.

The whole of the territorial and architectural field of the Neuschwanstein Castle project can so be understood as a simile and an architectural embodiment of the king´s personal emotionality.

In the history of german palace architecture another famous palace in that line of inheritance is the 2nd most important german palace in regard to tourist attractivity Sanssouci Palace built between 1745 and 1747 by King Frederick the Great of Prussia.

Sanssouci (without worries) has both coordinates in male fire sign Aries photo: Mbzt, GFDL

Astrogeograpic position of Sanssouci Palace for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the building itself: both coordinate are located in dynamic, male fire sign Aries sign of action, speed, warfare, unicellular organisms, yellow colors and indicator for the one-dimensional structural concept of the building.

Ludwig II King of Bavaria Birth Chart

Portrait of Louis II, King of Bavaria

Ludwig II the tragical “fairy tale king” of Bavaria was born with four personal planets in Virgo and the North Node in Scorpio.

Birth Chart for Ludwig II King of Bavaria

The Virgo coordinate of the construction grounds of Neuschwanstein castle fell in house 4 of King Ludwig II`s birth chart. House 4 relates to emotional individuality and independence, the uterus and the interior as such and to feeling at home. This resonance clearly suggests that Neuschwanstein provides an energetical stimulation that made it somewhat ideal for serving as the king`s personal home and a site of emotional identification and retreat.

The astrogeographical coordinates of the central seat of the House of Wittelsbach at the Munich Residenz between Libra and Scorpio and in Aquarius combined the resonance of houses 5 and 9 – a highly royal, self-centered and expansive overall constellation in Ludwig II`s birth chart. Despite the historical evidence that the king felt highly depressed, bored and personally rejected at his royal court this astrogeographical resonance relates to the highly stimulative long-term effects that Ludwig´s reign from 1864 to 1886 had for Bavaria in regard to its flourishing tourism industries. The combination of houses 5 (emotional pleasures) and  9 (travelling) seems to directly resonate with this long-term effect.

The royal palace at Munich Residenz is located between Libra and Scorpio and in Aquarius photo. Wikiolo, ccbysa4.0

Astrogeograpic position of the Munich Residenz palace and castle for morphogenetic field level 3 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the building itself:  the Munich Residenz palace and castle is located right on the divide between aristocratic, courtly air sign Libra sign of harmony, balance, justice, symmetry, beauty, decoration and highly alert, defensive water sign Scorpio the sign of fortresses, dungeons, bunkers and self-defense. The west half lies in Libra and the east half in Scorpio. The 2nd coordinate lies in creative, innovative, spiritual air sign Aquarius sign of the sky, heaven, self-finding, innovation, abstraction and indicator for the resonance with the traditional light-blue colour in the bavarian court of arms.

The small but iconic Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle is located in Cancer with Libra photo:  donald, ccbysa3.0

The small but iconic Lichtenstein Castle project built in Gothic Revival style  between 1840-1842 for Duke Wilhelm of Urach (born 6 July 1810) was the tirst veritable fairy tale castle. It was inspired by Wilhelm Hauff`s (born 29 Nov 1802)  novel Lichtenstein (1826), Recommended:  Hauff’s Fairy Tales.

Astrogeograpical position of Lichtenstein Castle for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the building itself: the coordinate in aristocratic, courtly, female air sign Libra the sign of harmony, balance, beauty, decoration and naive painting stands for the purpose of designing an idealization of a romantic castle. As the sign of openness Libra does not relate to the fortress like, defensive image of the way the castle is placed on the rock at all. The 2nd coordinate is located in self-protective water sign Cancer the sign of the moon, feeling at home, motherhood and crabs. The position in Cancer suggests the association of the castle clinging to the rock here just like the crab archetype does in strong currents or stormy weather.

Hohenzollern Castle

 Hohenzollern Castle is also located between  Taurus and Gemini and the 2nd coordinate in Libra   photo: A. Kniesel, ccbysa2.0

Today`s version of Hohenzollern Castle was built as a new representative castle on the grounds of the ancestral seats of the House of Hohenzollern the kings of Prussia, which were soon to become the german emperors.  The hilltop castle is located on Mount Hohenzollern only 23 km south-east of Lichtenstein Castle. It was inaugurated on 3 October 1867 with the sun in Libra.

Astrogeograpic position of Hohenzollern Castle for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the building itself: just like in the case of Lichtenstein castle one coordinate is locted in aristocratic, courtly air sign Libra sign of harmony, balance, beauty, relationship, justice, decoration, horizons and the presentation of art on a stage. The 2nd coordinate lies in between solid fixed earth sign Taurus sign of the earth, grounding, roots, profitability, possession of land, wealth, and territory and practical air sign Gemini sign of signposts, symbols, communication, advertisement and technology. Altogether the combination between

The Wartburg archetype 

The importance of the historical image of the Wartburg archetype for the prussian and bavarian “head castles” wasn´t through its architectural design in the first place. In fact it`s importance lay in the historical role of the Wartburg.  Tradittionally it is related to the roots of the german “nation” as the place where Luther was kept safe from the roman church and the Holy Roman Emperor on his way back from the Diet of Worms.

Wartburg Castle is located in the combination of Sagittarius with Virgo photo: Thomas doerfer, GFDL

This historical back ground played a major role when the French Revolution and Napoleon era destroyed the multinational Holy Roman Empire and along with it the aristocratic system. The First Wartburg Fest celebrated for the 300th anniversary of proclamation of Martin Luther thesis on 18 Oct 1817  gave birth to the german nationalist student movement what started the political birth period of the german national state which was founded as late as 1871. In that line of development Lichtenstein Castle (1842),  Hohenzollern Castle in 1867 and  Neuschwanstein Castle  has to be understood as a building built to romanticize german nationalism.

The Disneyland castles of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty

Cinderella`s Castle in Orlando; Florida  is located in Pisces with Taurus photo: Raul654 license: GNU/FDL

Cinderella`s Castle is the main attraction of the central square in the “Magic Kingdom” which is one of 4 theme parks in Florida`s Disney World near Orlando.

Astrogeograpic position of Cinderella`s Castle for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the building itself: Cinderella`s Castle is located in the mystic, imaginative water sign Pisces  the sign of the dream world in the sense of the Disney Theatre and also in regard to Cinderella`s situation of living in a world of unfulfilled dreams. The second coordinate is in the earth sign Taurus the main indicator for town centres and market places. Taurus so stands for grounding the sphere of dreams and illusions (world of Pisces) here.

The difference between the Cinderella andSleeping Beauty Castles 

Cinderella`s Castle:                   Pisces – Taurus                              
Sleeping Beauty`s Castle:       Pisces – Capricorn

Cinderellas Castle in Florida`s Disney World and Sleeping Beauty`s Castle in Paris look very much the same. The astrogeographic constellation are slightly different. This difference is between the two earth signs Taurus and   Capricorn.  While Cinderella`s topic is that her birth rights are denied and she`s not allowed in the center of society (Pisces-Taurus constellation) Sleeping Beautys problem lies in her isolation (Pisces-Capricorn constellation).

Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland, Paris is located in Pisces with Capricorn   photo: Heather Cowper, ccbysa2.0

Astrogeograpic position of Sleeping Beauty`s Castle in Paris for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere and energetical topics of the building itself:   the castle is located in  highly imaginative water sign Pisces the sign of the unconscious and invisible, of  intoxication and drugs and of mystification and illusion. This is how Pisces is the indicator here of a fairy tale motive as such as well as of Sleeping Beauty`s deep coma psychological (psychosomatic) issues here.
The 2nd coordinate is in highly defensive, conservative, solid earth sign Capricorn the sign of mountains, rocks and indicator for the motive of the thorns (sign of walls, impediments, control and obstacles) that prevent potential lovers from entering Sleeping Beauty`s house.  The astrogeographic coordinate  in Capricorn also resonates with the elevated position on a small mountain fortress.

The interior of Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein is a climax of the depiction and idealization of the topics of the era of Romanticism which had long surpassed its peak (1800-1850) at the times of the creation of the orgiastic interior of Neuschwanstein`s  indulging itself in copies of an imagined medieval otherworld and the decorativity of an ornamentalism that seeks to fill any smallest spaces with the iconography of the “far away idols” as if in an attempt to drive out present times.

For an understanding of the astrogeographical resonance factors of the overall concept of the extremely rich artistic work that fills Neuschwanstein`s west wing with the king`s own rooms the astrogeographical positions for the exact adress (field level 4) have to be examined.

Astrogeographical resonance coordinates of Neuschwanstein Castle for morphogenetic field level 4 (exact position) which describes the energetical topics and atmosphere of the building itself: the astrogeographical longitude of Neuschwanstein Castle stretches from earth sign Taurus the sign of the earth, grounding, roots, food and energetical centers on the west side where the kings chambers are into air sign Gemini the sign of signposts, communication, learning in which the largest part of the castle with the courtyard to the east of the main building lies. The astrogeographical latitude coordinate is in highly magnetic, royal fire sign Leo the sign of the sun, light, heart, magnificence, glamour and emotional self-expression.

The Throne room in the west wing of Neuschwanstein is located in Leo with Taurus 

The astrogeographical coordinate in self-centered, royal fire sign Leo means that a site that resonates with the topic of royality was chosen for the richest of all bavarian palaces. The richest and most important part of Neuschwanstein is the throne hall located in Leo and Taurus (east wing). All the cosmic allusions like the dome that connects the interior with the image of heaven and the skies, Jesus and the heavenly trinity. the apostles, saints, angels, wise men and heroes as well as the circle of the animal kingdom painted on the ground serve to explain the idea that the king of Bavaria is the natural representative of the reconnection between earth, the heavens and the cultural and spiritual inheritance.

The neo-absolutism of this post-romanticist ideal of centralism can be understood as an expression of the position in the two major indicators for centralism and gravitation: Leo and Taurus. Taurus stands for the hype for hoarding the available images of times past for the purpose of control over the memory like a territory. In fact romanticism is itself exploited, transformed and destroyed through this hype of collecting icons of depicted  personal under the disguise of mystification.  The romantic ideal of purification through the reconnection with nature is wiped out through such hyper-ornamentalism which is so typical also for the stage of decline and destruction of the original and essence as can be observed also in later chinese and islamic ornamentalism.

Dining room at Neuschwanstein Castle.  photo taken in  1886

The mixture of wooden furniture hand-made by the skillfull bavarian carpenters and wood carvers delivers a certain feeling of being grounded in Bavaria. This aspect especially in earth sign Taurus the sign of rural agricultural backgrounds strongly contradicts the otherworldly cultural inheritance depicted in the finely and nicely worked out mural collections creating a rare alienation effect through the uncomfortableness forced onto visitors by the disregard of the disharmonious effects from that.

In the polarity of the square signs Taurus and Leo the motifs gathered from the iconographic hunt in supraregional cultural knowledge fire sign  Leo seems to compete with the bavarian homeliness here. And in such a way that both of them loose more than they could win from each other.

For astrological considerations these are really fascinating insight into the competition between the two elements to be observed here.

Ornamentation in Neuschwanstein Throne Hall in Taurus with Leo
photo: Lokilech, GFDL

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