Introduction to Uranian Astrology
For at least three millennia, astrology has been evolving. The
body of knowledge grew out of pragmatic experience. The last three
centuries brought accelerated growth because the telescope allowed
man to discover Uranus, then Neptune and then Pluto. Each time a
new planet was seen, astrologers had to learn what the new body
represented in a person’s horoscope and what it represented in the
mundane affairs of mankind. The last 30 years have brought an explosion
of information concerning asteroids and comets. Astrologers have
learned about these newly discovered celestial bodies by studying
horoscopes: natal, progressed, directed, and mundane. Some astrologers,
satisfied with what they already knew, refused to accept or to learn
about new celestial influences or new techniques.
Through the centuries, styles have changed. Techniques such as Arabic
Parts, Primary Directions, Eclipse Saros cycles, and Planetary Hours,
along with many different house systems, have seen their days of
popularity and their days of disfavor and disuse. Improper teaching
and the consequent faulty use of techniques, and the burden of difficult
calculations, have sometimes been the cause of disfavor and disuse.
The advent of economical modern computing equipment may do away
with this last burden.
Astrology must continue to evolve. The world is changing and traditional
astrology does not provide all the answers. The Uranian System of
astrology is practical and productive. For the past 75 years, it
has provided answers and precision not available elsewhere.
The Uranian System of astrology, as practiced in the United States,
has its roots in the work of Alfred Witte, the founder of The Hamburg
School of Astrology. His genius is credited with the introduction
of a movable dial with which to examine a horoscope, the reintroduction
of several discarded but worthwhile ancient techniques, and with
the postulation of "planets" beyond the orbit of Neptune.
Hans Niggemann, a student, friend, and colleague of Alfred Witte,
brought the concepts of The Hamburg School to the United States
and coined the name “Uranian System of Astrology.” He and Richard
Svehla taught and published much of the initial techniques of this
exciting Uranian astrology. I am proud to have been a student and
friend of Hans Niggemann.