Some Points on Cosmobiology

© 1998 Veronica Chlap
What is it?

Cosmobiology is a method of astrology which was developed by Reinhold Ebertin in Germany during the 1920's. It is concerned with the possible correlation between the cosmos and the individual, the effects cosmic movement and stellar motions have on the individual as a whole in a given environment. As a scientific discipline, it is concerned with researching the effects of stellar influences on individuals.

In 1940 Ebertin published The Combination of Stellar Influences * for which he gained international recognition.

How does it differ from other methods?

Traditional astrology bases its interpretations on the interplay of the planets, their aspects and their positions in the signs and houses. Cosmobiology does not use the house divisions. The house system was discarded as it was not considered sufficiently reliable to give a precise interpretation of the chart. Most people do not have an exact time of birth, and it only takes a difference of 4 minutes of time to move a planet from one house to the next. Ebertin along with Australian cosmobiologist Doris Greaves, "decided not to use the chart with house divisions but to interpret the chart only by the known and proven facts of planetary position and containment of aspects and midpoints" 1

How does it work?

Cosmobiologists use a cosmogram, a 90 degree dial where 1 degree represents 1 deg of the zodiac. (Many astrological software packages draw charts represented in a 90 deg dial.) Numbering begins at the top of the dial and moves in an anti-clockwise direction. The first 30 deg represents all of the cardinal signs, the next 30 deg all of the fixed, and the final 30 deg. the mutable signs. When all of the natal planets are placed around the dial, the conjunctions, squares and oppositions can be seen readily. Semi-squares, (45deg.), and sesquiquadrates (135 deg) appear on opposite sides of the dial. 

Ebertin's cosmogram was devised to reveal these 'hard aspects', as he believed that these aspects were most useful in interpreting the basic tenents of cosmobiology, namely to determine the effects of stellar bodies on individuals. Once the dial is drawn up, the interpretation can begin. Looking at the dial, the aspects can be seen readily and these are interpreted by the astrologer who uses acquired knowledge and wisdom of planetary interactions and relates them to the individual as a whole in a given environment. 

Ebertin also used midpoints to interpret the cosmogram. (Today midpoint theory is widely used by many astrologers in chart interpretation.) "In the Ebertin midpoint system...special attention is given to any sensitive point which falls on the midpoint between two others"2.

In Ebertin's Combination of Stellar Influences, he gives interpretations for all possible planetary combinations and midpoints. Today, modern cosmobiologists still use these interpretations, however, as the interpretation of the cosmogram must consider the whole individual in a given environment, variations are made to take into account issues of the 90's and for Australian charts, our relatively free and easy life style and living conditions. 

Of course more research on the effects of stellar combinations on individuals in this part of the world, would greatly assist Australian cosmobiologists. (Ebertin wrote the above mentioned work in the 1940's and his interpretations do in part reflect the war torn conditions of Europe.) 

Doris Greaves has practised cosmobiology for many years in Australia, and in her work, Cosmobiology into the 21st Century, she has given a modern interpretation of transits of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Moon's Node to the planets and points.

What it can do!

The cosmogram can give a reliable interpretation of a natal chart, as only known and proven facts of planetary positions, aspects and midpoints are used. The dial lends itself well to easy comparision with other charts, (planets from a 2nd chart are simply placed around the dial), which is useful for synastry work. 

The dial can also be used to compare the actual movements of the planets, as well as the symbolic movements, to ascertain when the potentialities of a natal chart are activated. In other words year ahead charts can be drawn up to interpret the cosmic influences one will experience during a given period.

1. Greaves, Doris. Cosmbiology into the 21st Century. Salisbury, Spica Publications, 1997, p 16. 2. Greaves, Doris. Ibid. p 24.

Ebertin, Reinhold. The Combination of Stellar Influences, Tempe, American Federation of Astrologers, Inc, 1994. 
Greaves, Doris. Cosmobiology into the 21st Century. Salisbury, Spica Publications, 1997.

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* The Combination of Stellar Influences is a recognised master text of astrology by both cosmobiologists and non-cosmobiologists alike. (H.S.)