Time magazine recently named Albert Einstein "Person
of the Century." Chosen from hundreds of worthy candidates, women
and men who contributed astounding gifts to society and culture, Einstein
rose as a giant. He was unquestionably a genius, yet there were times
he was self-effacing, funny and disheveled. At other times he was
alternately absent-minded, droll, witty, outraged and charmingly wise.
He was a unique mix of genius, mystic and meticulous mathematician.
what specific factors or essential something is responsible for the
exalted place Einstein holds in history? Ingenuity springs to mind,
since what Einstein accomplished shattered the existing scientific
structure and became the foundation of a new scientific paradigm.
No small feat. Albert Einstein envisioned a concept beyond what was
previously known. He was capable of translating this vision into reality,
and he focused his genius on the physical world and its laws.
Einstein was born with the Sun in Pisces, the most romantic, imaginative
and dreamy sign of the zodiac. Legend has it that Einstein's Theory
of Relativity was prompted by a dream. Scientists today are still
puzzled at how he managed to arrive at the notion of Relativity. It
was inspiration, the muses of sleep and dreams, the ability to shift
and dissolve boundaries and to tap into the infinite and collective
unifying knowledge. All of these are the special province of Pisces.
dreaming is never enough. The grounding and discipline needed to deal
effectively with the tangible world (materiality) are reflected astrologically,
in part, in the earth signs Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Einstein
had planetary placements in all three of these signs. Earth signs
represent physical reality and are often interested in science and
the workings of the material universe.
represents one's energy, and in the chart is the thrust of one's actions,
or the manner in which one leads or initiates. Einstein's Mars in
Capricorn understands discipline and loves constancy and habit. It
concerns itself with basic principles and necessities, and it translates
the Pisces dream into a tangible form.
ruler (key planet) of Einstein's Pisces Sun, is placed in solid and
earthy Taurus, adding structure to the typically elusive and watery
energy of Pisces.
Mark of Genius
planet Uranus in Virgo, separated and standing apart from the rest
of the nine planets in Einstein's chart, may be the most reflective
of his unique genius. A planet set apart in this way, called a singleton,
typically exerts a proportionally greater influence in a person's
life than the other planets in the chart.
planet Uranus is noted, among other things, for science, technological
aptitude, inventiveness, brilliance, the unexpected and eccentric,
sudden insight, rebelliousness and defiance of convention. In short,
it is Uranus that allows for concepts that are ahead of their time
or breakthroughs in society and culture.
also represents the sky, the brain, computers and light. "Lightning
flashes of insight" is a phrase often applied to Uranus. In the earth
sign Virgo, Uranus adds precision, sharpened skill and, in part, Einstein's
chart also has Jupiter in Aquarius, further emphasizing his Uranus
theme. Uranus rules, or is associated with, the sign Aquarius, and
Jupiter enlarges, expands and develops. So, Jupiter in Aquarius enhances
the genius, the quick flashes of intuition and the inventiveness already
evident in the unique position Uranus occupies in relation to Einstein's
unexpected result of Einsteinís work was the development of the atomic
bomb. Peace-loving Pisces Einstein never intended for his work to
lead to the creation of weapons of mass destruction. In fact, as late
as 1934, he said that there were no possible practical applications
of his theories. History, unfortunately, proved him wrong. Even a
genius isnít always right.
Einsteinís profound scientific contribution and his words continue
to echo through time, perhaps because he was equally a man of spirit
and science. He gave tribute both to the divine and to astrology when
he stated, "God does not play dice with the universe."