A Brief Biography of Erwin Rommel, Plus his Horoscope

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We take a look at the life and times of one of World War II's great military leaders, and glance at his horoscope as well.

His early life

Erwin Rommel was born November 15, 1891, in Heidenheim, Germany, the second child of Erwin Rommel Senior, Protestant Headmaster of the secondary school at Aalen, and Helen von Lutz Rommel. Very little is known about Rommel's early life, except that he wrote that "my early years passed quite happily."

When he was fourteen he and a friend built a glider that was able to fly for short distances. Rommel had laudatory technical skills and a lifetime interest in technical subjects. He had his sights on engineering, but he followed his father's wishes and instead joined the local 124th Wurttemberg Infantry Regiment as an officer cadet in 1910, and he was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1912 art the age of twenty.

World War I

Rommel fought in Romania, France and Italy in World War I, where he gained a reputation for great courage and for making brilliant tactical decisions. Injured three times, he was awarded the Iron Cross, First and Second Class. He was awarded Prussia's highest award, the order of Pour le Merite, for the Battle of Longarone, where he led the capture of Mount Matajur and defeated over 9000 men.

In 1937 Rommel published a book, Infanterie Greift An (Infantry Attacks), in which he analyzed the World War I battles he led, and the book became required reading for both Axis and Allied commanders during World War II.

World War II

After the defeat of Poland in 1939, Rommel asked Adolph Hitler for command of a panzer division, and on February 6, 1940 he was given command of the 7th Panzer Division for the invasion of the low countries and France. Some of his fellow officers resented his promotion, as they felt he had not had enough experience with armored units. Rommel, however, tackled the challenge of learning armored techniques with great enthusiasm, and by May of 1940 his 7th Panzer had become known as the "Ghost Division" because it advanced so rapidly while driving back the enemy.

According to wikipedia..."Rommel's technique of pushing forward boldly, ignoring risks to his flanks and rear and relying on the shock to enemy morale to hinder attacks on his vulnerable flanks, paid large dividends during his rapid march across France. When encountering resistance, Rommel would simply order his tanks forward, all guns blazing, relying on the shock of the sudden assault to force the enemy to surrender. This method offset the disadvantage the German tanks had in terms of armor and low-caliber guns, often causing large formations of enemy heavy tanks to simply give up a fight they would otherwise have had a good chance of winning."

For the North African campaign Rommel was promoted to Field Marshal and ordered to lead the Afrika Korps in shoring up Italian forces. In March of 1941 he succeeded in the seizure of the whole of Cyrenaica when he intuited that the British were reluctant to fight a decisive action, and this and other successes led to his being lionized as The Desert Fox.

The end

In France in 1944 Rommel complained of SS brutalities in France, which set Hitler into a rage. Then, on July 17th he was critically wounded, receiving multiple skull fractures when his car was dive bombed by allied aircraft. He recovered over the summer, and on October 7, 1944 he was ordered to return to Berlin under suspicion that he had something to do with the failed attempt on Hitler's life. He refused the order and remained at his home in Herrlingen, Germany. Then, according to astrodatabank.com..."On October 14, 1944, the head of the Army Personnel Department, General Burgdorf, arrived with his aides to give Rommel a final proposition from Berlin." He could return to Berlin to face trial, which he knew would result in harm to his family, or... "He drove off in a military car with Burgdorf and his aides to a remote stretch of the Blaubeuren Road. He was given a quick-acting cyanide capsule. At 1:25 PM, Rommel's body arrived at the hospital in Ulm. The German news announced his death as a result of "a hemorrhage, a brain-storm in the car.'" He was then given a hero's funeral at the Ulm town hall.

His horoscope

Erwin Rommel's Sun is placed in the powerful sign Scorpio in the tenth house of outer world achievement, and it opposes his Moon in Taurus.Thus, he was born as the Moon was becoming full. This full Moon in fixed signs shows a proud, determined and steadfast man who was supremely fit to lead (10th house). Moreover, the full Moon configuration stands by itself - neither the Sun nor the Moon makes any other aspects but the one they make to each other. Thus, the configuration is "pure," - unencumbered by any other influences and can act with great force and power. Also, his Sun in Scorpio revealed his capacity for courage in the face of great danger. Of all the signs, Scorpio is the most capable of staring death in the face without blinking.

It is interesting to note that Erwin Rommel was born under the rare, exact conjunction of Neptune and Pluto in 1891, along with a number of other singular beings as diverse as Dwight Eisenhower, Dane Rudhyar and Paramahansa Yogananda, all giants in the life paths they followed.

Rommel, of course, was a brilliant military tactician, and I believe this is due to the placement of his Mercury (intelligence) and the aspects it makes. He was known to be almost psychic in his uncanny ability to guess the moves of his enemy commanders, which is seen by Mercury's opposition to the Neptune-Pluto conjunction. Mercury-Neptune "tunes in" at an intuitive or psychic level, and Pluto's involvement simply takes the intuition to an extreme.

With his Moon in the sign of its exaltation - Taurus - in the fourth house, Rommel was very grounded (Taurus) emotionally and very psychologically secure (Moon in house 4).

Interestingly, With Saturn, the ruler of his ascendant (self), in the eighth house of death, his demise is shown to be by his own hand, even though it was not a voluntary act.

Finally, the powerful T-square, consisting of the Mercury-Venus conjunction in Sagittarius opposing the Neptune-Pluto conjunction in Gemini, both of which are squared by Jupiter in Pisces, reveal great confidence (Jupiter) and intelligence (Mercury), which are taken to extremes (Pluto), and Neptune's inclusion in the configuration shows that his renown would reach mythic proportions.

Links:
A Brief Biography of Abraham Lincoln, Plus his Horoscope
A Short Biography of Benjamin Franklin, Plus his Horoscope

All photos and images from wikimedia commons.

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author avatar Mikey.
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Excellent write and well deserved star Steve, A great tribute to a brilliant and fair minded man.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you mikey. I appreciate that.

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Apr 2012 (#)

My favorite subject. I have written a doz articles on Rommel. Great post Steve. Well done

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan. Coming from you, I very much appreciate that.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Nice historical presentation. Thank you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Md. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Fascinating account on the life of a brilliant military tactician. Also, fine analysis of his horoscope. Thanks, Steve - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you very much Siva.

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author avatar Buzz
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks, Steve. They said it all for me.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Perhaps the Desert Fox was a 'real' soldier in a field of mad men. No matter how good one is at a job, it is best to be cautious about which horse you hitch your wagon to.
He was smart enough to have known better. No sympathy here.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Good point David. Thank you.

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author avatar Hugo La Rosa
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Even though is difficult to approve of war, we are compelled to consider that it is often a given in this world of ours. It is amazing to see how the lives of men get a match with the reality they face in their lives. The forces at play in war history baffle us time and time again.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks for that very perceptive comment, Hugo. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

"Bernard Montgomery, George Patton and Erwin Rommel. These three armour-plated egos were, in their own opinion but also in the judgement of their contemporaries, the greatest generals of the war."
Taken from Terry Brighton's book.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

MacArthur would feel slighted of course.

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author avatar Retired
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Interesting aspect, the conjunction of pluto and Neptune, like Yoganandaji!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Apr 2012 (#)

Exactly. Very interesting they could take such divergent paths, but then many were born with it, and you have to look at the entire horoscope. Thanks rama devi.

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