Kaspar Hauser (April 30, 1812 – December 17, 1833)
Believe it or not, I had never heard of this individual until I came across his name in Phineas Quimby’s book. His citing of Hauser as an example of an individual who could be made to be sick just by smelling odours seemed a little too improbable, so I had to read about him for myself.
Here’s what Quimby wrote:
Now the case of the boy, Caspar Hauser, shows that odors, which man in his ordinary senses cannot detect by the slightest effect, would make him vomit. The least wine or liquor put into water would throw him into convulsions and make his head ache. When meat was offered him, on putting it into his mouth, it produced convulsions. The odor of flowers affected him. The footsteps of persons at a distance were easily detected one from another. His sight was also so sensitive that he could see when it was so dark that others could not see. All this effect on the boy was proved. Now see the effect of these odors on the boy, making him sick, throwing him into convulsions and giving him dreams. Now after being taught, hear his story. He says that while confined in his cell or cave, he never dreamed and never was sick and he lived on bread and water, all going to prove that the elements of disease are in the world. And if the world had been a cave or prison and man was as ignorant as the boy, Caspar Hauser, disease as we have it would never have come. For bread and water he became accustomed to and the other odors would have affected us, but the name disease would never have been known. Now these odors that make all the disease that flesh is heir to–where did they come from and how came they in the world? I have said these odors affected this boy but only temporarily. The odor of a thing that could not be detected by his friend was very disagreeable to him. Now no one will say that the odor of a flower would give a person the typhoid fever or even any fever, for all the medical men recommend the open air and green fields to the sick. So all those things that we as individuals believe are healthy brought on all his trouble and misery. So we must look for disease from some other source.Quimby, Phineas. Phineas Parkhurst Quimby: His Complete Writings and Beyond (p. 209). Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Resource Center. Kindle Edition.
Here’s what Wikipedia says about Kaspar:
‘At first, it was assumed that Hauser was a half-wild child from the forests. During the course of many conversations with Mayor Binder, Hauser told a different version of his past life, which he later wrote down in more detail. According to the story, Hauser had as long as he could remember spent his life in solitary confinement in a darkened cell. He gave the cell’s dimensions as approximately two metres long, one metre wide and one and a half high, with only a straw bed to sleep on and, for toys, two horses and a dog carved out of wood.
‘Hauser claimed that he found rye bread and water next to his bed each morning. At times, the water would taste bitter and drinking it would cause him to sleep more deeply than usual. On such occasions, upon awakening, his straw had been changed and his hair and nails cut. Hauser claimed that the first human being he had ever met was a man who visited him not long before his release. The man took great care not to reveal his face to him. This man taught him to write his own name by leading his hand. After learning to stand and walk, Hauser was brought to Nuremberg. The stranger allegedly taught him to say the phrase “I want to be a cavalryman, as my father was” (in Old Bavarian dialect), but Hauser claimed that he did not understand what the words meant.
‘This tale aroused great curiosity and made Hauser an object of international attention. Rumours arose that he was of princely parentage, possibly of Baden origin, but there were also allegations that he was an impostor.’
(Do you see where I’m going with this?)
We have to take for granted that the birth date is correct, but we have no information as to where, or what time, he was born. That puts this chart on very shaky foundations. But I have been inspired to do it, so I randomized the time and I placed his birth at the city he first appeared, years later.
That fairly wide conjunction between his Moon and Neptune in Sagittarius is quite interesting. That means that if he were born anytime on that day before 9:30 am, the Moon would be even closer to Neptune, and the effect may have been greater.
Moon Conjunct Neptune
This aspect indicates that you are very sensitive and that you pick up feelings from the people around you very easily. The danger is that many of these feelings will be difficult to cope with; they may make you afraid of the world and reluctant to go out into it, as you must do when you are older. As a result, you prefer to be alone with your thoughts and let your fancies wander wherever they want to go. When you are older, this may help you use your imagination very creatively, but it won’t help you work out your everyday problems. You must learn to stand on your own and not depend upon others. You also have to learn that you are worth as much as anyone else, for you may tend to withdraw when someone acts aggressive. But the adults who help you learn these lessons must be gentle and understanding. Otherwise you will shrink back into yourself. Above all, you must not be made to feel incompetent or inadequate, or you will think of yourself as a loser all your life.
But it is clear that this aspect is the strong motivation behind much of his behaviour.
His Death may have been Self-Inflicted
Again, back to Wikipedia:
‘Five days later, on 14 December 1833, Hauser came home with a deep wound in his left breast. By his account, he had been lured to the Ansbach Court Garden, where a stranger stabbed him while giving him a bag. When policeman Herrlein searched the Court Garden, he found a small violet purse containing a pencilled note in Spiegelschrift (mirror writing). The message read, in German:
“Hauser will be able to tell you quite precisely how I look and from where I am. To save Hauser the effort, I want to tell you myself from where I come _ _ . I come from from _ _ _ the Bavarian border _ _ On the river _ _ _ _ _ I will even tell you the name: M. L. Ö.”
‘Hauser died of the wound on 17 December 1833.
‘Inconsistencies in Hauser’s account led the Ansbach court of enquiry to suspect that he had stabbed himself and then invented a tale about being attacked. The note in the purse that was found in the Court Garden contained a spelling error and a grammatical error, both of which were typical for Hauser, who, on his deathbed, muttered incoherently about “writing with pencil”. Although Hauser was eager that the purse be found, he did not ask for its contents. The note itself was folded into a specific triangular form, in the way in which Hauser would fold his letters, according to Mrs. Meyer. Forensic examiners agreed that the wound might indeed be self-inflicted. Many authors believe that he had wounded himself in a bid to revive public interest in his story and to persuade Stanhope to fulfill his promise to take him to England, but that he had injured himself more deeply than planned.’
As I usually do when the time of death is not given, I set the clock for noon. This allows me to see what energies were operating during the day. There is one opposition which seems to indicate what was happening to Kaspar on that day:
Saturn Opposition Pluto
The main problem signified by this aspect is in your relationships with other people or with external circumstances. You may feel that the external world demands that you change when you do not want to change, or that it forces you to stay where you are when you do want to change. Because of this feeling, you may become antagonistic toward others or toward the world in general, because it does not seem to want to let you be yourself. You may adopt a cold or hostile attitude toward others.
Some people with this aspect feel that the only solution is to try to control the world, or at least their piece of it, and to be dominant. If this feeling gets too strong, you won’t let anything stop you in your pursuit of power or authority. However, in the process you could set in motion such opposition from others that you would not stand a chance of success.
Now look at the two charts together:
The Mercury/Mars conjunction of his ‘fatal’ chart is conjunct his natal Neptune. That’s the ‘proof’ of his motivation for self-harm. He’d hoped to “revive public interest in his story and to persuade Stanhope to fulfill his promise to take him to England.” The Sun transiting his natal Moon supports this. And ‘fatal’ Neptune on the natal Descendant is the final echo. Are we clear, here?
Why have I gone to such pains to illustrate this young man’s story? To show that everyone’s life story is important. The more we know, the better we understand human motivation.
Besides, he was an artist, too.