Josef Fritzl

A house of horrors… How could we ever forget waking up to this international news in April, 2008. A daughter locked in the cellar for 24 years. A daughter who bore 7 children to her sadistic father while locked in the family’s cellar
Elizabeth Fritzl gave birth to all her children alone; unassisted. All but one of a set of twins, survived.

Josef Fritzl had repeatedly sexually abused his daughter from the age of 11. She escaped in her early teens, only to be returned by authorities. From when she was locked in the cellar at the age of 18 (until she was 42,) Elizabeth Fritzl never saw the light of day.

Josef Fritzl told everyone that his daughter had joined a cult.

  • Daughter: Elizabeth Fritzl DOB 6 April 1966
  • Father: Josef Fritzl DOB 9 April 1935
  • Location: Amstetten, Austria

When we were asked to undertake an astrology enquiry into this case, I knew what to expect, once I put my head into the asteroid toolbox.

  • #66652 Borasissi represents the lies we tell ourselves in order to maintain that our hand on the rudder is secure
  • #1589 Fanatica can become entwined with the tension 165degree aspect of a quindecile; obsession
  • #4386 Lust in whatever form
  • #1582 Martir can explain both the victim’s role as martyr, and also the self-belief of the captor
  • #37117 Narcissus is symbolic of excessive self-interest to the exclusion of all others
  • #399 Persephone is symbolic of the maiden stolen by Pluto as his bride in Hell.
    • Note: The victim’s mother did not fulfill the role of the mythological Ceres in this case
  • #6157 Prey identifies predatory behaviour
  • #118230 Sado, symbolic of the sadism

In order to make some sense of the interpersonal relationship, we need to explore what we can of the horoscopes as individuals.

Josef Fritzl

We are not aware of the time of birth of Josef Fritzl, so where to start our enquiry…

Pluto is the power-monger; the abductor, and is the natural ruler of Scorpio. Mars is the personal planet that activates the desires, and is the natural ruler of Aries.

Josef Fritzl has a Sun 18:40°Aries. Also, natal Sun ‘just happens to be’ conjunct asteroid Martir 19:07°Aries. In other words, his ego’s desires are bound up with martyrdom. IE they are the same desire in his version of reality. Asteroid Martir is also the midpoint of the tug of war between his Sun and another asteroid, Prey 20:27°Aries. Ego’s desire/a predator=martyrdom.

  • Josef Fritz has his natal mid-range Moon at 4:16°Cancer. From this we know that the Moon’s range against the zodiac backdrop, could be up to 6degrees either side of this mid-point according to his time of birth. ……Natal Ceres and Pluto in Cancer for a late in the day birth, and Chiron-Pallas in the early hours; Gemini.
  • Pluto and Ceres draw us to the Underworld when we take note of the quincunx to Vesta (disregard for the consequences of behaviour involving confined spaces). The Persephone myth is central to this tension.
  • Asteroid Persephone 26:01°Pisces is quindecile natal Neptune Rx-asteroid Lust 12-13°Virgo with 11:05°Pisces; Juno (possessiveness) in the mirror with natal Neptune-Lust conjunction.
  • Juno is also quincunx asteroid Sado (sadism) 10:29°Leo which in turn is quindecile asteroid 25:15°Aquarius; Fanatica (fanaticism). Juno on a good day, is symbolic of one’s life-partner. I have no doubt that Josef Fritzl’s wife and daughter were both victims of his sadistic jealous behaviour.

Stepping back from the symbolism of Mt Olympus, the greatest tension in relation to the family dynamic is asteroid 25:19°Aries; Nessus (abuse of trust) square the Lunar Nodal Axis. Nessus is also quincunx Narcissus Rx 26:54°Scorpio. IE:Self interest takes no responsibility for abuse of trust.

We could go further down that rabbit-hole, however the horror story already in the media, tells it all.

In my opinion, in order to survive, the Master-Slave dialectic likely had to replace the power struggle between father and daughter once Elizabeth was imprisoned in his cellar. (it is on record that he did not converse with her for some years – she was objectified; raped).

The master-slave model of behaviour is recognised time and time again where we see men objectifying women; particularly in crime. The master is classified as a ‘master’ due to his objectified desire (incest in this case) and the object itself (his daughter on this occasion). He is secure in his power, and without guilt as far as he is concerned, as long as his daughter is objectified (no emotional bond).

The master’s superiority over nature is realised in the slave’s labour (sado-sexual gratification in this case). This ‘labour’ transforms nature into the desired object of the master. The paradise in which the master lives (his delusion) is bound by the product of the labour of the slave (submission). Whereas in reality; in fact, whatever the master has is produced by the slave (her submission). The master is, therefore, not an independent being, but rather dependent on the slave and the slave’s labour.

Elizabeth Fritzl

The weaknesses in the pattern of the natal chart are the strengths of her survival, imo.

An Aries Sun exact Juno at 16°Aries – both in the natural zodiac realm of Mars; together with natal Mars also in Aries, quincunx Neptune Rx 21:42°Scorpio. This is the fortitude, which together with 20:40°Leo; Narcissus (self-interest) quindecile Persephone 6:32°Aquarius, provided the pattern of obsession by routine that lasted 24 years.

  • Having 7:52°Capricorn; Borasissi (lies we tell ourselves) mirroring Vesta (hidden away) would have assisted the self-deception that her environment was tolerable.
  • Elizabeth’s Aries Sun-Juno is naturally quincunx Uranus-Pluto (both Rx) at 16°Virgo reveals the earlier rebellion; urge for independence and freedom.
  • The Pisces stellium of Pallas-Mercury at 22° and Saturn-Chiron at 23° are all in the mirror of asteroid Martir at 22:32°Virgo.

There is always more that could be interpreted, however I leave that to others to maintain the rage.

A synastry of the two natal charts reveals the tension in the realm of Mars and Pluto; the power struggle of Aries and Scorpio.

  • At the deadly cusp of 22°Scorpio, Josef Fritzl’s 21:53°Jupiter-Borasissi (inflated delusion) is exact his daughter’s natal Neptune Rx 21:42° Scorpio.   If we were to follow the Serbian astrologers’ direction, she was very fortunate to walk away with her life.
  • His asteroid Narcissus 26:54°Scorpio is conjunct Elizabeth’s South Node (LNA axis) 27:36°Scorpio.
  • His asteroid Prey 20:27°Aries is conjunct her 21:25°Aries; Mars.

For those who follow metaphysical traditions, we can only trust that the pair worked through the karma in this lifetime; the cycle completed.