The History of the DAV (German Astrological Association)
Overview of the history of the German Astrological Association from 1947 to the present
The post-war foundation of the German Astrological Association
After the establishment on December 1st, 1946, of the federal state of Hesse, whose constitution contains expansive rights concerning the liberty of association and coalition, prestigious astrologers met in the state capital Wiesbaden on the initiative of Ludwig Stenger, in order to bring into being the German Astrological Association (Deutscher Astrologen-Verband, DAV) on October 16th, 1947, at 10.06 am CET, and to have the association entered in the Register of Associations at the Wiesbaden district court. Thus a tradition from the beginning of the 20th century was resumed: The first astrological association in Germany (the German Astrological Society) and was founded in Leipzig on August 7th, 1910, at 8.12 am CET and was named the Deutsche Astrologische Gesellschaft (DAG).
The first members
Among the first members were important names like Joseph Aumann, Willy Bischoff, Fritz Brunhüber, Dr. Walter A. Koch, Erich Carl Kühr, Christian Meier-Parm, Ernst Günter Paris, Dr. Heinrich Reich, Friedrich L. Thilo, Erich Trott, Johannes Vehlow, Fritz Werle and Prof. Hellmut Wolff.
Reintroduction of the examination by the DAG
The founders of the DAG (German Astrological Association) deliberately tied in with the golden age of German astrology and re-established an examination for astrologers in Germany. As early as 1912, the DAG as the first professional organisation of astrologers had introduced an examination in order to attest astrological knowledge. Before that there had been no obligatory attestation of the professional qualification of an astrological adviser. On October 30th, 1947, Joseph Aumann became the first certified astrologer in Germany.
Dissociation of classical astrology and reunion
In the early days of the DAV, astrologers adhering to the classical methods didn’t feel they were suitably acknowledged within the association. Their operating methods were regarded as outdated and they faced strong opposition. A number of founding members therefore decided to create a new organisation, concentrating solely on classical astrology. The „Federation of Classical Astrology “ (Föderation für klassische Astrologie, FÖKA) was founded in Heidelberg on 31st of July 1951, 1:10 pm CET. Heinrich Daub and Julius Anweiler were elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
Yet some members remained in the DAV as well. Up until 1960, the relationship between the DAV and the FÖKA had improved considerably, so that the dissolution of the FÖKA was decided on.
The Chairpersons of the DAV up to 1981
Joseph Aumann (1947 – 1953)
Oswald von dem Hagen (1953 – 1959)
Dr. Julius Anweiler (1959 – 1966)
Eleonore Münch (1966 – 1969)
Dr. Julius Anweiler (1969 – 1973)
Werner E. Neumann (1973 – 1976)
Hans Matthaei (1977 – 1979)
Heinrich Christian Meier-Parm (1979 – 1980)
Paul Schulze (1980 – 1981)