Käthe Kollwitz* is best known for her graphic art. The pure human depth of her work moved many in her lifetime and does so even now, almost 60 years after her death. She was the first woman to become a member of the Prussian Academy of the Arts (1919) and was expelled from the Academy in 1936, after the national-socialists came into power, for anti-Nazi activism.
As you can see in the chart, Käthe Kollwitz has the Dragon sitting directly on her doorstep. The North Node is one degree inside of the first house. Morever. what is very important for an understanding of the chart is that the Sun/Moon position of the prenatal eclipse (March 6, 1867) at 15 Pisces is exactly conjunct the Descendant. The central theme of this eclipse is focused on “the other”. But with the axis of the Dragon, south node and north node, this takes on increased significance. Her son, Hans Kollwitz in the Introduction to her Diary, “Ich sah die Welt mit liebevollen Blicken” (I saw the world with loving eyes) writes:
“Käthe Kollwitz wird oft nur als ‘die große Mitleidende’ gesehen. Wie oberflächlich aber wäre dieses Mitleid, wenn es nicht gespeist würde durch die Einsicht in die eigenen menschlichen Untergründe und Traurigkeiten.”
“Käthe Kollwitz is often seen as ‘the great compassionate’. But this compassion would be superficial if it weren’t fed by a deep insight in one’s own human depths and sorrows.”
It is the theme of “the other” that is central to her work. And this theme finds expression at a basic existential level. Hunger, Death, War, Pain, Social Unjustice. But as her son says this is not without a cost to herself. The pain she depicts is not merely as an observer but out of a pain experienced out of the depths of her soul. We will find in our later discussion how much the nodes play a role here.
* born in Königsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Poland) on July 8, 1867 at 9:30 am.