The inventor of the iconic Rorschach test – yes, the inkblots one – was a triple Scorpio and a 12th house triple Scorpio at that. How suitable is that for a test that supposedly gauges your psychological state via what you see in something totally abstract?
Hermann Rorschach was a Swiss psychiatrist and artist – he painted the ten “inkblots”- who said things like “Reality is created by harmonics that are physically manifest as mirror reflections of the soul.” So you’re probably thinking that sounds like something a barista might say to try and upsell you to a single-origin coffee bean but the Doctor was operating at the dawn of the 20th Century. He was new age in the old age.
I had to take a Rorschach test at school and I think I flopped it. Having explained that there were “no wrong answers,” the woman whipped out one of the inkblots and asked what I ‘saw.’ I said, “it’s a monster,” wondering what the fuq else it could possibly be. Her face fell. Sensing danger, I back-pedaled like crazy, and three sentences of fake-reconsideration later, I saw a butterfly. That seemed more than acceptable and I don’t think we even did the rest of the inkblots. Or maybe I stayed on the safe side and saw only butterflies from then on.
Why did nobody tell me Rorschach was handsome and romantically minded?! He said, “psychological tests are doorways of insight through which we move out of the box and into the light…” Not ‘don’t mention monsters.’ His natal birth chart is a super apt reflection of his interests and achievements.
He had the Sun, Mercury, and Lilith in Scorpio/the 12th house with Lilith trine the Moon in Cancer/the 8th house. Venus and Uranus were conjunct his Midheaven and Mars was exact conjunct his Saggo Rising.
Scorpio and the 8th house for the obsessive focus that drove his work, 12th house for the subconscious mind and that most of Rorschach’s work was in “lunatic asylums.”
Unaccepted by the Swiss academic scene – perhaps as he was rumored to be interested in mysticism, he fled to Russia, fell in love and wrote Psychodiagnostik, to explain the test. Sadly, he died before he could see it become successful. Venus, Uranus and the Midheaven attest to the fact that 100 years after he invented it, his test endures and still bears his name.
Most flatteringly of all, it has become part of the language, reference by everyone from Jay-Z to Hillary Clinton. Thoughts?