It is an honor to do my October column on the spiritual author Eckhart Tolle.
He is born February 16, 1948. He is 73 years old. His birth name is “Ulrich Leonard Tolle.” He is of German descent.
He has Sun in Aquarius with Moon in Taurus. I do not have an exact birthtime, so I erected a birth natal chart at 12 Noon. It fits him with Gemini rising. He has a busy intellect and communicates his teachings very well.
Since Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo and is in Pisces at 4 degrees and conjunct his Sun in Aquarius at 26 degrees, both in the 10th house of vocation, he is a spiritual teacher with a teaching that is not confined to any labels or traditions.
The Sun trine the rising sign of Gemini and his Moon in the solid Earth sign of Taurus shows he personifies himself in a very calm way.
Taurus is a sign that can feel comfortable in the present moment. His first published book “The Power of Now” around 1979 or so, clearly shows his Taurus Moon along with his North Node in Taurus. Taurus can be slow and steady.
Eckart was not happy prior to his awakening at the age of 29 in 1977. He had a difficult childhood. Like my childhood with parents fighting. He experienced bouts of depression and suicidal tendencies until he became awake.
Mercury is retrograde at birth and did not station direct till his 17th birthday. It would have taken him till the age of twenty to start to come out of his shell. Mercury retrograde at birth can create a quiet and shy personality.
It is Pluto in Leo square to his natal Moon in Taurus that shows psychological problems surrounding his relationship with his mother. The Sun in Aquarius opposing both Saturn and Mars, shows distance with his father also.
Many of us who have grown up around violence during childhood go through life with a low self-esteem issue.
He has Saturn in Leo square to Chiron in his fourth house of childhood upbring and Chiron in the sixth house of health in the sign of Scorpio.
When he went through his Saturn return between Nov 1976 and the end of 1978, he detached from life as we know it and spent time just observing life and sometimes having just enough to eat. He would be at the worst point of his depression which started in childhood.
His Saturn return would have brought all his personal karma front and center to transcend, and his nervous system adjusted to an alter state of awareness that cemented in him a stillness that would never leave him while experiencing waking, dreaming, and sleeping states of consciousness.
Most of the master teachers of our history have an awakening around their Saturn return if not born at birth (Avatars) in a state of enlightenment.
His educational background is interesting. He did not have formal education. He moved to Spain when he was 13 years old to live with his father who did not force him to go to high school, but he studied several subjects and languages and eventually educated at Universities in London and Cambridge.
Jupiter is in Sagittarius and Jupiter rules higher education. Many people with this combination seek higher degrees in college. Many become professors. He moved to London around the age of nineteen.
Jupiter in Sagittarius creates an interest in international travel and foreign languages. He moved to Canada in 1995.
Taurus is the natural ruling sign for abundance. He was not ambitious about becoming anything really, but he has ended up with a net worth of over eighty-five million dollars.
The Moon in Taurus is square to Pluto as mentioned earlier and Pluto is retrograde and conjunct to Saturn retrograde showing he could acquire money but later in life.
If he has Gemini rising, Uranus is right on top of his rising sign. This would create a new unique way of expressing his teachings as Uranus is the natural ruler of Aquarius and his Sun is in Aquarius. He is playing a significant role in the Aquarian Age.
When Pluto enters Aquarius in March of 2024 and solidifies itself in 2025, we are going to hear more about his teachings.
He is very private about his personal life. With Jupiter in the seventh house of marriage, he would eventually meet another woman that would be his life partner.
In 1995 he met Kim Eng, his soul twin. Jupiter in the seventh can create a spiritual/philosophical educated partner that complements the other half and that is what is happening with these two wonderful soul’s/teachers.
New York times called Tolle “The most popular spiritual author in United Sates” at one point.
Eventually he not only appears on the Oprah Winfrey show but does other shows with her to help others become more familiar with his teachings and have a direct experience for themselves. It was in 2008 that a webinar workshop was created with Oprah Winfrey and Eckart Tolle. They did ten shows.
In 2016, Tolle was named in Oprah’s Super Soul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders.
He has five planets in fire and five of them are in the fixed quality. That is a Leo signature. Who would have ever thought that? Leo loves to be the center of attentions and flashy, but this is not that kind of man.
Goes to show, that eventually we all transcend our astrological chart and become the stillness of the present moment without the need for any labels or categories to put our soul in.
However, it is obvious to me that Pluto, Saturn, and Mars all in Leo and all in retrograde motion would eventually take Eckart Tolle from a quiet private place of life to a more public way of life as a leader.
Eckhart Tolle is humble, visionary, great teacher/author, awakened, intelligent, good sense of humor, good public speaker, and the only teacher that I would consider awakened as his character reflects the sacred energy of stillness.
His recommendation that you will eventually drop your meditation practice is a bit much. After the last 30,000 years of humanity not being interested in spiritual practices of moving in an inner direction to form yoga or union with oneself, it will take time over the next one hundred years or more for humanity to get back on track.
It takes the average person a few lifetimes of meditation practiced daily to reach a spontaneous state of awakening. The most it would take is seven lifetimes. It took Eckhart Tolle lots of meditation from past lives to have his spontaneous experience in this lifetime.
I encourage everyone to continue to culture the human nervous system through the daily practice of meditation in deep silence so eventually the human nervous system will reflect unbounded silence, in the NOW, while experiencing waking, dreaming, and sleeping states of consciousness.
Inner Grace Meditation is a technique I developed to use sacred sound (Bija Mantra) to quiet the mind and body and reach the inner limbs of yoga (Samayama) in a very effortless way. To culture the exerience of NOW.
I personally would recommend his CD set “Even the Sun will Die” to everyone. Listen to it a few times. It was an interview that scheduled months before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The interview took place on September 11, 2001, by Sounds True Direct.
Eckhart Tolle is in the “Celebrity Spotlight.”