ÜBERMENSCH: Nietzsche, Salomé & the Ages of Aquarius

This pioneering work combines scholarship with a contemporary phenomenology to trace the development of the Aquarian Age mythology through the resurgence of the ancient icon of the hieros gamos, celebrated as a religion at the dawn of civilization.   The term that Nietzsche created for this icon, “ÜBERMENSCH”, was influenced by his prototype, Lou Salome, born under the sign of Aquarius. Their fated encounter in St. Patrick’s cathedral was timed with the Spring Equinox in 1882 and progressed in the cycle of the seasons until the inevitable rupture following the Fall Equinox, catalyzing Nietzsche’s descent during the December 7 Venus Transit of the Sun and birth of his infans solaris, Zarathustra, in timing with the Winter Solstice.

Re-visioning Nietzsche’s term as the sacred marriage of heaven and earth, Ubermensch establishes an Aquarian mythology by means of interweaving the ancient myth (as translated and interpreted by the unique collaboration of performance artist Dianne Wolkstein and Sumerian scholar Samuel Noah Kramer) with the phenomenology of the love affair between Salome and Nietzsche. Extensive research left clues available for occult interpretation while determining that while the participants couldn’t have consciously known about the ancient myth because the cunneiform tablets on which they were inscribed weren’t dug up until the end of the 19th century.   Yet, the unconscious realm of the poet which Nietzsche embraced after losing his sight filtered the myth through the passions expressed in actions culminating in the famous artifact, the famous Lucerne photograph of the Dreieinigkeit in which Salome appears as Lucifer, harbinger of the Dawn.

The contention of the thesis is the 1882 affair was itself an earthly phenomenon of the Venus Transit of the Sun, a 144-year cycle which recurred in 2012, when the ancient mythology of the hieros gamos entered the collective through the Arguelles mythology of the end of the Mayan calendar and return of Quetzalcoatl, a Meso- American symbol of the hieros gamos whose anticipated arrival was an earthly manifestation of the Venus Transit of the Sun in 1558.

The title reflects the text in its numerical code. Uber/Mensch is the Over Person, two entities merging as a Third; the subtitle is in three parts to reflect the equal participation of the male and female in the making of the Ages of Aquarius. The text itself opens with a chapter with three subheads redefining “ÜBERMENSCH” in terms of autonomy of number, the contemporary and conversion, a new collaborative philosophy arising out of EGS. In developing her breakthrough with the autonomy of number from her earlier study about the Saas Fee laboratory (Hermeneutics of New Modernism), Dr. Streitfeld newly interprets Nietzsche’s invention of the Dreieinigkeit as a passage into the Third space where this icon is manifest.

After tracking the rebirth of the Sumerian mythology of courtship and descent through Nietzsche’s birth of Zarathustra in Part II, the Third section is devoted to Salome’s becoming the Sumerian past and future archetype of the Aquarian free woman. While bolding enacting the Inanna in her multiple love affairs, “ÜBERMENSCH” reveals how Salome was confined to the patriarchal archetype of Persephone through her unconsummated marriage and intellectual lifestyle. The measure of her independence, enabled Salome to resurrect in the 20th century as Lucifer, the Morning Star via her 1911 entrance into the very center of the Freudian circle, made evident by the artifact of the group photo of the 3rd annual International Psychoanalytic Congress in Weimar. It reveals the momentum of her transmission of the Ubermensch prototype from Nietzsche to Freud through Jung’s archetypal dreams, which catalyzed the tension leading to his breakdown and subsequent breakthrough into archetypal psychology.

While the Dreieinigkeit as a passage into the quantum leap of the Third was to be blocked for another century through Freud’s development of the Oedipal theory from his own experience of the “holy trinity” Salome and his disciple, Victor Tausk, Jung’s leap into the Third through his sacred marriage experience with Sabina Spielrein, whose remarkable transformation from patient, to assistant, to colleague to lover to psychopomp guide lead to a mutual discovery of the collective unconscious, thereby coming up with the Jungian archetypal psychology that would be the foundation of the New Age religion. It reveals how Spielrein’s landmark 2012 theorem “Destruction as a Cause of Becoming” was to be repressed for its occult understanding of a bipolar universe.

In resurrecting these medial woman crucial to the formation of 20th century schools of psychoanalysis and psychology, “ÜBERMENSCH” delivers the reader into the future through the present through the work of four artists whose oeuvres are dedicated to a holistic Aquarian vision achieved only by the resurrection of the dark feminine as the container for the Aquarian light, in reflection of the long buried collaboration between Carl Jung and his medial partner, Sabina Spielrein.

–Dr. Lisa Streitfeld

Dr. Streitfeld’s doctoral dissertation can be downloaded at ACADEMIA.EDU