Rome, January 20, 1972
Dear Dr. Palamidessi,
I got your letter, for which I thank you.
I already told you that a treatise on initiatic astrology would be an important work and would fill a gap; and it would also be interesting to treat, in accordance with its aim, a typology of inner races with the utilization of the astrological element. In my book, there is only a sketch of it that needs to be adequately developed. A publisher in Germany had encouraged me to dedicate myself to this research, but I had to pass it up. Moreover, it would, above all, be about an a priori morphology, not on an empirical base. Because of that, whether pure types currently exist, conformed completely to that fundamental structure, has no importance, and even lacks practical value. So, for example, the defining of the absolute woman and the absolute man, who are almost non-existent empirically, is of great utility for the analysis of those women and men who are such only approximately, and with admixtures (Weininger).
The temperamental knowledge of oneself in the deepest states would be an important possibility offered by such investigations. I don’t see, on the other hand, possible connections to that “awakening of the European race”, which you noted. An earlier work, although without utilizing any astrological contributions, could be my friend L. W. Clauss’ Rassenseelekunde [racial psychology] (the study of the soul or the souls of race); I believe that I mentioned him in my book. If you want, you can include me in those figure sketches that you intend to treat, provided that you exclude every exaggeration, as the English would say. One of my accounts of the “absolute individual”, for example, would only be humorous.
Unfortunately, I forgot to give you directly, on the occasion of your visit, the book L’Arco e la Clava. We will see how it can be done: either on the next meeting or if the publisher provides the service of sending right to a private home, the postal services particularly for the stamps have become infamous. However, a copy is reserved for you.
Another thing. One of my (female) friends, belonging to my faithful guard-house, having known of your visit and knowing your name, makes my life impossible because she would like to have from you an astrological chart of her character and her “destiny”. If, by chance, you have a little time to waste for a little more than summary investigation, the dates are: born February 25, 1945 at 15:20 in Venice.