Koch, Walter A.

Koch, Walter A.

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The German schoolteacher and astrologer Walter Koch was born in Esslingen, Germany, on September 18, 1895. His father was a manufacturer. During World War I, Koch was severely wounded in his right leg. He studied classics and history at the Universities of Strasbourg and Tübingen and entered a career of civil service after graduation.

In 1924, Koch began publishing in astrology periodicals. During the Nazi era, he (and most other astrologers) was arrested and spent several years in jail before being transferred to the Dachau concentration camp, where he was held until the end of World War II. After the war, he was an instructor in the Hohenstaufen Classical High School in Göppingen and spent his spare time on astrological research and writing.

Koch was critical of charlatanism and new systems of astrology (as someone trained in classical studies, he was inclined to be a traditionalist). He was especially antagonistic toward fatalism in astrology. He was very interested in colors and in systems of house division, and it is his work in the latter field that made him known in North America. The Koch system is based on the older Regiomontanus system and is discussed in his book Regiomontanus and the Birthplace House System (1960). Koch died on February 25, 1970.

Sources:

Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers of America. Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, 1988.
Koch, Walter A. Psychologische Farbenlehre. Halle, Germany: Carl Marhold Verlagshuchhandlung, 1931.
Koch. Regiomontanus und das Häusersystem des Geburtsortes. Göppingen, Germany: Sirivsverlag, 1960.
Koch, Walter A., and O. von Bressendorf. Astrologische Farbenlehre. Munich, Germany: O. W. Barth Verlag, 1930.
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