The Discovery of LSD and its First Explorer, Albert Hofmann

** FILE ** In this undated file photo, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann is seen in his garden in Burg, Switzerland. Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, has died aged 102, officials of the town of Burg, Switzerland, confirmed. (AP Photo/Keystone, Niklaus Stauss) ** NO SALES NO ARCHIVES ONE TIME USE ONLY **

AlbertĀ ahoffmanHofmann was a Swiss chemist and the man responsible for the LSD generation in the United States, although he felt that it was a misuse of the drug and that its primary purpose was in the field of psychiatry and spirituality.

Hofmann accidentally ingested a small amount of the chemical on November 16, 1938, when he was employed by Sandoz laboratory in Switzerland. The green line in the chart shows Hoffman’s Progressed Uranus was making an opposition aspect to his natal Neptune at the time. Neptune is associated with the imagination in its normal conscious activity as well as when the imagination is stimulated through the catalyst of a chemical substance such as Lysergic acid diethylamide. The unusual experience that resulted from the accidental dose was similar to the subconscious journeys encountered through natural psychotropic plants found worldwide and used for exploratory purposes by shamans in a diversity of “primitive” cultures.

hoffman02450LSD was unleashed on the public at large and caused a movement and advancement in consciousness that was to bring new-age practices to a world hitherto unprepared. There was a schism produced between the establishment in general and the hippies who were en-mass being “enlightened” if only superficially.

The red lines show that the progressed Sun and Venus were just passing over the Moon’s South Node and opposite the North Node. The blue line shows that transit Jupiter was also involved in the configuration. Jupiter and Venus being involved in the aspect show that it was a beneficial experience for Hofmann and that its discovery would bring many rewards for him as well as all others in search of a deeper journey into the realm of the human psyche that the Nodes represent.

Hofmann’s contribution led to experiments with LSD on psychiatric patients through a program that Stanoslof Grof would participate in many years after the substance’s discovery. Because of LSD’s illegality, Grof would eventually launch an LSD-free therapy known throughout the world as Holotropic Breathwork.