Bilderdijk, Willem

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Bilderdijk, Willem Gender: M
born on 7 September 1756 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Amsterdam, Netherlands, 52n22, 4e54
Timezone LMT m4e54 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Schepel
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 14°51' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 24°37 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 29°52'

Willem Bilderdijk


Dutch poet and astrologer, the most important poet of his day. During the French revolution he was banned to Germany while Napoleon was in Holland. Later he became an educator at Leiden University, where he had great influence over students who later became national leaders. His most noted work was an incomplete epic, "The Destruction of the First World," which was released in 1820. Though major streets still bear his name, he is now for the most part forgotten.

Though physically handicapped from birth, Bilderdijk had an extremely lively mind. He made riddles and cryptograms and studied astrology. His museum holds some 3,000 astrological texts in tiny handwriting that are now being studied to decipher them. Married, he had 13 kids of whom nine died before the age of one.

Bilderdijk died in 1831.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Busken Huet, Conrad (born 28 December 1826). Notes: Criticised him in De Nederlandsche Spectator


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1820 (Noted epic published)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 1831 (Age 74-75)

Source Notes

Selma Schepel quotes his own notes, given in Sterren Tijd 10/1995


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Handicapped (Since birth)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (13 kids)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Nine kids died before age one)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Prof at university and pvt tutor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Astrology (Over 3,000 text notations)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Plays, secondary)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet (Epics)