About Evolutionary Astrology


  • Have you ever wished you felt a sense of special purpose for your life?

  • Have you ever wondered why you gravitate toward some people, on first meeting without really knowing why?

  • Do you have any special talents that come naturally to you without study?

  • Have you ever had a strong feeling of deja vu about places or people in your life that leaves you confused and curious long after the contact occurs?

  • If so, you may find yourself interested in the field of evolutionary astrology.

Within the field of astrology, evolutionary astrology is specifically dedicated to helping people define their spiritual purpose in life or their "soul mission." A second aspect is that it is centered in teaching us how to integrate our human personality with this special soul mission.

Evolutionary astrology is not primarily centered in being predictive. Predictive astrologers are concerned with calculating the day, for example, that a person could meet the "love of their life." Predictive astrology implies that outside factors take action upon us and that we do not make choices. Events are simply "fated" to happen to us.

On the other hand, evolutionary astrology is creative in that it is concerned with helping people make choices and "create" their own lives to fulfill their inner spiritual needs. A person who is consciously trying to learn to create their own life learns to take responsibility and trust in creating life’s circumstances despite the ups and downs it will inevitably bring.

As human beings confronting key issues in our lives, lovers, friends and problematic people will gravitate toward us whenever the experience they represent is needed. The reason that person is attracted, is in order for both of us to work out key issues in our spiritual lives. This karmic aspect of the relationship will take place whether we, the key players, are conscious of it, or not! Sometimes issues are resolved and healed and sometimes they perpetuate old patterns of hurt and distrust. Each individual’s spiritual learning or loss is determined by the way he or she chooses to interact in the relationship.

The term "karma" refers to the fact that any new cycle of existence is always related to a previous cycle. The new cycle inherits some old unfinished business that needs to be dealt with but also inherits some achievements. In the West we often use the term "bad karma" almost exclusively, but it is important to remember that "good karma" exists in our lives too!

In evolutionary astrology, we believe that we have "soul contracts," or issues to work out with the most important people in our lives (primarily our parents, siblings, lovers and children). Similarly, we have lesser contracts to work out with friends, acquaintances and people we encounter in our day to day experiences. If karmic issues between people are successfully worked out during this lifetime, these people may also become "soul mates." A common misperception is that soul mates are our greatest lovers. While soul mates may, in fact, be lovers, the primary definition of soul mates is those who support and actively help us on our life’s journey. These are people whom we enjoy supporting and helping to learn. Oftentimes a powerful experience with a soul mate will actually lead us to conceive of and begin to follow our life’s mission.

Where Do I Start?

In order to begin to consciously follow one’s soul mission, a person must hold certain beliefs in himself and the universe. These beliefs are succinctly defined by authors Steven Forrest and Jeffrey Wolf Green in their definition of "evolutionary astrology." Their book Measuring The Night: Evolutionary Astrology and the Keys to the Soul outlines many of the basic concepts of soul growth through a series of workshops they taught together in 1998.

According to Forrest and Green, the soul can evolve over a series of lifetimes to become progressively more spiritual. A person following an evolutionary spiritual path can be recognized by an acceptance and belief in the following core perceptions:

1) An acceptance of the fact that human beings incarnate in a succession of lifetimes.

2) An acceptance of the fact that the birthchart reflects the evolutionary condition of the soul at the moment of incarnation.

3) An acceptance of the fact that the birthchart reflects the evolutionary intentions of the soul for the present life.

4) An acceptance of the fact that the circumstances of the present life, both materially and psychologically, do not arise randomly, but rather reflect the evolutionary intentions and necessities of the soul.

5) An acceptance of the fact that human beings interact creatively and unpredictably with their birthcharts; that all astrological symbols are multi-dimensional and are modulated into material and psychic expression by the consciousness of the individual.

6) An acceptance of the fact that human beings are responsible for the realities they experience, both internally and externally.

Finally, if the person involved is also an astrologer, the following seventh belief would also hold true for them:

7) An respectful intention to accept and support a person seeking astrological help, no matter the evolutionary state in which such an individual finds himself or herself.

Copyright 2000, Steven Forrest and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Order their book Measuring the Night: Evolutionary Astrology and the Keys to the Soul, Steven Forrest and Jeffrey Wolf Green, Seven Paws Press, 2000, at: http://www.stevenforrest.com. You will also find the complete definition of evolutionary astrology on Steven’s website.



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Recommended Reading


The following is a partial list of books and articles on evolutionary astrology and related topics that can be readily found at bookstores and through various journals and websites.

Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness:Volume One, Maurice Fernandez, 2009, Evolutionary Astrology

Astrology For The Soul, Jan Spiller, 1997, Bantam Books

Astrology, Karma and Transformation: The Inner Dimensions of the Birthchart, Stephen Arroyo, 1992, CRCS Publications

The Astrology of Transformation, Dane Rudhyar, 1980, The Theosophical Publishing House

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda (original printing 1946) Self Realization Fellowship

The Book of Pluto: Turning Darkness to Wisdom With Astrology, Steven Forrest, ACS Publications, 1994

Chiron: Healing Body and Soul by Martin Lass (2005)

Chiron: The Healing Journey: An Astrological and Psychological Perspective by Melanie Reinhart (1999)

Chiron: New Planet in the Horoscope by Richard Nolle (1983)

Chiron: Rainbow Bridge Between the Inner and Outer Planets by Barbara Hand Clow (2002)

Chiron: The Wisdom of a Deeply Open Heart by Adam Gainsburg (2006)

The Complete Node Book: Understanding Your Life's Purpose, Kevin Burk, Llewellyn Publications, 2004

Discovering Your Soul Mission: How To Use Karmic Astrology To Create The Life You Want, Linda Brady and Evan St. Lifer, 1998, Three Rivers Press.

Karmic Astrology: The Moon’s Nodes and Reincarnation
, Martin Schulman, 1975, Samuel Weiser, Inc.

Measuring the Night: Evolutionary Astrology: the Keys to the Soul, Steven Forrest and Jeffrey Wolf Green, Volume I, 2000; Volume II, 2001, Seven Paws Press, http://www.stevenforrest.com.

Neptune: The 12th House and Pisces by Maurice Fernandez (2006)

Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, Jeffrey Green, Llewellyn Publications, 1985

Pluto Volume II: The Soul's Evolution Through Relationships, Jeffrey Wolf Green, Llewellyn Publications, 1997

The Mountain Astrologer, a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to the study of Western, Karmic and Vedic Astrology, publisher Tem Tarrikar, Cedar Ridge, CA, http://www.mountainastrologer.com

"Astrology and Reincarnation: The Cycles of Our Lives", Linda Johnson, The Mountain Astrologer, Dec 1999/Jan 2000

"Astrology and Reincarnation", Steven Forrest, The Mountain Astrologer, August/September 2005.


Recommended Websites

http://www.creativechoices.com (Center for the study of karmic astrology and soul personality integration owned and operated by Linda and Michael Brady)

http://www.evolutionaryastrology.net

http://www.janspiller.com

http://www.mauricefernandez.com

http://www.mountainastrologer.com (offers a special section on favorite astrological websites that is very comprehensive)

http://www.stevenforrest.com

http://www.travelerswell.com

http://www.whitelions.org

http://www.whitelionshomeland.org

http://www.sacredworldpeacealliance.com

http://www.cynthiahart.com

http://www.whitebisonassociation.com

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