Evolutionary Astrology books
We are so happy that a number of books have come out on Evolutionary Astrology. On this page you will find the titles of the books along with their forwards and introductions, to give you an idea of what is in each book. Below are links you can click to purchase them.
Deva Green, Jeffrey Wolf Green's daughter, has put together a book, The Evolutionary Journey Of The Soul: Essays In Evolutionary Astrology, that is a compilation of some of Jeffrey's old lectures that have not before appeared in book form.
Here are the book's chapters:
1) Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey Of The Soul: A review of key principles.
2) The Leading Edge Of The Soul's Evolution: The Mars and Pluto Interface.
3) The Role Of Mercury in Evolutionary Astrology.
4) The Planetary Nodes and Evolutionary Astrology.
5) Understanding the Sexual Archetypes and Evolutionary Astrology.
6) Saturn, Capricorn, and the 10th House: The Nature of Dark Eros.
7) Seven: Evolutionary Transitions.
8) Medical Astrology: Anatomy, Physiology, and the Chakra System.
9) The Sixth House And Issues In Self Improvement That Allow the Soul To Grow.
10) A Planetary Method Of Evolutionary Chart Analysis.
11) Trauma And The Outer Planets.
12) The Evolutionary Meaning Of Retrograde Planets.
Pluto (Volume 1): the Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, Jeffrey Wolf Green's classic book on Pluto
- Amazon.com listing for new Wessex edition
- Amazon.com listing for original Llewellyn edition
- In the UK, the Wessex edition of Pluto Vol. 1 is also for sale on the Wessex Astrologer website.
- (The full URL on Wessex site is http://www.wessexastrologer.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WA&Product_Code=WAPL1001
The forward to the new Wessex version is written by a very gifted young Pluto in Scorpio EA astrologer, Ari Moshe Wolfe. We have posted Ari's upcoming forward to the new edition in the Pluto: Vol1 section (below). Click the red header to open and read.
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Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey Of The Soul (Vol. 1)
By Jeff Green
New Wessex edition on Amazon.com
Original edition on Amazon.com
Pluto Vol. 1 first went into print in 1984 and has been in continuous print ever since, translated into many languages. It is one of the all time best selling astrology books. This was the first book in the history of astrology to talk about the Soul and its evolution from life to life. It presented for the first time an actual astrological paradigm that could measure the ongoing evolution of the Soul, a paradigm tested by Jeffrey on over 30,000 clients/souls during his career. Through this work Jeffrey founded the paradigm of Evolutionary Astrology. He first began lecturing on EA in 1978.
Forward to Wessex Publishing re-release, by Ari Moshe Wolfe
I first became aware of Evolutionary Astrology after giving away most of my astrology books. I felt that there must be more spiritual depth to astrology than what I found on-line and in my books. I intuitively sensed that there was absolute intention and purpose for every planet to be exactly where it was at the moment of my birth. Why am I here? Why is this MY chart?
Recognizing my disillusionment with astrology, my friend introduced me to Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul by Jeffrey Wolf Green. I had a very Plutonian reaction to that book! I was instantly attracted and drawn in on a deeply emotional level.
The meaning we derive from astrology depends entirely upon our cosmological understanding of why we are here in the first place. From the title alone, I immediately recognized that it is in fact possible to read the natal chart from the point of view of an evolutionary process; one that takes into account our timeless and immutable nature - the soul. Just the word “Evolutionary” seemed to denote a process of spiritual unfoldment. This is what I knew to be true in the core of my being. I actually couldn’t get over that word, “evolutionary”; it felt so right to me. I jumped right in.
The Evolutionary Astrology paradigm as set forth in this book is both incredibly simple and deeply layered. It’s based on the premise that all souls are on a journey of return Home, to Source. While “Home” is a transcendent concept that has neither space nor time contingencies, it tends to take a lot of time and space for this journey to commence! This is because of all the various desires of the soul that propel perpetual incarnation. As Jeff Green once said (during his 1994 Pluto school - DVD 6), "Separating desires are only limited by that which you can imagine - which is exactly why it takes to darn long to exhaust such desires to the exclusion of one desire only, which is the desire to reunite with the Source.”
Of course, there is no jumping to the absolute (trust me, I tried). As human beings, the evolutionary journey of the soul occurs through the filter of the emotional body. It does in fact take time and repetitive experience in order for any soul to develop a great enough depth of self-awareness to evolve beyond its fixations.
Pluto itself implicates a reality that is predominately unconscious to the human identity. To be so entirely engrossed with any desire always points to an even deeper layer of psychology. The ultimate psychology being that of the soul itself; our desirous essence. All inner and outer circumstances in one’s life can be traced to a deeper purpose, a bottom line spiritual intention that predicates something that is entirely “behind the scenes”; the soul.
This is the essence of Evolutionary Astrology; to always refer back to Pluto, the soul as the bottom line reason for “why we are here”.
To this day, the many layers of my own chart continue to reveal to me whatever I am ready to see. It is for that same reason that this book continues to be a source of ongoing revelation. During times of intense inner conflict, this book and the teachings of Evolutionary Astrology have very often inspired me to look inside myself with ever more honesty and courage. As Jeff Green writes in the first chapter, “we are all responsible for our own evolution, for our own karma and the experiences of reality that we all share.” Evolutionary Astrology is a spiritual path; and this book is a guide for the soul.
Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul came out in the mid 1980’s, When Pluto was transiting the very early degrees of Scorpio. Of course, given Pluto’s natural rulership of Scorpio, the timing was perfect. At the same time, an entire generation of souls was returning to this world - the Pluto in Scorpio generation. At the time of this reprinting, this book is approaching its own Saturn return, as is the very first of the Pluto in Scorpio generation. To me, this represents a new era for this book, a “coming of age”.
This book has served the masses, and like all works that touch upon the timeless and universal, it has spread worldwide. Now Evolutionary Astrology has reached a new generation of souls. The Pluto in Scorpio generation, as a whole, is wired to look for the bottom line; to seek the deeper “whys” behind life in the first place. It is this generation that will integrate and disseminate this material on a completely new level of depth.
It is my intention to assist in the spreading of this work to more souls, especially those of my own Scorpio generation. I pray that this book and the teachings of Evolutionary Astrology continue to spread far and wide to guide ever more souls on their evolutionary journeys.
Bless you on your journey. May your own evolution be a guiding light to other souls.
In devotion and absolute gratitude to Jeff and all the teachers who have tirelessly devoted their lives to sharing this work. Thank you. God bless,
Ari Moshe Wolfe
Preface by Noel Tyl
"Where is Billy?" — A good test question for an infant in the midst of self-discovery. But just where is Billy? Is he that which displaces a specified amount of space and/or a specified portion of time? Or is he simply "right here", to be conveyed with some kind of impersonal gesture?
Psychological tests of early concepts of identity suggest that the majority of Billys (and Janes, of course) will answer this existential question by pointing to their stomachs, their midsections.
As you read these paragraphs, ask yourself where you are. Say it out loud. What are your feelings? It's an awkward moment that can't be easily dismissed.
So often in life we reply to circumstance with the phrase/thought "Who ME?" Say this to yourself right now, loud and strong.Another strange feeling. Either you did make a gesture to accompany the two words, or you felt inclined to do so (a twitch in the wrist perhaps).
Where did/do you point? Where is "ME"? It moves up a bit to your heart region, above Billy's stomach — simply a corporeal centralization within adult anatomy reinforced by psychological awareness of the indispensability of the heart, reinforced by the emotions that live in language and art that refer always to the heart as being one's essence, etc.
Pretty fundamental though heady stuff. Nobody is pointing to his elbow or his leg!
If you were to ask this question of the Universal super-heavyweight boxing champion, he might reply, clinching and brandishing his right fist, "Right here, man." A full-time intellectual might not even articulate a reply but simply point to his brain or blink his eyes once with tolerance of the question.
In either such case, something would be missing: the human dimension.
And so it's fair to ask, "What is it that is where I am, who I am?" The questions that follow on rapidly are, of course, "Why am I", "for how long", "who's responsible?", "should this be pleasing to me or not?" etc.
Nothing of this is new, but all of it is eternal. Religion was formed to answer such questions people couldn't answer for themselves, to tie things together for significance and security. We presume that, within religious study (not just Christianity, mind you) the concept of the soul and the practice soul-searching were born. Even the most sophisticated etymological dictionaries cannot trace the word 'soul' to a definite origin. It is obscure, just as the spark of life is obscure. Formal core-teachings equate the soul with the essence of being, the total existential awareness of being.
Although the soul is not a gland, a muscle, a complicated spiral of hormones and chromosomes, or a problematic growth, some so-called spiritualist practitioners in every age have tried to give it specific form. Interestingly, they would probably accept the proof of Billy's gesture or yours as validating the physical domicile for the soul. "Why it's the thymus gland, of course!"
And then Alan Leo, for example, that gifted, strange, yet catalytic astrologer of turn-of-the-century England, whose work influenced mightily the very beginning of astrology in America, keys us to another dimension. He made quite a statement about the soul in relation to Neptune (or perhaps I should say he made a statement about Neptune that involved the soul in a very insightful way). He said, "Neptune allows the soul to leave the body." Where is it going? Why? Where was it? Are we talking the sense of "journey" here?
What Leo meant specifically was that Neptune underlined the difference between the tangible and intangible realities of our existence. For Leo, the soul was intangible. It was an essence. In fact, when you get deeply into all this, you sense that this Leonian tie-up between Neptune and the soul was simply explaining the ultimate obscure dimension with the ultimate astrological dimension of that time.
For example, part of the heavy baggage Saturn has carried with it out of past ages into modern times was taken on as the last outpost of what astrologers could see and measure. Everything "left over" went to Saturn: all the residual pains, hidden fears, and
environmental threats (thus all the study of different "levels", octaves, rulerships, etc.).
The discovery of Uranus freed things up, and the individual gained some respectability. But as well, the blame for everything left over from the symbolisms of those days was placed upon individualism disrupting society.
Then came Neptune.
Where is Jeff Green? is the question I asked myself as I watched this astrologer emerge in the world of astrology. I read some of his articles and interviews in several magazines, I attended some of his lectures, I asked around. And then, I discussed his new
manuscript with him.
Jeff Green was pointing to Pluto, to everyone's Pluto, to everyone's midsection" and saying it was where astrologers could begin to manage the mystery of soul, appreciate the sense of journey within evolution.
As I studied Jeff's manuscript, I enjoyed great relief: here was no spiritualist weaving spells. Rather, here was an extremely sensitive, spiritually eclectic, and psychologically sophisticated astrologer working with the intangible world in a tangible way. Where attempts to discuss the soul in the past have always seemed to leave individualism behind (Leo's struggle between Neptune and Uranus), i.e., there's no way to follow the dictates of the soul unless you put those above the ways of the world, Jeff sensitively dichotomizes the "desires" structure within the soul, within "immutable consciousness":
One desire is to separate from earliest origin (individuate); and the other is to return to the Source (be part of the whole). Jeff then takes all of this insight and brings it down to earth through Pluto's occurrence in the Houses of the horoscope. Each placement is deeply, deeply studied in many dimensions, and each one is another finger-pointing for the concept of Soul: "Here I am."
A real test as I was reviewing this manuscript, I received a particularly dramatic telephone call asking for astrological consultation. "George" was calling from a long distance, and his dilemma was extraordinary.
George seemed extraordinarily intelligent, lucid, exquisitely aware, informed, and disarmingly open-minded. Part of his concerns was that he knew emphatically through substantiated visions, dreams, and auditory encounters that, in a previous life, he had been one of the apostles of Jesus.
This was no laughing matter. Not even a smile could emerge in the telling of this state of affairs, so keenly circumspect was George in the discussion of his case. Indeed, such persuasiveness is often part of such a complex self-image, but to judge is not the role of the astrologer. Neither of us would have gained anything if I had given him the same doubting or flippant response he got whenever he dared to tell a friend about his problems.
His past-life identity gave him problems in present-life activity because of guilt and shame: he could not proceed with this life the way he was living it because everything he did appeared to be excruciatingly divergent from the standards established by the affiliation he had enjoyed in a previous life.
There were many other details, but this Preface is not the place for a case study. Upon accepting responsibility to try to help George help himself, I searched for a starting point. I needed to know more about the course of evolution within his life perspective.
Jeff Green's manuscript at that moment in time was 10 inches from my telephone. I restudied a certain chapter, and the discussion of George's Pluto placement put me in touch with thoughts that turned outto be very helpful to George.
Jeff's work pointed out George to George. It does the same for all of us as we catch up with Pluto's accelerated journey through space and significance within time.
Congratulations, Jeff; and thank you.
Introduction by Jeffrey Wolf Green
This book is for the practicing professional astrologer whose client asks "Why am I here, and what are my lessons?" It is for the student of astrology and all of us who ask this question and try and answer it within the framework of astrology.
If we agree that astrology is a symbolic language or system describing the totality of life, then we will understand that this description is based upon empirical observation and correlations — correlations to the planetary pattern at the time of the observation. Three observable phenomena are evolution, cycles and growth. All are based upon process. Process involves a past, present and future. All of Creation, from a collective as well as an individual point of view, is governed by the natural law of evolution. There is an observable past, present and future as viewed from the past.
There are two kinds of observable evolution — cataclysmic and continual. Cataclysmic evolution occurs when a multitude of forces culminate at the same time to produce a total metamorphosis of that which was. The result will appear to be sudden change, but this is not the case. The result is based upon many evolutionary forces converging together which meet some other resisting force. The resisting force simultaneously represents the present and the past. The evolutionary forces creating cataclysm represent the future as a consequence of the past. When the evolutionary force for change becomes stronger than the resisting force, the result is cataclysmic change. The relative strength of both forces determines the intensity or magnitude of the cataclysm itself. A simple example of this process at work in nature is an earthquake. In human society, the Watergate episode that led to the resignation of President Nixon is also an example of the same process.
By contrast, evolution through continual uniformity brings progressive or smooth cycles of growth that occur over great lengths of time. This type of evolution is much gentler and is not cataclysmic. It implies little or no resistance to the natural evolutionary cycles of life, individually or collectively, from a natural or human science point of view.
Pluto is the planetary symbol that correlates to the evolutionary process from a collective and individual point of view. It is the prime mover, first cause, or bottom line to which all other planetary factors are linked.
When the client asks "Why am I here, and what are my lessons?" the question implies the phenomena of evolution in the person's life. The ideas, methods, and techniques presented in this book offer suggestions as to how we can assist the client with these types of questions. This approach is simply one more filter to put on our astrological eyeglasses to help us see the answer to these questions of personal and collective evolution.
This approach will help identify the past evolutionary context of any individual, why he or she had that past, and how that past has conditioned the individual to the present state of conditions in his or her life. By understanding the evolutionary intent of the Soul, we will be able to identify the evolutionary lessons that are represented in this life for any individual. The current life evolutionary intent or lessons allow the individual to grow and evolve into the process of his or her own becoming; to grow and evolve in some way at every moment in time. By understanding the past evolutionary context, we will understand the reasons or the "why" of the particular lessons suggested in any birthchart. By understanding the collective evolutionary past (humanity) we will be able to understand the collective present, and the choices that humanity faces that will create the future. More than this, we will understand how the past created, shaped, or conditioned the specific choices that we face in every present moment, and why we have those particular choices.
This kind of individual and collective understanding is extremely important now that Pluto is in Scorpio, and Neptune is in Capricorn. This particular cycle only occurs every five hundred years or so. It always occurs just before, or just after, the turn of a century.
If we turn to history in order to examine the evolutionary and karmic themes that have happened when this cycle has been in force, we find that the essential choices and issues revolved around unity or polarization. If we meditate on these two archetypal themes and project them into today's world with respect to the issues at hand, the consequences of the individual and collective choices that reflect these themes will be seen to be more critical than ever before in human history. The number one issue in our world today must be the collective approach and response to nuclear technology, and the military weapons that it has spawned. Pluto correlates to the core, nucleus and penetration and fusion of anything — the basis of the nuclear and related bombs. It also correlates to the phenomena of defense, or defensiveness, for whatever reason. Pluto also corresponds to how we use the resources of ourselves and others.
With Pluto now in Scorpio, these natural correlations, and the issues that they represent, are clearly in the process of being magnified and intensified. The Polarity point of Scorpio is Taurus. Taurus represents in its deepest and most essential archetype (from a collective and individual point of view) the instinct for self-preservation; the instinct to survive. How will the choices made with respect to Pluto in Scorpio impact on the survival of the human species?
History points out that nationalism, authoritarianism, conservativism, purposeful deceit issued by those in power in order to maintain that power, religious events in one form or another (Jesus was on the planet and crucified with Neptune in Capricorn), individual and collective disillusionment and/or revelation, and the dissolving of preexisting and outmoded structures of reality, has occurred when Neptune has been in Capricorn. This dissolving effect creates a sense of uncertainty in the collective Soul which promotes the need to believe in the illusion that everything is fine. This collective need translates into an attraction to those who tell them what they want to hear even though it is not based on reality. Commonly, scapegoats in one form or another are found to blame the ills of the day upon. They are persecuted, attacked, or in some way isolated from the "mainstream" who want to conform and believe that everything is fine. This phenomena occurs internally within a nation, and externally as one nation, or a block of nations, isolate another or other nations. These facts of history are amazing in light of the archetypal intent of Neptune in Capricorn: to transcend the boundaries of national identity and strict self-interest, and to individually and collectively unite with the Spirit, Force, or Source. This Source created all things so that mutual cooperation can occur at all levels of reality to solve the problems and issues at hand so that the survival of the individual and the human species can continue.
The story that is told throughout recorded history when these five hundred year cycles have occurred is not pleasant, nor particularly inspiring with respect to what must be done in our world of today. Generally, polarization of peoples and nations has occurred rather than the necessary unity. Segments of the population have drawn lines in the dirt that staked out their particular points of view, self-interests, value associations and belief systems. These groups then challenged, or attempted to impose their views on any other segment that did not conform. Commonly, religion or some righteous moral imperative has been used to justify or defend these actions. In effect, one segment thinks they are right and that all others are wrong. Nations have experienced intense polarization and conflict with other nations for the same reasons, under the delusive name of national interests. Commonly the leaders of the different governments play upon the theme of nationalism during these cycles.
The archetypal need to regenerate through transcendent unity has rarely occurred. Instead degeneration through polarization and power confrontations has dominated the times when Pluto has been in Scorpio, and Neptune in Capricorn. Interestingly enough, Pluto is always within the orbit of Neptune during this cycle. The two hundred and forty eight year cycle that measures Pluto's return to Scorpio correlates to the culmination of the evolutionary cycle that began at its last return, and the beginning of a brand new evolutionary cycle reflected in its current passage through Scorpio. That which is culminating is based on all the prior actions, negative and positive, that have occurred all over the planet during this two hundred and forty eight year cycle. In other words, the results of all those prior actions are coming to a head. This culmination implies that a new evolutionary cycle is beginning so that the survival of the planet and human species can continue. Pluto and Scorpio both intensify and concentrate whatever dynamics that they are linked too. Thus, Pluto's passage through Scorpio "intensifies the times." This intensity is necessary for it enforces awareness of the individual and collective issues that must be confronted, eliminated, or redefined in order for individual and collective growth, evolution and survival to continue.
The tension produced during the transition between the old and the new evolutionary cycles can be quite intense. One segment of the population will attempt to maintain the old order of structural reality, another segment will attempt to move forward with respect to defining the issues that must be confronted and solved in new ways so that a positive and necessary growth can occur, and another segment will be more or less ambivalent toward the concerns, issues and claims of these two polarized segments. In effect, one third of the population is lined up along the lines of the past, one third along the lines of future necessities, and one third is ambivalent This individual and collective state of affairs only promotes and reinforces polarization, not the necessary unity that will allow for a smooth transition with respect to the evolutionary necessities of the times.
Today the issues and problems are many. These issues include nuclear war, the delusion of nationalism and perceived national self- interests, the interdependent national and international banking/economic structure, the use and distribution of national resources in all governments, food and food production, how much and where the governments commit their money, trade issues with respect to imports and exports, segments of the population becoming dislocated through job loss due to technological advances (the last industrial revolution began with Neptune and Uranus both in Capricorn, and intensified when both these planets entered Aquarius and Pluto moved into Aries), the use and application of genetic engineering, and, above all else, how to promote a global consciousness in the citizens of the world.
This last point is interesting to consider because in reality most people do have this level of awareness in varying degrees due to the media. The common person in all lands truly desires peace and an extension of goodwill toward all. Yet, the people who are in power in the dominant governments of this world are creating policies that lead in just the reverse directions, while paying lip service to the concerns of the people that they lead. This apparent dichotomy is exactly where the lessons of history should be learned. It is this dichotomy that has led to the major problems of the past when Pluto has been in Scorpio, and Neptune in Capricorn. If we are to learn from history so that we do not repeat the past mistakes, the people in all lands must make their voices and desires heard. When necessary and possible, the people must transcend governmental policies that promote polarization through direct action. A contemporary example of where the people have overridden the policies of a government to promote a transcendental unity is the current tragedy of Ethiopia. The famine that is now occurring (as of this writing) was triggered when transiting Pluto moved through Ethiopia's eighth house in direct opposition to its natal second house Venus in Taurus.
Obviously the major governments of this world did not react quickly enough even though many knew of this probability well in advance of its actuality. Even after the news leaked out to the world, governments like the U.S. did not respond because Ethiopia was a Marxist government. Once the dimensions of this tragedy became public some governments did respond, including the U.S., but not in a way that was adequate to solve the problem. Yet, the voluntary efforts of many musicians in America, Great Britain and South America, along with many other private donation efforts, have helped toward relieving the problem as well as toward promoting a transcendent and universal social consciousness that goes far beyond governmental policy. Even the title of the album that the musicians in the U.S. produced suggests this necessary evolutionary theme: We Are The World. If you listen closely to the lyrics in this song you will hear the evolutionary themes: "We are the world, we are the children, we are all God's great big family, we all must lend a helping hand, the choices that we are making will save our own lives, we are the one's who make a better day, just you and me."
This message has been responded to by millions of people in many lands. Let's hope this example of the common citizens of the world impacting in a positive way will continue to advance the evolutionary requirements of our times. The individual and collective choices that we all make over the next fifteen years will perhaps be the most critical choices that humanity has ever faced, determining the fate of human history. The weapons of destruction that Man now possesses makes this so. If we are to negate the possibility of some of the darker scenarios that could occur, the average citizens of this world, you and me, will have to demand that our governments move toward the spirit of unity, reconciliation and cooperation with all, rather than toward a policy of national and international confrontation and polarization.
We are the world, we are all part of God's big family. In this spirit, the choices that are made can only lead to a positive, healthy and productive evolution for this planet. It is important to remember that the evolutionary requirements of our times will occur in one way or another. They will occur either through cataclysmic evolutionary and karmic events, or they will occur through slow, yet progressive events that reflect the proper choices that must be made by all of us: as individuals and as a collective body. By confronting and understanding the issues, the proper choices preclude the necessity of cataclysmic change. It was in this spirit, by the way, that Nostradamus offered his visions of the future. He felt, as does the author, that the cataclysmic events as predicted by so many for the immediate future are not fated. Nostradamus was born just after the last cycle of Pluto's and Neptune's passage through Scorpio and Capricorn respectively. In fact, Nostradamus had Neptune in Capricorn, and Pluto was a few degrees into Sagittarius in the ninth house. If the major portion of humanity, and particularly the countries that hold world power, continues its existing course toward nationalism and polarization, the cataclysmic events predicted by so many has a high degree of probability. The necessary changes will take place.
Toward the end of this century Neptune and Uranus will move into Aquarius, and Pluto will move into Sagittarius (a fire sign). A simple review of history tells the story of cultural and societal restructuring when this pattern happened before (the Industrial Revolution, among other events, of the l820's and 30's). This restructuring pattern has been and will be accelerated during this cycle. The choices that are made while Pluto is in Scorpio, and Neptune in Capricorn (to be joined by Uranus at the end of this decade) will determine how this societal and cultural restructuring is experienced by all of us.
The emphasis in this book is on the individual because that which occurs collectively starts with the individual. If each person understands what his or her own evolutionary requirements are, and operates in such a way as to actualize those requirements, then the collective evolutionary necessities will be developed in a noncataclysmic way. This book was written in this spirit. Pluto will be linked to the concept of the Soul, and how the phenomenon of individual evolution originates from the Soul — the prime mover, or "bottom line". We will be discussing what the Soul is, and the inner structure or dynamics of the Soul that serve to propel its evolution. We will also be discussing the issue of free will or choice; not only how this phenomenon works, but how it is the basis of the two types of evolution. The evolutionary past of any individual obviously implies the phenomenon of reincarnation: the transmigration of the Soul.
The evolutionary past of any individual also represents the deepest sources of unconscious emotional security. These old unconscious security patterns create resistance to change and the unknown in varying degrees of intensity in all of us. This security/resistance dynamic creates compulsion, obsessions, or emotional complexes in many individuals (or nations). This book will explain how these compulsions and complexes are rooted in and linked to the past. We will discuss the idea or phenomenon of karma: what it is, what it is not, and how it is linked to the evolutionary factor for each of us. Numerous chart examples will show how the evolutionary factor works and will illustrate the principles in this book This work will be divided into two volumes. Volume One will cover the essential ideas, methods and techniques as well as Pluto through the houses, Pluto in aspect to other planetary factors, and Pluto in transit, progressions and solar returns. Volume Two will be based on Pluto's evolutionary and karmic role in relationships that will involve both the composite chart and cross chart placements (synastry), Pluto's correlations to anatomy, physiology and the chakra system (a complete discussion of what the chakra system is and how it works will be presented), and Pluto's evolutionary role through modern history will be gone into in depth with some possible projections relative to the future based on that which has occurred in the past.
Because the focus of this book will be on the evolutionary intent and necessity to grow and change, the description of Pluto through the houses and signs will involve old patterns, orientations, and behavioral manifestations that must be metamorphosed so that growth and evolution can occur. This focus implies preexisting limitations and imperfections. Some readers may feel that these descriptions are "negative". However, they are not intended to be negative. The essence and nature of evolution is change. It implies limitations or structures that are blocking necessary change. The descriptions of Pluto through the houses and signs will objectively describe what common limitations and imperfections must be encountered for the ongoing evolutionary intent to occur so that perfection can be realized at some point in the evolutionary journey of an individual. This book is not intended to be an astrological "cookbook." This book should be read all the way through so that a total and comprehensive understanding can be developed as to the nature and basis of the principles expressed herein.
I hope these ideas will help lead to an astrological understanding of "Why am I here, and what are my lessons?" — both individually and collectively. Because of the nature of these questions and the nature of Pluto, the reading may be intense at times. I would suggest that you take your time with this book; go slowly and let yourself meditate and feel the ideas. The ideas and principles are not new. They are as ancient as civilization itself but are now linked to astrology in a new way. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy this book.
God Bless, Jeffrey Green
Pluto: The Soul's Evolution Through Relationships (Vol. 2)
By Jeffrey Wolf Green
Jeffrey Wolf Green's Pluto Vol. 2: The Soul's Evolution Through Relationships is a classic on the Evolutionary purposes of all the relationships that we have in our lives.
Here is the preface written by the great astrologer Noel Tyl
Every practicing astrologer has heard many times from clients, "My Goodness! It took my therapist months to get to that, and here it comes up right away in the horoscope!" Such an observation about a spiritual need, a subtle force in relationships, a creative connection between past and present is a compliment to the incisiveness of astrology and the astrologer. It is also a suggestion of how much is frequently lacking in the therapeutic processes that exist in our society to help us. And it suggests that existing or "common" therapeutic processes in our society often lack an effective means of really helping us evolve.
This comment suggests that therapists are not often engaged with things to do with the Soul. Indeed, how many therapists would concern themselves with the journey of a Soul, with its evolution, its past history, its framework of needs this time around? The current wisdom is, "If we don't really know what the Soul is, how can we talk about it?"
Yet things are changing. It has been most edifying to see the works of psychotherapist Thomas Moore — Care of the Soul and Soul Mates — top the best-seller lists. Moore told me himself that over one million copies of Care of the Soul have been sold! This lucid writer, who is most sympathetic to astrology, deals poetically and practically with archetypal references personified on Greek myths. People everywhere respond to his work.
We can cite as well the works of Scott Peck — The Road Less Traveled and Further Along the Road Less Traveled — as helpful books about the human condition, framed in decidedly holistic dimensions. The Soul is alive and well, though not everywhere to be seen.
Jeffrey Green fits in easily here. While his lens is explicitly astrological, it is burnished with an empirical, psycho-sensitive polish and a courageous presence. Psychotherapists could enrich their work and help others more if they would take even a few pages of Jeffrey's work into their hearts, let alone several semesters of astrological study. How about understanding the purpose of relationships, for example? Can you imagine a therapist pursuing that fundamental and all-pervasive concern, "What purpose does your present relationship serve in your development in this life?" Yet, that concept alone can help to set us free; coming to grips with this issue can ameliorate the nagging feelings of unconnectedness with past, present, and future that so many people have.
Green says that the purpose of relationship is to encounter and experience "our personal limitations." He takes this precept quite a distance, a "journey" indeed, and throughout the route he reiterates the fact that relationships are complementary situations, not structures we create to please ourselves. Relationships are situations that involve self-recognition only secondarily and only through others, in ways that help eventually to make us whole. I read that as finding ourselves outside ourselves, and needing others to help, just as night needs day, the Moon the light of the Sun.
Seeing relationships this way, through Green's special vision reveals that we are not being victimized by some chicanery of fate, as some pop psychology (and even some astrology) would have it "You get what you deserve." Rather, we are linked necessarily with what we need. And in the process of relationship, we accomplish "the metamorphosis of our limitations ... and we evolve."
I read all this filtered through my own decades of astrological experience, and still this book shines another respectful light upon the miracle-process of the human condition as it is revealed through astrology. Green keeps coming back to us with the thought that there is simply no way to go it alone in life, so essential are relationships. Relationships demand that we look outside ourselves (the polarization of astrological archetypes) and that we listen in order "to learn equality." This is the heart of Green's refurbishment of the Libra archetype, and I think it is the core of his book. That's why I'm repeating myself -- it is so very important to know this and to pass it on to others who trust us to be helpful.
I recall studying long ago at college a definition of "maturity" offered by the celebrated psychologist Gordon Aliport. He suggested that maturity has three steps to it: the extension of self; and then — from a new vantage point — self-objectification, and only then a return to self through a unifying philosophy of life. Green takes us on just such a journey through the horoscope: out of ourselves into relationships in which we see our personal growth and are thereby refined and strengthened. And then, as Aliport and Green say, we are unified. We get it together.
Astrologers see Pluto as the symbol of empowerment and, to the extent that empowerment embraces outcome as well as stimulus, I've suggested in my own work that Pluto is the symbol of perspective. One way or another, astrology's theorists and practitioners say that Pluto embodies an ultimate concern, a potential that is formidable. But it is all too clear in reality that normal people living normal lives don't all set records with personal achievement or fulfillment as measured by our society. It is all too clear that the power implodes, often problematically, or never even touches a life-experience suggested by a particular Plutonian configuration. I think Green explains this with many indications that reveal Pluto not to be a point of power but, rather, a synthesis of identity strength. It is not an isolated quantum focus; it is development power spread around; it is evolutionary. We tap into it purposefully to one degree or another as our journey requires.
Pluto permeates the horoscope not only in terms of personality invigoration (empowerment) but in terms of time, as our ultimate symbol of awareness, and in terms of sequential personality development. When Green uses the word "karma" he avoids the misconception of retribution and punishment, using it properly as the accumulation of balance within successive growth times, within lives in series.
So the Soul is constantly changing and evolving. It is on a journey through time. It is energized by Pluto in part, and it is synthesized into networks of manifestation among the other planets. All of this is acted out in relationships — thus the composite chart and synastry are so important to Green's analytical presentation. And because this subject manifests naturally in socio-sexual expression, Green devotes a lot of thought to Venus and Mars, their occurrence in the natal horoscope and their transits.
And it is thought well spent: I have yet to encounter in our astrological literature such real, emphatic insights into socio-sexual dimensions as Green presents, with courage and grace — and extraordinary applicability. Insights like these would have been impossible in astrology even 25 years ago. Astrology in its own developmental journey has grown conspicuously toward maturity. Green certainly is helping us all make that trek, extending ourselves, looking back, putting a philosophy together. These pages about Venus and Mars should be given to your favorite therapist!
This preface is intended to prepare the reader for the fine book that follows. To be complete, I want to add one more thought: Green's verismo should not shock us. His realism vividly defines the amorphous (the Soul) with the guidelines of hard experience.
Please don't think that the word "Soul," so prominent in this book's title and pages — or even the sense of "spiritual' that so often accompanies the mention of Soul — automatically relates to religiousness. It just isn't so, and religiousness is certainly not what this book is about, as Green points out. The much loved Isabel Hickey, in one of our many conversations some years ago, said, "Noel, people have to learn that spirituality is not an end in itself; it's a means of getting somewhere."
Spirituality describes how we live, not why we live. A soldier on the battlefield can be just as spiritual as a priest saying mass. "Onward Christian Soldiers" is not an oxymoron!
In his case studies, Green shows us people who are working out their wholeness — their Soulness — within essential relationships, within a living, pushing, shoving, giving, taking society. He shows the spiritual grit it takes to get us to understand this life. Remember, in hunting treasure, we move big rocks and dig deep in the sand to find the gold.
For this map, Jeffrey, thank you!
— Noel Tyl, Fountain Hills, Arizona, December 1995
Here is the Forward to the book, written by the Danish astrologer Christian Borup
Relationships are never simple. Anyone who has tried it will tell you so! Examining your relationships through the natal chart explains the energy patterns in your current-life partnerships. Adding the dimension of previous lives gives a deeper meaning to any relationship, whether love, friendship, or business.
In this book Jeffrey Green shares his lifelong, direct experience and deep knowledge of how to graph your deep-rooted partnership needs in this lifetime, through any natal and composite horoscope. as Jeffrey himself puts it, "by embracing all these ideas, you come to understand what all of us attract exactly what we need, even if we do not know we need it!" Some people have a hard time embracing the idea of previous lives together. I myself belong to this category. Before meeting Jeffrey, I always thought that reincarnation was a logical, rational, coherent, sensible, and intelligent way to explain human existence. My analytical brain accepted the idea of reincarnation fully – but my heart felt nothing.
It was only after meeting Jeffrey that my intellectual understanding had to give way to a deep emotional acceptance and inner recognition of previous lives. Jeffrey's ability to transform presence, was simply too convincing to deny. It is this special quality of Jeffrey's presence that his insights, and to transmit and teach them in a very personal and direct way, just through his this book clearly transmits.
This book has repeated and deepened my own knowledge and acceptance of reincarnation — and I know it will do the same for almost any reader. Through this book runs a strangely familiar and well-known insight to which you can immediately connect. This book is like a mirror placed in front of you — and you have to be very hard-hearted and hard-eyed not to recognize yourself and your relationships in it.
Through its magic mirror this book shows you that astrology is not something you learn by assimilating information, but that it is something you rediscover in the most unconscious and hidden corners of your mind. The astrology in this book gives to you, and helps you learn, the language of communicating with others what you, on a Soul level, already know.
How would you explain the beauty of a special summer day, the dismal face of the Moon moving over a mountain range, the trickling sound of a stream headed for the ocean, the calm movements of a diving whale, the quiet hissing of the wind in the brown leaves of a tree in autumn? We cannot see the wind. Our mind can reason that it is there, but all we see are the physical effects of its invisible presence. This book gives you a glimpse of the disguised Soul?wind within you, and in your partners — the wind that moves you toward any person and the wind that moves that person toward you.
With each breath we share the air and wind with everything living. You cannot remain sane in this world without relating. We need each other. We need to know that we are not alone. We need to know why we can share our inner reality, our Soul-wind, with some people, but not with all people.
Sometimes, when walking down a street in a strange city, you look in another person's eyes, and you feel the wind. You quietly nod, like saying, "I've been there," and the stranger nods and agrees.
Then you know.
If you have ever looked across a room and suddenly felt a gale of love hit you, or experienced how a brief encounter on a stormy railway station can change your life
Life is not merely a repetition of old patterns, but the discovery of new ways to handle and use something very familiar to you. When you realize this ... you know.
Jeffrey's writing mirrors the eternal reality of your Soul. As you read this book you will feel the Soul-wind that brought you to this world, gave you a body, and made you share your current physical life with the most meaningful people in your world — in your closest partnerships.
We will meet again.
Read on, and you will know!
Christian Borup, Director, The Irene Christensen Astrological Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
And here is the Introduction by Jeffrey
It has been quite a few years since the first volume of Pluto was first released. The response to the first volume of Pluto has been overwhelming. In the first volume I invited people to write to me with their observations, questions, and feedback. I have literally received thousands upon thousands of letters from all over the world. The support for the work reflected in those letters has truly touched my Soul. And, of course, many have asked and wondered about the planned second volume of Pluto. Well, because of your encouragement and the kind support of Jon Gill at Crossing Press, here it is!
The intention in this volume is to focus all the ideas about Pluto and the Nodal Axis of the Moon, first presented in the original volume, upon the dynamic of relationships. All of us are in relationship to others all the time. From the great mass of people on the planet we all choose certain people to be intimate with, and to be friends with. With have different kinds of relationships with those that we work with, and we have a relationship with our parents in one way or another. We have relationships with our children, and so on. The intention in this book is to show the evolutionary and karmic causes, reasons, and prior life background that determines the types of relationships that we have, and with whom.
Within the book a precise astrological methodology is presented that will allow you to determine what the prior life orientation has been between two people, where the relationship was left off, where the two people pick-up their relationship ( how it starts off ), and what the current evolutionary next step is: the specific reasons or intentions for being together again. The use of Composite Charts and traditional Synastry Charts is used to understand this. The key difference between the Synastry Chart and Composite Chart is explained. Many case histories are used to example and illustrate these core ideas. Within this, there are whole sections on Mars, Venus, and the Mars/Venus phasal relationship. To understand the Mars/Venus phasal relationship a whole section is devoted to explaining the eight primary phases, and the aspects that take place within those phases. And, at the end of the book, the last chapter is dedicated to defining the primary archetypes of the Composite Chart Pluto in each sign and house. Pluto in the Composite Chart is further defined in each house and sign relative to the natural evolutionary conditions for any given Soul: the consensus state, the individuated state, and the spiritual state as discussed in the first volume.
Beyond this there is a whole section that discusses the different types of relationships that can exist between people. Within this, there is a whole section that explains the differences between Soul Mates, Karma Mates, Twin Souls, etc., and how to determine them. In addition, I have spent a great deal of time discussing one of the greatest dark secrets that exist within many relationships, and the causes of that dark secret: sadomasochistic relationships. An explanation of the Garden of Eden Myth precedes and sets up this discussion. An extensive case history is used to illustrate it. Some of you may be offended by this because the instinctual reaction to these words, and archetypal dynamic, is repulsive in most. Yet it permeates individual and collective reality in a way that most can no longer ever recognize. My intention in doing this is to put the light of consciousness on this archetype so that, hopefully, a little change can begin that will purge this archetype from our consciousness.
As in the first volume of Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey Of the Soul, I encourage you to read this book very slowly so as to be able to integrate it. If you have not read the first volume yet, I would strongly encourage you to do so. A deeper and fuller understanding of the material presented in this volume will then occur. This is not an astrological cookbook. Accordingly, it is important that you read this book from the first page to the last if you are to have any real understanding of the dynamics and archetypes presented within it. Thank you to all who have taken the time to write to me and to all the people I have met in my lectures in America, Europe, and Canada who have been so encouraging and supportive.
Jeffrey Wolf Green Boulder, Colorado Winter, 1996
Evolutionary Astrology: Pluto And Your Karmic Mission
By Deva Green
Deva studied EA with her father for many years, from birth in fact. As a result she is uniquely qualified to carry on his work, which she has been doing since his retirement. Her first book is an in-depth examination of all the core astrological principles that define the Evolutionary Journey Of The Soul. (Click for additional info on Deva's book)
Preface by Mark Jones
I had the privilege of both studying with Jeffrey Wolf Green the first and only time he taught an astrology school in the United Kingdom, and of teaching evolutionary astrology alongside Deva Green at the Norwac Conference in Seattle. Through my own teaching and speaking on evolutionary astrology in the U.K. and America, I have seen firsthand the power of this material to transform people's lives.
Here, Deva Green draws a blueprint for the methodology of evolutionary astrology, leading on from the pioneering work of her father, Jeffrey Wolf Green, described in his books Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey Of The Soul and Pluto: The Soul's Evolution Through Relationships. This approach will enlighten both beginners to the subject and more advanced students or practitioners, through its clarity and breath of focus.
Deva begins with an expression of the fundamental philosophy underlying evolutionary astrology, identifying it as springing from natural laws which guide our evolution in nature. The author shows that this approach to astrology can reconnect the subject to an evolving sense of purpose or meaning here on Earth. That beyond the materialistic emphasis of our culture, and its obsessions with appearance, longevity, and lifestyle, astrology can have a place in the discussion of our deepest need. The need to belong or enjoy a felt connection with our life, a connection which extends to the very source of the Earth and the heavens also
Having established this context, the understanding of astrology within the journey of the Soul back to the source of all things, Deva outlines a methodology that utilizes the natal chart in understanding the n nature of the path any individual is on in this journey; the nature of the road, of the vehicle, any roadside amenities, the obstacles that might lie ahead.
The methodology takes as its starting point the seminal and incredibly in depth analysis of Pluto begun by Deva's father in his first Pluto book, and builds on it through analysis of the nodal axis and its rulers. From this evolutionary axis at the heart of the natal chart, Deva shows the core evolutionary concerns of the individual as revealed by the natal chart. With Pluto as the deepest point of unconscious security and orientation from the individual, the notes open up the nature of the past development of that orientation and the probable future direction such a development might take. In this way the natal chart can be seen as an incredible opportunity - a window into the core concerns of any given individual as they enter into this life - born into it over and over again.
Even materialistic thinkers acknowledge ideas can have a life beyond the individual brain. I think of Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, and the exploration of the idea of memes, ideas that expand rapidly beyond and independent of the host thinker, or of the morphogenetic field research of the biologist Rupert Sheldrake. Within a less materialist philosophy we can talk of intuited wholes, of meanings left by more evolved consciousness in the very fabric of the Earth's energy, for individuals to pick up and run with, or certain astrological transits that influence the collective mind - such as the culmination of Pluto in Sagittarius, under which archetype this book was written. More simply, we can say that there are certain ideas whose time has come. It feels to me like the idea of evolutionary astrology, which can give such valuable insight into the nature of the human condition and journey, is an idea whose time has come. Deva Green has given a brilliant introduction to the nature of that idea. May it benefit al who read it.
God Bless, Mark Jones
Forward by Jeffrey Wolf Green
It seems so many lifetimes ago now that I first began to lecture and write about Evolutionary Astrology. The very first lecture occurred in 1978 in Seattle, Washington. From the very first lecture onwards wherever I went to lecture on the Evolution of the Soul, its evolutionary journey from life to life that could empirically be measured and understood through the symbolism of astrology, the lecture halls would be packed and overflowing. The hunger and thirst for this information is simply overwhelming. When the first volume of Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul was first published by Llewellyn in 1984 it became an immediate best seller, and continues to this day to be so. It has been in continuous print since that time. Along the way many foreign publishers have printed it in many, many different languages. In 1994 I established the School of Evolutionary that had teaching centers in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Israel. This included a Video Correspondence Course that offered becoming a certified Evolutionary Astrologer utilizing this system of understanding the Soul's evolution through time. In 1998 work was completed on the second volume of Pluto that dealt with the Soul's relationship to other people, and why we attract the kinds of people that we attract to ourselves for our ongoing evolutionary purposes and intentions through time. God willing I will soon begin work on the final volume to the Pluto trilogy.
Evolutionary astrology is based on the evolution of the Soul. The Soul in astrology correlates to Pluto. The evolution of the Soul, from life to life, is simply based on a core dynamic that exists is all Souls: Desire. Within all Souls there are tow root desires which serve as determinants for its evolution. One desire is to separate from that which created the Soul in the first place. For many that can be called God. For others it can simply be called the Source Of All Things. The other desire is to return to that which created the Soul. The evolution of the Soul is thus a function of a progressive exhaustion of all separating desires that can leave only one desire remaining. And that is to return, or reunite, with that which has created it in the first place. This simple natural law or truth can be validated by all peoples independent of beliefs or cosmologies. All of us have whatever separating desires: the new possession, the new career position, the new lover, and so on and so forth. As we may in fact have the ability to actualize those desires. And once we do we do indeed have a temporary sense of satisfaction. But what soon replaces that satisfaction: dissatisfaction. It is this dissatisfaction that echoes the ultimate desire to return to that which created the Soul in the first place. And it is only that desire that leads to a state of permanent satisfaction. All peoples on Earth have this experience that only requires that you validate your own experience. It does not require any beliefs at all. It is this simple and natural law or truth that is the core of Evolutionary Astrology.
The entire paradigm that is used in Evolutionary Astrology is provable by anyone who uses it. It can be proved by your own life experience, and it can be proved through the clients that you work with if you are a practicing evolutionary astrologer. It is proved by one's life. The entire paradigm that is used by Evolutionary Astrology is Pluto, it's polarity point, the South Node and North Node of the Moon, and the location of their planetary rulers with all the aspects therein. This paradigm does reflect where the Soul has been before the current life, where the life was left off, where it picked up from, and where it was going. It does answer the underlying questions that are so deep in the heart of many: why am I here. And what are my lessons. And, again, this evolutionary paradigm is provable by anyone who chooses to do so. I say this because there have been certain voices in astrology who have attempted to undermine Evolutionary Astrology without ever making the actual effort to use the paradigm itself.
When I first began lecturing on Evolutionary Astrology in 1978 there was no one else doing so. For many, many years I was the only voice who did so. Indeed, no astrologer had ever dealt with the evolution of the Soul at all. No astrologer even dealt with the obvious and natural law of evolution either. Today there are many who have read the Pluto books, many who have attended or taken the correspondence course in Evolutionary Astrology, and of course all the people who have attended my lectures on this subject over a twenty-five year career. And, as a result, there are new voices and teachers in this vital work.
And now I have the privilege of introducing to you my daughter Deva Green who has written this necessary and deep work on Evolutionary Astrology, a how too, hands on, guide to the right use a practice of underlying principles of Evolutionary Astrology. It offers concrete step by step examples of how to apply the Evolutionary Paradigm to the birth chart. In so doing you can prove to yourself the Paradigm of Evolutionary Astrology. It simply requires that you validate your own actual life experiences as viewed through this paradigm. She has studies my work for many, many years now, and of course, had many conversations with me about it. As such she is uniquely qualified to teach this work as reflected in her first book Evolutionary Astrology: Pluto and Your Karmic Mission which is now in your hands.
GOD BLESS, Jeffrey Wolf Green
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Understanding Karmic Complexes: EA and Regression Therapy
By Patricia Walsh
Patricia is both a graduate of Jeffrey Wolf Green's School Of Evolutionary Astrology and a professional past-life regressionist. Patricia has written a ground-breaking book that bridges both disciplines. In it you will find actual past-life histories of individuals, gained through past-life regression techniques, that have the effect of 'proving' the methodology and paradigm of Evolutionary Astrology. It is exceptionally well written.
It will help all who seek to understand the paradigm of Evolutionary Astrology learn to correlate the birth chart insights EA reveals with the actual life-to-life experiences that have shaped and conditioned the very nature of the lives that we live, past and present.
Undertstanding Karmic Complexes : EA and Regression Therapy
This book is the result of eight years of research into how past lives are reflected by the symbols in the natal chart, as described by Evolutionary Astrology. Patricia collected several thousand past life experiences from clients, students and colleagues working with past life regression, and found that all the unique points of Evolutionary Astrology are clearly illustrated through the past life stories.
The book provides 50 case studies (with natal chart correlations) of individual's own past life stories recalled with regression, arranged as a journey through the archetypes ( Aries-Pisces). The past life stories bring the archetypes to life in a way they have not been seen before. The stories also clearly demonstrate the role of Pluto and the nodes; the rulers of the nodes; and other planets affecting the nodal axis by aspects. This book will also broaden your understanding of how karmic imprints affect the psyche, as it provides an intimate view of the psychology of the soul, and how healing is achieved, naturally releasing the potential of the north node and Pluto's polarity point.
Patricia's website is www.HealThePast.com
Preface by Roger Woolger, PhD
Author of "Other Lives, Other Selves", "Healing Your Past Lives", "The Goddess Within"
In the 30 years or so that I have investigated the phenomenon of past life memory and worked on developing a practical method to heal the soul's inherited wounds (today called Deep Memory Process), I have naturally searched in the literature of astrology for validation and confirmation of my findings. But there is hardly a book written by an astrologer on past lives that I haven't found disappointing. Even the few astrologers who claimed to practice regression to past lives with their clients, for me, had little of substance to offer, since, for the most part, they had no practical awareness of the deeper issues psychotherapy.
Patricia Walsh's monumental and unique contribution to an authentic astrologically based psychotherapy of the soul is the book I personally have been waiting for. This ground-breaking book must surely be welcomed by all practicing astrologers, whether or not they use regression therapy or believe in reincarnation. The fact that Patricia has recorded several thousand cases of regression therapy (over 50 of them included in this book) and matched them meticulously with the charts of each of these clients must surely count as a double breakthrough: for one thing, it is an entirely original contribution to the literature and research into reincarnation and past lives and on the other it adds a major new dimension to the astrological interpretation of the soul's karmic inheritance. To be sure, like all innovators, Patricia's work builds on previous research and theory—in psychotherapy she is deeply influenced by Deep Memory Process; in astrology by the Evolutionary Astrology of Jeffrey Greene—but it is her brilliant synthesis that breaks such fertile new ground.
Most of all we should be grateful to Patricia for advancing and helping re-build a lost science, what I can only call the science of the Soul. It is worth sketching the history of how this science got lost , because it will help place this radical new work in the context it deserves. Modern science, with the exception of a few visionary quantum physicists like Fritjof Capra, Amit Goswami and Fred Wolf, has more or less painted itself into a corner with its unrelenting determination to reduce everything to material or neurological explanations. To paraphrase Jung we could say that modern science has "lost its soul" by banishing the metaphysical or spiritual dimension and pouring ignorant contempt on religion—the English writer Richard Dawkins is a sad example of this. But I believe that research like Patricia's, and the learning and wisdom she brings to it, are signs that herald a new renaissance of the ancient science of the Soul and its true relationship to the Cosmos.
Such a science of the Soul has always existed in the East, in the yoga teachings of Patanjali for example, or in the alchemical energy practices of Chinese Taoism, but it has gotten lost or driven underground in the west. We know how the early Roman Church, for various reasons, suppressed teachings and probably burned texts regarding reincarnation and the progress (or regress) of the soul through various lifetimes. Such teachings were almost universal among the Mystery Schools of the ancient world and among many so- called "Gnostic" sects. The philosopher and initiate Plutarch, who became a priest at Delphi, wrote:
"We know that the soul is indestructible and should think of its experience as like that of a bird in a cage. If it has been kept in a body for a long time and become tamed to this life as a result of all sorts of involvements and long habituation, it will alight back to a body again after birth and will never stop becoming entangled in the passions and chances of this world. Many surviving Gnostic writings, whose origins are hotly debated by scholars, show striking similarities to Buddhist and Hindu teachings about the soul's journey after death, no doubt because of many centuries of contact between Eastern and Western cultures following the conquests of Alexander the Great. (It is known, for example, that Buddhists taught in Alexandria and that yogis reached Athens, where they were dubbed the "gymnophysicists.")."
But perhaps the most luminous synthesis of all these doctrines is to be found in the 2nd century collection of texts known as the Corpus Hermeticum, said to have been transmitted from the ancient Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistos or Thoth. The teachings enshrined in the Hermetica provide an amazingly lucid metaphysical underpinning to astrology and the alchemical arts and above all the mystery of the soul's ascent through the planetary spheres to the Empyreum, the divine realm of pure light (the Dharmakaya of Mahayana Buddhism, the Tao, the Al Haq of Sufism). According to the famous Hermetic Law of Correspondences, "as above, so below," these spheres symbolize the external hierarchy of the subtle world and exactly mirror the inner degrees through which the initiate must pass on the way to enlightenment. This mirroring of the macrocosm and the microcosm is first found written in Plato's Timeaus, but is obviously much more ancient.
Before the third century C.E., pagan and early Christian beliefs exist side by side in the Roman Empire. But when the emperor Constantine adopted Christianity as the religion of the state, the Gnostics and the Mystery schools came under persecution and reincarnation came to be seen as a heresy. It is finally excised from Roman Church thinking in 553, when the teachings of Origen about the preexistence of the soul are anathematized by the emperor Justinian. After this, it disappears from Church history for nearly a thousand years, briefly entering Europe as part of the teachings of the Cathars, the late Gnostic group that flourished in Northern Italy and Southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries. Considered a threat to orthodoxy, the Cathars are brutally extirpated by the Church in the notorious Albigensian Crusade, which spawns the early Inquisition founded by Saint Dominic.
In the East, reincarnation survives, buried within Hermetic and Platonic teachings that are secretly preserved by certain monastic orders during the hegemony of the Orthodox Church in Byzantium. These teachings, along with hundreds of lost manuscripts, come west again in the 15th century when Cosimo de Medici acquires a collection for his famous Academy in Florence, modeled on Plato's own. This priceless library of ancient texts—among them, famously, the lost books of Plato—lays the intellectual and spiritual foundations of the Renaissance.
But the fearful years of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Wars of Religion in Europe, force many of the Hermetic teachings underground once more. They are carefully disguised in the opaque symbolism of alchemy and in Rosicrucian allegories that only initiates can penetrate; one such initiate, who surely knows of reincarnation and a great deal more, is Shakespeare. (Others are the painters Durer, Botticelli, and da Vinci, the poet Edward Spenser, and the English magus Dr. John Dee.)
From the Renaissance on, with the rise of rationalism and early science, the psyche of the West begins to split. More and more, rationalist philosophers attack anything spiritual as superstition. In the 18th century, John Locke proclaims that the mind is a tabula rasa, a blank slate, at birth. Building on this dogma the burgeoning "science" of psychology will eventually decide to throw out any idea of psychic inheritance, inborn memories or traits, thus breaking with three thousand years of wisdom gleaned from the ancient philosophy of the Soul. (Perhaps it's no coincidence that this doctrine appeared just as all of Europe and its land-grabbing settlers were trying to disown flagrant acts of colonial aggression, genocide, and the horrors of slavery. With events like these to remember, collective memory could prove embarrassing!)
But side by side with the growth of scientific rationalism, whose achievements within its own domain should never be underestimated, we see the appearance of the great Enlightenment explorers of the soul—Swedenborg, Mesmer, Goethe, Schelling—followed by the "visionary company" of the Romantic movement, as Harold Bloom has called them: Blake, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, and Wordsworth. A generation after Locke's tabula rasa, Wordsworth pens one of the great affirmations of the soul's "eternal return":
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home
In fact, it is this "alternative" (actually, Neoplatonic) philosophy of the soul, declared by the Romantic poets all over Europe and later taken up by the Transcendentalists in New England, that lays the groundwork for the study of the deeper soul that 19th- century philosophers begin to call the unconscious. And this whole rich tradition, fired by Nietzsche's dismantling of the Christian psyche and Schopenhauer's sense of a divine Will (imported from the Hindu Upanishads), leads us straight to Freud, Jung, and the psychoanalytic movement: the closest thing the modern world has seen to an authentic science of the soul.
At various points in its increasingly conservative history, mainstream psychology, with a zeal worthy of the early Church casting out heretics, has thrown out the soul, thrown out spiritual and psychic experiences, and even come close to throwing out the personal testimony of subjective experience—all with that deadly Behaviorist movement that is still stifling research today.
To this day, Freudian psychoanalysis is heretical at most universities; Jung is taught only at more radical institutions. Yet we don't have to look far to see that the idea of the unconscious mind as the repository of the soul's experience is still very much alive. Thanks to Thomas Moore's bestseller Care of the Soul, inspired in part by his great mentor James Hillman, we can now talk more openly about the soul. And thanks to transpersonal psychology, with its appreciation of "altered states of consciousness" (Charles Tart); the manifest benefits of meditation; the "spectrum of consciousness" behind our spiritual evolution (Ken Wilbur); the soul's memories before birth (Stanislav Grof); the psychic journeys of the shaman (Michael Harner); and the healing power of imagery (Joan Borysenko), we can seriously boast a growing science that is neither narrow nor dogmatic.
Astrology has always been able to provide an uncannily accurate map of the inner dynamics of the soul and its manifold psychic configurations and transformations. But with its fundamental emphasis on the mystical imprint of the planetary positions at the moment of birth, astrology implicitly rejects the tabula rasa doctrine that has become engrained in post-Enlightenment philosophical and scientific thinking. Freud, who otherwise had deep insight into the human soul, was so brainwashed by this doctrine he could not look deeper or beyond childhood for the imprints of human conflict and anguish .
For all the purported love of truth and research that scientists are supposed to subscribe to, many are caught in dogmas and a priori assumptions every bit as rigid as those of the Church Fathers. Typical arguments I often hear are "we know that reincarnation is impossible so there is obviously no need to research it!" or "it is not worth employing regression therapy because reincarnation has not been proven''—to this one I retort, "But we practice dream therapy even though no one has ever photographed a dream, empirically proving dreams exist" (maybe they are just fantasies!)
I doubt that this book will be read by persons with such closed minds. Actually what Patricia is summarizing here is casuistic research of a specific and unusual kind; she can demonstrate 1. What astrology would predict with such-and-such a Pluto and Lunar nodes configuration and produce a case to match it and 2. She can take a case blind and predict, with great accuracy, what astrological configuration the client will have. I have seen her do both of these personally in workshops. When you have read a few of her cases, you will be astonished by the accuracy of this model.
Finally I must add that although this book is targeted primarily for astrologers I am personally deeply gratified by the excellent job Patricia has done in presenting the huge range and depth of what can be accomplished by Deep Memory Process as a therapy and how successful it is at bringing new levels of healing and personal transformation. I am surely no astrologer, but I do know that the major keyword for Pluto is transformation and in this sense it is entirely appropriate that this therapeutic marriage of Jeffrey Greene's brilliant astrological vision and my form of regression therapy, Deep Memory Process, should have been created by Patricia's work.
It was philosopher Alfred Kozybski who famously said "the map is not the territory." Though he was not thinking of astrological charts (in Spanish and Portuguese a chart is called a "mappa") his dictum could be applied as a challenge to astrologers who read this book. Many an astrologer, in my experience, is content to offer interpretations and homilies derived from a chart but rarely to delve into it at an experiential level. Patricia here offers an unprecedented model of how the map can genuinely lead us into the territory and prepare us for what we meet when we are there. Her many cases illuminate how the rich symbolic language of the chart gives bounteous clues as to the therapeutic strategies needed, the dynamic of the opposites to be played out (this is profoundly Jungian) and the many subtle karmic learnings to be assimilated once the territory has been traversed. None of this can happen from a simple reading of the map. But once the therapeutic journey has been made, the map appears in a newer and more nuanced light. The soul is now learning, in Jung's way of putting, to think symbolically as it threads its pathway towards individuation.
Patricia's rich and deeply researched book will provoke all kinds of reactions and echoes in your own experience as you read it. You will recognize many people you know. Her cases are vivid living stories, not abstract portraits or impersonal summaries. She has brought the stories of the soul to life, because in using the psychodramatic play and counter play of Deep Memory Process, the chart has become the script for the transformational theater of healing. The Greek God of Theater was Dionysus, the only god in the Greek pantheon who dies and is re-born. Some say he is the western equivalent of Siva, the Indian luminary of death and re-birth. So it is no surprise that psychodrama, as refurbished in Deep Memory Process, should re-discover a rich and fruitful compatibility with the most dramatic of all the astrological principles, Pluto. I personally look forward to more and more commerce between astrology and regression therapy Patricia has shown us how fruitful this union can be in this remarkable book.
Forward by Jeffrey Wolf Green
"A child is born on the day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his or her individual karma. The individual's horoscope is a challenging portrait revealing the unalterable past, and its probable results. But the natal chart can be rightly interpreted only by men or women of wisdom: these are few."
This is a statement by the great Indian Guru and teacher Sri Yukestwar who was the teacher and Guru of the great Paramahansa Yogananda. Yukestwar was himself an astrologer of galactic dimensions in his own life. The very origins of what we now call Evolutionary Astrology comes from this Soul. And it is with this type of astrology that can truly and accurately symbolize and map the evolutionary development and progression of each Soul on Earth.
The root cause of evolution in any Soul is DESIRE. It is this simple yet profound truth that was the very basis of Buddha's enlightenment as he sat underneath the famous Bodhi Tree contemplating the nature of and the causes for, sorrow, pain, and suffering. Within each Soul there are two almost coequal desires. One desire is to separate from all that appears to be the totality of Creation, including the Creator Itself. The other desire is to unite with the totality of the Creation, including the Creator Itself.
The evolution of each Soul is determined by the interaction of these dual desires for it is these desires themselves that determine what the life experiences are. Evolutionary Astrology is a symbolic system that allows the astrologer to determine what the desire nature has been and is in each Soul. It is a system that is provable to anyone who takes the time to deeply study it, and to apply it. It requires no belief system at all. It only requires that one validate one's life experience.
For example we can have whatever separating desires that we have: the new career post, a desire for wealth, the new lover, and so on. And we may in fact have the ability to actualize those desires. And when we do we can certainly have a sense of satisfaction. Yet this sense of satisfaction is soon replaced by the sense of dissatisfaction: the sense of something more. It is this sense of dissatisfaction that echoes or mirrors the desire to return to the Source of Creation itself in which the ultimate satisfaction occurs.
All Souls on Earth know and experience this natural law and truth. It does not require beliefs. It is simply a validation of that which is. The Soul can be understood to be an immutable consciousness or energy: that which cannot be destroyed. The Soul is pure energy just as our emotions and feelings are. We cannot open the body up and find emotions or feelings, yet most of us would agree that we do indeed have them. For those who doubt that a Soul even exists there are simple ways to know that in fact that we all have Souls. For example, how many of us have awoken from a deep sleep and when we first wake up we don't know who we are, or where we are. We might actually find ourselves inwardly asking in such moments 'who am I', and 'where am I' ? The 'I' here implies a current life ego that is the very basis, in any life, of our sense of individual identity: I am so, and so, and I am here, the current place that I am living. So ask yourself in those moments in which you first awaken and ask those questions: 'who am I, and where am I' ? Who at that moment is doing the asking ? It is the timeless Soul within all of us. And, yes, it is that timeless Soul within all of us that has its own unique identity and individuality that is the basis or cause of the ego centric structures that it manifests from life to life in order to accomplish its ongoing evolutionary intentions.
Physics has proved that energy can never be destroyed, it can only change form. Thus, the Soul can never be destroyed, it can only change forms. The forms that it changes into, manifest as specific identities from life to life. And the determinant in those identities from life to life is, again, desire. The nature of the energy of desire is to act: to act upon the desire(s) them self. As the Soul manifests various identities in and through time it collects a vast amount of memories that are rooted in each one of the distinct lives that it has lived. The storehouse of various memories from lives that have preceded the present, influence the behavior of the life being currently lived. These past life memories are stored in what the Jungian psychologist calls the individuated unconscious. In Freudian terms these memories correlate to the sub-conscious. Roughly eighty percent of our current life behavior is directly influenced or conditioned by these past life memories.
As an example, one of the clients I had many years ago had a son who refused to take a shower until he was thirteen years old. From the point of view of the current life there was simply no way of understanding why this was so. No amount of talking to him could get him to shower. Looking into the boys past lifetimes, using the lens of Evolutionary Astrology, it became clear that the last lifetime that this boy had lived during World War II. He had been a Jew in Hitler's Germany, and had been rounded up with his family and taken to one of the concentration camps. With his mother he was forced into one of those buildings where they were told that they could take a shower. But, of course, instead of shower water only the poison gas rained down upon them and they died. Thus, the trauma of this memory resided within him as he was born into the current life. And it is this memory rooted in his individuated unconscious that created the fear of taking a shower in the current life.
It may be asked of course as to why that particular kind of life happened in the first place. And the answer in all cases, for any of us, is rooted, again, in our desire nature. Desires are acted upon. And those desires create reactions to themselves. Every action has a proportionate reaction. This is the natural law that many call Karma. In this boys case, the life that preceded the one in which he ended up in the concentration camps as a Jew, was a life in which he had desired social position, power and wealth and subsequently was born into a family that was of royalty. So he was born into the Spanish royalty during the last inquisition in Spain. The existing Church of that time was rounding up all the Jews that lived in Spain and persecuting them without mercy, submitting many to unspeakable tortures in order to extract confessions not only about themselves, but who they could also turn in. The Soul within the boy felt deep inner guilt based on his participation in this. And it was that guilt that created a desire or need within his Soul to atone for that guilt. The atonement thus linked with guilt then became the basis or cause of then being born into a Jewish family in Germany at the time of Hitler, which led directly to the concentration camps and his own death.
The point here is that all Souls on Earth have had many, many prior lives in which all of them in total correlate to memories that reside in the individuated unconscious. As such, they influence or condition our current life behavior in ways that most of us have no idea that this is happening. And the reason that most of us do not have this understanding is because of the nature of consensus societies that we are born into that do not have any understanding of this natural fact. As a result the citizens of such societies are not taught about these natural laws and facts. And because of this when any of us manifests psychological 'problems' that create 'abnormal' behavior the typical psychological approach to dealing with this through consensus societies is called 'behavioral modification'. Behavioral modification is aimed simply at retraining the individual to act 'normally' as prescribed by the consensus of the society that he or she is born into. It does not identify the reasons for the apparent 'abnormal' behavior at all, as with the boy who refused to take a shower until he was around thirteen years of age.
To have a healing or true understanding of any behavior is to understand the causes for that behavior. The essential value of Evolutionary Astrology is that it can precisely identify the root causes for any behavior or psychological orientation to phenomenal reality. And it can do so because it is a system that is rooted in Natural Law in which it is understood that the determinant that sets in motion the evolution of all Souls is desire itself. Evolutionary Astrology can precisely identify the types of desires that any Soul has, or has had, and how these desires are the essential causes for the overall reality that the Soul creates from life to life. It provides a perspective about our lives that tells us the WHY of anything, and does not allow for the consciousness of victimization whatsoever. We are all responsible for that which we have created from life to life because of the nature of our own desires. Evolutionary Astrology is the astrology for SOUL WORKERS because it is the stuff of the Soul itself.
Patricia Walsh's book is rooted and based in this system of Evolutionary Astrology. Her understanding of it is deep. This is so because of her extensive work in past life regressions. Because of this work she has had Souls report some of their past life stories and then linked these experiences to the karmic dynamics in the chart as described by Evolutionary Astrology. In so doing she has created a 'proving' of Evolutionary Astrology itself because these 'stories' do in fact reflect the archetypal nature of the symbols of Evolutionary Astrology.
In this way Patricia has created an invaluable work on behalf of Evolutionary Astrology generally, and to all students of this work specifically. Patricia Walsh is indeed one of those few men or women of wisdom who can accurately interpret the natal chart of each Soul.
I cannot more highly recommend this work to any serious student who endeavors to understand the true beauty of what Evolutionary Astrology is. And that is to be a true SOUL WORKER who desires to help any Soul understand their own unique, individual, evolutionary journey that ultimately takes them back from where they began: God.
God Bless, Jeffrey Wolf Green
Insights Into Evolutionary Astrology
by Rose Marcus
Insights into Evolutionary Astrology, a compilation work with 8 authors (including Jeffrey Wolf Green) is now available for purchase through Amazon and other fine retailers (Buy it now.)
Please see below for the book's table of contents with the list of authors and chapter subjects, introduction and modified excerpt from my chapter on Pluto in Capricorn. (Through the Amazon site you can read the intro and a few pages from Jeffrey Wolf Green's chapter on the soul.)
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Dedication and Acknowledgements by Rose Marcus i
Introduction and Principles of Evolutionary Astrology ii
Chapter 1: (Pg 1)
Evolutionary Principles of the Soul's Evolution
Jeffrey Wolf Green, Founder of Evolutionary Astrology
Chapter 2: (Pg 31)
From Cataclysm to the Awakening of Latent Capacities:
The Four Main Ways That Pluto Instigates Evolutionary Growth
Chapter 3: (Pg 69)
Kim Marie Weimer
Chapter 4: (Pg 102)
Sexuality in Astrology
Chapter 5: (Pg 140)
Twins - Similar Charts, World's Apart!
Chapter 6: (Pg 173)
When Planets Square the Nodal Axis:
Insights from a Past Life Therapist
Patricia L. Walsh
Chapter 7: (Pg 202)
Time's Arrow: The Nature and Function of the Planetary Nodes in Evolutionary Astrology
Chapter 8: (Pg 229 - 284)
The Capricorn Archetype; Pluto in Capricorn; The Cardinal World Axis
Introduction by Rose Marcus
Insights into Evolutionary Astrology is a collection of essays written by top astrologers from the Jeffrey Wolf Green school of study. It is intended that the offerings in this book will distinguish this school from other branches of astrology and that the content will also clearly demonstrate how Jeffrey Green's pioneering body of work differs from other teachers who have now joined under the Evolutionary Astrology banner.
The book begins with a discourse on the nature of the Soul by founder Jeffrey Wolf Green. His chapter succinctly describes the four natural evolutionary momentums that propel the Soul's growth. A moment's pause for personal reflection will validate the various energy momentums as readily identifiable common experiences to all. Deva Green has elaborated on these four momentums in her chapter "From Cataclysm to the Awakening of Latent Capacities" with detailed examples, such as Barack Obama's compelling political rise to the White House.
Jeffrey also outlines for us the how the Soul evolves through the creation process of necessity and desire, or in other words, fate, karma, and free will. Along with a dissertation of the various evolutionary conditions, Jeffrey describes the core principles of natural law, and details how the exposure to societal norms and man- made laws have progressively shaped, and "domesticated" or conditioned the evolving ego. These key points provide a foundation for an expanded understanding of how the astrological archetypes may be funneled into expression at any given time. This brilliant chapter will be of interest to students of astrology, and to students of life and spiritual questors alike.
This book demonstrates what has been largely overlooked or omitted in most astrological practice. In recognition that each one's consciousness will progress at differing developmental rates, Jeffrey Wolf Green taught that it was a crucial first step to determine the evolutionary state of the chart in question. Basic information gathering such as family relationship details, religious, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, along with independent observation and chart correlation provide the essential starting point. The evolutionary state must also be qualified by factoring the previously accrued experiential realities or historical frame of reference, which as stated above, conditions the expression of the archetypes at all levels of evolution. The assessments and subsequent measurements acquired through the employment of such rudimentary yet often overlooked steps serve to better identify the propensities and potential response mechanisms behind any chart detail. Jeffrey Wolf Green insisted that the consideration of conditionings gathered from past experiences were a necessary inclusion in delineation. This assessment, along with Jeffrey's step-by-step methodology serves to better qualify the likely interaction between subject and chart. Using one example to illustrate the three main categories of the evolutionary states as Jeffrey had outlined in his teachings, Kim Marie's chapter on Evolutionary States offers an exquisite in-depth demonstration of this basic criterion.
Sexuality, the root of our instinctual self, is one of the core ways that evolution is advanced. In his chapter, Maurice Fernandez provides an overview of the sexual dynamics of each of the twelve zodiacal signs. He first describes the intrinsic qualities of the purely biological dynamic correlated to the soul's intent for evolution through each one of the archetypes. Next, he describes how the influences of progressive socialization, with its consensus morality and sexual politics, adds complexity to the natural selection process and how these factors can easily create distortions in the behavior responses of each of the signs.
Astrologers have often been challenged to determine how two people with similar charts can have such dramatically differing ways of expression and of creating their experiential realities. Kristin Fontana demystified this topic in her chapter "Twins — Similar Charts, World's Apart". As should be a common practice for any chart delineation, the primary key to interpretation of twin charts, or of any two charts that are especially close in similarity, is first to assess the evolutionary state of the individuals or entities in question. Again, evolutionary states, which are one of essential formulas of Jeffrey Wolf's Green's teachings/methodologies, are fundamental to the deeper understanding of the chart and the individual. They are a key tool to the unlocking of information that can easily be overlooked or misdiagnosed.
Additionally, as most students of astrology will know, rulerships (the position of planets that rule signs), are a basic of astrological study. Evolutionary Astrology reminds the student how important rulerships are in any chart interpretation and how they are an essential qualifying piece of information, especially in reference to house cusps. The examples in Kristin Fontana's chapter will also provide fuel for thought as to the choice of house systems. While each house system have their merits and are a matter of personal preference, Jeffrey Wolf Green advocated the use of the Porphyry house system, which uses the primary angles of the chart, (the Ascendant/Descendant and Midheaven/Nadir angles), as the primary divisions from which the inner angles (the houses of the quadrants: 2,3,5,6,8,9,11,12) are equally divided.
Past Life Therapist Patricia Walsh has combined her work in Deep Memory Regression Therapy with her study of Evolutionary Astrology. She has spent many years gathering and documenting actual case studies, and has amassed an impressive collection that readily validates the core principles of Evolutionary Astrology and Jeffrey's specific methodologies. The examples in her chapter include demonstrations of "skipped steps", another key notable of Jeffrey's techniques. Her case studies demonstrate how an individual will continue to work through a central or core dynamic from lifetime to lifetime, but how the evolving dynamics can be approached through a range of angles. Patricia Walsh's marriage of these two fields of study distinguishes her work as truly pioneering.
While the moon's nodes are commonly included in chart delineation, the nodes of the planets have been largely overlooked. Moving very slowly over great lengths of time, note that the planetary nodes for Jupiter through Pluto occupy the approximate same degrees for all of us born in this century. The planetary nodes provide a background link to our bigger picture collective experience and evolutionary journey. A look at the planetary nodes through natal chart contacts, by house positions and aspects, will demonstrate how this bigger picture information animates within our individual psyche fabric. In chapter seven, "Time's Arrow", Mark Jones simplifies what can be often viewed as a daunting topic and provides a valid case for why planetary nodes should be added to your astrological research.
The final offering in this book is my own chapter on the archetype of Capricorn, the predominate archetype that will dictate the parameters, lessons, and future shapings of current contemporary collective journey through 2024. Correlating to our conditioned consciousness, to our social, economic and political landscapes, to time marking and to reality itself, this archetype is an important key to our astrological understandings. This chapter includes a full discussion of the Capricorn archetype, a discussion of Pluto's transit through Capricorn, the upcoming Cardinal Cross transits that will ignite and intensify Capricorn's influence. Also included is a brief look at the geodetic regions that will be animated by Pluto's tour through Capricorn.
It is hoped that this book will serve to expand astrological understandings and skills, and that it will encourage the reader to further independent examination into field of Evolutionary Astrology.
Rose Marcus, June 2009
Chapter 8, The Archetype of Capricorn
by Evolutionary Astrologer, Rose Marcus
Insights Into Evolutionary Astrology: A Diverse Collection of Essays by Prominent Astrologers,
Llewellyn Press (publication date: early Winter 2010)
Libra/Capricorn, Saturn in Libra:
The sign of the balancing scales, it is through the Libra archetype that we seek to reconcile with our observation of self in an externalized or projected context, and by extension, that we begin to form a sense of socialized value and meaning. The contrast supplied by our outer (Libra) experiential (Aries) realities (Capricorn), prompts the forging of relationships, relatedness, and relativity. Interaction with our external circumstances and environments will begin to fashion the breeding ground for the next stage of evolution. In response to external stimuli, we begin to build a framework. In other words, we formulate a sense of context based on our evaluations of experience.
Libra's initiating impulse or drive is compelled to seek unity rather than singularity, and to combine or join together rather than to create separation. To some extent, Capricorn's drive to establish consensus and to regulate the workings of the whole is in harmony with Libra's basic drives, and it is for this reason that Saturn in Libra is considered exalted. Saturnine propensities can function well through Libra's refining archetype. Still, it is the foundation or root cause behind the momentum of intentions, evaluated needs, and goals that are critically defining at this ninety-degree crisis angle.
Values shaped by exposure to past experience are the compass point that will decide the flow for the evolving present. Libra's evaluations lead to the forming of judgments (Capricorn) that will dictate how we moderate and regulate when we interface with larger wholes, or in other words, that which exists outside of self. In contrast to the spontaneous approach of the Aries pioneering initiative, Libra's reconciliation initiative is directed by pre-consideration (of options or of competing needs), whether consciously realized or not.
The angle of Libra in square to Capricorn's zenith point correlates to the progressive socialization of consciousness. Here, consciousness seeks to correct imbalance or extremity, and to establish a new level of equilibrium and uniformity. The objectives defined at this ninety-degree "crisis" (deciding) angle will shape what comes next. At this stage of evolution, consciousness will begin to formulate a system by which to observe, measure, and form opinions of its experiential reality. This progressively shaped law of averages will be used to establish, maintain, and regulate (Capricorn) the equilibrium (Libra).
The orientation of the ninety-degree square aspect between the air sign of Libra (mental planes) and earth sign of Capricorn (manifest planes) is one of crisis in consciousness, (of internalized, philosophical, moral energy), rather than crisis in action, (externalized, projected, manifested energy). The momentum now builds toward, cohesion, united fronts, integration, regulation, and containment, rather than separateness, independence, and individuation.
The Libra/Capricorn refinement angle seeks to corral, streamline, and reconcile the diverse and multi-faceted expressions into an organized whole. Here we find an accelerated drive toward a bettered and more regulated equilibrium. At this angle, clashing contrasts and polarizations reach their maximum. The industry of the cardinal angle is directed toward the leveling of extremes in order to create greater effectiveness and control, and toward the prized objective of a reconciled balance point. (Note that viewpoints and opinions on the balance point between subject and object can differ, sometimes greatly so.)
The regulating of standards and status quos leads to the progressive shaping of the cultural social unit and consensus based opinions (Libra/Capricorn). These consensus markers constitute the security lynchpins from which all other judgment tracks will be laid. At this cardinal apex point, society's evaluations (Libra) will begin (cardinal) to form the standards of the judicial systems (Capricorn) of contemporary civil and social laws. That which becomes labeled as necessary will form the parameters, dividing lines, and base shape of what is built next.
In its positive application, Libra regulated through Capricorn results in the construction of a supportive equilibrium. Balanced judgment leads to governing within appropriate boundaries and secure structures or frames of reference (psychological, emotional, material, and conceptual) that take into consideration the diverse needs of the one as a reflection of the many. When harnessed in its purest, most natural expression, we see the results of mature and wise judgment, responsible self-regulation, self-consistency, self-discipline, gracious authority, and achievements of recognizable worth.
When filtered through the emotions of fear and anxiety, the building momentum reflects in imbalances of judgment that typically ignite a battle for control (the one-sidedness of relating). This filtering typically resorts to forceful, restrictive, or constrictive means in order to achieve singular or self-serving objectives. Justifications and rationalizations that are based in a singular or subjective orientation rather than plural or cooperative orientation result in hierarchical evaluations and relationships. Dominance, submission, withholdings, entrapments, despotism, etc. are common denominators of this mindset.
When a corrupt bid for control reigns supreme, we see social and political management that typically serves the one or few rather than the many. Rather than achieve the desired goal of comprehensive integration, we see oppressive (and tenuous) social or political control, further segregation, disintegration, and abuse of the system. When operating at this distorted level, the consensus is forced to bent knees (conformity) by dictates of restrictive regimentation, laws, and regulations. Authority then uses the system and its rules to its convenience, and fair play turns foul to self-serving. When opportunistic authority is at the control panel, social inequality, racism, and bigotry become the norm of everyday lives. Social injustice is found sanctioned and perpetuated through political policy and government enforcement.
At various levels, the politics of Libra square Capricorn will display the conflict between the people and authority's dictates. The government rules over the people rather than with or for the people. Libra square Capricorn can see the devaluing and disposability of the individual, and the shrinking of their social rights. Advocating an attitude of "the cause is more important than the foot soldier", the needs of the one can be sacrificed for a rationalized private, political, or social goal. When this is the case, Libra square Capricorn can set in play "means justifies the end" strategies that marginalize social groups, that reduce individuals into faceless names and numbers, and that create rationalizations and justifications that allow for the crossing of inappropriate boundaries. Infiltrations into private systems, invasive tracking, and surveillance of personal lives can leave no stone unturned.
When Capricorn dominates Libra, the border between cooperation and conformity is erased. Social convention, rather than uniqueness or individuality, is both lauded and enforced. Individualized rights, free enterprise, and true capitalism lose their previous solid ground. Social, political, and ideological inequalities, along with racial and national tensions can stew. That which has been suppressed can be unleashed with great destructive force. When resort to increasingly forceful means reaches extremity, war is more common than peace.
Saturn in Libra (Sign of Exaltation):
Saturn tenants Libra from October 29, 2009 through October 5, 2012. (Note: Saturn dips back into Virgo from April 7, 2010 through July 21, 2010.) Saturn in Libra draws attention to toward the normalizing and legitimizing of a conceptual frame of reference. Saturn's transit through Libra prompts a refinement process that qualifies who and what is acceptable, and that defines rules or regulations regarding what methods or what means need be employed in order to enforce an "upgraded" or better-controlled status quo. Will there be greater tolerance, or more judgment, hypocrisy, and double standards? The scales can tip to either side and they can swing to the extreme too. The Saturn in Libra years can see the government put more burdens on the shoulders of the people. Note the government of British Columbia will implement the new Harmonized Sales Tax (how befitting for Saturn in Libra!) in July of 2010.
In terms of both public and private life journeys, compromises and compensations based on the distortions of Saturn in Libra's insecure rationalizations are where problems will first manifest. While a bettered balance is the ambition of Saturn's transit in Libra, it is a time to adjust the review mirror of our preconceptions in order to turn the corner more successfully. The Saturn in Libra years will reveal the ineffectiveness of previous half-way measures and misplaced ambitions. Progressively, down-the-drain efforts will become too obvious to ignore. The middle path may be the correct target, but marginal choices will not yield sufficiently to satiate our contemporary and evolving needs.
Saturn's transit in Libra will draw a more definitive line in the sand regarding our social and material needs. Out of necessity, we will come to define our boundaries, our bottom lines, and ourselves more clearly. As the process unfolds we will learn what and who provides real value and meaning, and what or who are worthy expenditures for our time and efforts too. Fear of moving forward or attachment to outcome implies a short-sightedness that can set the stage for later downfall and loss.
Conscientious ambition is the first paving stone for the building of realistic and responsible goal setting. Personal honesty, integrity, acceptance of responsibility, and conscientious participation constitutes the appropriate cement mix for successful one-on-one relating and for the sculpting of outer world purpose, achievement, and fulfillment. Saturn's transit in Libra is not a time to just "get by", to expect a handout, or to wait for someone else to take charge. We cannot scrimp on effort or investment if we desire to reap a reward of lasting value. Undivided attention to the tasks at hand and full presence to the here and now is required in order to master inner and outer equilibrium. These are the essential tools that will lead to the achievement of personal excellence, relationship fulfillment, purposeful social contribution, and best of all, a life worth living.
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