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    Steve’s Little Dance with Lord Pluto

    Steve’s Little Dance with Lord Pluto

    Everyone seems to know the myth of Persephone where Pluto drags her down to the Underworld “to be his bride.” Her mother, Demeter, expresses her grief at her daughter’s abduction by putting the world into the deep freeze of an endless winter. In the end, the Olympian gods and goddesses broker a deal, both to keep humanity from starving and also to keep the worshipful observances coming. From then on, Persephone spends six months of the year with her mother. The other six months of the year, she is ensconced with Pluto in the Underworld. Demeter is bereft during the months spent without her daughter, and so winter and cold reign over the planet until the two are reunited.

    And thus does Spring return every year.

    It amazes me how literally astrology expresses itself sometimes.  For the past three years or so, Pluto has been transiting through a conjunction with my natal Sun. I’ve lived the myth.

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    On Writing The Night Speaks

    On Writing The Night Speaks

    New Introduction to The Night Speaks

    This is an excerpt of the new introduction for the 2016 reprint edition of The Night Speaks

    Which one of your kids do you love the most? Anyone who actually answers that question obviously has no future in politics. In a similar way, authors, down the road in their careers, are often asked which of their books is their favorite. The stakes are lower, but the dilemma is the same. Books are like your kids.

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    The Perils of Astrological Prediction

    The Perils of Astrological Prediction

    by Steven Forrest

    At the big International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) conference in California this past October, a panel of astrologers predicted who would win the U.S. presidential election. None picked Donald Trump. Their calculations suggested a Clinton victory, just as the majority of pollsters had predicted.

    As they say, “the rest is history.” The astrologers on the panel, along with the majority of pollsters, got it wrong.

    This was not a glorious day for our craft. One vitriolic internet article trumpeted, “Astrologers Were Wrong About the 2016 Election, Casting Serious Doubt on Their Predictive Abilities.” The piece opened with the lines, “Astrology is bullshit. But for some reason, many Americans still believe that astrologists have the ability to predict the future.”

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    A Milestone for the Apprentice Programs

    A Milestone for the Apprentice Programs

    For my teaching programs, 2017 brings a “new year” of a different sort too. This month, on January 10, the Apprenticeship Program completes exactly one cycle of the lunar nodes. On that day, the Moon’s north node returns to 5° 35' Virgo – exactly where it was when the whole thing got started.

    Reasonable people would give me blank looks and cross the street if I stood on a corner shouting, “A nodal return, a nodal return!” But for anyone who has studied the basic methodology of evolutionary astrology, we understand that the lunar nodes are about as central to the system as your third lumbar vertebra is to your back. We could not do evolutionary astrology without them.

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    Is There a 13th Sign in the Zodiac?

    Is There a 13th Sign in the Zodiac?

    by Steven Forrest

    I keep seeing damaging, stupid, evilly-intended misinformation all over the internet about how astrology is wrong, with the idea that "you were not born under the sign you think you were" because there is a "13th sign." Astrology is sacred and this kind of fake news can cut people off from the help astrology offers. That's why I feel so strongly about this.

    The story is bogus. It gets circulated every year or so too, even though many Western astrologers have refuted it. It’s based on a total misunderstanding of the basis of astrology, and the authors never both to fact-check their "information" with professional astrologers.

    So here's what they're missing. You hear "Aries" and of course think of the CONSTELLATION Aries in the sky. But when Western astrologers tell you that you were born under the sign Aries, that is not what they mean. Instead, Aries begins exactly where the Sun is on the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. The confusion today stems from the fact that a few thousand years ago, that point WAS in the constellation Aries. Not anymore! There is a slow 26,000 year shift in the position of the Equinox and enough time has gone by that the constellation Aries no longer aligns with the season Aries.

    In a nutshell, Western astrology is based on the seasons, not the constellations. And because of that, the constellations can continue to shift, and there will never be a 13th sign - in Western astrology anyway! So don't worry, you're not an Ophiucus. But if you want to hear some interesting thoughts about why Ophiucus is "in the news," check out Demetra George's lecture "Ophiucus and the Galactic Center."

    Revised Reprint of The Night Speaks

    Revised Reprint of The Night Speaks

    Santa Claus is being good to me this year. I am getting a gift that I have wanted for a very long time – my fourth book, The Night Speaks, which has been unavailable for many years, is coming out again in a revised, updated edition.  I am delighted to see it in print again.

    Much of my writing over the years has been aimed at people who wanted to learn astrology. The Night Speaks serves that community, but even more, it is a book about why to do astrology – and, perhaps at an even deeper level, why to believe in it. It is, in other words, a book for anyone with an open mind and a mild interest in astrological possibilities. I think it also would make a fine, if somewhat subversive, gift for anyone who loves an astrologer, but who has not the foggiest idea what he or she thinks or does.

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    Introduction to The Night Speaks Revised Edition

    Which one of your kids do you love the most? Anyone who actually answers that question obviously has no future in politics. In a similar way, authors, down the road in their careers, are often asked which of their books is their favorite. The stakes are lower, but the dilemma is the same. Books are like your kids.

    Any book, at least any book worth writing, comes straight out of the marrow of your bones. If it gets a “good report card” from the critics, you glow—and you are tempted to show that review around like endless baby pictures.  One bad review, and you metamorphose into mama bear facing down the bully who stole your kid’s lunch box—even if the critics are right.

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    Neptune: When the Saints Come Marching In

    Neptune: When the Saints Come Marching In

    Know anyone getting close to having a baby? Anyone due in November? She might be carrying a saint in her womb. That’s my prediction: that we’ve got a good crop of fresh saints about to appear on the earth, right when we desperately need a few of them.

    Saints are like that. They always appear on schedule.

    “Saint” is, I admit, a dramatic word to use. It conjures up images of ethereal beings gazing up into heaven with never an impure or unworthy thought in their haloed heads. But I am not using the word that way. I am talking about flesh and blood saints, with attitudes, genitals, and personalities.

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    Venus in the Twelve Signs

    Venus in the Twelve Signs

    Venus in Aries. The evolutionary intent is to establish relationships that help the person learn courage and develop the will. There is a soul-desire to learn how to express strong emotions, positive or negative, in the context of love. This is in reaction to soul-memories of deadening prior-life dynamics in which intimacy was eclipsed by unresolved, unexpressed anger.

    Venus in Taurus. The evolutionary intent is to develop lasting bonds that help one maintain calm, simplicity and an easy connection with one's instinctive side. There is a soul-desire to experience naturalness in the sexual arena, in reaction to stiff,  formal, or undesired prior life sexual relations. 

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    The Natal Moon: Twelve Principles

    The Natal Moon: Twelve Principles

    The Moon is one of the most important symbols in astrology, but that means it also sometimes gets taken for granted or misunderstood. Here are twelve principles of the natal moon that will help you understand its true function.

    • The Moon represents your inward, subjective reality, and is strongly connected to your reigning emotional and psychological needs.

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