Astrology Articles by Steven Forrest

The Moon Through The Twelve Signs

by Steven Forrest


With the Moon in Aries, the underlying evolutionary intention is to teach the heart courage. Thus, with the Moon in this sign, there is a reigning need for adventure. In order to feel comfortable and nourished, the individual requires challenge, newness, and some degree of tension. The ambient mood is one of urgency, edginess, and often of competitiveness.  Closeness and intimacy are frequently expressed through teasing. The domestic environment tends towards explosiveness and hair-on-fire pressure, yet there is a fierce sense of protectiveness toward it. Gone sour, the Aries Moon degenerates into an attitude of rage and resentment.

With the Moon in Taurus, the underlying evolutionary intention is to teach the heart earthiness, peace, and acceptance of the animal nature. Thus, with the Moon in this sign, there is a reigning need for naturalness and ease. In order to feel comfortable and nourished, the individual requires the presence of Mother Nature, creature comforts, and unchallenged serenity. The ambient mood is one of earthy physicality.  Closeness and intimacy are frequently expressed through touch. The domestic environment tends towards predictability and steadiness, and there is a deep love toward it. Gone sour, the Taurus Moon degenerates into an attitude of stubborn rigidity.

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How to Calculate Progressed Angles

The Problem Calculating Progressed Angles

by Steven Forrest

Progressed AnglesHow to progress the four angles? The question is difficult and in all honesty it lies on the far side of my own understanding of astrology’s various spherical coordinate systems.
All the systems I know are based on progressing the Midheaven—somehow—then deriving the current Ascendant based on the latitude of the birth place.

We can progress the MC by Solar Arc. In this method, see how far the Sun has progressed by standard “secondary progression” methods and then add that same number of degrees to the Midheaven. This is based on the familiar day-for-year method of progression. If the Sun has progressed 20° since you were born and your natal Midheaven is at 5° Aries then your progressed MC is currently passing through 25° Aries (5° + 20° = 25°).

We can also use the Naibod method of progressing the Midheaven. This is very similar, except that instead of using the actual daily motion of the Sun, we use its average daily motion, which is 59'08"—a little less than one degree.

Solar Arc and Naibod produce very nearly identical results.

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Julie Andrews and the Moon Jupiter Conjuction

by Tony Howard

Julie Andrews My Favorite ThingsAs a child of the 60s, I grew up on the The Sound of Music, which seems to have aired on TV at least once a year. Like many of you, I never grew tired of it, and looked forward to it every time (and still do!). The film’s release chart is of course, very interesting. But it is Julie Andrews’ lovely and memorable performance that provides the film’s backbone. Sure, the music is amazing. The cinematography and art direction is first-class. But just ask Carrie Underwood if the musical itself is a sure-fire recipe for success. (1) Unfortunately for Underwood, Julie Andrews emblazoned that character on our hearts and minds. And for good reason. With her natal Moon sextile Neptune and conjunct Jupiter, she was the perfect fit for this once-in-a-lifetime role embodying the Great Mother as an inspiration to generations of adoring fans.

Let’s explore the Moon-Jupiter conjunction in more detail by looking at Julie Andrews’ role in The Sound of Music. Through the magic of synchronicity, actors are often attracted to roles that embody the strongest aspects in their birthcharts, which lead to their most memorable performances. Andrews is no exception.

Jupiter has a reputation for being the planet of exuberant expansion, the Santa Claus planet dolling out good luck and blessings whenever it makes a harmonious aspect. Jupiter elevates whatever it touches, for better or worse. It is the planet that compels us to dream big, and reminds us to never underestimate ourselves.

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Uranus Square Pluto 2011-2016

Arab Spring TIMING: Between 2012 and 2015, Uranus will square Pluto seven times. This square came into orb in 2009 and will remain in orb through 2016. Here are the dates of the exact squares between Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn:

  • June 24, 2012 at 8° 24
  • September 19, 2012 at 6° 57'
  • May 20, 2013 at 11° 14'
  • November 1, 2013 at 9° 26'
  • April 21, 2014 at 13° 34'
  • December 15, 12° 35'
  • March 16, 2015 with Pluto at 15° 18'

Before the first exact square in 2012:

  • July 5, 2010 Uranus stationed at 0° 35' Aries, with Pluto at 3° 52' Capricorn.
  • July 9, 2011, Uranus stationed at 4° 34' Aries with Pluto at 5° 54 Capricorn.

After the seven exact squares, on December 25, 2015, Uranus will be stationary direct at 16° 33' Aries, with Pluto at 14° 51' Capricorn. The squares will then fade in intensity through 2016 and 2017.

The 2012-2015 squares are part of a longer Uranus-Pluto cycle that began with the Uranus-Pluto conjunctions on 10/9/65, 4/4/65 and 6/30/66. Both planets were within reasonable orbs of the conjunction aspect from 1961 through the end of 1969.

The historical cycle of Uranus-Pluto conjunctions alternates between approximately 111 and 143 years, due to Pluto's highly eccentric orbit.

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Neptune in Pisces Timeline

BuddhaThe following is a timeline of dates and notable events under the transit of Neptune in the sign Pisces.

  • 281 B.C. - 266 B.C.
    • First Punic War - Roma vs Carthage, 264 BC (ends in 241)
  • 117 B.C. - 102 B.C.
  • 47 AD - 61 AD.
    • Paul begins journeys in 45 A.D
    • 58 A.D - Emperor Ming-Ti intro’s Buddhism to China.
    • 61 A.D - Boudicca queen of Iceni defeated and killed by Seutonius Paulinus
  • 4/210 A.D. - 2/225 AD
  • 3/374 A.D. - 1/389 AD
    • Theodosius the Great, Emperor in East to 395.Roman Emperor from 379 to 395. Reuniting the eastern and western portions of the empire, Theodosius was the last emperor of both the Eastern and Western Roman Empire. After his death, the two parts split permanently. He is also known for making Nicene Christianity the official state religion of the Roman Empire. In his early reign, Theodosius was fairly tolerant of the pagans, for he needed the support of the influential pagan ruling class. However he would in time stamp out the last vestiges of paganism with great severity.[12] His first attempt to inhibit paganism was in 381 when he reiterated Constantine's ban on sacrifice. In 384 he prohibited haruspicy (entrail-reading) on pain of death.
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Aquarius Rising - The Dawn of a New Age?


Age of AquariusAs I think about the state of change we find ourselves in at this particular moment in history, I’m drawn to step back and take a bigger view. I want to enter the controversial territory of The Age of Aquarius. The energetic shifts it embodies casts long shadows over all contemporary events and all the various paradigm mutations we are experiencing. I call this territory controversial because while there are many astrologers who say we are already in the Aquarian Age, there are others who claim it is still four centuries away. As is often the case, there is a lot of intellectual posturing, and behind it, quite a mountain of ignorance. The reality is that these Ages are not precisely definable, unlike timing the squares of Uranus and Pluto where we can count on the exact clockwork of the cosmos to guide us. Following is an explanation of how it works and why it is subject to so many interpretations.

The place against the background of stars into which the sun rises on the first day of spring is always moving against the constellations. It takes a long time—about 26,000 years—to pass through all twelve signs. The cycle is called the Precession of the Equinoxes, and it is one of the most basic rhythms of the earth. The so-called Astrological Ages are defined by the changing constellation into which the sun rises on that day, not the sign—and therein lies the problem. The boundaries of the constellations are uncertain. Western astrology is based on the familiar twelve signs, and they are different from the constellations even though they bear the same names.

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Mercury, Venus and Mars


Mercury AstrologyWhen the pickpocket meets the saint, he sees pockets.”

Orbital Period: 88 days

Synodic Period: Approximately 116 days (115.87754 days)

Archetypes: Teacher; Student. Writer; Reader. Storyteller.

Rules: Gemini and Virgo

Core Concept: The reception and transmission of data between a person and the surrounding social, physical, metaphysical, and psychic environments.

Developmental Focus: Evolving perception. Evolving thought. Evolving speech.

Positive Subjective Response: Curiosity, wonder, open-mindedness. Alertness. Comfortable self-expression; good listening.

Negative Subjective Response: Mental rigidity, intellectual defensiveness; compulsive speech, running around in circles.

Existential Emphasis Under Transits, Progressions, or Arcs: New information; omens and synchronicities; key conversations; speedy, chaotic developments; education in any sense; physical motion. Contact with young people or siblings.

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The Sunspot Connection - Riding the Wave of the Solar Cycle

by Steven Forrest
(excerpt from The Night Speaks, updated with new Afterword written July 2013)

solar flareRemember the frantic intensity of the late sixties? New heroes and mythologies sprang out of nowhere. Naïve confidence ran rampant. Vietnam provided a crucifixion story and an evocative emotional rallying point. Bob Dylan, the Beatles and a generation of singer-songwriters orchestrated the drama with rousing anthems and irresistible manifestos. The advent of the Pill spiced the stew with the scent of sex. Think what you will about the foolish excesses and runaway herd instinct of those years, they were exciting times. But did history excite us, or did we excite history? Was humanity simply ready to stir up the zeitgeist'? It's the proverbial question of the chicken and the egg.

Meanwhile, 93 million miles away, gargantuan nuclear storms swirled across the troubled face of the sun. Great solar prominences exploded in hundred-thousand-mile high cascades of fire. Blasts of charged particles and waves of magnetism roared away from the sun, engulfing the Earth and planets. The eleven-year cycle of solar storms had reached its crescendo. For our central star, the late sixties marked the season of fire - sunspot maximum.

Whatever engines drove that chapter of our national history, they certainly had run out of gas by the middle seventies. Remember the disco wasteland? Gerald Ford? The "me" generation? Remember the confusion and floundering of our national leadership in the aftermath of Watergate and the OPEC-engineered energy crisis? We might be annoyed by the naïveté and blind enthusiasm of the late sixties, but no one who lived through them would be likely to call them boring. And no matter how charitable a view we take of the middle seventies, by most standards the "energy crisis" of those years was not limited to oil fields and gas pumps.

Throughout the middle seventies, the face of the sun was tranquil. Gone were the great magnetic storms of the late sixties. The season of calm, the sunspot minimum, had arrived.

Is this astrology? Certainly not in a traditional sense. Sunspots have nothing to do with Leo or Sagittarius. Nonetheless, whenever we notice a correlation between cosmic events and human affairs, we've entered the astrological realm.

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Murder, Passion and Squares to the Nodes: Agatha Christie

by Steven Forrest
Birth Data Rodden Rating: A

Agatha Christie b. September 15, 1890, 4:00 AM-GMT Torquay, England

Four billion copies of her books are in print. She is often described as the best-selling author in history. Her play, The Mousetrap, is the longest continuously running one in the world, having opened in London on November 25, 1952, and still going strong as of this writing.

Agatha Christie But it is for her murder mysteries that Agatha Christie is best known. Her work practically defined the genre that Arthur Conan Doyle launched. Her vain Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, with his waxed mustache and his brilliant deductions, humanized the infallible “Sherlock Holmes” archetype. Poirot is the only fictional character ever to be given an obituary in The New York Times, after Christie killed him off in her 1975 novel, Curtain—such was the popularity of her work at the time. Her delightful Miss Marple, at least as brilliant as Hercule and a lot more charming, made it safe for older, middle-class ladies on both sides of the Atlantic to have a devilish streak and a gleam in their eyes.

Reading Agatha Christie’s mysteries today, one might be excused for thinking that they are riddled with clichés—until we realize that she originated most of them! Arguably, there is not a mystery writer today who does not owe her an enormous debt.

So who was this mystery woman?

Agatha Christie Horoscope

Agatha Christie was born in Devon on the southern coast of England. Her mother was British and her father was an American stockbroker who died when Agatha was eleven. Their circumstances were comfortable—at age sixteen, for example, young Agatha went to Mrs. Dryden’s Finishing School in Paris to study piano and voice. In 1914, she married a pilot, Colonel Archibald Christie. She gave birth to a daughter, Rosalind, in August 1919. In October 1920 her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published to glowing reviews. She had written it in 1916, with transiting Uranus and the progressed Sun applying to trine to her north node. It was published with Jupiter, ruler of her south node, rising into the seventh house by solar arc.

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Key Planetary Questions in Evolutionary Astrology

The PlanetsThis list of brief questions will help illuminate the meanings behind these key symbols in the birth chart, as understood through the lens of Evolutionary Astrology.


What are the core principles and soul-intentions to which you must be true in order to maintain sanity, identity, and authenticity? What are the core drives to which you must be true in order to maintain vitality and life-force?


To what "trans"-rational needs and joys must you be true in order to maintain happiness and a feeling of well-being? What is the most effective way in which you can nurture, heal and restore yourself?


How do you compose your outward style in order to achieve a maximum sense of "centeredness?" How do you "get your act together?" What is the optimal stylistic interface between your deep psyche and the outer social and experiential worlds?

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The Out of Bounds Moon

Originally appeared in The Mountain Astrologer magazine, June 2010. Reprinted with permission.

Moon PhasesThe familiar circle of twelve signs is a useful fiction. Like time, space, gender and money, it helps us organize our particular, parochial sense of reality. We watch our transits or progressions as they speed or plod along this imaginary line in the sky that we call the ecliptic, as if it were a narrow highway with hard curbs in the vastness of starry space. In our ephemerides, for example, we see Mercury zipping merrily along, 1° Capricorn, then 2° then 3˜. We see Pluto passing the same mileposts—little knowing that Pluto might actually lie thirty degrees from Mercury, way above or below it in the sky, even though we say they are “in conjunction.” In actuality, the only moving astrological point that sticks exactly to the ecliptic is the Sun. Its path, in fact, is what defines the term. Everything else follows it only approximately.

Ever wonder why we don’t have a total solar eclipse every month? Sure enough, there on your computer screen you plainly see the transiting Sun and the transiting Moon aligned in 15° 24'—but no total eclipse of the Sun. The reason is that the Moon is usually a little above the Sun or a little below it. They are “conjunct,” but only in the context of our imaginary celestial railroad track, the zodiac. They are lined up in the two-dimensional framework of the ecliptic, but not in the three dimensional framework of the heavens as they actually meet our eyes. (1)

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