Book Reviews

Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness

Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness
Volume One: Astrology Fundamentals, the Moon, the Sun. and the Evolutionary Levels of Consciousness
ISBN 978-0-615-29654-8
In Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness-Volume 1, Maurice Fernandez creates a work for the beginning astrology student that introduces concepts of spiritual development into the larger framework of understanding the astrological archetypes. Many astrology texts save such information for later, perhaps leaving the discerning student confused by the one-dimensionality and apparent determinism of the information presented. Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness-Volume 1 seeks to inspire new students (and seasoned astrologers too) with the spiritual framework inherently woven in to the very practical archetypal astrological concepts.

The Yoga of Astrology
By mapping the evolution of consciousness Maurice introduces readers to yogic concepts in his explanation of 3 levels of spiritual development that can be interwoven with an understanding of fundamental astrology concepts. This gives readers a way of discovering the place along the journey which they may find either themselves, or their clients. And from there a path to growth is discovered.

Soul-Sick Nation

Soul Sick Nation Soul-Sick Nation
by Jessica Murray
MotherSky Press 2008

Reviewed by Bill Streett of

Prior to the advent of modern psychology, the physician of the soul was confined to the narrowly defined position it is today. Certainly, shamans, with their ability to retrieve information from the spirit world, were healers that tended to the ills of the soul. Alchemists in the lineage of Paracelsus tended to the soul in ways similar to a contemporary holistic healer. With "Soul-Sick Nation," author Jessica Murray uses astrology as a rightful tool for any physician of the soul, and her patient, in this case, is the nation of the United States.

As a clinician, Murray's current diagnosis of the United States, as one may have suspected, suggests that the nation is ill, and like the sick kid in a classroom full of susceptible classmates, America is largely to blame for infecting other nations, and the world, with soul disease. With penetrating insight, Murray zeroes in on America's most disturbing symptoms: infantilization of its adult community; commodification of any and all resources; an addictive and excessive materialism; a lack of mature leadership; an archaic form of nationalism; a corrupted media.

Yesterday's Sky

Yesterday's Sky
by Steven Forrest
Seven Paws Press 2009

Yesterday's SkyBehind your familiar astrological chart lurks another chart entirely, one whose existence you may never have suspected. It carries your treasures and your wounds. Where the astrologer’s predictions and the realities of your life might not in all honesty have lined up, this chart-behind-the-chart will help you see why. This second, hidden chart tells the tale of who you were in a prior lifetime. It speaks of what wounded you then and what work you left undone. It warns of old ghosts that haunt you and the symptoms you experience when you let them grab the steering wheel of your life. This chart explains the reasons you have the chart you have today and it clarifies how you can get on with your evolutionary journey. In Yesterday’s Sky, Steven Forrest completes the picture he began painting in his bestseller The Inner Sky twenty-five years ago.

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North Node Astrology

North Node Astrology
by Elizabeth Spring
Archeon Press 2009

North Node Astrology

Professional astrologer and Jungian psychotherapist, Elizabeth Spring, weaves personal stories with the astrological wisdom of the North and South Nodes. There are detailed explanations of how to find and understand your own karmic Nodes as well as the life-changing transits that impact your life direction, soul purpose, career and relationships. Elizabeth’s heart-felt chapter on the "Astrology of Menopause" has been re-published around the world, and the humorous chapter "Cocktails and Karma" explores the bridging between astrologers, ministers, and therapists. The “ Family Karmic Inheritance” inspires a compassionate view on family relationships. Endorsed by Jungian author Jim Hollis, and evolutionary astrologer, Steven Forrest, this book is a reference book as well as a collection of articles that shed light on unconscious motivation. An inspiring guide for transmuting the grace and grit of life into the gold of healing and personal success.

The Ascendant

The Ascendant
by Jodie Forrest
Seven Paws Press 2007

The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest

How do you face the world? Are you centered? Are you poised? How well do you handle blind dates and job interviews? Your astrological Ascendant, the sign rising in the east at your birth, is the face you wear in the world, your social self, your astrological “clothing.” It’s just as important in your birth chart as your Sun and Moon. How well do you really understand it?

Join astrologer and novelist Jodie Forrest as she examines the Ascendant through the lenses of the arts, psychology, relationships, evolutionary astrology and metaphysics. Beginners or professional astrologers will deepen their knowledge of the rising sign.

With exercises for further study, topics include:

  • Why the Ascendant may be the most overlooked and least understood member of the Primal Triad (Sun, Moon, and Ascendant).
  • What exactly is the Ascendant?
  • Several working metaphors for the Ascendant, and how to apply them when analyzing charts
  • How the Ascendant interacts with the Sun and the Moon
  • The ruler of the natal Ascendant
  • Aspects to the natal Ascendant
  • Dynamic events involving the Ascendant (transits, progressions and arcs)
  • Rectification tips for the Ascendant
Includes an extensive Ascendant “cookbook” for each rising sign. $15.95
ISBN 978-0-9790677-0-9, trade paperback, 240 pages.

Simply Sacred

Simply SacredSimply Sacred: A Guide to Everyday Relationship Magic
by Fern Feto Spring and Jennifer Zurick

"I love this elegant little book! It is the kind of work you can read in a morning and put it on your bookshelf with a smile on your face. But then you will find yourself re-reading it again and again over the years. Fern Feto Spring and Jennifer Zurick are the real deal, 100%. They have lived the path about which they write. Their writing is flowing and easy on the mind and the heart, but behind their informality is the authority of deep experience. The ‘old ways’ have taken deep, self-confident root again in North America. You need no more proof of that than a few hours with SIMPLY SACRED.”

- Steven Forrest, author of The Inner Sky and Yesterday’s Sky

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