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 and get the special introductory savings from Amazon.)
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.)
Dedication and Acknowledgments by Rose Marcus
Introduction and Principles of Evolutionary Astrology
Evolutionary Principles of the Soul’s Evolution
Jeffrey Wolf Green, Founder of Evolutionary Astrology
From Cataclysm to the Awakening of Latent Capacities:The Four Main Ways That Pluto Instigates Evolutionary Growth
Kim Marie Weimer
Sexuality in Astrology
Twins – Similar Charts, World’s Apart!
When Planets Square the Nodal Axis – Insights from a Past Life Therapist
Patricia L. Walsh
Time’s Arrow: The Nature and Function of the Planetary Nodes in Evolutionary Astrology
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