According to legend, Jeffrey Wolfe Green learned about the unique perspective on Pluto in a dream from Sri Yukteswar, Yogananda’s teacher. While we cannot be sure about the accuracy of this claim, it is true that Evolutionary Astrology places a great deal of emphasis on the role of Pluto in the birth chart. In this approach, Pluto represents the soul’s evolutionary journey and its potential for growth and transformation. It is seen as working in a system with the North and South Node of the Moon. Pluto here reflects the core desire leading to incarnation, the South Node represents the Karmic patterning and the North Node represent the Dharmic Path. (For More on the Role of Pluto!).
While Evolutionary Astrology borrows much of its cosmological understanding from Vedic Astrology, it maintains the use of Western astrological principles and integrates Western psychological concepts. Vedic astrology, also known as Jyotish, is an ancient Indian system of astrology that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is based on the sidereal zodiac, which takes into account the actual positions of the planets in the sky, rather than the tropical zodiac used in Western astrology.
The fundamental principles of Vedic astrology include the idea that each person’s destiny is shaped by their past karma, and that the positions of the planets and stars at the time of a person’s birth can provide insights into their character, tendencies, and potential future events. Vedic astrology also makes use of various predictive techniques, including dashas and transits, to help individuals understand the timing of future events in their lives. While Evolutionary Astrology incorporates many of the concepts and techniques of Vedic astrology, it maintains a Western astrological framework, which includes the use of the tropical zodiac and familiar astrological concepts such as aspects and planetary rulerships. (More on the difference between Vedic and Western Astrology Systems!).
The contemporary landscape of evolutionary astrology is dynamic and diverse, with a growing interest in exploring the soul’s journey and its evolutionary purpose. The cutting edge of developemnt is a living culture where new insights and perspectives are constantly emerging, shaping and redefining our understanding of the cosmos.
While the core principles defined by Steven Forrest and Jeffery Wolf Green still serve as a foundation, the beauty of evolutionary astrology lies in its ability to evolve and grow with the times. Subsequent generations of astrologers have built upon the work of their predecessors, expanding the focus beyond the nodes of the moon to include other important points such as Chiron, the asteroid belt, and the outer planets. These new perspectives have allowed for a more nuanced understanding of the human experience, as well as a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. As the field of evolutionary astrology continues to evolve and flourish, we can expect even more exciting developments on the horizon.
It would be limiting to attribute the creation of Evolutionary Astrology solely to two individuals. It is a product of a long lineage of astrological thought that stretches back to the earliest recorded history of human civilization.
While it is true that certain individuals, such as Steven Forrest and Jeffrey Wolf Green, were instrumental in defining the core principles of Evolutionary Astrology, it is important to remember that it is a continuous, collaborative effort.
Indeed, Evolutionary Astrology continues to evolve and develop to this day, thanks to the many astrologers who are part of this cultural stream. Each astrologer brings their unique perspective and techniques, which add to the overall understanding and knowledge of Evolutionary Astrology. As such, the field is a living culture that is tended by many human hands and perhaps even a channel for the cosmos themselves.