An Evolutionary Approach to Aspects
Aspects weave the chart together. They help us remember that while you have many planets, you have only one head between your ears. The astrologer’s aim must always therefore be for an integrative approach. In this aspects-intensive, our first principle will be that all aspects are about integration. With this view, we will attempt to replace the outdated notion of “good aspects and bad ones” with a more sophisticated understanding.
So-called “bad” aspects are still about two energies trying to come together to serve some larger purpose. The only difference is that the integrative process is harder. With the easier aspects, the integrative process flows more easily—but might lack motivation or impetus. Each specific aspect requires a distinct strategy. Sextiles, for one example, are not just “like trines, but not as strong.” Unlike trines, they speak of excitation, but threaten imbalance.
In this presentation, Steven focuses on the most energetic and critical aspects—the so-called Ptolemaic or Major ones: the conjunction, sextile, square, trine, and opposition. But we will also spend some time with the fascinating and underrated quincunx, the magical, creative quintile, as well as a few others.
Aspects are astrological bedrock. But like so much else in the system we’ve inherited, there is a need to find new language for them. What are the words that speak truly and effectively to humans in an age of psychology, quantum mechanics, and revolution in almost every category of experience? Surely it goes beyond limiting predictions like, “Saturn squares your Venus so you will be unlucky in love.”
Approximately 7 hours. | course includes video audio and all handouts
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Steven Forrest is one of the most well-known and accomplished astrologers on the planet. He received a B.A. in Religion in 1971 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and started his astrological practice shortly thereafter. In 1984, Bantam Books published his first book, The Inner Sky and the rest is history. The book has gone on to be an international bestseller and continues to enthrall audiences to this day.
Since then Steven has rolled out many more astrology classics including The Changing Sky, Yesterday’s Sky, The Book of Neptune, and The Night Speaks. Steven heads the largest astrological apprentice training program, teaching students in several countries. His teaching skill is stellar, and students return to the program year after year, even long after becoming professional astrologers and writers themselves.
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