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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: ACS Publications Inc.,U.S. (31 July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935127348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935127348
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,574,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Forrest is the author of several astrological bestsellers, including THE INNER SKY, THE CHANGING SKY, THE BOOK OF THE MOON, THE NIGHT SPEAKS, and the new astrology classic YESTERDAY'S SKY. Steven's work has been translated into a dozen languages, most recently Chinese and Italian. He travels worldwide to speak and teach his brand of choice-centered "evolutionary" astrology, which integrates free will, grounded humanistic psychology and ancient metaphysics. Along with his busy private practice, he maintains active astrological apprenticeship programs in California, Australia, North Carolina, and Switzerland. He is a founding member of the Ethics Committee of the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR). The musician Sting calls Steven's work "as intelligent and cogent as it is poetic." DELL HOROSCOPE describes him as "not only a premier astrologer, but also a wise man." Callie Khouri, who wrote the screenplay for the mega-hit film Thelma and Louise, praises his "humor, insight, poetry, and astute, articulate observations of human nature." O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE describes his philosophy this way: "Forrest's approach...stops the blame game in its tracks...we're warriors fulfilling our turbulent evolutionary paths." Actor Robert Downey Jr. says, "I marvel at the accuracy of Steve's readings. He insists that nothing is so grave as to be beyond repair, and correspondingly that there is no rainbow that won't be evaporated by poor judgment in the now. I can't recommend him highly enough." And Rob Brezsny, in his popular "Real Astrology" column, simply calls him "the most brilliant astrologer alive." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec 1998
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Steven Forrest has done it again! Just like the planet Pluto's energies, this book about the planet, and where it resides in your natal chart, can transform your life.
With great depth and courage, Steven Forrest explores the darkest and most alienated aspects of our beings, and then with compassion and wisdom, he shows us "the way through."
Honest? Definitely. Sensitive? Very. Thought provoking? Always. Some sections of this book had me carrying on heated dialogues in my head that led me to see more clearly the Pluto effects in my own life ... and also those of others.
Ultimately, this book is a highly beneficial tool for understanding ourselves and others better ... with the kind of deep understanding that leads to compassion and more kindness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Harbord on 12 May 2014
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Steven Forrest is probably one of the best astrologers ever. I have his books and some of his mp3s. What an amazing man. It's difficult to say where he ends and astrology begins, they are so one.
His works are amazing. I love everything I have of his. We all need to acknowledge our shadow and then bring our gifts into the light. This book helps you to understand your wound and transform it into gold. Thank you Steven Forrest for writing this book .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Davis on 18 Sep 2011
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This is one of the greatest books on Pluto available around. The books is useful to very young inexperienced astrologers as well as for the advanced.
What I particularly liked were descriptions of pluto in houses, and this book brings lots of elements to deeper discussions regarding the Pluto's influences.
Very unique, excellently written, all you will need when it comes to "great" little planet Pluto.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ce Moore on 23 Aug 2013
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Yes, that's the amazing feat that Steven Forrest can do: mixing the nature of the dark planet Pluto with humour! And of course, it isn't just that with Forrest: there is plenty of insights too and lots of info on many aspects and transits.
I rate Jeff Greene's book higher than this one but Forrest's is more accessible and better suited to a beginner.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Great work on a difficult planet to understand 12 Aug 2000
By Lynne Marie Mullen - Published on Amazon.com
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Steven Forrest's work on Pluto in the natal chart is a truly great work that is also incredibly useful. He introduces the beginning and advanced to the notion of the planet and astrological concepts in the chart. He infuses his own humor, charm and love of humanity throughout the book, which allows you to believe that he is there with you, as a guardian angel, as you are walking through the depths of Hades. This allows the reader to keep looking with an unflinching eye at some touchy and difficult-to-face topics in the beginning. He introduces Pluto by house, sign, and by aspect in separate chapters which are outstandingly clear and profound. He also deals with the transits and progressions . This is a book for people who want more than a cookie-cutter interpretation of their charts; the author asks that you use your imagination and your heart. It's a truly inspirational and illuminating book by a great teacher of psychological astrology, and a book I often keep going back to!
64 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Illuminating astro-psychological look at life&transformation 4 Sep 2001
By Earl Hazell - Published on Amazon.com
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"Let's go get stoned...or drunk. Or watch television until we're bleary eyed blobs of protoplasm. Or eat, or work, or exercise until no human feelings are left. Or, if our denial mechanisms require the apperance of nobility, fast or meditate or maintain a yogic posture until we achieve the same state. Or read self-help books until we have reduced ourselves to a flurry of concepts and insights dancing around the top three inches of our skulls...
Extinguishing consciousness is easy; generating it is difficult..."
"Pure religion and pure psychology both fail miserably at such junctures. We need something that embraces both. In practice, except among 'fundamentalists' of either category, ministers and psychotherapists often play roles that blur into one another. The same can be said, in my opinion, for any counseling astrologer who's worth a nickel."
"...what do we mean by the word feminine? Easy, just ask Betty Crocker: "'Feminine' means emotional, nurturing, non-linear, creative...the same old traditional stereotyping that truly modern women (and men!) have been battling since long before Beatles roamed the earth...Sometimes, especially among Jungian thinkers, this old notion is dressed up in more sophisticated garb...
"There is in the human psyche a very real syndrome of interrelated, "transrational" qualities. That is a psychological fact. But in my opinion it is past time we stopped poisoning and confusing ourselves by calling them "feminine" and began calling them by their name: LUNAR traits... To be human is to access both the solar and the lunar aspects of our common humanity, and to experience their eternal cross-pollination."
"Where PLUTO lies in the birth chart, we are particularly vulnerable to distortions and navigational errors based on un- processed wounding [life] experiences...if you are pretending to be happy in your job, your friendships, relationships, religion, whatever, a Pluto...event will try to reveal that to you...what if a ...person makes a less than optimal response? The basic Plutonian contract is simple to say: you go to the dark or the dark comes to you..."
"No one has ever been, or can ever expect to be, nurtured perfectly. Parents are only human. Communities are flawed. The Shadow makes itself felt sooner or later in every life...on one hand, there is a temptation to say, "So quit your whining!" But so easily that can generate into denial and avoidance... On the other hand, there is the toxic-psychologist's exhortation that we reduce our lives to a resentful meditation upon our wounds. And given life's richness and brevity, isn't that a foolish waste?"
from Steven Forrest, THE BOOK OF PLUTO
For anyone intuitively saddened and subsequently turned off by the perceived stereotypes and actual limitations of both the disciplines of psychology and astrology, this alchemical book, combining the profound and cleansing essences of both in simple terms, will steer you down a very interesting and enlightening path. We "know" that astrology is much more than the sun signs you read in the newspaper or magazines. We "know", ironically enough, that many of the secular patron saints of many a religious conservative have been well known to use and follow the advice of professional astrologers (Ronald and Nancy Reagan immediately come to mind). But do you really believe that there is something you can be truly taught by this discipline, beyond how popular it can make you among progressive or artistic friends when you bring it up?
If you already do, you will get even more out of this book than you currently would think. Steven Forrest's approach is one that combines some of the essential ideas of modern psychology--Jungian and Freudian--with the metaphysical wisdom of the ancient and modern astrologer (and some of his own silly sense of humor) into a book that teaches you as much about yourself as it does the methods, overarching purpose and intrinsic, trans-cultural social value of this often maligned, millenia-old science/art form. If you have ever felt that the fundamentals of psychological perspectives on the human mind and heart and the astrological perspectives on the human soul are inherently antagonistic (and show themselves to be such when assessing the meaning and imapct of the same events of a human life) THE BOOK OF PLUTO will provide you with the synthesis you need to appreciate--and be healed-by both.
This book is easy to read, and very valuable. I did not find it antagonistic to religion either. I advise people to read his work in tandem with your own astrological chart, and the work of psychologist Alice Miller, to free yourself in ways you did not know you could be freed.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Forrest is a rare precious commodity 2 Sep 2002
By James Bellefeuille - Published on Amazon.com
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Steve Forrest is one of the few people I would recommend to both utter astrology novices and advanced astrologgers alike. He writes very intelligently, but can phrase his ideas in very simple, earthy language. It's definitely not for the uptight and prudish.
Make sure you read his "Parable of the beer can."
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Was left wanting more. 20 Jan 2011
By Stephanie E - Published on Amazon.com
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If you bought this book or are considering it, I'm assuming it's safe to say you already have a working knowledge of astrology and its themes, and perhaps also interpret life events and those you meet through its interstellar lens. Then you know that when we're talking Pluto, we're talking a force that bears witness to all that is deep, profound, life-altering, dark and dysfiguring, painful, powerful, transformative, regenerative and ultimately healing, etc... and I regret to say (this coming from a deeply Plutonian individual with a heavily aspected Pluto myself and 4 planets in Scorpio including my Sun, and Pluto) that this book didn't quite meet the mark. I wanted the book to go deeper than it did. I wanted Forrest to really dig into the mystical side, the death experiences (ones in which an aspect of the native's consciousness undergoes a death and rebirth rather than his or her physical body,) and to speak the profundity that this planet confers. Having been on the brink of death a number of times myself, in no uncertain terms, I walked into this read with array of personal experiences to relate to his writings, but felt a bit like Pluto personified with Mercury sitting on my shoulder chirping his observations about me in my ear--none of them really telling me anything. With Chapter titles like, "Recognizing Plutonian Passages" and "Living With The Dark" I'd anticipated really satisfying morsels of morbid widom, delving into the dark night of the human soul with unflinching vigilance, but got a glossed-over mish-mash of trite and at times "cutesy" commentary. It seems Forrest suggests the graveness one experiences when Pluto is active in one's life, but fails to make the concentrated effort it would take to really unpack them. Even his initial anecdotes, such as "The Parable of the Beer Can" in which he runs through examples of Plutonian events, seem to gloss over the true depths of such experiences, preferring a very superficial psychological analysis at best (and I feel relatively justified in this claim as it just so happened that at least two of his parables described events expressly from my own personal history.) Rather than an astrologer, Forrest is a counselor who employs astrology in his sessions, as revealed in the pages of this book (despite the fact that he calls himself an astrologer on the back cover.) As such, a lot of the personal insights you might expect to find from a true astrologer who has dedicated decades to the research a single facet of the solar system were lacking. The same goes for the cook-book style readings of Pluto in the signs, houses, aspects and transits (although, bravo to Forrest for including all categories) as they were superficial and minimally informative. I was hoping for a book with an impact that could rival it's namesake, certainly no simple task, but no such feat was in evidence as the pages turned. Admittedly, in depth-plumbing-Plutonian form, what I was probably looking for was more of a Pluto Anthology that could be the bible of all I could ever want to know about this one magnificent heavenly body. Nevertheless, my final analysis: It was moderately informative but not worth the money.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have for your Astrology Library.... 19 Mar 2008
By Suzanne - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have prominant Pluto placements, aspects or strong Scorpio in your chart, this book is a must have. I have studied astrology for thirty years and the things I found in this book amazed me. I don't think I ever realized what magnitude Pluto held until I read this book.
If you are an astrologer, you need to have this book as a reference. Kudos to Steven Forrest.
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