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The Book of Pluto - Turning Darkness To Wisdom With Astrology

4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0935127348
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Astro Communications Services (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935127348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935127348
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!
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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.Read more ›
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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."
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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.
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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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