What is Evolutionary Astrology

about-evolutionary-astrologyEvolutionary Astrology is a holistic approach to the practice of astrology and the art of living. It is a spiritual approach founded on the intention to identify the soul’s evolutionary journey through the natal astrology chart.

About Evolutionary Astrology

Through Evolutionary Astrology the deepest existential questions can be addressed, and in such a way, we may provide the most effective guidance for the day to day practical concerns.

Beginning with “why am I here, what is the purpose of this life,” we can subsequently provide guidance for more immediate concerns such as relationships, vocation, or financial concerns.

Astrology departed from being solely deterministic, “good fortune” “bad fortune” approach, to reflect the growth process of consciousness. In our studies, we understand the astrology chart is a spiral and can be expressed at lower or higher consciousness.

Evolutionary Astrology relies on the idea that we have the free-will to evolve the way we use our chart. While we are fated to our chart and cannot change it, we can change how we use it. The chart is not a circle, but a spiral and thus, we can express it at different levels of consciousness. Two people may be born with the same chart (biological twins or astrology twins), but may lead different lives because of their different levels of self-awareness. Higher consciousness can help us navigate challenges more gracefully, as we align ourselves with the universal intelligent design.

In an astrology chart reading, we learn to identify the intentions of astrological signatures, and then assess what are possible outcomes. No placement is good or bad, each has an evolutionary intention.

Importantly, Evolutionary Astrology considers the growth of consciousness to unfold over multiple lifetimes, using astrology as a reliable tool to identify past lives and how these impact current life circumstances. Analyzing past lives helps us identify themes that affect us, but are traced before our early childhood dynamics – Are we now dealing with unresolved issues, fears, or memories of our prior incarnations? This can be an opportunity to better understand and resolve them now.

Understanding our soul’s evolutionary intention helps us make better choices and lead better, healthier, more meaningful lives. A reading from an evolutionary perspective can provide better clarity and direction in every aspect of our lives.

View this video for a general overview.

Who founded Evolutionary Astrology

This body of knowledge emerged from pioneering work of several astrologers during the 20th century, especially humanistic astrologer Dane Rudhyar who forged the way forward for a consciousness focus of astrology and Carl Jung who understood astrology to reflect synchronicity and soul.

Through their own spiritual experiences, pioneers in the emergence of Evolutionary Astrology Jeffrey Green and Steven Forrest developed this approach and body of knowledge more specifically during the 1980’s.

Maurice Fernandez was initially trained by Jeffrey Green, and went on to develop his own body of knowledge, expanding on contents and methodology offered in Evolutionary Astrology Studies.

While Evolutionary Astrology is considered a modern development within the practice of astrology, its premise relies on the timeless wisdom that we have a soul and that we grow our consciousness, concepts long explored in ancient traditions.

9 Core Principles of Evolutionary Astrology

by Maurice Fernandez and Steven Forrest as they practice it:

  • The Universe is a conscious, intelligent, and ultimately benevolent design that fosters the evolution of consciousness despite the inevitable intermittent experience of suffering which is integral to life’s experience.
  • Nothing happens randomly in life; whether through successes or adversity, there is a higher evolutionary purpose behind everything that occurs in our lives.
  • The process of evolution extends through numerous lifetimes. The natal astrology chart, in its entirety, describes where we are at in the evolutionary course, and our next steps intended for the current incarnation.
  • Every chart represents a spectrum of possibilities. We have the free will to express it more (or less) consciously.
  • Willingly reaching toward the higher possibilities promised by our natal chart leads us toward increasing well-being.
  • The horoscope does not reveal anyone’s level of consciousness.
  • Chart placements are neutral in their quality, representing the evolutionary design and path of a person. No chart is doomed to suffering or guaranteed success because no placement is inherently good or bad.
  • Planetary cycles represent changing developmental climates.  How we respond to planetary influences is our own responsibility.
  • Evolutionary Astrology encompasses a diversity of technical approaches to chart analysis. Generally, a strong focus is put on the Nodal Axes. Prior lifetimes are assumed. Every chart component is viewed as a signature of the soul’s evolutionary course. Specific methods of interpretation vary from one practitioner to another.

Evolutionary Astrology readings

When analyzing a birth chart, we consider the level of consciousness, the Soul Age of the person.

People may have the same chart, but their soul is not at the same age. This is most obvious when twins who share almost identical charts, can have different lives. The reason is that while they have the same chronological age, they may have a different soul age.

To learn more about the Soul Age in Evolutionary Astrology, view this article: https://mauricefernandez.com/soulage/

In an astrology chart reading, Evolutionary astrologers seek to uncover the core reasons for choices, circumstances, and the unfolding of a person’s life – why things happened, what are the main evolutionary themes? We aim not only to look at symptoms, but the root causes.

For example, in an evolutionary astrology reading, if a person asks about auspicious times to find their soul mate, our approach will examine what the evolutionary intentions are in their relationships, what are the potential blockages and lessons to learn. This approach informs us how to use the natal chart to not only find a potential partner, but to sustain healthy relationships over time. It is one thing to use astrology for the next relationship opportunity, and another thing to help a person actually make their relationship work.

Understanding the soul purposes helps us align with divine intelligence and ultimately lead better lives. Evolutionary Astrology provides unparalleled depth of perspective on these processes to find longer lasting solutions.

Find out more about your own soul purposes in this life in an astrology reading:

Evolutionary Astrology studies

Learn everything about Evolutionary Astrology, the Soul Age, and how to master Chart Analysis – Beginners, intermediate, or advanced options:

Suggested literature:

Astrology and the Evolution of Consciousness Volume 1 by Maurice Fernandez

The Soul Age in Astrology by Maurice Fernandez

Astrology of Transformation by Dane Rudhyar

Pluto, the Evolutionary Journey of the Soul by Jeffrey Green

The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest

Explore this video about Evolutionary Astrology

The astrology chart is a spiral and can be expressed at lower or higher consciousness.

About Maurice

about-maurice-fernandezI have been practicing astrology for thirty years, with a passion for interpreting planetary cycles as a way to help others live fulfilling and healthy lives.

I was born in the heart of Africa, and moved to Israel as a teenager where I was first exposed to astrology in a professional way at age 18. I subsequently studied Evolutionary Astrology with Jeffrey Green in the course of the nineties. It was a natural language for me that provided a profound understanding about the nature of existence.

My approach to astrology is essentially spiritual, identifying how celestial cycles reflect our soul journey and reasons to be. I make a point to deliver these vast concepts in a ways that can be used practically in every day life.

I’m trained as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and combine this with astrology studies when organizing retreat immersions. Moreover, I’m keenly interested in further developing inter-species communication and bridge consciousness between humans, animals, vegetation, and minerals. I have worked for the past 12 years with the White Lions of Timbavati for this purpose.

This holistic approach to the study of star knowledge helps with the original intention to align our lives on earth with the greater cycles of the planets and universal Truth.

Since moving to the United States in 2003, I have developed a worldwide network as an author, teacher, consultant, and conference organizer, notably the celebrated River of Stars Astrology Conference (Hawaii 2011-2015).

I’m the founder of the I-ASTROLOGER conference (2016-2018-2022), a critically acclaimed event designed to support professional astrology development through the Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA). I have served as the president of OPA for three terms (2014-2020), and on the board of directors for 12 years (2010-2022).

During my tenure at OPA, membership has quadrupled, including the establishing of Satellite centers in 13 countries, and the development of a critically acclaimed quarterly Astrology magazine: The Career Astrologer (now Evolving Astrologer).

I’m certified as an evolutionary astrologer (1992 and 1996), and Kundalini yoga Teacher (2007).
I’m OPA certified as a professional practitioner (2013) and a moderator for the OPA Peer Group process.

I’m the recipient of the Orion Astrology Award for Outstanding Contribution to Astrology (2022), and the ISAR Community Service Award (2022).

I currently reside in Arizona, enjoying the high desert following 7 years living in the water world of Hawaii.

Thank you for your interest – may the stars guide your way!