Skymates: Love, Sex and Evolutionary Astrology / Edition 2

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In addition to Skymates, Jodie Forrest wrote the Nordic-Celtic historical fantasy trilogy, The Rhymer and the Ravens: The Book of Fate; The Elves' Prophecy: The Book of Being; and The Bridge: The Book of Necessity. Loosely inspired by the legend of Thomas the Rhymer, Forrest's trilogy unfolds in Elfland, Asgard, and Viking Age Europe. Her Norse bard, Tomas, is kidnapped by the Queen of Elfland and returns to our world with growing psychic powers, a total inability to lie, and a Mission. Historical detail is as accurate as possible, and serves as a scaffolding for the fantastic elements. Jodie's M.A. in French and Spanish didn't prevent her from becoming an astrologer, nor from playing keyboard and bass in a rock and roll band. Her band, Dragonship, has performed and recorded her husband Steven's rock opera based on The Rhymer and the Ravens. With some new personnel, Dragonship is at work on a second show for The Elves' Prophecy. Meanwhile, Jodie is at work on a whodunit, fantasy short stories, and a book using the Norse pantheon to analyze the astrological planets. With Steven, Jodie co-wrote two computerized report writers on the astrology of relationships. Her other publications include dozens of astrological articles, newspaper and magazine articles, and poetry, She's taught fiction writing, and French and Spanish at the college level.She lives with her husband Steven, a profoundly spoiled black cat named Pyanfar, and an uppity cast of her fictional characters. Steven received a B.A. in Religion in 1971 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and shortly thereafter established his astrological practice. In 1984, Bantam Books published his first book, The Inner Sky. Esquire magazine called it "intelligent, well-written and actually fun." That volume was followed in 1986 by The Changing Sky. In 1988, with his wife, Jodie Forrest, he released the original edition of the popular Sky trilogy, Skymates. Steven's fourth book was published by ACS in May 1993. Titled The Night Speaks, it is an argument for astrology's intellectual and philosophical plausibility. His fifth work, The Book of Pluto, was released in May 1995 by ACS. His books with Jeffrey Wolf Green, Measuring the Night: Evolutionary Astrology and the Keys to the Soul, are based on a series of lectures the authors did together and were co-published by Seven Paws Press and Daemon Press. Additionally, Steven has written for most of the major American astrological journals and several national magazines outside the astrological field. He composed texts for two popular computerized astrological report writers: "The Sky Within" and "SkyLog." Steven has written the monthly astrology column for ELLE and SASSY magazines, and appeared on the national cable TV show, "Alive and Wellness," as well as many radio programs around the country. His work has been translated into several languages, and he travels widely lecturing on astrological topics. Steven is currently Chair of the Kepler College Advisory Council, which is an accredited astrologically-oriented university in Seattle, WA.
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What People Are Saying

Baris IIhan
There are very few astrology books in Turkey. You can count them by the fingers of two hands. Three of them are by Steven and Jodie Forrest. The Inner Sky is like the Bible (which is the Quran here) for my students, in the sense that they carry it everywhere they go. From The Changing Sky, they are learning how to create their own future, and from Skymates, I personally have learned what a soulmate is...I think they are great astrologers and writers.
— Baris Ilhan, astrologer, publisher.
Bill Janis
Steven and Jodie Forrest's work, specifically in this case Skymates, has shown me that astrology IS a spiritual and powerful tool with a place in the 21st century and beyond. Their teaching powers, in clarity and real life examples, are second to none. They are far more than amazing astrologers and prove it within these pages.
— Bill Janis, Promotion/Marketing Manager for Reprise Records.
Danny Kee
Steven and Jodie's intuitive yet scientific approach makes this a wonderful guide to relationships. Their sound astrological principles are undeniably helpful, informative and make good practical sense.
— Danny Kee, Director of A&R, Warner Brothers Records.
Dominic Miller
I've gotten readings from Steven Forrest for ten years now. What he`s done is not to predict my future but to help me meditate on some of the warnings I might look out for, based on a scientific but more importantly a compassionate approach. These readings have improved the quality of my life.
— Dominic Miller, guitarist for Sting, The Pretenders; composer, solo CDs First Touch and Second Nature.
Eric Silver
From their insight and understanding, you'd think Jodie and Steven were your closest childhood friends. They have an uncanny ability to gently unravel the tightest knots of your inner self.
—Eric Silver, award-winning songwriter: Dixie Chicks, Donna Summer, Diamond Rio. Record producer: Michelle Wright, Neal McCoy, Reba McEntire.
A fantastic guide for those looking to discover or recover that romantic spark!
— Kelli Fox,
Gloria D. Karpinski
odie and Steve access an incredible amount of the world's knowledge of spirituality, psychology, mythology and the symbols of our quest for self-awareness and actualization. Equal to their knowledge is their ability to integrate the essentials and teach them through astrology. It's a rich discovery to find wit and wisdom, knowledge and intuition all blended in one person. To find it in both is indeed a treasure.
— Gloria D. Karpinski, author of Barefoot On Holy Ground and Where Two Worlds Touch.
Jeffrey Wolf Green
Please treat yourself to the deep insights that these two wonderful souls offer within this book.
— Jeffrey Wolf Green, author of Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul, and Pluto: The Soul's Evolution Through Relationships.
Keith Cleversley

Like all the Forrests' work, Skymates is rich with wisdom and humor. Well-documented research is deftly folded into lyrical parables that reveal the mysteries of relationships and offer equipment for living."Steven and Jodie take astrology to a new level by returning it to its original intent: to offer us an outline for our evolutionary paths so we can discover our own meaning in life. Their work infuses you with wit, wisdom, and humor along the way...and with a wealth of information found nowhere else.
— Keith Cleversley, record producer: Flaming Lips, Sound of Urchin, Moses Leroy, Hum.

Laure Redmond
An unforgettable literary journey that will enrich your personal consciousness while leading to more fulfulling relationships.
Luis Lesur
Perfect marriages are rare and precious in astrological literature. Good English and magnificent astrology, common sense and deep spirituality, objectivity and optimism, technical precision and moving images. These are Skymates' achievements.
— Luis Lesur, author of Astrologia Cotidiana .
Philip Sedgwick
To write a powerful book on the astrology of relationships takes two things: a vast knowledge of astrology and a fantastical, loving relationship in life. When these two things merge, the results are nothing short of miraculous. Caution: insight and miraculous relationship knowledge inside.
—Philip Sedgwick, author of Astrology of Deep Space, and The Sun at the Center .
Richard Fuller
These deep insights are a beacon that illuminates a path to success and joy from a soulmate relationship!
Rob Lehmann
Steven and Jodie Forrest are two of the most genuinely wise people I have ever known, and the miracle is how fluidly that knowledge flows through their writings and teachings. Their work has given guidance, insight and a profound understanding to my life and that of countless others.
—Rob Lehmann, author of Cooking for Life; professor, Philadelphia University; Philadelphia Humanitarian of the Year, 1992.
Robert Griffin
I'm glad to see a book go beyond Sun signs, stereotypes and platitudes. And this opus from Steve and Jodie Forrest is nothing but a pleasure to read while being comprehensive and clear.
— Robert Griffin, keyboardist for The Squirrel Nut Zippers, and for Katharine Whalen and the Jazz Squad; solo pianist (CD North Carolina, A State of Music).
Scott Ainslie
Properly practiced, astrology addresses the apparent consonance or dissonance between our lives and the sky. Jodie and Steven Forrest bring us into that space, and into the spaces between us, with grace, humor and informed awareness. In this book, astrology is the portal through which you' ll examine relationships in a manner worthy of any of the world's wisdom traditions. We should also describe the book this way: 'Astrology-Not Just for Astrologers Anymore.
—Scott Ainslie, musician (CDs: Jealous of the Moon and Terraplane) and author of Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads.
Susan B. Reintjes
One of the first appointments I made after the birth of my daughter was for an astrology reading with Steven and Jodie Forrest. Fifteen years later, I still refer to it and am grateful for its insight in helping me honor her uniqueness and support her strengths and weaknesses. I can't imagine a more valuable gift that parents could give a child.
—Susan B. Reintjes, psychic, author of Third Eye Open: Unmasking Your True Awareness .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964911352
  • Publisher: Seven Paws Pr Inc
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 994,348

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Preface to the New Edition This new edition of Skymates is based on the previous edition in about the same way a Boeing 777 is based on the contraption the Wright brothers flew. Even if you have a dog-eared copy of the older book, we encourage you to open this one at random and take a look. You'll see the differences right away. Our previous Skymates came out toward the end of the last century, in 1989, as a Bantam Books original, and the identical text was reprinted in 1992 under a new cover by ACS Publications. Saying "toward the end of the last century" may seem precious here in the summer of 2001, but it feels right. When we wrote that book, we had been married only four or five years-whistling past the graveyard, we joked a lot about tempting the Fates by writing a book about marriage so early in our own journey together. Now we're twenty years down the road, still loving each other one day at a time. We've learned a thing or two, and we've incorporated all of that into these pages. That's one big difference. Another difference is that we're both in bed with our publishers nowadays. Seven Paws Press is our own business. That gives us a lot of freedom to write in our own voices, independent of the pervasive pressure on astrological writers to dumb everything down. We're still stinging from a conversation with an editor who insisted that "enhanced" was too hard a word for the astrological audience. We know that you, our readers, are smarter than that. On the other hand, perhaps we should be thankful to that editor-Seven Paws Press owes a lot of its direction and intent to that exchange. There are also many concrete differences between this new book and the previous one. The most obvious distinction is that we've added extensive "cookbook" sections. Learning to think astrologically is really the higher ground, but many readers have expressed appreciation for simply being able to look things up. If your natal Sun squares your partner's Venus, turn to Chapter Thirteen. If you are wondering about the sexual significance of Saturn being in your eighth house, try Chapter Eleven. We've come to particularly "enhanced" understandings of the intimate meanings of two of astrology's core symbols: the fourth and sixth houses. We've added those perspectives to our previous "arc of intimacy" material-and supplemented that entire section of the book with detailed analyses of what it means to have each particular planet in houses four, five, six, seven or eight. Name the configuration: it's there. Back in our Bantam Books days, we were discouraged from making our writing "too spiritual." That led to a diminished focus on the evolution of consciousness, and specifically on the psychological dynamics of reincarnation. We've filled that vacuum here-although if you are uncomfortable with the idea of reincarnation, we think you will still find the book mostly accessible. Some of our assumptions are unabashedly metaphysical, but we try to speak the verifiable language of experience, and also of psychology. You can, in all cases, try on what we say and see if it works for you. Finally, to make room for the extra content, something had to go. We decided to excise all the material about the composite chart which made up Part Four, "The Eternal Triangle," of the original Skymates. That was a hard choice, but it was made even more pressing by the fact that we have learned enough about the composite chart over the last fourteen years to fill another book.
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