Most of us are familiar with astrology in the form of Sun signs and horoscopes seen online and in the paper. Evolutionary astrology is different. Instead of focusing on your life right now, evolutionary astrology takes a holistic approach, looking at the entire journey of your soul. One of the basic tenants of this type of astrology is that your soul has lived multiple lives, and that each life is full of lessons and energies. In your current life, you experience “echoes” from the past, which influence your soul’s desire in this life.
Each reading comes with a natal chart. This is a map of the sky at the precise moment in time and place where you were born. It will likely look confusing and not-very-exciting if you have never seen one before. That said, there is a wealth of information contained in what looks like a geometry assignment gone wrong! The circle you see is divided into twelve houses with the twelve astrological signs you are likely familiar with. Within this circle are all of the planets, represented as living energies we all experience, along with other celestial bodies, marking their location at the time and from the physical location of your birth. This map acts as a guide for what you have experienced in past lifetimes and the medicine you might need in your current life.
For evolutionary astrology, Pluto is the most important planet. Some might even say that when Pluto comes a knocking, your life goes a rocking. You could very well have been someone who has tried everything else, yet an experience with Pluto has brought you to consider evolutionary astrology. It tells the story of your soul, acting as a reference point for where you have been deeply disempowered, where your greatest defenses lie, and where you rise from the ashes like a phoenix.
The Nodes of the Moon are also important, as they represent destiny or the karmic line. It shows where you have been and where you are going. The South Node tells us the energy that we came into our current life with – that is, the energy that comes easiest to us, and our past ego identity and development. The North Node shows us what the soul wants to achieve, the experience of growth and evolution– it is the experiences and energies we are moving towards, a new identity with increased wisdom in this life.