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The Inner Sky: How to Make Wiser Choices for a More Fulfilling Life

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  680 ratings  ·  49 reviews
"The Inner Sky" provides everyone with a "dynamic new astrology". It covers astrological basics: the planets, signs, houses, and aspects. It includes a chapter on putting it all together in interpreting a chart.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Astro Communications Services (first published 1984)
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Kerry Simmons
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astrology
This is one of several books that I always recommend to people who tell me they are interested in learning Astrology because it is fun and easy to read, while also being filled with delightful and relevant information.

It bears noting that the original subtitle of The Inner Sky was "The Dynamic New Astrology for Everyone" and that was probably a more accurate description than the newer "How to Make Wiser Choices for a More Fulfilling Life" currently used in the book title. This is NOT a self-hel
William Strasse
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently picked up another Forrest book ("The Book Of Pluto") and remembered this one, which I read several years ago and have given copies to at least a couple of friends. I want to recommend this book strongly, not only to "beginners" but to anyone wanting to gain a very clear understanding of what the signs, houses and aspects are about. That is Forrest's main strength...using poignant imagery to make one understand very quickly what a particular symbol means (and astrology is a language of ...more
Andrei Stinga
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astrology
One of the best books concerning the core aspect of astrology - birthchart analysis and interpretation. The author introduces a modern take on astrological thought by discarding medieval principles and pravtices and adding a powerful evolutionary philosophy. The birthchart is no longer a portrait of an individual but a map of potentialities from which the individual is free to choose from...
Enlightening read. It has rekindled my interest for the Art.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Steven Forrest's writing. He's clear and concise and speaks to both the average reader and to the philosopher. It's not difficult to understand and yet you have to think about it. This book was helpful because I am learning to interpret a birth chart and he gives essential tips in being able to do that. This is my first experience with evolutionary astrology and it just might be the book I keep going back to again and again.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have never been a fan of astrology. I thought it was nonsense until I read this book, and I am so glad I did.
Steven Forrest does an excelent job in teaching us to look at astrology from a different angle, from a perspective that is attractive and meaningful. He teaches us that "Astrology is just a finger pointing at reality. Like any other language, it only provides a way of ordering our perceptions"
Astrology clarified my mind and I recommend you to read this book it as well :)
Lauren Kayes
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: witchy
On the one hand, this is the most comprehensive and easy to understand beginner's astrology book I've read to date. Instead of the "give a man a fish" formula a lot of books employ by listing out different planet/sign combinations ("if you have Mercury in Gemini you're quick-witted and chatty," etc) Forrest teaches you how to fish--with the what/why/how of each planet/sign/house, you learn to piece it all together rather than relying on slap-dash pop astrology blurbs.

On the other hand, I could n
Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having now read probably a dozen astrology primers over the last year and a half, this is the one that has finally brought chart-reading to life for me. Forrest talks about all the signs and symbols and the whole chart itself in terms of evolutionary drive--a interpretive style similar to that of Stephen Arroyo, who characterizes himself as a humanistic astrologer. Unlike Arroyo, however, Forrest gives vivid illustrations of what both successful and counterproductive expressions these drives loo ...more
Cristina Smith
This is one of the best books on the basics of astrology ever. Steven is a master of language. He is a consummate storyteller of the signs, planets and houses. He puts together this story in a way that we can see ourselves in relation to these symbols. He encourages us to engage in our personal journeys and take advantage of the wonderful art and science of astrology as both a path to deeper self knowledge and a life planning tool.

I have recommended and given away this book more times than I ca
I need to own this.
I need to be able to go back and read all this wonderful, insightful wisdom over and over again. I need the keys this book is offering, ready at hand, to unlock the doors to the mysteries to my own and other peoples journeys and inner workings.

Steven writing is inspiring and fascinating and I just want more, more, more. He is a great guide to the mystery of astrology, explaining, showing and gently challenging and encouraging.
I will get my hands on a copy of this book and I w
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astrology
At first I was disappointed with this book and put it away after reading the first few chapters. Nothing new, I thought. I'd signed up for an astrology apprenticeship and had already read dozens of astrology books, but this was required reading. I'm so glad it was! Although the first few chapters are a fundamental overview on planets and houses, even an experienced astrologer could benefit from Forrest's final chapters on chart interpretation. This book really gave me practical tools I could use ...more
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Steven Forrest presents a logical format in diciphering the birth chart. Then as one becomes familiar with that model, he encourages you to lift off and read the birth chart from an intuitive place. Well done.
Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magick-and-myth
The first astrology book anyone should read. Evolution-minded, realistic, and parsed beautifully.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A friend of mine (who I think of as a life/soul coach) who is a wonderful astrologer recommended this book to me when I asked her, where can I learn a basic understanding of what you do (Evolutionary Astrology). If you're going to pick up a book and try to understand the complex language that is astrology, this is the book. It breaks it down, step by step, to where you can understand it (or at least halfway understand it), in simple language. I have never thought that astrology made any sense an ...more
Callie Ebben
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely fantastic resource for anyone looking to grasp the knots and bolts of astrology. Astrology is a vast field of study, and I'm impressed by how Steven Forrest manages to break all the main elements down, and explain them in layman terms.

I found myself giggling a lot while making my way through this book. Steven certainly adds a nice dose of humour and informality to the topic. I also appreciate his candor, and the way he challenges his reader to dive into the vast alluring l
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my second time through the Inner Sky. I think it's one of the best introductory Astrology books, especially if you come to Astrology with an Evolutionary lens rather than a classical or predictive one. Particularly because I agree with him that Astrology is a language and the best way to become adept at reading charts and understanding it is to learn this language. My main criticism is that sometimes Forrest makes dramatic points at the expense of the content (his writing style veers tow ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: astrology
I enjoyed this book and learned quite a bit. I could read about Leos and agree with what was said, instead of the usual stereotype. The people who know astrology are aware that there are many Leo personalities. He didn't say that they're all outgoing (you'd be surprised how many do). I do have to point out, that although he's a good writer, there were many typos and punctuation mistakes. They were distracting and I wonder how they were even missed. The detail oriented people will know what I'm t ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astrology
This book is absolutely invaluable. It is the book I always recommend when people ask for a good intro text. It is the only intro book I know that truly respects free will and explores the different ways people respond to the signs.

My only caveat is that this book is best treated as a reference. If you're just starting out, get a copy of your birth chart and use his sections on the planets, houses, and signs to put together a picture of your inner sky. Then follow your interest through the rest
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-physical
This was the first book I’ve read by Forrest and I just love his writing style! Can’t wait to get my hands on more of his work. I love his descriptions and the way he speaks.. it just makes it everything so easy to digest and really entertaining. It’s not a stuffy textbook whatsoever but still remains a wonderful learning tool. I’m not a beginner by any means but I still found it very enjoyable and loved hearing his take on everything. Highly recommend to anyone just learning Astrology or simply ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally a way to really understand astrology!

I couldn’t put this book down. I’ve been studying on and off for decades, and not very seriously at that. Forrest’s book brings a perspective that resonates with a personal growth perspective that non judgmental and prescriptive. I especially enjoyed the practicality of using one birth chart to show how to read, and not revealing who the person was until the end. When the name was revealed the teachings set forth crystallized immediately. A must have.
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic
just get it, you wont be disappointed. full of great information, one you can keep referencing back to, and yet steven forrest’s voice throughout it makes it so much more than just a reference book. i learned a ton, i’m very much a beginner, but i know i’ll keep referencing back to it for years to come. seems like the type of book that you could learn something new every time you go back to it, no matter what sort of level you’re on. great insights and tidbits.
Kelly Miess
Jul 09, 2018 added it
Shelves: unfinished
Unfinished for now. Good explanation about the link between astronomy and astrology, one of the best I've seen. Got through the basics and liked it very much but not so much after that. I'm not sure evolutionary astrology is my thing.
Darity Wesley
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal book on astrology for a neophyte!!! So easy to understand. So easily read! Stephen is very articulate and I loved this book. I learned so much! If you are interested in astrology. This is the book for you!
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first astrology book that made me feel like I could make my own assumptions without relying on 'cookbook interpretations'.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OBSESSED. I want to read everyone’s chart.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my go-to astrology book
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: astrology
I see why this is a classic! Definitely a fantastic introduction, and I can see myself returning as my studies deepen.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good, but occasionally drifts from its theses and leaves you with incomplete info.
Bui Viet
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Steven Forrest.
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent introductory book to astrology.
A'ishah Amatullah
Excellent resource for exploring astrology as a tool for self-discovery and transformation.
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