Forrest, Stephen (1949– )
Stephen Forrest is an astrologer best known for his work on
the somewhat abstract symbology of astrology and the application
of the different symbols to an individual’s personal life. His
exposition of astrological symbols was spelled out in a series of
articles and three books, The Changing Sky (1984), The Inner Sky
(1986), and Skymates (1989). The latter study focused on malefemale
Forrest was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on January
6, 1949. He attended the University of North Carolina, from
which he earned a B.A. in religious studies (1971). He began
his career as a professional astrologer soon after his graduation
and became known for his interest in the inner life of the individual
and the use of astrology for enhancing the exploration
of the psyche. He became a popular lecturer throughout North
America and his articles began to appear in astrological periodicals.
The thrust of his work supported the trend within the astrological
community to integrate psychological and astrological
Forrest countered his concern for the inner life with an
added emphasis on technical precision in the production of astrological
charts, a problem now largely solved with the development
of numerous computer programs. He composed ‘‘The
Sky Within’’ report written for Matrix Software (a major producer
of astrological programs for computers) and has continued
to work for Matrix.
In 1985, Professional Astrologers Incorporated gave Forrest
its annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Art and
Science of Astrology. In the mid-1990s Forrest turned his attention
to the continual challenge to the viability of astrology
from the contemporary scholarly establishment and made the
intellectual defense of contemporary astrology the subject of
his fourth book, The Night Speaks. He currently serves as the
chairperson of the board of advisors of the Kepler College of
Astrological Arts and Sciences, a projected four-year college
whose curriculum will be based upon astrological premises.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Forrest, Stephen
Forrest, Stephen. The Changing Sky. San Diego Astro Computer
Services, 1984, 1989.
———. The Inner Sky. San Diego Astro Computing Services,
1986, 1989.
———. The Night Speaks. San Diego A C S Publications,
———, and Jodie Forrest. Skymates. San Diego Astro Computer
Services, 1989, 1992.