Book Review – The Moving Universe: A Spiritual and Mundane Perspective on the Transits by Joseph Polansky

April, 2019

Book Review
The Moving Universe
A Spiritual and Mundane Perspective on the Transits
by Joseph Polansky

Joseph Polansky has written annual horoscope books for each zodiac sign for a number of years. You know the ones I mean – they are the 365 day version of your daily newspaper horoscope. These are “mundane” forecasts that we scan each morning; they tell us of impending success, romance, or to be careful out there!

A Moving Universe: A Spiritual and Mundane Perspective on the Transits is a different breed of astrology book from the year in prediction books. Mr. Polansky addresses the impact of planetary energies as they move through, or “transit,” an individual’s birth chart or solar return chart – where the current planets are on your birthday. The chart of the planets’ positions at the moment of your birth is a permanent picture memorialized in your birth chart. But, the planets keep moving! And depending on the timing of their movement around the Sun, they will form angles to their position in your birth chart as they move and to the position of the other celestial bodies in the chart as well. You may be familiar with a “Saturn return,” for example. When you are approximately 28 years old, Saturn has moved through the entire wheel of the horoscope and returns to its place at the moment you were born. That position presages a coming of age and a maturation process, possibly a series of challenges that initiate a person into adulthood. As Saturn moves through the entire wheel of the natal horoscope chart over the course of 28 years, it forms angles to every other planet’s natal position, including its own! And every other planet does the same thing, moving at its own speed, from fast Mercury to SLOOOOW Pluto, who takes 245 years to orbit the sun. You will not have a Pluto return!

As they pass over or across from the other planets in the natal chart, transiting planets impart a tone or influence to the affairs of life and energies of the planets contacted. The specific degree of separation of one planet from another, or angle of contact, carries a particular energy. Trines (120°) and sextiles (60°) are considered “easier” than squares (90°) for example. As we can have multiple transits happening at the same time, it is like peeling an onion to get through the layers to interpret what’s happening!

Mr. Polansky has provided a great resource for the student of astrology in this volume. He explores what he calls the major angular aspects: conjunctions (planets at the same place); oppositions (planets 180° apart, opposite each other); squares, trines and sextiles. I would have liked to read his assessments of quincunxes and septiles as well; in my astrological training, I learned that these aspects can point us in the direction of the karmas and patterns we most need to address. Nonetheless, Mr. Polansky has explored each of the angles listed for every planetary combination – over 300 pages of reference materials that is pure gold for both the neophyte and the experienced astrologer.

What makes this book so valuable as a resource are Mr. Polansky’s discussions of both the mundane and the spiritual meanings of each transit. He examines what is likely to be happening in the outer life of the person undergoing the transit, and then he addresses what that transit may be bringing on the level of interior lessons and challenges. He is quick to remind us that we must factor in the many elements present in a birth chart to truly understand the impact of a transiting planet!

This book is a great addition to your bookshelf if you are interested in exploring the multi-dimensional meanings of transits in depth. I have added it to my reference library and will be using it many times!

The Moving Universe on Amazon


About the Author:

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner and Teacher of Shamanism. She is a long-time explorer of The Mysteries – the connections between mind, body, spirit and how to live in right relationship to all of the energies streaming through the cosmos. She works with clients as an astrologer, coach, ceremonialist and guide to the wisdom that each of us has the capacity to access. Her focus is on guiding clients to unblock and rediscover their inner wisdom. , exploration of the birth chart, ceremony, legacy writing, hypnotherapy, energetic healing practice and creation of sacred tools are integral pieces of her practice.

Susan trained in Soul Level Astrology with master astrologer Mark Borax. She delights in exploring with individuals the planetary pattern under which their soul choose to incarnate.

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A popular form of divination is runes. It is a set of ancient Germanic letters or inscriptions that legend says came to the Norse god Odin, a relentless seeker of knowledge and wisdom. It is said that he pierced himself with his spear and hung from a branch of Yggdrasil, the World Tree at the center of the Norse cosmos, for nine days and nights, sacrificing himself for the knowledge of the runes, which was revealed to him. He passed on the knowledge to Freya. Heimdall, the god who guards the Rainbow Bridge, taught the runes to man.

Runes are an oracle that can be consulted for advice. I have read that they work best if you detail your current circumstances and ask a specific question. I have drawn them with more general intentions and found them to be accurate and helpful. (To be fair, I’ve also found them to be vague and confusing, but then, that can happen with my favorite tarot deck, too, so I know that it is me and not the tools.)

While rune sets are available in witch shops, book stores and online, I chose to make my own set out of Fimo clay and some copper wire I had around the house.

I shaped clay into 24 round, flattened disks of roughly equal size. Using wire cutters, I snipped pieces and arranged them into the various shapes, pushing them into the clay before baking. (It was helpful that there are no runes with rounded shapes, or I probably would not have chosen wire.)

Instead of wire, you could carve the symbols, or draw them on with acrylic paint or a Sharpie pen.

You need not make your set out of clay – you can collect 24 shells, pieces of sea glass or rocks. Wash the objects and let them dry. You can pencil each of the runes onto your objects first if that helps. You might also consider chanting the rune name and studying its meaning as you draw it.

Another good base for runes are disks cut from a branch. You’ll want to sand the surface and wipe off any dust. Rather than paint or markers, you could carve or burn the symbols.

Sealing with a clear acrylic spray or brush-on sealer will help preserve the symbols. Wood that’s been carved or burned can be finished by rubbing with a mixture of olive oil (1/4 cup) and lemon oil (24 drops), with a few drops of any essential oil if you wish. Linseed oil or varnish also seals wood.

Using items of nature, know that they are imbued with the spirits, magic and power from which they come. If you make your set with intention or as part of a ritual, their energy will be even more powerful. Saving money aside, this is enough of a reason to make them rather than buying them.

No interest in runes? There are other tools you can make using these same objects.




You might make a set of five stones – one for each of the four elements plus center. Paint on the standard triangle symbols or any symbols that have meaning for you. This is a set I made that sits on my desk at the office, and has traveled with me when I went camping.

The stones, wooden disks, shells or other objects can also be decorated with sacred symbols that have meaning for you, with the chakras, or with answers to be arranged and used with a pendulum. You could make a divination set similar to Medicine Cards by putting the image of an animal on each and researching their powers, strengths and wisdom.

Unable to draw? There’s always stickers, or pictures that are cut out and affixed to a stone or other surface that’s had a base coat of paint or Modge Podge thinned with a bit of water. Affix with glue and use an acrylic finish to seal.

I hope you’ll post a photo of what you’ve done.