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Book Review – A Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs by Joseph Polansky

December, 2018

Book Review

A Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs

by Joseph Polansky

 

 

Having a large section on my bookshelf dedicated to Astrological studies and having decades of experience as an astrologer, I must admit that I had some preconceived notion of what I could expect in reading this book; also on a subject that I am very well versed.

By way of a little introduction for those whose primary experience with astrology has been in religiously purchasing those little scrolls of Sun Sign wisdom available at the retail counter here is a bit of information about the complexity and nature of this particular discipline. Astrology has both a mundane and esoteric approach. The former being what we traditionally come across by way of chart readings, daily predictions and guidelines and the basic and fundamental perspectives, and I would add psychological, attributes of the individual’s birth chart. The more mundane (not to be confused with astrological interpretation of geographic place) aspect of astrology is further sub-divided into a variety of interpretative styles, including Vedic/Sidereal astrology, Western/Tropical astrology, Babylonian Astrology and many more.

Esoteric Astrology perceives the zodiacal signs as attributes of archetypal spiritual energy; there is additionally the psycho-spiritual overlay applied. Each having a (sentient) nature that informs the spiritual bodies of the individual and by so doing, informs the spiritual progress of this and other lifetimes. Just as is the case with Western (traditional) astrology, each of the signs has a planet associated with its energy. However in esoteric astrology the assignations of those planets differs from the traditional, because what becomes the focus of this study is that of the spiritual (and sentient) nature of the planets as they act upon the more etheric nature of the signs. Either (Western or Esoteric) of these approaches requires quite a lot of study and understanding of the basic principles to make full use of their gifts.

A Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs starts off on the right foot, moving through each of the zodiacal signs and giving enough basic information on each that the dip into the more esoteric astrological approach is easily grasped. Additionally, throughout the book, Mr. Polansky has provided the reader with a copious and varietal amount of meditations and contemplative reflections that serve as another layer of experiencing the more spiritual, vs. astronomical nature of the signs.

The Table of Contents is thoughtfully organized to provide some basic information at the foreground and develop into a broader perspective inclusive of other ways of making use of astrological energies. Mr. Polansky folds in some additional uses of astrology, such as Medical astrology, aromatherapy using the construct of astrological energetics. Each of these sub-sections breaks out how that modality would present itself through each of the astrological signs, giving the reader an instant “grab on” and point of reference.

There is an interesting chapter, The Twelve Yogas, that weaves the philosophies of Yoga (not simply in its form of Hatha-or posture) into a meditative practice aligned with your astrological sign. In particular the overlay for this exploration is the alchemical element of the various signs and the particular form that will support that disposition. For example, those of Air signs are guided towards practices that incorporate mind (Jnana yoga) and breath (Pranayama yoga); Water signs align with the yogic focus of love and devotion (Bhakti); Fire with that of fire (Agni yoga) and action (Karmic yoga), and Earth signs benefit from postures and movement (Hatha yoga) and ritual work. I found this to be a nice touch in making connections and use of astrological principles beyond the traditional nature of prediction and identification.

This book is a smorgasbord of tastings and samplings for the student of astrology who wishes to stretch a little further. Theosophical, Eastern Philosophies, Western Hermetics, Ayurvedic practices, Metaphysics, Alchemy and Esotericism and more are all folded into the information of this book. Some reveal themselves only if you are aware of the disciplines from which they are derived, which is neither a comment of critique nor praise. This is often the case when pursuing any of the disciplines of esoteric knowledge.

All in all I believe A Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs to be a lovely foray into expanding your understanding of astrology and being able to access relevant and enough recognizable traits to engage the reader and inspire them to seek out more.

A Spiritual Look at the 12 Signs: An Introduction To Spiritual Astrology on Amazon

 

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

 

The Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia on Amazon

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

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Book Review & Contest – In Focus Astrology: Your Personal Guide by Sasha Fenton

September, 2018

In Focus Astrology: Your Personal Guide

by Sasha Fenton

© 2018 Zambezi Publishing LTD

Publisher Wellfleet Press

an imprint of Quarto Group

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Ms. Fenton wrote a book that is in a straightforward way. I found it engaging and not boringly technical.

I’ve read three other books on astrology by other authors. But, Ms. Fenton’s book is one that gives you the real bare bones of what it takes for you to become an astrologer. Some of the chapters that she covers are, signs of the zodiac, the rising sign and the ascendant, the planets, predictive techniques, and easy miscellany.

In the chapter what constitutes astrology, she gives two different websites, for you to try out. I tried both of these on my phone, which is a Samsung Galaxy S9 +, on Verizon carrier. I had a problem getting both of these to work on my phone. My husband was born in a small town in Illinois that is the same as the town in England; it kept wanting to pick the city in England on both apps. I then tried them on my Kindle Fire and my Lenovo TV – X103F. On both of those, the apps worked perfectly. So, you may have a little bit of an issue every once in a while using the phone.

Ms. Fenton picked up seven different famous people to show their natal charts. Two of them are notorious British gangsters. They are in fact twins; she wanted to show the similarities and differences in astrology when it comes to twins. I have to say it was exciting to read this. The other people that she picked are like Jimi Hendrix (the musician), JFK, the President of the United States, Tom Hanks (the actor), and a couple of others. She picked these people and their natal charts for different demonstrations in how to bring the chart together.

The way Ms. Fenton has this laid out, it makes sense without being overly technical. And I have to say it made it an easy read, compared to some of the other books. So, if you’re looking for something that short, concise, and to the point, I would suggest starting with this book in learning your first steps to astrology. I found it very enjoyable.

 

**Now… For your chance to win a Free copy of In Focus Astrology: Your Personal Guide by Sasha Fenton this month through PaganPagesOrg, thanks to the Quarto Group, visit PaganPagesOrg Instagram hit follow, find the picture promoting the contest of In Focus Astrology: Your Personal Guide by Sasha Fenton posted and leave a comment! That’s all!! A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday September 17, 2018.  USA & Canada Only.

 

In Focus Astrology: Your Personal Guide

 

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About the Author:

Dawn Borries loves reading and was thrilled to become a Reviewer for PaganPages.Org. Dawn, also, has been doing Tarot and Numerology readings for the past 25 years. Dawn does readings on her Facebook page.  If you are interested in a reading you can reach her at: Readings by Dawn on Facebook at

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SpellCrafting: Spells & Rituals

March, 2017

Zodiac Tarot Spread

spellcrafting

Merry meet.

A new zodiac year begins March 27 at 7:59 p.m. (on the East Coast) with the new moon in Aries. It’s an opportune time to do a manifestation spell using all twelve houses of the zodiac. While this is written for a group, changing a few pronouns will make it work for a solitary.

To prepare for the ritual, place a copy of the zodiac wheel in the center of the table or on the floor, and put a candle at each of the 12 houses plus one in the middle to represent Spirit. Candles can relate to each the sign that rules each house (such as red for the first house that is ruled by Aries, a fire sign) or they can all be white. You will also need one or more decks of tarot cards per person. Oracle cards can also be used, but so can photographs, images cut from magazines, or other representations. Select a card to represent what you want to manifest in the coming year for each of the 12 houses. By reading through the ritual first, you can select the cards you wish to use before you begin, or you can take the time to do it at each step.

The wheel is held so that the first house, known as the house of self, is located from 9 o’clock to 8 o’clock on the circle. The wheel moves counterclockwise, with the second house spanning 8 o’clock to 7 o’clock, and so on. Each house is briefly explained below, and wording is suggested for when each candle is lit. When all 12 are complete, there will be a blessing to offer gratitude for its fulfillment.

To begin, ground and center in your preferred way. When my coven did its zodiac ritual, we called the quarters, so you’ll see the elmental candles in the photo. (You’ll also notice that the wheel goes the wrong way on the plate used in the center.)

Light the center candle and say, “On this night, we bless the year to come. Our will be heard. Our will be done.”

Beginning with the first house, allow time for each person to select the card that represents what they’d like to manifest in the coming year that is related to this house. Then, light the candle and say, “Goddess and guides, see our desire. To manifest it, we light this fire.” An alternative could be “_______ (name of natural planetary ruler), see our desire. To manifest it, we light this fire.” More detailed words can also be written for each house. For example, for the first house, you might say,“Mars, hear our desire. Bring us opportunities to begin anew to create ourselves and the world we desire. To manifest it, we light this fire.”

Each candle can be lit individually, or the candle for the second house can be lit from the first house candle, and so forth around the circle.

When all twelve houses have been addressed, conclude by saying, “This ring of fire burns with our desires. We offer gratitude as their fulfillment transpires. Power flows from candle fire and brings to us our hearts’ desire. Our circle is strong around the sun. So mote it be, our spell is done.”

Each house is explained below.

The first house is about self-image. It is our appearance and the personality we project to others, our general outlook on life, and our relationship with our immediate environment. It is ruled by Aries whose natural planetary ruler is Mars.

The second house is about self-worth and money. It is ruled by the sign of Taurus – and its planet, Venus – and has to do with our sense of self-worth. It rules money and personal finances, basic values and possessions.

The third house is communication, research and exploration. It’s how we interact with our immediate environment (siblings, neighbors, co-workers) as well as thoughts, speaking and writing. Gemini rules this house and Mercury is its planet.

The fourth house is about roots and security, family and home. Ruled by Cancer, it has to do with our psychological foundations, our home life, ancestry and our sense of security. The moon is the planet associated with this house.

The fifth house is about self-expression, creativity, romance and pleasure. It relates to awareness, creative self-expression, all forms of play, hobbies, romantic relationships (lovers as opposed to partners), drama, and adornments. It is ruled by the sign of Leo and its planet, the Sun.

The sixth house is work and jobs (as opposed to a career), daily life, health, nutrition, service and helpfulness, how we perfect ourselves, and pets. Virgo rules, along with its planetary ruler, Mercury.

The seventh house is about partnerships and marriage – companionship, counselors, competitors and our own shadow selves. It is ruled by Libra and its planetary ruler, Venus.

The eighth house, ruled by Scorpio, is about transformation, sexuality, death and rebirth, addictions, psychology, and the money of others (taxes, alimony, inheritance, etc.). Its planet is Pluto.

The ninth house is about our own personal belief system, exploration, higher education, long-distance travel, publishing and commerce. It is ruled by the sign of Sagittarius and its natural planetary ruler, Jupiter.

The tenth house is concerned with your career or profession, reputation, social standing, achievement, material success and governments and. Its ruled by the sign of Capricorn that has Saturn as its natural planetary ruler.

The eleventh house is about aspirations, personal goals and our inner purpose. It’s also about friends, acquaintances, organizations and groups. This house is ruled by Aquarius; ruling Aquarius is Uranus.

The twelfth house has to do with soul growth (and undoing), secrets, karma, hidden strengths (and weaknesses), spiritual studies and dreams. Pisces presides over this house; Neptune is its natural planetary ruler.

If you don’t get to do this for this new moon, your birthday could provide another opportunity. Rather than manifesting, drawing a card for each of the houses would make it divination.

Merry part, and merry meet again.