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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.

Flying
to the Heart www.flyingtotheheart.com

Open
Channel Astrology: openchannelastrology.com

Tarot Talk

February, 2019

The
King of Wands

(The King of Wands card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**

We
haven’t looked at the Court Cards of the Tarot for a while. This
month we will return to the Tarot “royals” and get to know the
King of Wands. First, we should review some foundational
information.

The
78 cards of a Tarot deck consist of 22 Major Arcana cards (dealing
with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, and
archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at
some point in our lives) and 56 Minor Arcana cards (customarily
grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four
elements and dealing with day-to-day issues).

The
Court Cards are a part of the Minor Arcana, acting as a
representation of the family unit and individually representing
particular personality traits of people, places and events in our
lives. These cards can also tell us about our own personality, and
how it is perceived by others. Thinking
of Tarot cards as people, with each card having an individual
personality, is particularly appropriate for the Court Cards, as they
are the most human of all the cards in a Tarot deck. Even the
illustrations for the Court Cards show humans in the majority of
Tarot decks.

Instead
of numbers, Court Cards have rank. The lowest ranking Court Card is
the Page, the messenger or intern or apprentice who is still learning
of life and living, but who is also good at dealing with the
unexpected. Next comes the Knight, the representation of strong,
focused and even excessive manifestations of his suit.

Both
the Queen and the King represent mature adults. The Queen manifests
her suit in a feminine or yin or inner way, and the King manifests
his suit in a masculine or yang or outer way. This manifestation
does not necessarily correspond to gender; a man can be represented
by a Tarot Queen if he has a strong inner focus, and a woman can be
represented by a Tarot King if she projects a strong sense of
authority. Since we are talking about the King of Wands today, we
already know that our King will manifest his suit in an outer yet
mature manner. Our King is concerned
with results; he exhibits outer, public expertise in his field, and
he is an authority figure. In many ways, the Kings of the Tarot
Court can be seen as four facets of The Emperor of the Major Arcana.

Our
King’s suit this month is Wands, corresponding with the element of
Fire. Besides the element of Fire, the playing card suit of Clubs,
and the cardinal direction of South. All of the cards of the suit of
Wands teach us about Fiery attributes like creativity, ambition,
growth, passion and actions, and how their presence or absence can
affect our lives. The suit of Wands represents our ability to
experience joy and passion (including sexual passion), and the Wands
cards can represent our creativity, our ability to be artistic or to
be drawn to beautiful things. Fire often represents Spirit or the
Divine Will, and Wands cards also can present the possibility of some
interaction with Spirit or the Divine, or actions or passions
manifesting in line with Divine Will.

In
the Tarot Court, the suit of the card has an elemental
correspondence, and the rank of the card has an elemental
correspondence. Pages correspond with Earth, Knights correspond with
either Air or Fire (depending on the deck), Queens correspond with
Water, and Kings correspond with either Air or Fire (depending on the
deck). Since we are talking about a King today, we are also talking
about the element of Air, or the element of Fire, depending on the
deck. For our purposes today, we will see the King of Wands as Fire
of Fire.

In
its natural state, the element of Fire is hot and dry. It tends to
bring spontaneous change or impulsive, energetic effects. Fire
transforms everything in our world. Fire can sanitize or cleanse,
and it can destroy everything in its path; Fire can warm us and keep
us safe, or it can kill us.

The
element of Fire can be seen as kinetic, or even electric. It has the
power to create greatness (when we are inspired to be better than we
think we can be), or destruction (when we believe we are greater than
we actually are). Fire fuels innovation, but an imbalance or lack of
Fire can bring austerity.

Like
the other cards of the Tarot, Court Cards have astrological
correspondences. Our King of Wands corresponds with the cusp or
joining point of the signs of Cancer and Leo.

Cancer
is responsive, emotional and generous, but also is moody, insecure or
sensitive, and is often affected by the environment and people
nearby. Those born under the sign of Cancer, the 4th sign of the
zodiac, tend to experience strong feelings and emotions, and they are
very protective of those feelings and emotions. Cancer people tend
to be very attuned to the past, and like to have mementos of the
times and people of their childhood. Cancer people place a high
importance on family, both family of the blood and family of the
heart, and nurture and protect those they love. Cancer people are
hard workers, and that paycheck is important not only for what it
will buy, but also for the security it provides.

Leo
is the 5th sign of the zodiac, located in the middle of Summer. The
symbol of Leo is the Lion, regal and strong, magnetic and forceful.
Leos are determined, ambitious, and highly motivated; add in their
charm and they are natural leaders who attract many friends. They
make good organizers and motivators, and the best use of a Leo is as
the leader of a large group. Leo is the most expressive sign in the
zodiac, and those born under this sign are showmen who are exuberant
and passionate, but they are also susceptible to flattery.

Cancer
and Leo are ruled by elements, planets, and traits that are not
similar. Cancer is a cardinal water sign ruled by the moon, and Leo
is a fixed fire sign ruled by the sun. Cancer is considered to be
quite sensitive and docile, but can survive and even manipulate. Leo
is considered to be powerful and dominant, but can move from roaring
to purring if treated in the right manner. Thus, this cusp can
manifest an interesting set of personality traits, such as the memory
of an elephant, a comfort with being the center of drama, being
driven by high ambitions and the need to achieve something bigger
than oneself. Love, devotion, family, and loyalty form an integral
aspect of both of these signs, and is a strong part of this cusp.

Because
they are Minor Arcana cards, Court Cards also correspond with a
sephira on the Tree of Life. The Kings correspond with the sephira
of Chokmah, along with all of the Twos of the Minor Arcana and the
element of Fire. The Kings sit at the top of the Pillar of Force in
the sephira of Chokmah, representing the
Sacred Masculine and the Catalyst of Life. Chokmah is seen as
dynamic thrust, the Ultimate Positive, the Great Stimulator and the
Great Fertilizer (one of the symbols of Chokmah is the penis), and
thus is connected to the Wheel of the Year. The energies of this
sephira represent dynamic male energy and are the origin of vital
force and polarity.

The
Llewellyn Welsh King of Wands shows a mature man sitting on a throne,
holding a Wand with green leaves sprouting and ribbons blowing. This
card is about status, honor, and personal achievement that not only
brings material success, but also contributions related to the arts,
the sciences or to quality of life. In this card there is the
passion of the Knight, however there is stability to balance out that
passion, allowing the achievement of a position of influence and of
satisfaction.

In the
Thoth Tarot, the Kings are known as Knights (the Knights are called
Princes in this deck), and Crowley sees the Knight (King) of Wands as
being the strongest of the Court Cards. In “Understanding Aleister
Crowley’s Thoth Tarot,” DuQuette describes the Knight (King) of
Wands as like “. . . riding a rocket, and that can be very risky.
If the rocket isn’t aimed properly, he or she misses the target.
If there is not enough fuel, he or she crashes. If there is too much
fuel, the person explodes. But if everything goes well, it is the
most spectacular of successes.” I could not describe the powerful
yet risky energies of this card in a better way.

The
Naked Tarot describes the King of Wands as someone you either admire
or envy, someone whose charisma and confidence draw others like a
moth to a flame. The King of Wands is compelled to accomplish
something meaningful with his life, and thus he is appalled and
enraged by dishonesty and incompetence. This King thrives on
challenges and handles stress with ease, and can’t be bought or
lured from his chosen path. His beneficial traits are an interest in
self-growth and personal advancement, a fascination with the ideas,
inventions and achievements of others, the courage to try new things,
and the ability to use constructive criticism to bring progress. His
detrimental traits are a tendency to do too much, to offend others
(either accidentally or on purpose), and to be a control freak.

The
Legacy of the Divine King of Wands stands, glowing scepter in his
hands, before a fire that is contained and controlled. His passion
is idealistic, and his intellect strengthens his will. His gift is
leadership, and his self-confidence and charisma are tempered by his
need to nurture and protect his loved ones.

The
Kings of the Tarot Court tend to be proactive, and the King of Wands
is the most proactive of them all. He comes up with valuable ideas,
but he also initiates the manifestation of the ideas of others. He
is open to hearing challenges to his own ideas; indeed he often sees
those challenges as opportunities. The King of Wands expects to be
obeyed; he may ask for courage, boldness, and commitment, and expect
innovation and generosity and the taking of responsibility from
others, but he will ask the same things of himself.

Yes,
the King of Wands can tend toward arrogance and rudeness, egotism and
a tendency to be a despot, but he can also be a wise and loving
father, a visionary who inspires others to enthusiasm, and a mentor
with a powerful ability to motivate others to be the best they can
be. The King of Wands makes his own luck, and he tells us that we
can make our own luck, too!

**
We Feature the art of Ciro
Marchetti 
as part of Tarot Talk. You can view his work and
Decks at http://www.ciromarchetti.com/.

The Gilded Tarot (Book and Tarot Deck Set) on Amazon

***

About
the Author:

Raushanna is
a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot
Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred
Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic
Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher
specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a
Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna
bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by
the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to
be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing
about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or
spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body.
She has published a book, “The
Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding
,” and is
currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree
of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card
throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com,
which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son
and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can
often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the
Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Book Review – The Little Book of Saturn by Aliza Einhorn

January, 2019

Book
Review

The Little Book of Saturn

Astrological Gifts, Challenges, and Returns

by Aliza Einhorn

Even
those who don’t know a lot about astrology cringe when Saturn is
mentioned. Often thought of as bringing bad luck, challenges, loss
and constriction, it has been called the Greater Malefic. What Aliza
Einhorn does for us in her wonderful book is to show us Saturn as an
ally and a teacher, the cosmic alarm clock that tells you to “wake
up! Get up…don’t be late.” Don’t miss this opportunity to
find out what you need to do to become true to yourself! Saturn will
point out where we have strayed from the cosmic blueprint in our
natal charts and point us back toward our prenatal vows of who we are
striving to become in this lifetime.

This
book is a handy manual for those unfamiliar with astrology. In the
first two chapters, Einhorn discusses astrology in general, the inner
and outer planets and even introduces the ideas of generational
planets and timing in the chart. She gives an overview of the houses
and explains how the planets “dress” depending on their sign and
house placement. So a Taurus Sun in the 12th house is
quite different than a Taurus Sun in the 5th. As she
says, “you are more than your sun sign.”

Einhorn
then takes an in-depth look at Saturn, useful for astrology
neophytes as well as those who are more experienced. She kicks off
with the comment, “Saturn is your fear.” I had not thought of
Saturn that way – but had blamed all my fear on my spooky 12th
house Pluto! Where we freeze, where we are blocked, where we are
afraid is described by our Saturn sign. As Einhorn says, if we get
to know our fear inside and out, Saturn will push us to get through
it, to get over it, but creating situations where we can confront it
and put it behind us. Thank you, Saturn! Rather than being our
worst enemy, Saturn can be our greatest friend if we accept that it
will prompt us to keep evolving. And as she says, we can then
dismantle that wall of fear brick by brick. Einhorn goes through
several other Saturn facets: responsibility, showing up, work and
career, mastery, obligation and duty, patience, our teachers,
leadership, fathers, growing up. Her examples are well explained and
excellent for the astrological lay person who is looking for deeper
insight into how to understand a natal chart.

The
next sections showcase Saturn in each house and sign with gifts,
challenges, ambitions and advice for each. I got good insight into
my Libran Saturn from Einhorn’s discussion and found much truth in
an interpretation I had not considered before.

The
book finishes with a section on the Saturn Return. Einhorn covers
the first, second and third returns at ages 28, 56 and 84 (give or
take) with real poignance. She shows us how we die to the self we
have been, at the losses we have sustained, at choices we must make
to move forward. There may be grief and morning thrown in. The
Saturn Return is inescapable whether we are aware that the transit is
happening – we will feel the pressure as we shift into adulthood,
midlife and our elder years. We look forward and backward and assess
where we are now and we move into the next phase of our lives –
whether we want to or not! Einhorn describes this point as a rite of
passage and a crossroads, and suggests working with an actual
crossroads at these initiatory times. Her recommendation is to slow
down, pause in the center, and then take a stand, make a decision,
make a choice about which way to go.

This
Little Book of Saturn is of big import and well worth having in your
astrological library!

The Little Book of Saturn: Astrological Gifts, Challenges, and Returns 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.

Flying to the Heart www.flyingtotheheart.com

Open
Channel Astrology: openchannelastrology.com

Gael Song

December, 2018

Midwinter and Christmas Spirit Magic

 

(Image from http://visitstonehenge.com/)

As nearly everyone knows, light seeds of what will manifest during the coming year, are sent by the spirit world down Arthur’s sword of light to the base of everyone’s spine on Midwinter dawn. I can usually feel a sizzling at the base of my spine that day, when I first step out of my little cottage into the daylight. But there’s much more that follows after, which no one at all seems to recognize. As a light healer, reading energies, it’s easy for me to see these. And so, this month, I want to write about what I’ve observed over many years. Those Arthurian light seeds of the year ahead settle down into the energetic soil of everyone’s womb (both men and women have inner female and male structures inside in light), where they remain for three days, while the Goddess decides the exact form and timing the new impulses of light will take over the year to come. The dark cosmic sea, keeper of all things unborn, floods every person’s abdomen as well. One could call it the unconscious, for it is.

Always, there’s one central thrust of growth for each person over the year to come, growth that will involve facing specific fears or outer challenges meant to build a brand new part of the self within. This new gift or talent is always divine, a small piece of each person’s self-of-light or highest destiny that will eventually emerge during everyone’s final lifetime on earth. This divine self was seeded into us at the very moment of our creation into light, long, long, ago, on the Creator Sun, the highest light structure in the seventh heaven, so say my druid guides. You could think of this new self-of-light that grows into fulness each year as each person’s own divine child of that cycle, too. That’s how my guides speak of it, anyway. Our own divine qualities always reflect the Creators, too, the White Tara and Oghama, Goddess and God.

So, after three days in the cosmic sea, the first structures of the year’s divine child emerge from everyone’s abdominal unconscious and move into each person’s high heart or thymus. The thymus is the inner child heart, where our divine children anchor in most strongly. This happens on Christmas dawn. This child within looks like an infant-of-light, and I find this time most magical, for I can always feel the soft loving-kindness essence of the divine children filling my spirit on that morning. Even amid the bustle of cooking for visiting relatives, I try to find a few moments of quiet to sense what this impulse of growth for the year ahead may bring for me. And this divine infant is one of twelve parts of our inner spirits that everyone has, all twelve with specific vibrations, regencies of the spirit, and directives in life. You could call these twelve parts of everyone’s spirit their personality, too. These twelve parts of our inner spirits exactly match the twelve gods and goddesses of the Creator Sun as well.

And always this emergence of the divine child inside everyone releases a bright beam of hope, a ray of clear diamond light. It will see that, during this first druid moon of the year, the Birch moon, some memory or long-cherished desire will be brought to each person’s attention. This is the first hint of what will manifest for each of us at the end of the coming year, something we’ve long wished for. And this promise of fulfillment stirs up desire from our depths to face and heal whatever fears may be in its way, so this dream will definitely come to be at the end of the year.

Over the year ahead then, this impulse get fleshed out as we push against the thorns and briars in our paths. On Imbolc, the little girl part of each person’s spirit emerges from this abdominal sea. On the Vernal Equinox, the toddler boy emerges. Then the feminine virgin on Bealtaine, the masculine virgin at Midsummer. The inner god and goddess are active during the Oak (May/June) and Apple (July/August) moons, not the solstice/equinox/cross-quarter-day festivals. The inner mother part of our spirits arises at Lughnasa, the inner father at the Autumnal Equinox, the feminine grandmother at Samhein, and finally, the inner grandfather at Midwinter. This is when our new divine part of self is finally complete, fully born into all twelve parts of our inner selves-of-light. It’s the realization of our sweet dream of the year before.

May your own divine child for the year to come be utterly miraculous, bringing an end to want, perhaps, a special destiny, a love like no other. I always hope for the beginning of real peace, unity between peoples, an end to war and privation in the places of most intense global suffering. But these are dreams that will take us all to achieve. For now, it’s enough to feel that sword of light and let it lead you all year long. Let’s walk this road together into the awakening of everyone’s divinity, all of us a shining star in our own personal areas of endeavor. May this season of magic be the very best you’ve ever had!

***

About the Author:

Jill Rose Frew, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, energy healer, workshop leader, and author. She will be opening a school teaching light healing and the Celtic path of enlightenment in 2019. For information, please see www.CelticHeaven.com

She is author of Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to arthurian Fulfillment (her name was Jill Kelly then), and Alba RebornAlba Reborn, Book One, RevisedAlba Reborn, Book Two, and Alba Reborn, Book Three.

Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to Arthurian Fulfillment on Amazon