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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

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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

Book Review: The Lunar Gospel – The Complete Guide to Your Astrological Moon by Cal Garrison

December, 2018

Book Review

The Lunar Gospel – The Complete Guide to Your Astrological Moon

by Cal Garrison

Another astrology cookbook, sigh, I thought as I opened this book. How wrong I can be! Cal Garrison is an astrologer of maturity and subtlety and brings her experience and discernment to this very useful, well written guide. As Garrison herself points out in the introduction,

To answer the question of whether we need another astrology book, I am here to say, ‘Yes, we do.’ We need a book that takes the basic information to a place that actually shows the aspiring astrologer how to translate the sings and symbols into a language that helps people identify their soul’s purpose clearly enough to open the pathway to the higher self…that lifts the Veil on…a subject that has been hidden in darkness for over 500 years and that was originally given to humanity as a gift from the gods to help us make sense of ourselves and of our connection to the greater whole.”

And Garrison does exactly that. As she tells it, she used to rely on Pluto to get to the heart of the soul-based and life-purpose horoscope, then the lunar nodes. Now she uses the Moon’s sign and house position as the direct route to the core of the chart because: “The Moon is the timekeeper here on Earth. Like the second-hand on a clock, her movements define our relationship to the past, the present and the future. The Moon’s sign…gives us insight into what an individual has learned during the ‘Time’ that they have already spent on this Earth. The Moon’s house…tells us where and in what ‘Space’ or department of Earthly experience a person will apply those gifts in life.” Garrison uses Saturn to point to big changes and the Moon to point to the smaller shifts. I really appreciated this insight!

Her discussion of the Moon and its role in the natal horoscope walks us through her process of chart reading. She has studied astrology since 1964, so this is deep trove of treasure she dispenses to us. In the first chapter we learn that the Moon is about growth, (waxing and waning!), our past lives, the areas we’ve mastered and how we tend to repeat these patterns in the first half of our lives. I have approached the Moon in the natal chart from a somewhat different perspective, but find Garrison’s direction to be useful and practical. For example, she makes an excellent observation when she tells us that the Moon, not Mercury, rules memory. She parses this beautifully – Mercury rules the mind and neural functioning, but the moon governs memory because it governs the past. And –“[s]he is responsible for the mechanism in us that knows how to remember, because she is the master of repetition.” Of course! Her discussion of all of the Moon’s rulerships and correspondence is so well-done: thoughtful, well-explained and very well written, in simple, easy to understand language that is not astro-speak. It works beautifully for the beginner and for a more seasoned astrologer as well, providing us with her insight gained from reading many charts.

For the true newbie, there is a quick and easy to understand explanation of how the astrological wheel is laid out. There are also chapters on the moon in the signs and the houses, replete with insight and practical ways to apply it to both natal and horary charts (these are charts cast to answer specific questions, like, “Where will I find my keys?”). Garrison provides chapters on North and South lunar node house and sign placements to demonstrate how the Moon’s orbit is anchored to the soul’s purpose in this lifetime. There is helpful diagram to illustrate how the nodes interact with the orbits of the Sun and the Earth. She ends with a chapter on synthesizing and blending these various layers. For the astrology initiate, she provides short, well-written descriptions of the flavor, tone and influence of each inner and outer planet in the chart and how each operates.

I truly appreciate Cal Garrison’s insights and advice on chart reading in this book, especially this: “The ability to read a chart is something that grows over time and develops, not through books alone, but rather through the direct experience of talking to one person after another about their lives.” Yes! If you are interested in dipping into the vast body of available astrological writing or like me, adding to your library of astrology books, get this one. You, too, will appreciate Garrison’s experience, her insight and her ability to convey her craft so well.

The Lunar Gospel: The Complete Guide to Your Astrological Moon on Amazon

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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