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

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!

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

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!

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.

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!

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

The Moving Universe on Amazon


the Author:


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.

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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