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Astrology: A Language of Life, Vol. V: Holographic Transits
by Robert P. Blaschke

Astrology: A Language of Life, Volume V - Holographic Transits by Robert P. Blaschke, Earthwalk School of Astrology, PO Box 1623, Port Townsend, WA 98368 USA, 2006. Paper—256 pp.—$21.95 (ISBN 0-9668978-5-4). Available from: www.earthwalkastrology.com

Robert Blaschke’s newest book takes the question of fate versus free will into remarkable new territory for the practicing astrologer. His book begins with a deliberation on the space–time continuum from which he draws his essential thesis: Fate is associated with time, but the function of free will relates to space. This thesis is summarized nicely by the title of one early chapter, “If Fate = Time, Does Free Will = Space?”  Watching transits, i.e., the movement of the planets through time, is the method that astrologers use to show fate unfolding in a life. The startlingly original view that Blaschke develops in his new book is that free will in a horoscope can be understood through the synodic cycles of the planets.

The dimension of space and its relationship to the horoscope is essentially what the author refers to as holographic transits. The basic method applied is the focus on the synodic cycles of the planets, the recurrence of successive conjunctions of each of the nine planets — here, specifically, with the Sun. Blaschke intentionally gives the Sun the primary place in the horoscope: The Sun is “the necessary divine energy required for the integration of planetary forces into consciousness.” Timing the holographic transits, which essentially show when each planet is at the same angle as at birth, provides an awareness of when free will is “awakened” and we can “align with Higher Self … to make conscious choices from free will.”

Many readers will be familiar with the use of the Sun–Moon phase angle return — when the arc between the two luminaries at birth repeats over time. Astrologers have commonly applied this method, particularly for determining times of fertility in a woman’s horoscope. Blaschke’s work with the phase angle return charts uses the same method extended to all the planets in the horoscope.

Although the author presents a plethora of ideas, he teaches three primary methods: The first is to note the degree of the prenatal synodic conjunctions of each of the nine planets as an indication of the “soul group” one has incarnated with. (Calculating the conjunction for the place of birth and studying the degree symbol for the Ascendant show one’s personal place within that group.) The second main technique is based on the mathematics of the holographic transit theory, which places the Earth in the horoscope and measures the arcs between the respective planet and the Earth, and between that planet and the Sun. The specific angles relate to degrees of the zodiac whose symbols can then be studied. This part of the current work refers to Blaschke’s previous book, Volume II — Sabian Aspect Orbs, reviewed inthe June/July 2001 issue of TMA. (Although Blaschke’s earlier work used Marc Edmund Jones’s degree symbols, herein he refers primarily to Sepharial’s translation of La Volasfera as well as Charubel’s symbols.)

The third primary technique described here is the use of phase angle return charts. As mentioned above, in this book the author considers the charts based on each planets’ relationship to the Sun — hence, the capacity for an “awakened free will.” (To mention another point that makes the technique even more imminently useful, Blaschke also describes using the phase angle return of each of the planets with the Moon. This “crucial subcycle” will obviously occur every month and shows “when the soul can assimilate the Light of God as it is entering the Higher Self.”)

This is a complex and sophisticated book, although as always, the author is impeccable in explaining his theory and technique. To say that this book is packed with insight and information is an understatement. Not only are there extensive footnotes and ample graphics, the author provides tables for the nine planets’ conjunctions with the Sun (from 1920–2020) for easy reference as you read. This makes the synodic conjunction degrees immediately accessible. (As I was sorting through the possible ways to study the holographic transit technique more thoroughly, Robert Blaschke suggested to me in a phone conversation that one might begin with the phase angle return of the planet ruling the Ascendant, or the phase angle return for the planet currently most acute — the one generally making the most trouble — by transit.)

For readers who are unfamiliar with Robert Blaschke’s writing style, it is condensed and extremely thorough. There are innumerable techniques and ideas in this book that can be used in practice, and the author tells us which software programs will perform the phase angle return calculations. In his usual style, the author is self-revealing — he uses his own horoscope and life experiences, as well as many celebrities, as examples.

This book captures Robert Blaschke at the peak of his intellectual gifts. One of his thoughts is that astrologers can “perceive how a client’s present fate (basic transits), ongoing spiritual evolution (progressions), and alignment of free will with Higher Self (holographic transits) are interacting as a unified field.” If that idea intrigues you, or if you are looking for new ways to help your clients, I heartily recommend Holographic Transits.

— reviewed by Mary Plumb


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