The late Howard Sasportas packed a huge amount of high quality astrological and psychological information into this intelligent, clear and accessible book. It has been one of my constant companions over the last 10 years or so, both in my work as a professional astrologer and in following my own transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The first section, "The Collaboration with the Inevitable", is an excellent summary of how astrology can be used as a tool for understanding ongoing personal transformation, helping to turn perceived crises into opportunities. Sasportas then moves on to look in great detail and depth at the transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to each planet in the natal chart. A very large number of case histories are dotted throughout the transit interpretations, with a wide range of examples of how each planetary combination can show up in daily life. These possible events are considered in the context of the psychological development of the individual, Sasportas drawing on his extensive knowledge of many fields of psychology, mythology and spirituality. Much of the astrological material here is similar to other classic transit books such as those by Robert Hand, Betty Lundsted or Stephen Arroyo (who Sasportas acknowledges), but Sasportas has masterfully integrated a huge number of additional psychological and spiritual insights from many sources. The Gods Of Change is a wise and compassionate conribution to modern astrology.
I was horrified to learn that this book has been deleted! It must be one the best books ever written on astrology and goes way beyond anything written by other astrologers who will remain nameless. I fortunately still have a battered copy but Penguin Books are depriving people of a lot of superb information by taking this title out of print. You only have to look at the price that second hand copies are fetching to see how good it is. Come on Penguin, get your act together and put this book back on the bookshop shelves where it should be! Howard Sasportas (sadly now deceased) is one of the best astrology writers EVER! Anybody who is fortunate to have a copy of this book, treat it like the gold-dust that it is.
This book explores the transits of the outer planets to natal planets and houses within the horoscope. Those people, however, who seek a cookbook to look at personal-planet transits to the the natal chart might be better-off getting something slightly different.
This book also looks at transits of outer planets to themselves and what these may mean in terms of personal development - at adolescence, midlfe and beyond.
Outer-planet transits may spend years approaching and then transitting a natal planet. These transits are not over in a flash. This means that the experience of any one of these transits may be highly transformative - or disruptive and traumatic. However an awareness of that may be happening astrologically may help whoever may be experience these transits, to respond to the challenges it presents more positively.
There are some in-depth case studies presented and discussed that the end of the book.
This book also presents a far more mellow Sasportas than the one encountered in previous books, where he seems rather more brash in his approach to problem-solving and presented wisdom.
Itis good to see a new addition to this book has been made available. The Gods of Change will be a life-long companion to anyone who may ever need a book to dip into, whenever they may be experiencing a powerful outer-planet transit, or experiencing the typical grouches accompanying any one of the powerful transits of these outer planets to themselves.
If you want to know about the slow transits, the ones that reflect big changes in our lives in a big way, then this is the book to get. It is accessible and illuminating. Incidentally, if you want a book that shows how and why transits happen and how and why they are linked to God, then you must try The Astrology of God: Introducing God to the Modern World- this really is an astonishing book. Another great book on transits is, of course, Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living Why not really expand your knowledge and get all three?
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