Volume V: Holographic Transits


Written for professional astrologers, this book illustrates the natal planetary holograms, or spatial patterns, relative to the Sun that repeat in the Heavens throughout life. By understanding these patterns and cycles, astrologers can choose precise dates for aligning free will with Higher Self. Celestial conditions at the time of these phase angle returns reveal how the holographic structure of the soul can be restored to wholeness, along with exposing the interplay of fate and free will. The individual nativity is also part of a larger soul group, determined by pre-natal synodic cycles.




Chapter One - Holographic Transit Theory and Technique

Entering the Space-Time Continuum: Free Will and Fate
Transits: How Fate is Administered
The Solar System as an Immense Clock: Time Cycle Theory
Discerning Which Transits Are More Powerful
If Fate = Time, Does Free Will = Space?
The Dual Holographic Nature of the Nativity
The Central Importance of the Sun and its Synodic Cycle
Holographic Transits: Aligning the Soul with Higher Self
The Supporting Role of the Moon
Secondary Progressions Interacting with Phase Angle Returns

Chapter Two - Sun–Moon Phase Angle Returns

Sun–Moon Phase Angle at Birth
Pre-Natal Sun–Moon Synodic Cycle
Using Sun–Moon Holographic Transits
New Moons + Solar & Lunar Eclipses 1920 to 2020

Chapter Three - Sun–Mercury Phase Angle Returns

Sun–Mercury Phase Angle at Birth
Pre-Natal Sun–Mercury Synodic Cycle
Using Sun–Mercury Holographic Transits
Sun–Mercury Inferior + Superior Conjunctions 1920 to 2020

Chapter Four - Sun–Venus Phase Angle Returns

Sun–Venus Phase Angle at Birth
Pre-Natal Sun–Venus Synodic Cycle
Using Sun–Venus Holographic Transits
Sun–Venus Inferior + Superior Conjunctions 1920 to 2020

Chapter Five - Sun–Mars Phase Angle Returns

Sun–Mars Phase Angle at Birth
Pre-Natal Sun–Mars Synodic Cycle
Using Sun–Mars Holographic Transits
Sun–Mars Conjunctions + Oppositions 1920 to 2020

Chapter Six - Sun–Jupiter Phase Angle Returns

Sun–Jupiter Phase Angle at Birth
Pre-Natal Sun–Jupiter Synodic Cycle
Using Sun–Jupiter Holographic Transits
Sun–Jupiter Conjunctions + Oppositions 1920 to 2020

Chapter Seven - Sun–Saturn Phase Angle Returns

Sun–Saturn Phase Angle at Birth
Pre-Natal Sun–Saturn Synodic Cycle
Using Sun–Saturn Holographic Transits
Sun–Saturn Conjunctions + Oppositions 1920 to 2020

Chapter Eight - Outer Planet Phase Angle Returns

Outer Planet Phase Angles and Pre-Natal Synodic Cycles
Using Outer Planet Holographic Transits
Sun–Uranus Conjunctions 1920 to 2020
Sun–Neptune Conjunctions 1920 to 2020
Sun–Pluto Conjunctions 1920 to 2020
Solstice Point Degrees of the Zodiac (Antiscion)
Equinox Point Degrees of the Zodiac (Contrascion)




Index of Degree Symbols by Page Number




“What are holographic transits? The author opens with a dedication worth pondering. His purpose is "the reawakening of astrologers to the central importance of the Sun and the Zodiac degrees as the spiritual complement to transit technique." This complement to the standard interpretation of a transit to a natal planet is the natal planet's measurement to the natal Sun, a relationship that is also brought into the equation when the distance arc between planet and Sun in the sky is replicated. (Phase angle returns). Because the Sun is involved this will happen fairly regularly and provides a precise timing to enhance the longer-ranging direct transit. To quote again: "Without the Sun, one cannot fully integrate the energies of the planets through the heart into Higher Self." It is posited that this is a time when fate and free will can successfully combine and that the Sun as the Light of God "can regenerate the wholeness in the soul."

The aim overall is to uncover the spiritual framework of the chart in this way so that the larger meaning of transits can be grasped. Potentially 'difficult' transits can be better understood or explained to a client as not simply restrictive periods to be endured but as meaningful strands in their life's journey and purpose. The symbology of degree symbols is also employed in various ways to add interpretative depth, and masses of example charts, cyclic information and Sun-planet conjunction tables are provided. Taking each Sun-planet combination in turn the 'nine holograms of human consciousness' are revealed. This is advanced astrology and the depth and precision will amaze you.

Each volume in Robert Blaschke's continuing 'Language of Life' series is an important event in modern astrology, and all those who have benefited from the accuracy, veracity and intelligence of his previous books will not find this one a disappointment. It sets new standards of discernment in our art.”

Paul F. Newman, The Astrological Journal (UK)


“A most astonishing book.

The essential premise of the book is that, during those awful outer planet transits to your natal chart, you can find moments of tranquil reflection when the Sun & planet return to their original natal angle. (You can, of course, meditate upon the planet any time the Sun returns to the same angle, but you're likely to forget that until a major transit brings it to your attention.) For example:

Suppose transiting Saturn is conjunct your natal Mercury. If, after the first direct hit, it then retrogrades & stations over it, you could have Saturn in your life for half a year. Blaschke's theory is that the best times to come to terms with this energy is when the transiting Sun & Mercury have the same angular separation as your natal Sun & Mercury. Blaschke says this works. But there's more.

Building on the premise in his Sabian Aspect Orbs (book 2), Blaschke says we can identify basic planetary energies in our charts by finding the angular separation between the Sun & each of the planets, applying or separating as the case may be, projecting the resulting number of degrees from 0 degrees Aries, determining the sign & degree that results, and then consulting a book of degree symbols for its interpretation. In addition to the raw angle thus obtained, Blaschke also suggests finding its reflection from 180 degrees. The change, between Book 5 and the earlier Book 2 is that Blaschke now suggests consulting Sepharial's La Volasfera, which forms the second half of Degrees of the Zodiac Symbolized. The substitution of Sepharial for Jones, which is unexplained, produces the most amazing results.

The most fundamental of the various Sun-planet angles is that between the Sun & Moon, which reoccurs monthly. Underlying that, of course, is the prenatal eclipse. Referencing the prenatal eclipse degree to Sepharial's degree symbols produced this result for George W. Bush, who has his prenatal eclipse at 7 degrees of Cancer:

An iron gauntlet, a sword, and a scourge lying together upon the stump of a tree. It indicates a person of strong personality, but of a tyrannous nature, who, by force of arms & aggression generally, will press forward regardless of the merits of others & insensible of their feelings. His hand, though strong, is frequently unjust & cruel in its action, impelled by the motive that "might is right"; and, when opposed, is capable of extreme cruelty & selfishness. In certain natures the influence of this degree generates the common-place "bully". It is a degree of SELF-ASSERTION. (Sepharial, pg. 69; Blaschke, pg. 36)

This is not a fluke, as you will discover when you find your own prenatal degree. Blaschke suggests Charubel's degree symbols as a back-up, perhaps in part as Sepharial & Charubel have long been paired together.

Building upon this, Blaschke also suggests finding the last time the Sun conjoined the various planets in your chart, before your birth. He provides tables for solar eclipses, as well as Sun-planet conjunctions, from 1920 to 2020.

Blaschke also notes if a planet rises ahead of, or sets after, the Sun (morning or evening stars). Planets rising ahead of the Sun are interested in future affairs, or perhaps give the gift of prophecy. Planets setting after the Sun tend to deal with matters at hand. He also compares all of this to the progressed positions.

There is also a great deal of metaphysical justification & theorizing to support these ideas. I was impressed by his Time / Space diagram, where Time is the horizontal axis, Space the vertical. As you rise up in "space" (consciousness) you become less restricted in "time". When you descend you can become "trapped" in time. This is actually how time appears to work, as anyone who has wasted a fleeting hour in daydreams, or sat staring at a clock, waiting for the hands to move, can confirm. It's also an apt metaphor for the endless cycle of birth & rebirth, although here he gives us the story of Hansel & Gretel, when Jack & Jill would have been more appropriate. (Some day I might tell you why.)

There is much more in the book, but only one other item needs to be mentioned. Blaschke is intensely Christian. He talks about The Light of God, he urges us onto a spiritual path, he admonishes us to find our Higher Self, he is concerned for our very souls. I found this pleasant, but I have dragged myself through similar material, again & again, for the last forty years. In Blaschke I recognize a fellow traveler. You don't need to agree with this part of Blaschke's book in order to find it of use. Sometimes a bank robber's biggest problem (to give a silly example) isn't that he's not in touch with his higher self, but that he's not a good enough bank robber.

A couple of years ago Blaschke told me he had a series of seven books planned. Get this fifth book, and join me in eagerly awaiting the next two.”

David R. Roell, The Astrology Center of America


“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 in the 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.”

Mary Plumb, The Mountain Astrologer
TMA On-line Book Review


Quality rarely arises out of quantity, which is the dilemma that the spiritually oriented astrologer faces when employing transit technique. It appears to this writer that the understanding of transits and cycle theory peaked in the late 1970s and since that time, because of excessive and unnecessary calculation made by computer software, transit technique has actually entered a state of decline. —Robert P. Blaschke

“With his five-volume set, Astrology: A Language of Life, Robert Blaschke has laid quite a solid foundation for the student of astrology, and for the practitioner of astrology as well.

The first in the series was a treatment of progressions, which this reviewer said had all the makings of a classic, and here the author tackles the equally difficult subject of transits. Why he did so can be seen in the quotation that leads this review, which is found in the introduction to the book. The bold type on that one phrase is my doing, because to me it highlights something that Blaschke clearly understands, which is the difference between simply pushing a button on a computer to get a big list of impressive stuff that is full of content yet empty of meaning and actually using the computer to produce meaningful information. I say this because a prominent feature of Holographic Transits is a series of basic listings derived from Astrolabe’s Solar Fire V, every one of which has a point and a purpose and adds to the usefulness of the book.

Equally meaningful is the term used to define the main subject of his book. Astrologers tend to grab on to impressive technical words such as “paradigm,” “synchronicity,” “quantum,” etc., and paste them on top of ill-formed and sometimes incomprehensible theories, as if the use of a dignified-sounding word could somehow bring coherence to babble. “Holographic” might also be included in that list where other astrologers are concerned, but when Blaschke uses it, he has a precise idea of what it means and how it applies to his proposal about transits.

The essence of the laser is the relationship between a highly concentrated beam of light being split into a reference beam and another beam reflected off an object, giving a striking three-dimensional picture. The essence of a holographic transit is a similar relationship involving phase relationships between the Sun and another planet, with the endpoint, the holographic plate that holds the enigmatic three dimensional image, being the human soul.

Whether this comparison is taken literally or figuratively by the reader isn’t as important as understanding the role Blaschke gives to the transiting phase angles between the Sun, the Moon, and each of the planets. Simply put, if you were born, say, at the precise moment of the First Quarter, then each successive First Quarter phase every month has a special meaning for you. The same goes for other standard aspects of the Sun and Moon, but, in fact, even if you were born with these two separated by 113°45’, then each time that phase angle between the two occurs, you will respond to it in some way.

This is not the entirety of Blaschke’s theory about transits, as it is much richer than that, and goes well beyond basic astrological interpretation. As one example, he proposes the idea that the New Moon prior to birth has some significance, in this case relating to the “instinctual nature of the soul being carried over from past lives.” I have some difficulty with bringing past lives (presuming there are any) into astrology, as may other readers, but despite the occasional tilt into areas such as these, Blaschke also considers the more practical day-to-day effects of planetary phases. For example, he says that the natal Sun-Mars angle should be used in giving vocational guidance, and then gives definitive guidelines on how to do this.

At least as often as not, Blaschke will combine both the practical here-and-now perspective with the past-life perspective:

The author has found that those born with a Sun-Venus phase angle as a morning star are more likely to proceed with their feelings and think about consequences later. Additionally, these souls had the inferior conjunction prior to birth and as such, are much more prone to repeat difficult karmic lessons in their relationships.

So whether you are more interested in one viewpoint than the other, or, like the author, combine them both in your worldview, you will find useful and interesting observations on every page about a dimension of astrology often ignored. If you have the other four volumes of Astrology: A Language of Life, you will certainly want this one, outlining Robert Blaschke’s thoughtful and creative approach to transits. If you don’t yet have the other volumes, the chances are that if you read this one, you will, in fact, want to add the others to your book collection.”

Kenneth Irving, Horoscope Guide


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