Astrology, Karma and Transformation by Stephen Arroyo was published in 1978. The premise of this work is to help the reader understand how astrology can be used as a tool for spiritual awareness, emphasizing the transformative power of our astral-art. The author writes in the first chapter how he was disappointed in the quality of thought, discrimination, and objectivity in ancient writings and in modern day astrologers work. Stephen Arroyo is deeply inspired by astrologer Dane Rudhyar, his philosophical, humanistic, and psychological approach.
The book contains twelve chapters. All of them nicely illustrate the zodiac signs. The first chapter discusses Karma, and the universal law of cause and effect are pondered. Arroyo says, “It’s obvious that no one who plants thistles can expect to harvest roses. For each action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.” He also implies that the universe will fall into disarray without this state of balance. Karma may relate to reincarnation in order for mankind to learn spiritual lessons of love, patience, and moderation.
The author looks at karma through ancient traditions and echoes Liz Greene’s thoughts in Saturn a New look at an Old Devil, as he, too, believes that self-knowledge is the key to freedom and decreases the effect of karma (Saturn). The water houses, in Arroyo’s view, deal with the deepest yearnings of the soul, but the watery houses also have the greatest psychological fears. Richard Idemon is quoted for his ideas in relation to the water trinity, he says:
The water houses can be indicative of various types of fear: fear of returning to the helpless childhood state (IV), of social taboos (VIII), and of chaos (XII).
In the subsequent chapters, Arroyo examines all of the outer planets. Aspects in the natal chart and the Asc and Midheaven are studied, too, with insightful observations. Overall, this a thought-provoking and perceptive piece of work; it’s a great addition to the astrologer’s library. Astrology Karma and Transformation focuses upon the harvesting and sowing aspects of astrology. The key to transformation begins when one takes responsibility for cultivating the astrological garden. Reap what you sow…
The Vedas and the Shastra, two Indian scriptures so ancient that no one really knows how old they are or where those teachings originated, say that individual souls come down from the astral regions to this material world along the rays of the Sun and Moon signs and aspects. If indeed the soul is the essential unit of the divine power, then it is in itself whole and complete. But when the soul incarnated into realm s of duality, such as the material world where we always have good-bad, day-night, male-female polarities, it seems the soul polarizes according to Sun and Moon positions. In other words, it is reflected in two aspects of being, manifesting as conscious and unconscious, active and passive, male and female, -Sun and Moon principles which do not manifest in pure form in human beings. Astrology, Karma & Transformation: The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart