Maya del Mar's Daykeeper Journal: Astrology, Consciousness and Transformation

JULY 2007

The Path of Empowerment, Barbara Marciniak
by Sue Taylor

Karmic Astrology: Past Lives, Present Loves, by Ruth Aharoni, Llewellyn Publishing, April 2007. Paperback, 186 pp.

We have all at one time or another yearned for that “special someone” in our lives, and when what appears to be that special person arrives, we have felt, in the beginning at least, that we have found a true “soul mate.” We may even feel that we must have lived through past lives with that person.

Well, Ruth Aharoni contends that we have known this person before, perhaps in a different kind of relationship, and indeed what we feel is at least partially true—as Yogi Berra says, it is "deja vu all over again."

Aharoni takes us through the definitions and types of karma and what determines the karma we incarnate into in the current lifetime.The astrological birth chart, she says, will tell us what our individual path is. It will also tell us what we are to accomplish with the people we draw into relationship in this lifetime. These people may well be people we have known and related to in very different ways in past lives.

Ahraroni goes through the houses of the birth chart, the planets, and the placement and meaning of planets in the houses. She discusses the especially karmic planets and houses such as the first/seventh and fourth/tenth dyads and the outer planets starting with the Lord of Karma himself, Saturn.

Aharoni goes over the chart of Edgar Cayce, the “Sleeping Prophet,” and discusses the karmic relationship between Mr. Cayce and his wife and secretary, to demonstrate her thesis.

Most of the material in the first chapters will be very familiar and less interesting to the intermediate astrologer. The last chapters starting with chapter nine titled “There’s a Dragon in the House,” analyzing the Dragon’s Head and Tail in our karmic roles, become more interesting to the seasoned astrologer. Moving from the individual to the couple relationship, Ms. Aharoni does a great job of interpreting the various combinations of the Dragon’s Head and Tail with the planets.

The last chapter, Chapter 12, entitled “Spiritual Attractions” beautifully describes the physical, astral, and causal bodies, the chakras, and the functions of these spiritual parts of us that most of us, most of the time, are unable to see or feel and are unaware of—but that influence us on other planes outside our 3D reality. Ms. Aharoni contends that in order to attract a partner worthy of us we need to develop these aspects of our being and she gives us some exercises to develop our “energetic tools” and speed us on our higher karmic path.