i am a amateur astrologer, mainly taught by a proper karmic astrologer. he used to say to me 90 percent of astrology is dribble. he is right but stephen arroyo is different. 1. he is a karmic astrologer, by that i mean, his understanding is based on the acceptance of karma and reincarnation. this is an ancient idea, older than christianity. Even some early christians, most notably the gnostics, believed in this ancient law, albeit from a christ centreed perspective as opposed to a buddistic or otherwise eastern heritage. 2 his basic astrology is dropping the many branches of astrology, which yield questionable results, just look at newspaper stuff. Basically aspects over signs and houses, transits over other predictive means. simple but elegant, just like the laws of astronomy that can be taught to kids, yet baffled brilliant minds for over a thousand years. this book is about a good as are current understanding can reach. it is not a thick book, not over written but packed with great insight. ideal as a cover to cover or a reference book.