What sets this book apart from other astrology titles is Kriyananda’s focus on the spiritual potential of each “sun sign,” rather than focusing mainly on the karmic limitations. It is so common to hear generalizations such as: Leo is proud, and Taurus is stubborn. In his book Kriyananda shows how, with awareness, attention, and will, one can cultivate the higher potential of his sign, leading to greater fulfillment and success. Leo can shine as a channel of light and creativity, without pride, if he remembers that Spirit (not ego) is the doer. Taurus can be the essence of loyalty and perseverance, without being stubborn, if he develops an inner fixity of purpose while practicing an outward flexibility. In other words, the horoscope shows karmic patterns of energy. We can learn to work with these energies and develop their more refined, higher octaves, which will then magnetize new possibilities into our lives.

The fundamental point is that the horoscope shows one’s karmic energy situation, but not who he really is—the spiritual Self within. Kriyananda’s approach is to encourage and inspire one’s Self to awaken, and to express itself through the sun sign. Within each of us is vast potential to be awakened. Your Sun Sign as a Spiritual Guide is a beautifully inspiring book that will open doors and encourage one in this direction.

This book also guides the seeker to an understanding of the subtle aspects of the spiritual path as it manifests for him through his particular sun sign. Yogic understanding is rich and often runs counter to prevailing thought. So too with astrology, the reader will find vistas of understanding opening as he takes the words and guidance of this yogic view of astrology to heart. This book reassures the reader that sun-sign weaknesses can be spiritual strengths if pursued rightly. It also warns one not to rest on the laurels of sun-sign strengths, but to go much deeper. Concentrated, deep wisdom is available to the seeker in this brief, easy-to-digest book that helps the reader to understand himself and others from a higher perspective.


Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), who left his body in 2013, was a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, and an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world; over 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine wrote, "[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times."

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 25 languages.

More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the
official Swami Kriyananda website.


Further reading:

Part I:

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Can the Planets Really Affect Us?

Chapter 3: Astrology—Ancient and Modern

Chapter 4: Solar Astrology

Chapter 5: Astrology as a Mystical Science

Chapter 6: Meditations on the Sun Signs


Part II:

Chapter 1: Your Sun Sign and You

Chapter 2: Aries, March 21–April 19

Chapter 3: Taurus, April 20–May 20

Chapter 4: Gemini, May 21–June 20

Chapter 5: Cancer, June 21–July 22

Chapter 6: Leo, July 23–August 22

Chapter 7: Virgo, August 23–September 22

Chapter 8: Libra, September 23–October 23

Chapter 9: Scorpio, October 24–November 21

Chapter 10: Sagittarius, November 22–December 21

Chapter 11: Capricorn,. December 22–January 19

Chapter 12: Aquarius, January 20–February 18

Chapter 13: Pisces, February 19–March 20

Chapter 14: Conclusion

Part 1, Chapter 1

Why still another book on the sun signs? Isn’t the market fairly awash in them already?

My reason is that I’m not so much adding my own bucketful to the flood as trying to bail enough water out of this ship to locate the rudder.

Nowhere in any book have I read a clear way out of the depressing circumstances into which Fate drove me, like a peapod in a storm, when it made me a Taurean. I’m supposed, in my Taurean earthiness, to be quite unlike those airy Geminis, or those fiery Leos, but I find we do have one thing in common: We’re all stuck, rudderless, wherever Fate left us. The books tell us what we are (or are supposed to be); they don’t take the trouble to tell us what we can do about it.

Where do we go from here? If I’m drifting helplessly somewhere north of the equator, and you’re becalmed somewhere south of it, then to find the equator we must go in opposite directions. If I’m a Taurean, and you’re a Leo, we may need different advice on how to go about doing something constructive with our lives and how to find a sane, middle point of balance. Instead, all we ever get from popular astrology is suggestions for accepting it as our destiny to remain just where we are. Taureans are stubborn because—well, they’re Taureans, and supposed to be stubborn. No one tells them how this stubbornness may be developed from sheer bull-headedness to that kind of firm loyalty to truth that can only come from being fair and open-minded. Leos are supposed to love the limelight; no one tells them how an egotistical desire to shine before others can be transformed into a purely generous wish to enlighten.

In other words, there are different levels in the manifestation of basically similar traits. But the astrological books to which I’ve been exposed show a tendency to throw all the strengths and weaknesses of a sign together as if into a blanket, and then let them fall out where they will. It is difficult to get a clear picture of who is really what, when, and why. All Leos, for instance, are supposed to love the limelight. Yet I know any number of them who don’t, in fact who seem to shun it as a bomber would searchlights during an air raid. Really to understand the different influences at work in human nature, it is necessary to realize that there are higher and lower (or perhaps a better expression would be "more and less mature") ways of responding to those influences. It is easier to understand that a way is, clearly, more or less mature if it is also understood that the end of human development is spiritual wisdom. A trait must be considered higher or lower according to whether it takes one closer to, or farther from, this ultimate point of soul maturity.

In ancient times, astrology was praised by the wisest of men as a divine science. Why? if all it does is tell us our "hang-ups," and when would be the most favorable time for us to take a vacation? The fact is, astrology’s main purpose is to help man to chart his way out of dependence on any external influences—to become a free soul, guided only by the light of truth in his own heart. As a good general must know the lay of the land, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of his enemies and allies, so a man is helped in his journey toward final freedom if he understands something of the subtle influences that are affecting him—some adversely, others beneficially. Lacking the desire to know all those influences specifically, he will find it greatly helpful even to be aware, generally, that there are such subtle influences at work.

The ultimate purpose of astrology is to help man to understand that he can develop himself inwardly, so as to filter out the harmful influences, and make the best use of the beneficial ones. From understanding how the external universe affects him, he can gain greater insight into the manner in which his own, internal, universe of subtle energies affects him also. By learning to develop this inner universe, he can gradually be freed of dependence on the outer.

To study the influence of the sun signs is, as any real student of astrology knows, but the merest beginning to an understanding of this divine science. Yet it is a good beginning. It provides a few real guideposts which can be helpful to a seeker in his long search for self-knowledge.

Reader Comments

"I’ve read a number of astrology books, but none of them contained the depth of insight expressed in this one. Probably like you, through friends and family I’m familiar with all the sun signs, and for each one I have to say that Swami Kriyananda hit the nail on the head. His chapter on my own sun sign taught me a lot about myself; the others taught me a great deal about humanity. I feel that out of all his books, this particular one showcases Kriyananda’s genius best. Though not a practicing astrologer, he is able to plumb the depths of the subject as few astrologers can. Each sun sign has its tendencies to strengths and weaknesses, and the author shows the reader how to deepen the former and minimize the latter. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand himself and other people better."
—Richard Dyanand Salva, author of The Reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln

Your Sun Sign as a Spiritual Guide is a welcome addition to the world of astrology. By explaining the astrological signs in practical terms we can apply to our daily lives, this book helps us understand that we have all of the signs operational in our lives. By knowing more about how they impact consciousness, we can use this information about ourselves and others to lead happier, more productive lives.”
New Spirit Journal


"It’s really inspiring to read a book on astrology with such a loving emphasis on the spiritual side."

"I had been an astrologer for seven years when I first came across Your Sun Sign as a Spiritual Guide. It elevated my approach to astrology and strengthened and focused my spiritual search."

"The author’s words have a down-to-earth, balanced loving quality that reaches the core of my being."

"This book, so beautifully written, with such simplicity and clarity, was just what I needed."

"This book helped me understand how the universe fits together and how much we are affected by the planets. I liked best the discussion of the spiritual potential in each sun sign, the suggestions for personal growth and pitfalls to watch out for."