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Introduction to Vedic Astrology

9 Class Meetings
Prerequisites: None provided

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide a brief introduction to Vedic Astrology, also called Jyotish, Indian Astrology and Hindu Astrology. We will discuss Vedic Philosophy, karmic theory, and sister sciences as foundational concepts relevant to the deeper understanding of Jyotish. We will compare and contrast Western and Vedic astrology as we discuss the grahas (planets), rashis (signs), bhavas (houses), adhipatis (house rulers) and yogas (planetary combinations), drishti (aspects), nakshatras, varga (divisional) charts, gochara (transits) and the Vimshottari dasha system. By the end of our nine-week session, you will be speaking a new language, seeing horoscopes in a new light, and prognosticating your socks off!


Class Meeting 1: Introduction to Vedic Astrology & Philosophy

Vedic Astrology discussion includes: sidereal zodiac, ayanamsha, branches & limbs of Jyotish, styles of Jyotish, and how to read both the North & South Indian charts.

Vedic Philosophy discussion includes: karmic theory, purusha & prakriti, aims of life, gunas, elements, and more.

Class Meeting 2: The Grahas (Planets)

This week covers the significations, gunas and doshas of the planets. Combustion, retrogression, planetary camps, natural and temporal friendships and enmities of the planets are also covered.

Class Meeting 3: The Rashis (Signs)

This week covers the characteristics of the signs including their elements, modalities, gunas, doshas, body type, feet, and method of rising. We will discuss the dignities and debilities of planets in signs and explore how that relates to their condition in jagradadai and deeptadi avasthas

Class Meeting 4: The Bhavas (Houses) and Adhipatis (House Lords)

This week covers the types of houses, temporal benefic and malefic planets based on house rulership, dig bala or directional strength of each planet in a particular house, the bhava karaka planets for each house, and the meaning of each house. Raja Yogas and two more avasthas are introduced lajjitaadi and baaladi.

Class Meeting 5: Shad Bala (6 strengths), Drishti (aspects), Yogas (combinations)

This weeks covers the factors that determine the strengths of the planets. We discuss the differences between strength and dignity. The planetary glances (drishti) of the planets are discussed - they are different than in Western astrology. Several core Yogas are also discussed.

Class Meeting 6: Assessing Areas of Life

This week begins chart analysis as we use what we learned in the prior weeks to asses various areas of life. The koshas are introduced along with reading the chart from the Lagna (ASC), Moon, Sun, and Navamsa.

Class Meeting 7: The Varga Charts

This week covers the 16 Varga (divisional) charts used in Vedic Astrology as per the Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra. Chart analysis continues with the use of the appropriate varga for the areas of life. Vimshopaka Bala,strength that arries from dignity in vargas, is also covered.

Class Meeting 8: Nakshatras & the Vimshottari Dasha System

This week introduces the Nakshatras and covers how the order of planetary periods in Vimshottari Dasa System unfolds based on the Moon's Nakshatra at birth. We will have an in-depth discussion on what it means when a planet runs its dasa and explore how to forecast using the Vimshottari Dasa System.

Class Meeting 9: Final Exam

In class we will explore 2 case studies in preparation for the final exam.

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