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Introduction to Vedic Astrology

8 Class Meetings
Prerequisites: None, $284. This class is also offered as one of the elective courses in IAA Diploma course. If you are IAA Diploma students and want to receive a credit for this class, you have to register for this class in "Class offering" > "Professional Training".

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide a brief introduction to Vedic Astrology, also called Jyotish, Indian Astrology and Hindu Astrology. You will learn the history of Vedic Astrology and how it differs from Western, also how they can blend! You will learn everything that you need to read a basic Vedic Chart. We will cover the houses, signs and rulers, planets, yogas, aspects, transits, nakshatras, divisional charts and the Vimshottari dasha system. We will also extensively cover a technique called bhavat bhavam, known as the derivative house system in Western.

Also, will cover how to process a chart from start to finish. This is a intense course packed with information, but we will have fun as we go. We will also look at the charts of famous people as examples so you will get to see Vedic astrology in action.


Class Meeting 1: Introduction to Vedic Astrology

Vedic Astrology discussion includes: sidereal zodiac, ayanamsha, how to read both the North & South Indian charts. We will discuss the Four aims of life, the gunas and more.

We will also start to discuss the meaning of the 12 houses.

Class Meeting 2: 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. Will introduce bhavat bhavam and start working with this concept.

Class Meeting 3: 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 4: The Rashis (Signs)

This week covers the characteristics of the signs including their elements, modalities, gunas, doshas and parts of the body that each can represent.

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 arrives 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.

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