DPL-6: Introduction to Vedic Astrology

Instructor: Nāthan Theo Naicker

This course is open to the general public. This course is one of the electives an IAA Diploma Program student can choose to take to graduate. It can be taken in any order after the completion of NAT-7. If you are not an IAA Diploma Program student, you may also access this course with no homework, no exams, no credit.

The DPL6 Introduction to Vedic Astrology course is a perfect primer for western astrologers who are seeking a traditional opening to understanding the Vedic astrological concepts and foundations in an easy-to-grasp and yet profound manner. You will have the benefit of the depth of hundreds of years of unbroken oral tradition of teachings presented to you, which will give you a rigorous and functional command of the fundamentals.

The course covers Vedic Cosmology and Scope, the Vedic Sun Sign Archetypes, the Vedic Signs, Planets, and Houses, and ends up with an investigation of the Ascendant and its Ruler – crucial in all matters of chart delineation. By the end of this Introductory Course, you will be able to grasp the main strengths and priorities in the natal chart and provide a broad level of guidance.

Six 90-minute classes, held weekly.

Lesson 1: Vedic Cosmology

The philosophical foundation of karma and free-will, reincarnation, and the descent/ascent of the soul as a context within which the principles and techniques later learnt will be derived and applied.

Lesson 2: Zodiac Signs

The twelve forms of the Sun associated with the zodiac signs and astrological houses. An in-depth explanation of each zodiac sign covering their priorities, qualities, environments, and other characteristics.

Lesson 3: The Planets

Characteristics of each of the nine planets used in Vedic Astrology, and the differences or similarities they have with their counterparts in Western astrology.

Lesson 4: The Houses

A note on the rationale of house systems applied in Vedic Astrology. A description of the twelve astrological houses.

Lesson 5: Sign and Planetary Aspects

An introduction to the aspectual relationship between the signs, independent of the planets, and vice versa; and what natural and psychological processes each entails.

Lesson 6: The Ascendant

What are the meanings of the Ascendant in Vedic Astrology. Looking at the functional role of the planets for each Ascendant.

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