On a recent trip to the Caribbean, and while staying on the beautiful island of Nevis, I learned that Alexander Hamilton was born there – a surprise to me and perhaps to many people. So we had to visit his birthplace and the museum there. Coincidentally, upon our return to the U.S., Public television was showing a documentary film on the Broadway musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He in turn was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton, first published April 26, 2004.

The musical Hamilton had its World premiere on Jan. 20, 2015 at the Public Theater, New York City and its Broadway debut on Aug. 6, 2015. Hamilton’s biographer Ron Chernow served as historical consultant to the production, which is breaking all previous box office records for advance ticket sales and winning numerous and distinguished prizes for its creators and actors. The show is historic both for its commercial and artistic success and unusual for its use of hip-hop and rap format featuring a black and Latino cast. Public Theater’s Artistic Director Oskar Eustis even compares Miranda’s work to that of William Shakespeare:

Instructor: Kenneth Miller
  Begins October 23, 2017 

Many astrologers who practice Western tropical astrology are curious about Indian astrology, but hesitate to explore it further because it seems so strange to have different names for the signs and planets and a different look to the chart. But Jyotish has many powerful tools that can enhance your practice - particularly Muharta, the Vedic art of electing a good time.

I have conducted many studies on the importance that the Ottoman Sultans placed on astrology. My research into and admiration for the Münecimbashi system of astrology that spanned from the 14th century up to the late 18th century drew my attention to a correlation between Ottoman Talismanic Shirts and the Yantras of Vedic Astrology.

At a critical stage in my research, I realized the same method of calculation was used in constructing both the Talismanic Shirts and the Yantras.

We will start discussing this topic by going back to the roots of Jyotisha-not in the Jyotisha texts themselves, but In related thought and other important texts.

Vedic Astrology, or Jyotisha is considered one of the Vedangas or "limbs" of the Vedas.  As a matter of fact, it is considered the "eye" of the Vedas. The legends of the Vedas do represent the chief gods of the Vedas as being omniscient beings, such as Varuna, the lord of dharma who encompasses the night sky and who judges everyone's actions, and Indra (who succeeds Varuna as chief deity) as having a 1,000 eyes:

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