This course will serve as an introduction to the wide tapestry of the astrology of India, commonly known as Jyotisha (the spirit or science of light) or Vedic Astrology, because of its connection to Indian spiritual beliefs found in the Vedas, the primary holy books of the Sanatana Dharma (eternal law), also known as Hinduism.
Instructors: Gary Gomes and Kenneth Miller
Vedic Astrology is primarily recognized as a consistent practice of astrology, verified from virtually every contemporary source as a system that extends as far back as 2,000 years. In Indian, tradition is viewed as extending back at least 5,000 years. It is referenced in the religious writing of India as far back as the Maha Bharata and the Atharva Veda, two ancient spiritual texts.
In addition to its spiritual origins, the Astrologies of India are renowned for several distinct differences from the Western traditions: First, its emphasis is on prediction, so the Vedic astrological system can function as a very strong predictive and analytical tool. It also uses special techniques that seem to have originated solely in India—the use of the lunar nodes, major planetary periods, which are very useful in assessing when events will occur, and an extensive collection of remedies that are often used to allay bad planetary effects. Finally, it consistently uses tools that are only infrequently used in other forms of astrology, such as a whole system of harmonic charts that cover certain specific parts of life; nakshatras (or one a day lunar mansions, which map out destiny) and, of course the sidereal zodiac, which is used in lieu of the tropical zodiac most non-Indian astrology uses (with rare exceptions).
The course will cover
-A Brief Introduction to Hinduism and its key philosophical concepts and how these concepts apply to astrology;
-An overview of several of the commonly used astrological systems in India, with special attention to how the systems match and how they separate interpretationally
An overview of how to use the system of astrology linked to sages Parasara and Jaimini, which will include:
-Interpretation of the significations of Planets, Signs & Houses and how these are to be used in a chart
-Chart organization & styles, including a discussion of the three primary styles of charts (North, South, and Bengali) used in India
-Rasis-How the signs are interpreted in Indian Astrology and how nakshatras (lunar mansions) are used in Vedic Astrology
-An Introduction to Planetary and Sign Aspects, Yogas (combinations), and Conjunctions in the birth and harmonic charts
-The Basic principles of judging a chart, including how to make an accurate chart analysis and prediction for individuals
-How to use remedial measures
Since Vedic Astrology is a vast subject, students will focus on certain techniques to reach the level of ability needed to interpret and predict for individuals.
By the end of the class, the student will be able to provide a basic chart interpretation using standard analytical techniques of a Vedic chart; be able to predict events or event trends in individual charts using traditional predictive methods; be able to identify chart strengths and weaknesses and prescribe basic remedies for the chart. The student will also have a foundation necessary for advanced Vedic Astrological interpretation.
Gary Gomes began writing about Jyotisha in 1993, and has been published in the ACVA Journal, BAVA Journal, NCGR special editions, Mountain Astrologer, and several Indian magazines, including Express Star Teller and the Astrological eMagazine. He has also served as Editor and Managing Publisher of the Council of Vedic Astrology Journal. He served on the American College of Vedic Astrology Board between 1997 and 2003. He was elected Vice-President of the Council of Vedic Astrology in 2004 and President of CVA in 2007.
Gary is also a Swami of the Kriya Yoga lineage and a Reiki Master. He was recognized for his contributions to Jaimini Astrology by the Bharat Vidya Bhavan in India and has written on Jyotish in publications available from every continent except Antarctica.
Finally, he has been teaching at ACVA from 2004 to the present and has served as the Assistant Dean for Academics for ACVA and was a professor and Vice-President of Kepler College. Gary has been granted many awards for his work in both the US and India
Instructor Kenneth Miller, BA in Anthropology, Psychology, and Religious Studies from University of Colorado: Boulder; MA in Eastern and Western Traditions: The History, Philosophy and Transmission of Astrology from Kepler College; Kenneth D. Miller has an MA in Eastern and Western Traditions: History and Transmission of Astrology from Kepler College. He is currently serving as President of Kepler College and is on the board of ISAR. Awarded Jyotish Medha Shree from ICAS, Jyotish Kovid from CVA, and Levels I & II Certification from ACVA. Based in San Diego, he maintains a practice as a consulting astrologer. He is the author of Mars: Passion or Strife-The Confounding Influence of Culture on Astrology, and the forthcoming new translation/commentary of On the Bright Fixed Stars by Anon of 379 (with Andrea Gehrz).
After years of having his newspaper horoscope read to him by his mom, Kenneth D. Miller made the shocking discovery that all the planets were involved in astrological judgments. At age 13 he taught himself how to cast a chart by hand. This began a lifelong interest in astrology and astrological traditions. He remained an amateur western astrologer studying with various teachers until the mid-1990s, when he was exposed to Indian (Vedic) astrology, and after a few years decided to make a mid-life career switch to become a professional astrologer.