Summary: An overview of the collated resources on this website for students of Vedic Astrology.
The ‘Resources for Students Category’ includes a collection of resources for students of Jyotish. The topics presented in this section are at ‘foundation level’ – the minimum we need to know in order to even begin the process of chart interpretation. They cover:
- Key information on planets and their indications
- Planetary ‘strengths’ or ‘powers’
- Astological signs and houses
- Planetary aspects
- Mahadashas (predictive time periods)
- Elements of basic birth-chart interpretation.
Taken as a whole, they should enable students to ‘put together the pieces of the jigsaw’ and to start examining the Vedic birth-charts (in the sidereal zodiac) of themselves, their family and friends.
The collated information in this section is aimed at Westerners who want relatively simple ‘key points’ for initial studies. I am aware that Jyotish is multi-layered, with more subtle chart interpretations being available at deeper levels of awareness. However, we all need to start somewhere and the very practice of Jyotish can itself lead to deeper states of awareness!
Most professional Vedic Astrologers probably agree on more than 95% of the topics presented here. Where there is disagreement in the detail this often arises from differences in the versions of the standard Jyotish texts available, or the different interpretations of any ambiguous sections in the texts. Some knowledge has also been lost over the long passage of time. However, many principles can be verified by looking at a person’s chart and then comparing the predictions from Jyotish with the actual reality of their life experiences.
Where possible, I have always used Maharishi Parashara as highest authority. This is simply because I have a particular affinity to this tradition of masters which included the illustrious Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math (H.H. Brahmananda Saraswati) and whose disciple Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, brought meditation techniques to the West. Students should be aware that astrologers linked to other traditions may view things slightly differently from the information presented in this section; this is not a problem and adds to the joy and dynamism of the Vedic knowledge!