Curriculum

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LEVEL I

Module 101: Foundations of Vedic Astrology
Module 101 presents the historical basis for the Vedas and explained the role Jyotish has in Vedic culture. There is a brief introduction to Hinduism and the key philosophical concepts that make it unique in world religions. The Module introduces the various types of astrology. Module I teaches the basics of astronomy. This knowledge is critical to continued education in Vedic Astrology.

Module 102: Introduction to the Grahas: The Planets:
Module 102 is divided into three weeks. This Module introduces the first of the cornerstones of Vedic astrology: the grahas, or planets. Developing the ability to assess planetary strength and qualities is the first step in Vedic chart interpretation. It is essential to learn the fundamentals of the planets, signs and houses, because all subsequent knowledge of Vedic astrology has its basis in these cornerstones.

Module 103: Introduction to Rasis, Ascendants
Module 103 explores the twelve signs of the zodiac. This module teaches the characteristics of each planet. These characteristics are modified according to the zodiacal sign in which the planet is placed in a person’s chart. The use of the zodiac signs is a critical component of astrological interpretation, and it’s important to understand it well.

Module 104: Introduction to Bhavas
Module 104 teaches the final cornerstone of the Jyotish or Vedic system of astrology. This module teahes the more common Sanskrit names for each house and the key significators of each house. It explores the areas of life and events represented by each house. The module gives an understanding of the four aims of life (purusharthas), the characteristics of each sign and the difference between benefic and malefic houses. It teaches about the different house systems, the karaka planets for the houses, how to interpret planets in houses and counting techniques. Module 104 gives an introduction to synthesizing planets, signs, and houses and shows how to use the North and South Indian chart styles.

Module 105: Introduction to Aspects, Yogas, Conjunctions
Module 105 focuses on planetary yogas. It teaches the definition of a yoga as used in Jyotish and an understand of how to read the shastras on many different levels. The module explores what each yoga is good for and how it is used, how to evaluate the strength of a yoga, which will determine how noticeable its effects are. It identify 20 of the most important yogas, including the Maha Purusha yogas and what factors determine whether a yoga will manifest fully.

Module 106: Chart Analysis Part 1
Module 106 teaches the basic principles of how to judge a chart using all the building blocks studied so far. This Interpretation Module offers an approach to apply Vedic astrological knowledge and its associated practices in a systematic and integrated manner. It explains the astronomical background that the chart represents and how to incorporate the influences of Yogas and other special planetary placements and relationships.

Module 107: Nakshatras
Module 107 introduces the Nakshatra or lunar mansions of Vedic astrology. To appreciate the depth and uniqueness of Vedic astrology, one must encounter and explore the nakshatras. The twenty-seven nakshatras are considered to be the original and primordial level of the Hindu zodiacal belt. The Module also introduce the sixteen varga or divisional charts. In particular, the ninth divisional chart, called the Navamsha, will be studied.

Module 108: Chart Analysis Part 2
Module 108 applies what was learned in Module 106 to a specific aspect of the chart. A general approach to chart interpretation is to review a select set of significations or karakas for that chart. This approach is often initiated by a client who primarily wants to focus, for example, on a few areas of their life.

Module 109: Forecasting
Module 109 explores the dynamic indicators that show the timing of events and developments of the life. The system of Vedic astrology encompasses more than interpretation of the meanings embedded in the natal chart. It clarifies the difference between static and dynamic astrological indicators.

Module 110: Remedial Measures
Module 110 teaches what remedial measures are and why you would use them as well as descriptions of various remedial measures. It covers ethics and counseling skills. The module also introduces other Vedic Sciences. There is a review for Modules 1-9

LEVEL II

Module 201: Advanced Chart Interpretation
The purpose of the first module is to review all the principles learned in the first year, as well as learning a few new ones. See how everything can be integrated into one coherent chart analysis routine. Module 201 will build on the approach introduced in Level I, Module 106, adding the use of nakshatras and vargas and demonstrating through a number of chart interpretations how everything can work together.

Module 202: Introduction to Rectification & Advanced Chart Interpretation
Week One will discuss basic principles for chart rectification. – Terms and Concepts. Week Two will also review the basic principles for assessing the effects of a dasha / bhukti. Week Three will study the impact of the gochara of the grahas, and synthesize the various predictive techniques into a coherent interpretation. Module 202 will discuss each principle in the context of a chart by showing how an event was indicated.

Module 203: Advanced Chart Interpretation; Part Three
Module 203 continues with advanced forecasting, discussing Ashtakavarga, and Varshaphal in greater detail. It will teach; how to calculate an ashtakavarga chart, interpret and use a binnashtakavarga of a planet, to locate the kakshya ruled by a graha in a sign and use it in analysis and to use the sarva ashtakavarga totals in chart analysis.

Module 204: Panchanga and Muhurta
This Module continues to examine in greater detail some elements touched on in Level One. It will focus on the Panchanga. A natural application of the Panchanga is Muhurta, the astrology of selecting an appropriate time for an activity.

Module 205: Prashna or Horary Astrology
Module 205 Explains what Prashna is and how it works, fundamentally, describes the criteria for determining a valid Prashna question, states the basic principles for conducting a successful Prashna reading, demonstrates the ability to interpret a Prashna chart.

Module 206: Career and Life Purpose
In Module 206: will find that the course material is presented using a combination with the Discussion Board, William Levacy’s book Beneath a Vedic Sun and included charts and articles.

Module 207: Ayurvedic Astrology
This Module will outline and discuss the historical origins of Ayurveda. It will demonstrate an understanding of the Vedic philosophical background, integrated with Ayurvedic principles of healing as they relate to Jyotish. Teach an understanding of the principles and practices of interpreting a Vedic astrology chart as related to physical, mental and emotional health and Ayurvedic body types or doshas. Demonstrate how to write clearly and convincingly about the issues presented to you in classroom discussions and assignments centered on Vedic Astrology and health.

Module 208: Vedic Astrology and Compatibility
This Module demonstrates how to analyze and compare two Vedic natal charts to determine if the relationship between those charts and the possibility of a successful relationship is excellent, satisfactory, marginal, or unsatisfactory.

Module 209: Vedic Astrology and Compatibility Pt II

Module 210: Comprehensive Chart Interpretation