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ACVA News June 2009 Letters

June Letters to the Editor

By Christina Collins

Our ACVA live Webinars are a hit!

This email copied to the editor regarding the May 2009 live Webinar by Ronnie Gale Dreyer - you can still order Ronnie's recorded Webinar

Dear Ronnie,

You don't know me. I am a Canadian-Italian based in Milano and attended a webinar for the very first time. I was amazed at what technology can do nowadays and thought that you gave us a lot of valuable information in a short period of time. I shall certainly consider attending more in the future.

Thank you for an amazing experience

from Italy

Our next letter comes from a reader in Texas, USA regarding the planting tips in last months issue of the ACVA News.

What a wonderful story!

When you DO start planting tips, could you add the whole year? I've been 2 years in central Texas now, and our garden season is late-Jan to June, and then late Sept. to mid Dec. Mid summer is just too hot. I've managed to kill 80% of what I've planted, between not getting enough blankets on them in the cold, to pill bugs eating the stems, to squirrels digging them up, to hail the size of billiard balls smashing them. And other inexplicable squashing, disappearing, etc. My bean crop has yielded 2 1/2 beans. I've had exactly 2 sugar snap peas. Out of 16 tomato plants, I have 4 scraggly ones that have put out a few flowers but I haven't seen a tomato. The onions look trampled, out of 6 squash plants I have 2 left--the others just disappeared, one at a time, over different nights. One squash plant looks healthy, and at least the garlic looks determined. I probably need more than astrological guidance, but I must say I NEVER had this kind of trouble gardening as a child! (Difference between Venus dasa for Aquarius rising and my current Rahu dasa??)

A. B.
Texas, USA

Dear A.B.
Initially, I would suggest that as you now live in a new area for planting, you might want to search online for gardening information in your local climate and soil type. Also, joining a garden club where several minds work together is something my mother used to enjoy.

Secondly, an annual almanac for the whole year is a brilliant idea, and also a very time consuming venture. (my Grandfather used to use the historical Farmer's Almanac as a supplementary guide to his own work.. I invite Jyotish gardeners to submit their proposals to volunteering to create this monthly feature.

To address some of your personal concerns, I plant sunflowers near but not in the garden - for the squirrels, so they don't eat my corn. Peas and beans I sprout first. (Inside, in a dish of water changed morning and evening) Then, I plant the little sprouts and I don't plant the ones that did not sprout. In Texas, where you live, the ground gets very dry - so try planting your tomatoes with a very large commercial aluminum food can with both lids removed between each tomato plant. (you dig a hole between each plant, insert the can with no top or bottom, then fill these can/holes with water every time you water your garden. This way tomatoes, who have deep roots, get extra water. Also, 16 tomato plants mean you need to have a large space. They need room between plants. You may need to shade them with a rigged tarp when they go from flower to fruit stages.

Finally, to respond to your question regarding the Venus dasa and the Rahu Dasa - it is dependant upon the location of these planets and your chart as a whole. Venus is usually good for Aquarius lagna, as it is yogkaraka as ruler of the 4th angle and the 9th trine. Dependent upon your year of birth, and the planetary aspects it receives, and the location of your Rahu, even Rahu dasa can bring great abundance.

Dasa Year

Last month in Letters to the Editor I mentioned, Pay attention as well to the Saturn and Jupiter combined planetary focus. Jupiter now posited for a few months in Aquarius aspects Gemini and Libra by trine and Leo by opposition. Saturn now aspects Aquarius by opposition, Libra by 3rd aspect, and Taurus by 10th aspect. Good for most planting.

Rave reviews from the Kauai Healing Retreat!

This conference has been the most amazing!!! I have enjoyed it so much and have been inspired by all the souls that attended and the energies of them, and the knowledge of the Vedas. I continue to be in awe of the Vedas, I have already found my physical home (Kauai) and now my spiritual home (Vedas). Thank you so much for your hard work putting this conference together and bringing it to my neighborhood. I look forward to studying with ACVA.

Kauai Group in Retreat Courtyard

At the ACVA conference on Kauai, I soaked up superior information about Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedic Astrology in a gorgeous center. What's more, the food was prepared according to Ayurvedic principles and was delicious.

Cheryl Sindell, C.N., M.A
author of Cooking without Recipes

Within such a magnificently architecturally balanced center, surrounded by ancient and delightful trees and chickens galore - the studies seemed more balanced, with Yoga, Chants, Ayurveda and Jyotish brought together. I Loved it!! I have felt relaxed and fed on many levels. It is good to be with other that share my passions for the mode and means of learning and being. Thanks so much

Cheryl Starsong

This retreat was by far the most amazing thing I've ever done for myself. I loved every part of it. The Yoga classes were especially healing and rejuvenating. Being immersed in Jyotish and just spending time with Astrologers was so beautiful. The food was perfect - perfectly met my needs for nourishment, strength, health and flavor. I loved the people, the staff was great. Last but not least this retreat center is stunning and luxurious and nurturing. Thank you so much.

Moon Leaf DeRosier
San Luis Obispo, CA

We are pleased to announce the prestigious receipt of the title Datta Peetham Astana Vidwan for our colleague, the son of the world famous B.V. Raman, Niranjan Babu Bangalore in India!

Namaste and Greetings from Bangalore!

I trust this finds you and your family well.

You will be glad to know that I have been honored by His Holiness Parama Pujya Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji, the Pontiff of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore, India with the title 'Datta Peetham Asthana Vidwan" on His Birthday on the 3rd June 2009.

Niranjan Babu

Please share this information with your family, friends and associates.

Best wishes,

Niranjan Babu Bangalore

Editor Christina Collins, Jyotish Kovid, Jyotish Vachaspati

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