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Welcome - January 2009 ACVA NewsInside This Issue

A unanimous ACVA Board approved the motion to appoint Charlotte Benson to be our Business Manager for the next nine months, with the intention of hiring her in a permanent position as ACVA Executive Director once our financial goals have been achieved to create her salaried position by September 2009.

In the spirit of a true Karma Yogi who pursues Service as a path to Enlightenment, Charlotte graciously accepted this needed position quite willing to work without salary until Fall funding for the position occurs. Charlotte's powerful shakti (spiritual energy), business skill, and leadership is a blessed asset for helping us manifest our vision of ACVA both now and during the decades to come.

Her initial focus will be to help us organize and implement the newly formed ACVA International Alumni Association (ACVA-IAA) developing programs offering new benefits for ACVA and IAA members including:

• an ACVA e-newsletter
• discounts to attend ACVA events
• Coordinating the development of Jyotish webinars

• Heading and advising members in creating ACVA (regional and local) student and alumni groups.

In Kerala, India, I bestowed upon Charlotte the name Jyoti Devi, to which Dr. David Frawley and Chakrapani added the title "Maha" (Great) during our Kerala conference in 2002. So, we welcome Maha Jyoti Devi in deep appreciation of all her generous gifts, her divine light, the loving support she has given to ACVA since our beginnings and the good fortune, that will continue over many years / decades to come.

Dennis Harness, Ph.D. ACVA President

In Prema,

Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D.
ACVA President


I also want to personally express my deep gratitude to Christina Collins for creating this lovely inaugural ACVA News.
Light Notes - Christina Collins
Inauguration of Barack Obama - Edith Hathaway
ACVA Online Courses - Nancy Dietz
The Obama Era Begins - Edith Hathaway
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Charlotte Benson

On a personal note, Charlotte, a professional astrologer for over three decades, also currently holds the position of President of the Arizona Society of Astrologers (ASA). As many of you know, Charlotte has been a great friend of ACVA volunteering her time at numerous events and conferences for well over a decade.

Charlotte’s eMail:


Phone: 602-952-1525.
Charlotte Benson

Light Notes by Christina Collins

Christina Collins

Welcome to the first issue of your Jyotish E-Zine The ACVA News!

We plan to keep you up to date with current information in the world of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish).

We are so blessed to have Jyotish studies/classes/learning available in such an effortless way.
I remember years ago (and I’m not saying how many) that Vedic Astrologer Bill Levacy and I would visit the Bodhi Tree Bookstore in Hollywood, California every Wednesday night (Mercury’s day and a perfect day for the study of Jyotish) in hopes that the books we had ordered from India had arrived.

Week after week we would arrive and ask "are they here yet?"

The staff got to know us to the point of saying, "no, sorry, not yet," before we could even ask the question! Often it would be about 17 weeks before the shipment would arrive.

You see we had to wait for the entire store's order on all topics to ship from India.
Then, one day that I will never forget, we came in, and before I could ask - ”are they here yet?” someone stepped out of the back room with a crowbar above their head like a torch.

They had waited for us to arrive that evening to uncrate the whole store’s order. Now, all our waiting along with the work of many others, has laid the groundwork and the foundation for you to make this study effortless.

To teach others. To continue the tradition of this knowledge of Jyotirveda - the highest limb of the Vedas, the eyes of Kala Purusha, the great being who represents time.

Jyotish Books & Tapes

Visit The ACVA Store


Inauguration of Barack Obama - Edith Hathaway

President Barack Obama

January 20, 2009, 12:00 noon, Washington, D.C. Ascendant: 20:03 Aries.

This was among key charts I used to predict Obama as winner in Nov. 2008. Here is a quote from my lecture on Feb. 9, 2008 in north San Diego, CA:

"There are four planets in the 10th house in Capricorn: Sun at 6:47 Capricorn, Mercury at 7:41 Capricorn, Jupiter at 9:32 Capricorn, and Rahu at 15:55 Capricorn. Moon in Scorpio is in the 8th house, but in Anuradha nakshatra, ruled by
Mitra, goddess of friendship. Jupiter conjunct Rahu in the 10th suggests the foreigner or outsider elevated. Retrograde Mercury is exactly conjunct the Sun and powerful, suggesting a memorable speech. The leader (Sun) overshadows his Vice President (Jupiter, which is combust the Sun – not visible in the heavens due to the planet’s proximity to the Sun by degree of celestial longitude). Jupiter contacting the Sun can also describe a highly educated leader, with Mercury, one who speaks well, and with Rahu, one who is in some way a foreigner, or unexpected. His speech, or knowledge is magnified in importance due to Rahu, which tends to magnify whatever it touches, and may give some celebrity quality. This looks to me like Obama, especially with transiting Jupiter within two degrees of Obama's natal Jupiter, his Dasa lord. It takes 12 years for Jupiter to return to this position, and it is auspicious for him." Transiting Jupiter in Uttara Ashada nakshatra ("the later victor")on Inauguration day is excellent for Obama, same nakshatra as his natal Jupiter, which in debilitation shows he has come to the top from an initially disadvantaged position. With transiting Moon debilitated in Scorpio in the 8th house, citizens are in a major transition, especially economically, with some disappointment from women due to Hillary Clinton’s loss. Mitra, goddess of friendship, allays some fears.

Edith Hathaway

Edith Hathaway Vedic astrologer, consultant, writer, teacher, lecturer. For more of her Election 2008 material, please visit this webpage: (includes audio file of Aug. 9, 2008 talk) Live interview with Edith at 4 PM PST on Jan. 20, 2009. Link directly to show:

After Jan. 20th Use the link to go to the Show Archives

Information provided by Edith Hathaway since Jan. 09 ACVA News was published: Website link - PDF file

Edith Hathaway is among the few contemporary astrologers trained and certified in systems of both East and West, with a private practice as consulting astrologer from 1980. Prior to her transition into Vedic astrology from 1988, she received Level IV certification as Consulting Astrologer from NCGR (National Council of Geocosmic Research, USA), Master Astro*Carto*Grapher certification from Jim Lewis, and in 1996 the Jyotish Kovid award from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences. A consultant, writer, teacher, and lecturer, she is also a Board member of the American College of Vedic Astrology and on its faculty since the first conference in 1992. She lectured widely on the U.S. 2008 Presidential Election, with talks on Feb. 9, 2008 (CA), May 17 & May 20, 2008 (CO), and Aug. 9, 2008 (NM). She is currently writing a book on Vedic astrology.bv

ACVA Online Classes Information

The American College of Vedic Astrology headquartered at our physical location in Sedona, Arizona also provides a web presence with a global network and students from many countries around the world. (So far, only Earth).

We provide ongoing Level I and Level II online courses in Vedic Astrology.
Our next classes begin March 18, 2009 - To register, contact our registrar Nancy Dietz by email at nancydietz@acvaonline.org or by phone 928-282-2857

Visit the ACVA website www.acvaonline.org and click on "Online Classroom" for more information.
ACVA Online Registrar Nancy Dietz

Barack Obama Era Begins - Edith Hathaway

SOLAR ECLIPSE: Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, 2:55 AM EST Washington, D.C. Ascendant: 7:57 Scorpio The solar eclipse occurs in Shravana nakshatra, amidst a cluster of five planets all within 15 degrees in Capricorn: • Mercury Rx (0:15), • Jupiter (10:52), • Sun & Moon (12:30), • Rahu (15:37). • Mars joins the combination in 37 hours. This blast of Capricorn energy reflects the challenges of the Obama kickoff in a financially troubled era. Debilitated, combust Jupiter must create wealth in a disadvantageous situation, and demands total restructuring and immediate action. Though in the 3rd house in the eclipse chart, Capricorn falls in the 2nd house in the USA (Kelleher) Sagittarius rising chart*, showing the great American and global drama over the vast decline in material resources and the value of money. These configurations spell deflation to me, though Rahu makes it look like inflation, with more money printed. Countries, corporations and individuals struggle to survive after staggering losses, and Obama promises a rescue package of from $800 billion to $1.3 trillion. The Shravana eclipse offers a receptive, listening quality to the period, even though Mars close to Mercury shouts louder than it listens, insuring dissent. With 8 out of 9 planets in nakshatrasruled by Sun, Moon, or Jupiter, an emotional, fiery, and expansive quality reigns in a period that demands extremely practical Capricornian results. Obama’s Bailout sounds good, but insures huge levels of future debt. Magnifying all these issues at home and abroad, this eclipse also adds hope and optimism, along with questionable exuberant spending. Mars enters Capricorn on Jan. 27th, helping to modify the extent of Jupiter’s weakness. Just in time.

* The Kelleher chart is 8:59 Sagittarius rising (Lahiri ayanamsha). His data is July 4, 1776, 18:30 LMT, Philadelphia, PA.

eMail: Edith Hathaway

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines: Please contact the ACVA News Editor to have submissions considered for publication in upcoming ACVA eNewletters. editor@acvaonline.org


Kepler College has sent out an invitation to faculty members, alumni and friends. They will present a cross-cultural comparison of the astrology of President Elect Barack Obama, Vice-President Elect Joe Biden, the inaguration, and recap predictions for the national election.

Join Kepler, January 20, 2009 - 5:30 to 7:30 PM PST, from wherever you live. All you need is a computer and internet connection. Invite your friends - the more the merrier! Register at www.kepler.edu

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