Vargas (Divisionals), Twins and Sanskrit Workshops...
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Horoscope Consultations
Celestial Events. February 2018
Purchase Jyotisa class recording
Purchase Naksatra workshop recording
Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy Sale
Feb 2018 News and Views
Purchase 2018 Sensitive Degrees Workshop
Quick Links
Horoscope Consultations

I am available for phone, skype or in-person consultations in New York City at the prices below. Please add $25 per extra chart. I record the consultation with a digital recorder, and email you the mp3 file, which you can easily download onto your computer or device and listen to it. You can pay below and I will email you for an appointment. 
  In-Person Initial Consultation in NYC. $250  (up to 90 minutes with opportunity for questions after)       

Phone or Skype Initial Consultation. $225  (up to 90 minutes with opportunity for questions after) 
In-Person Update for the year ahead in NYC . $200 (60 minutes with opportunity for questions after). This reading is for those who have already consulted with me.
  Phone or Skype Update for the year ahead. $175 (60 minutes with opportunity for questions after). This reading is for those who have already consulted with me.

 Additional people you want to look at in the context of your reading. $25 for each additional chart. 

  Compatibility reading for an hour. $200 (60 minutes) This is NOT an individual reading but a look at the relationship and timing for the
relationship. O pportunity for email questions after the reading.
    Choosing an Auspicious Date for an event. $200 for research and consultation. Phone or skype only. 
Astro*Carto*Graphy or locality readings or "Where in the World?"
$200 only phone or skype.  (60 minutes) This is NOT an initial reading but only a look at location and timing for moving. Opportunity for email questions after the reading. You must provide places you are interested in.
Answering one specific question or examining one topic or area. $150 Only phone or skype. (60 minutes)This is NOT a horary chart but examination of only one specific area or  question. Only for people who have had an initial reading.)  

Gift certificates are available for all the above but please make sure before giving one that the recipient really would like to have an astrological reading.   
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Celestial Events 
February 2018 
  Jan 31 2018.  Full Moon (Lunar Eclipse). 1:26 pm.  11° Le 37'. Sidereal. 17° Cn 36'. Ashlesha.
  Feb. 15, 2018. New Moon (Solar eclipse).  9:05 pm. 27° Aquarius 07'. Sidereal. 3 Aquarius 7. Dhanishtha.

Tropical Ingresses

    Feb 10 2018. Venus enters Pisces. 11:19 pm         
  Feb 18 2018. Mercury enters Pisces. 4:27 am       
  Feb 18 2018. Sun enters Pisces. 5:17 pm

        Sidereal Ingresses  

    Feb 6 2018. Venus enters Aquarius. 4:41 am        
   Feb 12 2018. Sun enters Aquarius. 7:04 pm
    Feb 14 2018. Mercury enters Aquarius. 8:38 pm                

  All times are listed according to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Krishnamurti ayanamsha is used for sidereal positions.

Purchase Class (Includes Audio-Visual MP4, Audio MP3, Handouts)
Jyotisa Fundamentals. Part 9. 
Saturday. February 3, 2018. 10:00- 5:00 pm

Planets in Signs and Houses; Atmakaraka; Charts. 

This is the last in the Fundamentals of Jyotisa series and the equivalent of completing the first level, The next series after this will be Intermediate/Advanced.
  • Planets in Signs and Houses (we did not get to these in the October workshop)
  • Defining the Atmakaraka (soul indication and highest manifestation in the chart) and what happens when each planet is in that role.  
  • Using charts to display the above. 
  • $75. 

This ongoing group is in its second year, but anyone can join this workshop as a standalone. If you have already taken  this workshop with me, you can take it again to review, or please pass it on to anyone else who may be interested. Orders will be fulfilled within 72 hours of purchase. 
Purchase Class (Includes Audio-Visual MP4, Audio MP3, Handouts)
Jyotisa Fundamentals. Part 8. 
Saturday December 9. 10 am-5 pm

Naksatras Workshop

Definition and brief history of Nakshatras

Description of each focusing on the Moon's position including ruling planet, deity, characteristics

Differences in male and female charts

Using chart examples to show how they work using dispositor and description

There are many books on Naksatras. Once you register you will get a complete list with my personal recommendations.

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This ongoing group is in its second year, but anyone can join this workshop as a standalone. If you have already taken  this workshop with me, you can take it again to review, or please pass it on to anyone else who may be interested. Orders will be fulfilled within 72 hours of purchase. 
Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy

You can purchase a signed copy of The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy, by Jim Lewis with Kenneth Irving, which is back in print with a new edition including added notes, revisions, and an extensive afterword about Jim Lewis and his charitable legacy. Book is priced at $24.95 plus postage so we are offering it for $20.95 inclusive media mail postage. The book, which was first released in 1997 was re-released in 2012 with added notes, and revisions and additions, including a new foreword and epilogue and larger print. The book was taken from Jim's notes, and was compiled, edited, and added to by Kenneth Irving after Jim's death in 1995. It is now published by Words and Things, a publishing venture by Kenneth Irving and myself. Allow for 7-10 days for delivery.

Purchase it here   
To get certified in Astro*Carto*Graphy please go to Continuum Website

Hi all

Scroll below for information about the next all-day workshop and webinar, which as always, will be done simultaneously. It will be in two parts since the vargas is a huge topic and I will also present material on twins, which I have been collecting for several years, and have already lectured on it at the Arsha Vidya Ashram a few years ago. Because so many people are having multiples this will be very important. 

Also I will be presenting a Sanskrit for Astrologers workshop this summer. Knowing the Sanskrit meanings of all the planets, signs, houses, and other important concepts, will enhance the meaning and techniques. For instance, there are hundreds of names for the Moon and the Sun. Every Sanskrit word will describe the different conditions and different points of view. We will learn the diacritics but you will not have to learn the devanagari script...don't worry.  I am giving a heads up since the date will be decided. If you are interested though please let me know since I have had many requests. It will be part of my advanced Master Class series.  

Also you can still purchase the 3-hour Sensitive Degrees Webinar since I talk about phenomena for the entire 2018. Scroll below. You can also purchase the last Jyotisa workshops on Nakshatras, and on Planets in Signs and Houses and Atmakaraka. Also scroll down below.  I will also be continuing advanced classes for those of you who took the Ashtakavarga workshop last year, and those who are at an advanced level. Stay tuned as I will have the spring schedule in the coming week. 

Another reminder that  I did a wonderful interview with Nadia Smirnova-Mierau (Long Island NCGR Chapter president and NCGR Board member) about my upcoming lectures and pre-conference eclipse workshop at UAC 2018. Please go to see it at Ronnie's interview  Remember to sign up for my workshop as well if you are interested in everything about eclipses including the three eclipses of 2018.  UAC 2018

And I will be presenting a lecture for the Long Island NCGR Chapter in Baldwin NY about the upcoming Mars and Venus retrograde Cycles. More about that but please reserve Friday March 16, and for info go to  Long Island NCGR

Remember if you wish to book a reading just do so to your left. 

Also remember that you can get notices from me through  twitter and  facebook. Just sign up. 
Check the links since there are some great conferences coming up that you might be interested in attending, and the link to the 10% discount coupon on recordings from some of the Vedic Conferences. 

And please remember that by staying subscribed to this newsletter, in addition to monthly newsletters about planetary weather, you will also get separate newsletters about horoscope sales, classes, webinars, etc., so if you are not interested in learning astrology, but do want to read the news each month, please do not unsubscribe, just delete the advertisements when they arrive. 
All continued good wishes 

Intermediate Jyotisa
Register for Vargas and Twins Workshop  

Sat. April 14 and Sat. June 9, 2018. 
10:00- 5:00 pm
NYC Upper West Side or Webinar or Get Recordings and Handout after

Part One. Sat. April 14.
The morning will be devoted to reviewing interpretation and forecasting tools with sample charts.
In the afternoon we will begin with the Vargas. 

One of the most important functions of certain varga charts is whether or not the planet is strengthened or weakened, and this is one of the factors that comprise the calculation of shad bala, or the six strengths of the planet. If the birth planet is in a kendra or trikona bhava of one of these charts, then it adds points to their strength in sat bala. If they are in other houses, they will not contribute to the planet's strength. In these next two workshop/webinars, we will focus on these, and try to look at these varga charts more traditionally ie. what Varahamihira says in Brihajjataka, as well as add other variations on how to use them.
Some astrologers use six varga charts to calculate planetary strength, and some astrologers use seven. They are known as the sat (six) varga or sapta (seven) varga charts.  These are rāśi (birth chart), hora (wealth), drekkana  (siblings), which is the equivalent of the Western decanate chart, navā ś a (marriage and dharma), dvadasa ś a (parents), and trimsamsa (fortune and misfortune). Adding saptamsa (children) they become the sapta vargas.   This workshop will explore the hora, drekkana, dvadasamsa, trimsamsa and saptamsa with examples.  We will especially look at the importance of the sarpa drekkanas, the 22nd drekkana and the 64th navamsa in terms of health.  

Part Two. Dasa Vargas, the Balance of Vargas.  Sat. June 9. 

Adding dasamsa (career), shodasamsa (vehicles), and shastyamsa (strengths and weaknesses), they become the dasa (10) vargas. We will look at these (minus Navamsa which we already looked at). We will also look at other varga charts from classical texts which make up the shodasavargas (16 vargas), which include vimsamsa (spirituality), as well as the panchamsa (power), shastamsa (health), and ashtamsa (life and death), which are not one of the classical 16. 

Then we will look at my preliminary research on twins and how this relates to the vargas in ways you may not consider. People are under the wrong impression that twins only show up in the shastiamsa chart (D-60) which is NOT true at all. It can show up in any of the other divisionals and we will look at examples of this). This is important for practicing astrologers since in the era of in vitro fertilization, many multiples are being born.

If you cannot attend, as usual you will get the audio/visual presentation, audio recording, and handouts and the opportunity to also email me questions in the same way that attendees will get these.  Once you sign up for the two parts, I will send you the Navamsa workshop from last year (if you did not attend), since it will be important to have that information.  
This workshop will be held in two parts in order to break it up and review the first part without moving on to the next.

Early bird. Pay by March 15 for both workshops. To attend you need to know the basic tools of Jyotisa. Email me if you are not sure if you are at the right level. 


2018 Sensitive Degrees: Stations, Eclipses, Ingresses, and Aspects. 
Date: Sunday January 7, 2018. Time: 12 - 3:00 pm.
 Fee: $50 for webinar
 You receive audio-visual MP4, audio MP3 recordings, & handouts (40-plus page handouts) within 72 hours of ordering. 

This annual workshop is back for a look at the coming year which will be filled with so many planetary signatures that we should expect the year ahead to continue to be a bumpy ride. This year's webinar 2018 Sensitive Degrees: Stations, Eclipses, Ingresses, and Aspects will be packed with information about 2018. As usual, this Webinar will cover many of the degree areas of the chart that will affect you and the world including eclipses, retrograde and direct stations and cycles, ingress dates, and aspects. We will go through all of these providing you with charts and tables that you can use the entire year. 

Because there are five eclipses, and retrogrades of Venus and Mars, I will NOT recap all the technical explanation for eclipses and retrogrades as I have in the past, but will go into the timing of these phenomena, the degrees to watch for, how they affect your chart, and some forecasts for the year. The summer will be an especially crazy ride with eclipses, Mars retrograde, and Mars-Ketu (South Node) conjunction. Some planetary signatures are as follows: 

Eclipses.  January 31, February 15, July 13, July 27, August 11. This  year there will be five eclipses, with the eclipses of January 31 and February 15 as mirror or twin eclipses of August 7 and 21, 2017.  All the eclipses are part of the 18 year Saros cycle, and, except for the one on July 13, part of the 19 year Metonic cycle.

Planetary Stations.  In addition to annual retrograde cycles of Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, this year there will be the important Mars retrograde June 26-August 27 and Venus retrograde from October 5-November 16. Mars retrograde will straddle Capricorn and Aquarius tropically and will only be in Capricorn sidereally. Venus retrograde will straddle Libra and Scorpio and will only be in Libra sidereally. 

Aspects. Some of the more important aspects that repeat themselves are as follows.  Mars-Ketu (South Node) conjunction. This conjunction occurs three times because Mars is retrograde: June 8, July 20, and Sep 26 2018. Even though Mars conjoins Ketu every 22 months, this is the third time since 1900 that Mars retrograde has conjoined the South Node. Other dates were: December 11, 1932, March 9, 1933, May 9, 1933 and Jan. 27, 1950, March 7, 1950, June 19, 1950. This is significant since in Indian astrology Ketu, or South Node, takes on the qualities of Mars, so it is like having a double Mars. Mars-South Node conjunction occurred during September 11, 2001.  Other important aspects this year include:  Mars square Uranus three times, Jupiter trine Neptune twice, Venus opposition Uranus three times. 

Tropical Ingresses. This year Uranus is highlighted since it will straddle Aries and Taurus before it definitively enters Taurus in 2019. Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8.  Sidereal Ingresses. Jupiter enters Scorpio on October 10.  And so much more.  

Order now. $50. You will receive the recordings and handouts within 72 hours of ordering. 

Quick Links

United Astrology Conference (UAC 2018) (My pre-conference Eclipse lecture, and lectures on AstroCartoGraphy and Love, and 2018 Mars Retrograde) (May 24-29, 2018 in chicago)

State of the Art Conference (SOTA 2018) (October 2018 in Buffalo)

KP and Gemstone Therapy Summit (May 16-22, 2018, Saylorsburg PA)

ACVA Online (American College of Vedic Astrology)

Vedic Astrology Recordings  (Use coupon RDW88A for 10% discount)