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The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology (Volume 1): The Foundation Course by Ryan Kurczak & Richard Fish

As a Yogic science, Vedic Astrology has been practiced for more than 5000 years with one ultimate aim: to provide insight and guidance towards the fulfillment of the soul’s destiny. Vedic Astrology provides a map of the soul’s territory, to quicken the journey and avoid delays in the process. You can learn to read the map of the birth chart and thereby harness the trends of the cosmos. This book is based on a tutorial course, and is arranged to systematically introduce the most important variables necessary to understand a Vedic horoscope. Topics Include:

The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology (Volume 1): The Foundation Course by Ryan Kurczak & Richard Fish
  • Meditation and Astrology
  • The Planets
  • Planetary Conditions
  • The Houses
  • Planetary Aspects
  • The Ascendant
  • Planetary Yogas
  • Divisional Charts
  • Vimshotari Dasha System
  • Transits
  • Jyotish and Ayurveda
  • Astrological Remedies
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Through “The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology (Volume 1)”, by Richard Fish and Ryan Kurczak, you will gain a solid understanding of the foundational material needed to comprehend the mystical science that is Vedic Astrology. Be sure to check out Volume 2 of this series, immediately below.



The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology (Volume 2): Intermediate Principles of Astrology by Ryan Kurczak & Richard Fish

The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology Volume II builds upon the previous work and takes us deeper into the heart of Jyotish. This book is based on an advanced tutorial course and is systematically arranged to expand upon the important variables necessary in horoscope analysis. The subtler aspects of astrology are brought to light, enabling the astute student of Vedic Astrology to enlarge comprehension and predictive abilities. Many potent, yet often neglected principles are explained in detail, such as the Lajjitaadi Avashtas. A comprehensive delineation of planetary Karakas and house lord combinations are included to help guide the practicing astrologer towards accurate assessment of one’s karmic state. Contents Include:

Art and Science of Vedic Astrology Volume II
  • Time and Cycles
  • Bhava Charts
  • Planetary States
  • The Non Luminous Sub Planets
  • Subtleties of the Divisional Charts
  • Additional Named Yogas
  • Shadbala
  • Relationship Compatibility Analysis
  • Introduction to Lajjitaadi Avashtas
  • House Lord Combinations
  • Planetary Karakas in Vargas
  • Prasna (Vedic Horary) Astrology

Be sure to check out Volume 1 of this series, immediately above.


Graha Sutras by Ernst Wilhelm

Graha Sutras A translation with extensive commentary of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra’s Sutras on the planets, with essential supplementation from other ancient texts. Graha Sutras is the first Volume of a series of texts dealing with the predictive methods and principles found in the original ancient document, Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. About the planets and Vedic astrology, 384 pages of Grahas, Grahas and more Grahas, make Graha Sutras the most thorough text available on the Grahas, plus two chapters of Ernst’s own, containing insights into the planets you have never heard before. Contains Sanskrit Sutras with precise translations and lengthy and profound commentaries that will bring the planets to life in a profound manner. Many important Sutras have been translated correctly for the first time in this work. Original artwork portrays the images of the planets in accordance with the precise descriptions found in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. There is even a chapter devoted to Graha Shanti – pacifying the planets. An excellent introduction to Vedic astrology, but also a book that you will go back to over and over again. Destined to be a classic.



The Horary Textbook – Revised Edition by John Frawley

The Horary Textbook – Revised Edition by John Frawley Horary is the branch of astrology that provides clear, specific answers to specific questions. Quick, simple, and accurate, horary was for centuries the most valuable tool in any astrologer’s work-box. Whether the question be on love, career, illness – or predicting the weather for a barbecue, this clear and comprehensive guide by a modern master of horary shows you how to answer it. The first edition of this book quickly established itself as a classic of astrological teaching. Now this master of the craft shares his deepening understanding, bringing what he has learned in the intervening years of teaching and practice to clarify, expand upon, and correct the original text. With the wit and lucidity that characterizes his writing, the author guides all from beginners to seasoned practitioners to the very heart of horary astrology. “Frawley’s prowess as a horary astrologer is awesome.” – The Mountain Astrologer.
If you are interested in horary astrology and also a sports fan, see John Frawley`s book, Sports Astrology, further down on this page.


The Real Astrology by John Frawley

image of the maroon bookcover of the real astrology Writing from the traditional western side of astrology, John Frawley has produced a book should be read by every beginning astrology student and useful to even the battle-hardened practitioner. Not just a book for those in the classical or traditional astrology camp, the reader will have the foundation needed to better grasp any any kind of astrology. It puts astrology into historical and cultural perspective, all in an entertaining and intelligent voice. Be sure to also check out his follow-up book, The Real Astrology Applied, just below.

The Real Astrology Applied by John Frawley

image of the dark green bookcover of the real astrology applied This “contemporary master,” John Frawley, once again reveals his flair for presenting complex ideas simply, clearly, and with an acumen and humor that makes this follow-up book the engaging, useful and informative gem that it is. He further illuminates and unravels both the significant points and the technical matters of the philosophy that form the basis of the traditional western astrology he practices, and expanding on his earlier book, The Real Astrology. A priceless resource for the daily practitioner, a necessary text for the serious student, and a bushel and a peck of amazing insights for the general reader.”

Sports Astrology by John Frawley

image of the pink bookcover of sports astrology If you are a sports lover and interested in horary, this is the book for you. See also, John Frawley`s book, The Horary Textbook – Revised Edition, above.

Astrology, Psychology, and the Four Elements: An Energy Approach to Astrology and Its Use in the Counseling Arts by Steven Arroyo, M.A.

This book opened my eyes to the possibilities of a satisfying & challenging career in astrology.

Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes From, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody and Andrea Wells Miller

Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes From, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody and Andrea Wells Miller (For weak boundaries — I heard a recorded lecture on this subject by Pia, and just one lecture changed my life).

Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion, Updated Edition by George J. Thompson

(this book is truly unique, I put it in my list of GREAT books).

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine, M.D. and Rachel Heller, M.A.

This is an eye-opening read for anyone trying to understand why our love interests can often seem too crazy for commitment in a relationship and why they honestly think it is all your fault.

Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

Wired for Love is the ultimate guide to achieving & maintaining a romantic relationship built on a solid foundation of love and trust; gives you a peek under the hood your partner’s brain.”

Wired for Dating: How Understanding Neurobiology and Attachment Style Can Help You Find Your Ideal Mate by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

“The Wired for Love author is back with this second book, Wired for Dating.”

Insecure in Love: How Anxious Attachment Can Make You Feel Jealous, Needy, and Worried and What You Can Do About It by Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson


Ernst Wilhelm Vedic Astrology
Download his PDF article (on the Articles page) named The Mystery of the Zodiac on why the Tropical Zodiac works best with Vedic astrology techniques.
Check out his classes and books too.

The Want Institute – the work of Dr. Patricia Allen. Clear and entertaining communication training, excellent! Find her DVDs on Communication at


Traditional Western Medical Astrologer
For in-depth medical or health questions, Oscar Hofman is well-known in the field as being the very best Classical Horary Medical Astrologer. You can find him at:
(There is an English and Dutch version to choose from).
Oscar Hofman`s Facebook page


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