The Art and Practice of Ancient Hindu Astrology (Part One): Nine Intimate Sessions Between Teacher and Student by James T Braha
In this highly readable text, James Braha teaches Hindu/Vedic astrology to a pupil. This book preserves the teacher/student format to address the lack of Hindu astrology teachers in local areas. James answers every question an enquiring student could ask, while giving knowledge-hungry readers the sense they are in the room at every moment. Students report that they have been able to make the leap from hobbyist to professional with this book.
Writing fifteen years after his groundbreaking book Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer, the author contrasts what he has gleaned during decades of practice compared to textbook teachings and accepted wisdom. An experience-first astrologer who accepts no astrological technique blindly, the author has tested everything for himself. Techniques that work powerfully are distinguished from those that are mediocre, inconsistent, or unreliable.
Although designed for intermediate and advanced students, beginners who study the Introductory Appendix can easily follow along, saving years of frustration and confusion. Over 20 horoscope and varga chart examples are included.
Invaluable for all students are the numerous lists demonstrating how to prioritize the myriad aspects of analysis that challenge every Hindu astrologer.
Originally published in 2001, this text has been updated, revised, and expanded to two E book volumes; Part One and Part Two.
Part One covers:
Horoscope analysis of the teacher and student.
The muhurta for the teaching project.
Retrograde and stationary planets.
How Panoti yoga affects Sade Sati.
Horoscopes of JFK, Bill Clinton, and Robert De Niro.
Warning about marakas.
A full chapter on how to prioritize horoscope features— including lists showing the most positive conditions of planets (and houses) from best to most average, and lists showing the most negative planetary (and house) influences—from worst to merely mildly afflicted.