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Dear Students of Vedic Astrology,
Here you will find Vedic Astrology Course Lessons that will help you learn Jyotish in a thorough and systematic manner. Each lesson includes exercises, homework assignments and quizzes that help you integrate theory into practice which is when real learning happens. There are also lots of graphics, charts and tables so that there is less confusion in the learning process.

The first 14 Course Lessons are now available, totaling over 690 pages of text, graphics, quizzes, exercises, and homework assignments. All 14 lessons can be purchased for $198 or purchased individually for either $16.95 or $19.95 by clicking on the 'Add to Cart' button. A Paypal account is not required and any major credit card is accepted. You may then return to the website, login, and visit the Student Area to access your downloadable pdf file(s). Here's a quick link to each lesson available below.

These will be added in the future:

  • Lesson 15 - The Vimshottari Dasha System
  • Lesson 16 - Alternate Ascendants (Lagnas)
  • Lesson 17 - Divisional Charts (Vargas)
  • Lesson 18 - Transits (Gochara) and Ashtakavarga

Please email me by clicking here, if you have any questions.

Yours in the Jyotir Vidya,
Vaughn Paul

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Purpose of the Vedic Astrology Course

There are two main purposes for this course that make it unique:

  1. To provide a thorough, step-by-step way to learn Vedic astrology, based on K.N. Rao's PAC-DARES method, that dramatically accelerates a student's ability to interpret the natal chart accurately.
  2. To teach in a style that encourages the student to think astrologically about the logic behind an interpretation, and not just rely on rote memorization. The quizzes, exercises, and homework assignments are designed to encourage a level of critical thinking that helps the student become an astute astrologer.

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LESSON 1: Foundations in Vedic Astrology

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LESSON 1: Foundations in Vedic Astrology (Jyotisha)

28 pages - 8,300 words

1. The Origins of Jyotish

  • The Definition of Jyotish
  • The Vedas
  • The Six Limbs of the Vedas
  • The Three Divisions of Jyotish
  • The Five Systems of Jyotish
  • Important Classical Texts

2. Foundations in Vedic Philosophy

  • Sanatana Dharma
  • The Existence of the Soul
  • The Law of Karma
  • The Law of Reincarnation
  • The Four Primary Motivations

3. Foundations in the Practice of Jyotish

  • The Sacred Tradition of Jyotish
  • The Rationale and Purpose of Astrology
  • Qualifications of an Astrologer
  • The Five Essentials in the Practice of Jyotish

4. Student Resource Guide

  • Classical Jyotish Texts
  • Contemporary Jyotish Texts
  • Vedic Astrology Software
  • Vedic Astrology Journals and Magazines
  • Vedic Astrology Organizations

5. Exercises and Homework

  • The Four Primary Motivations
  • The 23 Qualifications of an Astrologer
  • Stocking Up
  • Chart Calculation

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LESSON 2: Understanding Karma and Free Will

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LESSON 2: Understanding Karma and Free Will

22 pages - 7,100 words

1. Understanding Karma, Fate and Free Will

  • Fate Versus Free Will – East and West
  • Predictive Systems in Vedic Astrology
  • The Value of Predictive Astrology
  • Misuses of Predictive Systems
  • Two Schools of Thought: Action Versus Surrender
  • The Law of Karma
  • The Four Kinds of Karma
  • The Three Levels Karmic Magnitude

2. Vedic Chart Styles

  • The Kepler Horoscope Discovery
  • The North Indian Chart
  • The South Indian Chart
  • The Vedic Equal House System

3. Examples of Karmic Magnitude

  • How To Determine Magnitude
  • Examples of Karmic Magnitude For Health
  • Qualitative Factors
  • How To Avert Negative Karma
  • Communicating To Clients About Negative Karma
  • Astrology As A Helping Profession

4. Exercises and Homework

  • Destiny
  • Karmic Magnitude
  • Drawing Up Natal Charts
  • Chart Calculation

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LESSON 3: Essential Astronomy For Astrology

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LESSON 3: Essential Astronomy For Astrology

35 pages - 10,300 words

1. Understanding The Solar System

  • Orienting To The Sky
  • Getting Perspective: Heliocentric Versus Geocentric
  • The Zodiac

2. Tropical Versus Sidereal Astrology

  • The Great Circles
  • The Four Seasons
  • The Precession of the Equinox
  • The Ayanamsha
  • Debates About The Two Zodiacs
  • The Evolutionary Pattern of the Zodiac

3. Calculating the Natal Chart - Part 1

  • Approximate Versus Exact Calculation
  • The Approximate Calculation of the Zodiac
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • The Effects of Latitude on the Ascendant Calculation
  • Summary of Approximate Chart Calculation

4. Additional Concepts in Astronomical Astrology

  • Retrogression
  • The Phases of the Moon
  • Rahu and Ketu
  • Eclipses

5. Exercises and Homework

  • Subtracting the Ayanamsha
  • Let's Get Animated
  • Geocentric Drawing
  • About Latitudes and Longitudes
  • Look Mom, No Computer!

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LESSON 4: The Essential Meaning of the Planets

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LESSON 4: The Essential Meaning of the Planets

24 pages - 7,500 words

1. Understanding the Role of the Planets

  • Learning To Think Astrologically
  • Getting to Know the Planets
  • Grasping the Grahas
  • The Planetary Gardener

2. Clear Distinctions of the Planets

  • Benefic Versus Malefic Planets
  • Natural Versus Temporal Benefics and Malefics
  • Benefic Versus Malefic House Placements
  • The Polarities of the Planets
  • The Three Categories of the Planets
  • The Essential Meaning of the Planets

3. Introduction to the Natal Chart Skills

  • The Value of a Systematic Method
  • The Natal Chart Skills Form

4. Exercises and Homework

  • The Natural Benefic and Malefic Planets
  • The Temporal Benefic and Malefic Planets
  • The Benefic and Malefic House Placements
  • Repetition
  • Finding Jupiter

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LESSON 5: Key Indications of the Planets

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LESSON 5: Key Indications of the Planets

41 pages - 8,100 words

  1. Sun
  2. Moon
  3. Mars
  4. Mercury
  5. Jupiter
  6. Venus
  7. Saturn
  8. Rahu
  9. Ketu
  10. Exercises and Homework
    • Planetary Types
    • Acting the Part
    • Thinking Astrologically About the Planets
    • Essential Indications

In this lesson we discuss the logic behind the indications for each of the nine planets as well as provide a thorough list according to specific categories: main indications, professions, psychological traits, actions, relations/people, places, objects/substances, parts of the body etc.

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LESSON 6: The Essential Meaning of the Houses

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LESSON 6: The Essential Meaning of the Houses

40 pages - 9,500 words

1. The Houses: The Twelve Locations in the Sky

  • The Houses in Reference to the Sun
  • The Powerful Angular Houses (Kendras)

2. Hemispheres and Quadrants

  • The Four Hemispheres
  • The Four Quadrants
  • The 2nd and 12th Houses
  • Bhavat Bhavam

3. The Three Modes of Action

  • The Three Gunas
  • The Angular, Kendra, or Cardinal Houses
  • The Succedent, Panapara, or Fixed Houses
  • The Cadent, Apoklima, or Mutable Houses

4. The Four Elements & Aims of Life

  • The Fire or Dharma Houses
  • The Earth or Artha Houses
  • The Air or Kama Houses
  • The Water or Moksha Houses
  • The Balance of Polarities

5. Other House Categories

  • The Dusthana Houses
  • The Maraka Houses
  • The Upachaya Houses
  • The Trishadaya Houses
  • Summary of House Categories

6. Exercises and Homework

  • The House Quadrants
  • The ‘Aims of Life’ Houses
  • The ‘Modes of Action’ Houses
  • Natal Chart Skills Summary
  • Find a Celebrity

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LESSON 7: Key Indications of the Houses

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LESSON 7: Key Indications of the Houses

63 pages - 10,400 words

1. 1st House

2. 2nd House

3. 3rd House

4. 4th House

5. 5th House

6. 6th House

7. 7th House

8. 8th House

9. 9th House

10. 10th House

11. 11th House

12. 12th House

13. Exercises and Homework

  • House Types
  • Tour Guide to the Sky
  • Thinking Astrologically About the Houses
  • Essential Indications
  • Confusion Anyone?

In this lesson we discuss the logic behind the indications for each of the twelve houses as well as provide a thorough list according to specific categories: main indications, professions, psychological traits, actions, relations/people, places, objects/substances, parts of the body etc.

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LESSON 8: The Essential Meaning of the Signs

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LESSON 8: The Essential Meaning of the Signs

33 pages - 7,700 words

1. The Signs: The Twelve Star Constellations

  • The Neglected Signs in Natal Chart Analysis
  • The Signs in Vedic vs. Western Astrology
  • The Correspondence of the Houses and Signs
  • The Costumes of the Planets
  • The Archetypes of the Zodiac
  • The Basis for Brilliant Interpretations

2. The Masculine and Feminine Signs

  • The Two Polarities
  • Qualities of the Masculine (Odd) Signs
  • Qualities of the Feminine (Even) Signs
  • Benefic and Malefic Signs

3. The Signs and The Four Elements

  • Fire – Identity
  • Earth – Material
  • Air – Intellectual
  • Water – Feeling
  • Examples Utilizing the Elements of the Signs

4. The Signs and The Three Modes of Action

  • Cardinal (Moveable) – Initiating Energy
  • Fixed (Firm) – Stable Energy
  • Mutable (Dual) – Adaptable Energy
  • Summary of Sign Categories

5. The Signs and the Nakshatras

  • Advanced Interpretation from the Nakshatras

6. Exercises and Homework

  • The 'Masculine and Feminine' Signs
  • The Signs of the 'Elements'
  • The Signs of the 'Modes of Action'
  • Natal Chart Skills Summary
  • Find Another Celebrity
  • Working with the Archetypes
  • Your Janma Nakshatra

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LESSON 9: The Key Indications of the Signs

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LESSON 9: Key Indications of the Signs

70 pages - 13,800 words

1. Aries
2. Taurus
3. Gemini
4. Cancer
5. Leo
6. Virgo
7. Libra
8. Scorpio
9. Sagittarius
10. Capricorn
11. Aquarius
12. Pisces
13. Exercises and Homework

  • Sign Types
  • Find the Signs
  • Thinking Astrologically About the Signs
  • Essential Indications

In this lesson we discuss the logic behind the indications for each of the twelve signs as well as provide a thorough list according to positive and negative indications, and professions.

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LESSON 10: The Position of Planets and Rulers

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LESSON 10: The Position of Planets Rulers and Signficators

57 pages - 14,700 words

1. The Position of Planets and the PAC-DARES Method

  • The Planets Nature: Natural vs. Temporal Significations
  • Astrologers As Chemists
  • Keywords: An Astrologer’s Cornerstone

2. Keywords for the Planets, Houses, and Signs

  • The Meaning of Each Placement
  • Keywords for the Planets
  • Keywords for the Houses
  • Keywords for the Signs

3. The Planets in the Houses

  • Developing Interpretive Logic
  • Kiss: Keep It Simple and Separate
  • The Two Categories of Interpretations
  • Example Chart of Planets in the Houses
  • Interpretations and Logical Explanations

4. The Planets in the Signs

  • Modifying an Interpretation
  • Example Chart of Planets in the Signs
  • Interpretations and Logical Explanations

5. The Rulers in the Houses

  • The Importance of the Ruler of a House
  • Interpreting Planets vs. Houses
  • Example Chart of the Ruler in the Houses
  • Interpretations and Logical Explanations
  • Putting It All Together: The Steps of Analysis

6. Exercises and Homework

  • The Art of Interpretation
  • The Positions Exercise
  • Natal Chart Skills Summary
  • Getting Flashy
  • Self Discovery
  • Diving In

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LESSON 11: Planetary Aspects and Conjunctions

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LESSON 11: Planetary Aspects (Drishtis) and Conjunctions

45 pages - 14,900 words

1. Aspects in Western Astrology Vs. Vedic Astrology

  • The Influence of Aspects and Conjunctions in Astrology
  • Aspects in Western Astrology
  • Aspects in Vedic Astrology
  • Major and Minor Aspects
  • Aspects to Houses
  • Aspects to Planets
  • Sambandha: Mutual Aspects vs. One-Sided Aspects
  • Sandhi Aspects
  • Summary of the Vedic Use of Aspects

2. Determining the Effects of Aspects

  • The Key to Understanding Aspects
  • The Role of the Planet’s Key Qualities in Aspect
  • The Predominance of a Planet’s Natural Status
  • Key Quotes from Classics for Interpreting Aspects
  • The Influence of a Planet’s Temporal Status
  • The Effects of Benefics and Malefics

3. A Deeper Look at Aspects

  • Analyzing the Temporal Condition of a Planet
  • Aspects Received vs. Aspects Given
  • The Role of Planetary Friendships in Aspects
  • Example Analysis of PAC
  • A Planet’s Temporal Effect by Aspect and Conjunction
  • The Most Important Step in Chart Interpretation
  • Analysis of the Personality Indicators

4. Determining the Effects of Conjunctions

  • Common Conjunctions
  • Key Quotes from Classics for Interpreting Conjunctions
  • Multiple Planet Conjunctions
  • Interpretations and Logical Explanations

5. Exercises and Homework

  • The Aspects Exercises
  • Thrown Planetary Aspects
  • The Aspects and Conjunctions Table
  • Natal Chart Skills Summary
  • Dramatic Aspects
  • Celebrity Aspects

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LESSON 12: Determining the Strength of Planets

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LESSON 12: Determining the Strength of Planets and Houses

82 pages - 27,500 words

1. Determining Planetary Strength

  • Understanding Planetary Strength
  • The Strength of Natural and Temporal Indications
  • Karma, Past Lives and the Strength of Planets
  • The Happy or Unhappy Condition of Planets
  • The Nine Conditions of Sign Strength – Planetary Dignities
  • One-Step Method for Determining Sign Strength
  • Three-Step Method for Determining Sign Strength
  • The Value of Mental Calculations
  • Example of Determining Sign Strength

2. Fine Tuning Planetary Strength By Sign Position

  • Gauging Strength With The Dispositor (Ruler)
  • Cancellation of Debilitation - Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga
  • Use of the Navamsha Chart
  • Vargottama - The Best Division
  • Varga Vimshopak - Strength in Divisional Charts

3. Planetary Strength By House Position and Rulership

  • Planetary Strength By House Position
  • Angular and Trinal Houses
  • Directional Strength
  • Dusthana Houses
  • Upachaya Houses
  • Mild Malefic Houses
  • Maraka Houses
  • The Spectrum of House Beneficence
  • Planetary Strength By House Rulership
  • Yogakarakas
  • Dusthana Lords
  • Kendradhipati Dosha
  • The Maraka Lords
  • Example of House Position and Rulership Effecting Strength

4. Other Factors of Planetary Strength

  • Planetary Strength By Aspects and Conjunctions
  • Hemming in of Planets
  • Combustion
  • Planetary War - Graha Yuddha
  • Retrogression - Vakra
  • Sandhi and Gandanta
  • Determining the Effects of Planetary Strength

5. The Shad Bala System of Planetary Strength

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Shad Bala
  • The Six Criterion of Strength
  • Sthana Bala - Positional Strength
  • Dig Bala - Directional Strength
  • Kala Bala - Temporal Strength
  • Chesta Bala - Motional Strength
  • Naisargika Bala - Natural Strength
  • Drik Bala - Aspectual Strength
  • Use of Shad Bala
  • Summary of Steps for Determining Planetary Strength

6. Determining the Strength of Houses

  • The Three Steps for Determining House Strength
  • Planetary Influences on the House
  • Planetary Influences on the House Ruler and Significator

7. Exercises and Homework

  • The Strength Exercises
  • Strength By Sign Placement
  • Strength By House Placement
  • Natal Chart Skills Summary
  • The Condition of My Planets
  • Celebrity Strength

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LESSON 13: Yogas: Key Planetary Combinations – Part 1

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Lesson 13: Yogas: Key Planetary Combinations – Part 1

80 pages - 22,200 words

1. Introduction to the Yogas

  • Yogas in Vedic Astrology
  • The Challenge of Learning the Yogas
  • Categorizing the Yogas
  • Simple/Common Yogas vs. Complex Yogas
  • Yogas as an Interpretive Aid
  • Yogas as a Predictive Tool
  • The Quality and Quantity of Yogas
  • Determining the Strength of Yogas
  • The Importance of the Ascendant
  • Partial vs Full Results of Yogas
  • The Placement of Yogas
  • Interpreting the Yogas
  • One Combination Producing Multiple Yogas

2. Dhana Yogas – Combinations of Wealth

  • Introduction to Dhana Yogas
  • How Dhana Yogas are Formed
  • The Logic Behind Dhana Yogas
  • The Importance of the 5th and 11th House Axis
  • Jupiter and Wealth
  • The Role of the Artha Houses
  • Chandra Mangala Yoga
  • Lakshmi Yoga
  • Vasumat Yoga
  • 8 Example Charts: Paul Newman, Donald Trump, J.P. Morgan, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and more.

3. Arishta Yogas – Combinations of Misfortune

  • Introduction to Arishta Yogas
  • How Arishta Yogas are Formed
  • The Logic Behind Arishta Yogas
  • Arishta Bhanga – Cancellation of Arishta
  • The Role of the Maraka Houses
  • 8 Example Charts: Paul Newman, Balarishta Yoga, John F. Kennedy, George Harrison, and more.

4. Exercises and Homework

  • The Yogas Exercises – Part 1
  • Dhana Yogas Exercise
  • Arishta Yogas Exercise
  • Natal Chart Skills Summary
  • The Strength of My Yogas – Part 1
  • Celebrity Yogas – Part 1

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LESSON 14: Yogas: Key Planetary Combinations – Part 2

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LESSON 14: Yogas: Key Planetary Combinations – Part 2

85 pages - 22,600 words

1. Raja Yogas – Combinations for Success

  • Introduction to Raja Yogas
  • How Raja Yogas are Formed
  • The Logic Behind Raja Yogas
  • The Raja Yoga Power of the Lagna
  • Raja Yoga Karakas
  • Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga
  • Three Types of Viparita Raja Yogas: Harsha, Sarala, Vimala.
  • Raja Yogas Formed by Rahu and Ketu
  • 8 Example Charts: Albert Einstein, Kim Kardashian, Adolf Hitler, Angelina Jolie, and more.

2. Exchange of Signs – Parivartana Yogas

  • Introduction to Parivartana Yogas
  • Interpreting Parivartana Yogas
  • Three Types of Parivartanta Yogas: Dainya, Khala, Maha
  • Multiple Parivartana Yogas
  • A Doubly Reinforced Yoga
  • 8 Example Charts: Deepak Chopra, Evel Knievel, Stephen King, Ted Turner, Indira Gandhi, and more.

3. Special Yogas – More Key Combinations

  • Introduction to Special Yogas/Special Features
  • An Intital Method for Analyzing Yogas
  • Nabhasa Yogas
  • Amala Yoga
  • Gajakesari Yoga
  • Mahapurusha Yogas
  • Papa and Shubha Kartari Yogas
  • Dusthana Yogas
  • Kuja Dosha
  • 10 Example Charts: K.N. Rao, Mahatma Gandhi, Muhammad Ali, Bill Gates, Ravi Shankar, Joseph Campbell, Ammachi, Angelina Jolie, Albert Einstein, and more.

4. Exercises and Homework

  • The Yogas Exercises – Part 2
  • Raja Yogas Exercise
  • Parivartana Yogas Exercise
  • Special Yogas Exercise
  • Natal Chart Skills Summary
  • The Strength of My Yogas – Part 2
  • Celebrity Yogas – Part 2

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