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Astrology Courses: Peerless individually-taught expert Astrology Courses: A special feature of my
work is that in my astrology courses worldwide, I combine both Western Astrology (which is
psychodynamic in its focus) and Vedic Astrology (which is founded on a peerless offering of its
statement of your incarnational life purpose and destiny, your karmas and the special spark you
incarnated to achieve in this lifetime.
I always find myself combining both western and Vedic Astrology in my course teaching and
readings, because you need the vast declaration offered by Vedic Astrology, but you also need the
psychological dimensions of western astrology.
Even western Evolutionary Astrology which describes the effect of your past lives in this lifetime
does so in psychological terms.
And you absolutely must include in your astrological awareness the energetic impacts in your life of
the Outer Planets: The Gods of Change: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – and crucially, of Chiron the
Wounded Healer: depiction of your existential wound in the healing of which you become the Healer
of others.
So, take advantage of this Black Friday Discount (BFCM17) running until Christmas Eve 2017 at midnight, to enroll on my Vedic
Astrology Foundation Course:  More details at this site,
My Vedic Astrology Nakshatras Course where you gain deep study of the wonderful 27-sign Vedic
Lunar Zodiac in your life:,
Or my various advanced Vedic Astrology courses detailed in:
Please note that the very special and unusual features of my astrology courses are that they are
genuine and authentic because the focus of the teaching is always two charts: yours and mine;
there’s always Vedic Astrology-Western Astrology crossover if you wish for that. And, crucially, the
great astrological perception that is generated is never left at the formulaic: No! It is ALWAYS linked
to Healing and Empowerment possibilities.
And I also teach a Western Psychodynamic Astrology Course at


I offer three grades of magnificent Astrology Readings: 1hr, 90 mins or 2 hrs, with or without my famed extensive and
erudite immensely perceptive reports. You can enroll for one of these, now inclusive of Black Friday
discount until Christmas, at more details on this site regarding Astrology Readings:
And, again: in my readings note that Western and Vedic Astrology are always combined. And there’s
deep intuitive directions added from my use of Tarot.

SHAMANIC HEALING: Heal Yourself and Heal Others: also coming within the Black Friday offer, is
my wonderful and very long-standing course on how to be a Shamanic Healer.
You are sent audios to journey to in the various Shamanic Healer modalities, and in undergoing this
Self-Healing you are then equipped to become the Healer of others. The Course is Certificated and
includes: Shamanic journeying, soul retrieval and Life-script, curse or thought-form unravelling,
whether from this life or ancestral, and more:
RUNES COURSE. and an OGHAM COURSE: For over twenty-three years now I have specialised in the
worldwide teaching of ancient alphabets: visionary teachings which are linked to spiritual
perception, healing and empowerment, and these, also, are offered within the Black Friday

And last but not least, living here in our Healing Centre on the Atlantic
Coast of County Sligo in the far west of Ireland, I teach the spiritual path of the ancient Irish Druids. I
teach how to make vision contact of personal healing and empowerment with the wonderful Gods
and Goddesses of the ancient Irish, such as The Morrigan, their War Goddess; The Dagda, the
generous ‘good God’; Llugh the God of the special talent, Manannan the oceanic shape-shifting God
of the Sea, and many more.


There’s a new course taught by me, Michael Conneely, that my wonderful Web Master has
not yet had the time to add to my website yet. But you can get details from me now and enroll
within the Black Friday offers. This new course is:

The Varga Charts of Vedic Astrology: the wonderful powerful sixteen Divisional Charts, each of which
makes sure and accurate declaration about some special area of your life, for example D7 chart your
children and creativity areas, D10 Chart your Career and standing in the world issues and the D12
chart: your parental and ancestral issues.


PurvaBhadra Nakshatra & Nakshatras Course

PurvaBhadra Nakshatra & Wonderful Worldwide Nakshatras Course (distance Learning and personal sessions through VC)

Learn the Nakshatras, the wonderful and immeasurably powerful 27 Lunar Signs of Vedic Astrology. I teach a worldwide Nakshatras Course, and here’s a presentation of the 25th Nakshatra: PurvaBhadra Nakshatra number 25 (video below)

Vedic astrology also uses an even more ancient zodiac as well as the traditional twelve Sun Signs: this is the immeasurably powerful lunar zodiac of 27 signs: The Nakshatras.

The Nakshatras depict our realities, our Mind and our emotional natures in a magical and dream time way that is pre-solar, pre-logical and pre-linear, and in a way that is hugely accurate, powerful and meaningful. It is such an eye-opener when you know and understand the nature of the Nakshatra in which each of your planets fall in your Vedic birth chart. Once you know this, you can manage your life better, purify, heal and empower yourself.


PurvaBhadra Nakshatra Spans: 20°00’Aquarius to 3°20′ Pisces in the Sidereal Zodiac of Vedic Astrology.
PurvaBhadra’s Planetary Ruler: Jupiter (Dasa-Ruling Planet: Jupiter : 16 years).
Symbols: 1. The Sword. As a weapon, and as cutting of ties to our attachments or former life. Deaths and endings. Also: 2. Front Legs of a Funeral Bier or Hearse: the journey of death, the journey to rebirth.
Power Animal: Male Lion: pride, leadership, respect.
Motivation: Artha – wealth and worldly comfort. Focus on wealth-creation.
Guna Triplicity: Sattva, Sattva and Rajas: SSR
Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata – scatter, discontent and irritation. Sees issues from both sides (for good or ill).
Gana: Human. down to earth and tangible.
Sex Male.

The Devata or Ruling Deity of PurvaBhadra Nakshatra is a complex expression of death, destruction and the path to rebirth. He is sometimes: Aja Ekapada – The One-Footed Goat: a form of Rhudra, god of Storms. Thunder God, and therefore a form of Shiva. Cleansing Fire. And the name PurvaBhadra means Hearse or a vehicle for the transport of Fire: The spiritual power of Fire. But PurvaBhadra is also associated is the Fire Dragon (Ajaikapat) – He and his brother the water dragon, Ahirbudhnya (the deity of UttaraBhadra) are seen as brother, the sons of Visvakarma, the Heavenly Architect: they are the serpent path to transcendence: rebirth through the destructive storm.

Master Vedic Astrology Foundation Course

Master Vedic Astrology Foundation Course with Michael Conneely

Learn Vedic Astrology

Here’s an invitation to enroll on my wonderful, learned, caring and completely individually taught Master Vedic Astrology Course: This is a wonderful Foundation Course in Vedic Astrology. It’s completely distance learning and it’s available worldwide.

The Key principle of my Master Vedic Astrology Course is that for each item of study we focus on two charts: yours and mine.

This has a special benefit: that because each item of study in focussed on the charts of two flesh and blood people, this means that our study is completely genuine and authentic. There’s no ranted formula applied to the charts of celebrities, where the astrological assessments and predictions can’t be tested or tried out.

The key qualities of my Master Vedic Astrology Course are as follows:
The course is based on my very learned studies and underpinned by extensive written course material emailed to you, including extensive planet and technique method presentation videos and journeying videos.
You receive all needed charts for yourself and myself: the Vedic Astrology uses Sri Jyoti Star and Kala sidereal zodiac software Charts; the Western Astrology uses Astrocalc and Megastar Tropical Zodiac software charts.
Our Vedic Astrology is studied using the Sidereal Zodiac. If you wish for Western Astrology crossover that the charts we use are in the Tropical Zodiac.
My course is also accessible, individual – and it’s certificated.
And, optionally, and at no extra charge, you can cross over from our Vedic Astrology into our Western Astrology if you wish (including psychodynamic and Evolutionary Western Astrology).

The Course Content of my Master Vedic Astrology Foundation Course is as follows:
We study the nine planets of Vedic Astrology one by one: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu North Node and Ketu South Node. You receive videos and extensive course material for each planet.
We study each planet first of all as a ‘divine principle’, then as how that planet appears in your chart and then mine, assessing its manifestation on various levels as it functions through ‘filters’ of the Sign it occupies, the House it occupies and the planets it aspects – and so we find that how the planet appears in our charts can, of course, be very different from the divine perfect nature of the planet.
And if you wish, you are so welcome to include in to your study the chief four outer planets of Western Astrology: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. And, of course, Chiron the Wounded Healer – the statement of our existential wound, in the healing of which we can become the healer of others.

Study of the Planets:
We study the standing of each of these planets in your chart and also how your planets treat each other. We study planets in Signs, Houses, Aspects, Planetary Strength, As Indicators (or Karakas) for areas of our life, and we utilise the insight of various systems of Avasthas as an integral part of the course.

Study of Methods of Vedic Astrology Chart Interpretation:
In between each study, we also learn the Vedic Astrology key basic interpretation techniques, such as Malefic and Benefic nature of planets, Exaltation and Fall of Planets, Rulerships, Karma, Purushartha (the four aims of life): Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha; the Gunas (the three impulses of the planets): Sattva, Rajas and Tamas; The Elements, The Doshas (Kapha, Pitta and Vata), the Navamsha chart (the Divisional or Varga chart of your Soul, life-ashram and relationship) and introduction to Predictive astrology of Transits and Dasas or predictive periods).

Further Study Opportunity is Available.
You can go on to study of my more advanced continuation courses such as my Nakshatras Course, my Prediction Course, my Varga/Divisional Charts course and so on.

Very Special Course Features to the Master Vedic Astrology Course
Healing – Vedic Astrology, optionally including western astrology crossover can of course produce the most wonderful accurate and penetrating perception as to your destiny, incarnational life purpose, karmas, egoic psychological self, psychosynthesis and individuation. However, I make the point that Vedic Astrology is not to be studied in a fated or formulaic set in stone destiny way. It is always to be geared to our healing. For example, if we find that we have Gandanta Moon or Sun, this is valuable perception not least because it gives us an informed chance to utilize the perception and apply healing to our lives.
Empowerment is surely the true value of astrological perception. It is of no value for the Astrologer to state that ‘you have a weak Sun’, unless the declaration also includes sharing and consideration of ways of healing that sometimes devastating handicap that can otherwise blight your life.
Western Astrology Crossover if desired
Individual Attention and Tuition – this is the way I work. I do my best to support, assist and teach and help you to realize your ambitions in learning Astrology.

A little about myself as your Tutor:
I have an Oxford University MA. This was based in study of the roots of the English Language and Literature, for example Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon, Chaucer and Shakespeare, this included the philology of the development of the Indo-European peoples as they spread North, West and South across Europe and trough Asia minor into the North of India (I was taught by JRR Tolkien’s son).
My postgraduate degrees are in Psychology and Sociology.

I completed a five-year university based field study: an Ethnography or Social Anthropological Study of communities and individuals embracing spiritual forms new to the modern West, mainly in Glastonbury where I also studied the development of Glastonbury as a Place of Pilgrimage. The spiritual areas I studied included communities, institutions and individuals embracing Hinduism (based at Skanda Vale), Buddhism (Tibetan and Theravada), Paganism (including Wicca and Druid Path), Shamanism and Utopian Community (Bender sites around Glastonbury dedicated to ‘tread lightly on the Earth).

I live and work with my partner international Healer, Maggie Pashley, at our Healing Centre on the Atlantic Coast of County Sligo in the West of Ireland, close to Ireland’s most ancient sacred sites, international surfing beaches, W B Yeats Country and many mountains and lakes.

I hope this has been a useful presentation of my Master Vedic Astrology distance learning course and teaching methods, and I look forward to hearing from you,

Nakshatras Course Learn Vedic Astrology with Michael Conneely

For details of my wonderful and very genuine worldwide Nakshatras Course, see:

First of all, let me say that it’s not really advanced in that you only need to know the basics of Vedic Astrology in order to be able to do this course.

But let me also say that this course is really advanced when you see all that you will learn from it!

What you study in part 1 of this Course is each of the 27 Nakshatras or Lunar Signs of Vedic Astrology in turn.

You get full manual of background notes and charts to start the course. These set out the different spectrums of analysis criteria by which the Nakshatras are understood, such as the Dosha, the ruling planet, the ruling God and so on.

And you get quite exalted and fascinating notes as you move from one Nakshatra to the next in your study.

And for each Nakshatra, in addition to the notes, you get a video.

And what you do in the Part 1 course, is you write up your own ‘take’ on each Nakshatra in turn. And you also make a study of each Nakshatra in which one of your planets falls or which is occupied by one of my planets. This way we keep the course grounded and full authentic, genuine and caring. We are dealing with the lives and destinies of two flesh and blood people here. There’s no ranted formula or non-genuine analysis systems.

And, if we encounter a Nakshatra in our study sequence which is not occupied by either a planet of yours or mine, you can bring in the chart of a family member of celebrity so as to study in what way that Nakshatra affects the energy and manifestation of the planet occupying it.

Not that my course is always geared to perception of the healing potential of each feature of your chart, and dedicated to your empowerment. I work closely with my partner Maggie Pashley who is a worldwide Healer. See her website and we run a healing Centre on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland in County Sligo.

Part 2 of my Nakshatras Course is a study of the powerful Vedic Astrology analytic techniques that use the Nakshatras system. For example, you learn and test out how you will experience the energy of a Nakshatra and the personality of a person who has emphasis of any particular Nakshatra, in terms of the numerical sequence that Nakshatra occupies from the Nakshatra occupied by your own natal Moon. These systems are such as Nadi Nakshatras, Navtara, health Astrology and Prediction using the Nakshatras.

So: Why study the Nakshatras???


They are such unbelievably accurate declaration and description of the person’s personality.

They depict our emotional self and the self of our consciousness so accurately – but it’s ‘warts and all’!

They accurately depict the highest and the lowest manifestation of the energy and characteristics that we are born into dependent upon having an emphasis in one Nakshatra or another in our birth chart.

And by perceiving the lowest possibilities, we can use that perception to commit to the good. We can embark on healing. We can embrace empowerment. We can pluck victory out of what could be defeat in our life. We can commit to transformation and growth.

We can heal and empower.

And when you do a Chart Reading for another person, the extra dimensions brought in by the Nakshatras system, almost at a glance can RADICALLY transform your Reading!

The extra dimensions brought in by Nakshatra Analysis are breath-taking!

So: go to my Nakshatras Course website and enroll:

I look forward to hearing from you


Which Zodiac should I use -Tropical or Sidereal? A very special study opportunity

Here’s a very special study opportunity. It’s an optional part of a very long-established and caring individually taught Vedic Astrology Course:

This Blog Post arises because there has been open discussion recently on whether Vedic Astrology should use the traditional ‘sidereal zodiac‘, or whether it should use the newer ‘tropical zodiac’ of western astrology, in other words which zodiac should I use

I felt quite sickened recently to listen to a YouTube video on this subject, which was pretty ranting and which forgot and ignored that Vedic Astrology is the expression of a most ancient spiritual path.

Vedic Astrologers must not use their positions as Teachers of Vedic Astrology egoically. So I wanted to share with you my considered and caring very authentic Vedic Astrology Course, where you can if you wish, optionally look with whatever depth you like, into the question of what is described by each Zodiac.

One of my earliest Tutors in Vedic Astrology in the 1990s used to take the line ‘there is discussion’ about a method, when there were two different views as to methods or settings.

So I wondered what has happened when ranting pretty egoic confrontation is used – a state of consciousness and communication that quite forgets the spiritual standing of the Vedic pathway, and is far from what it is actually about.

Of course, this unfortunate ranting is an expression to the recent very difficult position of Mercury following the September 21st Eclipse of 2017.

Mercury is in association with Mars, it’s caught up in a most major eclipse, it’s caught up with Rahu, the Sun, AND it’s in the Gandanta zone, and opposition Neptune.

And this perception should of course have guided astrologers to avoid the conflict which must stem from such a configuration unless one can make spiritual and healing utilisation of what Vedic Astrology perceives with this Mercury configuration.

But at least it brings the matter of zodiac definition to a head, and so what I am proposing is the optional incorporation of respectful and considered study of the which zodiac question into my course for those who would want this, and who ask the very appropriate question of which Zodiac should I use.

So, what’s all the unfortunate and regrettable fighting about? It is about whether it is legitimate to use the Tropical Zodiac of Western Astrology to study Vedic Astrology.

It’s about what Ayanamsha to use (the difference between the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs).

And it has huge ramifications into House systems, Gandanta Zones, definition of the crucial Varga (Divisional) charts, definitions of start and end dates of Dasas (Predictive Periods), definitions of what role a planet plays in your life (moveable indicators or chara karakas).

To start off, I must make clear my own position based on 23 years of the study and teaching of Vedic Astrology, as an intelligent guy, well educated, who seeks to be caring and to find the keys to the understanding and healing of my life, and the lives of others for whom I offer readings and courses.

With my partner Maggie Pashley, I run a healing Centre on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in the far West of Ireland, and of course, 90% of our Readings, Healings and Courses are offered worldwide through the internet.

In brief, I find my confirmed personal experience is that the use of the Sidereal zodiac with Lahiri Ayanamsha gives unbelievably accurate description of all the vastness that is measured by the framework of Vedic Astrology (essentially declaring all that stems from our incarnational life purpose and destiny). Whereas I find that the western tropical zodiac is supremely perfect for the crucial psychodynamic study of ‘egoic self’ dimension.

My personal experience and judgement is that I have to say that Vedic astrology’s use of tropical zodiac or Vedic Astrology’s use of other Ayanamshas, gives nonsense by contrast.

This is certainly true in terms of the birth chart it states, the derived charts and Predictive Astrology.

Sidereal zodaic plus Lahiri Ayanamsha gave an exactly accurate and life-changing description of my own very unusual birth circumstances, that was totally absent from western astrology. And it was this that first drew me to the use of Vedic Astrology, and my first teacher.

This is NOT to say of course that the methods and techniques used by Vedic Astrology Teachers employing the western tropical zodiac are invalid. They are caring and wonderful teachers.

Similarly, my personal judgement is that Vedic Predictive astrology requires sidereal zodiac and Lahiri Ayanamsha. If you use any other system, the start and end of your Vedic predictive periods (Dasas) will be declared with wrong dates.

Similarly, the Vedic astrology concept of Gandanta most certainly has vast validity: it has provided the meaning of my incarnation this time, and that concept of Gandanta is of course is lacking from western astrology and from the tropical zodiac.

However, it’s not so simple.

I feel we DO need to identify what dimension of consciousness and ‘slice’ of our existence the tropical zodiac does state when used with Vedic Astrology.

So, please note that I do work with students seeking to identify what exactly what dimension of self/consciousness/events Vedic use of tropical zodiac or other ayanmasha does give – if that is an optional dimension that they wish to incorporate into their course.

My heartfelt aim is that this study will give great insight to the world, once it has been given a few years to mature.


So this Blog Post an invitation to work with me, on my courses, in a way that offers you the opportunity, if you want it, to analyse study and compare the two zodiacs and what they tell you about and predict for your life.

My Vedic Astrology courses are based on sidereal zodiac, but you can feed in a shared study of charts also using tropical zodiac, and thus over time a considered assessment can be made if what it is that the two different zodiacs actually depict and predict.

We can study in caring depth and in a considered way: what different facets of human consciousness and life. I provide you with all the charts you use and all the needed background information manuals.

The approach of my courses has been for over twenty years, that we study each principle with reference to two charts: yours and mine, and his keeps the anlaysis grounded, authentic and testable. It makes it mutually caring.

And a principle of my courses is that the declaration of astrology is never formulaic or fated, but cruciall (and this is its strength) that astrological declaration is always treated as an opening to healing and empowerment techniques.

All my courses provide opportunity for Vedic-Western astrology crossover, if you wish for that (or vice versa).

My western astrology is rooted in Psychodynamic and Evolutionary Astrology, and is augmented in my case in that my university degrees include psychology and sociology.

A helpful vast resource for my sharing with you, is that I also completed a five year field study. This was an ethnographic field study of spiritual forms new to the modern West.

My study focus was the paths of individuals following Hinduism, Buddhism (Tibetan and western), paganism, shamanism and Utopian Community.

The main study area was Glastonbury, an ancient pilgrimage site in England, but there was a comparator study in Totnes, and study residence in a Hindu Ashram in Skanda Vale (the cult centre of the UK Sri Lankan community in exile).

From this background I endeavour to support you in caring and experienced awareness of spiritual pathways.


As I said, I have a postgraduate qualification in psychology, and I feel it has a rightful pace in Astrology: for example, psychology seeks to express and define our ‘egoic self’, our nature and what drives us includes our subconscious and unconscious material.

My psychology degree in the early 1970s was divided between Freudian psychology and Behaviourism! (The two professors never spoke to each other, and you had to be careful to always express things their way and never get mixed up which one you were writing for! One of my other degrees was in sociology, also in the early 70s, where a main focus was ‘Symbolic Interactionism’:  the production of a sense of self through individuals and society projecting roles on us and producing meaning that way.

And regarding the ethnography I did: This was a five-year university-based social anthropological field study commenced in the late nineties. It was located in a Geography department. It’s focus was the production of self through landscape, including landscapes such as sacred place and landscapes of consumption patterns/meanings, and I especially studied the production of self through use of visionary/imaginal landscapes (e.g. Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, paganism and shamanism).

The nature of self has been a big theme in my life (my Sun is most deeply fallen at 1 Vedic Libra and it’s conjunct Ketu, what else would you expect?)

Indeed, my first postgraduate degree at Oxford University, where as a poor grammar school boy I won a prestigious scholarship in the late 60s to be sneered at there as a ‘scribbler’ by the rest of the students from the elite English Public Schools. My MA there was focused on W B Yeats and T S Eliot as ‘prophets of a new age’ and I studied how W B Yeats worked with Lady Gregory at the Celtic Revival, thus opening to the God Realm for sense for self, similarly to ancient Greece, Babylon and the Vedic culture, for examples. I studied Jessie Weston’s From Ritual to Romance and the Omega Point of Teilhard de Chardin. And now I live close to W B Yeats’ grave in the west of Ireland. My birth family on my mother’s side comes from near here. My birth father’s heredity is from the Yakut: a shamanic people living on the shores of the north polar sea – hence all the shamanic healing I teach!

A major feeling I now get, is how our sense of self is produced from our family and society, but how very powerful currents most certainly also run in the form of destinies.

These destinies are indeed very often astrologically predictable. Though they should not be treated as fated and incapable of being healed. And Vedic Astrology can state them supremely well.

Though, crucially, I also do feel that a new consciousness is arising in the world, and Vedic Astrology has to leave behind formulaic ranting and fatedness and ineffectual ‘Remedies’, and add to its supreme and sure vastness, the new consciousness that is arising: the new consciousness of Healing and Empowerment.


To illustrate the issues raised by the ‘Which Zodiac?’ Question, I now show extracts with a discussion I held with ‘J’ and I hope these extracts illustrate the way I seek to have a caring, individualised approach with my students over the last 23 years, as well as providing ‘windows’ on the ‘Which Zodiac?’ Question:

Here are some of the Questions ‘J’ raised with me (shown with kind permission – J’s questions are in bold):

Q. A.“What meaning do the solar signs have other than a shortcut to referencing a ‘composite energy’ of the lunar signs?”

The Nakshatras, the Vedic lunar signs, depict our emotional nature, motivations and scripts (sublime, warts and all) and also the sort of growth we can hopefully make in this life.
Q. B.E.g., am I a Libra ascendant with ruler Venus, or am *really* a Swati Nakshatra ascendant with lord Rahu?
Overall, you will project into the world like a Libran, indeed ruled by Lagnesha Venus, and so we need to assess the standing of Venus in your chart in terms of dignity and the various Avasthas: Avasthas wonderfully state Venus’ standing and how the other planets treat your Venus and vice versa. They are a crucial key as to the qualities and strength with which you assert in the world. However, the emotional play around which your assertion into the world will by typically Rahu within the Libran framework, with all the over-running and nervy scatter of Swati, etc.
Q. C. Does “Scorpio” really exist without its Nakshatras?   It’s measured in space as being 6º, and yet we treat it as 30º, which has always puzzled me.
It is important to note that the sidereal signs are one twelfth of the zodiac, and thus take their energy and name from the constellation that falls within their space on the ecliptic. It is not relevant that the stars of the constellation do not exactlty fit the sign. The sign system works nevertheless. And of course, as you know, the sign energy is modified by Nakshatras and padas falling within the sign.
D. At one point it was “just the Nakshatras.”  Then the signs followed as a sort of superimposition of these solar sector divisions(?)
I think the signs are to be seen as not a superimposition onto the Nakshatras, but in fact a different measurement of the ecliptic, actually measuring a different dimension of self than the nakshatras, and coming later in time than the nakshatras, and reflecting later changes in consciousness.
Q. D.My Saturn is now transiting from “Scorpio” to “Sagittarius (20th Septemebr 2017}.” From my “2nd house” to my “3rd house.”   This might cause someone to be “optimistic.”  Saturn mahadasha has been an abject hell for me since May of last year.  A new “sign transit from Scorpio to Sagittarius” I’m told from an Indian Vedic astrologer is very good.
Interpretation of the mahadasha manifestation of Saturn needs to be based on the standing of Saturn in your Rashi chart and Varga (divisional) charts. And in fact the timing of Saturn Dasa will activate the energy of Saturn in the various different areas of life that each Varga chart represents. You’d need to individually evaluate your 2nd and 3rd House to say whether each transit would be ‘very good’ or otherwise. We’d be looking at Saturn Avasthas and Saturn’s standing in the Divisional charts, and what House Cusps fall where in your Divisional Charts.

Q. E.But in reality, isn’t Saturn just transiting from Jyestha to Mula. And Mula is a horror flick?  So what kind of hope is there in saying “Sagittarius” if it’s really just a “placeholder for the ~3 nakshatras that carry the weight (of its definition)?”

Mula is not a ‘horror flick’. For a bit about Mula, see:

Sagittarius is not a placeholder for the three Nakshatras that also occupy its space. Signs and Nakshatras measure different dimensions or slices of our nature, of our ‘self’ of our destiny this time. The Houses each declare a different area of our life. So Saturn in Sagittarius measures a different dimension of you that does Saturn in 3rd House, as does Saturn in Mula. For Saturn in Mula you’d need to look at the role of Ketu (Mula’s ruler) in your birth chart.

Q. F. I have much difficulty utilizing blank space as a starting point for scientific definitions.  Is this a science, albeit hidden, or is it fantasy? Saturn transiting the star Spica” for example, works for me 100% .  Spica exists.  Saturn exists.  One moves in front of the other.  They’ve observed over millennia it means something when this happens.  We’re talking about real things in space and time.
“Saturn transiting the Nakshatra Mula.”  That kind of works for me, like 90%.  Mula is the name of a group of stars.  There is a zone of energy “bracketing” those stars.  The “amalgamated energy means something.”
“Saturn transiting Sagittarius.”  This works for me like 40%.  “Sagittarius” came “way later.”  Is it the amalgamation of the energies of 3 nakshatras?  Oh my.
/12 of the zodiac is 1/12 of the ecliptic = why is it special and what intellectual authority is there to bracket this space, call it something, assign a “ruler?”

As Jupiter transits my Sun and then yours, we meet beyond formula and astrological rant to share wisdom and its enlargement.

I feel cautious of the term ‘intellectual authority’; it’s more like: ‘intellectual justification’.

We know nothing of the zodiacal division of ancient peoples used, who were very much in tune with the energies emanating from planets, stars, constellations and even individual degrees.

But yes, we are aware that the sky was early-on divided into 27 for the Nakshatras (obviously based on sensed Lunar energies in combination with constellations the Moon transited across).

And we are aware of the division of the sky into 12 signs: you ask why 12? The answer can only be speculated about and is lost in time, but the ‘dozen’ is an ancient concept, and doubtless appealed as being numerologically harmonious and inclusive, as it’s a multiple of 2, 3, 4, 6; and because itself it feeds into 144 etc.

A Sign is a useful concept. It’s not as precisely useful as the smaller divisions. And its energy/consciousness divisions are more overlapping with other signs.

But it is valid: and one proof of the sidereal zodiac’s total validity is its statement of the Gandanta Zones, which are immensely valuable and one can’t do good astrology without them.
Interestingly, I say this as I have Gandanta Moon, and the meaning of that was the fulcrum of my life AND Saturn is transiting the Abhukta Mula Jyestha to Mula 9Scorpio to Sagittarius) Gandanta as I write to you.

But of course, a sign also has crucial validity in that it is divided into such ultimately valuable heuristic divisions as the Padas and the Vargas or divisional charts. This is not weird, it’s mathematically factual.

And furthermore! The sign divisions in the heavens are crucial to note in that we know that the Jaimini moveable indicators (Chara Karakas) see see your Shri Jyoti Star chart below).
A planet’s chara karaka or moveable indicator status in our chart is defined by the position of a planet in the sidereal zodiac.
For example, there’s the all-crucial Atmakaraka or soul indicator (mine is Moon, as my planet of highest longitude in a sign), and these sidereal based charakarakas are the crucial definition (whatever other scheme of charakaraka is stated for you by other zodiacs, and whatever validity or relevance to other dimensions or facets of your consciousness or life these are found to have – and that would be after deep study and consideration).

Your Vedic Rashi/Birth Chart by Sri Jyoti Star (sidereal zodiac, Lahiri Ayanamsha):









And furthermore (could there be more?) your Avasthas, the standing of your planets and how they treat each other, are accurately stated by the Sidereal chart, and again we would need a careful, considered study project to determine what your Avasthas state, what validity or relevance or other dimensions or facets of your consciousness or life these are found to have, and this should only be done after deep study and consideration). See your Kala Avasthas charts below.

Your Avasthas charts by Kala (sidereal zodiac, Lahiri Ayanamsha):


And furthermore (!) I have found that my Dasa (Vedic Predictive period) start and end date ARE valid when sidereal zodiac is used.

And of course, drawing on western psychodynamic astrology, the position of our natal planets in the much wider areas of the hemispheres and quadrants of our western chart also are most important to know, because this guides us as to what areas of consciousness our planet will manifest its energies in psychologically, archetypally and in terms of direction of consciousness, and the way we will relate overall.

BUT I would say that UTILITY is a big criterion to apply at this stage. We need to make authentic realisation of what a system offers to our helaing path in this life. We need to make authentic decision as to what a system offers in our path to expressing the special spark of being and attainment we incaranted to become this time. Utility and authentic realisation and authentic perception is KEY.

If utilisation of a degree, or a nakshatra, or a pada, or a Varga – if utilisation of any of these gives you invaluable understanding of your nature, then it is to be embraced!

It is so valuable and indeed valid to note that Sun in Libra is debilitated. Debilitation can wreck one’s life. But experience of that destiny, then encountering Vedic Astrology’s perception of the wrecking concept of ‘debilitation’ – these are what give us the option of moving: moving into needed healing and empowerment!

Q. G. Why are there 12 Signs? A prominent astrologer told me “They divided the ecliptic into 12 because it is a multiple of 3 and 3 is a very important number in the occult. There was no other reason he can give. Is it possible there is “information encoded in there?  I guess so.  But splitting the sign into 9 portions is getting even weirder, unless those 9 portions reflect something in space.  Science is about hard, empirical definitions.  Why was Venus not the “ruler” of that space thousands of years ago, but at some point “became the ruler?”  And people with extreme intellect would say I’m a Scorpio because of tropical definitions?  Huh?? 
You are moving now in our conversation from ‘intellectual authority’ to ‘Science’. From my abandonment and orphanage upbringing (I have Moon Gandanta at 29 Pisces 56 and Sun at 1 Libra sidereal) I moved on to take five university degrees, and indeed to work in a five-year social anthropological field study: an ethnography. I believed the concepts of psychology and sociology in which I have postgraduate degrees.
But the gift of my Gandanta, a terrible gift, moved me beyond the limitations (and gifts) of the ‘scientific paradigm’ to ‘ancient spiritual/astrological frameworks’, and also the study of ancient deities and earth spirituality, and from these I have found what I needed, not from science.
How I despised the ‘current academic discourses’ that I had to fit the findings of my field study into: It was an ethnography of spiritual forms new to the modern west: place-making, how our sense of self depends on place and vice-versa. The study areas were Hinduism, Buddhism (Tibetan and western), paganism, shamanism and Utopian Community. The ethnographic method invented by Bronislaw Malinowski during the First World War is ˜participant observation’ – living in the communities and instructions under study: giving the individuals in them their own voice (not being the ˜top down’ ‘scientific expert’).
In Swiss Huber School psychodynamic western astrology (in which I trained in the nineties, and which I utilize for my teaching), you have a ‘psychic eye’ chart aspect shape: Pluto-Rahu trine Neptune, apex your Sun-Uranus conjunction:
Your Swiss Huber School Psychodynamic Astrology Chart by Megastar (Tropical Zodiac):








Psychic Eye Chart Aspect Shape:

This figure consists of two green semi-sextile aspects (30 deg) and one blue sextile  aspect (60 deg), thus  forming the small blue and green triangle called the Eye. This chart aspect shapes gives a wonderful and useful inquisitive, receptive and questing presence within you that is intuitive and observant or eagle-eyed.

In Swiss Huber School psychodynamic astrology (in which I trained in the nineties, and which I utilize for my teaching), you have this psychic eye chart aspect shape: Pluto-Rahu trine Neptune, apex your Sun-Uranus conjunction. This is one representation of why the study of the ‘which zodiacs?’ question will be so valuable for you.

My courses are always based on the study of two charts in relation to each and every concept. That way the discussion is kept authentic and grounded, empirical as well as with reference to the analytic and the theoretical. I value our communication. I’d love to now embark on the vastness of taking it into the dimensions of a course with you. See: what do you think?

My Vedic Astrology foundation course has a presentation and also a journey to meet each planet, and includes a considerable repertoire of techniques, and can cross-refer into western astrology if the student wishes, and it can also encompass Avasthas analysis system if the student wishes, and insights of great value can come from Avasthas.

I go on to teach many advanced courses, as well as having a wonderful on-line Tarot course which is of great value for your intuitive development.

All charts you could need are provided. There’s vast information provision/manuals. There’s caring totally individual tuition. If you optionally wanted to include into your studies the ‘Which Zodiac?’ course, that would be grand (as they say here in Ireland)!

I hope to hear from you, Michael


Learn Vedic Astrology : Enroll on my wonderful worldwide Master Vedic Astrology Course

I invite you to enroll on my wonderful worldwide Vedic Astrology Course.

When I first learned Vedic Astrology I was amazed that it so accurately predicted the unusual circumstances of my birth and the consequences of that in my life. It did this in a way that Western astrology didn’t and couldn’t. It did it in a way that Western astrology could not even touch! And this has led me on to years of study and teaching, many students and thousands of readings, the fruits of which I now share with you.

This does not mean that I think Western astrology does not have vast and numerous irreplaceably valuable powers and features: it does: Chiron and the outer planets, just to name two examples; its psychodynamic dimensions, its Evolutionary Astrology.

But it true to say that Vedic Astrology accurately and surely presents our incarnational life purpose, the circumstances we will experience at birth, and the unfoldment of our life – all with an accuracy and vastness that western astrology can not touch. Its capabilities for the astrology of health, the astrology of relationships and family generational astrology are immense, as is its sense of the huge cycles of unfoldment in which our lives are caught.

So, the techniques and capabilities of Vedic Astrology are quite literally awesome. And I would love to teach my Vedic Astrology Course to you. The course is carefully supported to take you from beginner to Master’s level.

And a special feature of my course is that there is a very clear backbone and direction to the path of study, and to Learn Vedic Astrology

1. The Planets: The first strand of the Master Vedic Astrology course approach is that we study Vedic Astrology planet by planet. We do this study with reference to focus on two charts: yours and mine. The nine planets of Vedic Astrology are:
Rahu (North Node of the Moon)
Ketu (South Node of the Moon)
But, in addition to these nine Vedic Planet modules, I also recommend that you additionally do modules on the four Western Astrology Outer Planets in our two charts:
Chiron, the Wounded Healer

I give you links to my videos about each planet: A Presentation and then a Meditation Journey. So what you do is this: referring to your course guide material, to my YouTube Videos, and also very importantly also referring to your favourite Vedic Astrology books, you quite simply write about each of these thirteen planets, one after the other: first in relation to your chart, then to mine. This process keeps the interpretation grounded, caring and authentic because it is rooted in the lives of two flesh and blood real people.

2. Techniques of Analysis: The second strand of the Master Vedic Astrology Level 1 approach is that In-between your study of the thirteen planets one after the other, you cross over into working on my modules about Vedic Astrology Techniques. These teach you the vast provision of tools, techniques and meanings which Vedic Astrology provides. You work on the rule consolidation documents a section at a time, in between your planet studies. The course structure is as simple and effective as that.

My approach as your Course Tutor is based on the Oxford University Tutorial system that I myself benefited from in the 1960s. This is a system of skilled individual teaching that is designed to bring out the special spark and excellence of each student to the extent that they are prepared to do and sustain their work of study. My personal wish is to be as caring as possible as your Tutor.

3. HEALING and EMPOWERMENT TECHNIQUES: This is key. I do know from extended and deep personal experience and vast study that Vedic Astrology does not assist you in your life if it is taught at a level that is formulaic or fated or legalistic. I say it must generate perception that can be transformative. I say that it must be geared to healing and empowerment, and so our study is assisted by awareness of the many healing modalities used by my partner Maggie Pashley. See her website:
See also: ,  and

4. Visionary Techniques:
I do recommend the value of doing vision journeys to enhance your understanding of the nature of each planet. We can first journey to gain clear appearance of the pure or divine nature of each planet. We can then do vision journey so as to perceive how the planet manifest in our chart and therefore in our life, through the filters of sign, house and aspect – usually a very different entity from the divine nature of the planet. See:  and

4. Avasthas: There is an optional third strand of study I do recommend you build in to this course at whatever stage feels appropriate, but after you have completed study of the sun in our two charts. This optional third strand is offered at no extra charge and is my Avasthas course, which is complete with Videos and full supporting collection of techniques Appendices. Avasthas are the most wonderful statement of the standing of each planet in your chart (and therefore in your life) and also how the planets in your chart treat each other.

Extra Study: Please note that you are also able to pursue and develop your own particular interests as you go along, if you wish. I am glad to support you in investigating topics that catch your mind into greater depth, all with my support. And you are supported and advised by me in a thorough, learned, wise, informed and helpful way that is genuinely quite different from any other Vedic Astrology course.

5. Videos and Blogs: I have prepared for your reference a Blog on each Planet and also a Video to present that planet plus a video Journey to meet each planet. There’s also a Blog on each Nakshatra.
please see:

Further Study: My Master Vedic Astrology Course comes in three Levels:
Level 1: The first level (this Level) is introductory, and this in itself can be vast depending on how much depth you choose to go into the study. In some areas, this course actually goes as far as some Level 3 courses I know. See:
Level 2: is dedicated to expert focus on the Nakshatras, the 27-sign Lunar Zodiac of Vedic Astrology. You learn the nature of each Nakshatra both from the sort of ‘novelistic’ perspective of meaning that so accurately depicts the personality characteristics of each person. And you also learn the meaning of each Nakshatra in terms of the depth spiritual unfoldment characteristic each Lunar Sign uniquely possesses. Moreover, you study the many key techniques of Nakshatra Analysis of the Vedic Birth and predictive charts that are quite unique to Indian or Vedic Astrology and are of genuine and unique utter power of declaration, analysis and spiritual understanding. These techniques include for example the use of Nadi Nakshatras and Special Nakshatras. See:
Level 3: is the Advanced Vedic Astrology Course. Here we learn a vast range of higher analysis techniques like application of the Navamsha chart and mapping it into the Rashi (birth) Chart to assess soul-gifts/messages (Rashi Tulya) or expert analysis of the strengths of your planets (Bala) just to name two out of literally dozens. There are five Level 3 Course Options. See:

For my Western Astrology Course, see:

I would say that unfortunately much Vedic astrology can be a matter of expert ranting through rules of interpretation that although they are complex, sure and valid, will do little or do nothing to generate your powerful, individual and true perception or assist in your personal healing and empowerment. They can lead to mentalism. Intellectual and formulaic consolidation of the rules of Vedic Astrology will not get you very far on your life-time work for this incarnation. Mantra can have a strong validity, but my experience is that they can only take you so far along the path you need and ought to travel. Remedies are fraught with problems and a new consciousness need to be brought to this area. For these reasons, I take my Vedic Astrology Teaching and Readings into areas of Healing, Empowerment and Transformation. The principle underlying my courses is ‘Applied Astrology’: the course involves using the perceptions of Vedic Astrology as a gateway to liberation and expression of your incarnational essence through use of linked healing modalities and empowerment techniques and other approaches such as art therapy and embodiment, as well as means of managing and stabilizing the Mind such as Mantra.

And a further principle of my Astrology Courses is that the true pinnacle perception, empowerment and healing of astrology actually comes from a combination of both Western and Vedic Astrology, where the branches of Western astrology that I especially teach are psychodynamic astrology and evolutionary astrology. For this reason, you are welcome to pursue crossover into the other astrology discipline as much as you wish as you work your way through the study of our astrology charts.

PERSONAL STATEMENT: I have studied advanced courses in both Vedic and Western Astrology for many years. I have an MA from the University of Oxford and a total of five degrees including psychology, sociology, counselling and teaching. I have completed an invaluable five-year university-based social anthropological ethnographic field study of spiritual forms new to the modern West, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Utopian Community. And I have also resided for long periods in a Hindu Ashram.

All these skills and qualities I now place at your service, as your Vedic astrology Tutor. I do this to further your own perception, to vastly expand your understanding, to promote your awareness and self-development, and to assist you to your enlightenment. I will enable you to draw on that immense ancient ocean of sublime understanding that is Vedic Astrology.

The Certificate Awarded on successful completion of the Course is The Master Vedic Astrology Level 1 Course.

At the foot of this Blog Post I set out the

So, I hope you will enroll on my worldwide course, and I look forward to working with you. All Blessings to us on this Journey.


As a footnote, here is a list of the documents you receive on enrollment:

My Charts in Vedic and Western Astrology
Your Charts in Vedic and Western Astrology
The Main Course Document
(see contents below)
Appendices – 12 Separate Documents:
1.  Nakshatras
 2. Aspects
 3. Planets
 4. Signs
 5. Houses
 6. Planets in Houses
 7. Planets in Signs
 8. Tithi: Moon Phase
 9.  Planets in Houses, Rulers in Houses
10. Vedic Grahas Perception – Vedic perception of planets
11. Starwheel Nakshatras Quick Guide
12. Useful Guide to Basic Chart Reading

1. The Organisation of the Course
Vedic Astrology Introduction (32 Pages)
3. Reading List
4. Approaching Module 1: Sun
5. Background info on Vedic Astrology
6. Module 1: How to
7. List of Supporting Videos and Blogs
8. Advice to Students


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