Michael Laughrin's Favorite Jyotish Books Suitable for Beginners
Review by Michael Laughrin, Michael@jyotish.ws
In Order of Importance
1. Fundamentals of Astrology by M.R. Bhat. This volume contains much wonderful information including determining career; many ways to analyze transits; longevity; marriage; disease and Ashtakavarga.
2. My Experiences in Astrology by B.V. Raman (also called Autobiography
of a Vedic Astrologer). It reads like a novel but has more different
techniques of Jyotish (and numerology) than you can shake a stick at.
Every lover of the Divine Science should read this book every year. <offered
3. Introduction to Esoteric Astrology by Bepin Behari. There is
a huge chapter delineating the deep meaning of each ascendant. One could
give a great reading just from the rising sign information in this book!
4. Significators in Astrology by Shiv Chadha is an earth-shaking
tome. A book like this is published no more than once per generation.
It is full of meanings of each planet, sign and star.
5. Light on Life: An Introduction To The Astrology Of India by
Hart de Fouw and Robert Svoboda is the best of the modern Jyotish books
(in the opinion of this reviewer) for useful chart analysis for serious
practitioners of the Science of Light. <offered at: www.astroamerica.com>
6. Practical Vedic Astrology by G. S. Agarwal is a mini-encyclopedia
of Jyotish including mantras, dashas, planets, signs and more. You must
have it on your bookshelf unless you plan to own 100 Jyotish books or
more. <offered at: www.astroamerica.com>
7. Astrology, Destiny and the Wheel of Time by K. N. Rao is a
modern classic by one of India's most famous astrologers and the head
of the largest astrology school in the world (in New Delhi). Mr. Rao has
a very organized mind and his clear, logical approach to Jyotish is given
in this volume. <offered at: www.astroamerica.com>
8. Predictive Astrology of the Hindus by G.K. Ojha contains much
useful knowledge of the heavenly study presented in clear, lucid English.
<offered at: www.fetchbook.info>
9. Predictive Astrology by Dinesh S. Mathur gives full meanings
of each planet in each house. <offered at: www.fetchbook.info>
10. Planets in the Signs and Houses by Bepin Behari is the ultimate
Jyotish cookbook in that it gives specific interpretations of each planet
in each sign in each house.
11. Planets: The Meaning of Each Sign in Each House by Michael Laughrin is similar in organizational style to Planets in the Signs and Houses but Mr. Laughrin is an American and gives Jyotish a Western slant. Also included in this volume are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. <offered at:www.jyotish.ws>
Note: Some of these books are out-of-print and difficult to find. You
can try bookstores that specialize in out-of-print books. I listed places
I found each book. On-line, www.astroamerica.com
carries most of the Jyotish books listed here (click Author Index or Title
Index). Failing that, www.fetchbook.info
has price comparisons for many of these books and links to different on-line
book dealers. Occasionally, you may find one of the books at the more
popular on-line booksellers.
(c) copyright 2004 Michael Laughrin.
From the July, 2004 issue of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.
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