Michael Laughrin's Favorite Modern Jyotish Books Suitable for Intermediate and Advanced Students
Review by Michael Laughrin, Michael@jyotish.ws
In Order of Importance
1. New Techniques of Prediction by H.R. Seshadri Iyer. If you only buy one advanced book (not counting the classics), this is the one to buy. Mr. Iyer has a clear mathematical mind (he was trained as a mathematician) and he tells how to interpret varga (divisional) charts, genuine knowledge of each house, tithis, transits and the best method of predicting through the Hindu progressed chart (Varshaphal chart). MUST BUY. <offered at: www.astroamerica.com>
2. Muhurtha by B. V. Raman. I use this little volume more than any other astrology book other than the Ephemeris. It gives detailed information on matching charts for purposes of marriage, picking a good starting time for a variety of purposes and how to pick the right name for your baby based on the time of birth. <offered at: www.astroamerica.com>
3. Practical Horary Astrology by Gayatri Devi Vasudev (B. V. Raman's
daughter). This simple but very practical volume outlines the proper method
of casting and interpreting Hindu Horary astrology (Prashna) charts. <offered
4. Astrology in Predicting Weather and Earthquakes by B. V. Raman
is very useful for this all but forgotten aspect of traditional astrology.
<offered at: www.astroamerica.com>
5. Medical Astrology: A Rational Approach by J.N. Bhasin clearly
outlines how to determine probable health challenges in an individual's
chart and when they might occur. MUST BUY. <offered by: http://www.vedicastrology.org/store.html>
6. Essentials of Medical Astrology by Dr. K.S. Charak. The author
is a medical doctor and good astrologer whose dual expertise benefits
the Jyotish reading public. (I must point out that gaining true expertise
in predicting disease and cure is a great art that requires personal training
from one is who is very learned and experienced in this ability.)
7. The Greatness of Saturn: A Therapeutic Myth by Robert Svoboda
is recommended for anyone who has felt Lord Shani's "bite."
Knowledge is power. Reading this book will help one learn how to work
with (and not against) Saturn's energy.
8. Applied Astrology by K. N. Rao and Meenakshi Raut has some
extraordinary knowledge concerning weather prediction by a master in the
field. <hard to find>
9. Hindu Astrology Lessons edited by Richard Houck has over 25
different authors, each giving a simple, useful Jyotish technique that
can be applied by the serious student of Jyotisha. <offered by: www.astroamerica.com>
10. Planets and Children by K. N. Rao is the best book available
concerning astrology and children. Specifically, Mr. Rao deals with many
astrological considerations concerning childbirth: fertility, infertility,
curses that prevent childbirth, etc. (Note: The potential mother's chart
and the potential father's chart must be examined to get a clear indication
of future children. Rao offers some remedial measures to help couples
that want children. (Note: This book does not deal with the child's chart
after it is born; normal rules of Jyotish interpretation apply to the
child's chart after birth.) <offered by: www.astroamerica.com>
12. Astrology of Death by Richard Houck deals with this important area of astrology using techniques from both Eastern and Western astrology. <offered by: www.astroamerica.com>
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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