Book Review of "Ayurvedic Astrology" by David Frawley
Review by Michael Laughrin, Michael@jyotish.ws
A wonderful new offering has been laid at the feet of Jyotish by Dr. David Frawley: his new book "Ayurvedic Astrology." All Jyotishis should know some Ayurveda, and all Vaidyas should know some Jyotish.
With advanced degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, David Frawley is unusually qualified to show how to "diagnose" possible health problems through the Vedic astrology chart. I remember a tape, from one of the ACVA conferences, in which he very clearly demonstrated how to choose one's doshas from the planets affecting the Ascendant, Moon ascendant and Sun ascendant. Common sense, you may say, but such brilliant common sense! This book will teach you to do this and much more.
Gems are an important aspect of remedial measures in Jyotish and are exceedingly potent. Their use may greatly help or may greatly harm the wearer. Much light is needed in this area. David has a wonderful section on their use and, as one who has successfully recommended gems to clients for over 12 years, I largely agree with his rules for wearing gems.
Mantras for each planet are also given and the relationship between color and doshas is explained. The chakras, the three bodies (physical, astral and causal), and the nakshatras and their relationship with the planetary energies are clearly explained. The volume comes to a grand conclusion with thirty-three example charts of famous people. This book should be near the top of your "must have" list for Vedic Astrology, or Ayurveda, or Natural Medicine.
One note of caution: this tome is geared to those seekers of Truth who are at least marginally competent in Jyotish. It may be confusing for rank beginners.
Review (c) 2006 Michael Laughrin.
From the August/September 2006 issue of Michael Laughrin's North American Jyotish Newsletter. Click to subscribe to this free Jyotish newsletter.
Yagyas offered by Michael Laughrin.
Read more articles by Michael Laughrin.
Learn about Michael Laughrin's credentials.