Much of my teaching is done on an individual basis (on Skype if it’s not possible in person). I will recommend an approach based on your individual level of knowledge and your aim or intention in studying astrology.
I mentor budding astrologers who are finding their feet, and who are open to my approach of integrating western and Vedic astrology.
If you would like to study astrology with me send me a message and we’ll figure out how to energize your astrological adventure:
Studying astrology is not something you can ever truly finish, though it may well open up to you quickly if you approach it with enthusiasm and faith! It is not impossible to study astrology on your own. There are many good books and online resources out there. If anything the problem lies in the fact that the sheer vastness of the subject and the amount of information on it out there can be overwhelming. For this reason it can be valuable to have a guide to keep you from wasting time on non-essentials and dead-ends.
There are many different schools of thought in astrology, and even more teachers who believe their approach to be superior to the rest. A dash of luck (or good karma?) and a good dose of discernment are required to find the ideal method and guide for your needs and aptitudes. Perhaps in your own astrological journey you will try a few approaches and teachers, and that may in fact make you a better astrologer eventually. You can’t really judge something you haven’t got experience with, and the best astrologers tend to have given various methods a fair trial.
The courses I teach are intended to provide students with a solid foundation from which to explore the subject further, either with me, or on their own, or elsewhere. I believe that my approach leads students to master core techniques fairly quickly which some would consider fairly advanced. These core techniques are, in my experience as a professional astrologer, the methods that yield the most consistently useful and accurate information. The sooner students place the focus on these techniques, the sooner astrology that really works begins to come alive for them.
I personally guide students (via e-mail and/or Skype, or any other mutually convenient means of communication) through the course material. When students enroll I commit myself to sticking with them, as long as they are willing to try, until they master every stage of the journey. I don’t expect the people I teach to adhere to my approach. I have taught many people, at various levels, who have then gone ahead and explored aspects of astrology that I never have, and maybe never will. I am satisfied in such cases that I was able to get them orientated and equipped for their journey.
Studying astrology is truly an adventure of mind, heart and soul. It is, however, just complicated enough to deter those a little lacking in determination. I enjoy nothing more than making it easier for people to earn access to its treasures.
There are three stages in my approach to teaching individuals astrology, and each of these stages could be considered a distinct module or course in itself which can be taken separately if the student has the needed prior training. Under normal circumstances each of these modules will require between three and six months to complete. The structure of the courses, including how and when lessons take place, will be shaped around what is ideal and possible for all concerned.
Advanced Astrology for Beginners
This foundational stage of of my presentation of astrology presents the basics. Students are taught the ABC’s of the astrological language; basic astronomy, the attributes of the planets, signs, and houses.
We learn how to read a chart; how to identify the key features of a chart and how to build basic interpretations. In the context of western astrology I place an emphasis on Aspects (the geometric angles formed between the planets), since I consider this the most useful, reliable and versatile component of the modern western astrology’s toolkit. The reason I call this foundational course “Advanced Astrology for Beginners” is that, by the end of it, students have not only learned how to identify and interpret key features in a birth-chart, but also how to calculate astrological Transits (which involves looking at how the planets, according to their positions at any given time, directly interact with or trigger the planetary positions at birth). Learning to work with Transits is a major milestone in the education of an astrologer, and simply applying this skill will over time teach a student a great deal, since the learning then becomes direct and experiential, rather then abstract and theoretical.Once these basics are well understood and students are comfortably working with Transits and other basic techniques and concepts of modern western astrology (such as Progressions, another method for calculating life cycles), we can move on to the next module.
Introduction to Vedic Astrology
Vedic Astrology (or Jyotish) is the astrology of India, and while Vedic astrology is indeed deeply infused with the wisdom of India, you needn’t be a Hindu to study and practice Vedic astrology; the techniques and perceptions are universal if well translated.
Vedic and western astrology use the same symbols and concepts for their core tasks, but apply these in technically different ways. This phase of study typically proves very exciting for students who have completed the first foundational stage. Many astrologers that have reached a very advanced stage of skill and insight with western astrology find Vedic astrology very enlightening and valuable, since it often achieves strikingly accurate results using the same language and symbols with which an intermediate or relatively advanced student of western astrology will be familiar. Vedic astrology, in my experience, uses the houses of the birth-chart in a more effective way than conventional western astrology, so in this Vedic phase of study there is a greater emphasis on the use of houses than in the foundational course.
There are specific techniques in both the western and Vedic systems that I have found reliable, and these are the ones that I will emphasize in my teaching. Once the first two modules or stages have been completed the student will have quite enough to work with for a while.
The Art of Applied Astrology
Finally, during the last stage or module, we focus on efficient and skillful application and integration of all the various techniques learned previously. As the core techniques becomes solidly mastered students are gradually introduced to new and more advanced ideas and methods. The content of this final stage of study will be tailored to each individuals’ intended use of astrology. We will typically look at specialized applications of astrology (such as medical astrology, for example), as well as some technical, ethical and philosophical considerations that confront or intrigue the more advanced student and practitioner. Apart from exploring advanced or specialized areas of astrology, we focus in this stage of study on anchoring and refining skills through gaining practical experience in a structured setting in which you receive feedback and helpful stimulation.
I take a special interest in astrology’s potential to complement other therapeutic modalities. Astrology was an integral part of medical science in ancient times in cultures across the globe. I would like to collaborate with doctors and healers who are interested in exploring astrology as a component of a holistic approach to healing science. Astrology is formally recognized in Ayurveda as a useful aid in diagnosis and the prescription of remedial measures for illness, but this is essentially no different to the traditional use of medical astrology in the west. Astrology is the proverbial baby that was thrown out with the bathwater of medieval medical superstition. There is strong evidence suggesting that Hippocrates himself, the so called Father of Medicine, employed astrology as part of his diagnostic repertoire, reflecting the general trend of his time.