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An authoritative primer to Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, this book draws on the author's extensive study of the tradition. Andrew Mason explains in detail the practical applications of Jyotish, introduces the planets, signs and houses, as well as the many rich and highly entertaining mythologies of the system with an explanation of how to interpret them. He also covers Vedic Astrology's sister science, Ayurveda, and describes how they interact to provide insight into celestial timing, sustained health and general wellbeing. With sample charts that show the applications throughout, the book provides a complete an accessible resource on Jyotish for students of Indian astrology and Ayurveda practitioners. It will also be of interest to anyone with a passion for astrology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction. PART I - Setting Up Shop. 1. Ayanamsa. 2. Celestial 'Royal' Court. 3. Surya (Sun). 4. Chandra (Moon). 5. Budha (Mercury). 6. Kuja (Mars). 7. Brihaspati (Jupiter). 8. Chukra (Venus). 9. Shuni (Saturn). 10. Rahu and Ketu (Luna Nodes) and Mandi (Upagraha). PART II - Rashi, the zodiac and the symbolism of the twelve signs. 11. Rashi (Zodiacal Signs). 12. Bhava (Astrological Houses). 13. Bhavakaraka (House Significations). 14. Important House Combinations. 15. Dik Bala (Directional Strength). 16. Karma. 17. Retrogade Planets. 18. Dagdha (Combustion). 19. Graha Yuddha (Planetary War). PART III - Medical Astrology and Ayurveda. 20. Medical Astrology. 21. Varga. 22. Dasha. 23 Drsti (Graha Aspects). PART IV - The Moon and its Lunar Mansions. 24. Lunar Curiosities. 25. Nakshatra (Lunar Mansions). 26. Planetary Rulership of Nakshatra. 27 Nakshatra Portraits. 28. Nakshatra Qualities. PART V - The Propitiation of Planets and Remedial Measures. 29. Upayes (Remedies and Propitiation). 30. Supernatural Origin of Gemstones. 31. Rudraksa. 32. Pooja. 33. Pacifying Graha (Daily Routines and Rituals). 34. Bali/Shanti Karma. Conclusion. Appendix. Index.

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The authoritative primer to Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, covering the planets, signs, houses, myths and interpretations

About the Author

Andrew Mason is an expert in Eastern Alchemy. He started studying holistic medicine 20 years ago, completing his training as an Ayurveda practitioner in 2006. He then undertook a unique and intensive apprenticeship in the east, learning the closely guarded processes involved in the manufacturing of these ancient remedies. Since his return to the UK, Andrew has undertaken the task of recording and cataloguing these traditional processes, preserving these techniques which in some cases would have remained as tenuous oral traditions only. He is the author of Rasa Shastra, also published by Singing Dragon.


A refreshing new look at an ancient system of astrology. Written with humility, humor and hints of deep insight, this book is a welcome change from other books on Jyotish. -- Vaidya Atreya Smith, Director, European Institute of Vedic Studies, Author of Ayurvedic Nutrition, Ayurveda for Women Andrew Mason brings a fresh, new, and serious voice to the current array of books on Vedic astrology. -- Edith Hathaway, Vedic astrologer and author of In Search of Destiny, 2012 Andrew gives invaluable advice on the various remedies that can be found in the system to support a more positive experience of life, health, profession, relationships and spiritual journey. This I found to be very unique as most books that I have read in this area tend to present the challenging aspects of how your planets are placed at that time and how you are best to sit and ride the wave until you come to a better junction. It is refreshing to read a new and encouraging view point. -- Sunita Passi, Ayurvedic Health Coach and founder of Tri-Dosha * Tri-Dosha *

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