Where the astrology of the East meets the West
Dennis teaches all of his classes and workshops in the time
honored tradition of
Shruti, which in Sanskrit means that
which is heard. In this way there is a direct connection between
the teacher and the student. All classes and workshops are
available through live phone conferencing so the student can
participate in a real time learning environment no matter where
they reside, locally, nationally or internationally. Your
instructor, Dennis Flaherty, is one of the four foundational
people who co-sponsored the International Symposiums on Vedic
Astrology that brought the great teachers of Vedic Astrology to
speak to live western audiences the last two decades. He
continues that tradition each year by offering live phone
conferencing classes in Vedic Astrology at the NW Institute of
Vedic Sciences. Dennis is one of the founding members of the
CVA. He is an approved
teacher of the CVA and all classes and workshops count toward
This is a special foundational class for Dennis correspondence course, and mentor students only for aspiring professional astrologers. Course materials and homework are presented in a structured, progressive environment and emailed to the student in preparation for each class. The material is advanced and the pace is self directed. Please reserve your space early, as space is limited.
Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Dates: Thursdays — June 7, July 5, July 26, and August 30
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Order complete class CDs at registration for only $30. Thereafter CDs are $15 per class.
Your choice: Phone conference class. Open only to students who have Audio Correspondence Course.
There are 12 Bhavas, or Houses, of the astrological chart that encompass the total field of our human experience. This workshop will present the places in our lives that each the Bhavas represent in comprehensive detail. Further, this class will explore the interpretative tools of the Bhava Karakas, Sthanna Bala, Bhavat Bhavam, and Ashtakavarga, which are potent tools that allow the Vedic astrologer to correctly weigh the power places within the Vedic chart. Without a complete knowledge of the places that each the Houses represent, the serious practitioner of Vedic astrology will be lost in their chart interpretation, like a traveler without a GPS compass. This class is a must for all beginning to advanced students.
Are you a beginning to intermediate student of Vedic astrology and just having difficulty sorting through the maze of astrological material to put it all together? Then this workshop is for you. Dennis will present a comprehensive, easy-to-understand, down-to-earth, foundational overview of the principles of sound chart interpretation in a manner that will bring consistency and lucidity to your readings. Einstein is purported to have said "Genius is knowing what is important." This class will teach what is important in chart interpretation so you can bring more content and confidence to your readings. Dennis will teach you to begin to see a heavenly mosaic where you once only seemed to gaze upon an unrecognizable celestial maze.
Eastern and Western cultures are founded on fundamentally different principles regarding the nature of relationships. The social fabric of the East orientates the individual more towards a familial expression as a whole, whereas the social fabric of the West orientates the person more towards individual expression. This workshop will explore the wisdom of the eastern sages as it relates to the most personal intimate relationships of family, children, marriage and love partners, and friends. In this class Dennis will explore the celestial fabric of each of the planetary patterns and how they drive the course of our closest relationships. After the discussion of your archetypal partners this class will further explore the timing of important relationships, for it is not only who you meet, but the time when you meet them that is of critical importance in the attainment of successful intimate relationships.
The personal planets, Venus and Mars, may well determine the ephemeral chemistry of romantic attractions, but the social planets, Jupiter and Saturn, and the powerful planetary cycles, more often than not, determine the durability and stick-togetherness of partnering.
This class will follow the celestial fabric of intimate relationships from the ecstasy of connective compatibility to the agony of divisive combat-ability, that results in the eventual loss and separation that follows in what is the most essential of all human needs. We all have the need to connect, and attach and reveal the self in the human drama in a world that is inherently isolating. Bring your planets, but bring your hearts and mind.
Dressed in red, with a red body, who has four arms, the son of the Earth, whose vehicle is a ram, who carries a trident, a spear and a mace in his hands, with a coral crest, jewels on his head, making the gesture that gives boons, May divine Mars ever grant us grace!
So goes the invocation to Mars, who many Vedic astrologers consider to be one of the greatest malefic Grahas as he grasps the three weapons suggesting his propensity to violence. Mars must be examined carefully for his malfeasance or his magnificence, for when Mars brings his results, he brings them suddenly and spectacularly.
Mars' hands are truly quicker than your eyes, as everything with Mars happens in a "New York Minute," and his shock and awe are worshiped in today’s cult of speed. When malefic, Mars and his moons bring fear and panic, conflict and war. The rise of the international arms and finance industries, and their lobbies, reap record profits based on such fears to personal and national security and financial security issues. The goal of the created fear and panic of the day is to gain greater control. When malefic, Mars must always act suddenly to create the fear and panic which drives the collective herd mentality into the chosen direction reaping the desired profit that comes with control. From the rush to war, to the fast buck, to the quick-fix, you will see his malefic effects in action. Mars at his closest approach to the earth in 60,000 years extinguished over 20,000 lives in Europe through one of the hottest summers on record in 2003. More lives than that are lost every year in the rush to war and conflict and speed-related traffic accidents.
Thankfully, Mars' fourth and final hand offers a benefic boon, the gift of self-determinism; the ability to chart our own destiny. When benefic, Mars is an advocate, not a bully. For certain charts, in certain planetary yogas and at certain times, Mars becomes highly benefic. When in these positions, his energy and enthusiasm can light up the world! When benefic he represents the courage and valor of all true spiritual warriors who lead the struggle against fear and ignorance. This class will teach you to quickly grasp and determine whether Mars is a malefic, or a benefic influence in your life. You must do so quickly to thrive and survive in today’s cult of speed.
Please register early for all classes and workshops. Include your contact information when registering by email.