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Vedic Astrology Classes

Dennis teaches all of his classes and workshop in the time honored oral tradition of Shruti, which in Sanskrit means that which is heard. In this way there is a direct connection between the teacher and student. All classes and workshop are available through a platform of live interaction so that students can participate in a real time learning environment regardless of location nationally or internationally. Your instructor, Dennis Flaherty, is one of the foundational people who have brought the astrology of India to the West these past three decades. All classes and workshop are recognized toward CVA certification through the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA), the oldest Vedic astrology organization in the West.


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 distance learning classes in Vedic Astrology at the Northwest 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 CVA certification.

The Master Mentor Series:
Distance Learning

The mentoring class is only available as an option for our audio course students after obtaining permission from the instructor. It is a live interactive class that aspires to build the student's Vedic chart interpretation skills in a structured progressive learning environment. The mentor class is offered three times yearly and is comprised of four classes for each series. Course materials are provided for each of the classes.

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Dates: Begins Thursday, January 21, 2021
(additional dates to be announced)
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pacific Time
Price: $240.00 for class and recordings

Dharma and the Dustannas:
Discovering Purpose in Difficult Times

It is often said that difficult times have a hidden reward. That reward does not lie in the obstacle itself, but rather in the dharmic purpose of the challenge.  All too often the emphasis of difficult times is on blame, fault, and enduring the insult of the difficulty, rather than taking a proactive, purposeful stance regarding it.  Lord Krishna proclaims in the Bhagavad-Gita:  “There is nothing better for a Kshatriya, a spiritual warrior, than a battle in accord with dharma.”  This emphasis on dharma during difficult times has the potential to lead us into a place of self-discovery at journey’s end.  When that understanding is reached, the duration of hardship ends, and the process of liberation begins.

When dharma emerges, no matter how obstructing the darkness, pain, and despair we begin the journey to light, forbearance, and hope.  In the Gita Krishna says: “The wise, their intellect united with the Self, having renounced the fruits of actions and being liberated from the bonds of birth, arrive at a state devoid of suffering.”  In The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran says: “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding."

This workshop will focus on understanding and mitigating the obstructing planetary forces, which are associated with the dustanna bhavas and their lords, and reinforcing the purposeful dharma bhavas and their lords to reveal the unwavering dharma that is the hidden reward of difficult times.   

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: Sunday,  February 28, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PST

Price: Prepaid conference call. $100 includes class recordings.

Combust and Retrograde Planets in Vedic Astrology

Dennis will present a comprehensive analysis of the often confusing and misunderstood planetary phenomenon of retrogression and combustion.  Retrograde (RX) planets appear brighter in the heavens, and are therefore more powerful for what they indicate as the phenomenon of retrogression appears as planets spatially move opposite, or as far from the Sun as possible. 

When planets move too close to the Sun they become overwhelmed by the Sun’s brilliance.  This planetary phenomenon is known as combustion, which is the opposite of retrogression. Planets that become combust become less powerful for what they indicate. Dennis will demystify the confusion and controversies surrounding the delineation of combust and RX planets with the clear light of astronomical observation and reason.  


Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: Sunday,  March 28, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST
Price: Prepaid conference call. $100 includes class recordings.

The Times of Your Life: The Karmic Fruits of the Planets

Each of the planets has a time to release the karmas it represents in the Vedic chart.  In this workshop, Dennis will explain the many and varied times of the planets, for in Indian cosmology they represent the times of your life from birth to death. This class will teach you the life and times of each of the nine grahas, helping you to understand their times of maturity, and most importantly the karmic fruits they release into your life as represented through the Vimshottari Dasa of Vedic astrology.

With over three decades as a full time practicing astrologer, Dennis will instruct you on how to prioritize and combine the many and varied timelines of the planets into a coherent model to enrich your timing skills as a practicing Vedic astrologer.

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: Sunday,  April 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT
Price: Prepaid conference call. $100 includes class recordings.



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