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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.  Please call for more information.

Eastern Planetary Yogas
for Today’s Western Eyes

This class will present a comprehensive overview of the classic planetary Yogas, the auspicious and inauspicious combinations of the planets that are the foundation of Vedic chart interpretation.  Dennis will explore the Solar and Lunar Yogas, the Raja, Dhana, and Arista Yogas, as well as the classic “Great Soul” Mahapurusha Yogas. In addition, we will examine the difficult Daridra, Balarishta, and classic Vipareeta Yogas, as well as the Sanyas, or renunciate Yogas.  


In this tour de force of planetary Yogas Dennis will detail the auspicious Lakshmi and Saraswati Yogas. Dennis’ approach is always to interpret these classic Yogas, not in a literal, traditional light, but in a liberal, modern light - pertinent to the here and now for today’s western eyes.  

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: December 10, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT

Prepaid Tuition $110 includes teleconference and class recording.


Saturn’s Sadi Sati and America’s Date with Destiny - The Ageing of America
for Young and Old

Many astrologers measure the maturity of the self when Saturn returns to the birth constellation every 29 to 30 years.  Vedic astrologers measure the maturity of the self by the cycle of Saturn’s Sadi Sati. This term refers to the 7 ½ years cycle it takes Saturn to completely transit both sides the natal Moon. In Vedic astrology the Moon becomes the focus of Saturn’s transit as the Moon represents the foundation of self-awareness that starts with our familial responsibilities and culminates with our responsibilities in the world. 

Saturn is the planet of the Winter Solstice, the darkest time of the year. Saturn’s transit over the natal Moon represents a time when we experience a symbolic Fall and Winter in our life cycle. Saturn’s Sadi Sati brings into focus the existential reality that comes with growing older and the challenges and continuing responsibilities that come with the aging process in face of our finite self. 

Saturn’s Sadi Sati is not just limited to the individual, as the aging process is applicable to all nativities - including nations. America entered Saturn’s Sadi Sati when Saturn entered Capricorn in January of 2020. The US elected Joseph Biden - who assumed office in 2020 - being the oldest US President to hold office! America is now deep in Saturn’s Sadi Sati, as Saturn is currently in the same constellation as the US Moon since January of 2023. America’s Sadi Sati will not conclude until early 2028! 

If you are prepared to awaken to the truth, Saturn will help you seize what is true and renounce what is false before it is too late, for paradoxically, darkness illuminates the small light of truth. Join Dennis for this class, as he will illuminate the foundational principles of the Sadi Sati in reference to the US chart. The “age Tsunami” of the “Baby Boomer” generation is front and center. The aging of America and its date with destiny is here and now. It can no longer be denied.  Join Dennis for this class as we discuss the real-life consequences of the aging of America, for young and old alike.     

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: SundayJanuary 28th, 2024      
Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM PST

Prepaid Tuition $100

Place: Ayurvedic Health Center. Bellingham. Washington
Contact:  Please call Katrina Svoboda to register and provide payment at 360-734-2396.


Crescent Moon

Dennis will be available on Monday, 1/29/24 for a limited number of in-person readings at the Ayurvedic Health Center. For readings, please call us at 425-778-6487 to book and provide payment. 

The Ethics and Practice of Humanistic Vedic Astrology

This class will discuss what role should the astrologer take in the forecasting of the client’s future. What responsibility does the astrologer assume in their forecast, if any?  What are the proper questions to ask, and what are the proper questions to answer and not to answer?  In this workshop, Dennis will discuss the various styles and differences of Vedic chart interpretation between the counseling, coaching, and consulting models, as well as well as the difference between the humanistic or more self-deterministic models versus the predictive models of Vedic astrology.


This class will draw upon Dennis’ four decades of practice, having read for people the world over to help you choose the style and model that best works for your practice.  This is a foundational class for those who aspire to be practicing Vedic astrologers.

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: SundayFebruary 11th, 2024      
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PST

Prepaid Tuition $110. Includes teleconference and class recording. 

Life coaching

The Rahu/Ketu Tempest in Pisces/Virgo

The nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, are depicted as dragons and serpents in the astrology of both the east and the west.  The symbol of the nodes is found on the back of the head of the king of snakes; the cobra.  The serpent and dragon mythology of all eastern and western creation myths liken the serpents and dragons appearance to times of archetypal struggle, as they are harbingers of storms and eclipses, representing the epic battle between the forces of light and darkness.

This year Rahu is transiting the constellation of Pisces, and Ketu - always opposite - is transiting the constellation of Virgo where they will begin their epic struggle in these constellations for the next year and a half.   They are powerful indicators of changing times for the nativities they influence. Join Dennis to see where the Rahu/Ketu axis falls in your chart. 

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: SundayMarch 31st, 2024      
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM PDT

Prepaid Tuition $110. Includes teleconference and class recording. 

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