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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
Begins Thursday, January 26, 2023
(additional dates to be announced)
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Pacific Time
Price: $250.00 for class and recordings

Dharma:  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 challenging times, and reinforcing the purposeful planetary forces to reveal the unwavering dharma that is the hidden reward of difficult times.

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: SaturdayJanuary 21st, 2023
In-person class at Ayurvedic Health Center, Bellingham, WA

To register contact Katrina Svoboda at the Ayurvedic Center at 360-734-2396.      
Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM PDT
Price: $100

Navigating in Woods

Saturn in Aquarius: The Great Secular Humanist 

On January 17th, 2023 Saturn will enter his own constellation of Aquarius where he will remain for the next 2 ½ years.  Saturn is the last of the luminous planets from the Sun. Thus he represents the beginning of darkness and the uncharted territory beyond the vestiges of fading light. This class will explore the most feared and most revered of the planets as he enters his own constellation, as darkness can bring unreasonable fears to many impressionable minds.

Saturn is heralded as the Sat Graha: The planet of the truth.  As the last of the luminous planets, Saturn reveals that light has its time and limits, and for those who understand this timeless truth Saturn will be their greatest teacher.  For those who are ignorant of this fact, Saturn will also be their greatest teacher, testing their attachment and limits to what they believe to be true, revealing the ephemerality of the world.

Aquarius is an air constellation that represents the realm of thought and ideation. Here Saturn becomes the great secular humanist examining the proverbial human condition to improve upon our common lot. Join Dennis as this class will examine Saturn’s transit of Aquarius for each of the constellations.     Don’t delay! Sign up for Saturn’s workshop today.


Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT

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

The Jupiter/Rahu Guru/Chandala Yoga in Aries 

When Jupiter and Rahu align in the same constellation, it goes under the name Guru–Chandala Yoga. These planets align every 7 to 8 years.  Guru is Jupiter’s name, and he is of the wise Brahmin caste.  Chandala means outcaste and refers to Rahu, who is an outcaste – outside the traditional caste system.  Both of these planets are very expansive by nature – Jupiter wishes to expand in the realm of knowledge and Rahu wishes to expand in the realm of material riches and economic gains.  Their expansive synergy combined easily leads to overreaching - producing the proverbial bubble effect – where rapid overinflation results in vulnerability to sudden collapse.  

As the principal planet of light, Jupiter’s knowledge is in service to educational and spiritual gains.  However, when linked with the shadow worldly planet Rahu –Jupiter’s knowledge is in service to material gains. Their synergetic combination creates a non-traditional approach – a very exciting new pathway - often flush with material gain at the onset, but not necessarily sustainable.
When Rahu and Jupiter came together in late 2008 - 2009 when the over-inflated global economic bubble burst, in what was called “The Great Recession.” Join Dennis for this exciting workshop as we once again experience the Guru-Chandala Yoga in 2023 as Jupiter joins Rahu in the constellation of Aries starting on April 21st, 2023. 

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT

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

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