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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.

Jupiter in Taurus:
Time of the Season for Loving

In Myths and Symbols of Vedic Astrology, the late Begin Behari explains Jupiter’s praise in the Rig Veda, the Upanishads and Puranas as both Brishaspati and Brahamanspati.  Both titles derive from the same root as Brahma, the Hindu God of creation.  The root is Bri, which means “to grow and expand.” This is the essence of all things Jupiterian that are expansive and illuminative in nature.  In astronomy, Jupiter is known as a gas giant. Hydrogen composes over 90 percent of Jupiter’s atmosphere. Jupiter is the jovial giant of the solar system, a little less than one percent the mass of the Sun; a little bigger and he would be a true star!  As he is, he is considered the star of the night sky due to his consistent brightness.

Jupiter will enter the constellation of Taurus on May 1st, 2024, and remain therein until May of 2025. The constellation of Taurus is ruled by Venus, the indicator of love and the pursuit of happiness.  The Moon is exalted in the constellation of Taurus as the Bull and the Cow are symbols of fertility, growth and prosperity in agrarian cultures.

Even at first glance through a telescope, Jupiter would remove the ignorance of contemporary thought to reveal why the Hindu sages call him Guru, teacher and preceptor to the Gods. Therefore, Jupiter as Guru and Brihaspati represents the power and protection of knowledge. The Rig Veda invokes him as “lighting up the Flame, he shall conquer his enemies,” his flame being the light of ever-expanding knowledge.  He conquers through wisdom, not force.  He represents the grace of God and protects all who serve in the name of knowledge. Join Dennis in paying homage to Jupiter in the fertile constellation of Taurus under the influence of benefic Venus where the call is to make love, not war.

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: SundayJune 23rd, 2024      
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT

Tuition $110. Includes teleconference and class recording

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The Sun - Royal Lord of Light

Surya, the Sun, is likened to the King of the royal palace in the astrology of India. When he makes his royal appearance, all eyes turn to him and the rest of the planetary court fades in obeisance to the King of the planets. In that light, the science of astrology is practiced after the Sun sets in reverence to the King of the planets, but also out of necessity as it is the only time the light of the planets can be seen against the firmament of a darkened sky. Just as we cannot look directly at the Sun without burning our vision, similarly each of the planets must have distance on the Sun so they too do not become burnt by the King.

The proximity of planets to the Sun is called combustion in Vedic astrology, implying the effects of the planets become increasingly burnt as they enter the domain of the King.  It is the prerogative of the King to determine whether the planets are really able to give the full effects of their indications.  Conversely, as planets gain distance from the Sun they escape the light and heat of the Sun, and become more luminous and powerful in their own right. Join Dennis, as this class will explore the astronomy, mythology, and glory of Surya, the King of the planets for it is the King that determines which members of his court will shine bright, or become burnt in his presence. `

Instructor: Dennis Flaherty
Date: SundayJuly 28th, 2024      
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT

Prepaid Tuition $110. Includes teleconference and class recording. 

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