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Light On Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India (Arkana) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B06XY1TCDY
- Publisher : Penguin; 1st edition (14 October 2000)
- Language : English
- File size : 4264 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Print length : 471 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,148 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Very few people like Dr. Frawley know the true greatness of India while every other foreigner comes to India, learns the secrets of Jyotish, Yoga etc. go capitalise in the west and then talks with utter condescension, not to mention about how these foreigners charge thousands of dollars for teaching Jyotish. And then we Indians have to become subservient and act like they will teach us our heritage, our roots and Jyotish!
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The book gives a concise grounding on the roots of Jyotish and its underlying philosophy. It takes the reader through basic astronomy, planets, signs, houses and the Panchanga. It covers the Nakshatras thoroughly, which the authors view as central to understanding Jyotish. Descriptions of the Nakshatras in some books tend to be nebulous, but you get a good grounding here simply by absorbing the key meanings and rulerships of the 27 asterisms.
The art of astrology is to integrate all the separate elements of a chart. Light on Life comes into its own in the chapter on interpretation, where the authors give an 18-point rundown of how to analyse a Vedic horoscope. The authors bring together the strands of planetary strength, rulership and affinity from classical Jyotish texts, with practical insights of their own. The sections on Planetary Yogas and forecasting, which combines the Vimshottari Dashas with Gochara, is likewise excellent. Step by step, exactly what you want. Example charts give detailed practical illustrations of principles used in the book.
Minor quibbles concern the text-heavy layout, and a sometimes rather ponderous prose style (my edition also contains some glaring typos). Classical Jyotish is set out in aphorism form, with very little exposition, which is often easier to digest. Also, the same two anonymous example charts are used throughout the book, so the reader has to keep flipping to the back to find the chart diagrams.
Still, this is the go-to book for aspiring Jyotishis of almost any level. Jyotish is a virtual 50-50 split between technique and intuitive knowledge, and Hart de Fouw and Robert Svoboda clearly have an abundance of both.
explanations excellent - cuts through verbiage. Good index in the back. A table is included so that you can make out your own D9 (Navamsa) chart.
You will need to memorise several concepts if you want to start reading and understanding charts. Once you do you can quickly start practicing on your friends and then strangers or both at the same time. Of course I want to read deeper and deeper on several concepts introduced in this book. But this will give you all you need to start off. I do think the authors missed out a table that shows the different lordships and grahas ie., 1 for Aries whose lord is Mars, 2 Taurus whose lord is Venus etc., helps to show the strength of the planets. I often generate horoscope with a software and then start reading it. So this table is key for a beginner. I had to build my own. Some concepts could have gone deeper but then the book would become too thick.
I also suggest reading "The Greatness of Saturn" by Robert Svoboda before you read this as it will help to re-enforce the relationships of the planets and aid in memorisation (something I dislike). All in all you cant beat these two gurus.