Learn Astrology                                                                                                                                                  Astrology Lessons

Learn Astrology

Tutorials and Lessons in Western and Vedic Astrology

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

You can now Search this website for any words or phrases.

Latest News

My Annual Winter Astrology Software Sale!
New Increased Discounts!

My most recent tutorials:

My new tutorial: Accuracy in Astrology Readings

My new tutorial: The Houses Impacted by Saturn: Part Two

My new video introduction to Janus 5.1

Astronomy Highlights in Autumn 2018

Can Planets be Strong in Dusthana Houses?

July 4th new Solar Fire 9 sale!

The Great 2018 Mars Opposition

The Very Basic Elements of Astrology -- Revised!

When Subcycles really count
(my new Vedic tutorial)

The great new Janus 5 astrology program

Dusthana Houses and The Value of Adversity
Eclipses, the North Node,
and the Election of Donald Trump

Blending Vedic and Western Astrologies -- Revisited

The Way of the Jyotishi   New!

The Keystones in Astrology

Factors to consider in assessing a life theme

The Vedic Relocation Chart

The Blessings and Challenges of
a Planet in its own Sign

Finding the Themes: The Art of Synthesis

Understanding Houses: Part One

Towards a Deeper Understanding of Transits:
Core Principles in Transit Interpretation

The Art of Nakshatra Analysis
and Jyotish Star's interview with me.

The Meaning of Exaggerated Condition

General Principles of Yoga Formation

Listening to the Story: The true art of the astrologer

A Flowchart of Dasa & Bhukti Analysis

My newest astrology software articles:

Updates to my Free Astrology Software
and Mobile Apps articles

Stop using your inaccurate astrology programs now!

What astrology software can't do

A NASA visualization of
the upcoming Total Eclipse in August

The great book: It's About Time-- reissued

Astrological Techniques and Uncertain Birth Times
My must-read article --Updated!

The Far Side of the Moon

Hot Degrees 2017:
The Year's Major Astrological Events

Courtesy of Astrolabe

Rectifying Charts using Astrology Software

A Journey into the World of Oudh

The new look of Pluto

You can see all of my latest astrology software columns here.

Remember that you can get free astrological software, download free demo versions of professional programs, read my published reviews of astrology programs, get the best prices on software, and learn a great deal about computer programs for astrology on my other website's Ultimate Guide to Astrology Software by clicking here.

How I became proficient in astrology

In 1974, my girlfriend asked me "What's your sign"? Having been a "science whiz kid" since the age of 8, I rolled my eyes and asked her, "Do you really believe in astrology? The planets are so far away that they couldn't possibly influence life on Earth."

Much to my surprise, she replied, "You call yourself a scientist. Have you ever tested astrology?" For which I had no answer. To show her how wrong she was, I decided to study enough astrology to test it.

I let it be known at work that for a nominal fee, I would calculate each person's chart and write up what the top books said about them. All the person had to do was tell me how much fit them.

While I read the write-up to them, I also read it to myself, and in each reading, about 40% was general enough to fit me. But most people told me at about 80% fit them!

I went over sections that definitely didn't fit me, and they would say, "Yes", that fits.

Over time, I discovered that certain delineations never worked, and eliminated them, and the percentage that fit kept rising, until people began to tell me 100% fit!

Along the way, I shifted from wanting to disprove astrology to becoming enamored with it and wanting to explore it more deeply.

I began studying all of the best books on Western astrology, and tested what I discovered.

I grew in my mastery of Western astrology, and became sought after for birth chart readings, chart comparisons, predictive readings, etc.

But much more was to come.

One day, at Shambhala bookstore, I picked up a Vedic astrology book.

I opened the book randomly and read "[with this configuration] you will have leprosy". I was shocked both by the harsh language, and by the statement's inaccuracy (nowadays, how many people get leprosy), and put the book down and stayed away from Vedic astrology for years.

[I have since learned that classical Vedic -- and ancient Greek -- astrology texts specifically used very vivid examples in order to "stick" the ideas in the student's mind, and were not meant to be taken literally.]

In the mid '90s, Rob Hand and Rob Schmidt began translating classical Western astrology manuscripts, to help astrologers learn what had been lost.

I loved this new/old approach, and decided to attend the first Project Hindsight conference.

The conference didn't just have Hellenistic astrology classes, but also lectures on Vedic astrology. The talks were great and helped me to open to Vedic astrology.

I decided to try to learn Vedic astrology by immersing myself in the top classical works, but much to my chagrin, without a teacher I was lost.

I then heard that the renowned Vedic astrologer Hart de Fouw was coming to town to give lectures on Vedic astrology. I attended them and was blown away by the depth of his knowledge and the incredible power of Vedic astrology.

Hart became my Vedic Guru and I have studied with him for over a decade.

When my clients found out that I was learning Vedic astrology, they started asking for Vedic readings, and before long, my understandings of Vedic astrology greatly enriched my readings.

I have learned profound respect for both Vedic and Western methods, and can -- by the Grace of God -- "dance between them" magically, to great effect.

That's why I want to share what I've learned in both fields with you, my valued audience, so that you too can grow and prosper in deep understanding.

Click to Return to Return to Home Page

Send e-mail to Hank Friedman  by clicking here

Copyright © 2015 Hank Friedman --- ALL RIGHTS RESERVED