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Beneath a Vedic Sky: A Beginner's Guide to the Astrology of Ancient India [Paperback]

William R. Levacy
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Mar 1999
In this practical guide on Vedic astrology, readers will learn how to identify the most salient features of Vedic astrology; how to interpret a birth chart Vedic style; and how to use this information to enhance their own lives.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House Inc; Pap/Com edition (Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561705241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561705245
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 638,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You will see that the Vedic charts, which are called chakras or Kundalis, are different from current Western astrological charts. Read the first page
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You can do better 5 April 1999
By A Customer
I am an intermediate jyotish student with a very good grasp of the basics. This book does not provide sufficient explanation to make clear how to read a chart. Important, central jyotish concepts are treated equally with advanced concepts that many experts do not need. The book does not give you a feeling for what is most important and how you can reconcile completing chart significations.
There are other well-recognized books that are much better. You will get a lot more book for your money-he uses big print for 350 pages. Try:
"Predictive Astrology of the Hindus," Pandit Gopesh Kumar Ojha.
"Light on Life," Hart deFouw.
"Astrology of the Seers," David Frawley.
(Also James Brahas book, "Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer" oversimplifies, but it is a fun beginner book that gives accurate descriptions of the planets in the houses that lets you get started).
The heart of jyotish is prediction based on planetary periods that control an individual life one after another, adding up to 120 years. During a Venus period of 20 years, Venus is the major influence in how your life will progress. Perhaps during this period you are wealthy, but during the Sun period of 7 years that follows, you may be poor. Then there are sub-periods of influence within each major period. Understanding how these periods and sub-periods influence a chart is essential, yet he covers this in one page. His description of how to read these periods differs in some ways from those in other books.
He offers a confusing array of possibilities making difficult problems, such as transits, more difficult. He gives several ways to take transits. (I've learned to take them from the Moon).
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There is no doubt about it. This is one of the best beginners guide books on the marked up till now, together with Light on Life, by Svoboda and Hart de Fouw. I have enjoyed reading it, I recommend it highly. It has left out the silly statements, and concentrated on the energies in the horoscope. This will make the student think, instead of babbling a lot of superstitious nonsense. Even the more difficult things are made easy to understand and use. The book is loaded with information, the yogas very well explained. For the beginner the CD will probably be very much appreciated, since it makes the vedic chart available emidiately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I found Mr. Levacy to have a profound grasp of the knowledge of vedic astrology. The layout of the book is easy to follow and understand. The use of both western and eastern terms were very helpful in linking my own limited knowledge together. I especially enjoyed his insightful explanations of the planets through the signs and in the different houses. I now feel I have a much more comprehensive understanding of "Jyotish" and how it relates to my own life and experiences. I was also delighted by Mr. Levacy's brief descriptions regarding the topics of Ayurveda and Vastu, and how these different branches of knowledge tie together. I thank you for providing a novice with a very clear and useful handbook addressing the science of Vedic Astrology. Dr. Kimberly K. Hoffmann, Chiropractor
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Clear and concise, this textbook organizes the morass of Vedic concepts in such a way that I can understand it. A full-time Western astrologer, Vedic is my current passion. There has been a schism that Levacy has bridged with this text. I love the large print. It give my mind a moment to integrate what I have just read. I appreciate the order and the willingness Levacy had to introduce more advanced concepts with the remedial. I can choose what to use in my practice, he makes it accessible. I recommend it to any student of Vedic astrology at any level of knowledge. Cynthia Novak
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vedic Astrology for "dummies"! :) 27 Mar 1999
By A Customer
This book is fabulous for those of us who would like to decipher our Vedic charts! It's easy to understand, laid out in plain English. And as if THAT weren't enough, Mr. Levacy has kindly enclosed a CD-ROM demo disc of the fabulous Goravani Jyotish! Until now, trying to understand Jyotish, has been like trying to decipher a secret code; VERY accurate system of astrology, but until now, very COMPLEX! If you are looking to understand Vedic Astrology, LOOK NO FURTHER! THIS is the book for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on Vedic Astrology for all levels. 29 May 1999
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Bill Levacy is a brilliant author who takes a complex subject like Vedic Astrology and makes it easier for all to understand. Being a Vedic Astrologer in Los Angeles, I have known Bill for many years and respect both his teaching and writing abilities.
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Mr. Levacy lives up to his reputation as one of the leading Vedic astrologers in America. I have heard of his work for years and have anxiously awaited this book. Beneath a Vedic Sky is an in-depth look at everything I wanted to know, from the planets, houses, and rulers and countless ways they interact together (just for starters). This book is a treasure, and I know we'll look back in twenty years and see that it is not only a classic, but will continue to be a bestseller in its field. I highly recommend Mr. Levacy's book, and the accompanying CD. My own understanding of my chart has been greatly helped with this work, and I find myself continually drawn to it for feedback and encouragement. Louise Hay knows how to pick great writers, and her company has made this a gorgeous book. Congratulations!
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