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Recommendations for foundational books on Vedic astrology, including classics and modern interpretations.

Here are some foundational books that cover both the classical and modern aspects of Vedic astrology, along with the names of their authors and publications:

  1. Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra – Author: Maharishi Parashara This is one of the most important and ancient texts in Vedic astrology, attributed to the sage Parashara. It covers all aspects of astrology and is highly revered by practitioners.
  2. Jataka Parijata – Author: Vaidyanatha Dikshita Jataka Parijata is another important classical text that delves into predictive astrology, focusing on various planetary combinations and their effects on individuals.
  3. Phaladeepika – Author: Mantreswara Phaladeepika is a classic text that deals with the practical application of astrological principles in analyzing a person’s life and predicting events.
  4. Brihat Jataka – Author: Varahamihira Varahamihira was an influential Indian astronomer and astrologer. Brihat Jataka is one of his major works, covering various aspects of predictive astrology.
  5. Saravali – Author: Kalyanavarma Saravali is an important astrological text that covers a wide range of astrological topics, including the influence of planets, houses, and planetary combinations.
  6. Light on Life – Author: Hart deFouw and Robert E. Svoboda This modern classic provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Vedic astrology, blending traditional wisdom with a contemporary perspective.
  7. Astrology of the Seers – Author: David Frawley David Frawley, also known as Pandit Vamadeva Shastri, is a renowned Vedic scholar. In this book, he explores the spiritual and psychological dimensions of Vedic astrology.
  8. The Essentials of Vedic Astrology – Author: Komilla Sutton Komilla Sutton is a well-known Vedic astrologer, and her book offers a clear and concise guide to understanding Vedic astrology and its practical application.
  9. Jyotish Swayam Shikshak – Author: Dr. S.N. Khanna This book is a comprehensive guide to learning Vedic astrology in Hindi, and it covers both the basics and advanced concepts.
  10. Vedic Astrology for Beginners: An Introduction to the Origins and Core Concepts of Jyotish by Pamela McDonough (2020). This book covers the basic elements of Vedic astrology, such as the planets, signs, houses, and lunar mansions, and shows you how to analyze your birth chart. It also explores the ancient origins and differences of Vedic astrology from Western astrology1
  11. The Karakatvas: A Journey into the World of Vedic Astrology by Sarajit Poddar (2021). This book delves into the concept of karakas or significators, which are the symbols associated with each planet, sign, house, and subdivision in Vedic astrology. It explains how to use these karakas to decipher various aspects of life, such as health, wealth, career, marriage, children, etc2
  12. The Art and Science of Vedic Astrology: The Foundation Course by Richard Fish and Ryan Kurczak (2013). This book provides a comprehensive and practical approach to learning Vedic astrology, with detailed explanations of the principles, techniques, and calculations involved. It also includes numerous examples and exercises to help you apply what you learn3

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