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How and Why Does Astrology Work?
Grasping the universal principles are most important part of Vedic astrology. They are the building blocks of astrology, yoga and life. It’s impossible to make any meaningful sense of astrology and life without making these connections.
The gunas and elements are the first 2 things mentioned in the Vedic astrology texts.
Gunas are the qualities of life, that relate to body, mind and spirit – and show the evolutionary process.
Elements are the compounds or substances that make everything on those 3 levels.
I discuss these things in today’s video
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What Students Are Saying
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“I am a yoga teacher with a strong background in Ayurveda and this course allowed me to begin to fully grasp the Vedic knowledge in its wholeness. Sam’s approach to teaching this vast and seemingly complicated science is to build our knowledge piece by piece on a solid foundation of the basic principles of all the Vedic sciences.“
I started learning about Vedic Astrology in 2006 but it wasn?t until Sam?s class in 2012 that all the pieces of the puzzle came together for me. I was looking for someone to help me understand the structure of Vedic Astrology not just facts and about the time I finished his book ?The Ascendant ? 108 Planets of Vedic Astrology? he decided to offer his class.
“There’s a lot of information to take in and Sam breaks down the details into bite-sized chunks to make learning easier. I have learnt so much since I started the course in August and now have a better understanding of the vedic culture and history. “
I’m blessed: after about 4 years of reading, researching Jyotish and feeling somewhat intimidated by its greatness, I made the life-changing decision of studying with Sam for a proper certification. I wanted to study with my guru, Dattatreya Siva Baba, founder of Astroved, but he was not available. When he recommended Sam, I made that decision out of trust in my guru.
“I first began studying “Systems Approach” Vedic astrology in 2002, but it seemed like it raised more questions than it answered. Does this feeling sound familiar? No matter how much you read, whether it’s Western or Vedic astrology, you just get more and more confused — until you meet Sam Sadasiva Geppi.
My primary goal and experience was not about gaining another certificate and becoming a Vedic Astrologer, it was to seek an astrological map through which I could reveal the secrets hidden in my karmic code and begin to unravel all the latent psychological tendencies that were keeping me from realizing my highest ?Self.? I highly recommend Sam?s courses!
So, Let’s Recap This Deal:
(But Hurry The Clock is Ticking)
I began studying the Vedic Sciences when I was 19 years old, in 1983. At that time I started a meditation practice, based on the books of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later known as Osho). I was really a lost soul back then – a child of divorce with much confusion and heartbreak. At the time, these meditations and practices saved my life. It prepared me for a life long study of Vedic sciences. I continued that meditation practice until this day – now studying with my sat Guru Ammachi.
In between, the 30 years that have passed between Rajneesh and Amma, the world changed a lot – and so did I. Through the 80’s and much of the 90’s the world was still in the “old paradigm” of communication – meaning NO INTERNET. The world was a lot different – especially as it related to things such as spirituality and the worlds of East and West sharing their cultural and spiritual traditions.
Actually, I Was Really Lost
During that time, I continued my Indian studies practices, in anonymity, all the while half heartedly pursuing a musical career. In truth, I was lost most of those years as I had no interest in committing to a career / making a living in the world, unless I could do what I wanted. So I worked in sales jobs, I would drink and smoke and was basically living the “tortured artist” life. Outer circumstances were not supporting my inner life and by the late 90’s, I was sinking and I felt like I was running out of options. I never went to college, minus a year of electives and French classes – mainly motivated by falling in love with a French girl 😉 – because I was interested in metaphysics.
Sudden Change and Redemption and The New Paradigm
In 2001, while I was working in a sales job, a great thing happened, I was fired (actually we were all let go,downsized). While grown men were crying, having lost a 100K / year job suddenly, I was ecstatic. I quickly did the math and realized, including severance pay and unemployment, I had about 3 years to start over and do something new and I knew exactly what that was – Yoga and Vedic astrology. As the internet had changed the world and opened things up for online businesses and communications, I had begun studying astrology and Yoga in earnest again and was hopeful to help people.
I no longer felt like this weird guy interested in bewildering Indian science and spirituality. I started an email list, as there were more and more people interested in learning about these sciences. I saw all around me people trying their best to awaken to the mystical truths of the East, but just not really getting it. For instance, “The Law of Karma” is a totally empowering concept. It essentially says that you are responsible for everything and the things that limit and frame your life are the result of the limitations you have imagined and then acted upon.
But instead, filtered through our modern misunderstanding, the law of Karma is often rejected due to the wrong notion that it is unempowering and “lording over us” somehow – like a system of carrots and sticks being wielded by unseen, believed in, overlords. Sadly, Vedic astrologers often frame “The Planets” as these oppressive overlords. Often western Vedic astrologers will rebel against that notion – citing our freewill as being able to overcome it. Whereas Indians fall more in line with the “Overlord” part of it, seeing astrology as a way to make us resigned to our fate / punishment, etc. Western side says “fight, use the ego” – Eastern side says “accept and take it”.
“Great” I thought, “this is what I have to work with”?
In Search of A Better Way and The Moment I Decided To Be An Astrologer
By 2004, I had been studying Vedic astrology fervently and felt it was being taught very sloppily – either by Westerners who lacked an authentic Vedic background or by Indians who were too Dogmatic and religious about it. I also noticed that many of the techniques being taught were not very precise at all, did not work consistently and were not repeatable. Teachers would use the same selected charts, then when I tried to apply their simplistic techniques, I found they did not work.
I attended a class by a well-known Astrologer and we were looking at Hitler’s chart. I noticed that Hitler Dasas (planetary cycles) seemed to make no sense- based on what the person was teaching. So I asked how that timing would work in the case of Hitler’s chart and the answer was totally unsatisfactory. I knew this person did not really know what they were talking about, beyond personality stuff, etc. – and I thought they should know better, given their status.
The truth is, this was not uncommon – for a professional astrologer / teacher to not really have the precise methods of Vedic astrology down pat enough to actually teach them and welcome all to share their charts or experiences and break things down scientifically (which is something I am a stickler for). In any class I teach I welcome spontaneous chart examples – anything less is not professional.
The astrology of over-simplicity (Good/Bad), a lack of discrimination applied between how our karma feels and what actually happens (you look at totally different things for feelings than you do for results) set me off on a deep personal inquiry into Vedic astrology.
(*NOTE – I do not intend to disparage anyone’s work, but I need to be truthful)
At first I researched every thing imaginable – tested it all – Ashtakavarga, Shad Bala, Gochara, other Modern Forms of Vedic astrology. Like most, I thought the hidden answers must lie in these complicated, bewildering techniques. Boy was I wrong! Instead, I found them empty and unintuitive. This is not to say those methods are useless. No, not at all. They are for very subtle work and I use them when needed.
Eventually I returned to the roots – the roots of my 30 year Vedic studies practice – the roots of astrology and all healing systems. I just focused on the core, Vedic concepts in astrology – and went as deeply into what was universal – not just to Vedic astrology, but also to Yoga and other astrology systems. These Universal principles are the wise forces of the Universe that creates everything. They are all benevolent and they are not just Indian. They are expressed in all spiritual traditions and astrology / healing systems.
Going Deeper – Not Wider – Led To Amazing Discoveries
This was a great time of research, leading me in to into just the first few Chapters in Maharishi Parahsara’s Hora Sastra – and synthesizing several of the important factors into a 3D approach to the Zodiac – Planets, Signs and Houses and their true meaning. This is like learning the important, vital bodily systems first – before trying to diagnose illness. This research led to my first book, “The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology”.
Then a few years later I codified a lot of my studies of these Universal astrology concepts into a system called “Universal Astrology”. I decided that everything I was going to teach would have to be backed up by the words of the Maharishi Parashara. So all of my classes in natal astrology, like you will be studying, are backed up by the text – and they are used in the course – without exception.
Vedic Astrology Certification, the Vedic Sciences and YOU
In 2008 I decided to teach a full certification program, called “Universal Astrology”, which as based on the pure Vedic Sciences, which are also the same “Universal Principles” embedded in every spiritual tradition and system. This was a 4 module course, consisting of 52 hours of course material. More than 100 people have bought those classes. Later I was hired by the Indian mystic Dattatreya Siva Baba (an important Guru to Wayne Dyer) to teach the same system, after he looked over the classes. You are getting the recordings of those classes free as a bonus when you register for this certification course.
Reluctantly, I decided to teach these courses again, in real time, as I have been asked for years to teach it again. This time when I teach the Astrology Certification Course, I am going to begin with this comprehensive Vedic Science course, rather than just a 2 hour class on it as I did the first time. It is impossible to practice Vedic astrology without knowing the Vedic principles. So, this time I am dedicating an entire four weeks to teaching the Vedic principles – and its history, culture and the relationship of Vedic astrology to other astrology systems.
Certification Levels and Testing.
At the end of this first course you will be eligible to take the Level1 Certification test. If you pass with a mark of 80% or better you will receive the level 1 Certification through the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science. This will certify that you have sufficiently demonstrated skill in understanding the mechanics and workings of Vedic astrology.
Should you decide to seek an advanced, Level 2 Certification, the course work and tests for that will also be available. The Level 2 Certification program was also a great success.