Linda Mackey was first introduced to Vedic Astrology when she began traveling to India in the mid-1970s. Later, she had the opportunity to live in the state of Kerala for over 11 years. During this time she had the great good fortune to study Vedic Astrology with a village astrologer. There she benefited not only from the study of chart analysis; but, was also introduced to the unique tradition of Kerala Prasna. Since returning to the US in 2001 she has been practicing astrology, offering both chart readings and prasna readings. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Asian Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, in addition to her astrology practice, she is also teaching Philosophy at Austin Community College.

The Prasna of Kerala (Horary Astrology)

The Prasna of Kerala (Horary Astrology)

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  • Prasna is the branch of Vedic Astrology that is used for answering a particular question. In western astrology it is called Horary. Generally, a Prasna chart is cast for the time that a question is brought to the astrologer. Prasna has an especially prominent place among astrologers in the state of Kerala, South India. In this part of India, astrologers do not rely solely on the chart of the moment of the question for their Prasna readings. They also use cowry shells as a kind of divination for the answer to the question. It is a very spiritual means of appealing for guidance.

    This is the primary method of astrology in Kerala. But, it is used together with the actual chart for the moment and the birth chart with the dashas and bhuktis, etc. Another essential resource for Kerala Prasna is nimitta or omens that may appear at the time that the question is asked. The nimitta signs or indications reinforce the Prasna chart created by the shells and give insight into the answer. 

  • Length:  58 minutes
    Handouts:  7
    MP3 File Count:  1
    Sponsoring Organization:  Sedona Vedic Astrology, LLC
    Date of Talk:  12/1/2017
    Location:  Sedona, Arizona