Charlotte Benson has practiced Astrology as a credentialed (PMAFA, NCGR, ISAR, AFAN, ACVA) professional for over 40 years from Phoenix, AZ. Since 1994 she has been dedicated to serving the American College of Vedic Astrology, and to the passionate pursuit of Jyotish knowledge. Charlotte has recently been honored to receive the designation of "Jyotisha Choodamani" from the Raman Foundation in Bangalore, the Jyotish Kovid designation from the I.C.A.S. Charlotte was appointed President of the American College of Vedic Astrology following the passing of William Levacy, PhD. in February 2018.

Cathy Coleman Cathy Coleman, PhD, is an East-West Astrologer, and holds a doctoral degree in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has been a practitioner of astrology for over 30 years. She was in the first graduating class of the Online College of Astrology (OCA), and the Online College of Vedic Astrology, is a certified Astro*Carto*Grapher, has NCGR-PAA Level IV Certification, has ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology) Level I Certification, and is an ISAR Certified Astrological Professional. She was president of Kepler College 2001-2003, and encouraged the development of Kepler's Vedic and Hellenistic astrology tracks. She currently serves as education director and president of the San Francisco Chapter of NCGR and as Director of Education and Certification for NCGR-PAA.

Shoba Mohan Shoba holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (Finance) and another MBA from the University of Missouri, Columbia (MIS). She retired in 2009, after a long career in Banking, to pursue her lifelong interest in Vedic Astrology. On the Board of ACVA, Shoba is certified by, and an online instructor at the school. Shoba conducts consultations from her home in the Seattle area. Her inspiration was her mother, who was a renowned palmist and numerologist for many years. Shoba is a mother of 2 girls and a grandmother of 4, she spends her spare time traveling around the globe with her husband Krishna.

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Bill Sinclair began studying Vedic Astrology in 2002 with Ronnie Dreyer and continues his studies under the guidance of Komilla Sutton. Bill has a Master's Degree in Clinical Social work and holds a Level 1 Jyotish Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology. He was also awarded the Jyotish Shastri Diploma from Komilla Academy of Vedic Studies in Chandigarh, India. For the last 5 years Bill has been lecturing and teaching. He has been on the faculty of United Astrology Conference (UAC) 2018, Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conferences in India and San Francisco, British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA) in London, Sedona Vedic Astrology (SVA) Conference and the Annual Jyotish Conferences at Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California.

Introduction to Jyotish

Introduction to Jyotish

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  • This workshop is taught by ACVA Steering Committee members Jyoti Devi/Charlotte Benson, Cathy Coleman, Shoba Mohan, and Ram Das/Bill Sinclair. The team provides a view of the fundamentals of the celestial Science of Light. 

    We'll take a look at the origins of Jyotish and certain philosophical tenants of the tradition. The essential meanings of the planets; houses; aspects/yogas; the 27 nakshatras; planetary friendships and strengths; dasa periods; divisional charts; prasna; muhurta; planetary remedies - and whatever else we have time for - will be offered.

    Come and learn how to get started improving your life and Self-awareness, using the tools of the ultimate Life-Hack app - Jyotisha! 

  • Length:  5 hours 25 minutes
    Handouts:  195
    MP3 File Count:  4
    MP4 File Count:  4
    Sponsoring Organization:  Sedona Vedic Astrology, LLC
    Date of Talk:  11/19/2020
    Location:  Virtual