The Planets: Exploring Our Relationship with Nine Archetypal Personalities

Humans all too often spend our lives ricocheting between desire and fear. Possibilities for liberation from our many desires and fears grow substantially greater when we develop a more curious, conscious and honest relationship with them. Each of the nine “planets” of Jyotiṣa, India’s classical system of divination, is associated with an archetypal constellation of qualities to which we are attracted or by which we are repelled; taken together they serve to represent human experience.

Weaving together story, theory, Āyurveda, Jyotiṣa, general philosophy from India, personal experience and teachings from their gurus, Dr. Robert Svoboda and Dr. Claudia Welch explore myths, qualities, personalities and possibilities associated with each of these nine “planets” or grahas of Jyotiṣa. Graha literally means something that grasps or seizes, and developing a relationship with these “graspers” offers us a way to gain greater physical, emotional and mental liberation from their seizing influence.

If you are thinking something like, “Gosh, it seemed like Dr. Welch was rather practical and scientific-minded. What on earth is she doing talking about astrology?” you might read her pithily-titled article, “Good Vs. Evil; Devas Vs. Asuras; Good Planets Vs. Bad Planets: If We Are Scientific, Why We Should Even Bother With Stuff Like Myth, Movies & Astrology?

While our Foundations of Āyurveda Part I and Foundations of Āyurveda Part II online courses are academic, intensive, and quite comprehensive, this course on the planets is not. It is a free-flow exploration and contemplation. Neither Dr. Svoboda nor Dr. Welch consider this course on the planets to be a systematic, comprehensive or academic introduction to the planets as they are understood in Jyotiṣa. However, there may be insights that even seasoned jyotiṣis may find valuable, or that students or practitioners of Āyurveda may find helpful to support their personal health, or the health of their patients. For a more formal introduction to the planets or Jyotiṣa, we recommend reading Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India, a book by Hart DeFouw and Dr. Robert Svoboda.

Length and format of course: Seven 2-hour video lectures with the first hour being lecture and the second as answering questions. There are no handouts, quizzes or homework in this course, unless you create some for yourself. No prior study in Jyotiṣa or Āyurveda is required. You will have access to the course for one full year from the date of purchase. You can register and begin anytime you like.

Please note: Dr. Welch does not consider herself a jyotiṣi and does not provide Jyotiṣa consultations.

This course was delivered live at Vaidyagrāma, an Āyurvedic eco-village in Tamil Nadu, India, as part of the 5th International Āyurveda Conference ~ Where Science Meets Consciousness: Exploring Interconnectedness Of Man And Nature, December 11-18, 2015. We would like to offer our thanks to Dr. Ramkumar and the staff of Vaidyagrāma and the Conference, and to Mr. Aditya Mazumdar, the delightful emcee of the conference. 


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