In most ancient cultures there was never a division between a classically educated person and astrological knowledge. In India this was especially true, and even today in our ‘modern’ times, many traditional Vaidyas, or Ayurvedic doctors, will be versed in some, if not much astrology. Why is that so? Because Ayurveda and Jyotiṣa have always been seamlessly intertwined as sister sciences by a culture that valued the subtle and the subjective as a [...]
Here are the introductory comments of a weekend course I taught a while back. The course was a 3-day immersion into Shani-The Great Slow-Walker.
It seems every time I teach a class on Vastu a burning question always comes up: where should my bed be? Which direction should I sleep in order to be happiest and finally get the rest I need? Or why I am not sleeping well in my new place? It seems a simple question, but the response that you will get varies according to who is answering. It depends on how someone is approaching the [...]
What is Agni? The word translates from Sanskrit as ‘fire’, but it is so much more. Instead of being some quaint term from ‘ancient’ India, it is a complex concept encompassing the ability we have as human beings to transform; it is the ability to become, the capacity to grow, the very process of creation. The better our ability to transform what we eat, the air we breathe and the sensual experiences that we encounter [...]
A Conversation with Steven Highburger (From Jyotish Star e-magazine 2014) Charlotte: Thanks, Steven, for taking the time to offer our readers some insights into your very interesting life, as a practitioner of multiple Vedic sciences. You have an extremely impressive and comprehensive resume. How did you get started on this amazing and unusual path? Which teachers are the most important influence in your life? Steven: An unusual path indeed! My journey began by traveling around [...]
Did you know that the concept of counting from 1 to 10, which seems so natural and universal, did not exist in most of the world until modern times? Stop for a moment and try to take that in…try to imagine consciousness as you know it without our numbers…or try to imagine a modern computerized world that is running on 1’s and 0’s using something else. Did you know that the numbers we use today [...]