Tutorials and Lessons in Western and Vedic Astrology

Last Updated: Friday, March 22, 2024

This website, Learn Astrology Free, is dedicated to all of you who love and want to learn and master astrology. With about 200 free astrology articles, Jyotish tutorials, and astrological lessons on a huge number of topics, as well as two astrology reading lists, this site will help you deepen your astrological understanding.

I keep adding new Western and Vedic astrology lessons bimonthly, and plan to release a new free astrology book on this website too.

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My new Vedic Tutorial "The Importance of Skew in Astrology"
For those unfamiliar with the term "Skew', I explore the effect of chart factors all pointing in one direction -- positive or negative -- with several famous chart examples.

Plus new True Color Photos of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Great new free Nakshatra resource
Including images, Classical texts, and modern interpretations.

Uranus photos
Brand new photos via NASA

Understanding Nakshatras,
and the best books on Nakshatras

An introductory article on Nakshatras
plus a book list compiled after I carefully evaluate over 50 books on Nakshatras

The Magic of Chandra Lagna
my latest Vedic article

exploring looking at a Vedic chart using the Moon as the Ascendant

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How I became proficient in astrology

In 1974, my girlfriend asked me "What's your sign"? Having been a "science whiz kid" since the age of 8, I rolled my eyes and asked her, "Do you really believe in astrology? The planets are so far away that they couldn't possibly influence life on Earth."

Much to my surprise, she replied, "You call yourself a scientist. Have you ever tested astrology?" For which I had no answer. To show her how wrong she was, I decided to study enough astrology to test it.

I let it be known at work that for a nominal fee, I would calculate each person's chart and write up what the top books said about them. All the person had to do was tell me how much fit them.

While I read the write-up to them, I also read it to myself, and in each reading, about 40% was general enough to fit me. But most people told me at about 80% fit them!

I went over sections that definitely didn't fit me, and they would say, "Yes", that fits.

Over time, I discovered that certain delineations never worked, and eliminated them, and the percentage that fit kept rising, until people began to tell me 100% fit!

Along the way, I shifted from wanting to disprove astrology to becoming enamored with it and wanting to explore it more deeply.

I began studying all of the best books on Western astrology, and tested what I discovered.

I grew in my mastery of Western astrology, and became sought after for birth chart readings, chart comparisons, predictive readings, etc.

But much more was to come.

One day, at Shambhala bookstore, I picked up a Vedic astrology book.

I opened the book randomly and read "[with this configuration] you will have leprosy". I was shocked both by the harsh language, and by the statement's inaccuracy (nowadays, how many people get leprosy), and put the book down and stayed away from Vedic astrology for years.

[I have since learned that classical Vedic -- and ancient Greek -- astrology texts specifically used very vivid examples in order to "stick" the ideas in the student's mind, and were not meant to be taken literally.]

In the mid '90s, Rob Hand and Rob Schmidt began translating classical Western astrology manuscripts, to help astrologers learn what had been lost.

I loved this new/old approach, and decided to attend the first Project Hindsight conference.

The conference didn't just have Hellenistic astrology classes, but also lectures on Vedic astrology. The talks were great and helped me to open to Vedic astrology.

I decided to try to learn Vedic astrology by immersing myself in the top classical works, but much to my chagrin, without a teacher I was lost.

I then heard that the renowned Vedic astrologer Hart de Fouw was coming to town to give lectures on Vedic astrology. I attended them and was blown away by the depth of his knowledge and the incredible power of Vedic astrology.

Hart became my Vedic Guru and I have studied with him for over a decade.

When my clients found out that I was learning Vedic astrology, they started asking for Vedic readings, and before long, my understandings of Vedic astrology greatly enriched my readings.

I have learned profound respect for both Vedic and Western methods, and can -- by the Grace of God -- "dance between them" magically, to great effect.

That's why I want to share what I've learned in both fields with you, my valued audience, so that you too can grow and prosper in deep understanding.


In Western and Vedic astrology

My new ongoing column
By Hank Friedman

August 2022

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