Vedic Astrology for Beginners: An Introduction to the Origins and Core Concepts of Jyotish (Paperback)

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Unlock the mysteries and insights of Indian astrology

Vedic astrology—known as Jyotish in its home of India—can be a powerful channel of insights and revelations in your daily life. But how to unlock this complex tool? Vedic Astrology for Beginners breaks down the core concepts of Vedic astrology, showing you how to analyze your birth chart to better understand your personality, relationships, and life path.

Discover the ancient origins of Vedic astrology and its differences from Western astrology. Explore detailed profiles of each planet, zodiac sign, and the other essential elements of a Jyotish natal horoscope. With these foundational steps, you'll gain a better understanding of your physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences—and even begin to anticipate your future.

In Vedic Astrology for Beginners, you'll find:
  • Key components—Learn the basic elements of Vedic astrology, including the planets, signs, houses, and lunar mansions—each representing or influencing areas of your life.
  • Chart your birth—Get started on analyzing your birth chart with a primer on the processes of assembly and evaluation, plus an example chart analysis.
  • Astrological resources—Explore a glossary of helpful Sanskrit terms and determine your exact planetary placements with handy calculation charts.

Relieve stress and start bringing balance to your life with Vedic Astrology for Beginners.

About the Author

PAMELA MCDONOUGH has been a full-time Vedic astrologer since 2012 and was awarded the title Jyotish Acharya by her guru, Souvik Dutta of the Ancient Indian Astrology Classes school. Pamela teaches workshops and astrological courses at

Praise For…

“This book bridges an extremely critical gap in the understanding of Jyotisha: the gap between the ancient encryptic words of the seers and the contemporary way of understanding subjects in the modern world. Pamela makes this rather difficult subject relevant and approachable. A must read and must have for every student of Vedic sciences.”—Souvik Dutta, guru & founder, Ancient Indian Astrology Classes

"Vedic Astrology for Beginners offers a clear, concise, well-written overview of Vedic astrology and how it can be a roadmap to your spiritual growth and happiness. Pamela McDonough has a vast wealth of knowledge to share, and this book will be an excellent read for students interested in understanding the science of Jyotish. Highly recommended." —Michael Mastro, Vastu Consultant, Vedic Astrologer, Author

"Not all astrologers make good teachers; not all teachers are good astrologers, and few are steeped in Jyotisha's authentic traditions. Pamela McDonough brings the best of all worlds in this book—an easy, approachable teaching style and a deep respect for tradition." —Simon Chokoisky, author of The 5 Dharma Types (

“Pamela McDonough's text is an excellent introduction to the fundamentals of Vedic astrology. It is written is a clear and concise manner to provide a good foundation for new students. I would highly recommend her book to anyone wishing to explore the ancient astrology of India and its application to the modern Western world.” —Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D., psychologist and astrologer, founder of Sedona Vedic Astrology Conferences

Vedic Astrology for Beginners offers a concise interpretation of an incredibly vast topic. I am looking forward to adding this to my library and recommend it to anyone who wants a comprehensive resource as they dive deeper into understanding this ancient system.” —Margrit Mikulis, ND, AD, President of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association

Product Details
ISBN: 9781646113071
ISBN-10: 1646113071
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
Pages: 166
Language: English