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I first became interested in astrology while living in Los Angeles in 1997. This interest was prompted by my current spiritual path which was Kriya Yoga. It was recommended to us that we wear a bracelet of gold, silver and copper to “placate the planets”. Piquing my interest, I had to discover more. My first astrology book was James Braha’s “Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer”. From there, I went to ancient astrological texts such as “Saravali” and “Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra”. Having studied these books thoroughly, or so I thought at the time, I endeavored to begin my astrological career. The internet wasn’t nearly as advanced as it is now, so I obtained employment at a shop called “The Psychic Eye” in Sherman Oaks, CA.
A few years and several moves later, I attended the American College of Vedic Astrology, where I received a diploma and met my mentor, Ernst Wilhelm. From him I learned Vedic Astrology with the Tropical Zodiac in addition to a plethora of techniques for delineating a horoscope. These techniques are based upon two Hindu astrological texts, “Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra” or BPHS for short, and “Jaimini Sutram”. All other medieval texts with a few exceptions, that were authored later, are based upon these B.C. era texts.