April 12th, 2008
The Astrology of the Seers
|Name of the book||The Astrology of the Seers, A comprehensive guide to Vedic Astrology|
|Author||Dr. David Frawley|
|Publisher||Motilal Banarasidas, New Delhi, India|
|Amazon Link||Astrology of the Seers|
The Astrology of the Seers really is comprehensive and as the name suggests, proves to be a wonderful guide on Vedic Astrology.
I have a confession to make, I did not buy this book, but borrowed it from my uncle and liked it so much that I never returned it back. The book was not available from any of the Indian and foreign book stores at the time. From the day I have started reading it, it refuses to go back to the backside of my book shelf, even though I keep buying new books on this subject.
The books covers all the basics of Indian Astrology – house, signs, planets, aspects and yogas as seen from a horoscope. The chapter on the cycles of world ages, although more to do with Hinduism and its teachings and less to do with astrology, is indeed enlightening and it is heartening to see how Dr. Frawley presents the argument that we live in Dwapar Yuga where as our other gurus and rishis tell us that the current time is of the more depressing Kaliyuga.
The author encourages the reader to think in terms of astrology, within ourselves, our way of life and surroundings and thereby deduce what planets could be affecting us. As an example, Saturn rules cold and dark places and if we come across such places, we should understand Saturn’s influence there.
The book then goes on to cover more advanced topics of Ayurveda, psychological indicators of planets, their chakras etc. The chapter on balancing the influence of planets is an important one because it describes all the treatment methods to strengthen of placate the planet, which he calls "balancing the energy of the planets" . It describes use of gemstones, clothes that should be worn, mantras and in general changes in lifestyle that should be brought to achieve the desired results.