May 19th, 2008
The Nakshatras, The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology
|Name of the book||The Nakshatras, The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology|
|Author||Dennis M. Harness|
|Publisher||Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, USA|
|Amazon Link||The Nakshatras: the Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology|
There are some books in astrology with a specific title where real subject matter relevant to the title is present in less than 50% of the book and rest is copied from first few chapters of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. This book on Nakshatras is different and remains true to the subject throughout.
It is the folly of the Indians and a side effect of being subjected of imperialism for so long that we generally look towards west for approval for small things. An average Jay in this country may never learn one asana of yoga, but will swell with pride when he sees an American do it. However, I am pretty sure I am not falling for the same thing when I say that this is a genuinely good book. It is heartening to see pundits from the West picking up concepts like Nakshatra and divisional charts that are unrelated to Western Astrology.
For all twenty seven nakshatras, qualities associated with them are described lucidely in the book. Since Sun, Moon and Lagna are three pillars of a horoscope, qualities are described from each of the three falling in the nakshatra. Qualities of looks, personality, career interest and attitude are discussed. The author also mentions health issues such people are likely to develop and should be aware of. For a free ego trip, you can find out some of famous people and celebrities you share janma nakshatra, Sun nakshatra and lagna nakshatra with.