Parashara’s Light offers many ways to learn Vedic Astrology. People typically experience that they learn something every time they use the software. The complete beginner will find it very easy to learn essentials such as the position of signs and houses, while the more advanced student will benefit greatly from features such as the built in tutorial and personalized lists of applicable yogas.
Educational[http://www.parashara.com/cont3.html] Interactive Chart analysis
You can now point-and-click on a planet’s position in a chart to get detailed information about that planet: the house(s) it rules, its
dignity, its aspects, avasthas, etc. You will also find descriptions of the planet’s significations, the nakshatra it is placed in, the sign,
house, drekkana it occupies, and effects of the planet’s lordship.
[http://www.parashara.com/cont4.html] Chart Tutor
The Chart Tutor is specially designed to give beginners easy access to some important basic concepts in Vedic Astrology. These
are descriptions of the houses, the signs, the lordships, the Ascendant, and the Nakshatras.
To help you read through these descriptions in a systematic way, you can click in any house of the chart on the screen, and the
program will automatically display the information relevant to the house you clicked in. For example, if you are looking at a chart with
Scorpio ascending with Mars in the 3rd house (in Capricorn) and you click in the first house, the program will display the following
data: Significations of the 1st house, the sign in the first (Scorpio), the effects of the lord of the 1st (Mars) placed in the 3rd. Going
through the 12 houses like this should be a useful tour through the fundamentals found in the classical texts.
The lower part of the screen contains buttons allowing you to read the description of the Ascendant. To read more about the planet’s
Nakshatra, sign, etc, simply click on the Planet in the Chart. The Description of the Ascendant describes the general effects of Charts
that have this particular Ascendant (Scorpio in this example). This description is different from the description of the sign itself,
because it applies the effects of the ascending sign to various areas of life.
Descriptions screen [http://www.parashara.com/cont21.html] The Descriptions Screen is a very versatile screen that allows you to read decriptions of the ascendants, the signs, the planets, the houses, the nakshatras and lordships. All this information is available very easily with a few clicks of the mouse.
Personalized Tutorial! [http://www.parashara.com/pl.html] Over 120 pages of personalized tutorial material can take you from an absolute beginner level through all basic and intermediate levels of Vedic Astrology. Base examples on any chart of your choice. That makes learning interesting and motivating!
Personalized Vedic Astrology Tutorial[http://www.parashara.com/pl5_new_features.html]
In this new update of Parashara’s Light, over 120 pages of personalized tutorial material can take you from an absolute beginner level through all basic and intermediate levels of Vedic Astrology. The tutorial is particularly well structured and designed to help you build a coherent understanding of various calculations and techniques used in Vedic Astrology. Base examples on any chart of your choice. That makes learning interesting and motivating!
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The tutorial also has relevant links to many reports, so that you can easily see the details of the calculations discussed based on your own chart.
The material is divided into 10 main themes, from very basic to more advanced. Each theme is subdivided into lessons, and each lesson’s title is carefully chosen to help build a holistic sense of how many of the details in Vedic Astrology work together.
The program supports the display of multiple pages at once, so it is possible to see different parts of the tutorial side by side on the screen.
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Your tutorial is also linked to the worksheet in the most useful manner: when you click on a planet in the birth chart, you will get a “planet summary” page showing you all the relevant calculations for that planet. Each of these calculations is hyper linked to the tutorial, so you can easily learn what each calculation is used for.
You can read the tutorial from beginning to end, or you can access each topic in whatever order you prefer. Any of the pages can be printed out as well!