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Foundations of Vedic Astrology Course

Foundations of Vedic Astrology

10 week course designed to give students the basic skills for reading charts. By the end of the program student will have a solid foundation to be able to read charts for friends and family, and have a much deeper understanding of their own chart and their own self.

Course Includes:

  • 4 hours of live one-to-one readings or mentorship with Mike Holliday.
  • 10 live group classes with PDF text book for the course:
    “Foundations of Vedic Astrology” by Mike Holliday
  • 10 recorded classes with PDF text book
    “Philosophy of the planets for Energy Workers”
  • 10% off the Nakshatra Project.

Live classes go from Sept 24  to  Nov 26 .
Recordings of each class will also be made available.
9am pacific time.

Cost $420 USD
Sign up with a friend and it’s just $300  each.

We will consider many chart examples, some selected by students, as we go over the fundamental concepts of Vedic Astrology, Ayurveda, Yoga & Tantra. Although the focus of this course will be on the technical side of astrology, we will have much opportunity to discuss the philosophical, mythological, and theoretical sides of this great science that is actually the culmination of all traditional sciences.    

We will go over the foundational principles over and over again building on them as we go along: Health and diagnostics; education, career, earning potential, psychological health, spiritual path, skills, beliefs, dreams. We will gain an understanding of every part of life: body, mind and soul.We will take a deep look at relationships, relationship karma, skills, mundane matching and synastry.  We learn the science of mantra, how to recommend  common and creative remedial measures like gem stone, sacrifice, personal deities, and other ways we can connect people spiritual and energetic undercurrent of life. We will discuss various cycles of energy, universal cycles & personal cycles that allow us to predict the future.

Why learn Vedic Astrology? I have studied philosophy and esoteric topics my whole life including western astrology. But when I found Vedic astrology seamlessly connected to Ayurveda, Yoga & Tantra I found system that allowed me to more deeply understand myself and this world we live in. Astrology can change your life by challenging and changing your perspective.

Who should learn Vedic astrology? I certainly think that even the general population could do with more knowledge of astrology, astrology is a subject for the most curious and sincere seekers of truth and light: scientists, philosophers, psychologist, any of those who appreciate mind games and intellectual exercise. On the other hand, you’ll get no where in astrology if you are not connected to inspiration; the great spirit who illumines new and novel ideas.


“Mike is a true teacher of Yoga, Tantra & Philosophy. His peers are not the the yoga teachers on Instagram but the Monks & Sadhus of Varanasi.” — Shiva (computer engineer)

“I’ve been going to astrologers and tarot readers all over the world for over 20 years and have not met anyone who can make as accurate prediction as you.” — Anthony (professional psychic)

“There’s an authenticity to your readings and classes and the messages between us; like it just me and you. You see me. And your passion for knowledge, to know Ultimate Reality, as you say; your humility, just a simple Baba. My wise friend, my busy friend.” — Elena (Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine)

I think the best testament to my classes, readings and coaching sessions is that people come back again and again. My business runs mostly from word of mouth rather than social media.   

Instructor: Mike Holliday is a Master of Vedic Astrologer who has been studying out of Varanasi for over 15 years where he lives with his astrology teacher, Sanjay Tripathi, and next door to  the legendary Trika translator, Mark Dyczkowski.  Mike has taught and lectured on philosophy, astrology, pilgrimage and mysticism all over the world.  He has guided thousands of people, illuminating the path ahead, sharing sage advice and inspiring them to reach for the beyond.   As practitioner and independent scholar of Kashmiri Shaivism and the Vedic Sciences. has been writing and teaching about philosophy, mysticism, travel and pilgrimage for over 30 years.

Contact me for more information or book a free 20 minute consultation to discuss learning or coaching opportunities.


The Basics of Vedic Astrology

Three points to study your chart: 1. Planets in the signs. 2. Planets in the houses. 3. Ruler of a house in another house.

If you’re looking at the north indian chart. The houses always follow the same counter-clockwise order with the 1st house in the top middle. The number you see in each house tells you what sign is in the house.

In this example, Scorpio, the 8th sign, is in the 1st house; Sagittarius, the 9th sign, is in the 2nd house etc…

We have to know what signs each planet rules so that we know which house the planet rules in your chart.

In the example, shown Mars rules the 1st house & the 6th house because he rules Aries & Scorpio.

Jupiter rules Sagittarius & Pisces so he rules the 2nd & 5th house in this example; and he’s in the 7th house.

Signs ruled by the planets:
1. Aries – Mars
2. Taurus – Venus
3. Gemini – Mercury
4. Cancer – Moon
5. Leo – Sun
6. Virgo – Mercury
7. Libra – Venus
8. Scorpio – Mars
9. Sagittarius – Jupiter
10. Capricorn – Saturn
11. Aquarius – Saturn
12. Pisces – Jupiter


The trine lords, 1st, 5th & 9th house lords are always working for your benefit in some way. Developing these houses is one of the first steps for using astrology for personal development.

1st house is our personality, our identity, our physical form. During 1st house lord periods we feel like ourselves, and we develop our personality of body in some way. We are on our path and of course this is typically a good period of positive development.

The 5th house is our intelligence, our mantra, our spiritual practice, whatever we put our whole heart into, our children, creativity students. Developing this will illuminate all areas of life. Periods of the 5th lord bring some fun to life and make our heart skip a beat and allows us to get caught up in the theatre of life.

The 9tb house is our higher wisdom, our fath, our spiritual belief and the ultimate core of our dharmic path, the moral compass that underlies everything we’re actually doing in the active,  karmic, 10th house. Luck seems to shine on us in periods of the 9th lord. We are in the right place at the tight time. We get an epiphanies, and some wisdom dawns on us.

Typically, anything we do to develop or highlight these areas of life will benefit all areas of our life.

It’s from these three houses we recommend stones, constitutional tonics, mantras, temples, gods, myths, stories, icons to follow. Topics of higher study, Phd, pilgrimage.

All that is most suspicious in life is contained in these three house.

The 1st house has some impurity because it’s also one of the Kendra, four middle houses 1st, 4th, 7th & 10th. which are inside the kund. But next to the 1st, 5th & 9th; these other four are the second best house in the chart.

The 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th houses are all tough houses. Debts, losses, sudden reversals of fortune, illness, accusation, desire, getting bogged down in details, objects, while losing connection with higher meaning and missing the essence. Bad luck seems to reign in period of these lords.

Many special yogas, combinations and specific circumstances can defy these general rules.

Owners of good houses in good houses will give really good results, especially if there are two of them together. But the luck of a good house will be lost if it’s in a bad house. But owners of bad houses do really good in a bad house but can spoil the results of a good house.


It should be mentioned that the 2nd & 7th house are trying to kill you. Family & partner will drain the life force you have for your personal projects for their own good.

The 3rd, 6th, 7th & 11th houses are sin houses mostly dealing with our desires, anger and greed. The 7th house, representing our marriage partner seems suggest that we are damned if we do (get married) and damned if we don’t. But most astrologers agree that having a good partner in life to share our karma with typically has a net positive effect on life.

There are really only two things that are worthy of being at the centre of our lives: God or children. If your life is not revolving around one if these, you might want to reconsider your priorities.

So, as I mentioned earlier, if we want to boost our luck, we focus on improving and strengthening the 1st, 5th or 9th houses. But we can also release ourselves from some of our suffering by focusing in the 6th and 12th house. I have always found it interesting that the two main houses of moksha are two of the most difficult areas of life. Because after all, we all want moksha right? Wrong! We all say we want moksha, but few of us are actually prepared for it when it comes. We get freedom when some binding or attachment ceases. This typically comes through lose. You want to be free from your partner, but you don’t feel very good when they dump you. Wanna be free from your job: how does unemployment feel? Moksha is good in theory but few of us readily embrace it when it comes.

The trick of dealing with these negative houses is doing it freely, by our own choice rather than waiting for life to take aw at everything that means something to us. This is the lesson of Bhagavad Gita: selfless service and charity.

The 6th house is especially important in this. 6th house shows where our animosity is directed d where it comes from. If we accept this natural imbalance in life then we can step out of the circle of accusations and blame. Of course sometimes we do need to hire a lawyer to clear our name, but most of these patty arguments can just be dropped. We do our best and then turn the other cheek when it’s not good enough. Thank you for admonishing me. I’ll do better next time. Like Dylan used to sing “everybody has got to serve somebody.” so just serve, do your duty and keep your mouth shut. You’ll never get any appreciation from the 6th house: no thank you, no remitance, no care. The fruit from your action is not in your hands, so why worry.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. I offer standard astrology readings, deep self knowledge sessions and mentorships for budding astrologers.