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CLASSICS
BHAT MR
Brhat Samhita (2 vols) £29.50/$52 HB

Ancient work of Varahamihira, 6th century astrologer of great renown. Mundane Astrology examining all kinds of things from earthquakes to pimples. A complete gazetteer of life in ancient India, with principles in use today. A much quoted and essential reference work. 1100 pages
 
KAPOOR G S
Phala Deepika £12/$21 HB £9/$15 PB

A great classic of Vedic Astrology by Mantreshwar. Should be studied by all astrologers. Sanskrit and Original. 328 pages
 
KAPOOR G S
Sanketa Nidhi £6/$10 PB

Translation into English of a small Sanskrit treatise on astrology by Shri Rama Dayalu. Nine chapters on various astrological matters – a lot on Tajika Prashna and answers to queries. 196 pages

 
SANTHANAM R
Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra £27/$49 HB £22/$40 PB

This is the main seminal work of traditional Vedic Astrology. Necessary reading for every serious student. Although some of the Sanskrit is better translated here the other edition by G C Sharma is often used for its more voluminous notes.
 
PULLIPANI U S
Gochar Phaladeepika £14/$25 PB

The title means ‘Light on the results of transits’. This is a detailed book giving an introduction to astrology, but from the point of view of transit results, then the basic rules for examining transits, detailed results as given in major classics Brhat Samhita, Yavana Jataka and Jyotisharnava Navanitam and various other chapters on relevant matters. Recommended. 425 pages

 
SANTHANAM R
Hora Sara £12/$21 HB £9/£16 PB

This work by the son of the famous Varahamihira contains a number of principles of predictive astrology. It is mostly his own version and development of his father’s famous Brihat Jataka. There are rules relating to Rajayogas, Ashtaka Varga, female horoscopy, Nashta Jataka, yogas for poverty, for long life, for instant death and Dasha effects with copious notes. 333 pages.
SANTHANAM R Jyotisharnava Navanitam £7.50/$13 PB
Legend has it that Parvati asked Shiva about astrology in order that suffering humanity could be helped out of their misfortunes. This is a record of that conversation. The book discusses Bhavas or houses, transits, Ashtakavarga and various Yogas as well as a small miscellany of other matters. 216 pages.
 
SAREEN S S
Phala Deepika £10/$18 PB

Mantreshwara’s Phala Deepika is considered to be one of the most important classics of astrology, which every student should study. The translation is good, but without notes. 329 pages.
 
SHASTRI P S
Brihat Jatak £9/$16 HB

After Parashara the next most renowned author is Varahamihira and this is a translation of his work with notes and some comments. Jataka means horoscopy and this book is a compendium of wisdom on that. 219 pages
 
SHARMA G C
Brhat Parashara Hora Shastra (2 vols) £30/$54 HB

The principal authoritative text of Vedic Astrology by Parashara, the father of the even more famous author of the Mahabharata, Vyasa. This translation has extensive notes. 797 pages in each volumn.
 
SHARMA G C
Jataka Bharnam £18/$33 HB

This is a highly valued work from the 16th century author Dundiraja, with many readings not easily obtainable elsewhere, such as effects of birth in Months, Days, Tithis, Nakshatras, Yogas, etc., readings for the 12 houses, aspects of planets, how to use various Chakras, transit effects and much more. 823 pages
 
SHASTRI V S
Jataka Parijata (3 vols) £30/$54 HB

The author is believed to have lived in the 14th century. There are verses, translation and notes. This is an important work, covering much of the science of astrology, often used in University courses. 1080 pages.
 
   
VIJNANANDA SWAMI
Brhajjatakam of Varahamihira £16/$29 HB

This is a very useful edition of the Brhat Jataka. The Sanskrit verses are translated word by word and then in verse form and full explanatory notes are given. 400 pages