Jean Michel’s Vedic Astrology 

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Discovering Astrology

In 2014, I discovered the esoteric literature and lectures of Manly P. Hall, specifically his book “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” published in 1927. This book is filled to the brim with interpretations of alchemy, astrology and ancient history and how they all relate to the development of the soul towards divine consciousness.

I voraciously dug up every book I could find that related to these subjects, which eventually led me to studying how astrology can be used as a practical tool for studying psychology.

Over time, I began to see that the Western astrology texts (often in the form of “cookbook interpretations”) had a technical limit that left me desiring for more specific reasons for why planets produced effects in specific signs or in certain aspects. There seemed to be as many opinions as there are astrologers, so who was “right”? What is the foundation for these ideas?

I began to see Western astrology as nebulous, overly symbolic, and based more on the intuition of the astrologer (which is still a valid and accurate form of astrology in its own right). I was searching for a more scientific, repeatable, and even dry way to determine what is going on in the sky above us.

The Vedic Worldview

In the summer of 2016 I discovered the world of the Vedas — the oldest written books in the world, which were put to paper up to 3000 years ago and document an ancient and advanced culture from modern day India that exists until today.

The Vedic worldview and ideology opened up for me profound insights into the human condition on Earth, and very detailed concepts about the purpose of life— far beyond any “Western” philosophy I had encountered. (See my “What is Vedic?” video series and articles for deeper background)

In fact, the Vedic literature made the Western canon seem rather silly and pedantic to me, in the way a high school student would view at a third grade class. I felt rather foolish for not finding these books earlier, especially after attending a four year university and debating philosophy with my friends for years. I believe that all students of philosophy and history need to interact with the Vedic ideas, detailed the Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Upanishads, and many others, in a sincere way if they are at all serious about the depth and possibilities of human achievements.

The Natal Chart as a Life Script

Throughout my life I have worked in the dramatic arts: I’ve acted in and written in many films and plays since I was a child, I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in film history and directing, and right after graduation in 2012 I moved to New York City and worked as a theatre and film director for 8 years (sometimes paid, sometimes not).

To put on a theatrical play, the actors and director spend an enormous amount of time investigating the characters they are portraying. During the rehearsal process we dig deep into who the characters really are and what they are fundamentally striving to do along the arch of the story.

During the course of my work as a director, I eventually came to the conclusion that emotions and the motivations underneath them are not irrational (as is commonly assumed). Logic and emotions are typically put on two ends of a spectrum, one being rational and the other irrational.

Human behavior, and especially our emotional responses to exterior events, may be mysterious but they are not beyond the realm of logical understanding. Diving deep into the realm of human psychology has always been a passion for me, and is ultimately what led me to study how astrology can accurately and repeatedly predict what is going on in our internal worlds.

One way that Vedic astrology is unique from Western astrology in its use of dasas, which are periods of time during our lives certain planets will be “activated” in our life. This led me to the see the astrological natal chart (the chart cast the moment we are born) as a script for the role that each person performs during the course of their life.

Vedic astrological techniques have the ability to see into future and past events with incredible accuracy because there is a sequential pattern written into our lives — the dasa system,  combined with the current planetary movements (transits) — which Vedic sages recorded and passed down in their writings.

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