Each week there is about 5 hours+ of online video/audio to listen to, along with a chapter to read, a two hour live class and various studying/memorizing. Students should plan to devote at least 10 hours a week to this course. Some who are new to Sanskrit words may require more time.
In-person (Live) Class:
Live classes are on zoom 6-8pm at Pacific Time zone. The live class is not required to complete the course. Students may arrange a practicum time for their time zone to complete the interactive requirements of the practicum. Most students find the live classes highly beneficial. In the past, students from Australia, Russia, South Africa, South America, etc have joined from various time zones throughout the world.
The first 7 chapters have a lot of memorization to create a strong foundation as we move through the later chapters. If you sign up for the course before it begins, we ask that you focus on the material from the first 7 chapters, as this is where much of the new concepts and terminology is presented which requires memorization.
If you need further assistance when working through the course materials, there are graduate students who support as Teacher Assistants (TA) in the Facebook group and can be reached out to for questions. It is required before you reach out for a T.A., to make sure you have read the chapter and listened to the chapter audio.
For those who need more support, there are advanced teachers who offer paid tutoring sessions. A list of active tutors is available upon request.
For those thinking about taking level one who have no background, the 6 week Introduction class can be very beneficial to get started with a good foundation.
Social Media Interaction:
There is a Private Facebook Group for each of the Science of Light courses. This is a part of creating a supportive community environment and cultivating familiarity amongst the students. This is also a place to share any questions, comments, or insights as you work through the chapters each week. There are previous graduates and Teacher Assistants in the FB group that will help answer your questions. This page is also where any updates will be posted about the class (Zoom link, date changes, etc.)
Book for the Course:
Students buy the text book for the course on Amazon before it begins and are encouraged to start reading. Level one uses the 2020 edition Introduction to Vedic Astrology , make sure to get the new edition for class. Level 2 uses the Foundations of Vedic Astrology Science of Light book. People often ask if there is more in the course than in the book. For each chapter, there are 5 to 30 hours of online recordings discussing the material in the chapter. Students are expected to read the chapter and listen to at least the first 5 hours of recorded material before the live class. In class, there is discussion of the topic and question and answer which a student will be lost without proper preparation. Sometimes certain topics not covered as in depth in the book or previous classes are discussed to broaden the online archives. Other times, depending on topic, there is practical chart application to ensure proper understanding and application of techniques.
Consultations during the Course:
For students to not mix the student/teacher relationship with client/practitioner relationship, Freedom will not provide readings to students during the course time. You are welcome to schedule a consultation with Freedom once you have completed the course or seek out one of the advanced students for a reading.
How long do students have access the material:
There are hundreds of hours of recordings and material available inside the course. Once the course has been paid for, there is no time limit. Freedom is committed to students learning Jyotish. New material is constantly added and past students continue to have access to all material of the level in which they are qualified. Graduates of level one have access to monthly graduate classes to support continuing education, and a graduate forum to support beginning a practice as a professional astrologer.
2021 Course One Syllabus: (also found on Course page)
Feb 18 - Intro
Feb 25- Chapter 1
March 4 -Vedic Foundations
March 10 - Planets
March 18 - Planets, Kārakas
March 25 - Devatā
April 1- Rāśi
April 7 - Rāśi divisions
April 15 - Bhāva
April 21 - Bhāva
April 28 - Strengths
May 6- Strengths & Pañcāṅga
May 13- Pañcāṅga
May 20 - Strengths & Status
May 27- Review
June 03- Ārūḍha
June 10, 11- Argalā
June 17,18- Argalā
June 24- Yogas
July 1- Yogas
July 8- (no class- Amavasya)
July 15 - nakṣatra
July 22- nakṣatra
July 29, 30- Daśā
August 5, 6- Daśā
August 12- Varga (Naga Panchami)
August 19- Varga
August 23- Varga
Sept 2- Remedies
September 9- (Ganesh Chaturthi) Remedies
September 16- (no class- Sankranti)
September 23- Interpretation
September 30- Interpretation
October 7, 8 - Practicum
October 14 - (Vijaya Dashami)
October 21, 22- Practicum
October 28, 29 - Practicum
November 4, 5- Research Projects
November 11, 12- Research Projects
November 18- Full moon class on Mantra for those completing[Monthly graduate classes are on the Sunday night closest to full moon]