Below is a general outline of the program of Jyotish study for the Jyotish Siromani degree.
Prasna--Problem Solving with Vedic Astrology:
Prasna is the science of answering specific questions based on the time the question is asked without using birth chart. This is a major branch of astrology, many graduate courses cannot be taken without successful completion of this course. Stress will be laid on Brghu Prasna, but also the methods of Kerala as explained in Prasna Marga, as well as other systems such as Swara Sastra and Omens will be examined. Mastery of Prasna is essential to be a well rounded astrologer. You will be able to answer questions on any topic, be it the outcome of a war, should you enter into a business partnership, go on a trip, missing persons, etc.
Jataka Vichara -- Synastry & Compatibility:
The compatibility of two people in marital relationships, also child/parent, business partners, and student/teachers, etc. Traditional dina kuta method, and overlay method. Predicting time of marriage. Strength of each chart individually, compatibility, durability (mahadasha, gochara), prasna. Many examples.
Vedic Relocation Astrology:
This course discusses methods for determining the best places for people to reside, in order to find success in various spheres of life. Astro*Maps are analyzed as a screening method before applying more specific methods like Prasna.
Vedic Astrology and Varnashrama Dharma:
Vedic use of astrology in: choosing sannyas candidates, spiritual life, entry in married life, ascertaining varna of child, choosing a profession and vocational counseling, naming a child, agriculture, business, and ayurveda (medicine). Special needs of Ksatriyas (ruling class, military, police, and administrators) for able astrological counsel.
Nashta-Jataka -- Chart Rectification:
Occasionally the client has an approximate birth time or the birth time is unknown, methods are discussed on how to overcome this obstacle.
Prayascitta -- Remedial Measures:
Remedial measures give methods for alleviating difficulties in the clients life as indicated by the birth chart. This is one of the most misunderstood and misused area of Jyotish. Remedial measures include prescription of mantras, yajna, giving of charity, keeping vows, etc.
Independent Studies in Vedic Astrology:
Research projects in topics related to Vedic astrology. Under direction of instructor.
The primary focus of the program will be on Jyotish. Supplemental reading includes but is not limited to: Vedanta Sutra with commentaries of Baladeva Vidya Bhusana--The Govinda Bhasya; and of Ramanujacarya--The Sri Bhasya. The Brhat-Bhagavatamrta of Sanatana Goswami and other texts. The candidate will list each title read, and may be required to give a brief annotation for each of the materials read or some other method may be used to determine that the student has read the required material.
The Jyotish Siromani student must earn a minimum grade of 70% in each course, project or thesis. Failure to achieve a grade of 70% will necessitate repeating the failed item.
Before being awarded the degree the student must satisfy the instructor by practically demonstrating his mastery of the different topics in an intership setting. This should be done within a specified period of time determined by the instructor after taking the final exams.