Fifth International Vedic Astrology Conference 2018

Fresh Talents of Jyotish Fifth International Vedic Astrology Conference

16 to 24 February 2018 – New Delhi, Delhi

Faculty - Jyotish Scholars and Past/Present Students of Komilla


The aim of the conference is to promote new generation of Jyotish Masters and to encourage contemporary thought, networking, lecturing & presentation skills, research, professionalism and ethical use of Jyotish.

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Chief Guest and Key Note address

Dr. K.S. Charak

Master Classes

Dr. K.S. Charak, Vinay Aditya, Prof Jaya Sekhar, Vijay Goel, Keiko Ito and Komilla Sutton


Dr KS Charak (India), Vinay Aditya (India), Prof Jaya Sekhar (India),Vijay Goel (India), Keiko Ito (Japan), Komilla Sutton (USA and India), Vladislav Klaus (France), Michael Aram Tarr (USA and India), Kanwal Thapar (UK), Lalita Krishnan (USA), Petra Pobuda (Germany), Renata Neme Cavalcanti (Brazil), Shobha Nagarjuna (India).


2-1/2 days of conference, 4-1/2 days of Master classes. (7 Master Classes)

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Details - Itinerary

16 February 2018 Friday – Arrival at New Delhi

2:30 PM Optional LOTUS TEMPLE

It is the stunning Bahai temple. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides - a premiere attraction of Delhi.


Visit to Fab India and Anokhi – two of the most popular stores for modern ethnic Indian clothing and more.


Cost to be shared.

17 February 2018 Saturday – 5th Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference - Day 1

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Master Class with Dr. Charak

Chara Dasha, the Wonderous Dasha of Jaimini (details to be announced)

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Lunch

Lunch will be served in the restaurant (included in cost of conference)

About Dr. K.S. Charak

Dr K S Charak (MS; FRCS) served as Head of the Dept of Surgery in ESI Hospitals in Delhi for nearly twenty-five years. Dr Charak has studied astrology for close to fifty years right from school and has been teaching for the last twenty-four years. He has written about ten highly appreciated books on Vedic astrology, and published the highly technical and educative astrology journal, Dr Charak is engaged in charitable work. He runs the not for profit organisation called the Shri Onkar Singh Memorial Trust under the auspices of which he provides free medical and surgical treatment to the poor and needy patients in rural areas, totally free of cost.

5:00 PM Shree Sidh Shakti Peeth Shanidham Saturn Temple at Chhatarpur

See the tallest Shani (Saturn) statue in India. The founder of Shree Shani Dham is Sant Shiromani Shani Charanuragi 'Datti' Madan Maharaj Rajasthani ji, who is considered one of the greatest authorities on Saturn.


Cost to be shared.

18 February 2018 Sunday – 5th Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference - Day 2

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Master Class with Vinay Aditya
Arudha - Workshop

Arudhas or Padas is a concept mostly used in Jaimini astrology. People who are not too fond of Jaimini, do not use the Arudhas and thus lose out on a very useful information. Even though Jaimini is a part of Parashari, we will discuss the technique what to do with the Arudhas using the typical Parashari methodology. Arudha is a more sophisticated representative of the house which takes into account not only the house but also its lord.

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Lunch

Lunch will be served in the restaurant (included in cost of conference)

About Vinay Aditya

Vinay Aditya has a degree in Civil engineering from IIT/Kanpur, a prestigious institution in India. He has authored two books on Ashtakavarga, Dots of Destiny and Practical Ashtakavarga. He has been teaching Vedic Astrology in India with ICAS for more than two decades. He has also been teaching with AVG, USA & EVVA, Germany. He has been conferred the title of Jyotish Brihadacharya by ICAS and has been appointed a guide to the research students.

8:00 PM Welcome Dinner

19 February 2018 Monday – 5th Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference - Day 3

9:00 AM to 10:30 PM - Dr. K.S. Charak: Keynote Address - Vargas as the Key to Subtle Predictions
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Tea Break
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Vladislav Klaus – Saraswati Lecture – Importance of Yogas in Charts Interpretation

The study of yogas or planetary combinations, mirrors of the infinite patterns of human karma, represents the essence of Indian Vedic Astrology. However, apart from limited well-known classical cases, they are often overlooked due to their quite overwhelming diversity and number, which are also very difficult to memorize. In this presentation, their importance for a correct interpretation of charts is being stressed, based on various examples.

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Lunch

Lunch will be served in the restaurant (included in cost of conference)

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM - Renata Neme Cavalcanti

Shadows over Marriage - the impact of Rahu and Ketu on relationships

3:00 PM to 4:30 PM - Shobha Nagarjuna

Saturn and Sade Sati, a Time for Spiritual transformation.

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM - Tea Break
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM - Michael Aram Tarr

The Acharya's Mirror: "Reflections on some classic Prashna texts, the Jyothish Vak, and the human condition".

20 February 2018 Tuesday – 5th Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference - Day 4


9:00 AM to 10:30 Vinay Aditya
The daily Panchanga has has great mysteries hidden in its bosom. Some techniques based on the transit of the luminaries.
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Tea Break
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Kanwal Thapar
Meaning of Hora Lagna in Dasamsa.
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Lunch
Lunch will be served in the restaurant (included in cost of conference)
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM - Lalita Krishnan
"Making Friends with 6th, 8th and 12 House."
3:30 PM to 4:00 PM - Tea Break
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM - Komilla Sutton
Mind, Moon and Mercury: Striving for balance in an Uncertain World

Moon and Mercury, the two planets of the mind are most easily influenced too. Their influence in the natal chart is most important, but understanding their transits is key too.

21 February 2018 Wednesday – 5th Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference - Day 5

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM - Prof Jaya Sekhar

Shadbala & Vimsopaka Bala of Planets

Wwhat is the difference and when and how to use them when values are widely different?

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM - Tea Break
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Petra Pobuda

Aspects of Devi

Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kali and their reflections in the Chart (through Yogas, Nakshatras - and the female aspect of Moon and Venus)

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM Lunch

Lunch will be served in the restaurant (included in cost of conference)

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Master Class with Vijay Goel

Iyer's Techniques and The Vargas

About Vijay Goel

Shree H R Sheshadri Iyer is one of the great astrologers of 20th century and he introduced many new techniques of how to use the principles of Jyotisha. Vijay Goel will explain Shri H R Sheshadri Iyer’s techniques to delineate and predict through Vargas, the divisional charts. He will take all Iyer's rules which can be generally applied to all divisional charts. Vijay Goel will also take up special divisional charts which are based on different Iyer’s calculation like D-11 . All rules will be substantiated with many examples to show up events like marriage, wealth, career, etc.

22 February 2018 Thursday – 5th Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference - Day 6

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Master Class with Prof Jaya Sekhar


Drekkana divides the chart into three sections. It deals with siblings, motivation, self- efforts. It is a Varga that should not be neglected in analysis. The study of the Drekkana Varga chart is to exemplify the third house in a chart, siblings, courage, confidence, mental attitude. There are other aspects that can be studied from the Drekkana chart, such as the dominant feature of character, the emotional and spiritual aspects of the personality, the physical constitution or the possible genetic health problems. Prof will bring his deep experiences to reveal the secrets of drekkana and how to use it.

About Prof Jaya Sekhara

Prof Jaya Sekharis a great Jyotish scholar. Born in Andhra Pradesh, the son of the internationally famous Astrologer Professor Soma Sekhar, he was initiated into the family profession of Astrology, Palmistry, Tantric rituals and all related subjects at a very early age by his Father, his one and only Guru. Author of Vedic Literature, The Best Bet, Best Way To Use Shad Bala and Subha Jaya Muhurtha

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Lunch

Lunch will be served in the restaurant (included in cost of conference)

2:30 PM to 5:30 PM - Master Class with Keiko Ito

6th House and Shad Ripu - Planetary Combinatinos Indicating Our "Enemies" in Life

Shad Ripu or the Six Enemies (lust, anger, greed, arrogance, attachment, jealousy) are the emotional bondage that bind us into the cycle of reincarnation. They are linked to the 6th house and also, a certain number of planetary combinations can also indicate the inclination of the individual to be trapped by those tendencies. We will look at example charts to find the combinations and also have a look at the remedial measures to change the negative tendencies into positive ones.

About Kiko Ito

After studying western astrology from a young age, Tokyo-based Keiko started learning Jyotish in 2003 with her teacher, Komilla Sutton. She travelsannually to India with Komilla to deepen her Vedic knowledge. Keiko was regularly part of the faculty at the "Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology" conference in India, at the “BAVA Conference” in London, UK and the "Annual Vedic Astrology Conference" at Yoga Farm in California, USA. She also lectured at the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference and will be part of the "Breaking Down the Borders" global online conference in 2016. She regularly holds Jyotish-themed workshops at Sivananda Yoga Tokyo Center, is a full-time translator in four languages and a part-time Vedic astrologer with clients in Japan and worldwide.

23 February 2018 Friday – 5th Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference - Day 7

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Master Class with Prof Jaya Sekhar

The Three Lagnas - Janma, chandra and Sury Lagna

In Jyotish we study the natal chart from three points of view, the Lagna, the Moon as Lagna and Sun as Lagna. There can be contradictory indications studying the same aspect from different Lagnas. How to interpret different aspects of life using these Lagnas? What is the significance of the relative position of these Lagnas in the Navamsa from the Rasi? What are the specific uses of these three Lagnas in interpreting Natal Chart and the nature of Dasas? This workshop will explain the the difference, purpose and prioritizing of these lagna. How and when to use them.

1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Lunch

Lunch will be served in the restaurant (included in cost of conference)

2:30 PM to 5:30 PM - Master Class with Komilla

Yogic Counselling for Vedic Astrologers

As Vedic Astrologers, we need to counsel when people experience sorrow, grief, and health issues. Counselling is to help the people find balance in life. How to bring harmony between our need for relationships, career, financial responsibility with the spiritual needs. Since special skills are needed to deal with other people’s sorrow and difficult times, therefore the Vedic Astrologer’s personal discipline is very important. We need to blend Jyotisha knowledge with the yogic philosophy to become powerful counsellors. Know how to move the tamas, calm the rajas and nourish the sattva. How to put the aims of life to good practice, what to understand about the stages of life and reconcile them with the dashas and transits we experience.

About Komila

Komilla Sutton is an internationally renowned consultant, teacher & lecturer. Her Academy teaches online study programs. She is the co-Founder & Chair of the British Association of Vedic Astrology, has been leading trips to India since 1999 and sponsoring Vedic Astrology Conferences.

Author: Nakshatra: Stars beyond the Zodiac, Personal Panchanga, The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, Lunar Nodes- Crisis and Redemption,Vedic Love Signs andVedic Astrology.


24 February 2018 Saturday – 5th Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference - Last Day

End of Conference and Beginning of Jupiter Saturn Temples Tour.
6:00 AM - Leave for Temples


Destination Hotel Address/Website
New Delhi Hotel Visaya

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Cost Details

Per Person Cost Includes:

Conference lunch & tea or coffee during conference (7 Days)

Accommodation (8 Nights) is Twin sharing basis at Hotel Visaya, New Delhi.

Check in at 2pm on 16 February 2018 and check out at Noon, 24 February 2018.

  • Breakfast
  • 7 days of Conference incl 7 master classes
  • Conference lunch & tea/coffee during conference (7 Days)
  • Special dinners on the 18th and 23rd of February 2018
  • Trip to Saturn & Lotus Temples
Per Person Cost Does NOT Include:
  • Cost of Travel to India
  • Transfer and travel costs
  • Insurance
  • Meals except as designated above
  • Personal expenses

Fresh Talents Conference 2018

Costs Per Person (twin shared room)

$1,900 ($2100 after 1 October 2017)

Single Room Supplement



Refund Policy
Conference 2018

NO refund AFTER 1 October 2017

Combo Trip & Conference 2018

Sun, Jupiter, Saturn Temples Trip +
5th Fresh Talents Conference

16 February to 8 March 2018
New Delhi, Delhi

(Save $500 by booking both together)

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Costs per Person

$4,400 ($4,900 after 1 October 2017)
(per person Twin sharing accommodation)

Single Room Supplement (optional)



Combo Trip
NO refund AFTER 1 October 2017.


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Dr. K.S. Charak - India

Dr. K.S. Charak

Keynote Speaker - Chief Guest
Vinay Aditya

Vinay Aditya


Prof. Jaya Sekhar


Vijay Goel


Komilla Sutton

USA / India

Keiko Ito

Vladislav Klaus

Vladislav Klaus

Lalita Krishnan

Lalita Krishnan


Michae Aram

USA / India
Petra Pobuda

Petra Pobuda

Kanwal Thapar

Kanwal Thapar

Renata Neme Cavalcanti

Renata Neme Cavalcanti

Shobha Nagarjuna

Shobha Nagarjuna


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