Is there an ideal order for taking the courses?
The following list of courses is the order of study I have set for myself. I understand that apart from the basic courses, one may skip around. However, if there is anything particularly odd, delayed, not recommended, or poorly grouped I would appreciate that feedback.
- Basic Courses
- Vault of the Heavens Book
- The Horoscope
- Jyotish Building Blocks
- Graha Sutras Book
- Graha Sutras Audio Course
- Jaimini on the Grahas - Qualities of Grahas
- The New Rasi Sutras
- Rasi Sutras Audio Course
- Jaimini on the Rasis
- Energies of the 27 Lunar Mansions Book
- Nakshatras: The Galactic Zodiac Audio Course
- Understanding the 5 Elements
- Beginner Courses
- Core Yogas Book
- Yogas of Character Audio Course
- Spashta Bala - Shad Bala: 7 Facets of the Planets Audio Course
- Mastering Debilitation
- Ages of the Planets
- Outer Planets in Vedic Astrology Audio Course
- Character Effects of the Grahas Audio Course
- Mastering Rahu & Ketu
- The Hows & Whys of Rahu
- Interpreting Avasthas
- More Lajjitaadi Avastha Interpretations
- Shayanaadi Avasthas
- Parivartana Yogas and Final Dispositors
- Positional Transits
- Snapshooting Vimshottari I
- Vedic Relationship Compatibility Audio Course
- Navamsa Deity Compatibility
- Relocation Astrology
- Foreign Residence
- Gems, Jyotish & Minerals Audio Course
- Astrological Anatomy and Nutrition Audio Course
- Bach Flower Remedies Audio Course
- Vedic Relationship Compatibility Audio Course
- Jaimini Courses
- Upadesa Sutras Raw, Volume I Book
- Jaimini Sutras I - Chapter 1, Padas 1 & 2 Audio Course
- Jaimini Sutras II - Chapter 1, Padas 3 Audio Course
- Jaimini Sutras III - Chapter 1, Padas 4 Audio Course
- Concrete Chart and Varga Analysis with Jaimini
- Concrete Predictions with Vimshottari Dasa
- Shad Bala, Balaadi & Jagradadi Avasthas
- Mutual Agenda of Dasa Lords
- Predicting Terminations & Endings
- Predicting with Rasi Dasas
- Intermediate Courses
- Lajjitaadi Avasthas Master’s Course
- Lajjitaadi Avasthas – The Heart of Parashara
- Healing Rahu & Ketu
- Exploring Ashtakavarga
- Ashtakavarga System
- Predicting with Avasthas
- Interpreting Deeptaadi Avasthas
- Parashara’s Formula for Yoga Judgment
- Bhava Yogas - 7th Bhava
- Tajika Prashna
- Ashtamangalam Number
- Tajika Aspects and Parashara’s Mutual Yogakarakas
- Varshaphala I Audio Course
- Varshaphala II Audio Course
- Tajika Prashna
- Advanced Courses
- Classical Muhurta Book
- Classical Muhurta
- Vargas in Depth
- Predicting with Transits
- Rectification with Transits
I would say you can easily delay the nakshatras course and the 5 elements course and get the yogas of character and core yogas courses done sooner. That way you can start doing more powerful things with the chart without as much delay. It's helpful to learn some basics and then implement them with techniques that you learn in the more technique centered courses rather than learning all the basics first. You won't need nakshatras for most of the technique centered courses, so can easily delay those.
It's great how methodically and with how much structure you're approaching your studies!
I just wanted to share my own experience in case you find this helpful. If not, feel free to ignore :). I did most of the beginner's courses and then started with more courses on the Lajitaadi Avasthas and Jaimini.
In retrospect, I would have probably done the Tajika Prashna course at an earlier point. One of the things I was looking for in Astrology were solid, predictive techniques. Prashna is relatively straight forward. I found it easy to learn and practice and I found that I got results pretty quickly with it. It's also a technique that I use every time I do a reading and frequently use in my personal life as well. Some schools had their astrology students study Prashna before they did anything else.
I'm sure a lot of it is up to the individual and whether they click with a certain technique. Your goals in studying astrology might not include predicting at all. Just wanted to mention this in case predicting is important to you.
If you remain stuck about what a particular course may bring out and whether you would like to do it, I would suggest you to go through intro or first videos of some courses you have in mind. Most of them give a clear outline of the particular course.You'll be able to take a better call then
I will share with you my experience for what it is worth. I started studying with Ernst about 4 years ago as a hobby and still is a hobby. Initially I too made a list of classes sort of like a curriculum to follow because i am a very methodical person. Then i asked Ernst if that is a good order to take those classes. His reply was just take some basic classes, follow your intuition and go from there. So i did that. It is interesting that when i take a class somehow during that class something happens that would tell me my next class. I have an idea what i want to know so that is how i decide on my next class.
Now having said that, i took the basic classes first such as Jyotish Building Blocks, Grahas Sutras, Rasi Sutras, Character Effects of the Grahas, Yogas of Character. Then i took Compatibility and Shad Bala. Then I got into the more advanced Yogas like PV yogas, Parashara's formula yoga judgement because i like yogas. Then i got into Varshaphala, Ashtakavaga, Tajika/Prashna, Transits. Then i switched gear and took Rahu/Ketu courses and LA - The heart of Parashara then i took Jaimini on the Rasis, Concrete chart and varga analysis with Jaimini and now i am taking Jaimini Sutras which i really enjoy. I am almost done with my Jaimini so i will have to decide on my next class. I decide on a topic of interest and i group my classes in that order to take them.
Each class i took i would practice technique on about a dozen to 20 charts of family and friends to get the hang of it. So i think it is important to take the time to practice the technique. I also think it depends on your focus that you can decide on the courses to take meaning is it to make money or is it a hobby to guide you in choosing the classes.
Ernst said people come to him usually for 4 questions: Career, Health, Relationship and Money. So i think if you become really good at let's say Relationship and Career/Money, then you could have a pretty decent practice. There are many techniques but if you are really good at 2 or 3 then they will be your bread and butter. You will know what technique speaks to you....For me the techniques that spoke to me are Jaimini, Varshaphala, Astakavarga and Yogas. I like Parashara too but it is deeper. Parashara is great for counseling...i love Jaimini because i like concrete answers.
Best of luck in your studies....