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Love, Marriage & Sexuality through the eyes of Vedic astrology

2 Apr

Weekend immersion, June 1-4, 2023, in Sedona, AZ

Greetings, astrological community!

We’re pleased and honored to offer a weekend intensive at the Shine Sanctuary on June 1-4, 2023, in Sedona, AZ. Over the course of the weekend, we’ll explore in great depth various relationship dynamics, including romantic bias, commitment phobia, marital prognosis, sexual tendencies, and much more in the context of personal and intimate relations.

The full program of activities includes presentations by Charlotte Benson, Alan Annand, and Dennis Harness. For those who aren’t already familiar with Jyotisha, Charlotte will provide an optional three-hour introduction to Vedic astrology on Thursday afternoon, June 1st.

The core of the weekend will be two full days, Friday June 2nd and Saturday June 3rd (9am-4pm with lunch breaks), during which Alan Annand will lead participants through key astrological procedures of analysis. Multiple examples will illustrate how an astrologer can assess an individual’s psychological bias for engagement in love and romance, as well as their karmic prospects for marriage and/or sexual expression.

In effect, you’ll learn how to answer these topical questions:

  • Who is inclined versus reluctant to marry?
  • Who will defy tradition to marry against family wishes?
  • Who is attracted to a foreigner or same-sex partner?
  • Who will experience harmony or discord in marriage?
  • Who will engage in multiple relationships?
  • Who is driven by sexual passion, and of what nature?

Dennis Harness, PhD, will deliver a Sunday morning (June 4th) presentation on the ethical standards and challenges in discussing such sensitive subject matter with a client. Following this component, all three speakers (Alan, Charlotte and Dennis) will participate in an interactive Q&A session to conclude the weekend’s program.

Although a virtual live-stream option is available for those who can’t be there in person, attendees at the weekend program will have a range of add-in options, including Saturday night dinner (including standup comedy from Alan and Dennis), a musical concert, healing therapies, personal readings, autographed copies of Alan’s latest book Kama Yoga, and more.

Please note that seating is limited, so take advantage of early registration options. Book now to save $50 on early-bird package pricing that ends April 15th!

Access full details and register for Love, Relationships & Sexuality from the Vedic Viewpoint via the link below:

Sedona Vedic Astrology Immersion Weekend:

June 1-4, 2023, at Shine Sanctuary in Sedona, AZ

THE DRACONIC BOWL is now available

29 Jul

Most astrologers recognize the Bowl – one of seven horoscope patterns popularized by Marc Edmund Jones. Many are also familiar with Pamela Crane’s concept of the Draconic chart, wherein the lunar nodes provide a benchmark for assessing individual karma.

By merging both principles, we can identify a unique shape – the Draconic Bowl – where the nodal axis forms the rim of the bowl, and the seven visible planets are bound to one side of that axis. By applying core principles drawn from traditional astrology – Eastern and Western – the author explores the consequences of this powerful esoteric pattern, illustrated with 36 notable nativities.

When considering only the visible planets, approximately 12.5% of us have a Draconic Bowl in our charts. Among famous people, the Draconic Bowl club includes some of the most outstanding artists, athletes, criminals, intellectuals, musicians, politicians and writers of history.

Among astrologers alone, the alumni includes: John Addey, Olivia Barclay, Robert DeLuce, Louis DeWohl, Zipporah Dobyns, Michael Erlewine, Demetra George, Dennis Harness, Marc Edmund Jones, Anthony Louis, Michael Lutin, Alan Oken, Joni Patry, Erin Sullivan, and Alfred Witte.

Independent of charts exhibiting a Draconic Bowl, this book also provides an exhaustive interpretation of what it means to have the nodal axis in any given pair of houses around the chart. As such, it is an invaluable reference work for any astrologer, at whatever level of expertise, who has struggled to understand the consequences of the moon’s nodes, whether they be karmic or mundane.

Purchase a digital copy of THE DRACONIC BOWL at any of these online retailers, paperback available at Amazon only.

Nostradamus (b. December 14): “Understanding cannot be acquired by the occult, only by aid of the zodiac…”

14 Dec


“Understanding created by the intellect cannot be acquired by means of the occult, only by the aid of the zodiac, bringing forth that small flame by whose light part of the future may be discerned.”

~ Nostradamus, b. 14 December 1503


Kala Sarpa: everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

30 Nov

“If the Sun and Moon would doubt,” poet William Blake once wrote, “they would immediately go out.”

As for me, there were times over the past 18 months when my own vision blurred, and I doubted whether I could write a book on Kala Sarpa that would do justice to its myth. But as it is with all writing of substance, it became a sadhana, and there was no choice but to finish the work. I hope students and practicing astrologers alike can now use it to shed light on what has always been a very dark subject.

~ Alan Annand

Paperback available at Amazon only, ebooks available at all online retailers:


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Nostradamus (b. December 14): “Understanding cannot be acquired by the occult, only by aid of the zodiac…”

14 Dec


“Understanding created by the intellect cannot be acquired by means of the occult, only by the aid of the zodiac, bringing forth that small flame by whose light part of the future may be discerned.”

~ Nostradamus, b. 14 December 1503


If you like it then you ought to put a ring on it.

16 Nov




Amazon book review: Parivartana Yoga

6 Sep

Here’s a recent 5-star review I received from an Amazon reader for my book PARIVARTANA YOGA:

“His logical and organized approach makes this book an easy reference guide…

“Alan Annand is a gifted astrological writer and his book, Parivartana Yoga, fills a void in the literature where material on clear interpretations of yogas and all their variations is often lacking in Vedic astrology. His approach is logical and organized and makes using his book an easy reference guide. He generously illustrates his book with key examples from famous people, bringing the principles to life regarding exchanges of planets via signs and houses. I often use this book as a reference guide when this phenomenon comes up in my chart analysis [43% of all clients]. A must for your shelf!”

Learn to love Saturn…

30 Jun

…and you can face anything in life.

Mercury Retrograde Sex

21 Apr

20 ways to show the love during Mercury Rx… 

As an astrologer, I get a lot of calls this time of year from clients asking whether it’s appropriate to have sex while Mercury is retrograde. For these three weeks, they worry their guy won’t be able to get his mojo working, or if he does, the condom will catch on fire, or even if it doesn’t, she won’t get no satisfaction… People wonder, maybe it’s not worth trying at all?

Nonsense. Don’t let that schizophrenic little planet dictate your sex life. Learn to work with it. During retrograde periods, simply honor Mercury by invoking the classic themes associated with the trickster planet. Follow these practical guidelines and you’re guaranteed to get off to a good start:


Have phone sex. Gemini loves to talk, and Virgo hates a mess anyway. Call up a friend and tell them how you like it.

phones sex

Start a sex diary. Even if you’re not getting it regularly now, you’ll probably enjoy reliving a few memories from your college days.


Read erotica, alone or to each other – Anais Nin, The Joy of Sex, Henry Miller, the Kama Sutra. Not at your book club, or you’ll be getting home late.


Sext someone. Show your love with proper spelling and grammar. Nothing betrays lack of class like a note at the end saying, Did u cum 2?


Use your hands. Mercury is notoriously ambidextrous, so if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with. Even if it’s only you.


Restrict the senses. Wear a blindfold and earplugs to rediscover the other senses – smell, taste, touch and shameless gratification.


Dive headfirst into a wet dream. Love is an illusion anyway, so go deep, go surreal or go home alone.

wet dream

Take a Sex Ed course, demand extra homework and ask for private tutoring. You just might become the next teacher’s pet.

sex ed

Do it with mirrors. Mercury is all about duplication and self-reflection. Even if you don’t live in California, you two can make a foursome.


Do it in cars, boats, trains, planes, bunk beds, elevators, libraries, bookstores or stationery supply rooms. Be careful on the photocopier.

car sex

Record yourself in bed. If you don’t look that great on video, try a podcast. On audio everyone will think you’re just a cat in heat anyway.


Let other people watch. Except your kids, unless you can afford several years of therapy for their wounded psyches.


You don’t have to wait for the weekend. Wednesday is hump day.

hump day

Renew your marriage vows in Vegas, just for the second honeymoon sex.


If you live in the Appalachians, share your love with a sibling, cousin or uncle.


Do it with twins. Geminis come in pairs, so why shouldn’t you?


Dance the night away. It might take two to tango, but if you still wanna, you can always lambada — down and dirty on the dancefloor.


Mercury loves games of logic and skill, so try your hand at strip poker — Texas Shuck ‘em, deuces wild.


Confess your cardinal sins to someone who has none.

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 If you want to get ahead, give a little.



MERx yield

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Mercury retrograde: useless for three weeks..?

10 Apr

Alan Annand is a Canadian astrologer, accredited by the American College of Vedic Astrology and the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. He consults, teaches and writes on a wide range of astrological topics.

His NEW AGE NOIR crime series (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) features astrologer and palmist Axel Crowe, whom one reviewer has dubbed “Sherlock Holmes with a horoscope.”

His books on Vedic astrology include Stellar Astrology, Vols 1 & 2, a series of articles on celebrities and world events that are as entertaining as they are educational, offering many techniques for interpretation and prediction. Parivartana Yoga is a reference text for one of the most common yet powerful planetary combinations in jyotish.

Mutual Reception is an expanded companion volume for western practitioners, covering the subject of planetary exchange through the lens of traditional astrology.

BOOKS by astrologer & writer ALAN ANNAND:

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