American Council of Vedic Astrology

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American Council of Vedic Astrology

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The American Council of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) was founded in November 1993. This nonprofit educational organization, located in Sedona, Arizona, is the largest Vedic astrology organization in the West and is affiliated with the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS), founded by B. V. Raman. The ACVA has offered a forum for Vedic astrologers of all types and backgrounds, and has served as a network for them to connect and share their views. ACVA offers a 600-hour certification program for learning Vedic astrology through its approved tutors, which is the first real attempt in the West to teach Jyotish on a broad scale. The council is governed by a steering committee whose members include: Christina Collins Hill, Dennis Flaherty, David Frawley, Dennis M. Harness, Edith Hathaway, James Kelleher, William Levacy, and Chakrapani Ullal.

—Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D., and David Frawley

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