Andrew Foss Ph.D
PO Box 91, Earlysville, VA 22936, USA.
Andrew is the President and co-founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. He has a BA and MA from Oxford University in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He is the author of the leading software for Vedic Astrology, Shri Jyoti Star and the editor of the journal Gochara.
He is a a Jaimini Scholar and has given numerous invited lectures at universities and conferences around the globe on Jyotish, Ayurveda and computing and has published extensively in Astronomy and Computing in peer-reviewed journals along with many articles in Jyotish. Andrew also supervises graduate students studying for a Masters in Vedic Astrology from the Hindu University of America.
Andrew Foss interview by Charlotte Benson
I was always fascinated by the stars. At school I was the President of the Astronomy Association. After school I got a job at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and co-authored an article called “is there a 10th planet?’” which was published in and promoted on the front page of Nature, one of the most prestigious scientific journals. I had no idea about astrology — but in 1980 I came across a book on Western astrology. Initially it seemed to work but I soon realised that that system, as presented in the books I had, was not effective for predictions. Just after that, I heard about Jyotish and something clicked. I was hooked for life. … I started my formal training in Rishikesh with a Pandit in 1981 but even with years of subsequent wandering around India failed to locate someone I felt I wanted to study in depth with. Real Jyotish gurus are in very short supply, apparently. Then Pandit Sanjay Rath announced he was to teach the Jaimini Sutras. He comes from a lineage with at least 500 years unbroken tradition of experts in Jaimini and Parashara. He is the only one left with the knowledge. I knew it was a unique opportunity that I could not pass up and it has proved very beneficial. With Ketu in his 10th house, few people appreciate what he knows or have the patience to fathom it. One’s guru is based on one’s karma. It can be seen from the chart. If there is no connection in the chart, then you don’t study with that teacher.
Andrew is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Alberta with BA and MA degrees in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He has published in Astronomy and Computing as well as Jyotish. He authored the leading Vedic Astrology program Shri Jyoti Star and a forthcoming book about planetary mantras. He has been studying and teaching Jyotish since 1981.