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How to order Jyotisha Readings

offered by Barbara Pijan Lama

Wondering about lead time?

in 2019, most readings can be provided within 2-3 weeks of payment date.

for more details and instructions about the structure of the reading and composing your questions for the reading, please see How Readings Work

Please note that Jyotisha readings are offered to students of the vidya for educational purposes only. Readings have no warranty either express or implied.

mp3download.jpg1. two-hour Jyotisha reading via MP3 file, delivered via internet


  • a PayPal account is not necessary.

  • PayPal accepts most credit cards.

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  • generally it will also work to send PayPal payments to

optional payment via U.S. bank cheque = accepted by postal mail.


delivered via

  • MP3: 2+ hour Jyotisha reading, recorded

  • PDF: kundali-varga charts calculated for the reading, Vimshottari dasha timeline

Please email to Barbara, in advance of the reading, 5-to-10 of your own questions that you would like answered from a Jyotisha perspective during the recorded reading.

Cost includes one clarification or follow-up question that is related to the content of the reading. The clarification question may be answered via email or via audio MP3.

Required information:

  1. Your name and gender as you would like it to appear on the printed charts
  2. BIRTH-DATE format DD-MMM-YYYY * example: 24-Apr-2001
  3. BIRTH-TIME format HH:MM please mention AM or PM * Please mention the time in am/pm AND in 24-hr format (example: 8:20pm = 20:20) Yes it's redundant but using both formats helps to reduce mistakes :))Time must be accurate to the minute.Ideally, when possible, birth time should be known from an official birth certificate.
  4. BIRTH-PLACE name of your city, town, or village * AND its Google coordinates (example: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India 12°59′N 77°35′E )
  5. Five-to-ten questions that you would like to have answered from a Jyotisha perspective. Please take some time to compose reflective, thoughtful questions. Questions should be as free of self-criticism as possible, specific, and meaningful for you.

In addition, please provide several biographical milestone dates such as marriage, divorce, injury-illness, diploma, professional license earned, death of parents, first childbirth, other important life events. These key life events are used to validate the provided birth time.

After you receive the Jyotisha reading files MP3 and PDF via, please download the reading files to your own storage device. The reading files belong to the purchaser and Barbara does not keep copies. Unless there is a special need to keep the folder active, your folder will be deleted three months after the reading was delivered.

3. Traditional Vedic gemstone recommendation


  • PDF report

  • Includes PDF of kundali and Vimshottari dasha

  • Delivered to your email inbox

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Individualized Traditional Remedial Ratna reports include:

  • kundali + varga charts * PDF

  • 120-year Vimshottari dasha timeline * PDF

  • 16-18-page (approximately) customized report suggesting appropriate traditional gemstones to match the energy of the nativity

The PDF-page marked KUNDALI contains the D-1 and D-9. The smaller varga are in the VARGA page. There are two pages of the Vimshottari Dasha calendar, covering your schedule from age birth until your age 120 years. As a fun bonus, there is included a world map with various lagna overlaid. (Please note: The worldmap is a popular graphic but it is still an experimental idea within the Jyotishavidya. )

Nativity requires the precise coordinates of the birthplace

Suggestions for the best pure traditional remedial gemstones to suit your Jyotisha nativity. Written by Barbara, Not produced by a computer program.

  • You can take this Ratana Recommendation Document Vedic Gemologist, or compare to other Jyotishi opinions

  • Delivered via Email * approximately 16-18 pages

Please email Barbara with the birth details after paying via PayPal.

Required information:

For each person's nativity, please provide the accurate birth date, birth place, birth time, and gender

  • BIRTH-DATE format DD-MMM-YYYY * example: 24-Apr-2001
  • BIRTH-TIME format HH:MM please mention AM or PM * example: 18:34 PM Birth time must be accurate to the minute, and birth time should be known from an official birth certificate.
  • BIRTH-PLACE please provide NAME of the place and accurate Google location coordinates

Here are some example Ratna Recommendation reports:

Note on the limitations of the ratna report

Many folks greatly enjoy knowing which traditional gemstones match and support the subtle energies of their Jyotisha kundali.

  • However, please note that due to the low cost, the gemstone report is intended to identify - but not to discuss - the Jyotisha-ratna which suit your nativity. There are no questions included in the price of the ratna-report.

Detailed readings are available via item #1 above

You may also wish to read about Jyotisha remedial gems.

mp3download.jpg4. Annual Update Jyotisha reading


optional payment method via U.S.A. bank cheque = accepted by USA postal mail.

headphones.pngAvailable *only* for customers who have had a previous full two-hour reading with Barbara Pijan Lama


  • 2-hour update reading, including 5-to-10 of your own questions that you would like to have answered from the Jyotisha perspective

  • download MP3 files from internet via

  • includes one follow-up question via email or via


"Additional question" after a full reading


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optional payment via U.S. bank cheque = accepted by postal mail.

Pls. email Barbara for postal address. Bank cheques make possible a slightly larger tithe to the nuns at

For clients who have had a previous full reading, when a question arises between annual readings.

The Jyotisha-based answer length is approximately 45-minutes responding to a single clearly formulated question. The audio answer is recorded on MP3, and when the MP3 it ready is can be downloaded from

  • Audio-MP3 response to one question

  • Please provide some background regarding your question, e.g. events surrounding the question, nature of the relationship. Please be as detailed and specific as possible.

If the question seems too general, I will ask you for clarification and specifics. Thanks!

9.PDF charts package -- Via Email attachment

US$_27.00 for each PDF charts package

  • PayPal only

  • delivery via PDF file = email or internet download

For clients who may wish to purchase only the chart print-outs for a small number of nativities.

Why? Occasionally a beginning student of Jyotisha may be not yet ready to purchase one's own Jyotisha software, but would like to study a few charts of family members or co-workers.

  • There are free Jyotisha chart services easily accessible on the internet, but there is always some question of their accuracy.

Please note that this charts package includes ONLY five PDFs comprising the kundali and Vimshottari dasha timeline. It is not a reading and does not include any questions, commentary, discussion, prediction, or evaluation. If you have questions about the meaning of the features of the nativity, please select a reading.

One PDF charts package for one nativity = five documents:

  1. radical rashi chart + bhava chart + sixteen Parashari varga charts (2 documents)

  2. the complete 120-Year Vimshottari dasha timeline (2 documents = page-1 + page-2)

  3. "World Map" overlay of Jyotisha graha placements upon a Mercator-projection world map (1 document)

All calculations from Shri Jyoti Star software and all calculations use Lahiri Ayanamsha

Required information:

Please provide your accurate birth date, birth place, birth time, and gender

  • BIRTH-DATE format DD-MMM-YYYY * example: 24-Apr-2001
  • BIRTH-TIME format HH:MM please mention AM or PM * example: 18:34 PM (yes it's redundant but reduces mistakes :)) Ideally, when possible, birth time should be known from an official birth certificate.
  • BIRTH-PLACE please provide NAME of the place and accurate coordinates (available via Google)

Pls. email Barbara with the birth details after paying via PayPal.

There is no limit on the number of PDF Jyotisha charts that you may order. However if you have a need to produce numerous Jyotisha charts, it's probably time to consider buying your own Jyotisha software :)

6. Rectification of Birth Time

Rectification is available only for adults.

The rectification process matches likely birth times against multiple documented milestone events such as marriage, college diploma, and birth of children (These life events have not yet happened in a kid’s life.)

How to use the RECTIFICATION WORKSHEET (MS Word format)

1. At your convenience, please open the worksheet on your computer. Ensure that your virus scanner approves the Rectification Worksheet before opening.

2. Type in as much information as possible. Naturally, some questions must be marked N/A.

3. Send the filled-in worksheet back to me.

4. I will read whatever information you have been able to provide.

5. Then I will be able to make the professional decision as to whether a rectification seems possible.

Expect to spend at least one hour -- and possibly much longer -- researching your key dates. For busy (most) folks this research may take weeks.

Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life’s endeavors,

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidyavidya

Rectification available ** but this will take some WORK from you and from me too!

THE PLACE OF BIRTH AND THE DATE OF BIRTH must be KNOWN. Only the clock-time can be rectified within a maximum 24-hour range.

Please be advised that rectifications are time-consuming for both the client and the Jyotishi. There is often a cumbersome series of email communications between the Jyotishi and the client while the inquiry is proceeding.

The client may need to do some research into public records and into family memory, in order to find requested dates that can be confirmed.

For example, the worksheet asks for dates of weddings, childbirths, deceases, examinations passed, diplomas earned, and successful surgeries. The dates need to be accurate.


Typically a "no time known" rectification must examine 1440 possible birth-minutes (24 x 60 = number of minutes in one 24-hr day).

Even within a shorter time range, there are many checks and re-checks to locate the correct time of birth

To get started, please download Barbara's RECTIFICATION WORKSHEET (MS Word format)

  1. Step-1 fill in the worksheet. Client must supply a list of approximately 30 life milestone-dates. It may take many hours of research for the client to find these dates.
  2. Step-2 is usually some back-and-forth clarification via email queries.
  3. Step-3 is a professional determination of the likeliest birth time, based on the life-event dates corresponding the Vimshottari Dasha calendar.

Rectification service produces a conclusive result about the likeliest time of birth based on the timing of the key life events.


Combined rectification with 2-hour reading = USD_855

Looking for a Jyotisha?

the British Jyotisha association

or alternatively the American Jyotisha association.

These professional groups should have vetted lists of certified practitioners

7. Donation of any amount - thank you!

Any amount of support for maintaining the website learning materials is much appreciated! Thank you!

Your donations help make Jyotisha study materials available to students worldwide.

  • In countries where Jyotisha books and learning groups are not accessible, your generous support for student inquiry is especially appreciated


Q: Respected Mrs. Lama,

I just loved your site, it is enriching, educative and simple to understand, many inhibitions were cleared .

I don't have a Credit Card, I want to know the Vedic Gems I need to wear, how to send payments to you, can you guide please .... I also wish to talk to you before, I send you the payments, hope you don't misunderstand me, will appreciate your revert at the earliest .

Regards and Cheers,

A: Namaste

Thanks very much for your compliments. I am delighted to know that the study materials are helping your inquiry into the knowledge tradition of Jyotishavidya.

All of my Jyotisha readings are offered in pre-recorded audio files, in MP3 format downloadable from the internet.

Customized traditional remedial ratna (jewel) recommendations are provided via PDF attachment to email.

I do not offer in-person readings or telephone readings. In fact, I do not usually even answer my telephone! This practice is necessary for me to preserve my own psychic sanctuary. Thanks for your understanding.


Right now, PayPal is the only mechanism by which I can accept payments. I do appreciate that not everyone has a credit card, but unfortunately this is a requirement for my business at the moment.

I hope that some of the sample remedial ratnarecommendations will assist students of the Vidya of Jyotisha to learn to make their own decisions about which ratana are appropriate for which nativities, and why.

Also please consider a very effective alternative to wearing a gemstone, which is "Seva ""conscious service to others ".

Charitable service = Targeted Seva can achieve exactly the same goal as traditional remedial gemstones.

  • The regular practice of Seva is ideally targeted to serve those who have one's own problems but in a worse degree of severity (e.g., one who has anxiety of financial problems should serve the truly destitute poor).

  • Seva will quickly amplify one's most compassionate and creative thoughts, and easily produce a more positive material outcome.

  • And Seva is free!

Thanks again for your compliments, and best wishes.

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya

Q: Namaste Barbara

If I choose 2 hour Jyotisha reading, can I ask 5 - 10 question within a year period? and for future year If i have any question how much I have to pay and how many question can I ask? I already received gem recommendation chart from you and I am very happy for this.

A: Namaste,

I am delighted to know that you are enjoying your Jyotisha gemstone recommendation.

The 5-10 questions requested from the querent will be answered during the 2-hour audio reading. One follow-up or clarification question, which should be directly related to the issues discussed in the reading, is included in the price of the reading. That follow-up question may be sent to me at any time following the reading. (Even several years afterward is OK, although quite rare!) The answer to the included single follow-up question is provided via a brief email.

If a question arises regarding the Jyotisha nativity which is not directly related to the initial reading but which does refer to the charts (including varga ) and Vimshottari dasha and that question arises within a year or so following the initial reading, the price for answering that single additional question is found under item 8: additional questions for those who have completed the 2-hour reading.

Wishing you every happiness, and continuing success in your Jyotisha studies,

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya

Q:... Can you please confirm as to whether it is possible for you to give Rahu dasha analysis as I am going through one. I just wanted to know how much you will charge for this. I have just started Rahu -Jupiter ...

A: Namaste,

Yes I do often focus Jyotisha readings on one particular bhukti. A person who is familiar with the details of one's own Vimshottari Dasha and who can formulate specific questions regarding expectations and concerns for the bhukti effects, may derive great benefit from an evaluation of a single period of the lifetime.

The cost for all initial readings is the same. In the space of 2 hours, the initial reading provides an extensive analysis of the Jyotisha radix and navamsha nativity. If the questions require looking beyond D-1 and D-9, additional varga charts may be considered as well.

If the reading is focused on a single bhukti, it is nevertheless absolutely necessary to examine the entire nativity -- since the results of any planetary period are determined by the angular relationship between the main time-period lord (bhukti pati) and the sub-period lord (antaradasha pati). The relationships between all nava-graha and the bhava lordships must be articulated in order to develop a conclusion as to the predicted effects of interaction within that relationship.

  • I recently did a reading focused entirely on a Ketu bhukti in the mahadasha of Shukra. The client tells me that he was very pleased with the insights.

Typically, the reading evaluates the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical effects of each graha, and then consider those effects as they operate in any specific period. Therefore a period with uncomfortable physical auspice may also offer spiritual achievement.

A period which is emotionally exhausting (for example, a Shani bhukti imultaneous with Sade-Sati or Shani Ashtamsha ) may indeed result in mental strength and clarity formed in response to the emotional challenge (if for example Budha "filled the vacuum" while Chandra was compromised during the Sade-Sati).

  • In the Ketu case, the reading was able to verify that Ketu was well-supported by other graha. In that favorable setting, even the normal exhaustion and excessive detachment of Shukra/Ketu, where Ketu as the final chidra-dasha of a 20-year mahadasha simply "runs out of gas " - even that great tiredness would not cause the native to lose his bearings in life, lose his property, etc. (all common and natural concerns with the Shukra-Ketu period.)

I hope that this response is helpful for you. The short answer is that yes, for a client who is generally familiar with the sequence of one's Vimshottari Dasha, to focus on a single Vimshottari period is a good way to structure the reading.

To address as many outstanding questions and anxieties about the period as possible, most client questions should be focused on the anticipated results of the planetary period.

However a full reading is always required to achieve an adequate analysis of any period, long or short, and produce a viable prediction.

After the initial reading, annual updates (or every two years or every three years) may be valuable as the mahadasha progresses. Clients often request an update reading at the onset of each new bhukti within the mahadasha period that they are currently working to optimize.

Wishing you every happiness and best success in your Jyotisha studies,

Sincerely, Barbara Pijan Lama

Q: How much background information should I provide? I don't want to tell you so much that you figure out who I am from my background info.


The amount of detail provided by the client usually covers several paragraphs (at least) submitted via email. At minimum the reading will answer 5-10 self-written questions, and there is usually some background in those questions. To verify the birth time, it is necessary for the client to provide several milestone dates that mark a Jyotisha timeline. The timeline should describe a sequence of important life events which occur during Vimshottari Dasha periods and during samchara transits that would be expected to generate those types of karaka events.

It helps my analysis to know some background for each of the questions. An example of a question that contains a bit of helpful background might be: "I've been in the shipping industry for 30 years with mixed success, and am now looking at a joint venture involving a new warehouse in an adjacent country. This warehouse will be located in a major shipping port that has a criminal gang presence, and merchandise theft is a constant concern. I've suffered major losses from theft in past years and typically these thefts are inside jobs. We plan to have normal amounts of insurance coverage and guards. What is the prognosis for matters of warehouses and inventory for the next few years?".

Keep in mind that the number of factors that are "readable" in any Jyotisha-mapped environment is classically tallied at 144,000. During any reading, the Jyotishi will be able to comment on only a few dozen of those factors.

You will receive a better reading if you disclose the material facts of your environment, because the Jyotishi will be able to prioritize the factors you need to know about *now*, and select a more specific vocabulary related to your current needs, rather than rely on general terms.

Examples of helpful background information.

  • if a person asks whether it can be predicted that one will marry during the coming year, it is very helpful for me to know if the native has not yet married or if one has already been married and divorced three times. There is a pattern for marriages and it is important to know where the current relationship fits into that pattern.

  • Also, although I appreciate that this is very private information, if I may be informed whether a pregnancy has occurred (even if it was not carried to term) in any previous non-marriage relationship, that fact can be critically important to the correct counting of the relative bhava to predict a wedding ceremony. Naturally, I treat all readings with complete confidentiality and pass no moral judgment upon any event, since in the larger scheme all events are produced according to the higher law and it could not be otherwise. For a Jyotishi there is no good and no bad - there are only personalities, subconscious expectations , environments and events.

  • If a person already has a diagnosed medical condition, it is crucial to identify that reality when asking about health;

    otherwise instead of vocabulary targeted to their specific condition (heart, lungs, kidneys etc.) the querent will receive only a general vocabulary of wellness and predisposition to discomfort produced by various planetary rulers of bhava-6 and 6th-from-Chandra.

Background info helps narrow in on the specific interpretations of the broad terms used in the Jyotisha commentaries. Additional knowledge of the client's material situation is not a trump for a parlor guessing game. Rather, the background details enrich the reading and make the interpretations more valuable by allowing the Jyotishi to select the most specific descriptive vocabulary.

Identity protection:

Your specific social identity markers will probably not emerge from the nativity unless you mention your specific job or rank (e.g., "I am presently the chairman of XYZ corporation" or "I was married to ABC public figure"). If privacy is important, you might want to consider using a false name (alias) --- but please do not falsify the birth date, time, or place. With false birth data, the divinatory reading would be useless. I have some high-profile clients who use false names for many of their service relationships, including with their healthcare providers and of course their astrologer.

~~ BPL

Q: Do you offer Astrocartography Readings? A: Namaste,

Thanks for your note. Unfortunately I do not offer “astrocartography” readings. My practice is Jyotisha (not western astrology). Jyotisha readings are designed for listeners who have basic cultural or scholarly knowledge of the interpretive principles of the samayavidya.

Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life’s endeavors,


Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya


Q: Hello Barbara,

As you know, my family and I have ordered many readings from you -- for parents, grandparents, adult children, and even a couple of long-term employees. I enjoy gifting your readings to those I love and cherish.

I'm writing you today about repeating PayPal trouble. I am trying to make a payment for a close relative's reading. She heard my wife's and my audio and she asked for her own reading as a birthday gift. She has prepared her questions carefully, as you require.

Oddly, my payment is being declined! I have tried multiple times. I'm quite sure that we have sufficient funds on the cards. As you predicted long ago, our business is flourishing.

Would you please check with PayPal? Much appreciated, B.K.K.R.


A: Namaste B.K.K.R.,

So sorry to hear of the PayPal frustration. Several other reading payments have successfully transacted during this past week. It looks like the payment system is flowing normally.

Psychically, this sort of unexpected blockage in a normal financial process can indicate fear or resistance toward the reading.

The querent may feel unready to handle the emotional or social information which may be coming into view within the mirror of the Jyotisha reading.

If that is the case, then it might be more comfortable to wait a few days or even a few weeks before trying the payment again. Financial issues in particular can signal a conflict about worthiness or self-value.

Perhaps the querent would prefer a few days to relax and gather her thoughts? There will be space for her whenever she is psychically ready.

Wishing you every happiness, healing from sorrow, guidance by inner light, and success in all of life’s endeavors,


Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya


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