Like the Western astrology solar return, the chart is created for when the Sun returns to the same sign and degree as that of its natal position. However, Varshapal uses almost a blend of Indian and old Middle Eastern astrological techniques. It also includes some components that are similar to Arabic parts. The interpretation rules are different enough from both Indian and Western astrology to provide a fascinating glimpse into how various systems were blended for prediction.
Gary Gomes began writing about Jyotisha in 1993, and has been published in the ACVA Journal, BAVA Journal, NCGR special editions, Mountain Astrologer, and several Indian magazines, including Express Star Teller and the Astrological eMagazine. He has also served as Editor and Managing Publisher of the Council of Vedic Astrology Journal. He served on the American College of Vedic Astrology Board between 1997 and 2003. He was elected Vice-President of the Council of Vedic Astrology in 2004 and President of CVA in 2007.
Gary is also a Swami of the Kriya Yoga lineage and a Reiki Master. He was recognized for his contributions to Jaimini Astrology by the Bharat Vidya Bhavan in India and has written on Jyotish in publications available from every continent except Antarctica.
Finally, he has been teaching at ACVA from 2004 to the present and has served as the Assistant Dean for Academics for ACVA and was a professor and Vice-President of Kepler College. Gary has been granted many awards for his work in both the US and India.
Gary teaches in the following course: