Author of two highly acclaimed books on Vedic Astrology, James Kelleher has been a student of the traditions of India for more than 40 years. In the early 70's he began practicing meditation. At that time he spent 18 months in the mountains of Switzerland studying meditation with an Indian spiritual teacher, and later taught meditation full time in the United States.
In 1975 he met his Jyotish Guru, the renowned Vedic Astrologer and spiritual adept, M.K.Gandhi, who predicted Jim would become an astrologer. Gandhi not only offered to train him personally, but also invited him to become his assistant. Initially Jim studied Vedic astrology in India under Gandhi's guidance. During this time he also traveled on long pilgrimages with his teacher to many of India's most important spiritual centers. After this period of intense study and travel in India, Jim moved to London, where he worked as a professional astrologer, assisting Gandhi with his diverse international clientele for the next 5 years.
In 1984, Jim moved to the United States where he quickly became one of the nation's leading astrologers. At the request of several spiritual organizations, he traveled and lectured throughout the United States and became known for his accurate world predictions.
In 1995 he met his Dikshaguru, Swami Sivananda Murthy. Sivanand Murthy was a renowned spiritual teacher from south India. He was also an expert astrologer, who predicted that the world would experience a major crisis in 2020. (More about Sadguru Sivananda Murthy)
Jim has received a number of awards from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, including Jyotish Kovid, Jyotish Vachaspati, Jyotish Medha Pragya, and Jyotish Masagara.
He is an adjunct professor of Jyotish at Hindu University of America in Orlando Florida. He is the co-founder of the American Council of Vedic Astrology and the American College of Vedic Astrology. He is currently the provost for the Council of Vedic Astrology.
Jim is also the founder of the Sierra Institute of Vedic Astrology, based in Nevada City, CA, where he teaches classes, gives webinars, and has a busy private practice doing readings.