12th February 2011:
Some minor cosmetic enhancements.
- Swiss Ephemeris:
V7 uses the Swiss Ephemeris
calculation routines. This change makes possible the introduction of the main
group of asteroids - also most of the hypothetical bodies that are of current
interest. All graphic screens and calculation routines within the program have
been updated to accommodate these asteroids. The ephemeris gives precision of
calculation to less than 1 Second of arc. The commercial CD version of Astro22
V7 contains the full extended ephemeris covering 10,000 years.
Ephemeris is a special version of The full NASA JPL
is the full precision state-of-the-art ephemeris. It provides the highest
precision and is the basis of the Astronomical Almanac.
JPL is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA in
Pasadena, CA, USA (see http://www.jpl.nasa.gov
). Since many years this institute which is in charge of the planetary
missions of NASA has been the source of the highest precision planetary
ephemerides. The currently newest version of JPL ephemeris is the DE405/DE406.
Central Picture Display:
will normally be a scanned photograph of the chart subject.
average PC user is now adept at scanning pictures and photos into his/her
machine and manipulating them in graphic software. This routine is dedicated
to displaying and printing such pictures in its centre graphic displays.
We believe that Astro22 V7 is the only
astrology program to have this feature.
A glass framed presentation chart using this routine makes a fantastic,
something different present, it will adorn any wall.
Relocation\Location Charts: In practice it is normal
to cast many charts until the correct location is found, however once a chart
is calculated with astro22 you may use the keyboard left and right arrow keys
to animate the chart West (Left arrow key) or East (Right arrow key) covering
the complete Earth in just a few minutes. An experienced astrologer will be
able to find a likely location very quickly - 2 to 5 minutes.
Graphic Display Wheels: A new wheel design that gives emphasis to
the chart's central aspect display has been designed for use with astro22 V7.
Also, because of the enlarged wheel centre it is useful for displaying the
custom picture graphics described previously. The Graphic below shows the new
and Hypothetical Bodies:
These may be selected from the Edit>Asteroids menu. The
Asteroid Setup Screen allows any of the asteroids or other bodies to be
made active in subsequent screen displays - similar to the main planetary
setup screen. The user may select one, two, three or indeed all the listed
- Planetary Setup Screen: The
new look user set-up screen now allows more flexibility with the Min Orb
Setting. The Min Orb applies to progressed and
transiting aspects, or other routines that compare aspects to the natal chart.
The user may fine tune the orb to any required factor. It is advantageous, at
times, to have the major aspects set to 2 degrees of Min Orb to enable a wider
perspective of events. The Asteroid Setup Screen
may also be called from this dialogue.
With this option a user may choose a font suitable for his/her presentation.
Three types of astrological fonts are supplied with the program: Bold, Medium
and Light. Note: The chosen font is also applied to text screens that
use astrological symbols, the zodiac section of the chart wheel is not
New Text Files For Progressed Charts:
New dedicated text files are used for the Progressed Search Routines.
These files are based largely on the Alan Leo texts.
In the progressed systems
often the minor aspects are of great significance, especially the
Sesquiqadrate aspect that usually brings a short but very traumatic event.
Complete text files are included for nine aspect types - from the Conjunction
to the Sesquiqadrate aspects. The text files are user editable.
Solar and Lunar Returns Animation:
Pressing the keyboard arrow keys or the directional arrows from the
toolbar calculates the next Solar Return Chart. For example, if the calculated
Solar Return Chart is for the year 2001 then one press of the left-arrow key
calculates a Solar Return Chart for 2002. Press again and the 2003 Solar
Return is calculated and displayed, and so on.
Pressing the right-arrow calculates and displays a previous years Solar Return
Chart. In the above example, the chart for the year 2000 is calculated and
The display may be animated similar to the Solar Return animation except
that the left-arrow calculates the next Lunar Return some 28 days ahead. The
left-arrow calculates the previous Lunar Return.
- User Preferred Fonts: Two user fonts may now be
selected, one for graphic screens; the other for text screens
and printer output.
- Two sets of text files are now included in the
program, one set containing American spelling, the other English UK spelling.
If the USA date format is chosen then the text files with American spellings
are used, otherwise the English UK text files are used.
- Presentation Charts: Below are the four types of
presentation charts used in Astro22 V7:
Top Active Window
the most recently calculated window to the printer. It is usual to select
Landscape mode on the printer when printing this type of chart.
this option produces a full presentation chart that includes a detailed aspect
grid, declinations and a planetary summary.
Portrait mode must be selected as the printer
option displays a much larger zodiac wheel. Graphic presentation of the Sun
signs is also a feature. This is the better choice if you are using back
Portrait mode must be selected as the
presentation chart is free of data fields. This allows for a company graphic
to be used to maximum effect as a back screen. It also shows the company
details in two centred lines near to the bottom of the chart.
Portrait mode must be selected as the
- Progression Systems: The
program includes 12 progression systems that envelop all the popular methods
of progressing the natal chart for predictive application. This is about 80%
cover regarding known predictive systems and only a highly professional
or experimental astrologer would need extra routines. However, to cover this
area of need two further routines are included in Astro22 V7, both are user
defined. We think that the addition will now cover some 95% of all systems.
User Progression - Days of
This option is perhaps the most
powerful routine in the progression group: Its power lies in it�s ability to
provide astrologers with a tool for experimentation.
Most progressed systems use established planetary cycles to calculate
progressed horoscopes � Secondary Progression uses the solar cycle of
365.24219907, the Tertiary routine uses the moon�s lunar month cycle of
27.32158648147 and so on. The factor entered for this routine will normally be
based on such cycles.
The method of
If Secondary Progression: �Days
Alive� divided by �365.2419907': If Tertiary then �Days Alive�
divided by �27.32158648147�
Many such cycles exist and not much has been done in this area of astrology to
find the �Definite� predictive cycle.
This option is not the end of the matter, a dedicated �Search� routine
is included in the Search Menu routines with the new factor
active. This allows for historical research over any time period.
Add 'Deg Min Sec' To Planets
of Resident Chart
This option is for use by advanced astrologers
who calculate their own values of arc in various systems out of the norm. As
an example, it is very easy using an ephemeris to establish a progressed arc
of any planet or point, let us say the progressed arc of the vertex. The orb
calculation is just a matter of simple calculation, however the hard part is
adding this arc value to all the planets and points and if required, the house
cusps - It is a very time consuming and laborious exercise.
This routine makes the task simple, the astrologer need only enter the arc
obtained into the prompt box and in less than a second the job is done.
If cusps are to be included in the calculations then the typed string is
suffixed with a �C� as so: 123 10 15C
If the �Converse Progression� option is �On� then the arch will
be deducted from the resident chart planets - This often brings surprising
- Search Routines Merge Option:
This option allows several searches to be brought together and sorted into
date order. As an example you may wish do a yearly Progressed search, a
Transit search and then a Solar Arch search for the same period.
In this example you would open the merge file by clicking the menu option, run
each of the search routines then close the merge file by clicking the menu
option once again. The program then opens a new text window and presents all the
search results merged into one file and sorted into date order.
- Screen Animation: Although this was a feature in V6
it is worth repeating here for those not familiar our program.
- With the the advent of more powerful computers our program
is now coming into its own as most of the graphic screens throughout the
program can be animated to a predefined time interval.
A graphic handing routine has been developed to provide smoother animation of
screens. The windows handing routine has also been updated to accommodate the
animation of screens. The program recognizes that an animation is in progress
and switches mode to confine the animation to a single window. This keeps
widows generation within bounds. The animation is controlled with the keyboard
- Previous users of Astro22 will notice many, many more
improvements to the program.