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Classic, Medieval, Vedic / New Version 19 of Ed Greek Horoscope
« on: November 06, 2023, 10:24:48 PM »
Hi there - just letting everyone know that there is a new, tabbed, version of Ed Greek Horoscope on the way. It will take a little while to complete, but work is progressing steadily. I will post some screenshots over the next couple of weeks to show everyone how it is developing.

This will be version 19 of this popular script.

Thanks. Ed

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Extension Scripts / Medieval Mundane Methods
« on: September 10, 2023, 01:11:47 PM »
Hi there - this is a beta release for a new module which allows users to explore traditional mundane methods.

There is an extensive helpfile incorporated. This is accessed by a tab specific button.

You can download the script from the attachments section below, and copy the file to your Medieval folder within Planetdance. When you restart the program it should be visible as a new file.

Please leave any feedback here.

Many thanks to Sindy for some initial testing which was very helpful.

Best wishes. Ed

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Planetdance in Action! / NFL - 2023-2024 Season Predictions
« on: September 07, 2023, 08:19:00 PM »
Hi there - the NFL kicks off again today. First up the Detroit Lions travel to the Chiefs. The Chiefs are favoured by over 90% of the Pickwatch pundits so must be counted as clear favourites.

I am going to start the season using the algorithm for last year. This began to falter in December, for reasons which are now clear. John Frawley, in his Sports Astrology books, points out the limitations of a method such as the one I devised on p. 83. I will delve into Frawley's insight as we go along the weeks. I am introducing Frawley's method of predicting sporting contests over the new few weeks. I am still learning his approach and trying to code the key features within Planetdance. Anyway...

The astrology favours the Chiefs, only narrowly. The Chiefs' significators are Jupiter and Venus; the Lions have Mercury and Venus. Neither side benefits from Venus, so it's down to the relative strength of Jupiter and Mercury.

On balance, Jupiter just tips it, being in its own bounds, aspecting the horizon, and Venus being in the face of Jupiter, so a minor reception.

The Lions have Mercury on their side. It's in dignity in Virgo, in their own house, close to the horizon, but retrograde. Mercury is in the bounds of Venus, a slightly stronger reception than that of the Chiefs.

All this points, in my view, to the need for the Lions QB  to play out of his skin. If he can do this, the Lions might win the day, but retrograde Mercury suggests it might be an uphill struggle - a match with lots of self-inflicted errors? Or a case of first night nerves?

Chiefs to win, perhaps narrowly.

Post-match

A big Lions upset for the first match of the year. They take a win with a TD in the fourth quarter.

Lions 21 Chiefs 20

Experts 0 Astrologer 0

Running total (1 match)

Experts 0 Astrologer 0

Review

I've done a little bit of work on the algorithm. I've dropped the retrograde planets (I thought I'd done this a while ago) and also the VOC moon factor. The reassessment results in a narrow victory for the 'dogs, being the Detroit team.

I'm going to run with this version of the algorithm.

See the updated screenshot below.

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Hi there - here are some screenshots of the latest version of this script, which is in development.

Thanks. Ed

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Planetdance in Action! / Liz Truss - 2022 Solar Return
« on: May 21, 2023, 08:28:24 PM »
Hi there - I am doing the final testing on a new module: Medieval Forecasting Methods. To demonstrate the usefulness of this module, I will take a look at Liz Truss's solar return for 2022. Truss has the Sun at 2 Leo 57 - it is in dignity (rulership) and elevated, being in the tenth whole sign house and the ninth by Porphyry. The Sun is in the bounds of Jupiter and the triplicity ruler is Jupiter. All things considered, this is a powerful solar position.

Truss' rising sign is Scorpio, based on the rectified 14:35 time for her birthplace. This makes Mars a key planet in the horoscope. Mars, however, whilst angular in the seventh by whole sign house and Porphyry, is in detriment in Taurus. Mars is in the bounds of Jupiter, and Jupiter is in Aries in the bounds of Mars. This mutual reception ties the two planets together. Jupiter is trine Leo, the tenth whole sign house, but is in the whole sign sixth and the Porphyry sixth. This house placement is not helpful and Jupiter is going to struggle to express itself except through Mars.

Truss' Mars is likely to be stubborn, combative, oppositional and defiant - being in Taurus is likely to give Truss an indefatigable will. However, being in the descendant, Mars is likely to appear very forcefully to other people. I'm not sure that Truss would be entirely likeable, particularly if you happened to get in her way.

In Truss' SR for 2022, Jupiter rises in Aries. This is the first indication that the twelve months from July 2022 is likely to be one in which Truss seeks success and comes into power. During the course of these twelve months, Truss will experience a Jupiter return. Note that natal Jupiter, moves from the sixth WSH to the first WSH in the SR. The challenge with this is that Jupiter is quite uncomfortable in the WSH sixth, being in aversion to the ascendant. It is not a planet that Truss will find easy to integrate. In 2022, her Jupiter is thrust into the limelight rising in the SR.

2022 is a twelfth house profection year. This is not particularly auspicious as the twelfth house is often cited as a place of self undoing. Note that Libra, the twelfth WSH natally, comes to the SR descendant. Truss' vulnerabilities and insecurities will be on public display for all to see. The Lord of the Year (LoY) is Venus. Venus is square Jupiter in the SR chart. This places the two benefic planets in aspect, albeit a challenging aspect. Venus is in the WSH fourth house, angular, and in Cancer, and close to the IC. The Moon is approaching a conjunction with Venus, firstly to square Jupiter itself. Venus is in its own bounds. In many ways I think the success of Truss' 2022 return turns on the way she is able to harness Venus. However, her default response to situation is Martian - confrontation - rather than Venusian - conciliatory.

Mars, lord of the SR ascendant, is in Taurus, reflecting the natal position. In fact, Truss is due to experience a Mars return a few days after the solar return. This is particularly emboldening, but just strengthens the stubborn resolve of the natal Mars in Taurus. Mars is close to the north node, bringing the eclipses into prominence. Truss' first and seventh houses are hit heavily by eclipses during 2022-2023, emphasising the Venus-Mars dynamic in her chart and solar return.

Lastly I will look at Saturn. The greater malefic is the most elevated planet in the return. It is in Aquarius, and therefore in dignity, and in the bounds of Mars. Broadly speaking Saturn and Mars are square to each other; Saturn is square the nodal axis. The critical point is that SR Saturn is conjunct Truss' natal IC precisely. Saturn is not really aspecting any planets - it is isolated from the rest of the chart. This speaks of taking on a burden, but without much support or respite. Natally Saturn is peregrine and in detriment. It is elevated but ill-placed in Cancer. Saturn is a cold, dry planet, being melancholic - Cancer is a cold, wet sign, phelgmatic. Although the moisture of Cancer relieves the discomfort and chill of Saturn to a degree, this placement still feels uncomfortable and distant.

I will continue this analysis at a later date.

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Extension Scripts / Medieval Forecasting Methods
« on: May 14, 2023, 07:51:57 PM »
Hi there - this new script is in beta and released for further testing and feedback. The module calculates the solar return for the chosen year, and eleven subsequent monthly returns. All the charts are based on the transit of the Sun to the solar degree equivalent in each sign. Profections are also calculated, by year, month and day. The daily profections are calculated by dividing the length of the month between returns by 12 signs, giving an average length of 2.5 days per sign. This varies through the year depending on the rate of motion of the Sun which alters the length of the monthly return.

Thanks to Zagata for the idea for the script, and also extensive checking during development.

The screenshots display some of the features of the module. Please note that to get the most from this module you will need a monitor with at least 1920 x 1080 resolution.

From the Help:

This module allows users to explore multiple solar returns using the methodology of Medieval astrologers. The return year for the current year will be calculated on opening the module. The monthly returns for the subsequent eleven months will also be calculated. These returns are based on the Sun's transit to the natal solar degree equivalent in each sign. So, for example, if the natal Sun is at 22 Aries 36, the first monthly return will be at 22 Taurus 36, the second at 22 Gemini 36, and so on.

The first chart shown is the solar return for the year identified. The following eleven tabs show the subsequent monthly returns. Additional data is provided on each return tab including:

1. Planetary positions and dignities and debilities
2. House cusps and dignities and debilities
3. Lord of the Day listing: the LoD is calculated by dividing the length of the solar return month by 12 and then allocating a planetary ruler to each day. This creates twelve 'days' of slightly varying lengths, but averaging around 2 1/2 days. The rulers follow the cycle of signs, beginning with the sign of the Lord of the Month.
4. A listing of the dates and times of each return in the year.
5. The Lord of the Year and Lord of the Month is also identified.
6. Natal planets: the natal positions are displayed on the outside of the chart wheel. The positions are identified by natal longitudes.
7. Day and hour rulers: the planetary day and planetary hour rulers for the monthly returns are identified in the centre of the main chart.

Profections: the profection cycle by year and month can be followed using the symbols in the main wheel. At the solar return the sign ruling the profected year is identified using the red dot; the sign ruling the profected month is identified using the green dot. In each return chart the profected month marker will move one sign.

Adjusting the solar return year: any solar return can be cast by adjusting the profection year in the text box at the bottom left of the solar return tab. Click 'New Return' the return cycle will be recalculated using the new profection year.

Calculate button: at the bottom left of the return tabs is the 'Calculate' button. Clicking this button will send the chosen return chart to the main Planetdance window for further analysis using the additional tools within the software. These charts are then available for using in multichart windows using the synastry functions within Planetdance.

Bounds: the user can choose either Egyptian or Ptolemaic bounds systems. The choice is retained between sessions.

Bounds and face circles: users can choose to display the bounds and face lords in the outer wheel if desired. This setting is retained between sessions. The setting can be changed during a session. The final setting will be retained.

Additional tabs provide the following data:

Data Summary: this lists the planetary positions and houses cusps for each of the returns. The date of the return, and the month number are also listed. The Lord of the Year (LoY) and the Lord of the Month (LoM) are also identified. The natal planetary positions and house cusps are also provided for comparison.

Multiwheels: this shows a simple chart for each of the monthly returns, along with the LoY and LoM. From these charts, significant return positions can be identified such as planets conjunct return angles.

+/- 1 Year: this tab shows the solar returns for the previous and subsequent years.

Lifetime: this tab lists 120 years of solar returns. The table is organised according to the profection cycle of twelve years. The LoY is identified, along with the date and time of the return. The age column shows the profection year which can be used to cast further solar returns.

Further information:

J Lee Lehmann (2012) Classical Solar Returns. Schiffer Publishing Ltd, PA.

Jean Baptiste Morin, tr. James Holden (2002) Astrologia Gallica 23: Revolutions. American Federation of Astrologers, Tempe, AZ.

Charles Obert (2018) The Cycle of the Year: Traditional Predictive Astrology. Almuten Press, Minneapolis, MN.

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Planetdance in Action! / Almugea Time Lords - King Charles III
« on: May 08, 2023, 11:49:58 AM »
Hi there - I have developed a time lord system that takes its inspiration from Rok's work on his Trails of the Stars time lords. In my system I use the concept of almugea or proper face as the basis of the time lord distribution.

You can read more here: https://forum.jcremers.com/index.php/topic,391.0.html. You can dowload the latest version of the script for your own use as well.

If you take a look at the screenshot below you will see King Charles is in a Mars almugea period that began in 2018 and will extend until 2026. Charles' Mars ruled period is eight years because natal Mars, when measured backwards through the signs, is eight signs from its proper face in Aries (his chart is nocturnal).

This seems appropriate for the period of his life when he has become King, on the death of his mother last September, and being crowned in May 2023. Mars is the ruler of Charles' Aries MC, and is ruled by Jupiter as it is in Sagittarius. Mars is peregrine (without dignity) but is trine his Leo ascendant and Aries MC. Mars in a nocturnal chart is moderated in its malefic nature by being in sect. Mars in a mixed reception with Jupiter - Jupiter is in the bounds of Mars, whilst Mars is in the sign and triplicity of Jupiter.

Charles is currently in the Moon ruled sublord period which began on 19 April 2022 and will extend up until 11 June 2023. The Moon is a highly dignfied planet in Charles' horoscope, being in its exaltation and ruled by Venus (in dignity). The Moon also has a powerful position by accidental dignity being square the horizon. The Moon is the most elevated planet in the chart, and being a noctural horoscope gives the Moon and even more important role for Charles. The Moon approaches the North Node - his destiny is bound up with his people (Moon) and he needs to aware of their needs and feelings. This is true of Charles in all his relationships, but his South Node, in Mars ruled Scorpio with Mercury close by, gives him a mindset that is strong willed and opinionated.

Mercury is a peregrine planet in Charles' horoscope, and it also has a powerful position accidently being square the horizon. Mercury is in the bounds of Mars, and Mars is in the bounds of Mercury, making a mutual reception by bounds. Mercury is in Scorpio, a Mars ruled sign. Note that Mercury is close to the prenatal lunation, suggesting his destiny is deeply bound with this configuration. Here is a King making his views and opinions known but in a way that is out of kilter with the expectations which people have of him. We can see that as he is in a Mars period and a Mercury subperiod, these planets come into high focus until the beginning of 2024. Mercury is retrograde, moving towards the South Node, and approaching sextile Saturn. Charles has to curb the expression of his views, and his responsibilities (Saturn) given him a framework in which to do this. Overstating his opinions given his responsibilities is a constant risk (South Node).

This axis through Taurus and Scorpio is vital to understanding Charles' chart. He has the Moon in the first degree of Taurus, North Node in the fourth degree and the Lot of Eros in the ninth degree opposite the syzygy. Venus is an exceptionally powerful planet in Charles' chart, being in Libra in dignity very close to the IC (angular). Venus is in the exaltation of Saturn, and we have already noted the relationship between Saturn and Mercury. Charles' elevated Moon and North Node in Taurus point to the overriding need for him to build better relationships despite his natural inclination to overwhelm people with his forthright opinions.

In summary, this period, using the almugea time lord and sublords, brings Charles to his people (Moon - North Node) as king, but demands that he put aside or curb (Saturn) his tendency to overstate his views (Mercury) in the interests of building harmony and concord (Venus).

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Planetdance in Action! / KIng Charles III Coronation
« on: May 01, 2023, 06:19:33 PM »
Hi there - I'm going to take a look at King Charles III's diurnal or daily chart for the day of his coronation. This will occur at 11AM on 6 May 2023. However, the diurnal chart is set for his birthtime and birthplace on that day, giving a high focus look at the planetary energies he is dealing with at the moment.

In Charles' diurnal chart 5 Sagittarius 30 is rising. Jupiter rules his diurnal chart for the days around the coronation. Diurnal Jupiter at the end of Aries (Mars ruled) is in mutual reception with his natal Mars in Sagittarius. Further more diurnal Jupiter is approaching trine natal Jupiter at the end of the fire signs. It should be noted that Charles is experiencing a nodal return at the moment. It seems his destiny is fulfilled. However, the day before the coronation there is a lunar eclipse at 14 Scorpio 52. This occurs exactly (within 10 minutes of arc) of the 12th house cusp of the coronation day diurnal chart.

The 6th-12th axis in a diurnal chart (the example uses Porphyry cusps) seems especially sensitive and generally does not portend benefits. Although Charles has come to the throne following the death of his mother, the eclipse degree on this difficult axis does not suggest a long or happy reign. We should note that Charles' Sun-Mercury midpoint is exactly aligned with this axis too, and the diurnal Sun, although it has moved on from the eclipse degree, is right inside the cusp of the Porphyry 6th. It should also be noted that diurnal Sun is precisely square Charles' natal Pluto, and the square is clearly aligned with the 6th-12th axis. This symbolism suggests the assumption of power, but the alignment with the 6th-12th axis indicates that there are significant challenges for Charles' to face.

The most precise alignment in the chart is the opposition between the diurnal Saturn at 5 Pisces 49 and the Charles' natal Saturn at 5 Virgo 16. The natal Saturn is elevated precisely square the 5 Sagittarius 30 rising degree. Charles' is in the midst of Saturn opposition, bringing his responsibilities into sharp relief. The cross with the horizon for the day and time of the diurnal chart shows that this emphatically reinforced by his coronation. Saturn in Virgo suggests a fastidious devotion to duty and service, and the elevated position of his natal planet emphasises this element of Charles' destiny. Saturn in Pisces at the bottom of the chart relates to the duty-bound heritage that Charles' has inherited.

As ever with these diurnal charts there are multiple alignments with great precision. I would like to note one last alignment - this is the diurnal Venus, exactly transiting Charles' very exact Jupiter-Uranus opposition. This occurs in the last degree of Gemini/Sagittarius. This axis, using 8th harmonic aspects is precisely aligned with the eclipse degree axis of the 5 May 2023. It is also exactly aligned with the 6th-12th axis by 8th harmonic (45 and 135 degree aspects). Jupiter-Uranus in opposition speaks of a 'radical monarch'. However the challenging alignment of the 6th-12th axis suggests Charles' may struggle to realise his vision of a modern monarchy.

The chart of the day is attached below, with the diurnal chart on the inner wheel.


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Extension Scripts / Almugea Time Lord System
« on: April 30, 2023, 09:39:03 AM »
Hi there - I have adapted Rok's innovative time lord system to use almugea, or proper face, positions. In this variation, the planet's distance from it's almugea position according to sect is measured and used for the duration of its period as time lord.

From the Help File:

ALMUGEA TIME LORD SYSTEM - a modern time-lord technique developed by Ed (with many thanks to Rok Koritinik for his original Trails of Stars technique)

ALMUGEA EXPLAINED

Each planet has a favoured position known as being in almugea or proper face. The procedure is as follows:

The domicile of the planets in a nocturnal chart by almugea are Gemini (Mercury), Taurus (Venus), Aries (Mars), Pisces (Jupiter) and Aquarius (Saturn). The Sun retains its single domicile in Leo. The Moon retains its single domicile in Cancer.

The domicile of the planets in a diurnal chart by almugea are Virgo (Mercury), Libra (Venus), Scorpio (Mars), Sagittarius (Jupiter) and Capricorn (Saturn). The Moon retains its single domicile in Cancer. The Sun retains its single domicile in Leo.

The Sun and the Moon only have one domicile each (Leo and Cancer). This division of diurnal and nocturnal domiciles by almugea is a medieval technique, but we unfortunately rarely see it put in use.  The technique here does, like most Hellenistic or traditional techniques comply with the principle of sect and also take diurnal and nocturnal domiciles into the account.

THE TECHNIQUE EXPLAINED

1. We determine the initiator - the Sun or the Moon (as described below).

2. We count how many signs the initiator has traveled from its almugea position. If in almugea, it gets 12 years. If in the 2nd sign from it, it gets 1 year. If in the 12th sign from it, it gets 11 years, etc. In this technique based on almugea positions, if the Moon is initiator the distances are calculated against the order of signs; if the Sun is initiator, the distances are calculated in the order of signs.

3. We continue in the ascending order by speed, so if we started with the Sun, the next time-lord will be Mars and if we started with the Moon, the next time-lord will be Mercury. We count the signs according to the sect, thus by day from the diurnal domicile and by night from the nocturnal one.

4. When the full cycle of time-lords is complete, the rulership of time is handed over to the sect light again.

Rok named his original technique Trails of the Stars, because the planets are leaving a trail from their domicile that represents years they have traversed, thus the amount of years they rule.

SELECTING THE INITIATOR (Rok's technique)

Ancient techniques for calculating the length of life require that we select the epikratétor or the predominator of the horoscope. This is usually the Sun by day or the Moon by night, provided they meet certain criteria. If they don't, then the other luminary takes the place of the predominator, or sometimes even Fortune or the Ascendant. Since the selection of the predominator is not a part of this technique we will not examine it. The Trails of the Stars time-lord technique does require a similar selection of the luminary from which we start the releasing or counting of time, but the rules are a bit simpler than those for selecting the predominator and are based on whole-sign places. We shall call the luminary that begins the counting of years the Initiator.

The initiator can only be one of the two luminaries. In a diurnal horoscope the initiator is the Sun, unless he is in the 8th or the 12th place (with the 8th place having some exceptions). In such a case the Moon replaces the Sun, provided she is not in the 12th or the 6th place. The same rules apply for a nocturnal horoscope, where the Moon is the initiator, unless she is in the above mentioned places. If both luminaries are in difficult places, then we select the one that is in the 8th or the 2nd, since these two places are succeedent and will eventually move to an angle. In order to not leave too much space for speculation I've decided to write down all the possible scenarios where the luminary of the sect is replaced by the other.

BY DAY (places in order of diurnal rotation):

The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 1st = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 12th = the Sun
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 11th  = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 10th  = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 9th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 8th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 7th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 6th = the Sun
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 5th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 4th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 3rd = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 2nd = the Moon

The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 1st = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 12th = the Sun
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 11th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 10th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 9th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 8th = the Sun
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 7th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 6th = the Sun
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 5th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 4th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 3rd = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 2nd = the Sun

Note: The Sun in the 6th and 2nd places will always be below the horizon, but if he is up to 6 degrees below the horizon the horoscope is considered to be diurnal.

The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 1st = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 12th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 11th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 10th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 9th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 8th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 7th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 6th = the Sun
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 5th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 4th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 3rd = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 2nd = the Moon

If the Sun is in the 9th place and the Moon is in the 1st or the 7th place and above the horizon, then the Moon replaces the Sun. Since the 9th place is the place of the Sun's joy, the Moon must be above the horizon in order to be able to take the Sun's role as the initiator. She can replace the Sun also if she is in the 11th or the 10th place.

BY NIGHT (places in order of diurnal rotation):

The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 6th = the Moon
The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 5th = the Sun
The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 4th = the Sun
The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 3rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 2rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 6th = the Moon
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 5th = the Sun
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 4th = the Sun
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 3rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 2rd = the Moon

The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 6th = the Moon
The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 5th = the Sun
The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 4th = the Sun
The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 3rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 2rd = the Sun

The Moon in the 2nd, the Sun in the 6th = the Moon
The Moon in the 2nd  the Sun in the 5th = the Sun
The Moon in the 2nd, the Sun in the 4th = the Sun
The Moon in the 2nd, the Sun in the 3rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 2nd, the Sun in the 2rd = the Moon

If the Moon is in the 3rd place of her joy, she can be replaced by the Sun only if he is in the 1st or the 7th place and also if he is in the 5th or the 4th place.

Alternatively the user may select either sect light to override the calculation technique.

THE USE OF THE TECHNIQUE

The aim of Trails of the Stars time-lord technique is to provide a very individualized time-lords which are used in conjunction with profections and Solar returns. The time-lord by this technique sets up the context within which the subsequent Sun-based techniques (profections and Solar returns) are judged.

This variation of the technique uses almugea position rather than the nocturnal and diurnal rulerships of the planets, which is the basis of Rok's original technique.

Reference: Helena Avelar and Luis Ribeiro (2010) On the Heavenly Spheres: A Treatise on Traditional Astrology. AFA: Tempe, AZ. p. 165

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Planetdance in Action! / Boris Johnson - Diurnal Chart for 5 May 2023
« on: April 23, 2023, 08:09:01 AM »
Hi there - I am working on a new feature for the Diurnal Horoscope module. This is a graphic ephemeris displaying the diurnal positions of the planets and angles against the natal chart. The aim of this new feature is to give an overview of the natal chart and the diurnal transiting positions for a period of +/- six months from the date of interest. This new feature is currently under development and won't be available for some time but I wanted to give Planetdance users an early look at the potential power of this way of working with transits.

Once again Boris Johnson's natal chart provides an instructive example. In Johnson's case, transiting Saturn is rapidly approaching it's natal position. Hence, Johnson is just about to enter an extended period whereby his second Saturn return will dominate his experience. This period will extend from early May until well into early 2024 as Johnson has a triple return ahead. (Specific dates are: 25 April 2023, 11 August 2023, 19 January 2023)

If you take a look at the graphic ephemeris (see attachments below), you will see that this is set out centred on 5 May 2023. This date is very interesting from a diurnal transit point of view as you can see that transiting Saturn has just crossed natal Saturn making the first direct pass of its return. The small red circle centred on this date (indicated by the pink line) shows that, from a diurnal chart point of view, transiting Saturn and natal Saturn are setting together. The red circles indicate the zodiacal position of the descendant.

You will see that I have also highlighted a couple of other positions. The black line towards the top of the graph shows the diurnal or daily position of the MC. On 5 May, natal Mars culminates on the meridian. The black line towards the middle of the graph shows the diurnal or daily position of the ascendant. On 5 May, natal Uranus rises on the horizon. These positions are very precise and show that Johnson's natal Mars-Uranus square is angular on this date in New York at the zone corrected time of Johnson's birth.  Furthermore we can see that Johnson's natal Saturn-Uranus opposition is lying across the horizon more or less on the same date, with transiting Saturn beginning its triple return and crossing the horizon at the same time.

In essence, we can see that Johnson's natal t-square - Mars, Saturn, Uranus - is highly stimulated by the transiting diurnal angles on or about the 5 May 2023. To add further emphasis, transiting Saturn is triggering the t-square to commence its triple return. We can conclude that the next 9 months or so will be dominated by astrological activity symbolised by these natal positions. When using diurnal charts we can identify periods of time where this natal configuration is brought into high focus by the daily positions of the angles and other transiting planets.

This configuration can be cross-referenced with the Paran Analysis module (Time->Tools->Paran Analysis). In degree order, on the day of Johnson's birth, Uranus rises at 60 degrees RAMC, Mars culminates at 60 degrees RAMC (i.e. at the same time) and Saturn sets at 58 degrees RAMC (about eight minutes before). This is extremely interesting because we can see that the natal parans (created by the rotation of the earth each day, bringing each degree to the meridian and the horizon) play out each year on a specific day. In Johnson's case, the parans created by Mars, Saturn, and Uranus are triggered around 3-5 May each year. In 2023 we have a very focussed period of activity as Saturn is transiting its natal place bringing the whole configuration to the fore of Johnson's experience.

On the same date we can see that Johnson's natal Jupiter-Neptune opposition at 15 Taurus/Scorpio is afflicted by a lunar eclipse occurring on the same day. Although this is not angular in the diurnal chart it is a high profile configuration on the day. Other notable features in the diurnal chart are the pending Venus return in late Gemini and transiting Pluto's very precise square with natal Moon. Johnson is facing an extended period of time with slow-moving Pluto crossing a recrossing his natal lunar position. This transit, combined with his natal Saturn return, does not make for an easy-going period of time.

In my view, this period of time, beginning on or about the 5 May 2023, is one in which Johnson may face a life changing confrontation with these elements of his chart. Saturn may bring severe restrictions and limitations to his Mars-Uranus impulsiveness. This is something that he has had to deal with throughout his life, because of Saturn's involvement in the t-square, but the intensity of what he experiences in the next 9 months or so may be unlike anything he has had to deal with to date.

Another period of high focus is likely to be mid August 2023. I will explore this at a later date, but essentially the same configuration comes to the diurnal angles, although without such a precise alignment of the positions that we see on 5 May 2023. Another time of high focus may be early-mid November 2023. By the time the diurnal or day angles return to their 5 May positions (they transit the same degrees on the same days each year), Johnson's Saturn return will be over.

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Extension Scripts / Time Lord System - Trails of Stars - Rok Koritnik
« on: April 10, 2023, 07:51:23 AM »
Hi there - you are welcome to download the Trails of Stars Time Lord module (see attachments below). This is a new time lord system developed by Rok Koritnik. It is described in his book At the Turning of the Years: A Book on Solar Forecasting.

You can find Rok's website at https://rokkoritnikastrologer.com/. Rok's book is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/9610710840.

From Rok's Helpfile for this module:

TRAILS OF THE STARS - a modern time-lord technique developed by Rok Koritnik

THE TECHNIQUE EXPLAINED

Each planet has its male or diurnal and female or nocturnal domicile. The Sun and the Moon only have one domicile each (Leo and Cancer). This division of diurnal and nocturnal domiciles is well known and commonly accepted, but we unfortunately rarely see it put in use.  The technique here does, like most Hellenistic or traditional techniques comply with the principle of sect and also take diurnal and nocturnal domiciles into the account. The procedure is as follows:

1. We determine the initiator - the Sun or the Moon (as described below).

2. We count how many signs the initiator has traveled from its domicile. If in domicile, it gets 12 years. If in the 2nd sign from it, it gets 1 year. If in the 12th sign from it, it gets 11 years, etc.

3. We continue in the ascending order by speed, so if we started with the Sun, the next time-lord will be Mars and if we started with the Moon, the next time-lord will be Mercury. We count the signs according to the sect, thus by day from the diurnal domicile and by night from the nocturnal one.

4. When the full cycle of time-lords is complete, the rulership of time is handed over to the sect Light again.

Rok named this technique Trails of the stars, because the planets are leaving a trail from their domicile that represents years they have traversed, thus the amount of years they rule. To demonstrate this time-lord technique I will use a few of the horoscopes from earlier chapters. We will now look at how this time-lord technique can help to direct our focus.

SELECTING THE INITIATOR

Ancient techniques for calculating the length of life require that we select the epikratétor or the predominator of the horoscope. This is usually the Sun by day or the Moon by night, provided they meet certain criteria. If they don't, then the other luminary takes the place of the predominator, or sometimes even Fortune or the Ascendant. Since the selection of the predominator is not a part of this technique we will not examine it. The Trails of the Stars time-lord technique does require a similar selection of the luminary from which we start the releasing or counting of time, but the rules are a bit simpler than those for selecting the predominator and are based on whole-sign places. We shall call the luminary that begins the counting of years the Initiator.

The initiator can only be one of the two luminaries. In a diurnal horoscope the initiator is the Sun, unless he is in the 8th or the 12th place (with the 8th place having some exceptions). In such a case the Moon replaces the Sun, provided she is not in the 12th or the 6th place. The same rules apply for a nocturnal horoscope, where the Moon is the initiator, unless she is in the above mentioned places. If both luminaries are in difficult places, then we select the one that is in the 8th or the 2nd, since these two places are succeedent and will eventually move to an angle. In order to not leave too much space for speculation I've decided to write down all the possible scenarios where the luminary of the sect is replaced by the other.

BY DAY (places in order of diurnal rotation):

The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 1st = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 12th = the Sun
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 11th  = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 10th  = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 9th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 8th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 7th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 6th = the Sun
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 5th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 4th = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 3rd = the Moon
The Sun in the 12th, the Moon in the 2nd = the Moon

The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 1st = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 12th = the Sun
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 11th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 10th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 9th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 8th = the Sun
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 7th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 6th = the Sun
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 5th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 4th = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 3rd = the Moon
The Sun in the 8th, the Moon in the 2nd = the Sun

Note: The Sun in the 6th and 2nd places will always be below the horizon, but if he is up to 6 degrees below the horizon the horoscope is considered to be diurnal.

The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 1st = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 12th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 11th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 10th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 9th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 8th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 7th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 6th = the Sun
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 5th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 4th = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 3rd = the Moon
The Sun in the 6th, the Moon in the 2nd = the Moon

If the Sun is in the 9th place and the Moon is in the 1st or the 7th place and above the horizon, then the Moon replaces the Sun. Since the 9th place is the place of the Sun's joy, the Moon must be above the horizon in order to be able to take the Sun's role as the initiator. She can replace the Sun also if she is in the 11th or the 10th place.

BY NIGHT (places in order of diurnal rotation):

The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 6th = the Moon
The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 5th = the Sun
The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 4th = the Sun
The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 3rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 12th, the Sun in the 2rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 6th = the Moon
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 5th = the Sun
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 4th = the Sun
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 3rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 8th, the Sun in the 2rd = the Moon

The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 6th = the Moon
The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 5th = the Sun
The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 4th = the Sun
The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 3rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 6th, the Sun in the 2rd = the Sun

The Moon in the 2nd, the Sun in the 6th = the Moon
The Moon in the 2nd  the Sun in the 5th = the Sun
The Moon in the 2nd, the Sun in the 4th = the Sun
The Moon in the 2nd, the Sun in the 3rd = the Sun
The Moon in the 2nd, the Sun in the 2rd = the Moon

If the Moon is in the 3rd place of her joy, she can be replaced by the Sun only if he is in the 1st or the 7th place and also if he is in the 5th or the 4th place.

THE USE OF THE TECHNIQUE

The aim of Trails of the Stars time-lord technique is to provide a very individualized time-lords which are used in conjunction with profections and Solar returns. The time-lord by this technique sets up the context within which the subsequent Sun-based techniques (profections and Solar returns) are judged.

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Astrobasic / Local time from calculate()
« on: March 26, 2023, 03:29:02 PM »
Hi Jean - I'm trying to fix some of the bugs in medieval traditional chart. For the prenatal syzygy chart I need to find the date and time of the new or full moon prior to birth. I can get this ok with:

` find time of syzygy in julian date format
  if (zeroSun[MOON] < 180)
     jdSyz = searchaspect(chartJD - 16, chartJD, SUN, MOON, 0); ` conjunction
  else
      jdSyz = searchaspect(chartJD - 16, chartJD, SUN, MOON, 5); ` opposition

This correctly gives me the julian date of the lunation. However, I'm stuck here because I can't convert the jd to local time. The following just doesn't seem to return the correct zone for the place.

syzZone = gettimezone(place, jdSyz);
juliantotime(jdSyz + syzZone, syzTime); ` make local time

I've taken these two lines from the searchaspect() help that I used to identify the jd of the lunation.

The zone returned is either 0 or -1, when it should be much greater as the place I am using is Shanghai. (The place is correctly identified from the natal chart.)

Any help would be appreciated. Ed

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Astrobasic / ayaname()
« on: March 05, 2023, 12:39:52 PM »
Hi there - I'm sure I've asked about this before! but I'm struggling to get the ayaname() function to work.

ayaname(ayaNum, s);

I've tried this with charts pre-calculated with Lahiri ayanamsa and it still returns 0 as ayaNum and None as the ayanamsa.

Using the settings to set the ayanamsa doesn't seem to work either.

Any help welcome.

Ed

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