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Hi there - this is a helpful reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascendant

Your method relies on interpolation between known values and will not be as accurate as calculations for each individual moment.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpolation

Ed

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Planetdance for windows / Re: Boeher-Diagram
« on: November 29, 2021, 09:37:54 AM »
Hi Volker - I'm afraid I can't replicate your graph - see attached. Ed

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Classic, Medieval, Vedic / Profections
« on: November 27, 2021, 08:47:40 PM »
Hi there - Jean is going to release a new version of this script with a couple of fixes:

Horoscope-Classical-Profection: v. 5.44 - bug fix for house number in month and day columns, daimon included.

Thanks. Ed

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Planetdance for windows / Re: Cosmobiology Module
« on: November 26, 2021, 06:34:22 PM »
Hi Volker - that's excellent - thanks for preparing this. That's a really helpful visual lesson in the 45 degree ephemeris and harmonic. I'm really pleased that this module has been helpful and useful to you.

Best wishes. Ed

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Planetdance for windows / Re: Midpoints-Modul
« on: November 21, 2021, 05:55:34 PM »
Thanks Jean - another nice enhancement. Best wishes. Ed

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Planetdance for windows / Re: Midpoints-Modul
« on: November 20, 2021, 10:11:06 PM »
Hi Volker - there are various technical reasons to do with the font that Planetdance uses that means this is very difficult. The fonts are not scalable, being bitmaps rather than vector, so they take a fixed amount of space on the screen. I have tried a number of different ways to display a large number of midpoints, but the graphics become so crowded that it's difficult to make sense of what's going on. As Jean says, it means selecting the midpoints that you wish to display. I will take a look at the module at some point as I can see there is some screen space that could be used more effectively.

I'm glad you enjoy the Cosmobiology module.

Ed

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Classic, Medieval, Vedic / Re: Assessing the horary lords together
« on: November 16, 2021, 06:05:28 PM »
Thanks Nikki - that's kind of you! Ed

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Classic, Medieval, Vedic / Re: Ptolemaic Primary Directions
« on: November 16, 2021, 06:05:06 PM »
Hi there - I'm not sure why this error should occur. Perhaps download the additional ephemerides and see how it goes. If the problem remains, please post the relevant chart details here and I will take a look.

I have noted your requests. At the moment I don't have good health so can't take on additional work, but if this is possible at some point I will let you know.

Best wishes. Ed

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Classic, Medieval, Vedic / Re: Assessing the horary lords together
« on: November 13, 2021, 01:47:56 PM »
Hi Nikki - this is on my list for this module but thanks for the prompt. I am planning to rework the horary module to make it full screen display as well. I am also aware the functions around translation of light etc need improvement.

Unfortunately I am unable to spend long at the computer at the moment due to a bad back, which makes it uncomfortable to use the keyboard. I will keep you up to date with any developments via the forum.

Thanks. Ed

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Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: November 11, 2021, 09:53:49 PM »
Hi there - thanks for your concern. I have had to take a break from this thread. I've been very busy at work and I'm also have to take time away from the computer due to back pain. I hope to get back to this sports astrology but not at the moment. In truth, I was making the method rather complicated, and I think the accuracy of the predictions had suffered.

Watch this space! Ed

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Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: October 25, 2021, 07:50:26 AM »
Saints @ Seahawks

The Saints go into this game with a 3-2 record; the Seahawks are 2-4. The Seahawks will be without talismanic QB Russell Wilson who is recovering from a finger injury. The Saints are the bookmaker's favourite in this game.

Favourite - Saints

L1 - Mars
Bound lord - Mercury

The two key significators for the Saints are Mars and Mercury. Mars is in the WSH seventh so is very much in play for the Saints. However it remains in the bounds of Venus. Mercury is close to the descendant degree and so in play for the Saints. It is in the bounds of Jupiter but ruled by Venus. It remains in a mixed reception with Venus - its lord is Venus and Venus is in the bounds of Mercury, although the mixed reception is less powerful than it has been in the last few games. Mercury being in the bounds of Jupiter is a neutral factor as Jupiter is not one of the key significators in the match.

Underdogs - Seahawks

L1 - Venus
Bound lord - Mercury

Venus and Mercury stand in for the Seahawks. Venus is in the bounds of Mercury and Mercury is in the bounds of Jupiter and ruled by Venus, hence the mixed reception. Jupiter is not in play in this game as a key significator so is a neutral factor. Mercury is in the seventh WSH house so is in play for the Seahawks and the Saints.

Other Factors

Venus is ruled by Jupiter. Although Jupiter is not one of the four significators, so it is neutral in this sense, it does seem to play a secondary role as ruler of the L7 and bound lord of Mercury. Venus approaches Jupiter by dexter sextile. Jupiter is in the bounds of Mars, but Mars is in the bounds of Venus, so on balance the greater benefic probably tips towards the underdogs.

Summary

I'm going to have another punt on the underdogs here, so Seahawks to win. Mercury is in play for both teams, being bound lord for the rising degree (favourites) and tenanting the the WSH seventh. I think the factor likely to make the difference is Venus' relationship with Mercury through mixed reception. Mercury is in the setting sign and ruled by Venus and Venus is in the bounds of Mercury. Venus is in play being in the WSH ninth. In this game, Mars as ruler of the WSH first is in play for the Saints, but being in the WSH seventh too, has some signification for the underdogs. Mars' ability to act for the favourite is limited by its placement in the bounds of Venus.

I am trying to simplify my method which had become rather cumbersome. The idea of natural signification, whilst symbolically correct, served to add another layer of interpretation which became confusing. Let's see how we get on with this reduced symbol set. One question to explore in this game is whether bodily placement (in house) trumps symbolic relationships. If this is the case, Mars and Mercury being bodily located in the WSH seventh would see the Saints win, as their two rulers are placed in the opponent's house.


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Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: October 24, 2021, 05:36:41 PM »
Colts @ 49ers (Week 7)

24/10/2021 17:20 Levi's Stadium, San Francisco

In this match the 49ers, the home team, are favourites. However, on paper, the Colts are the better team overall. With the exception of defense, the Colts are significantly better in all areas of the game. The 49ers are the second best team overall in the league for defense, so the Colts might struggle to score, but they have the game to get past the 49ers in offense, passing and rushing giving them plenty of options on the ground or in the air.

   Colts   49ers
Offense   14   26
Defense   20   2
Passing   15   29
Rushing   11   21
Total   60   78
   46.9%   60.9%

The punters' sentiments play a significant role in setting the odds, as bookmakers seek to protect their revenue and profits. Bookmakers are not necessarily interested in which team is the best, but tailor their odds to ensure a return on their side of the bet.

49ers - favourites

Natural Significator (NS) - Jupiter

Jupiter is in the bounds of Mars in the Saturn ruled sign of Aquarius. It is in the WSH eleventh. Jupiter is direct, moving slowly, and has entered its heliacal setting phase.

Natural Co-Significator (NC) - Venus

Venus is in Jupiter ruled Sagittarius, in the bounds of Mercury, in the WSH ninth. Venus is approaching Jupiter by dexter sextile.

Ruler of the First House - Mars

Mars is lord of the ruling sign Aries. Mars is in Libra, ruled by Venus, and in the bounds of Venus. Mars is in the opponent's house, the WSH seventh. Mars remains combust but is being distanced by the Sun. The co-almutens of Mars are Saturn and Venus.

Bound lord - Venus

See NC analysis for favourite above.

Colts - underdogs

NS - Saturn

Saturn has made a significant move recently, changing from the bounds of Mercury to the bounds of Venus. It is in its own sign - Aquarius. Saturn remains a powerful symbol for the underdog, but being in the bounds of Venus suggests a degree of ambiguity. How closely is it now aligned to the favourites, as Venus is the NC of the favoured side. Saturn is in the WSH eleventh. Saturn is moving slowly, in its heliacal setting phase.

NC - Mars

See Ruler of the First House for the favourite.

Ruler of the Seventh House - Venus

See analysis for the NC of the favourite above.

Bound lord - Mercury

Mercury is in the Venus ruled sign of Libra, in the WSH seventh, in its own bounds. It is close to the descendant degree, just above the horizon by ecliptic longitude.

Hour ruler - Saturn

See NS analysis for the underdog.

Dynamic Factors

None.

Other Factors

The Moon is in Mercury ruled Gemini and in the bounds of Mars. The Moon is separating from the opposition of Venus to the sinister trine of Jupiter. Mercury is in a mixed reception with Venus, by ruler and bound.

John Frawley's Method

John Frawley sets out a method of sports prediction using the lords of houses 1, 10, 7 and 4, plus antiscia and the movement of the Moon. Nothing stands out using Frawley's approach apart from Venus antiscion (Venus lord 7 for the underdog) just inside the tenth Porphyry house. Antiscion Moon is just inside the fourth Porphyry house opposing and approaching.

I don't have a great deal of experience with Frawley's method, but my sense is, without much going on in this chart from his point of view, he would call this game for the Colts as underdogs (Antiscion Venus as L7 just inside C10, antiscion Moon as L4 just inside C4, C4 and C7 are the underdog's angles. Antiscion L7 goes to the opponent's house 10. Antiscion Moon, representing the flow of the game, goes to the underdog's house 4.)

For more information see: J Frawley (2007) Sports Astrology. Apprentice Books, London, England.

Summary

In this match we have the reversal of significations involving the natural co-significators of the two teams. Mars, the NC of the 'dog, rules the first house, the house of the favourite; Venus, the NC of the favourite, rules the seventh house, the house of the underdog.

Mars, the favourites' ruler, is in the seventh WSH in the bounds of Venus, ruled by Venus. Venus is a co-almuten of the lesser malefic.

Venus, the 'dogs' ruler, is in the ninth WSH, in Jupiter ruled Sagittarius in the bounds of Mercury. Mercury is in mixed reception with Venus - Venus rules Mercury in Libra, and Mercury is bound lord of Venus.

Moon, ruled by Mercury but in the bounds of Mars, moves from the opposition of Venus to the trine of Jupiter. It also moves from the close conjunction with the Lot of Nemesis, Saturn's lot.

On balance I am going to say that the team represented by the first house will win here, so a victory for the 49ers. The bound lord of the first house is Venus, for the favourite, and the favourite has the opponent's NC, Mars, on their side in the opponent's house by virtue of Mars' rulership of the first house.

The challenge is the opponent's ruler Venus in the bounds of Mercury, with Mercury in the WSH seventh near the descendant. However, Venus is in mixed reception with Mercury because it is the lord of Mercury's placement in Libra. Mercury is a strong and unpredictable factor here, and being close to the angle of the descendant could represent an upset with the Colts coming through to beat the 49ers.

If the 49ers were also the stronger side, there is no doubt that they would win, but Mercury casts doubt here, and the match could actually be too close to call with the underdogs sneaking in for a win.

Post-match

My mid-season slump continues! In the end this was a convincing win for the Colts. One of the conclusions from this game is that the first house can be taken for the favourites.

Colts 30 49ers 18

Bookies 3 Astrologer 2 (both predictions were incorrect)

Success ratio:

Bookies 14/22 (64%)
Astrologer 13/22 (59%)

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Classic, Medieval, Vedic / Re: Medieval Traditional Chart
« on: October 24, 2021, 10:47:20 AM »
Hi there - there is an update for this module:

v. 8.110. - added option to use albiruni's calculation of lots of mercury and venus using spirit and fortune only

This brings the module more into line with medieval practice.

Thanks. Ed

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Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: October 20, 2021, 07:48:39 PM »
Broncos @ Browns (Week 7)

21/10/2021 20:20 Firstenergy Stadium

Week 7 kicks off with the Broncos visit to the Browns. The Browns are favourites here, although their odds are lengthening and the odds on the Denver team are shortening. The bookmakers still expect the Browns to win. The Browns were comprehensively beaten by the Cardinals last week and their season is 3-3 after a promising start. The Broncos are also 3-3. On paper the Browns are the better side, but not by much.

          Broncos   Browns
Offense        13       9
Defense          8       5
Passing        12     24
Rushing        12       1
Total       45     39
            35.2%   30.5%

The Broncos perform consistently well across the game. The Browns better them in 3 out of 4 stats, but are well behind on the passing game. This reflects difficulties with Baker Mayfield's season and a potential shoulder injury that will be hampering his game.

Browns - favourites

Natural Significator (NS) - Jupiter

Jupiter has passed its direct station and is now moving slowly forward in its heliacal setting phase. The light of Jupiter will progressively dim over the coming months as it sets towards the Sun in the evening. Jupiter is in Saturn ruled Aquarius in the bounds of Mars. It is in the WSH ninth.

Natural Co-Significator (NC) - Venus

Venus is in Jupiter ruled Sagittarius, in its own bounds. It is setting in the WSH seventh. Venus is still moving away from the Sun in its heliacal rising phase. It is a bright point in the evening sky.

Ruler of the First House - Mercury

Gemini rises making Mercury, the trickster, the ruler of the first house. Mercury is Venus ruled Libra in the WSH fifth. It is in its own bounds. It is heliacally rising, but moving slowly, having reached its station direct recently. Mercury is visible, having moved out of the Sun's beams. 

Bound lord - Jupiter

See analysis for NS for the favourites.

 Broncos - underdogs

NS - Saturn

Saturn is in its own sign - Aquarius. It is in the bounds of Mercury and in the WSH ninth. Saturn remains a powerful planet in the chart, being in dignity by rulership. Saturn remains in mixed reception with Mercury and it is co-almuten of itself along with Mercury. Saturn is partile trine to the ascendant degree.

NC - Mars

Mars is in Venus ruled Libra, in the bounds of Venus. It is in the WSH fifth. Mars remains combust as it moves away from its recent conjunction with the Sun.

Ruler of the Seventh House - Jupiter

See NS for the favourites.

Bound lord - Jupiter

See NS for the favourites.

Outcome

Ruler of the IC - Sun

The Sun is in Venus ruled Libra in the bounds of Mars. It is in the WSH fifth.

Bound lord - Saturn

The greater malefic is the bound lord of the IC. See analysis for the NS for the underdogs.

Hour ruler - Saturn

See analysis for the NS for the underdogs.

Dynamic Factors

None.

Other Factors

The Moon is Venus ruled Taurus, in the bounds of Jupiter. It is moving from the square of Saturn to the square of Jupiter. It is in the WSH twelfth.

Summary

The NFL stats give the Browns a slight advantage in this match. However, both sides are very evenly matched. The Broncos perform well in all areas of the game; the Browns are struggling with passing and need to rely on their ground game to prosper. (Baker Mayfield, the starting QB, is now out of the match due to a recurrence of his left shoulder injury.)

The symbolism in this game chart brings to mind the recent Buccs-Eagles match (see analysis above). In that match I picked the Buccs to win. They did. But not until they had seen off an Eagles comeback in the second half of the match. This game may go the same way, with the Browns stretching out a lead, until the Broncos come back strongly at them with their all round game.

Saturn's strength, and being bound lord of the IC and partile trine the ascendant degree, gives the Broncos plenty of muscle, but Venus's role in this chart is potentially decisive. In the Buccs-Eagles match Venus was close to the descendant in the bounds of Jupiter in Jupiter ruled Sagittarius. In this match Venus is in its own bound, again ruled by Jupiter.

This is potentially an example of co-option where the NC for the favourite actually works to the advantage of the underdog. In general it seems that a significator can 'swap' sides if it is in the opponents's house and in its own sign, exaltation or bound (or triplicity?).  If Venus is symbolically tied to the Broncos, they may have the edge, unlike the Eagles in the previous game. In this case the Broncos may run out winners in a tight match.

If Saturn was in the bounds of Venus, or swapped bounds during the match from Mercury to Venus, or the IC was in the bounds of Venus, I would not hesitate to call this match for the 'dog. This match is probably too close to call decisively, either for the favourite or the 'dog, but I am going to give it to the Broncos, challenging the bookmakers. The bookies have the odds on the Broncos shortening, and the odds on the Browns drifting, in the final days before the match. Potentially the Broncos may end up favourites before the match, but as it stands on Wednesday night, the Browns still have the upper hand according to the bookmakers.

Post-match

This was a very close game again with the Browns winning 17-14. My match analysis was correct, in that the Browns ran out to an early lead (10-0 at the end of the first quarter) but then had to fend off the Broncos' recovery. Nevertheless the prediction was incorrect.

The learning here is that the IC is very much the least important aspect of the method. The horizon (houses 1 and 7) seem to be the definitive and the symbolism of the bound lords of the cusps suggested a Browns win (Jupiter bound lord of both angles).

The placement of Venus in WSH seven needs further reflection, but I am coming to the conclusion that an opponent's planet, particularly the NS and NC, needs to be in it is own sign in the other team's house for co-option to occur. In this case, Venus would need to be in Taurus or Libra for the lesser benefic, the favourite's NC, to work for the underdog.

In the end the symbolism is tricky here. My judgement was based on the bound lord of the IC being Saturn and the ruler of the IC being the Sun in the bounds of Mars, Saturn being strong in its own sign and in mixed reception with Mercury in its own bounds. Mercury is ruler of the ascendant, the angle associated with the favourite.

The symbolism associated with the winning favourites is Jupiter being bound lord of the ascendant and descendant, Jupiter being in the bounds of Mars, and Mars being in the bounds of Venus and ruled by Venus. Venus is in its own bounds in WSH seven ruled by Jupiter. The Moon, although in the WSH twelfth, is in a Venus ruled sign, in the bounds of Jupiter, moving from the square of Saturn to the square of Jupiter.

In conclusion, the symbolism associated with the WSH fourth is not decisive, and it seems can only play a confirmatory role in the analysis. Fourth house symbolism doesn't seem to be sufficient to overcome the symbolism associated with the horizon.

Broncos 14 Browns 17

Bookies 3 Astrologer 2 (astrologer incorrect)

Success ratio:

Bookies 14/21 (67%)
Astrologer 13/21 (62%)

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Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: October 18, 2021, 07:32:51 AM »
Bills @ Titans (Week 6)

18/10/2021 19:15 Nissan Stadium

The Bills are favourites in this match, having a 4-1 winning record. They defeated the Chiefs last week on the road and, on paper, are a stronger team than the Titans. However, Tennessee may be stiffer opposition than the Bills have faced so far in the season as the Titans have a 3-2 winning record. The Bills are much stronger in defense and passing; the two teams are evenly matched offensively and rushing.

Bills - favourites

Natural Significator (NS) - Jupiter

Jupiter is stationary, turning direct towards its heliacal setting phase. If the sky is clear over Nashville, Jupiter should be clearly visible. Jupiter is in Saturn ruled Aquarius, in the bounds of Mars, and in the WSH tenth. It is square the horizon so it is the most elevated planet in the chart.

Natural Co-Significator (NC) - Venus

Venus is in Jupiter ruled Sagittarius, in the WSH eighth house, in its own bounds. Jupiter is Venus' almuten. Jupiter is still in its heliacal rising phase, distant from the sun and visible in the night sky.

Ruler of the First House - Venus

See analysis for NC of favourites above.

Bound lord - Jupiter

See analysis for NS of the favourites above.

Titans - underdogs

NS - Saturn

Saturn is in its own sign of Aquarius. It is in the bounds of Mercury in the tenth WSH. It is now direct and picking up speed slowly, albeit in its heliacal setting phase. Saturn is still a powerful significator, but is losing its symbolic power as the Sun moves closer to a new synodic phase with Saturn in about three months time.

NC - Mars

Mars is in Venus ruled Libra, in the bounds of Venus. Venus is the almuten of Mars. Mars is in the WSH sixth, gradually gaining distance from the Sun. It is entering its heliacal rising phase but remains combust for the time being.

Ruler of the Seventh House - Mars

See analysis for the NC of the underdogs above.

Bound lord - Jupiter

See analysis for the NS of the favourites above.

Outcome

Ruler of the IC - Sun

The Sun is in the Venus ruled sign of Libra, in the bounds of Venus. Venus is the almuten of the Sun. The Sun is in the WSH sixth.

Bound lord - Jupiter

See analysis for the NS of the favourites above.

Hour ruler - Mercury

Mercury is in Venus ruled Libra, in its own bounds. Mercury is its own co-almuten with Venus. Mercury is now direct, having left its retrograde phase. It is moving slowly. Mercury is in the WSH sixth, along with the Sun and Mars.

Dynamic Factors

None

Other Factors

The Moon is in Mars ruled Aries, in the WSH twelfth. It is separating from the sextile of Saturn and applying to the trine of Venus.

Summary

Saturn is the Titan's strongest significator, but it is hampered in a number of ways. It does not rule the bounds of any key positions, for either the favourites or the underdogs. It remains in mixed receptions by exaltation, triplicity and bound with Mercury, but Mercury itself does not rule the bounds of any key significators. Mercury is highly Venusian, being ruled by a Venus in its own bounds.

All significations point towards a Bills win in Nashville. To have any chance, the Titans will have to play a strong defensive and ground game to make the most of their key significator Saturn. However, I don't anticipate that this will be sufficient to overturn the Bills on this occasion.

Post-match

This was a very close game, with the Titans ovecoming the Bills. The Titans' Derrick Henry scored three TDs rushing. The Bills were favoured by 94% of Pickwatch experts so most pundits didn't pick the Titans to win either!

Bills 31 Titans 34

Bookies 2 Astrologer 2 (both predictions were incorrect)

Success ratio:

Bookies 13/20 (65%)
Astrologer 13/20 (65%)

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