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Planetdance for windows / Re: Domitude - updated v.2.16
« on: February 06, 2021, 08:54:14 AM »
Hi there - Jean will release the next update of this module later today.

v.2.16 - can now show fixed stars in outer wheel, includes data listing for stars, updated help

Thanks. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Planetary hours
« on: February 06, 2021, 07:02:50 AM »
Hi Sindy - I'll take a look at it. Can you send me any chart data. It's always useful to look at a specific scenario. Is it generally within PD or within a specific module.

Thanks. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Some small anomalies or bugs
« on: February 05, 2021, 05:58:02 PM »
Thanks Jean - I will try the manual install.

BTW - I agree - best to remove the old standalone wheel.

Best wishes. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Domitude - updated v.2.11
« on: February 05, 2021, 10:17:41 AM »
Hi there - to enable this method to work with circumpolar planets, the algorithm for calculating the diurnal and nocturnal semiarcs (which domitude calculations rely on) has been adapted. See help below.

From the Helpfile.

Circumpolar Planets

It is important to note that the method has to be adapted for planets and points that are circumpolar at very high latitudes (north or south). Around or beyond the arctic and antarctic circles, planets and points may become circumpolar - that is, they don't rise or set during their diurnal cycle.

This means that the standard algorithm for determining the domitude of the planet or point, which relies on being able to identify the diurnal and nocturnal semiarc of the position, cannot be solved. The diurnal semiarc is the time taken for a planet to rise from the horizon to MC, and the nocturnal semiarc is the time taken for the planet to rise from the IC to horizon.

If a planet or point does not cross the horizon (never rises or sets) during its diurnal cycle, this arc cannot be calculated.

In this case, the diurnal and nocturnal semiarcs are assumed to be half the time taken for the planet or point to move from the IC to the MC, or to complete 25% of its diurnal cycle. This is always very nearly 6 hours, irrespective of the latitude or declination of the planet. Effectively, this means for circumpolar planets or points the 24 hour day is divided into two 12 hour timespans. This semidiurnal cycle is then divided in two again, to create two 1/4 day spans of 6 hours each. One 1/4 day is then allocated to the diurnal semiarc, and the other to the  nocturnal semiarc.

Circumpolar planets are identified with 'cp' in the listings, aspect grid, and wheel.

Cast charts as follows to see this adapted method in action:

21 June 2021
Murmansk, Russia

22 December 2021
Murmansk, Russia

Other Notes

The orb  is set at a standard six degrees for all aspects. Users may choose to display Ptolemaic aspects only. Please select the relevant option from the Display Options menu.

Users may also choose to show positions in the wheel in 360 degree notation.

For more information, see:,37.0.html

For a critical appraisal of the method see:

Planetdance for windows / Re: Some small anomalies or bugs
« on: February 04, 2021, 09:46:42 PM »
This one's over to Jean!

Classic, Medieval, Vedic / Topic based lots
« on: February 04, 2021, 08:51:50 PM »
Hi there - here is the way to calculate lot positions by topic rather than degree. The example Chart is Beethoven, available in the planetdance database. We will look at the example of the Lot of Jupiter (Victory) in this chart.

The first thing to note is that the signs are always counted in zodiacal direction. The next thing is that you have to count from the topic position of Jupiter to the topic position of daimon for the night chart.

JU = Capricorn/3rd topic
DA = Scorpio/1st topic (the zodiacal position is in Libra, the 12th topic, calculated from degree to degree).

Note that if you count from Jupiter to the zodiacal position of Daimon you aren't comparing topical positions of the lots and planets. Jupiter is in its topic position, but Daimon in this instance (in the 12th) would have been calculated by degree.

If you start at Jupiter and count off the signs in zodiacal order I get 11 to the TOPIC position of Daimon in Scorpio. The topic containing Jupiter is counted as 1. 11 Signs from the horoskopos is of course the 11 topic position = Virgo. So the Lot of Jupiter moves to the 11th topic/Virgo using this system, from Leo, its position calculated by degree.

See attached screenshot to follow the working.


Planetdance for windows / Re: Some small anomalies or bugs
« on: February 04, 2021, 07:26:51 PM »
Hi Sindy - I think Jean is suggesting copy and paste that piece of text into the pd.ini file. The first section of that file is headed [Main]. I'd recommend making a copy of the file before you do this. Just copy it and rename it something like original_pd.ini. Then you can always get the file back if something goes wrong. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Some small anomalies or bugs
« on: February 04, 2021, 10:03:55 AM »
Hi Sindy - I've sent Jean the fix for the glyph positioning. If you download again shortly it should fix that problem. Let me know how it goes.


Planetdance for windows / Re: Some small anomalies or bugs
« on: February 04, 2021, 04:33:14 AM »
Hi again - I seem to have fixed the alignment problem - see attached screenshot. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Some small anomalies or bugs
« on: February 04, 2021, 04:00:36 AM »
Hi Sindy  - there does seem to be some sort of bug here. I get quite different nakshatras glyphs to you for a start. In the chart attached, the divisions are not placed accurately either. I'll take a look at it. Can you say more specifically what your concerns are. Thanks. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Changing visual appearance
« on: February 03, 2021, 08:28:51 PM »
HI Sindy - it's hard to diagnose the difficulty without some data. Could you PM me a couple of chart details that I could look at. There might be a bug! It's not unknown in my modules......

Basically it works like this:

Ascendant at 20 Pisces, Moon at 20 Taurus, Sun at 5 Capricorn, day chart.

In 360 notation:

350 + 50 - 275 = 125 = 5 Leo

Fortune is at 5 Leo by degree. (I hope the maths is right).

However by topic - Capricorn to Taurus is four whole signs.

Fortune is in Cancer by topic, adding four whole signs to Pisces. That is, move topic of Sun to rising sign and see which sign the moon ends up in.

It would not be unusual for there to be a sign's difference between the lot placed by degree and its placement by topic (whole sign).

All the best. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Changing visual appearance
« on: February 03, 2021, 06:19:55 PM »
HI Sindy - the 'topic' placement in Data / Lots - Topic Listing in the Greek module should be the house placement the lot is in?

I put this in the help, but maybe it needs a bit of explanation:

Users can choose between showing lots calculated from degree to degree, or lots that are calculated from topic to topic (without consideration of the degree).

Basically it's the idea that instead of using the precise degree for the calculation of the lot, the topic positions of the planets/points are used to generate a topic position for the lot. I don't know if there's any textual basis for this, but it makes sense, especially if one is using whole sign houses. Essentially if planet B is four 'signs' ahead of planet A, the lot position is four signs ahead of the rising sign.

I hope that's a bit clearer.

Planetdance for windows / Re: Changing visual appearance
« on: February 02, 2021, 06:09:16 PM »
Hi Sindy - good to hear from you. These things are Jean's department. I'm sure he'll get back to you soon.

Take care. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Domitude
« on: January 31, 2021, 07:08:58 PM »
Hi Jeremy - updated.

31 January 2021

v.2.09 - option to show ptolemaic aspects only, lilith and pars included.

Thanks. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Domitude
« on: January 31, 2021, 06:47:38 PM »
Hi Jeremy - the orb is set within the module. It has to be customised for this module because the main settings will only pick up longitude on the ecliptic. It's set at 6 degrees, which seemed to fit most closely with the chart shown in the article. I can include the extra points - that should be easy. Let me know how you get on. Any problems, put a post in this thread. Thanks. Ed

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