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Planetdance for windows / Re: Astrocartography questions
« on: March 17, 2022, 05:50:48 PM »
Hi Lisha - thanks for your interest in this module. To answer your questions:

The three green horizontal lines are (from top to bottom): the Tropic of Cancer, the equator, the Tropic of Capricorn.

The scale running through the centre of the display represent lines of longitude east and west of the Greenwich meridian.

I am not actively developing this module at present so I don't see that I would be adding the TNPs in the future.

All the best. Ed

Astrobasic / Re: I wish for a new video this year
« on: March 07, 2022, 08:50:39 PM »
Thanks for the tip Jean!

Astrobasic / Re: I wish for a new video this year
« on: March 06, 2022, 10:17:18 AM »
Thanks Jean.

Volker - here is an alternative for you to compare to Jean's code. Jean's code is much more sophisticated than mine!

window(1200, 800);
circle(600, 400, 360, -1);

int x, y, m, n, i, j;


i = 0; for (i < 4){
  j = 0; for (j < 7){
    if (j % 7 = 0){
       m += 10 * 3;
       putnumber(0, n * 20, 10 * 3);}
        {m += 10;
         putnumber(0, n * 20, 10);}
    getcirclepos(600, 400, 360, m, x, y);
    line(600, 400, x, y, -1);
    getcirclepos(600, 400, 375, m, x, y);
    putnumber(x - 10, y - 10, m % 360);
    n += 1;}}

Astrobasic / Re: I wish for a new video this year
« on: March 06, 2022, 08:54:27 AM »
Hi Volker - it looks possible using an array. Could you confirm is this a repeating cycle.

30 degs, 10 degs, 10 degs, 30 degs, 10 degs, 10 degs, 30 degs, 10 degs, 10 degs etc

How many mansions do you need to set up?


Planetdance for windows / Re: instruction video's
« on: March 03, 2022, 10:16:44 PM »
Thanks Kyle - I'm going to take a look at these videos. Thanks for sharing the links. All the best. Ed

Hi Volker - any script like this immediately presents a problem of how to display a large amount of information in a compact, easy to understand form. If I'm honest, I'm not sure that a chart wheel is the best way. If it were me I would probably look at some sort of tabular format. Finding a format that would work for up to 20 individuals would be very complicated. My guess is that 5, or maybe 6, might be the upper limit for readability.


Astrobasic / Re: I wish for a new video this year
« on: February 23, 2022, 08:33:23 PM »
Hi Volker - I tend to agree with Jean. It wouldn't really be possible to do a video about making a particular script. I learnt in the way that Jean suggested. Taking a simple script and learning how to modify it and make changes. It's very good advice to familiarise yourself with the templates. They are incredibly helpful in terms of making a well-structured script.

My suggestion would be to use the forum here for specific questions. I don't use facebook or any other social media but I do keep an eye on the forum and would be happy to answer questions on astrobasic. I'm not a professional programmer, so if you are happy with feedback from an enthusiastic amateur I can be of help.

I must have written tens of thousands of lines of astrobasic over the last four or so years and although I am still learning I can probably help with the more straightforward questions.

All the best. Ed

Astrobasic / Re: searchaspect
« on: February 19, 2022, 09:41:46 AM »
To search for a number of days before the chart date:

if (zeroSun[MOON] < 180)
     jdSyz = searchaspect(chartJD - 16, chartJD, SUN, MOON, CONJUNCTION); ` searches from the 16th day before the chart date to the chart date
      jdSyz = searchaspect(chartJD - 16, chartJD, SUN, MOON, OPPOSITION);

This will find the prenatal lunation.

zeroSun[MOON] is from an array of longitudes created by referencing all planets to the Sun as zero.


Astrobasic / Re: searchaspect
« on: February 17, 2022, 10:05:45 PM »
Thanks Jean - this is going to be really helpful. I can see a use for this in the horary script. Ed

Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: February 16, 2022, 08:03:18 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. I will publish a summary of the predictions in due course. All the best. Ed

Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: February 14, 2022, 07:11:14 AM »
Hi - my prediction held good. The Bengals did give out in the end to the LA defense and the result was close - 23-20 to the Rams. I have recorded the game so will catch up with the play later.

It looks like the Rams 'all in' gamble has paid off this season, but it will take some time to see how my prediction of long term success for the Bengals plays out.

I will continue to refine my algorithm in the off season, and return in the autumn for the next round of NFL matches.


Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: February 12, 2022, 01:06:17 PM »
2022 Superbowl

The Superbowl will be played between the LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. The bookmakers favour the Rams, and, on paper, they do look the best bet. The Rams have put together a team of 'galacticos', buying in superstars to support Matt Stafford at QB. In general the stars have performed, particularly in the play offs, taking the Rams to their second Superbowl appearance in 3 years (last appearance 2019, when they lost 13-3 to the NE Patriots).

The Bengals are the surprise team of the 2021 season. They were unfavoured at the start of the campaign, but have won through to the Superbowl off the back of their QB Joe Burrow and a great team spirit. This will be the Bengals first Superbowl appearance since 1988. They lost twice to the SF 49ers in the 1980s. The Bengals have never won the Lombardi Trophy, and the Rams have only won once (1999), so both have plenty to play for in this match.

Technical Forecast

My algorithm, which has predicted around 70% of the matches that I looked at, gives a slight astrological advantage to the Rams. The calculation comes out at 6-5 in favour of the LA team. Close scores algorithmically do not necessarily indicate close scoring matches. When scores are evenly matched it seems to suggest games in which both teams can have pride in their play and will conclude that they done their best. So, from a technical point of view, it looks like the game is for the Rams to lose.

However, if we dig a bit deeper into the symbolism, there is a very interesting story to be told.

Symbolic or Hermeneutic View

"Hermeneutics is the study of interpretation. Hermeneutics plays a role in a number of disciplines whose subject matter demands interpretative approaches, characteristically, because the disciplinary subject matter concerns the meaning of human intentions, beliefs, and actions, or the meaning of human experience as it is preserved in the arts and literature, historical testimony, and other artifacts." (See

In the context of astrology, a hermeneutical approach to the chart takes us beyond straightforward technical matters (although technique underpins the interpretation) to the art of reading symbolic meaning from the chart.

In the match chart we have lords Sun and Jupiter for the favourites, and lords Saturn and Mercury for the underdogs. Leo rises and gives ruler Sun to the Rams and the ascendant degree is in the bounds of Jupiter. Sun is detrimented in Aquarius, being opposite the sign that it rules. However it is in the opponent's WS house. Jupiter is dignified, being in Pisces, one of the signs that it rules. The Sun is also ruler of the day of the game. The Sun and Jupiter are apt symbols for a team studded with sporting jewels like Odell Beckham Jr, Jalen Ramsey, Von Miller and Aaron Donald. QB Stafford is also highly rated.

For the underdogs, we have Saturn, powerful in one of its own signs, in the underdog's WS house, ruling the bound lord of the descendant Mercury. Saturn is in the bounds of opponent's dignified Jupiter. Mercury, from a technical point of view is in the sixth WS house, and thus unable to affect play, being in aversion to the first and seventh WS houses. The favourite's Jupiter is also in aversion to the horizontal houses. But, note, Mercury is very closely conjunct the horizon, being less than a degree from the angle. It is also slow, having stationed direct around a week ago, and distant from the Sun. This is important because Mercury, being the closest planet to the Sun, often hides in its glare.

Interpretatively, Mercury 'stands apart'. It is in high focus in this chart. If you have been following this thread, you will have seen that I associate Mercury with the quarterback's position. Modern QBs are highly mercurial: quick, evasive, elusive, one minute standing their ground in the face of the pass rushers, before ducking out of reach to appear magically in another part of the field. This brings the Bengals QB Joe Burrow right into the heart of this match. It is likely he will be the decisive factor, turning the match for the underdogs, or narrowly missing out on victory by being defeated by the defensive power of the Rams.

With Mercury being in the sign of Saturn, Burrow will need his offensive line to step in and offer him a wall-like, unmovable protection. If this is in place, and he can work magic in the pocket and elsewhere, the Bengals really do stand a good chance of winning.

There are other symbolic factors that offer interesting insights into the match. The Lots of Celebrity and Ruler's Victory, formed from the relationship between Sun and Saturn and the ascendant, are equidistant from the ascendant. Both are lots of the tenth house. The Lot of Ruler's Victory is at 22 Cancer 01; the Lot of Celebrity is 8 Leo 25. Al Biruni, an authority on parts, calls these the Parts of Victory and Conquest, Celebrated Person of Rank (Cancer), and the Parts of Captivity and Understanding and Wisdom (Leo).

The Lots or Parts in Cancer are the position of Saturn if the Sun is placed on the Ascendant. The Lots or Parts in Leo are the position of the Sun if Saturn is placed on the Ascendant. The Leo points are associated with the 6th (Captivity) and 9th (Understanding and Wisdom) houses. The Cancer points are associated with the 10th house.

The Lots in Cancer are ruled the Moon. In general, the Moon shows the trajectory of the match. The Moon is moving from the opposition of Mars and Venus to the opposition of Mercury. This seems to suggest that the match swings in favour of the Bengals as it goes on, or the Bengals play themselves back into the match in the second half, particularly through the efforts of Burrow. The opposition of Moon to Mercury occurs some hours after the match. However it is noted that the Moon will be in the bounds of Saturn at that time.

The Lot of Praise and Acceptance (5 Gemini 24) is as distant from the ascendant as the Lot of Exaltation (Al Biruni's Part of Noble Birth). This means that the distance between the significators of each lot are the same: Venus-Jupiter is equivalent to Sun-19 Aries.  Praise is the position of Venus if Jupiter is on the Ascendant, and Exaltation is the position of 19 Aries if Sun is on the Ascendant. Both lots are in Mercury ruled signs, and Mercury on the descendant is opposite their midpoint. The degree of the exaltation of the Sun is on the MC degree at the start of the match.

The Basis (the shortest distance between Spirit and Fortune projected from the Ascendant is conjunct Al Biruni's Part of Eros. (It will be conjunct either Eros or Necessity using Al Biruni's calculations) and the Part of Necessity is conjunct the North Node. Al Biruni styles the Part of Necessity (a part associated with Mercury) as the Part of Despair, Penury and Fraud, the Part of Buying and Selling (a 10th house part), and the Part of Bad Luck (a 12th house part). The North Node is a malefic point in medieval astrology, but slightly less malefic than the South Node. All these lots describe the relationship between Spirit and Fortune with the Ascendant, and are thus highly significant points.

Note that Sun rules the day, but Mercury rules the hour. The Rams' significator seems to hold sway, but only if they can contain the magic of Burrows, signified by Mercury, the hour ruler.

What to make of this? In short, my interpretation is that although the Rams might win this match, it is Burrows' Bengals that are on the road to glory and longer term success. The Rams' position is aptly described by the positions of the Parts of Eros, Necessity and Basis. The Rams spent big (buying and selling) to win this match, and this gamble may well pay off, but note that Al Biruni associates the same point with bad luck, and despair, penury and fraud. The Rams have consorted with fate and necessity to win, and probably sold away their future, so a Superbowl on Sunday could be a short-term success. Burrows, symbolised by this powerful Mercury on the setting angle (his team's reference point), seem to be set fair for long term success. I don't think we've seen the last of the Bengals, but we might be seeing the last of the Rams for a while.

Planetdance on Other OS / Re: Planetdance on Linux OS
« on: February 06, 2022, 07:40:08 PM »
Thanks for this confirmation. It's always helpful to know what people are using. I'm on:

Distributor ID:   Linuxmint
Description:   Linux Mint 20.2
Release:   20.2
Codename:   uma

Linux 5.4.0-97-generic x86_64

It's good to hear you are enjoying Planetdance.

Planetdance in Action! / Re: NFL New Season - Predictions
« on: January 31, 2022, 08:23:13 AM »
Thanks - I feel I can take a bow after the Bengals prediction!  ;D I got the Rams match right too. I would have liked the '49ers to win. I've got a soft spot for them. It's a pity they collapsed in latter part of the match. But you can't argue with the cosmos.

All the best. Ed

Planetdance for windows / Re: Progressing Solar return angles?
« on: January 29, 2022, 09:08:24 AM »
Hi Jean - see my reply above. It's likely to be either true solar arc or naibod arc. Ed

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