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Astrology Software

To: alt.lucky.w,alt.paranormal.spells.hexes.magic
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Astrology  Software
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 19:57:15 GMT

Christopher Warnock wrote:
> Ischade wrote:
> > catherine yronwode wrote:
> >
> > > , you would need an ephemeris, astrological
> > > calander, or astrology computer program.
> > A little off subject...but, can any one recommend an astrology 
> > software? Not familiar with any and would like to hear if one in 
> > particular is outstanding.
> There are a number of good astrology programs available.  Solar Fire 4 
> (now version 5 is apparently out, too) by Astrolabe is probably the 
> standard program for professional modern astrologers. It has all the 
> bells and whistles and allows you to print out what we call 
> "coookbook" horoscopes, that is Moon in Cancer means X, 
> Moon in the 1st house means Y.  It's about $250, though.  I use a 
> program called Horary Helper which is made to do traditional (i.e. 
> pre-1700) astrology. It gives a chart and a lot of traditional 
> information like fixed stars, essential and accidental dignities, 
> considerations before judgment.  It does not given any
> interpretation, however.  It's about $60 and available from Carol 
> Wiggers at
> Basically, depending on what you want out of the program and what 
> you want to spend, there's probably an astrology program to fit you.  
> Check out the ads in Mountain Astrologer magazine, which I think is 
> the best of the astrology mags.

I use Io programs -- there is a whole set of these programs that
interlock, with lat. and long. maps, time changes, assorted chart styles
including bi-wheel and tri-wheel, assorted house systems (including
natural, Placidean, etc.), and "cookbook" interpretations for natal
horoscopes, relationship horoscopes, transits, etc. The set of Io
programs i have is about 6 years old and certainly not the latest
edition, but the entire set cost about $500 back then and i got my copy
for free from a student who wanted me to teach him astrology, and bought
it for me as the fee for my instructions. It serves me well, although
there are a dozen tweaks i'd like to make to it (for instance, it is
limited in that if you want it to indicate aspects to the ascendent, it
will also make the aspects to the midheaven, whether you want those or
not). But it does have a flexible system that allows you to set orbs to
your own tolerances and to add or delete asteroids and calculated points
like the Part of Fortune at will -- only, again on the downside, you
cannot delete the Moon's nodes at all, no way. 

I am guessing that if the Io company is still producing astrology
software, they'd have fixed those limitations to allow for more
customization. I don't have an interest in researching their current
offerings, however. As for their "cookbook" interpretations, they are
pretty good, actually, although they are read-only, so you cannot edit
them in any way. About five years ago, for a few more bucks (which i
never invested) you could buy a write-able version of the "cookbook"
that allowed you to edit any part of it, which would be highly valuable
for knowledgeable astrologers who wish to print "canned" charts for

Hope this helps. 

cat yronwode 

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