Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Solar Fire 6.0.28 Update

There is a new update for Solar Fire.

This can be downloaded from:

Esoteric Technologies (Australia)

Astrolabe (U.S.A.)

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI and C*C*G

Why was Josef Razinger elected Pope in year 2005?

The birth data for Pope Benedict XVI is:

Date of Birth: 16th April 1927
Time of birth: 4.15 AM MET -1
Place of Birth: Marktl, Germany (48 N 15 - 12 E 51)

Birth data obtained from:


He was elected Pope on 19th April 2005 at about 5.50 PM local time at the Vatican.

Looking at his A*C*G map he has JU ASC near to Rome which is appropriate for being a Pope. On the day he was elected Pope he had C*C*G PL MH within one degree orb of Rome. This indicated his life would be completely transformed during the time that this temporary influence was at Rome. Becoming Pope at age 78 could be considered as happening against the odds which is one of the meanings for a combination of A*C*G JU ASC and C*C*G PL MH.

The following map for Pope Benedict shows the A*C*G (black) and C*C*G (red) lines zoomed up on Italy.

Many astrologers do not use Cyclo*Carto*Graphy when examining the planetary influences at locations on an Astro*Carto*Graphy map. Cyclo*Carto*Graphy uses a combination of progressions and transits, and should always be considered in locational astrology.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Composite A*C*G Map

Matrix's new program called "Horizons" is able to calculate a composite A*C*G map. As it is the first astrology program that can calculate and draw this type of map I was very interested to find out if it is a new technique that can be used in synastry.

When I examined a composite A*C*G map something didn't look right about it, so I decided to take a closer look at this to try and find out why. It wasn't long before I realised that the composite A*C*G map was calculated according to which chart was entered first in the program. This means that there are two different composite A*C*G maps!!

To make this clearer I will use the composite A*C*G map for O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown.

When O.J.'s chart is entered first, JU IC is close to Los Angeles, with PL ASC within orb. When Nicole's chart is entered first, there are no planetary lines within orb of Los Angeles.

1). O.J. & Nicole

2). Nicole & O.J.

I do not understand why Horizons calculates TWO composite A*C*G maps for ONE composite chart.

An A*C*G map cannot be drawn from a composite chart as it is calculated using midpoints. The only way to achieve this is by calculating the midpoints between planetary lines on two individual A*C*G maps. The midpoint between the two SU MH lines gives the composite SU MH line. This is repeated for the other 39 planetary lines.

O.J. SU MH line = 60 W 45, Nicole SU MH line = 164 E 07.
The midpoint between these two lines is 51 E 41.
60 45 + 164 07 = 224 52 / 2 = 112 26
164 E 07 - 112 26 = 51 E 41

O.J. MO MH line = 170 W 56, Nicole MO MH line = 60 W 30.
The midpoint between these lines is 115 W 43.
170 56 - 60 30 = 110 26 / 2 = 55 13
60 W 30 + 55 13 = 115 W 43

This is repeated for the other MH and IC lines.

The calculation for the composite ASC and DSC lines is more complex because declination needs to be taken into consideration. Especially when the two charts have a planet with north and south declination, i.e. person A has SU ASC north declination and person B has SU ASC south declination.

Although the calculations for a composite A*C*G map are very difficult, especially the ASC and DSC lines, it shouldn't be a big problem as computer technology is much more advanced than it was many years ago.

I recommend that the Horizons composite A*C*G map not be used as it gives the wrong information. For years I've been using the relationship/Davison A*C*G map as it is based on a real date, time and place of birth.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Recommended Software For Astrolocality

A question that I am often asked is what software do I use for Astro*Carto*Graphy and other astrolocality techniques.

I use Solar Maps and Solar Fire together so that I can calculate the following maps:

1. Relationship chart A*C*G map
2. A*C*G Solar Return map
3. Johndro A*C*G map
4. Geodetic A*C*G map

Solar Maps is a very easy program to use and highly recommended for Astro*Carto*Graphy and local space maps. Many Russian speaking astrologers have ordered Solar Maps from me and experienced no problems with the program, even though many have no knowledge of the English language!

Solar Fire is also very easy to use, and it is the program I work with when calculating and examining charts. Once a chart is calculated with Solar Fire it just needs one click on the globe icon to start Solar Maps and see the A*C*G map.

More information about these programs can be found by clicking on the links.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

House Systems - Natal And Relocated Charts

I've just read a very interesting article on "Charts in the North Temperate Zone" by Gary Noel which was published in "Today's Astrologer", Volume 68 Number 3.

Most astrologers know that house systems like Placidus and Koch break down when a chart is calculated for a location near or above the Arctic Circle. In his article Gary Noel wrote that he prefers the Alcabitius house system because it doesn't exclude anybody. This house system works for any place on the globe, including anywhere above the Arctic and below the Antarctic Circles.

Although I've always used Placidus houses I was somewhat concerned that they sometimes fall apart when calculated for locations with a high latitude. I will now take a closer look at the Alcabitius house system and see how it works out.