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ASTROLABE has astrological programs for calculations and research, as well as report writers. Solar Fire is the main Windows based professional calculation program. Another more specialized Windows based program is JigSaw, a research program that can help rectify birth charts when birth times are unknown. Another module works to sift out particular configurations of charts from a chart file of hundreds of names.
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ACS Atlas on CD
From v. 4, 5 or 5.1,
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First produced in 1992, Solar Fire has been expanding ever since to become the most popular astrological calculation package for professionals, amateurs and students alike. Earlier versions brought an unprecedented level of ease to casting and working with astrological charts. The current version adds many more calculations, extra convenience features, more interpretive text, and exciting new kinds of graphic displays. And, with the built-in ACS PC Atlas, you'll have access to the most up-to-date time zone, latitude and longitude information for over 252,000 places in the world!
What's New in Version 6?
• Solar Fire 6’s new Chart-File Search gives you a powerful and quick way to locate all charts in a given category. It can search through hundreds or even thousands of charts and pull out charts with virtually any kind or combination of astrological signatures. These range from a simple planet, asteroid, hypothetical body or house cusp in a given sign on up to any of 25 multi-planet aspect patterns (t-squares, grand trines, yods, heles, rosettas Thor’s Hammers, grand quintiles and more). You can search for two points in a given phase relationship, a point that is in aspect to any specified zodiacal position, or a point at, above or below a given longitude, latitude, right ascension, declination, azimuth, altitude or speed.
In addition, the Chart Search offers a
rich selection of classical criteria -- 7 types of horary consideration; any
point that has a given dignity, ruler or almuten; or the ruler, almuten,
antiscion or contra-antiscion of a point being a specified planet or having
a specified dignity.
You can also search for any word or character
string in the chart comments, making it possible to see whether people who
have similar life themes have similar charts. Or you can look for astro
twins by searching for similar birth dates, times and Ascendants. Or search
on “days to birthday” to find clients who are soon due for a solar return
Besides searching for hundreds of single criteria,
you can use “And/Or/Not” connectors to combine any number of criteria, and
you can save these complex criteria files for future use. By enabling you to
see how astrological principles actually work out in practice, Solar Fire
6’s new Chart Search is guaranteed to broaden and solidify your astrological
• New Electional or Time Search lets you specify
criteria similar to those in the Chart Search. Solar Fire 6 then lists all
time periods when these criteria are in force. This helps you find the
optimum time window for starting a project. It also makes it easy to find
all periods in history that have a specific combination of astrological
• New aspect highlighting is an enormous help in
making sense of the aspect lines in the center of the wheel. Earlier Solar
Fire versions enabled you to color-code aspects. Now you can also specify
increasingly wide lines as an aspect approaches exactness, and dotted lines
when an aspect separates. In a natal chart, this makes the most important
aspects really stand out. In the animated chart, it dramatizes each aspect’s
build-up, perfection and separation as the planets move forward in time.
• New aspect filtering lets you temporarily cut out
the kinds of aspects that you’re not looking for so that the patterns that
you are looking for stand out clearly. You can filter out all aspects beyond
a certain orb, all separating aspects, all soft aspects, all aspects that
don’t involve a specified planet or harmonic, etc. -- even all aspects that
aren’t part of any of the 21 specific aspect patterns that Solar Fire 6 can
recognize. Whether you’re viewing a chart wheel, aspect grid or animated
chart, it’s very easy to turn the filter window on and off and to switch to
from one filter to another as the need arises.
• New life-event storage. Besides storing chart
comments, you can now store unlimited life-event times, places and
descriptions with any natal chart. Gives you a convenient place to store
this info, and keeps it instantly ready for casting transiting, progressed
and directed charts for life events without your ever having to re-enter the
event data. Also, in the animated chart view, you can click on any event and
jump right to its exact date and time.
• New Vedic options -- a new detailed nakshatra
table, 8 more ayanamsas ( making a total of 15, plus user-defined) and now
20 types of Vedic divisional or harmonic charts (harmonics 1 through 12,
plus selected harmonics up to 60 and Iyer and regular types of 11th harmonic
chart). All this plus the existing dasa/bhukti tables, Vedic unidirectional
and sign-to-sign aspects, North and South Indian square charts, and Hindu
Bhava and Whole Signs (rasi) houses gives you all you need to do basic
Vedic. (Plus, as an added convenience, you can now instantly toggle between
the sidereal and tropical versions of a chart.)
• New precision to the second of arc for all
standard chart points is an option in tables and ephemerides. This precision
is realistic, given Solar Fire’s state-of-the art Swiss Ephemeris accuracy.
• New Chinese Charting. Detailed or short tables
give the Chinese lunar mansion of each point in the chart. There’s also a
Year Pillar table that is correctly calculated for each lunar-based Chinese
year. This gives the birth year’s animal, Chinese element and yin/yang
• New Chart Preview makes it easier to find the
chart that you’re looking for. When you click on a calculated chart or you
select a chart in your files, Solar Fire 6 instantly displays the whole
chart in a small but readable wheel design of your own choosing.
• New void-of-course Moon periods are now an option
in Solar Fire’s powerful dynamic hitlists and Time Maps. It’s easy to print
out a handy list for reference during the coming week, month or year. You
can even mix Void periods in the same list with other considerations like
retrograde periods, lunations, planetary ingresses and transiting aspects.
• New Age-Harmonic Charts are an innovative and
potentially powerful technique to add to your forecasting repertory. Solar
Fire 6 lets you instantly cast a harmonic chart based on a person’s exact
age down to the day, hour and minute (or the age plus 1 year). You can then
see transits to this chart in Solar Fire’s dynamic hitlists and graphs.
• New whole-day Planetary Hour tables show all
changes of planetary hours on any given day. (And of course, they’re
correctly calculated for the latitude and longitude of the locality.)
• New declination/latitude options include graphic
declination and latitude strips in page designs; new Longitude Equivalent
Declination charts (a Charles Jayne-inspired technique that converts the
longitudes of every chart point to the longitude that the Sun would be in if
it were at that declination); and (also as recommended by Charles Jayne)
directions (as well as transits and progressions) in declination or latitude
both in the dynamic hitlists and directed charts.
• New direction options. Besides offering solar arc
and other directions not just in the usual longitude but also in declination
or latitude, the dynamic hitlists now include Van Dam primary directions (in
addition to the existing mundane primaries). Also, both the hitlists and the
directed charts now include solar arc and other directions in whole, half,
double or reverse arcs.
• Improved Animated Chart has a fully functioning
dial pointer. Also, it now lets you view pop-up interpretations, export
calculated charts, and jump instantly to the regular chart screen.
• Improved graphic ephemerides now have handy
Forward and Back buttons that let you scroll through time as far as you wish
without exiting from the graph screen. Also, you can now see a readout of
the precise degree, date and time represented by the cursor’s position on
the graph. And, just as you can do in the hitlists, you can now have graphic
ephemerides showing half, double or reverse arc directions, and directed (as
well as transiting and progressed) declinations. You can create graphic
ephemerides in any modulus you wish, and if you want to insert the graph
into a word processing or other document, you can right-click to send it to
the clipboard or save it as a file.
• New progressed interpretations by Stephanie
Johnson have been added to the existing natal, transiting and synastry
interpretations. By clicking on an item on the screen, you can instantly see
its meaning. You can also view and print interpretation reports for a whole
hitlist or chart.
• 1,000 Extra Asteroids. In addition to the 7
asteroids routinely included in all Solar Fire options, Solar Fire 6 now
offers calculations for 1,000 extra asteroids from 5401 BC to 5399AD. These
are from the state-of-the art Swiss Ephemeris, and estimated accuracy is to
a few minutes of arc in 3000 BC. Besides bodies in the asteroid belt, these
extra points include a dozen Centaur-class asteroids and the newly
discovered Sedna and Quaoar. You can select any of these bodies to appear in
extra-points wheel rings and tables for any chart. You can also include them
in dynamic hitlists, time maps, graphic ephemerides and table-style
• New chart-file format enables you to attach an
unlimited list of life events to any natal chart. It’s possible to use older
Solar Fire charts -- and now even Nova-style charts -- directly in Solar
Fire 6 without having to convert or import these charts. However, if you do
want to attach life events, it’s very easy to convert charts to Solar Fire 6
format. For extra safety, Solar Fire 6 automatically places a backup copy of
your old charts in an OldCharts folder.
• New precessed and converse transit charts (as
well as progressed and directed) can now not only be calculated, but also
saved to your files.
• New user-defined point order enables Solar Fire
to list chart points in whatever order you prefer. Now you can begin every
point list on the screen and in printouts with either the Sun or the Moon
(or the Ascendant or any other point you wish).
• New “More” and “Apply” buttons let you input data
for as many natal or subsidiary charts as you wish without exiting from the
calculation window. A great time and keystroke saver!
• Easier than Ever to Upgrade. Solar Fire 6 can
bring over not just your charts, but also your customized settings, from
your previous version of Solar Fire.
SOLAR FIRE version 6 contains something for everyone!
For Advanced Astrologers and Professionals: A complete array of high-precision astrological calculations and an exceptional degree of user-customization. It's so easy to adapt Solar Fire to your unique astrological style!
For Novices: Learn astrology with Solar
Fire'sinnovative point-and-click chart interpretations. Solar Fire is easy
to use and won't confuse you since its more advanced features are kept
conveniently in the background. But, when you're ready, it's easy to explore
new techniques. As you grow in your astrological knowledge, you'll have all
the necessary tools at your fingertips!
SOLAR FIRE version 6 covers many schools, styles and areas of study!
Predictive astrologers will delight in Solar Fire's predictive features including a full range of progressed, directed and return charts and dynamic listings as well as a linear time map, graphic ephemeris and transit text reports. It's easy to make sense of mountains of timed hits, thanks to Solar Fire's great sorting capabilities. Besides sorting timed hits in the usual chronological order, you can sort with the slowest-moving transits first. Or group natal points to see how each is affected by transits during the period. Or put exact and leaving hits up front with the entering hit to see the whole course of each transit as it starts. Or sort transits, progressions, directions, ingresses, stations and eclipses into separate sections. Dynamic lists have the same advanced options (tertiaries, minors, quotidians, Bija correction, etc.) as individual charts, and there's a full selection of return charts, including precession-corrected and converse. And, you can even merge dynamic reports together, allowing you to see various types of progressions on a single report or even dynamic listings for two different individuals in one report!
will be fascinated by what
the multi-person composite charts and 4-chart dials reveal about groups. You
also get synastry text reports (New in version 5), synastry aspect grids,
positions from two charts sorted together in various types of lists,
combined charts of two to 15 people, Davison relationship charts and
Classical astrologers will enjoy working with Solar Fire's almutens, NEW term directions, NEW traditional square charts, NEW Arabic lunar mansions, NEW profections, planetary hour and day, NEW chart hylegs, Alcabitius Houses, planetary sect, firdaria and primary directions, user-editable Arabic parts, and the unique ability to score dignities and calculate single or compound almutens. The unique Arabic Parts Editor lets you add any A+B-C factors with accompanying keywords. Factors can be planets, house cusps, rulers, dispositors, other Parts, the prenatal lunation or any specified degree in the zodiac. Likewise, the Fixed Star Editor lets you add traditional star meanings to those already in the program.
Students of astronomical cycles will like the ingress, lunar-phase, rise/set, and return charts. Returns can be for any planet or asteroid, or to any specified point in the zodiac, and you can do a whole string of returns automatically from one input. You can also find ingresses and eclipses in the dynamic search option, and can create custom ephemeris pages for any period in history.
Esoteric astrologers can work with esoteric and hierarchical rulerships, ray interpretations, esoteric planets and points including Vulcan, 45 asteroids and access to potentially hundreds more. They can also work with18 kinds of prenatal charts, including Bailey- and Jayne-type charts for conception and quickening.
Vedic astrologers can choose from
North Indian or South Indian square charts and work with dasas, bhuktis,
nakshatras, 20 types of divisional or harmonic charts, Hindu Bhava Houses,
Fagan Allen and Lahiri Zodiacs and 13 more ayanamsas. Plus, as an added
convenience, you can instantly toggle between the sidereal and tropical
versions of a chart.
Heliocentric, western sidereal, and draconic astrologers can use these options in virtually any chart, and can display charts in the different frameworks on the same multi-wheel.
Cosmobiologists and Uranians can do midpoint sorts, lists and trees in any modulus, and can include the Aries Point along with Uranian planets in their lists. They can also view midpoints on a movable dial, in the graphic ephemeris and on dynamic hit lists. Cosmobiologists will delight in the Ebertin-style medical degree interpretations. Uranians are able to adapt the Arabic Parts Editor to do Uranian A+B-C pictures.
Locational astrologers will delight in the world mapping features, relocated, Johndro and Geodetic charts, eclipse paths, and local space charts.
Writers and editors can easily send both graphics and text to word processing and DTP programs. Wheels and aspectarians come out beautifully sharp as Windows Metafiles, and keep their clarity at any size. Listings and interpretations come out as text, which you can edit and format just like any other text. Send some or all of the natal, transit or synastry interpretations to a word processor and create your own text database.
With SOLAR FIRE 6 you can create charts galore using state of the art planetary calculations!
Wheels and aspectarians:
User-Editable Page Layouts: In addition to designing the chart wheels, users can design whole page layouts, dragging and resizing wheels and all sorts of tables on the same page. A single page design can be adapted specially to fit on the screen, on various paper sizes and orientations (tall or wide), and can be exported as graphic images or emailed. To make selecting from all the vast page possibilities easier, there's a user-adjustable directory tree and a way to preview pages as you select them. Page Designer objects include the following:
Tables and lists:
Dynamic forecast lists:
Other Dynamic Features:
Zodiacs: Tropical, any sidereal, precession-corrected, draconic.
Coordinates: Geo and heliocentric. Helio charts can appear next to geo charts in bi- or double wheels, synastry grids, and dual-chart listings. Declinations and latitudes appear in basic chart details listing and can be included in dynamic listings; declination aspects appear in aspect grid.
House systems: Placidus, Koch, Campanus, Meridian, Morinus, Porphyry, Regiomontanus, Topocentric, Whole Signs, Hindu Bhava, Alcabitius, and equal from any point including 0° Aries, 0° of Sun sign, Part of Fortune, equal with Ascendant in center of 1 and equal with MC on the 10th. Houses can be calculated for geographic or geocentric latitude.
Points included: Sun through Pluto; Moon (regular or parallax); mean or true lunar North and South Nodes; Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia and Astraea; Vulcan (by D. Baker or L.H. Weston calculations); Black Moon Lilith (mean position); 8 "Uranian" planets; Asc, MC, East Point, Vertex, Part of Fortune.
Extra Ring Points included: points, midpoints, fixed positions, fixed stars, arabic parts, asteroids, extra bodies, prior lunar phase, prior eclipses, planetary nodes.
Calculation span: Asteroids AD 1800-2050; other points unlimited.
Aspects: Includes 26 aspect types, each with its own glyph. User-defined aspects with user selected characters as the glyph. For each, you can select a color, line-style, the applying and separating orb, moieties, unidirectional orbs, orbs by planet ratios (to apply different orbs for each planet and aspect combination), aspects by sign, and 3-D aspects (previously applied as a general option across all aspect sets. You can have different orbs for the luminaries vs. other points, and different orbs for natal, transiting and progressed use. You can include points in the chart without including aspects to them. All reports now show whether aspects in declinations (as well as longitude) are applying or separating.
Desktop publishing: You can export wheel and page designs to the clipboard as bitmaps or Windows Metafiles, or to a file as Windows Metafiles. You can also export lists as Windows Metafiles; in DTP and word-processing programs you can edit these as text. Natal and transit interpretations can also be exported as ASCII text, which you can edit and print in a word processor.
Chart Import/Export: Imports charts from JigSaw, Blue*Star, QuickCharts, Kepler and any program that can output *.NOV chart files, including Nova, Chartwheels and CCRS Horoscope Program. Exports charts to any program that can read *.NOV files.
New in SF5:
Please Note: Solar Fire 6 has font problems with Japanese, Chinese & Hebrew-Enabled Windows 98, 2000 and ME. If you are using one of those Windows systems, we will send you passwords for both version 4 and version 6 of Solar Fire. There are work-arounds for using Solar Fire 6 with foreign-language versions of Windows XP.
System Requirements: IBM-compatible PC with a Pentium or higher processor or Mac running Virtual PC; 64Mbytes of RAM; CD-ROM drive, SVGA 800x600 or higher resolution modes with High Color; hard disk drive with at least 75Mb of free disk space; Windows 98, NT4, 2000 or XP. Solar Fire 4 is recommended for those who cannot meet these hardware requirements.
JIGSAW 2 is a suite of three modules, providing powerful tools for astrological research and experimentation.
1) RECTIFICATION: JigSaw makes rectification easy. How many times do you meet people who want their birth chart done but do not have accurate birth time? The rectification provides the steps to fill in the person's event data to produce the most likely time a person was born.
2) FAMILY PATTERNS: This is a pattern-finding module that can actually be used for various subject matter such family patterns, stock market pricing, and generally any group of charts to find common astrological links.
3) RESEARCH: This module can be used researching large birth data files sorting and filing criteria. With this module you can work with Arabic Parts, Almutens, or even Gauquelin Sectors.
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