Käla 2008 & 2010
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Kala 2010 is now available! There are many new features in Kala 2010 including color options. The majority of the update revolves around the atlas and time zone functions. We have converted Kala to use time zone functions instead of time zone tables as the tables have expired. Rather than putting new tables in every ten years, we have written functions that will work for as long as a country follows their current rules. The DST tables in Kala 2008 will expire between October 2010 and April 2011, so it is necessary to get the upgrade by then or else DST will not be calculated for all those countries that follow DST from 2011 onward. Other upgrades include:
A table showing Jaimini’s Yogada Raja Yogas due to the Bhava, Hora and Ghatika Lagnas and the 1st and 7th Bhavas. These yogas are the key to predicting level of success and such things as elections. There is a free class on my website www.vedic-astrology.net illustrating the method, which is covered in much more depth in my Jaimini courses as well.
New node option
Kala offers the traditional True and Mean node calculations. Additionally a new node option is offered: Interpolated True Node as conceived by Astrologer, Astronomer and Sanskrit Scholar Dieter Koch. The concept of the Interpolated True Node is that in the conventional True Node calculation the nodes are really only true twice a month, at the times that the Moon crosses the ecliptic. In-between these times the positions are completely hypothetical. Thus instead of follow the true node hypothesis, the node is interpolated between the true node passages of when the Moon crosses the ecliptic. This has the advantage of removing the direct motion of Rahu and Ketu and perhaps providing a more precise position of the nodes – research over the next couple of years will determine if indeed this new calculation is more accurate. This differs from the Mean Node calculation in that with the Mean Node calculation the Moon may be exactly conjunct a node but not have 0 latitude.
Bhava Chalita Screen
You can now select the two vargas that come up on the Bhava Chalita Screen and Kala will memorize them. So rather than the Rasi and Navamsa coming up every time you go to the Bhava Chalita Screen, any two charts you select will come up along with their associated planetary values.
The Jaimini Screen now has a customizable window and we have also added Jaimini’s Dvitiya Prana, or second strength. We have also added Manduk Dasa.
You can now select the color for each individual planet, charts and tables. Also the customizable windows are not outlined in a different color so that it is easier to remember which windows are changeable.
There are now options to determine combustion in the contemporary method of using zodiacal degrees or the Siddhanta method of using observational degrees as propounded by Varaha Mihira and the Surya Siddhanta.
Upagraha positions are now also calculated for the Vargas and not just the Rasi.
A table of planetary aspects to Bhava Chalita cusps is not included along with the standard aspects to equal Bhavas which has always been part of Kala.
Upapada is now shown in the Pada chart for all Vargas. (Upapada method is that of Ernst Wilhelm’s Jaimini translation.)
Dignities in Vargas
A new table has been added which shows the dignities of the planets in the 16 ShodasaVargas.
Bhava Chalita Cusps
Bhava Chalita Cusps can now be seen in all Vargas
Keyboard shortcut now included to close charts (Alt+F C)
Kala will now check if you entered a 2 digit year that you actually mean 10 AD if you put in 10 and not 1910.
New Dasa year of 360 tithis as per request of some users.
The Tables in the Bhava Chalita Screen and Parashara Vargas Screen have all been simplified and improved for greater ease of use and accuracy.
Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Monaco, Lithuania and Isle of Man added to the Atlas
Ernst Wilhelm has just (9/1/2008) released the latest version of his flagship program Käla . With each upgrade, Käla becomes more and more powerful, and able to meet the needs of many Vedic astrologers. The upgrade is very inexpensive, just $30 for the downloaded version, or $35 to receive an upgrade CD.
When you first install Käla 2008, the program guides you step-by-step to configure its settings to your liking. This is a great feature (and it can be run again later, if you want to change any settings).
The new Sudarshana page is very well-designed. It has three concentric rings (click here to see an example ). The outer ring shows the Sun as the First house, the middle ring shows the Moon as the First house, and the inner ring shows the Lagna as the First house. Each ring is divided into two sections: the inner section shows the planets at birth, colored blue, and the outer section shows the positions of the transiting planets (each with its own color). One can navigate to four levels of Sudarshana dasa, with dates (and times) selectable. You can also quickly move forward or backward by a year at a time. Also included on the page is a Bhava chart.
The new Bhava Chalita page displays a Bhava wheel that enables jyotishis to easily see when planets are near house cusps and house boundaries. To see a sample, click here. It also has a table of bhava strengths, the influence on house cusps for any divisional chart, a detailed Shad Bala table based upon the Bhava chart, and Vimshottari and Chart dasa tables. I particularly like some of the pop up tables (that appear when clicking on charts). When clicking on the Bhava chart, a remarkable screen-wide table appears showing the precise Bhava house cusps for 16 divisional charts, plus the cuspal nakshatras and their lords and sub-lords down to 5 levels for each bhava of the Bhava chart.
Käla 2008 now calculates several additional dasa systems, specifically the Kalachakra dasa, and the three Mula dasas: Pinda, Naisaraga, and Amsa dasas. You can now also calculate Nakshatra dasas from any graha.
Another unique new feature is a listing based upon planetary ages, useful for prediction, with each age subdivided into 12 periods, one for each Rasi. You can also view a listing of the Antardasas of Rasis, for all the Nakshtra dasas (such as VImshottari and Shodasottari) as well as on the three Mula dasas. The Antardasas will be numbered 1-12, indicating the house from the dasa lord.
Many of Käla's previous screens are improved upon in the update. The Varshaphala page offers a Hadda Dasa listing, more Sahams (the Vedic equivalent to Arabic Lots) displayed in an incredibly detailed pop up information screen, three methods of timing of Sahams based on the distance of the Saham lord from the Saham, exact Tajika aspects and more.
A very nice addition to the Muhurta Helper is the ability to see what factors contribute to the score of any time period chosen by the program. This can enable users to evaluate each Muhurta more carefully.
The program adds to its already well-written modern interpretations of Vedic factors a new section on the 144 bhava yogas (i.e. the meaning of each house lord by the house it occupies) which are very literal translations from Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra.
Käla 2008 has additional countries in its atlas, Ayurdaya calculations for longevity, Tajika aspect lines drawn in Varshaphala and Bhava charts, and more.
Afficionados of Käla will be delighted with this upgrade, and newcomers to Käla will find a great deal to appreciate and use.
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