Astro Gold for the Mac
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Astro Gold review
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Astro Gold for the Mac version 3.0
Since Macintosh computers were first released, there have been only a very few astrology programs written to run on them. For years, many astrologers were forced to install Windows (and Parallels) on their Macs in order to run the astrology software that met their needs.
But a change is in the wind, and Esoteric Technologies, the creators of Solar Fire, has released a new Mac-native program with capabililties that many astrologers are looking for, while having the ease of use of a true Mac program, called Astro Gold for the Mac.
[Astro Gold will run on any Mac running macOS (OSX) 10.9 or higher. A screen size 1024x768 or higher is also required.]
There are already versions of Astro Gold for iOs (iPhones and iPads) and for Android devices, and all versions, for premium accuracy, use the ACS atlas and the Swiss Ephemeris in their calculations (with the ability to create charts from 1200 BC to 2400 AD).
I have already reviewed Astro Gold for iOS and Android in my article, "Astrology Apps for Mobile Devices" in the August 2015 issue of The Mountain Astrologer, but the version for the Mac has many added features and deserves a review of its own.
The Mac and iOs versions of Astro Gold can share chart files with each other using the iCloud, which makes using the apps on many devices a breeze. They can also read files from and share files with Solar Fire, which is a great boon.
As one might expect, all of the basic astrology features are present in Astro Gold for the Mac including:
Single chart wheels, bi-wheels, tri-wheels, and quad-wheels (and dials too) with a choice of many lovely styles for each.
You can choose from a very wide selection of natal and moving points: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, North Node, South Node; Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia, Astraea, Sedna, Eris; Vulcan, Lilith, Selena, TransPluto, Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollo, Admetos, Vulcanus, Poseidon; Ascendant, Midheaven, Vertex, East Point, Part of Fortune, CoAscendant, Polar Ascendant, Aries Point, and Libra Point. When you click on any point in a chart, the program gives you interpretations for its sign, house, and aspects.
Astro Gold for the Mac calculates natal, transit, Secondary Progressed, Solar Arc Directed, Composite, Davidson, and Solar & Lunar Return charts, and gives a choice of 11 different customizable aspect sets.
And, as a real boon to Modern Western, Traditional and Vedic astrologers, Astro Gold for the Mac offers a very wide range of house systems: Campanus, Koch, Meridian, Morinus, Placidus, Porphyry, Regiomontanus, Topocentric, Equal, Zero Aries, Solar Sign, Whole Sign, Bhava, Alcabitius, PF on 1st, Asc in 1st, Vertex on 7th, and Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Pluto and Node on 1st.
It also has a Graphic Ephemeris, with many customisable options, including degree span (harmonic 1 to 12), time span, transiting, progressed or directed planets, sign ingresses, radix planet lines and aspects, and lunation points.
And remarkably easy to use chart animation, where selecting the duration of each time step is simple to do.
Perhaps the most valuable module in Astro Gold for the Mac is called Astro Sheets, which are a large set of pages that can be viewed, printed, emailed, and shared, and have a wide range of styles, graphics, and information. Among the Astro Sheets are: Midpoints, Essential Dignities/Horary, Firdaria (a predictive technique from Traditional astrology), superb Synastry, Wheel & Basics, and Fixed Star Aspects & Fixed Star Parans (using up to 513 Fixed Stars).
There's even a Beginners/Client page showing all of the astrological factors in English (something many astrologers are asked to provide for their clients).
The program can generate dynamic hit listings, using any or all of its predictive tools: transits, Secondary Progressions, and Solar Arc Directions, with entering and leaving orbs, and showing when stations and ingresses by sign and house occur. You can create (and save to reuse) many sets of search criteria, which is very thoughtful, and sort the listings in many ways (e.g. date, entering, moving point, natal point, etc.).
Astro Gold for the Mac is rock solid, and continues to be improved. A recent addition is the astromapping module, which can display both regular astromaps and satellite images, and draw on them both Astro*Carto*Graphy and Local Space lines. You can measure the distance between cities, zoom in to specific areas on the map, pop up interpretations, and even generate complete relocation reports.
Finally, there are both natal and transit interpretations included, and for those who want more extensive reports, add-ons for Natal, Child, Synastry, Predictive, Solar Return, and Pet.
Because of its lovely design, compatibility with its mobile sister apps and Solar Fire files, and wide range of features, Astro Gold for the Mac is a very welcome Mac-native program that both beginners and advanced astrologers will be thankful to have.
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