SoftStar News

June 2006

Free Online French Database of Famous People's Charts

This website, translated into English, offers search capabilities and over 14,000 accurately timed famous peoples' charts and birth data (and has been translated into English).

Just click here to go to the website.

Tips And Tricks: How to get Kepler to create Astro*Carto*Graphy Maps

Kepler has very advanced astro-mapping functions, but many novices are unaware that the default setting for creating map lines is not Jim Lewis's Astro*Carto*Graphy method.

Specifically, Kepler defaults to using Zodiacal coordinates in constructing lines, where as Astro*Carto*Graphy uses Mundane coordinates.

Fortunately, it is easy to switch between the two systems in Kepler, so that you can evaluate which is the better method.

First, run Kepler and select a person's chart. Next, click on the Map item in the menu, and then on the first choice, Astromap.

Then click on the Customize button on the lower right, select Features of All Astromaps (the first option), and click OK.

Finally, in the second box at the top right of the screen, select the second choice: in Mundo, rising planets to the east horizon, setting planets to the west horizon, and click OK on the bottom right of the screen.

That's it! Your maps will now be identical with Jim Lewis' Astro*Carto*Graphy maps.

You can follow the same steps and choose the first option -- Longitude -- to return to Kepler's original setting.

Note: Kepler does explain, in detail, about this issue on its customize screen, but many astrologers just use programs with the settings they have "out of the box".

Free Software: WXTide32

As astrologers, we are well aware of the influence of the Moon in our lives.

One of the Moon's most conspicuous effects is upon the waters of the Earth. The Moon is responsible for 90% of the ocean's tides. (The Sun creates the remaining 10%).

I have found it very instructive to watch the rising and falling tides at my location, using a nifty free program called WXTide32.

You can read about it and download it by clicking here.

Note: to use it effectively, you need to find your location in the included database of over 9,500 tidal stations, with 300 in North America alone.

And, of course, live near the ocean.

The Wealth of Astrological Software

I continue to be amazed at the incredible variety of powerful astrological programs that are made available to us by dedicated programmers in love with astrology.

When people contact me to ask, "What is the best program?" I have to answer, "What are your needs?"

That's because almost every program has its strengths and unique features, and many have more power than most astrologers will ever need.

The fiercely competitive astrological software market further motivates companies to "do their best" and increase the capabilities of their programs.

While this means that some programs have begun to offer so many features that beginners feel a bit overwhelmed, I've always been of the philosophy, "Get a program that you can grow into, i.e. that will continue to meet your needs after you have several years more experience under your belt."

It is also important, for serious astrologers, to pick programs whose creators continue to develop them. Otherwise, new (or old, as in ancient astrology) techniques may be discovered, and only continually developing programs will keep up-to-date with the latest methods.

I rejoice at the ingenuity and generosity of astrology's computer programmers and the companies that support them.

This is a great time for astrologers to be alive.

Forthcoming Software

I have been asked by a couple of companies not to mention any details about new updates that are coming in the near future.

And I always respect developers wishes.

They make this request because customers put pressure on them to release programs that they have heard about, prematurely.

It is better for everyone to wait until products are released, by which time they are fully developed and polished.

Nevertheless, I can say that the advances are exciting, and will be very useful and important.

Discounts on Software

When you purchase astrology software through me, you will get:

1. My free expert guidance in choosing the right program.

2. The best pricing distributors are allowed to offer.

3. Free U.S. shipping, unless prohibited by the manufacturer, and for some programs, free Priority shipping.

4. Additional benefits. E.g. I offer a very inexpensive excellent transit report for purchasers of Kepler & Sirius, over 60 free beautiful extra artistic wheels for Solar Fire Gold, etc.

5. You are supporting my website, allowing me to continue posting astrology tutorials, software reviews, and much more.

6. Your software is fully registered to you and shipped to you directly from the manufacturer, with their full customer support as well as mine.

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