Astrology Apps for the Mobile Devices
Revised November 26th 2017
Note: I have merged several reviews of mobile apps together in this compilation. Please understand that many of the apps have continued to be enhanced since my reviews of them.
Also, The links to screenshots and images within these articles are shown as underlined. You can find them here
When Apple introduced the first iPhone -- less than 10 years ago -- the face of computing was changed forever. Smart phones, and tablets, have enabled people to have a computer available wherever they are, and therefore have access to an incredible range of capabilities.
Because mobile devices -- phones, tablets and phablets (tablets with built-in phones) -- are designed with portability in mind, they have less computing power and storage than PCs. The programs developed for these devices were dubbed "apps" (an appropriate abbreviation of the word applications), because they're smaller in size, simpler in function, much less expensive than desktop programs, and are only available via download from an app store. In addition, since smart phones and tablets have touch screens, most apps are designed to respond to touch in a variety of ways (e.g. zooming, switching screens by swiping, etc.).
There are two main platforms for mobile astrology apps. The first is iOS, which runs on iPhones and iPads, with apps available at Apple's App Store. The second platform is Android, which runs on Android phones, phablets, and tablets, including the Amazon Fire devices, with apps available at Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
Note: Apple doesn't allow returns on apps in general, and trying to get a refund is a lengthy process. Google, on the other hand, allows easy returns for a refund as long as you do so within 2 hours of purchasing an app.
Some apps are available on both platforms, but most are on only one or the other. One crucial capability, missing from most astrology apps, is a time-change atlas, which automatically corrects for Daylight Savings, Summer Time, and War Time when necessary, so I am giving special emphasis to the apps that include this ability.
The vast majority of apps available online are basic daily horoscope apps that cannot calculate birth charts, transits, etc. These will not be explored in this article. In addition, I was surprised by how many "professional" astrology apps couldn't even calculate birth charts accurately. They too will be excluded. Here, then, are the very best apps available for astrologers. (I evaluated 61 different apps in preparing this article.
Western astrology iOS Apps (for the iPad and iPhone)
The following four Western astrology apps all calculate birth, secondary progressed-, transit-, and solar arc directed-to-natal charts and bi-wheels, and will email charts. They also show aspect and inter-aspect grids, and create Composite and Solar Return charts.
Astro Gold ($39.95) by Cosmic Apps Pty Ltd is the app of choice for professional astrologers who use Solar Fire because it can import Solar Fire files. One of its outstanding features is a transit hit listing that can include sign and house ingresses, entering and leaving dates and times, and planetary stations. Transit-to-natal events can sorted by date, transiting point, or natal point. (Sorting by natal point effectively gives the user a collated entering-exact-leaving listing.) Astro Gold offers a planetary dignities table, Davidson charts, and a selection of 36 points, 25 house systems, 7 ayanamsha, many wheel styles, and customizable aspect sets and displayed and aspected point sets. It even has well-written natal and transit interpretations (and the ability to purchase larger reports).
Kairon ($9.99) by Kilian Sternad is the only app in this group that can calculate Lunar Returns and Firdaria, show the dignities of house cusps, and display North Indian and South Indian Vedic charts. You can choose from 40 points, 21 aspects, 16 house systems, and 10 Ayanamsha.. The program is easy to customize, using the iPad Settings app, and offers a unique orb adjust slider, so while viewing a chart, gradually increase or decrease the aspect orb from 0 to 8 degrees. Currently aspect lines lack glyphs and distinguishing colors, but that is coming in the next version.
Both of the apps above use the ACS atlas, which provides the most accurate time changes for apps.
Astrological Charts Pro ($24.95) by Roman Shimchenko is a professional-level app that has several unique capabilities including midpoint listings and trees (which include house cusps), the ability to search for when a specific transiting planet will form an exact aspect to a transiting or natal planet, display a listing of the aspects the Moon makes to natal points for any date, sign show sign or house ingress dates for any planet, planetary hours for two days at a time, planetary nodes, the speed of planets, harmonic charts, customizable dignities, and profections. You can also see when the natal lunar aspect to any planet recurs, and planetary return charts and biwheels.
IPhemeris ($14.99) by By Clifford Ribaudo allows you to shift charts forward and backward in time with the press of a button (e.g. for rectification), attach notes to any chart, and view a precise aspect and inter-aspect grids and listings. The app has the unique ability to create monthly tables for planetary positions (including lunar phases and eclipses), transiting aspects (i.e. showing exact hits for transit-to-transit or transit-to-natal events), planetary and latitude and declinations for any time or location in the world. Buttons allow you to quickly move backwards or forward by month. You can also watch an astro-clock and a house cusps listing update in real time. Iphemeris is exceptionally customizable, even allowing you to choose different point sets (from 18 points) for each type of table and chart. iPhemeris can save charts to iCloud and which can be used by the Mac Version iPhemeris. This is an impressive program!
See also the Time Nomad and AstroConnexions app reviews below.
TimePassages Pro ($29.99) is geared towards those who want natal, transit, synastry, and progressed interpretations as well as astrologers who want to quickly view single charts and secondary progressed-, transit-, and solar arc directed-to-natal biwheels. TimePassages shows (for a 2 degree orb) the range of duration for major transiting aspects, and peak times of, transits, too. TimePassages Pro is very easy to use, has an astrological glossary, shows when the Moon is Void-of-Course, and can include declinational transits, minor aspects, nodes, the four major asteroids, and Centaurs and TNOs (including Eris). It also has a Compatibility Meter that compares two charts on seven scales (e.g. Overall Score, Long Term, Career Support, etc.)
Vedic astrology iOS Apps (for the iPad and iPhone)
iHoroscope Vedic ($9.99) by Smehrsoft is the only Vedic app that I could find that had automatic time changes (e.g. Daylight Savings, etc.) built in. It's graphics are pretty basic (clearly designed for the small screen of a phone), but it offers 3 ayanamsha as well as a user-defined one, and as many Vedic features including planetary positions by Nakshatra and Pada, a Bhava chart, a listing of Dashas, Bhuktis, and Antardasas, Shadbala, Ashtakavarga, a Panchanga, 19 Divisional (Varga) Charts, a 30 day ephemeris of planet positions by sign, Nakshatra, and Pada, Solar Return charts, and KP charts and two tables (planets and houses) with lords and sublords.
Smehrsoft has recently released the iNewAstrology app ($11.99) which has the same features as iHoroscope Vedic plus the ability to create Western style charts, including Secondary Progressed, Solar Arc, Solar Returns, aspect and inter-aspect grids, Gauquelin sectors occupied by planets, and a basic dignities table. iNewAstrology is best suited toward the Jyotishi who wants to be able to have access to Western charts and methods too.
Jyotish Dashboard ($9.99) by MissionAstro.com has many very nice features, including fine use of the screen space so that one can see two or more charts on the screen at once. On its main screen, it shows Panchanga information, the Lagna, Planets, and House Cusps by sign, Nakshatra, and Pada, and both the Rasi (birth chart) and Navamsha chart side by side. Its Planet Details screen shows each planet's Dignity, house placement, Longitude, Latitude, Declination, Right Ascension, and Speed. It can also display a Shadbala table and an aspects table. The app offers three different Dasha methods: Vimshottari, Yogini, and Chara, down to five levels! Great!
Its Ashtakavarga charts are very well laid out, as is the scrolling screen showing 20 Divisional charts. Finally, Jyotish Dashboard displays a very clear monthly ephemeris. I hope that the program can someday include automatic time change correction, but I find it nevertheless very well designed.
Western Astrology Apps for Android devices
PlanetDance for Android by J Cremers is the younger sibling of the PlanetDance program that I reviewed in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of The Mountain Astrologer. It is packed with astrological functions including planetary positions to the nearest second of arc (with Swiss Ephemeris accuracy), a list of planetary latitudes and speeds, the precise positions of each of the house cusps and the major asteroids, Lilith, and TransNeptunian Objects (like Eris). It display both an aspect grid and a listing of all of the aspects with orbs, a continually updating current chart, biwheels, a monthly ephemeris screen that can shift forward or backwards in time easily, midpoint trees, major dignities, and aspect patterns (e.g. Grand Trines, etc.).
A truly versatile program, you can calculate Secondary, Solar Arc, Quotidian, User Arc, Converse Secondary, and Converse Quotidian Progressed charts; Sun through Saturn Return charts, Harmonic charts, Heliocentric and Sidereal charts, Dwad charts, and Composite Charts. It also offers a huge number of customizations. Among its extra features are a Fixed Star list that shows planets conjunctions, Arabic Parts list, house and planet dispositiors, and the ability to import Quick*Chart files (which means that you can import the chart files from your desktop program into this app). It also includes the same time-change atlas as its parent program too. This is an outstanding app!
[Note: since I wrote about Planetdance for Android, it has been continuously improved, with many new astrological capabilities.]
Astro Gold for Android
Cosmic Apps Pty Ltd
Astro Gold has just been released for Android devices (Android v4.0.3 or higher), and includes the full ACS atlas for the world, single wheels, biwheels, and aspect & synastry grids, over 400 charts (of famous people), and a basic hit listing. It can calculate natal, transit, Solar Return, Secondary Progressed, and Combined (Composite and Relationship) charts.
It can very easily import and export charts files via email, both from and to Astro Gold and Solar Fire chart files. And the customizations (type of chart wheel, house system, planets displayed and aspected, etc.) are the same as, and as easy to use as other versions of Astro Gold. The authors of the app will be adding many new features to it this year.
Astrological Charts Pro ($17) by Roman Shimchenko for Android is identical to AstroCharts Pro mentioned above (for the iPad). As such, it is a very powerful astrological app, so please view my description above.
Vedic Astrology Apps for Android devices
Many Vedic astrology apps also have time change atlases built in, as well as being able to generate both North and South Indian Vedic charts,
Jyotish Tools ($9.95) by Brian Conrad was originally designed with smart phones in mind, and so screens disply one item on them at a time, e.g. a birth chart, dasha/bhuki listing (with a popup Pratyantar list for any Bhukti), any one of 20 Varga charts, a Shripati or Transit chart, or a planetary information table (showing sign, degrees and minutes, speed, Nakshatra and lord and Pada, plus popups showing aspects, System Analysis of planets, and general significations of the houses occupied by each planet. The app can create new charts, load saved ones, and attach notes to each chart. It can also be configured to use Iyer Varga charts, select the ayanamsha from a choice of eight including user-customized, use glyphs or text for planets and signs, and use GPS for prashna work. The app is simple to use and both accurate and fast. The author also provides a tool for converting quick*chart files to the format used by this app.
An Additional Astronomy app
Deluxe Moon HD Pro ($2.99) by Lifestyle Solutions is an amazing app for its price, and is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phones too. Beautifully laid out, it is packed with lovely screens filled with information about the Moon. Its main screen shows an image of the Moon in its the current Lunar phase, the time since moonrise and moonset and the next moonrise and moonset times, the name of the Lunar phase and its Sign, the age of the Moon, and a calendar for the month so you can quickly jump to any other day. A second screen shows a month of lunar phases and eclipses at a glance. It's stunning, and you can swipe left and right to move back and forth to other months.
Another screen gives you access to a Month of Solar and Lunar rise and set times and an amazing grid of the Lunar brightness throughout the month. Then there's a screen showing a full year of Lunar Apogees and Perigees, as well as Lunar quarterly phases for the year. Finally, one more screen shows a decade at a time of Equinoxes, Solstices, and Solar and Lunar eclipses. Besides being completely customizable, you can also see the Moon's elevation, Declination, Right Ascension, Azimuth, distance, and Ecliptic longitude and latitude for any date. What an incredible app!
[Important note: there are several iPad and Android apps called Deluxe Moon, so be sure to look for the entire name and Lifestyle Solutions as the author.]
The end of apps?
As phones and tablets become more and more powerful, the distinctions between apps and desktop programs are beginning to disappear. In fact, Microsoft is spearheading this change with its introduction of the Surface tablet and the upcoming Windows 10 update for all Windows devices. Standard Windows programs already can run on the Surface, and will also be able to run on future Windows phones too.
By Denis Zubkov
Free via the App Store
for the iPhone and iPad
People are getting much more mobile and using their phones and tablets for many astrological tasks. I wrote a major article on mobile astrology apps in the August 2015 issue of The Mountain Astrologer and have since then reviewed additional apps in this column.
Time Nomad is the latest app for mobile Apple devices (the iPhone and iPad) with enough capabilities to merit a review.The app uses VSOP87 algorithms for its calculations and automatically enters the coordinates and time zones via Google (so one has to be connected to the Internet to add charts to the app). Any charts that you add to the app will be automatically synchronized across all of your iOS devices via the iCloud.
Time Nomad has an excellent help system built-in, with detailed screens showing how to use every feature, information on the latest updates, and more. The app also provides both a free "widget" that can show you the Moon's current placement and phase, and also daily notifications of when important natal and mundane events occur.
The app's Summary screen displays a short daily summary of what is currently happening (and has recently happened) both in the world and for the selected chart -- aspects, retrograde/direct, phases of sun/moon, and transits, solar-lunar arc, etc.
You can choose from 5 House Systems (Porphyry, Placidus, Equal, Whole Signs Tropical, and Whole Signs Sidereal) and choose individually which planets are displayed (e.g. to show only the 7 classical planets). Every chart has its own diary to add editable notes.
The author has thoughtfully added several unique capabilities into Time Nomad, such as displaying charts with both Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacal rings and an interactive Heliocentric charts (I.e. interactive means that you can jump to any specific date or move sliders to scroll through time, and also to choose which aspects are shown, e.g. none, major aspects, minor aspects, or any specific aspect).
The Dashboard screen, which is similarly interactive, is filled with useful information, such as the current length of the day and night, Sunrise, Culmination, and Sunset times, the Solar-Lunar Arc, the Moon's current brightness and phase, what planets are Retrograde and also the impactful, easy, and neutral transits to ones natal chart.
If you click on a chart wheel, a scrollable data screen appears which shows the degree, minutes, and signs of planetary positions and angles, and all of the aspects sorted by type, with orb. Clicking on an aspect shows general aspect information, including what the aspect means, both planets' astrological symbolism, the meaning of the house(s) involved, and astronomical data about both planets.
Time Nomad provides many ways to see current transits. One may view a chart for the current moment, a list of its aspects, the planetary hour, and a mundane transit graph. And for transits to the natal chart, one can view a transit-to-natal biwheel, or a transit-to-natal hit list, or -- perhaps the best feature of all (and the only app for iOS with this feature) -- is the Transit Graph, a beautiful line graph of all of the currently occurring transit-to-natal events. On each of these screens you can shift the date forward with the slider by user-selected intervals (e.g. a day, a week, etc.).
The Synastry functions provided in the app are also quite useful. You can view a biwheel (again controlling which, if any, inter-aspects are displayed) as well as a Composite chart. It's simple to swap the inner and outer charts, and you can align the two charts by Zodiac or First House, choose which Zodiac (Tropical or Sidereal) for each chart independently, and view an inter-aspect list.
By the time you read this, aspect orbs will be customizable, and the author plans to add planetary conjunctions to Fixed Stars and more precise calculations too.
Time Nomad is amazingly versatile and powerful for a free app, continues to be developed and enhanced, and is truly worth getting and exploring.
by Roger Pearson
£24.99 at iTunes
(Nan: note that the price is in Pounds Sterling, not U.S. dollars)
AstroConnexions is a new app for the iPad (iOS 9.0 or later) with Swiss Ephemeris accuracy, and uses the Geonames atlas for coordinates and the TZ database for time zones. AstroConnexions can also import most charts from your other programs chart files. Over 400 charts from AstroDatabank come with the app.
The chart file handling is excellent. You can browse the file, I.e. when you click on any name, see its chart displayed immediately, and search for anyone on file, or quickly go to charts whose last name begins with any letter.
This app is very easy to use, and has a surprising number of astrological functions. Like most apps, most screens can be printed, and some emailed. You can select points to display in charts, lists, graphs, and tables, including the planets and Lunar Nodes, the Black Moon, the comet Chiron, the four major asteroids, seven Arabic Parts, the East Point and Vertex, and Solar and Lunar Eclipses.
You can choose from 19 aspects, and customize the orb for each aspect in natal charts, and specify an aspect orb for all aspects for each of these techniques: Secondary Progressions, Solar Arc Directions, Midpoints, Eclipses, and Synastry and Composite charts. Bravo!
The wheel page in AstroConnexions is packed with information including, in the wheel itself, optional rings showing terms and triplicities, and an aspect grid, Antiscia aspects, Fixed Star aspects to natal points, eclipses before and after the chart date, Day and Hour Lords, and Qualities and Elements. All of these extras can be turned off, and switched between Modern and Traditional planets. And tapping on any point shows its precise longitude, Triplicity, Term, speed, Latitude and Declination. Well done!
The app abounds with a very large number of data screens, including a list of current eclipses (Solar or Lunar or both, only Total or all); an Essential Dignities table; a Data Table showing the longitude, latitude, speed, Declination, and Right Ascension for each point; and Aspect Tables showing the exact orb and applying/separating, Antiscia aspects, and Midpoint listings -- all sorted by strength, point, aspect, or only applying. There's also a list of current Lunar aspects.
The app shows nice graphs of the total number or percentages of points (and listing the points themselves) in Qualities, Elements, Masculine/Feminine, Houses, and Element Houses for all points or only Traditional ones.
Astrologers using Fixed Stars will love AstroConnexions, because you can pick which ones to use, those that are prominent or from a list of 274 stars, and decide whether to show them in charts or only in tables. Best of all, when viewing the list of active stars, if you click on any star it will show up in the chart wheel, and if you click on Web Link, a web page opens up from the constellationofwords site with detailed information about the star. Amazing!
The app also has links to other websites, including Deborah Holding's articles on Terms and Triplicities, and a very detailed knowledge base of what the astrological techniques available in the app mean, and how to use them.
Perhaps the most powerful function is the ability to go forward or backwards in time via a the step interval: of years, months, days, hours, or minutes. For example, when viewing a biwheel with the Progressed Chart around the natal chart, you can view the Secondary Progressions shift by any time interval you want (or see successive Solar Returns at the push of a button).
The author of AstroConnexions is committed to developing this app at a rapid pace. Coming next, for example, is a transit hit listing. AstroConnexions is an excellent astrology app for the iPad, and will happily meet the needs of many astrologers.
Celestial Dynamics Ltd.
This app, for both Android ($4.25) and iOS ($3.99), is a stunningly beautiful astronomical clock with many features.
As a realtime astro-clock, you can choose from over 5,000 cities and watch its perfect depiction of the sky at your current location. You can align the image with the cardinal points and use it to find objects in the sky. Besides seeing the sky for the current time and place, you can set the date and place to view.
You can add many different kinds of labels and grids, including planetary names, constellations, the celestial sphere, the horizon, equatorial coordinates, a compass, aspect lines, and even clouds and interstellar gas and dust.
The depiction can show planets as either photographic images (including accurate lunar phases) or astrological glyphs, shows the day/night boundary (or day or night, depending upon the orientation), and the app thoughtfully provides the ability to quickly take and save a snapshot of any image.
The rendering of the Earth and sky is breathtaking and the image can be spun (with the swipe of a finger), and the display can be animated.
The animation is particularly well implemented, as one can set the time interval/speed (seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc.), and when a Solar or Lunar eclipse occurs, the program pops up a note pointing it out.
Equally remarkable is the Solar System view, looking down at the orbs of the Sun through Mars either geocentrically or topocentrically, which allows you to see astronomical events like retrogrades through their entire cycle.
The program also offers a World Clock which depicts the time zones clearly around the World.
Both the beauty and the phenomenal amount of information depicted in the Cosmic-Watch is amazing, and I highly recommend this to Android, iPhone, and iPad owners.
Astrology Quiz Pro
Those who own an Android device and are just beginning to study Western astrology will find this app a useful tool for learning. It has a well-designed user interface and allows you to take quizzes on a surprisingly large number of astrological factors including planetary and sign symbols, characteristics, elements, modes, decans, colors, gemstones, body parts, gender, seasons, metals, aspects house types, and whole chart patterns.
While really best for beginning astrologers, Astrology Quiz Pro is simple to use and fun.
We are incredibly fortunate to have access to such a large number of fine mobile apps. The future of astrology looks very bright indeed.
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