Updated Day Watch Sidebar: Other programs offering Astrological Calendars
by Hank Friedman
In reviewing the excellent DayWatch, I felt it was important to let readers know about the astrological calendar functions already available in the larger astrology programs. (If you haven't read the review of DayWatch, you can read it by clicking here.)
There are three Vedic programs that offer monthly astrological calendars and three Western ones.
Perhaps the most unusual calendar of the bunch is Kala Software's transits calendar. This function shows the auspiciousness/inauspiciousness of each transiting planet's position for every day in a month relative to its position from the Moon. Under this graphic is an actual monthly calendar depicting"trigger transits" by placing symbols for each of the 12 houses into the days when they are activated. When a day has a particular house symbol in it, it means that if the present dasa and bhukti support an event symbolized by that house (e.g. a good time in relationship for the 7th house), then it is likely to occur on that day.
The Vedic Calendar in Goravani's Jyotish focuses on the Moon's transits. For each day of the month, it shows the times of changes of the lunar sign, Nakshatra, tithi, chandra bala from the Moon and from the Ascendant, tara bala from the Moon and from the Ascendant, and whether the Moon is bright or dark. The calendar also shows the dates and times of planetary stations, showing the exact degree and rasi and navamsa for the stationing planet, and the changes to the fourth level of the Vimshottari dasa.
The most comprehensive Vedic calendar by far is in Parashara's Light 7's Transit/Dasha report. You can select from a very large set of choices what you want to see in the monthly calendar. You can choose planetary entries into their own signs, nakshatras, navamsa, and degrees; ingresses into signs, kakshas, nakshatras, subs, and sub-subs; and the beginning and end of sade sati. You can also choose which transiting points (the Vedic planets, upagrahas, and the Western outer planets), which natal points (including the same points, plus the Yogi point, all house cusps, or angular houses), and what type of aspects to use (including whole sign Vedic aspects, exact degree aspects, and trines and squares). Finally, you can also add to the calendar the day and time when any of 23 dasa systems lord changes, down to 5 levels. Amazingly, you can create any number of different calendar formats for different purposes, and call them up when you want to run them. Parashara's Light creates beautiful, and incredibly functional Vedic calendars of unparalleled value.
The Western astrology program Millennium from A.I.R. Software includes among its many fine predictive functions a powerful monthly astrological calendar. It depicts each event showing the natal point, the aspect, and then the transiting point, and then the time of exactness. It offers a large selection of transiting points, including the four major asteroids, black and white Moons, and Proserpine, and a remarkably extensive selection of natal points, including all of the above plus house cusps, eclipses before and after birth, part of fortune, East Point and Vertex, and more. You can select transit to natal and transit to transit events, as well as sign and house ingresses. It also shows planetary stations, lunar phases, and lunations, and shows challenging transits (squares and oppositions) in red and harmonious transits (trines and sextiles) in green.
You can even select one transiting angle, house cusp, or the part of fortune, and one aspect (e.g. the conjunction) to natal planets and see when these occur during the day. This is a very impressive calendar module.
Since I wrote the Day Watch review for The Mountain Astrologer, two more programs have added astrological calendars to their feature set.
Sirius (as mentioned in my website Sirius review) produces monthly calendars showing exact transit-to-natal and/or transit-to-transit hits, plus sign ingresses, void-of-course times, Sunrise and Sunset times, four lunar phases (in the Mundane calendar only), and holidays and any birthdays or other special events you have added to the calendar. While the personal and mundane formats show either transits-to-natal or transits-to-transits respectively in a normal monthly calendar format, if you want to see both transit-to-natal and transit-to-transit in the same calendar, Sirius depicts the month as eight rows of four days across. Among the customizing features is the ability to show an astrological graphic as a background image for each month.
Sirius calendar image
Finally, since this article was published, Esoteric Technologies released Solar Fire Gold. This latest version of Solar Fire offers an excellent monthly astrology calendar. As I mentioned in my Mountain Astrologer review: You can view, export, and/or print out daily, weekly, or monthly calendars, all of which show a very nice image of the phase of the Moon for each day, plus the daily Sun-Moon angle, local time zone, void-of-course Moon times, Moon sign ingresses, and Solar and Lunar eclipses (including the type of eclipse, e.g. total, partial, etc.).
You can include in the calendar transit-to-natal aspects, transit-to-transit aspects, progressed-to-natal aspects, progressed-to-progressed aspects, directed-to-natal aspects, parallels, stations, and exact times of events. You can use any set of transiting, progressed, and natal planets and any set of aspects. You can control the font size, apply precession correction, and choose the location (or have the calendar either use the default location, or the birth place of the native).
While viewing a calendar, if you point to any event, an interpretation for it is shown. You can also view (and print out) full predictive interpretive reports delineating both transit and progressed events, including house ingresses. In addition to being able to copy calendar pages to other applications, save them to file, and email them easily to others, Solar Fire Gold provides the ability to export calendars, complete with interpretive text, to other calendar programs, such as Outlook, iCalendar programs, etc. This is an excellent capability that will allow people to have astrological calendars, for example, on their smart phones..
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