The Quick Guide to Finding the Best Astrology Program

Chosen from all major astrology programs for Windows

by Hank Friedman

"Hank Friedman is the only person on Earth who understands astrology software better than I do."
Mark McDonough, creator of AstroDatabank

Every astrologer and student of astrology wants to get exactly the right program for their needs.
This page is devoted to helping you do that as effortlessly as possible.

[Mac astrologers click here.]

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The Short List -- for making a quick decision

Best Western Astrology program: Solar Fire

Best Western Astrology program with full interpretive reports: Janus

Best Inexpensive Western astrology program, with interpretations: Janus Light

Best Vedic Astrology program: Shri Jyoti Star

Best Huber Astrology program: Regulus Platinum

Best Traditional astrology program: The Delphic Oracle

Best Cosmobiology program: Nova Chartwheels

Best Mac Astrology program: Astro Gold for the Mac

Best for specific schools of astrology

13 Sign Zodiac -- The ability to create chartwheels with 13 signs: Prometheus

Huber Astrology -- Charting, research, tables and graphs along Huber principles: Regulus Platinum

Mayan Astrology -- The Mayan Life Path Report from Astrolabe

Modern Western Astrology -- Many programs are great but Solar Fire has the best implemented features.

Modern Western with Interpretations -- Janus has full interpretations plus a wide range of features.

Traditional Astrology -- Hellenistic and Medieval astrology: The Delphic Oracle

Uranian Astrology -- Cosmobiology aka Symmetrical Astrology: Nova Chartwheels

Vedic Astrology (extensive) -- Research, Page Design, Astromapping, Graphs, etc.: Shri Jyoti Star

Vedic Features (basic) in a Western Astrology Program: Janus and Sirius

The best implementation of the following astrological features:

Atlas -- Most professional programs have excellent time-change atlases, but Sirius has the largest accurate time-change atlas and programs* that license the ACS atlas have the most current changes.

Astrological Calendar -- Explore astro-calendar features here. Solar Fire has more capabilities than other programs but many of the calendars are excellent.

Auto Jobs -- Creating sets of charts, tables, graphs to print out in a batch: Solar Fire

Chart Animation -- Animate multiple wheels and pages, incl. tables: Western: Solar Fire    Jyotish: Shri Jyoti Star

Ease of Use -- Brilliant design and great flexibility: Solar Fire

Eclipse Searches: Solar Fire

Ephemeris -- Create ephemeris tables for a huge range of points: Prometheus

Fixed Star Report -- A Tie: Solar Writer Fixed Star Report (greatest depth) and Sirius (more stars)

Heliacal Searches: Prometheus

Interpretive reports built in -- Full Natal, Transits, Compatibility, Relocation -- (& licensed to sell): Janus

Interpretive reports, Add-ons or Standalone: To get links to samples and learn more about these, please email me.

LifeScan -- Lifetime of transits or progressions on 1 - 2 pages: Regulus Platinum

Page Designer -- Design your own pages with charts, tables, etc.: Western: Solar Fire    Jyotish: Shri Jyoti Star

Planetarium -- Beautiful Celestial Spheres with aspects, and many choices: Prometheus

Points in Charts -- Maximum number and choices: A tie: Solar Fire (ease and flexibility) and Prometheus (most points)

Points in Predictive Searches -- Most points in Transit and Progressed listings and graphs: Prometheus

Predictive Graphs: Most professional astrology programs have excellent predictive graphs, including:
  Solar Fire, Janus, Regulus Platinum, Prometheus, Win*Star, and Sirius.

  Prometheus has many more options, including interpolated Planetary Stations and more points.

  Millennium StarTrax has the best cumulative transit graph: adds all of the + and - events into one graph.

Prenatal Charts -- Solar Fire has the most types of Prenatal Charts.

Sky Search -- Find when planets make aspects, occupy houses or signs, form shapes, etc.: A tie: Solar Fire and SuperSearch

Theme Maps -- Create accurate theme maps -- where to find love, career, etc.: Janus

Wheel Designer -- Make your own custom chart wheels (Western, Traditional, and Vedic): Janus

Astrology programs and their unique capabilities
(In order of popularity of sales through my website)

It is beyond the scope of this article to list all of the techniques of all of the programs, but the following programs have many unusual features of interest:

Solar Fire -- World Class Power and Ease of Use
Aspect Highlighting & Filtering, Multiwheel Superimpostion, Stellarium, Sabian Oracle, multiple Pop-up Charts, powerful Astrologer's Assistant task recorder, page animation, multiple pop-up charts, etc.

Janus -- The Best Program for a full set of Interpretations
Octoscope wheel, Midpoint Weighting Analysis, Arabic Lunar Mansions, Planet/Asteroid/Fixed Star catalog, best Eclipse map, Venus Phases, Collection of Light, etc.

Janus Light -- The Best Personal Astrology Program
Incredibly inexpensive, full atlas of over 250,000 places, astrology calendar, astromapping, chart animation, and full natal, transit, compatibility, and relocation reports.

Shri Jyoti Star -- The Best Program for Vedic Astrology
Phenomenal Page and Screen designers, comprehensive research tools, huge number of tables and graphs, Vedic astromapping and relocation, teaching example charts, time search, and fine rectification tools.

Regulus Platinum -- The Best Program for Huber Astrology
Life Scan, Atacirs, Persona Chart, Ascensional Astrology, extensive Hellenistic module, add-on Rectification methods (e.g. Marr), Harmograms and Harmonic flowers, etc.

Prometheus -- Best Predictive Graphs and Range of Points
13 sign Zodiac, Void of Course Moon Report, Astrological Calendar with a huge number of points, Out of Bounds search, Extensive Primary Directions, etc.

AstrolDeluxe Platinum -- Unique sets of interpretations and Aspect Patterns analysis
Degree Strengths, Ebertin Life Diagram, Angles Graph, Vocational Ranking, Hermetic Minor Progressions, and many sets of interpretations, e.g. for the Black Moon Lilith.

Millennium StarTrax -- Great Astronomy Features and Fast
Speed of Planets graph, Hoff's Tables, Occultations, Davidson charts for Groups, Planetary Phase aspects, Extensive Chart File Searches, etc.

Note: I do not distribute the following programs:

Sirius -- Advanced natal, synastric, and predictive modeling
Compatibility Patterns, extensive Degree Meanings, extensive Asteroid and Fixed Star reports, Lifetime predictive listings, Electional Astrology graph, Music of the Spheres, etc.

Win*Star -- The Best Calendar and Ephemeris Pages
Nicest looking Astromaps, Paran points, Stars on maps, A.T. Mann's Lifetime Arcs, Day*Scan, Phase Chart, excellent Day Watch astrology calendar, etc.

ZET -- Stunning Astromaps and Powerful Search language
Septa-Wheels, Embolismic Lunations, Persian Directions, Condensations Rectification method, House Table for 28 house systems, Cosmos module, Beautiful Astromaps, etc.

Learn more about programs

You can get free demo versions of many astrology programs here, and you can click on any of the names below to go to my websites or web pages devoted to each program:



Janus Light

Millennium StarTrax

Nova Chartwheels


Regulus Platinum

Shri Jyoti Star


Solar Fire Gold


What about programs for the Mac?

There are only a couple of astrology programs written for the Mac, Astro Gold for the Mac (which can read Solar Fire files) and TimePassages. Click on the links to learn more about each.

Astro Gold, by the makers of Solar Fire, is rapidly being enhanced, and now has a full set of add-on report writers.

Hopefully by the end of 2020 (or early next year), Solar Fire should become available for the Mac. If you wish to be kept apprised of its development, email me.

In the meantime, if you are willing to install Parallels and Windows on your Mac, you can run Solar Fire or Regulus Platinum or Shri Jyoti Star. Note: Shri Jyoti Star runs well under Crossover on a Mac.

Programs currently available that have the latest ACS atlas include: Solar Fire, Shri Jyoti Star, Astro Gold, Solar Writer, Solar Spark, JigSaw, Astro Spark, Imperial Astrologer, and KPAstro.

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