SoftStar News

May 2002

Tools For Programmers

There are many sources of algorithms for astrological programmers. Among the most accurate and advanced are the Swiss Ephemeris programs from Astrodienst. If you are creating free astrology software, you are permitted to use the Swiss Ephemeris files at no cost.

The Bug Report

If you are using Parashara's Light version 2000 to calculate planetary yogas in their "1001 Yogas" menu item, you will have to turn on "Use Functional Benefics and Malefics" (by checking the box) and then turn off "Use Functional Benefics and Malefics" (by unchecking the box) in order for the yogas to be calculated correctly. Even then, many of the yogas shown are not actually present in the chart.

However, in my experience, Vedic computer programs in general tend to delineate yogas inaccurately for several reasons: 1. Their methods of determining yogas are not perfect, so some yogas are found that don't really exist in the chart. 2. There are many differing methods of assessing what makes up some yogas. 3. None of the programs presently available take into account -- at all -- the strength or weakness of the planets comprising the yoga. As a result, the delineations are useless. E.g. if a Gajakesari Yoga -- formed by the Moon being at an angle to Jupiter -- is formed with a New Moon and a Debilitated Jupiter, it has literally no power to cause positive effects.

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