AstroDatabank version 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 and Tips in using AstroDatabank

AstroDatabank was created by Mark McDonough and Lois Rodden

The company that provided AstroDatabank has been sold to Alois Treindl. I am waiting to hear if he will allow the program to still be sold. Email me to get notified if he decides to allow the program to be sold.

AstroDatabank 2.0

Note: The following is the full text of my review of AstroDatabank version 2.0 from The Mountain Astrologer

Imagine having at your fingertips the largest accurate collection of famous people's birth data. AstroDatabank 2.0 contains birth data carefully collected by Lois Rodden for many years, over 20,000 records, 10,000 of which have been updated with corrections, longer biographies, and more categories (for research). Ninety percent of Marion March's data files and the entire Courtney Conrad sports collection have been added to this version, too.

The new version supports many foreign languages including Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Portugese, Spanish, and Swedish. This means that anyone can input people's names, notes, and biographies in any of these languages.

The software is designed to allow you to export charts to other programs, including Solar Fire 4 and 5, Win*Star 1 + 2, AstrolDeluxe 3.3 and later, AstrolDeluxe Report Writer 4.0 and later, Nova (birth data only), AAF (European and Goravani), ASCII, Astrocalc, AstroWin, QuickCharts, janus, shri jyoti star, and new Kepler 4.6. You can also import chart data from Solar Fire, Win*Star, and Nova. Combining the import and export features enables you to convert almost any program's files to another's format. In the earlier version, you were limited in how many of the built-in charts you could export to other programs. In this version, you can export as many charts as you want.

AstroDatabank is designed to do much more than just view the charts of famous people and events. In fact, it does so many things, that it's almost impossible to cover them all in a single article. Most obviously, it allows you to search all of the records for charts that fall into specific categories (see below) as well as search records for single and multiple astrological factors, e.g. Mars in Cancer and Jupiter in detriment.

But AstroDatabank can also sort the listing by any planet's longitude, starting at zero Aries and ending with 30 degrees of Pisces. You can even ask it to sort first by one planet, and then by a second and even third, so that you could see first people who have Sun and Moon and Mercury in Aries, then people who have Sun and Moon in Aries but Mercury in Taurus, etc.

You can also add your own records to the database. You can add each person's name, address, contact information like when you last saw them, notes and biographical information, include them in any of the vast number of categories (see below) and even print mailing labels for those who have an upcoming Solar Return!

Even in viewing the lists, you have complete control over what information you see in each column. You can create up to four of your own layouts or use the ones that come with the software. One layout emphasizes the biographical information, another how accurate the data is, and a third shows you the position of each planet (by sign, degree, house, and Nakshatra) for each person, all on one line.

The records are coded with over 660 personal characteristics, 125 events, and 45 types of relationships. There are currently over 60,000 categories attached to these 20,000+ records.

The personal characteristics include: different medical or psychological conditions; physical, mental, or personality traits (e.g. courageous, acquisitive, etc.); a wide variety of family patterns (including number of children, abusive environment, divorced, etc.); different lifestyles (e.g. many moves, inheritance, self-employed); sexual variances, criminal behavior and consequences, circumstances around the birth, a huge range of vocations, notable achievements and awards, and mundane occurrences (like disasters, wars, historic milestones).

The categories of events include crime (e.g. arrest), death, family (such as adopted by parent), financial, health, mental health (e.g. psychotic episode), relationship (like marriage), social, work (e.g. retired), and miscellaneous (including mystical experience, changed name, trauma from nature).

Relationships include perpetrators of crimes, business associates, lovers, sibling, spouse, devotee, boss, guru, victims, etc. It is important to understand that AstroDatabank also includes bibliographies for each individual, with important information on each person's life.

Although you can work with all 20,000+ records at one time, to do so requires either a lot of patience and/or a very fast PC or preferably both, as searching and even displaying this many records places real demands upon your computer. Even just the storage required is considerable. You'll need about 500 megabytes to store the database in Vedic format.

It is better to "filter", as the program calls it, the records for just the charts that you want to study. You can have the program display, for example, only the accurately timed data e.g. with a Rodden Rating of B or better or only famous peoples (or events) charts. You can show people (or events) from any of the above-mentioned categories, relationships, or events. Or you can limit what is displayed by choosing any single or multiple astrological factors including planetary positions by sign, house, Nakshatra, dignity, stationary/retrograde/direct, rulership, as well as in aspect to any other point.

You can find any record by name. As you view an individual's record, you can open a second window with all of the program's information on that person, or another information window with the planet positions, sorted aspect list, and biography, or view their chart.

AstroDatabank's piece de resistance is its creation of AstroSignatures. At first glance, all these are are a sophisticated weighting scheme, where you can create a set of planetary factors, each with its own weighting, to analyze your records for. To create a Saturnian personality signature, for example, you might give 4 points to Saturn conjunct the Ascendant, 2 points for Saturn in Capricorn or Aquarius, 1 point for Saturn in an angle to the Sun or Moon, 0.5 points for each planet in the 10th house, and -1 points for Saturn in the 12th house. Then you can see the entire listing sorted by who scored highest to lowest in Saturn points.

Mark McDonough has also shared with me the following Details on AstroDatabank 2.0:

Records: Over 23,000 records. Over 15,000 with Rodden rating B and above. Click here to see the list of famous people in the AstroDatabank.

Characteristics: Over 88,000 characteristics records using 690 characteristic codes. Click here to see the characteristics we use.

Events: Over 27,000 events listed in 125 event types. Click here to see the event types we track. Relationships: Over 5,000 relationships listed in 45 relationship types. Click here to see the relationship types we track.

Points Calculated (longitude, declination and speed): Planets, Planet despositors, house rulers, house cusps, Chiron, Vesta, Pallas, Juno, Ceres, Part of Fortune, Vertex.

House Systems: Koch, Placidus, Equal, Whole Sign, Regiomontanus, Campanus, Porphyry, Alcabitus.

Aspects: Conjunction, Semisextile, Semisquare, Sextile, Square, Trine, Sesquiquadrate, Quinqunx, Opposition, Parallel, Contra-Parallel, Quintile, Bi-quintile, Septile, Bi-septile, Tri-septile.

Dignities: Ruler 1, Ruler 2. Detriment, Exaltation, Fall, Accidental.

Vedic Calculations: 21 Ayanamsas plus custom; Whole Sign houses; House and Planet Rulers; Vedic Aspects; Nakshatras; Benefit/Malefic planets; Benefic/Malefic houses; Kendra, Trikona, Upachya, Dusthana, Maraka, etc.; Own sign, exaltation; Friendly/Enemy sign; etc.

AstroDatabank version 3.0

Once again, the foremost astrological research program has been enhanced. AstroDatabank version 3.0 includes 3,000 more records, the ability to automatically retrieve more records from the Internet (and additional information) as they are posted, and also includes updates to the existing charts, and the ability to email data to others and to post comments on the AstroDatabank website. The ability to instantly go to -- and add to -- a web page devoted to comments about any person's chart will enable astrologers to build an interactive encyclopedia, more easily share with and learn from each other, and develop an incredible resource of examples of chart analysis.

With the new update, you will also be able to search for more information using the Google search engine (the best one on the Internet). AstroDatabank is also more user-friendly, it loads ten times faster so you can explore charts whenever you want to, and you can clear any filters you create at the push of a button.

The program's new ability to to create valid control groups for scientific research enables you to see if any of your findings are statistically significant or not. This will enable astrologers to really test, and validate, their theories.

AstroDatabank just keeps getting better and better. [Note: if you don't already know it, AstroDatabank includes the largest collection of accurately timed charts of famous people, including biographical material and additional outstanding traits of each person].

AstroDatabank version 4.0

The latest version of AstroDatabank adds even over 3,000 new records and another 3,000 edited for accuracy.

To quote their website: "AstroDatabank 4.0 introduces a breakthrough in multi-factor astrological research with its Factor Analysis Report (FAR). This powerful new feature automatically compares over 309,000 independent factors and tells you the number of times each factor is found in the experimental and control group. You can then sort the results to show which factors showed the most difference. The factors compared include: planets, house rulers, planet dispositors, and the major asteroids. For each point the FAR analyzes:

* Positions by sign, element, mode, hemisphere, house, degree and declination.
* Dignity using essential dignity, accidental dignity, motion and speed.
* Aspects using 144 rules to compare 16 aspects based on nine attributes (opening, closing, applying, separating and combinations of these).

AstroDatabank 4.0 is worth getting for the new data, improved older records, and all of its incredible research capabilities, too.

Tips and Tricks with AstroDatabank

1. Most astrologers the program probably haven't scratched the surface of its capabilities. I used to think that the AstroSignatures feature was interesting, but not all that compelling. Upon closer inspection, i now really that you can use AstroSignatures to create and explore astrological themes to a depth well beyond any other program.

You can, for example, experiment with different definitions of "astrologically watery" (e.g. do you want to include the Moon or Neptune at the angles, or planets in water houses or just in water signs?), to see which factors actually are important in this, or any, definition.

On the AstroDatabank web page is an example of famous people's charts that fulfilled their definition of watery.

They also focused upon who had no water, by their definition. I noticed immediately that Adolf Hitler did not show up in the listing of no water, because the definition included planets in water houses, and while Adolf clearly has no planets in water signs, and is the epitome for me of the unwatery (and uncompassionate) individual, he does have three planets in water houses. This shows how water houses do NOT belong in the definition of a watery person.

2. Compact Lists. Mark McDonough, the creator of AstroDatabank, reminded me that one of the amazingly neat functions of AstroDatabank is its ability to print out lists of everyone's planetary positions -- by degree, sign, and house -- one person's per line. So you can import all of your friends, family, and clients, for example, into AstroDatabank, and then create a compact list that you can keep with you of everyone's positions. Pretty cool!

3. Good data. Years ago, I reviewed several other collections of famous people's charts. Many of the the other collections contain erroneous data, but AstroDatabank (and Lois Rodden) are continually researching and correcting data, so this program promises you the highest accuracy of any collection in the World. With version 2.0, for example, over 10,000 records have been improved for accuracy of either the birth data or biographical information. Wow!

4. Since many factors are pre-calculated in the database, such as aspects, you cannot search for aspects with a larger orb than was used in the initial calculation, unless you change the orb and recalculate the entire database. E.g. I was searching for Uranus within 10 degrees of any angle, and noticed that not nearly enough records were showing up. It turned out that I had forgotten that I had Astrodatabank calculate all of the aspects with a one degree orb! And so any search for aspects above one degree would still ONLY show those with one degree orbs.

5. The placement of records in each of the Categories of Astrodatabank is somewhat incomplete. Imagine having to encode for 28,000 records for whether each one fit into each of hundreds of categories. What a daunting task! I have found that omissions are not uncommon, for example women who have no children not showing up under that category, alcoholics missed in the alcoholic category, etc. In general, Astrodatabank is remarkable in its accuracy in category placements, but in researching lottery winners, I was surprised to find several people showed up who hadn't won a lottery! In all fairness, the category is Financial Gain: Winnings/Lottery. My advice is to be careful in using categories, especially subjective ones.

When you are doing research and using categories, you will want to hand-select a subset of charts in a category, in order to create a homogeneous group. For those who show up in the lottery winners category, for example, you might want to exclude family members of lottery winners or those who won large (or small) lawsuits.

By the way, when I pointed out omissions and such to the company, they were both grateful and very responsive, and said that they welcome corrections to the databank, so please feel free to contact them when you run across any kind of error or omission.

6. Always use Filters for searching for single factors instead of AstroSignatures if you are not doing weightings. The time to use AstroSignatures is when you are searching to find people who have factor one or factor two or factor three or any combination of multiple factors. Note: filter calculations are faster than AstroSignature calculations, and even with my fast 3200+ processor, waiting is a drag.

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