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Review of SuperSearch 3.0
by Hank Friedman
A.I.R. software's specialized SuperSearch program for Windows is an exceptionally valuable resource with search capabilities that go far beyond any other Western astrology program, and capabilities found nowhere else.
Recently, A.I.R. added a set of tutorial videos to SuperSearch, which explore almost all of the programs features, and make it much easier to learn to use. There are also 20 example searches (called models) that demonstrate how to create searches.
To facilitate natal chart file searches, SuperSearch has a module that allows you to convert chart files from Solar Fire (versions 1 - 5), Quick Charts, ZET, or Almagest into Millennium format files, which can be used in SuperSearch and in all other A.I.R. programs.
Here's a list of categories of searches you can do with SuperSearch, including a few of the available choices for each:
Position: Point(s) in signs or houses; ingresses by sign, element and mode; at angles
Direct/Retro: changes direction, maximum speed, Rx/Direct status, slowing down
Aspects: eclipses, occultations, parallels, exact aspects, orbs, harmonic aspects
Midpoints: transit-to-transit, transit-to-natal, midpoints in R.A., declination, heliocentric
Coordinates: at specific degree ranges of signs in a variety of coordinate systems
Speed: daily motion, direct or retrograde, Tropical, Sidereal, R.A. Heliocentric
Speed Difference: the difference in daily motion between one point and any others
Phases: planets in any of 8 phases and 3 subdivisions
Angle Between: Point A minus (or divided by) Point B, with orb, applying/separating
Orbit: Perihelion, Aphelion, Perigee, Apogee, in Ascending or Descending Node
Patterns: Grand Trine, Square, Sextile, Kite, Mystic Rectangle, T-Square, Finger of God
Back/Front: Point A in front of or behind Point B with a maximum angle user specified
Between: Point A is between Points B and C with a maximum angle user specified
towards/from: Point A is moving towards or away a particular angle to Point B
Days: the day of the week, e.g. Moon's day (Monday)
Void of Course: the Moon void of course
Planetary Picture: + or - up to 4 Points plus a constant in aspect to another Point
First Planet: the first planet ahead of another planet
Intercepted: planet in intercepted house or intercepted house itself
Zodiac Reception: mutual reception between any two planets
House Reception: mutual reception between house rulers
Ruler Status: house ruler in specific dignity, house, aspect to another house ruler, Rx
Stellium: at least a chosen number of Points within a certain degree range of separation
Planets Dignity: planet in a specific dignity
First/Last Moon Aspect: can require a specific aspect, sign, house, ruler, speed, Point(s)
Aspects to Asteroids: Points to aspect, type of aspect, set of asteroids, orb or culmination
Cycle/Gravitation: Tidal or gravitational force of planets, Solar System center of mass
Angle Difference: mathematical functions of speed or position difference between Points
Planetary Hours/Lunar Day: of planets
Aspect Strength: when 3 or 4 Points all aspect each other or one aspects the rest
Astro Techniques: Return, progressed, directed, arc, profected Points form aspects
Occultation: Spherical conjunctions between Points, with orb or exact
Angle Step: when Point reaches specified intervals in chosen coordinate system
SuperSearch can conduct most of the above searches:
1. Within natal chart files.
2. For predictive events in relationship to a natal chart.
3. For predictive events in relationship to a whole file of natal charts.
4. For purely predictive events themselves (e.g. eclipses or transits to progressions).
And when Points are mentioned, they can be planets, house cusps, angles, eclipse points, the major asteroids, the comet Chiron, the New Moon, and Part of Fortune.
One of the stunningly powerful features of SuperSearch is the ability to add custom points to searches. You can choose from a huge selection of asteroids and fixed stars, as well as other astronomical points, midpoints, planetary nodes, Uranian points, and past or future turning points (when a planet turns retrograde or direct). Whatever points you add will be available as both transiting and natal objects. Wow!
SuperSearch offers 42 predictive methods, the ability to save the searches you construct for reuse, and the ability to use multiple conditions in searches with AND and OR qualifiers. For example, you could search for a time when transiting Jupiter was in its own sign or exalted, and trine to a person's Sun. Or search for when Saturn was either conjunct the Sun (combust) or in its Fall. You can also conduct many searches in a variety of coordinate systems (e.g. ecliptic, right ascension, Heliocentric, phase, declination, etc.), specify orbs, etc.
Once the search is executed, SuperSearch displays a time graph showing colored bars for when the search conditions have been met. If you have set a series of search conditions, there will be a cumulative graph displayed plus individual graphs for each part of the search. Well done!
You can zoom in on any bar and see a chart for that time (or a biwheel showing the predictive chart around a natal chart), and can pop up an information window indicating which event a bar represents (which is very useful if you are searching for multiple events, e.g. multiple aspects between two points). If you've searched a chart file, you can see the chart for anyone in the list who met the search conditions at the click of a button.
SuperSearch has a unique way of allowing users to balance search precision with search speed: it automatically selects what it deems to be the optimal step interval (e.g. 6 hours) for each type of search, thereby balancing precision and speed for you. However, you can also adjust the "step interval" down for more precisely timed results or up for faster search results.
SuperSearch is full of lovely touches. You can set a start date and time and then use the Interval tool to quickly select the duration of the search (e.g. one day, two weeks, etc.). When looking at the results graph, you can widen it to see finer details or make it narrower to encompass a longer period. You can resize chart wheels before you copy them to the clipboard (e.g. for pasting into a word processor or email).
You can also specify the house system to be used, planetary rulerships and dignities, whether to take into account parallax or aberration, and you can configure the appearance of the chart wheels for each predictive method (the planets shown, the aspects used, etc.).
For astrologers who want to search for events happening to specific charts or to a set of charts on file, or for factors within birth charts, or for mundane predictive events (e.g. transit-to-profection), SuperSearch provides an incredibly large set of research capabilities and lightning fast speed. What a great contribution to astrology.
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