TMA SoftStar News July 2013
by Hank Friedman
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Regulus Platinum has lately been the fastest evolving astrology program for Windows PCs. Over the past few years, it has changed from a Huber-centric program to a "swiss army knife" one, with very powerful modules for Vedic, Fixed Stars, Asteroids, Arabic Parts, Medieval, Hellenistic, Astromapping, Midpoints, Lunations & Eclipses, Draconic, Progressions, Primary Directions Rectification, Research, Huber, modern Western astrological work, and more.
The latest version adds many new features including the pioneering Harmonic Flower chart. A Harmonic Flower is constructed by finding all of the active harmonics in a given chart, and then displaying them superimposed upon one another in a beautiful flower pattern. The number of petals reflects the specific harmonic (e.g. 5 petals for the 5th harmonic, i.e. planets that are in quintile or biquintile aspect to each other). And each harmonic has its own color.
Regulus Platinum allows you to select the harmonics you wish to include, and what planets to use. This incredible feature allows you, at a glance, to see the harmonic dynamics active in any chart. Like so many of Regulus Platinum's excellent capabilities, you can view harmonic flowers for natal, transit, progressed, directed, lunation, eclipse, Draconic, return, Composite, and ingress charts, as well as in biwheels (e.g. for chart comparisons, evaluating predictive biwheels, etc.).
Another versatile harmonic feature is the program's new Harmogram. Regulus Platinum can calculate a harmogram for transits, progressions, or directions, relative to a natal chart or using mundane parameters. Harmograms show the active harmonics for periods of any number of days, months, or years. This feature allows you to watch which harmonics are dominant at any moment and how they change over time.
The new version also has several powerful and pioneering predictive charts, including a Solar Return with Progressions that shows the Sun or the Ascendant progressing - - at the Naibod rate - - through the year and a Lunar Return with Progressions showing the Ascendant or Moon progressing throughout the month. There are also Elective Charts (an animated chart wheel) and an Ascensional Transit Chart in the Meridian Distance Oblique coordinate system.
Those wishing to experiment with the Huber Age Progression method can create Multiple Cycle charts showing age progressions based upon 12 - 120 years per chart. The Age Point and its aspects are shown, and the chart can be progressed by either uniform or domal progressed rates (the latter changes with house size).
There are several other unique additions like the 36 Rooms chart, which divides each house into three equal sections (like Decanates) but starting with the Ascendant instead of zero degrees of each sign, and Opposite Charts, where the planets - - but not the houses --are placed in the opposite signs to where they normally reside, and two Node rising charts, one for the date and time when the North Node rises before the birth, and one for after the birth.
Regulus Platinum 7 continues to provide a diverse set of unique and innovative features not found in any other astrology programs, as well as a huge set of well-designed and powerful features for many different schools of astrology. It is simply an amazing program!
Pluto's Moons Named
The International Astronomical Union has given the names Kerberos and Styx to the most recently discovered, in 2011 and 2012, of the five moons of Pluto. For those unfamiliar with the others, they are named Charon (the largest) discovered in 1978, Nix (2005), and Hydra (2005).
Matrix and Cosmic Patterns Merge
Two of the oldest astrology software companies have announced that they have decided to combine their operations. Each company adds value to the other, and so customers of both companies' products can expect great customer service, new astrology programs and applications, and more.
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