With this post I will begin a series of short introductions into traditional astrology software that we, as traditional astrologers, have on our disposal.
I will start with examination of promising software with name “skyPlux” designed by João Ventura.
Here is a link to the website where you can read more details about how you can purchase the software, that is, how to apply for beta-testing it or to use a web application of the same.
The software is still on its beta stage, and I will be doing a review of the latest version (0.4.1)
Here is the main window with a calculated natal chart in it:
What I like about the software, and I told this to the designer, is the economy of space used. I like that all the charts next to the natal chart, whether they are solar return charts or temperament chart, open up not in a different window, but in the main window in different tab; something similar to the web browsers. In this way you have all here once you open the program, without the mess of popping out of different windows after which you are confused of which one was the solar return chart, and which one was the transit chart or main natal chart.
As you can see from this window, the software is divided into 3 main Activities: Basics/Protocols/Predictives.
By clicking on basics, as I have done on this photo, you can see 3 sub sections: Planetary Time/Natal Chart/Essential Dignities. By clicking the natal chart section, a window will pop out, where you can calculate your own birth chart.
Clicking on the planetary time section, you would get another tab which looks like this:
You can see that next to the tab of the chart, a new tab was open showing the day and hour ruler, and further information about the planets.
By clicking the Essential Dignities section you will get this window:
Here again, the chart is given alongside the information of the essential dignities of all planets, AC-MC angles, syzygy and Lot of Fortune. Actually, the most vital points in the chart needed, among other things, for calculation of Almutem Figuris and the Hilaj.
By clicking on the Protocols section, another 3 sub-sections will appear as follows:
The first subsection calculates for you the Almutem, the second sub-section the Temperament and the third sub-section calculates for you the Behavior, or planets which affects the behavior of the native, protocol which can be found in CVII of Christian Astrology and protocols promoted in the books by Luís Ribeiro and Helena Avelar.
I particularly like the Temperament calculation and I am using this algorithm always in my personal practice. I have found this formulation for calculating the temperament very reliable.
Here we can see how the temperament table is given alongside the natal chart, which is of great practical usage, since you are not supposed to ‘get back’ to the main screen (or the first tab) in order to see the chart, and then get back to the temperament section and compare. In this way you always have the natal chart when you want to calculate the temperament.
As you can see, here is given the calculation of a Solar Return, Profections and Primary Directions.
When you click on the Solar Return tab, it will calculate to you the Solar Return for the year you have typed on the “base date” section. In this case, let’s calculate for the year 2013:
We can now see a chart of the Solar Return is given, and again, alongside, you have the essential dignities of the planets and vital points given. This makes for you easier to see the term and decan of some planet in the Solar Return, instead of opening tables or some further screens for investigating that.
You have with this software the most fundamental things you would need for chart delineating.
If you want to use the software, consider applying for beta testing, see details on skyPlux website.