INTRODUCTION:Different programs give different values for the time that a planet turns Rx or Direct. The reason for this is that the planet has essentially no movement for a very long time, and extremely accurate calculations are needed to determine the time that the planet turns Rx or Direct. For example, someone sent me the time that Mercury turns Rx on July 23, 2005 according to several sources. The times vary by up to 6 minutes. In order to determine when Mercury turns Rx, the accuracy of calculations must be less than 1 second of arc. On July 23 Mercury stays within 1 second of arc from about 2:53 AM to 3:07 AM GMT. ACCURACY OF DIRECT & Rx TIMES:Kepler 7 gives a time of 3:00 AM GMT on July 23, 2005 for the time that Mercury turns Rx. To determine how accurate this time is, I stopped Kepler to view the positions to more than 1" of accuracy.The positions that Kepler calculates from 2:58 to 3:01 AM are shown below:
This shows that Mercury turned Rx at either 2:59 AM or 3 AM, showing that Kepler is as accurate as is possible given the technology available today. Kepler uses the Swiss Ephemeris calculations, and these are highly regarded as the most accurate calculations available on a desktop computer. The positions listed above are as accurate as is possible today.
Of these sources, only the Celestial Influences Calendar and Kepler 7 produced the result of July 23, 3:00 AM GMT, and have the hightest accuracy possible today for the purposes of astrologers.
A customer noticed that for the Sun Ingress into Cancer for Los Angeles, California, Kepler gives a time of 5:25:52 AM PDT. He ran several other programs, with times varying from 5:23 to 5:26 AM. House cusps move about 1 minute in 4 seconds of time so a difference of a half minute, for example, would affect house cusp positions by 7 to 8 minutes on average, and sometimes more. The Sun moves about
1 degree per day, which is equal to about 2 1/2 minutes of arc per
hour, or 1 second of arc per 24 seconds of time.
In other words, the Sun takes about 24 seconds of
time to travel 1 second of arc. By trying different times I found
that Kepler calculates
the Sun to be at 0 degrees, 0 minutes, and 0 seconds
of Cancer from 5:25:39 AM to 5:26:03 AM, which is 25 seconds, which
is a reasonable
value to expect. At a time about halfway through
these 25 seconds, the Sun ingresses into Cancer. As one of the programmers
of Kepler,
I can stop the program during calculations, and by
doing so I confirmed that the Sun entered Cancer between 5:25:51
AM and 5:25:52 AM, exactly
the time that Kepler calculated. The only factor that could affect Kepler's accuracy is the accuracy of the calculation of the Sun's position. Like most astrology programs, Kepler uses the Swiss Ephemeris calculations, which are accepted as the most accurate available for astrology software. Therefore, the accuracy is the highest possible at this time. Interestingly, Kepler is the only program of the programs tested by this customer that calculated precisely the correct time of the Sun ingress into Cancer. If you are a Kepler
user, note that you can select Ingress charts and also eclipse charts
and
some other charts by selecting the "Get
a Group" button in the data entry screen. |

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