PLANETARY STRENGTHS: A list
of Planetary Strengths according to the Huber system can
be produced in
AGE POINT LISTING: Produce
a Huber Age Point listing which shows the dates on which the
Age Point forms aspects, enters new houses, and reaches the
Points and Low Points.
Huber patterns which include the complete set of patterns used
in Huber astrology, including
some of the more complex Huber system patterns.
STAR ASTROLOGICAL NAMES: Include the astronomical
name of the fixed star in listing as well as the astrological
name. The astronomical name indicates
the constellation that the asteroid is in so that you know
of the fixed star.
EPHEMERIS: The Graphic Ephemeris is another forecasting
tool that many astrologers use. Some of the improvements that
have been made to the Graphic Ephemeris are:
- The ability to display midpoints
in the graphic ephemeris. Because there are so many midpoints
and the screen can become overwhelmed with lines, you select
the specific midpoints which you wish to graph.
- You can also graph angular distances
between planets (measured either from 0 to 180 degrees or 0
to 360 degrees) instead of the positions of planets in a graphic
ephemeris. This can be helpful, for example, for studying synodic
- You can also select any asteroids
to place in the graphic ephemeris! There are also some new
formatting features, such as the selection of whether the dates
appear the top or bottom of the graphic ephemeris.
ENTRY: Unlimited notes, ability to have multiple keywords
for charts, and a new “free-form” style of data entry
are a few of the new improvements. In
the data entry screen of both Kepler and Sirius you can select
Lunation and Eclipse Charts. In Sirius, the following new feature
has been added:
- Lunation and Eclipse Charts
can now be calculated using either the Astrological Calculation
Method (in zodiac longitude) or an Astronomical Calculation
Method (shortest distance between the Sun and Moon in direct
- Enter unlimited notes and keywords
fro your clients.
- In Sirius you have the ability
to enter date and time information in a "free-form" style
instead of the "structured" data entry style that
is used in Kepler 7. Some users prefer the structured style
and some prefer the free-form style, and probably most users
are comfortable with both styles, but for those
Data Entry and Ease of Use: In
Sirius you can now save the charts you have entered and reports
you have selected, give these charts a name, and then bring them
back at a future time. This feature is different from saving birth
data and calling it back at a future time. Saving the chart entries
restores all selections in the same way as selecting "Start" and
then "Continue from Previous Session" does when you start
up Sirius or Kepler, but the selections are not from your previous
session but from any session where you saved the entries. This is
a handy feature when teaching classes or giving seminars, for example.
You can bring up the charts with the reports desired with a few
Easily create your own categories: We
mentioned above that in Sirius notes are of unlimited length. Another
new feature regarding accessing of charts is that the selection
of categories has been moved from a pull-down tree system to a form
with tabs. This is slightly easier to navigate. You can also much
more easily create your own categories and groups of charts, more
easily name them, and you are no longer limited to 25 of these categories.
The limit in Sirius is 1,000, more than any user would need.
The Data Entry Screen, like many
screens, has been slightly re-designed so that some selections are
SCREEN DISPLAYS: Many of the screen displays in Sirius
have been improved. A good example of an improvement in the user
interface is the customizing of transit and progressed listings,
interpretations, and time lines.
- In Sirius the customizing features
have been placed into tabs, and selecting aspects has been
simpler and more intuitive. We have not been in such a rush
to just add new features that we have neglected fine and subtle
points throughout the program.
Sirius is an enormous step forward
and Sirius is truly a new level of astrological software unlike
any other astrology software available anywhere else.
INTERACTIVE & DYNAMIC
DISPLAYS OF CHART WHEELS: In Kepler you can adjust the
time of a chart without needing to return to the data entry
screen. In Sirius the concept of interactively adjusting the
time of a
chart has developed into a set of features that are very sophisticated,
elegant, and powerful.
- Selecting the Time Adjust feature
brings up a narrow window, like a panel, on the right side
of the screen, where you can interactively adjust the chart
forward or backward in time, move the chart forward or backward
to the next time an aspect occurs or a planet or house cusp
ingresses into a sign or reaches a particular zodiac position.
A scrolling list of aspects to a point (the Asc or MC is typically
selected by most astrologers) and conjunctions to fixed stars
is displayed, a fabulous feature for electional purposes.
- You can even have Sirius make
a list of potential charts that you are considering, and you
can easily add a chart to your list of chart entries so that
you automatically have this chart to study without disturbing
your current chart entry.
- The Time Adjust feature in Sirius
is a tool that you can use for many purposes, such as, for
example, selecting a time for an event. With a few mouse clicks
you can move the chart forward to when the Jupiter trine MC
aspect you see is exact, see the aspects to the Asc and MC
and any conjunctions they may make to fixed stars.
the chart backwards or forwards by a few minutes with a few
- You could also select the time
a house cusp or planet ingresses into another sign.
- You can temporarily save a time
that looks interesting and have it listed for you in your list
of times that you are considering.
After you decide on a chart you
can have it added to the list of chart entries (your Calculated
and exit the Time Adjust feature and be able to further study
the chart. This is a powerful tool for working with charts that
to become part of the "took kit" that many astrologers
CALENDAR: Sirius includes a beautiful AstroCalendar.
The AstroCalendar provides a rich set of options that allows you
to customize the AstroCalendar in many ways.
- The AstroCalendar for a given
month has a very pale image in the background (unless you choose
to remove it), and nicely organized information placed in the
cell area of each day of the month.
- You have control over the font
styles, sizes, and colors used for all parts of the AstroCalendar
so you can customize it to suit your tastes. However, you may
find that there is no need to customize it all because the
default settings are very attractive.
- Unlike a calendar that you purchase
at a store that may have general information that is true for
everyone, such as the time that the Moon changes sign or the
times of sunrise and sunset, you can also produce a Personal
AstroCalendar in Sirius.
- The Personal AstroCalendar includes
the times that transit-to-natal planet aspects occur. On the
other hand, you can produce a calendar that is suitable for
the general public by producing the Mundane AstroCalendar,
which includes only mundane influences like times that planets
change signs, transit-to-transit aspects, sunrise and sunset,
and Moon void of course times.
- You can even produce a calendar
that includes both Personal and Mundane influences. The calendar
also can include holidays, and you can select which holidays
you wish to include on the calendar from the list that is provided.
- You may wish to include Jewish
holidays, for example.
- You can even specify dates of
events, such as the 3rd Wednesday of particular months (or
every month) so that you have a reminder of these events that
occur on regularly scheduled times during particular months.
- You also select the place you
wish the calendar to be produced for, and the AstroCalendar
recognizes when daylight saving time changes and displays a
note about this and adjust all the times given on the AstroCalendar
accordingly. You could also use your own graphic images as
- The AstroCalendar in Sirius
is another fully developed and powerful feature. As with most
areas of the Sirius program, the features are competitive or
outperform specialized programs you can purchase from other
companies for hundreds of dollars for only that one small set
ASTROCLOCK: In Kepler an AstroClock and TriWheel animation
are available. These features have also been tremendously improved
- In Sirius you can also view
BiWheel animations with either transit and natal charts or
of progressed and natal charts, and also a QuadWheel of the
natal, transit, and either 2 progressed charts, or a progressed
chart and a natal chart.
- You can also adjust the charts
forward or backward in time or watch them move automatically.
- You can also make some changes
to the wheel style, and view separate wheels rather than multi-ring
wheels. For example, you can view 4 separate wheels instead
of a QuadWheel.
- You can also easily switch between
a QuadWheel and 4 separate wheels. You can also interactively
select different kinds of progressed charts. In short, greater
flexibility, power, and elegance has been added to the interactive
- Now you can interactively view
these charts over time and see other charts, like returns and
other kinds of progressions.
- The interactive manipulation
of charts is a style of using software that some astrologers
love and some do not use at all.
Sirius provides you a vast number
of features so that it is very likely that the tools that you like
are available. Also, we all change and grow, and if you decide you
would like to experiment or use another tool, there is a reasonably
good chance that it is already in Sirius and you do not need to
purchase another program or hope that some day it will be added
in the future.
- The time of an AstroClock can
now be automatically adjusted to the location for which the
AstroClock is calculated. For example, if you live in London
and are viewing an AstroClock for Los Angeles, it is nice for
the AstroClock to automatically adjust for the time zone and
observance of daylight saving time in Los Angeles rather than
use the computer clock time. This is now possible in Sirius.
- Like the other animated wheels,
you can now easily adjust the time interactively as well as
view the chart in an AstroClock style where the chart is automatically
updated in real time or an accelerate time.
COSMOBIOLOGY DIAL: Another form of interactivity with
chart wheels that is new in Sirius are the interactive cosmobiology
dials. You can click on a 90 Degree Dial, and also a BiWheel,
TriWheel, or QuadWheel 90 Degree Dial, and move a dial around
the dial and the midpoints formed to that point are automatically
displayed. In BiWheel, TriWheel, and QuadWheels, the midpoint
structures are shown between the charts.
- The Interactive Dials in Sirius
are based on the plastic (metal or cardboard) dials that
cosmobiologists have used for decades. Instead of printing
chart wheels and
placing them on a Dial, you can drag the mouse pointer around
the Dial and instantaneously see the midpoint structures
that are formed.
- You can also click a button
to have the Dial jump automatically to the next or previous
planet in the wheel.
- The ability to have this capability
not only in a regular wheel but also in A BiWheel, TriWheel,
and QuadWheel Dial allows you to see midpoints between 2 people,
or between progressed and transiting planets and natal planets.
For the cosmobiologist who loves to use dials, the Interactive
Dials in Sirius can make working with Dials very easy and powerful.