Software to calculate geocentric and heliocentric planetary positions,
aspects, aspect patterns, world transits, personal transits and synastry
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Ecliptic longitudes Planet Geocentric Heliocentric Sun 217°31' 7Sco31 Mercury 207°37' 27Lib37 61°8' 1Gem8 Venus 182°57' 2Lib57 131°13' 11Leo13 Earth 37°32' 7Tau32 Mars 16°38' 16Ari38 30°57' 0Tau57 Jupiter 290°50' 20Cap50 301°33' 1Aqu33 Saturn 296°8' 26Cap8 301°44' 1Aqu44 Uranus 38°44' 8Tau44 38°40' 8Tau40 Neptune 348°24' 18Pis24 349°51' 19Pis51 Pluto 292°39' 22Cap39 294°16' 24Cap16 Moon 25°23' 25Ari23
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There are several different types of astrology program. One difference is whether the program concerns geocentric astrology, heliocentric astrology, or both. In geocentric astrology the zodiac is viewed from the perspective of the Earth, whereas in heliocentric astrology it's from the perspective of the Sun. Most astrological software is geocentric, but astro-tradng programs often use a heliocentric zodiac. Among the five astrology programs shown below, three are purely geocentric, one is purely heliocentric, and one supports both zodiacs.
The five programs below run with all versions of Windows, and on Macs with an emulator such as "Parallels". Trial versions are freely downloadable can be made fully-functional by means of an activation key after purchase of a user license. Updates to new versions are free. For more details and to purchase a license either click on an image below or visit our Software Shop.
What's a planetary transit?
Planetary aspects occur when two planets possess a particular angular relationship with each other (e.g. conjunction, opposition, trine, square, etc.) with respect to a central point. This point is either the Earth (in geocentric astrology) or the Sun (in heliocentric astrology). A planetary transit is the period during which two planets remain continuously in a particular aspect with each other.
The programs described here either display planetary aspects and transits or calculate the exact dates and times at which transits occur (begin and end) between selected planets. Click on any of the program titles or screenshots for more information about a particular program (and the user manual). Or to get short descriptions of these programs visit our software shop.
Astrology without houses
The reason that none of these four programs involve an ascendant, or astrological houses, is that the ascendant (and thus any house system) depends on a geographical position (usually a birthplace). But aspects between planets, and thus planetary transits, depend only on the motion of the planets along the ecliptic as viewed from the Earth (or the Sun). Thus a planetary transit does not require, or imply, an ascendant (and thus no house system). Aspects and transits have their own astrological meaning. (Yes, astrology without houses is possible.) Signs (derived from the equal division of the ecliptic) are as usual, for example, Neptune is in Pisces from April 4, 2011, through March 30, 2025; and see this Su‑Me‑Sa‑Pl 4‑stellium in Capricorn on January 12, 2020). For a heliocentric example see this double kite.
There are 7 house systems commonly used by astrologers, and over 20 are possible. They give different results when interpreting a horoscope (and the Koch and Placidus systems don't even work for all latitudes). Which gives the "correct" interpretation? Or should we just conclude that the "meanings" given to houses are (arbitrary?) choices made by astrologers long ago, uncritically passed from generation to generation, and that only aspects (especially aspect patterns) and transits are important (and still to be properly interpreted)?
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