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Price: On CD cost is $360 plus shipping/handling. Downloaded version is $360 (no shipping charges apply). First produced in 1992, Solar Fire has been expanding ever since to become the most popular astrological calculation package for professionals, amateurs and students alike. Earlier versions brought an unprecedented level of ease to casting and working with astrological charts. The current version adds many more calculations, extra convenience features, more interpretive text, and exciting new kinds of graphic displays. And, with the built-in ACS PC Atlas, you'll have access to the most up-to-date time zone, latitude and longitude information for over 252,000 places in the world! Please note that because of variable shipping charges in the U.S., the shipping prices shown at checkout are best guess estimates. Your shipping charge may be more or less than what is actually shown. Shipping costs are more difficult to estimate outside of the United States.
Solar Fire on a MAC
Solar Fire includes extensive technical options. It is designed for professional astrologers who are serious about their profession. And it can also be used by amateurs because it is very user friendly and easy to learn. If you’re a long-time astrologer, you’ll enjoy a new level of hassle-free operation, crisp and attractive charts, an in-depth choice of methods, and virtually unlimited customization possibilities. If you’re a beginner, you’ll find the program’s straightforward menus easy to use, and its point-and-click interpretations will get you quickly up to speed. As you grow in skills and knowledge, Solar Fire will remain your trusted companion while you master an ever-widening repertory of astrological techniques.
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A WINDOWS PC with a CD or DVD drive for Disc. You can also opt to have these programs sent as a download. FOR MAC COMPUTERS, please click here
Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 recommended.
For Tablets, Windows 8 RT, which comes on many tablets, does NOT run Solar Fire V9. You must have Windows 8 Pro.
Hardware Requirements: PC or compatible computer with Pentium processor (or equivalent)
CD or DVD drive if you order a CD (downloadable version also available)
RAM depends on which version of Windows you have: -- Windows XP - 128 MB of RAM minimum - 256 MB of RAM or more recommended; - Windows Vista - 512 MB RAM minimum - 1 GB of RAM or more recommended. Windows 7 and 8 - 1 GB RAM minimum – 2 GB of RAM or more recommended.
About 200 MB of free disk space for a full installation.
SVGA Screen with 800x600 pixels minimum, XGA with 1024x768 or better is recommended.
Internet access is recommended.
The latest version of Solar Fire functions on Windows 8 and either 64 or 32 bit. If you have an older version of Solar Fire and have recently purchased a new computer, please contact me and I can help you with finding out how to make your software will work on your new computer. In some cases a new CD may be required. IF YOU ARE A MAC USER, PLEASE CONTACT ME TO BE SURE YOU HAVE THE PROPER SOFTWARE TO RUN SOLAR FIRE. AN EMULATOR AND WINDOWS IS REQUIRED.
•New state-of-the-art accuracy. 10,000 Years of High-Precision Planetary Calculations from the state-of-the-art Swiss Ephemeris. Your choice of geo or helio charts; and tropical, draconic, or sidereal zodiacs with any ayanamsa of your choice.
•36 Standard Points are available throughout the program. These include Sun through Pluto, North and South lunar Nodes (mean or true), Part of Fortune (fixed or different day/night), Asc, MC, Vertex, and Equatorial Asc (“East Point”); Earth, Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia and Astraea; 8 Uranian planets, Transpluto, Vulcan (D. Baker or L.H. Weston version), and the Black Moon Lilith (mean position). You can include any or all of these points in the main ring of wheels and in virtually all other options of Solar Fire, including the astro-location maps and planetarium view. You can create and save different point sets for different uses, and in Solar Fire’s lists and tables you can have the points arranged in the order that you prefer.
•More than 1,000 Extra Points, any of which can appear in special wheel rings and tables, in graphic and tabular ephemerides, and as natal, transiting and progressed points in the dynamic hitlists and time maps. Extra points supplied with Solar Fire 7 include all midpoints between the standard points; 290 fixed stars; the Jayne esoteric bodies Sigma, Pan, Isis, Morya, Hermes, Osiris, Midas and Lion; the Waltemath Dark Moon; and over 1,000 asteroids (from 5401BC-5399AD). (If you wish, you can input elements for additional orbiting bodies and coordinates for more stars.) You can assign each extra point a symbol and an abbreviation, and on chart pages you can add tables showing the meaning of the symbols, aspects that these points make, and other relevant information. In addition, you can select from dozens of predefined Arabic parts or create new ones. You can include Arabic parts in special tables and wheel rings, and as natal points in dynamic hitlists, time map graphs and graphic ephemerides. You can also specify any fixed position (for example, the degree, minute and second of a sensitive point) and include it in special wheel rings; as a natal point in dynamic hitlists, time maps and graphic ephemerides; in return searches; and in chart-file and time searches. You can also look for intermediate house cusps in chart and time searches, and can include them as natal points in dynamic hitlists, time maps and graphic ephemerides. Plus, in tables and special wheel rings you can include prior eclipses or lunar phases and also geocentric or heliocentric planetary nodes.
• 30 House Systems include Placidus, Koch, Campanus, Meridian, Morinus, Porphyry, Regiomontanus, Topocentric, Whole Signs, Alcabitius and Hindu Bhava. There are also equal houses from the Ascendant; equal with the Ascendant in the center of the 1st; equal with any planet, the lunar north Node, the Part of Fortune, the Equatorial Ascendant, 0° Aries or 0° of the Sun sign on the 1st; and equal with the MC on the 10th or the Vertex on the 7th. Houses can be calculated for geographic or geocentric latitude. In addition, Gauquelin sector positions are available in tables and in the chart and electional searches.
• Built-in ACS Atlas with 250,000 places and time changes worldwide reduces data entry by a third, automatically filling in the longitude, latitude and correct time standard for the place and date. (In addition, a user-editable Solar Fire atlas lets you add your own place and time-change info. It also treats Australia in extra detail.)
• Generous Choice of Wheel and Page Graphics: Single, bi-, tri- and quad wheels in a variety of American, European, color-wash and other styles, with your choice of equally or proportionally spaced house cusps. Vedic and Western traditional square charts. Detailed aspect grids, and optional aspect lines in the wheels. Complex page designs with many kinds of useful tables and graphs. Plus, Solar Fire’s ingenious wheel- and page-editing screens let you create wheel and page designs of your own. Besides viewing and printing wheels and pages, you can export them as BMP, WMF, JPG, GIF or PDF files to insert in desktop publishing or email documents.
•Forecasting All Kinds of Forecasting Charts. Solar Fire 7 lets you cast all types and variations of forecasting charts and save them for future use. You can choose from: Transiting Charts: Direct or converse, tropical, sidereal or precession-corrected. Progressed Charts: By secondary, tertiary (mean or true), minor or user rate. MC progressed by solar or Naibod arc in either longitude or right ascension, or by Q2 (“daily houses”) rate. Progressed day type may be standard or Bija. Can also be direct or converse, tropical, sidereal or precession-corrected. Directed Charts include solar, Ascendant, Vertex and user-defined arcs, and these can be direct or converse, with whole, half, double or reverse arcs. Return Charts include returns of the Sun, Moon or any planet or standard asteroid to its natal or any other specified position. Returns can be tropical, sidereal or precession-corrected; direct or converse; full, demi, quarti, or any other harmonic; and you can do a whole string of returns from any starting date. Other types of return include progressed solar returns and Wynn Key Cycles. Lunar-Phase Charts include progressed and transiting lunar phases, eclipses, phase returns, and Pessin lunar phase families. Age-Harmonic Charts create a harmonic chart for a given moment in someone’s life from the person’s exact age at the time. You can do these for the person’s age, or age plus one year. You can view any forecasting chart either by itself or in a multi-ringed wheel along with the natal and other charts. You can also cast forecasting charts with extra points and view them using Solar Fire’s extra-points wheel rings and tables.
•Asteroids Ceres, Pallas, Juno Vesta, Hygeia, Astraea and Chiron are included in the standard point set. Positions, from the Swiss Ephemeris, now extend from 5401 BC to 5399 AD and have a likely accuracy to a few arc minutes in 3000 BC. These bodies have their own glyphs, and you can include them in virtually every part of the program, including the regular wheel rings and tables, dynamic hitlists, astro-mapping and planetarium views, and the new chart and electional searches. Asteroid interpretations include both natal and transiting sign and house interps for all 7 bodies, plus natal, transiting and synastry aspect interps for Chiron.
• 1,081 Extra Asteroids and minor planets are also supplied with Solar Fire 7. Besides bodies in the asteroid belt, these include the Centaurs and newly discovered transneptunian objects like Quaoar and Sedna. Positions are from the Swiss Ephemeris and extend from 1500 to 2100 AD. You can add ephemerides for more centuries and more asteroids from any source that is in Swiss Ephemeris or pre-2003 Pottenger format.
These extra bodies are indicated by alphanumeric characters, which you can choose. You can select and save your own asteroid sets, and can include them in extra-points wheel rings and tables; as transiting, progressed and natal points in dynamic hitlists, time maps and graphic ephemerides; and also in custom-generated ephemeris tables. The Flexible Points Lists that are available in page designs enable you to select columns that show the asteroid name, abbreviation, discovery number, coordinates, house, Gauquelin sector and other info, and you can sort the list alphabetically or numerically by any of these columns.
•Fixed Stars 290 Major Stars are included, with coordinates, magnitude, spectral class, and in many cases keywords and interpretations. Plus, it’s easy to enter info for additional stars. You can also add black holes, quasars, etc. (like those in the Galastro nonstellar-object database which comes in Solar Fire format and is also available from Astrolabe).
• Fixed Stars Editor enables you to enter data for additional stars or deep-space objects, sort them in various ways, print out star tables, find their positions in eras remote from our own, and create special sets of stars for different uses. You could even use the Fixed Stars Editor to enter the day-by-day positions of a comet (which you could then display in the Planetarium View, with or without the planets of a natal chart).
• Planetarium View enables you to view the starry sphere either by itself or with a chart’s planets overlaid. This shows the true spatial relation of stars to a chart. You can click on a star (or on the planet nearest to it) to see the star’s name, constellation, catalog number, coordinates, magnitude, spectral class, and in many cases, its meaning. Also shown are the star’s rise/set/culminate/anticulminate times for the date and place of the birth chart. These can provide a clue as to whether the star is making parans with other bodies in the chart.
• Star Aspect and Paran Lists are available in the main body of the program. These show either aspects or parans between stars and the other points in a chart. (When a star is located a long way from the ecliptic, parans provide the most reliable way to show how it relates to the chart’s planets.)
• Star Interpretations: For 50 of the most prominent stars, you can point and click in the planetarium to see a carefully thought-out modern interpretation by star expert Bernadette Brady. Brief traditional designations are also given for the set of 31 stars mentioned by Ptolemy.
• Stars in Chart Wheels and Pages: Special extra-points rings enable you to embellish chart wheels with whatever stars you wish, and next to the chart wheels you can place flexible extra-points lists that give a key to the stars’ abbreviations and show their coordinates and other data that you think is relevant.
• Ephemeris Tables of Stars. You can use Solar Fire’s Ephemeris Generator to list the changing longitudes, latitudes, right ascensions and declinations of stars over long periods of time. (You can also adjust star positions for precession and proper motion by entering a new date in the Fixed Stars Editor.)
•Eclipses Dynamic Hitlists can include dates, times and positions of solar and lunar eclipses.
• Eclipse Charts: Alternatively, you can calculate a continuous string of complete eclipse charts beginning at any start date. These charts show the moment of greatest eclipse (rather than the moment of the exact Sun-Moon aspect in longitude).
• 5,000-year Eclipse Search lets you search any timespan between 2000 BC 3000 AD. You can search for specific types of eclipses, eclipses in a given Saros series, or eclipses that aspect a specified zodiacal position or points in a given chart. For each eclipse found, you can see the eclipse type, Saros number, magnitude and duration, and you can double-click on it to view the full eclipse chart.
• Maps of Eclipse Paths cover eclipses from 1801 to 2200 and have lines showing where on earth each solar eclipses is total and where it is partial. The selection menu includes the eclipse type and Saros number.
• Prenatal Eclipse: Chart pages can show the dates and positions of the eclipses that are closest to the date of the chart. The eclipse just prior to the chart can also be shown as a sensitive point in extra-points tables and in an extra-points ring of chart wheels.
•Animated Charts Animated Charts let you put natal and forecasting charts on the same multi-wheel, and then click forward or back in time to watch the changes in the transiting, progressed and/or directed (and even profected) planets and aspects. Solar Fire 7’s new aspect highlighting feature makes the changes even more dramatic, thickening an aspect line as the aspect builds in intensity, and then changing it to a broken line as soon as the aspect separates. Not only can you animate chart wheels, you can also animate aspectarians and even whole pages in order to watch their tables of dignities, arabic parts, rays and a lot more change through time. You can also animate dials, get point-and-click interpretations, and print out any chart that you see on the screen. This simple and direct way of looking at charts could well become your favorite way to forecast!
•Real-Time Chart shows you a wheel or page with constantly updating current planetary positions. To get it, you simply put the animated chart on automatic update. (This is in addition to the constantly updating planet, MC and Asc positions that you can have always visible on Solar Fire’s Main Screen.)
• Dynamic Hitlists are extraordinarily flexible and complete in Solar Fire 7. You can do transits (to natal, transiting, progressed or directed positions), progressions (secondary, tertiary, minor and user-defined, to natal or progressed positions), arc directions (solar, Ascendent, Vertex or user-defined whole, double, half or reverse arcs), sign and house ingresses, stations and eclipses. You can also include parallels of declination or latitude, primary directions (mundane or Van Dam), annual profections, and void-of-course Moon times. You can do any of these by themselves or mix them in one timed list, and you can gain even further flexibility by merging hitlists.
As points, you can include both moving and natal asteroids, hypothetical planets, midpoints, and even the moving Asc, MC, Vertex and Equatorial Ascendant. Plus, as natal points you can include intermediate house cusps, Arabic parts, and any fixed points that you specify. You can use different point sets for transits, progressions/directions, and the natal chart, and can use different aspects and orbs for transits vs. progressions/directions.
Other choices include natal or relocated; geo or helio; tropical, sidereal or precession-corrected; regular or converse; and timing to either the day or the minute. Once you set up all your selections for a given purpose, you can name and save them for future use.
Once a hitlist is calculated, Solar Fire’s sorting capabilities help you to make sense of it. Besides sorting timed hits in the usual chronological order, it’s useful to sort with the slowest-moving, most important transits first. Or sort by natal points to see how each factor in the chart is affected by the transits during that period. Or sort by the moving point to see what each moving point is doing to all the planets in a chart. Or group entering, exact and leaving dates together to see the whole course of each transit as it enters orb, perfects and separates. Or sort by type of aspect. Or sort transits, progressions, directions, ingresses, stations and eclipses into separate sections.
For more information about a hit, you can click on it to see other instances of the transit, a paragraph of interpretation, or a full chart wheel for the moment.
• Dynamic Interpretation Reports In addition, for the entire period covered by the hitlist, you can view and print a multi-page transiting and/or progressed interpretation report. You can also copy just the hits themselves to a word processor or spreadsheet, where you can edit them, manipulate them in tables, etc.
•Relocation Astrology:Astro-Locality Maps have lines showing where on earth the planets at the birth moment would be rising, setting, culminating and anticulminating -- in other words, locations where the planets would tend to be particularly active. Choosing one of the 16 maps included in Solar Fire, you can project on it lines for any planet, asteroid or hypothetical body from Solar Fire’s regular point set. In addition, you can see the location of eclipse paths and print out local space charts.
•Electional Astrology Electional or Time Search. With Solar Fire 7, picking an auspicious beginning has never been easier! The new Electional Search feature finds time periods that meet whatever aspect, sign and other criteria that you specify. You can start with very simple criteria, and then keep adding more criteria to refine your search for the best possible planetary conditions in any specified time window. You can use the “And” connector to add criteria, the “Not” connector to exclude a given criterion, or the “Or” connector to include either of two criteria. You can save your complex criteria sets for future use, and can add to them whenever you please.
THERE IS MUCH MUCH MORE. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR SPECIFIC QUESTIONS!
Return Policy from Astrolabe, makers of Solar Fire Software:UNOPENED software may be returned for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Once you have opened the software, you may not return it for a refund or credit. You assume the responsibility for the selection of the program to achieve your intended results, and for the installation, use and results obtained from the program. (Please be sure to call me, Karen Drye, at (406) 522-9560 if you wish to request a demo or sample.)
All calculations and/or interpretations produced by Astrolabe software are intended for research or entertainment only. Astrolabe assumes no liability for any decisions made based on output from our programs. In no event will Astrolabe be liable to you for any damages, including any lost profits, lost savings or other incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use a program. Astrolabe does warrant the CD or diskettes on which our software is furnished to be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use for a period of 90 days from the date of sale as shown by a copy of your invoice. The sole responsibility of Astrolabe is to replace the program CD or diskettes in the case of defects.
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