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Planetdance for windows / Paran Analysis
« on: March 20, 2021, 04:18:07 PM »
Hi there - over the weekend I will be releasing my latest module for Planetdance - Paran Analysis. This module provides a comprehensive way of working with the rising, culminating, setting and anti-culminating of planets. The calculations are made using Rob Hand's method, detailed in Essays on Astrology. See the attached screenshots for an early glimpse of the module.

For the tutorial, please see youtube:

From the Help file:

Robert Hand defines 'parans' as:

the 'simultaneous bodily transits of two or more bodies over the horizon or meridian circles at a given place at the same time. However it must be pointed out that paran-related pair of planets does not have to be actually on the angles at a given time to be in paran. They merely have to be potentially capable of transiting the angles at that latitude at some time during the day.' (from Hand (1982) p. 65)

The term 'paran' is an abbreviation of the classical Greek word 'paranatellonta'.

Although the roots of this method are extremely ancient, stretching back to Babylonian observational astronomy, the modern revival of the technique seems to be due to the Western Sidereal astrologer Cyril Fagan. He introduced the modern concept in his 'Primer of Sidereal Astrology'.

Hand lists a variety of potential paran formations:

Parans in conjunction

Simultaneous rising of bodies (two or more bodies crossing the plane of the horizon together)
Simultaneous culminating of bodies (two or more bodies crossing the plane of the upper meridian together)
Simultaneous anti-culminating of bodies (two or more bodies crossing the plane of the lower meridian together)

Parans in opposition

Simultaneous culminating and anti-culminating of bodies
Simultaneous rising and setting of bodies

Parans in square

Simultaneous rising and culminating of bodies
Simultaneous rising and anti-culminating of bodies
Simultaneous setting and culminating of bodies
Simultaneous setting and anti-culminating of bodies

On occasions parans will be formed by planets or stars actually transiting the angles at the time at which the chart is cast. However, as Hand points out, parans are more likely to be formed in potential at the moment of birth, and will have already transited the angles, or will transit the angles in the hours after birth.

It should be noted that paran formation is very sensitive not only to time but to location (especially the latitude of place).

I'm glad this sorted the issue for you. Thanks for getting in touch with us.

Thanks Jean - once again, PD at your service! Ed  8)

Thanks for posting the data. Jean will take a look at this and see what the problem is.

Best wishes. Ed

Hi Jean - Windsor zone changes. Ed

Hi there - Jean will look into this, but could you let us know what you would have expected the time zone to be and whether summertime should have been in operation. I've just checked in PD and the correction for this place seems to vary quite a bit, but many dates either give +2 hours or + 3 hours. Most recent dates tend to give -5 hours or -4 hours. The database seems to be quite inconsistent for this place.

Jean - I've looked into the timezone. The same problem exists for Toronto. It seems to be that the coding for the zone changes from EDT and EST (correct for that part of the world) to EEDT and EEST which seems to apply to Eastern Europe, hence the jump from -ve correction to +ve corrections.

Year   Date & Time   Abbreviation   Time Change   Offset After
1850 1894   No changes, UTC -5:17:32 hours all of the period
1895   Tue, 1 Jan, 00:00   LMT → EST   +0:17:32 hours (TZ change)   UTC-5h
1896 1899   No changes, UTC -5 hours all of the period

1940   Sun, 28 Apr, 02:00   EST → EDT   +1 hour (DST start)   UTC-4h
1941   No changes, UTC -4 hours all of the period
1942   Mon, 9 Feb, 03:00   EDT → EWT   No offset (DST increasing)   UTC-4h
1943 1944   No changes, UTC -4 hours all of the period
1945   Tue, 14 Aug, 19:00   EWT → EPT   No offset (DST increasing)   UTC-4h

Thanks. Ed

Classic, Medieval, Vedic / Re: Medieval Traditional Chart
« on: March 08, 2021, 08:52:22 AM »
Hi there - Jean will be releasing bug fixes for this module today. These fix problems with the Annual Directions calculations.

8 Feb 2021: v.7.71. - bug fix for positioning of dir asc and dir mc markers on grid on anndircanvas, other bug fixes for this canvas.

Thanks. Ed

Classic, Medieval, Vedic / Re: Vedic Astrology Module Enhancements
« on: February 28, 2021, 11:11:06 AM »
Hi there - thanks for the feedback. At present I don't have any plans to increase the functionality of the Vedic module. It is designed to be an introduction to Vedic methods for Western astrologers so includes all the basic approaches found in textbooks for those starting Vedic astrology coming from a western background. I have considered scripting some of the main yogas, but the work is incredibly complicated and is probably best left to experts in Vedic astrology.

For those wanting more detailed Vedic astrology, there is always Jagannatha Hora to download for free.

Best wishes.


Planetdance on Other OS / Planetdance on Linux OS
« on: February 16, 2021, 09:01:25 AM »
Hi there - just to let everyone know that Planetdance is a seamless install on Linux OS under Wine. I have used Jean's software for many years on Linux Mint (various versions) with a number of desktops. At the moment I am using XFCE.


Planetdance for windows / Sindy's Review of Planetdance
« on: February 16, 2021, 08:35:21 AM »
Hi there - a new and very comprehensive review of Planetdance has been published. Sindy, and enthusiastic user of Jean's software, has put a great piece on her website. You can access the article at:

Many thanks to Sindy for putting this together.

You can download Planetdance at:

Best wishes. Ed

Planetdance on Other OS / Planetdance on a Mac
« on: February 09, 2021, 08:48:03 PM »
Hi - the following may be of interest to Mac users. Thanks to Nefgem.

hello everyone, i would like to share here a possibility i use to make planet dance work on mac. which may be of interest to mac users who do not want to emulate a heavy solution.
I did a re-install on H-sierra, but it worked under el capitan.
you will absolutely need to install
1 XQuartz for mac
2 WineBottlerCombo_1.6.1 (or maybe higher)
define a PC / wine / folder
I haven't tried later versions yet
I hope that this will work for you
Thanks to Jean for being able to preserve the possibility of running Planet Dance with Wine.

Planetdance for windows / MOVED: Wine install bug on mac
« on: February 07, 2021, 07:42:52 PM »
This topic has been moved to Planetdance on Other OS.

Astrobasic / Re: Customized ring
« on: February 07, 2021, 07:36:30 PM »
Thanks both - a good outcome. Ed

Astrobasic / Re: Customized ring
« on: February 07, 2021, 06:10:07 PM »
Hi - a little bit of forum tidying. When this thread is less active I will move it to the astrobasic board. Thanks. Ed

Astrobasic / Re: Customized ring
« on: February 07, 2021, 01:52:15 PM »
Thanks Les - any questions do ask - we have an Astrobasic board that you can use.,4.0.html

I'm happy to help with any problems you come across. Ed

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