Delphic Oracle Software Release Notes

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Delphic Oracle v 8 - (32 bit) RELEASE NOTES

This file contains important information.  I recommend that 
you read this file in its entirety.

This program calculates birth charts, and various methods 
useful to those studying the "System of Hermes" as 
reconstructed by Robert Schmidt.  Schmidt's works are 
published by Project Hindsight / The Golden Hind Press.











Version - Fixed sub-menu item for calculating Time 
Lord sub-periods L3-L4 (double clicking in the main list 
will also generate L3-L4).

Version - Changed cycles default value in Time Lord 
Lists and added an OnKeyPress event to allow manual editing 
of the spin edit which makes it easier to calculate time 
lord listings into the 5000+ year range.

Version - Fixed off by one error on house labeling 
routine in primary directions unit.  The significator 
label was incorrect saying H9 when H10 was intended, H8 
when H9 was intended, etc...

Version - Fixed range check error in Reports | 
Greatest Elongation.  It was due to compiler options not a 
code change.  I also included the Vapor and Radiant GUI 
styles that I forgot to include in the last update.

Version - Added several new Styles (up to 53 GUI 
Styles now) that go with Windows 10 (Vapor, Glow, Radiant, 
Onyx Blue, Tablet Light, Windows 10, Windows 10 Blue, 
Windows 10 Dark).  You don't need Windows 10 for these to 
work. Also fixed newly introduced range check error in the 
Time Lords and Time Graph windows when showing Annual 

Version - Fixed the Ptolemaic bounds of Jupiter in 
Capricorn which has a common off by one error (thanks to 

Version - Includes Olson time zone update 2015g.  
Added the ability to keep default chart database setting 
between sessions.

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates 2015e - 

Version - In the Medieval Options (F3), I placed 
the almuten calculation options on the Essential Dignities 
tab.  There was confusion as to whether this option applied 
to the Almuten Figurae or to calculation of almutens and it 
is actually the latter.  The ability to control font sizes 
of the listviews in the Medieval group has been added to 
the Options (F3) | Medieval tab, General Tab.  There is the 
ability to apply the font sizes individually to the windows 
or to use the default size (9 pt in most cases).

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates 2015c - 

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates 2015a - 

Version - Reduced the font size in the 3D text in 

Version - Included a higher quality version of the 
AstroZT font with this distribution.  Also added 
TFormatSettings.DecimalSeparator value to read internally 
as a period (.).

Version - Delphic Oracle TerraChron (tm) in 4D 
High Definition raises 3D vector animation to a new level!  
This is a new 3D astrocartography module in Delphic Oracle 
which has very new technology in high resolution vector 
graphics and animation with time lord support to make it 4 
dimensional.  The old saying goes "being in the right 
place at the right time".  Originally, astrocartography 
focused on where planets were strongest by placing lines 
on a map to show where planets would fall on the 4 angles 
of the chart, but there was no way to tell when these 
lines would be most "active".  With special effects in 3D, 
now one can select a time and find which areas are "hot" 
at any given time.  The algorithm for calculating time 
lord intensity in a given location was invented by Curtis 
Manwaring (a student of Robert Schmidt's since 1994) who 
is familiar with the Hellenistic astrological texts.  It 
is experimental and at the same time based upon Platonic 
philosophical principles of the manifestation of the soul.

In the Orientation group, special effects include Zoom / 
Magnification, Depth and Line/Plane height or thickness, 
Volume and Opacity/Transparency to show intensification 
of time lord sequences.  One can rotate the globe along 
X, Y and Z axes and apply animation at various speeds and 
intervals forward and backward in time.  The Dynamic View 
button will enable the X, Y, and Z Dials to rotate the 
globe in any direction.  The Static Views below show the 
earth as if it was viewed from a telescope on the surface 
of the planet.  This would be the MC (meridian) for the 
location and in fact it's zenith where the label is 
placed.  It is important to understand that actual planet 
positions are used and not their ecliptic projections.  
This means that the lines labeled AS or DS are close to 
the ascendant or descendant, but do not exactly coincide 
with it because the planet can be above or below the 
ecliptic.  These instead are horizon lines (where the 
planet would appear on the horizon in that location).  
Of course portions of the zodiac do not rise or set for 
6 months out of the year in arctic regions which is why 
the the lines labeled AS/DS typically are some distance 
from the poles whereas the meridian lines all intersect 
the north and south poles.

In the Options group, one can override visibility of 
planet planes (horizon and meridian) to list only the 
planets that one is interested in and set the rate of 
animation in milliseconds (50 is default) and how far 
to move the animation forward or backward (default is 
0.2 degrees).

In the Time Lords group one can select which time lord 
procedures to apply to the horizon and meridian planes.  
The date and time entry allows for focusing on the period 
in interest to see which zones were hot on that date.  At 
first the trackbar below the date has an initial span of 
120 years, but once the date is set, it zooms in to an 
interval of +/- 365 days.  You can also set the date 
manually, but the trackbar is faster.  The intensity 
increment controls the multiplication factor for the 
zone thickness which works similar to planetary aspect 
orbs, but is only part of the algorithm to help with 
scaling for your display.

Version - Includes override of backzone file 
entries from the Olson tz database.

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update 

Version - This is a much bigger update than the 
version number implies!  The Olson time zone database has 
been updated to 2014i.  I have added several new GUI Styles 
and Color Themes.  There is also the ability to copy colors 
added to Color Edits from the screen capture (F7) function.  
This is in the updated help file which can be accessed on 
the Wheels tab when showing the wizard view by clicking on 
the Wizard Help button.  There are now over 100 themes in 
the program and at least 45 GUI Styles which means that the 
combination of display types is easily into the thousands!  
Some themes may not take advantage of the new ColorStyle 
property which means you will have to make the adjustment 
on the wheels tab and save new themes based upon old wheel 
themes you already have.  Pay special attention to the 
ColorStyle property of the innermost planet wheel 
PlanetWheel1 as this has some interesting effects on 
display of time lords in the wheel.  Toggle this if things 
don't look right with your old themes and save a new wheel 
theme when you're done.

Version - The Wheel Designer Wizard has been 
finished and there is a new help file to go with it.  It 
is on the Wheels tab of the Chart Designer (F2) and can be 
accessed by clicking the manila folder next to the wheel 
type selector at top left.  The Wheel Designer takes out 
the drudgery of setting wheel widths (or thickness) by 
using trackbars to set the width with mouse or arrow keys 
and you can drag and drop the order of displayed wheels 
and hide unwanted wheel types.  One can still tweak wheel 
properties at the end (such as ShowStars, AutoSizeFont, 

Several new GUI Styles have been added that go along with 
the look and feel of Windows 8 such as the Metropolis UI 
styles and they have been sorted into alphabetical order 
(40+ styles now exist).  In addition I've added some new 
color themes in the Chart Designer to match these styles.

In the Terran Atlas window I've added the ability to 
switch PNG files (the top graphic) so that text will show 
up better against different backgrounds when the GUI 
Styles have been changed.  The resolution can be changed 
to fit your monitor by double clicking the graphic (which 
has been there a while), but by holding down shift and 
clicking to the right or left of the "X" in the center 
one can change the background in the display signs for 
easier reading.

Kenneth Hirst has redone the AstroZT font file and you 
should now have both semi-bold and regular types of this 
font in the windows font's folder.  The regular version 
was necessary to include because the FastReports required 
this to be recognized when embedded in the Acrobat files.  
If you are only using Delphic Oracle, you should be able 
to delete the semi-bold version of the font in the 
windows font's folder.  Timaeus still uses the old 

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update 
2014h.  I've finished migrating all existing reports to 
the FastReports reporting engine.  I still have the Rave 
reporting engine available but it will be deprecated and 
only exists now in case there are bugs in the newly 
created FastReports code.  There is a new option in the 
Printing Options (F6) which will allow you to switch 
between Rave and FastReports.  FastReports supports nine 
different formats so when you click on the PDF button, 
the main format is Acrobat, but to the left of the 
subsequent export window there is a drop down button 
which will allow you to select from among the following 
formats: Acrobat, HTML, RTF (Microsoft Word), BMP, Jpeg, 
Tiff, Gif, TXT, CSV.  Not all formats are equally 
applicable, such as exporting the chart graphic to CSV 
(comma separated variable) which can be displayed in MS 
Excel would be pointless, but the various image formats 
are a big plus.  I also added these formats to the Time 
Lords list window under the new Acrobat button which also 
supports all of these formats.

Version - Added aliases for the country names to 
the Terran Atlas database which match the country field 
returned in the Geonames database.  Typically one will 
search with the shorter names, but the long names do exist 
in the database and are also returned to the original 
search field.  It was important to add these because 
without these aliases, the search would return "not 
found" if the search was initiated again.

Version - Added backup zone lookup for storage of 
duplicate locations when zone returns undefined in the 
Terran Atlas from the main source.  Beginning the 
migration from Rave to FastReports and for now there is a 
setting for which print engine to use on the Print tab of 
the Html options (F6).  In the future, the FastReports 
reporting engine will likely replace Rave due to 
Embarcadero's support of FastReports.  FastReports has the 
capability of exporting to many more formats at better 

Version - Fixed an obscure floating point error 
that affected about 1 in 500 charts with calculation of 
the prenatal lunation.  The old code in the Swiss 
Ephemeris unit has been replaced by new code in the 
component that is both faster and more reliable.

Version - Added antiscia and contra-antiscia to 
the hover over hints in the chart views and to the 
dignities section of the miscellaneous reports.

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update 
2014g which includes several new zones from the new 
backzone file.  I've made the Terran Atlas behave better 
in regards to using a default location that has duplicates 
by name causing the search to bring up the Terran Atlas 
window every time.  This is no longer the case.  Once a 
location is set as a default, either for the Autogenerated 
charts (F4), or in the New Chart dialog window, it retains 
the data without calling up latitude and longitude info 
again.  However, it will still search for time zone 
changes for the location you have selected as default.

Version - Fixed bug to the sect type definition 
where lots would swap if stIdeal was selected.  A work 
around in version would be to double click on the 
chart again and it would initialize correctly, but this 
fix makes that unnecessary.

Version - The definition of sect has been updated 
to have an additional option for whether the Sun is above 
the ascendant-descendant axis or to use the time of 
apparent sunrise and sunset.  This can be found under the 
Main Options (F3) | Hellenistic tab | Sect tab.  The 
changes to the Olson time zone database 2014f (which was 
a rather significant update) have been incorporated into 
this release.  The font size has been raized from 8 to 9 
pts in most list view components.

Version - Added the option to use dynamical houses 
to the PNA, Universal Hermetics and finding the 
predominator in the Options (F3) Hellenistic Tab | 
Predominator tab.  If "Use Dynamical Divisions to 
determine Predominator and trigon lord strength, etc" is 
checked then those features that don't involve the topical 
approach will use the house system you have selected for 
dynamical divisions.  The default dynamical division is 
the last dynamic house system you used if Whole Sign 
houses (which are topical houses) are selected in the 
Main Options | General Tab (F3)).  I have also made a 
change in the Terran Atlas to make searches case 

Version - Discovered that the FDIV error that was 
corrected several versions back came back because the IDE 
deselected "pentium safe floating point division".  The 
error seems to have been fixed, but I will have to check 
each compile since the setting doesn't want to stay 
persistent in the IDE.

Version - Changed planetary speed to agree with 
Deborah Houlding's values for use in horary and electional 
astrology.  Also added hints for whether speed was 
increasing or decreasing, including the actual values for 
speed in longitude, latitude and distance (in AU, 
Astronomical Units).  The Sun and Moon never have any 
speed in AU, and the Sun never has speed in latitude 
(which is why they are not included).  These can be found 
in the Fly By hints in the chart view.

Version - Includes the Olson time zone updates 
2014d and 2014e.

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update 
2014c.  There is a new zodiacal offset that will append an 
additional ayanamsa to either tropical or sidereal zodiacs.  
This could even be used to generate a draconic zodiac or 
any value in between.  The offset can be either negative 
or positive (added or subtracted).  The main reason for 
doing this was because of the possibility that Valens 8 / 
10 degrees offset could be tropical and since we don't 
have certainty, this allows for the vernal point to be 
precessed in the tropical zodiac as well as the sidereal.  
This is in addition to the user defined ayanamsa already 
programmed several updates ago.  If one wants no offset, 
make sure that the value is set to zero (the default).

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update 
2014b.  Fixed a bug introduced in where the 
filename field wasn't cleared properly for the CDS files 
(Zones.cds).  This file was recently updated to include 
the new Antarctica zone for Troll station.

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update 
2014a.  Also noticed an invalid floating point operation 
during chart animation which seems unrelated to my code so 
Pentium-safe FDIV is now checked and that error is gone.

Version - Updated to version 2 of the Swiss 
Ephemeris DLL which is based upon the planetary and lunar 
ephemeris DE431 developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory.  The DLL is included in this install, but the 
updated ephemeris files are included in the  
It also includes the new True Revati and True Citra 
ayanamsa's.  The issue of printing aspect lines in the 
wrong color (because the color was written to the wrong 
canvas object) has been fixed in this version.

Version - Those who use European date format might 
want this update since it fixes an initialization problem 
in the database reading of .zcf files (the file save and 
restore is fine).  This bug would cause the month would be 
one later than it was saved as in the database in some 
charts (for some reason not all were affected).  I wasn't 
able to replicate this error on my machine, but I changed 
the initialization order and that seems to have fixed the 
problem according to Konrad Klawikowski.

Version - Includes changes implemented in Olson 
time zone database 2013i.

Version - I changed the definition of declination 
parallels in the primary directions unit to use latitude 
exclusively because historically this was done by Placidus.  
I still haven't included calculation of the planets own 
path so it is only historically accurate to use for the 
Sun.  If one wants a zero latitude parallel, select the 
antiscia option.

Version - Added fixed stars to the Bianchini array 
so that latitude will be calculated when ZB is selected in 
the Primary Direction Options (F5).  The fixed stars should 
also now remain selected even after filtering (as long as 
you don't filter them out).

Version - Decided to allow the InfoFontSize 
property in the chart designer to manage the font size of 
non-astro fonts (known as AstroZT Semibold).  The last 
version allowed size consistency problems when a non-astro 
font was elected for the display of unicode characters.  
The size difference is minor and the Astro font is 
supposed to be slightly larger than standard fonts.  If 
the font seems too small, just go to the chart designer 
(F2) and on the Wheels tab, make sure that AutoSizeFont = 
False, then set InfoFontSize up just a bit.

Version - I removed a restriction on the name 
field in the chart setup dialog that is no longer needed 
since filenames are not based upon that field anymore.  
This allows unicode characters to be typed and they will 
also show in the chart.

Version - Added Ayanamsa of Date to the main chart 
info which allows 3 formats: afDecimal = 23.6403, or afDMS 
= 23d 36m 4s or afZodiacal = 6 Pisces 23 55.54.  This will 
only appear if a sidereal chart is displayed.

Version - Added a filter to limit directions to 
less than a certain number of degrees in the AOD (Arc of 
Direction).  In this way one can just focus on directions 
within the typical longest human life span which is set to 
120 by default.  The Cycles value will have to be set at 1 
in order to restrict it to just the first 120 degrees, 
otherwise it will restrict to the first number of degrees 
of each cycle.  I have also filtered out any directions 
where either the significator or promissor point cannot 
rise or set at the location of the chart.  This happens 
most frequently with circumpolar stars and with greater 
regularity the closer you get to the arctic circle.  If 
the direction you are interested in does not list, it is 
probably because an arc cannot be calculated due to the 
lack of a rising and setting point.

Version - Includes Olson zone rules through 2013h.  
I also switched the old time zone format from version 1.0 
which used (-) for east and (+) for west to match the 
Terran Atlas convention and Olson time zone database.

Version - There's addition of ayanamsa user defined 
offset using either Degrees, Minutes and Seconds or Decimal 
Degrees and also gives the Julian date of the Epoch used.  
After exiting the Julian date field, the obliquity of the 
ecliptic is shown below.  For these fields to be 
operational, user defined zodiac must be selected at top 

Version - I've added quick access to the Wheel, 
Visibility, Color and Glyph themes (F8, F9, F10, F11 
respectively).  These are also in the context menu of the 
main chart window and under the View menu of the same.  
Restoring themes only requires a double click and the 
chart (whatever happens to be displayed is redrawn.  This 
was suggested to me as an improvement by Hank Friedman.  
It wasn't difficult to do, but it makes a signigicant 
improvement in usability.  If you happen to have been 
working with a biwheel in chart synastry, pressing F8 will 
bring up the bi-wheel themes and double clicking will cause 
the chart bi-wheel to be redrawn immediately in the new 
theme/style.  If you were working the the autogenerated 
charts and were showing a quad-wheel, then pressing F8 will 
show the quad-wheel themes and double clicking will show 
the chart in the new style with whatever time wheels were 
visibile at the time.  A Wheel setup wizard will be coming 
next to allow everyone easy access to design your own wheel 
types without the tedious chore of assigning DrawOrder, 
InnerRingRadius, OuterRingRadius, etc...

Version - Added the file topicalwiz.cds 
(TClientDataSet).  Technically this file is embedded within 
the exe, but its presence should ease disk writing 
permission issues.

Version - I forgot to mention that Delphic Oracle 
has the ability to import and export to QuickCharts format.  
This was actually in the last version, but I also had to 
fix the registration routine.

Version - There has been a significant expansion 
in many areas of the program.  First I want to mention 
that the primary directions of Polich Page have been 
tested and I added a checkbox for strict interpretation 
of Polich Page which requires mixed latitude (moving 
element was taken in the ecliptic while the pole planet 
with latitude).  It was possible to make an incorrect 
selection (as with the others) but there are primary 
direction themes on the Themes tab of the Primary 
Direction Options (F5) to keep you on a historically 
accurate interpretation.  I have also started the 
beginnings of filtering redundant directions on the new 
Filters tab (more later).

There are several new wheel definitions in the Chart 
Designer and several new default themes set up.  These 
new themes all have the "DO7" label appended so that you 
can tell the difference between your imported settings 
from version 6 or earlier.  Your imported themes may not 
work without some reconfiguration (particularly the wheel 
themes) because there are several new properties that 
simply didn't exist in the older versions.  But you can 
import them and work on them to get them to work the way 
you wish.  The Color and Glyph themes will have to take 
into account the Nakshatra's which Hank Friedman gave to 
me with his Nakshatra font (Thanks!).  These can be 
configured on the Color and Glyph tabs, but the defaults 
are already set.  You can use your existing color and 
glyph themes, but you might want to set them with the 
"DO7" label appended once you have them set the way you 
want otherwise your old themes won't remember what to use 
for Nakshatra colors and glyphs and you want to be able 
to tell which themes are finished and which aren't.

Fixed stars are now part of the wheel as well if you 
select ShowStars in the SignWheel.  Planets will also be 
displayed (from PlanetWheel1) so they are set to 
PlanetWheel1.Visible = False so as not to be redundant in 
the display.  The line going through the middle is the 
ecliptic and planets and stars are displayed with latitude.  
The mouse will display star stats such as magnitude, 
position, etc in the fly-by hints.

There is a new DrawOrder property for most of the wheels.  
Drawing goes from outermost starting at one and going up 
in count as you reach the center of the wheel.  You can 
draw in almost any order except for the planet wheels which 
have to remain in sequence starting with the House Wheel 
and counting until the Number Wheel.  These draw in the 
order set under the House Wheel (ignore the DrawOrder 
property of the Number Wheel as this was inherited from the 
HouseWheel class and not used).  All other wheels can be 
shifted around in any order.  It is important to make sure 
the InnerRingRadius of the earlier draw order matches the 
OuterRingRadius of the subsequent draw order.  I'm in the 
middle of setting up a wizard to handle this, but it isn't 
ready yet.  For now there are lots of themes you can double 
click on to jump from one set of wheel settings to another.

There is also a new ColorStyle property which controls the 
contrast of some of the wheels such as the decan and bound 
wheels.  They now draw glyphs in the shaded area, but it is 
possible to use a light background and use the foreground 
color for the glyphs, or use a dark background and use a 
light foreground color or use the csContrast style when you 
aren't sure.  Not all wheels implement this property, as it 
is used primarily for the decans, bounds, nakshatra, 
navamsa's, etc.  This is because the planet and house 
wheels have their own color settings.

There has also been a major development in the addition of 
Time Wheels (tm) which draw time lord pointers and shaded 
areas representing the current times along side the transits 
directly in the wheel.  This has been something that was a 
long time planned since the days of Rob Hand's CW3 which I 
finally got around to doing.  These have been added to the 
Autogenerated charts which also includes several zodiacal 
releasing options along with profections of several planets 
and points.  You can move them around in any order, but I 
recommend that you space transits and progressions between 
each time wheel so as not to get confused with the different 
levels.  When placing them next to each other it gets to be 
like reading a music score in the base and middle range at 
the same time without the G and F clefs.  Keep in mind that 
you can move your mouse over the shaded sections and arrows 
to see what method it is and when it started, etc...

I have also changed the Hellenistic chart view to include 
more planet data and added a new Medieval chart view.  More 
of these will be coming soon for various chart views that 
can't be handled by the Chart Designer such as the South 
Indian view and so on.  I have added several new sidereal 
zodiac's and included user defined as well.  There are some 
interesting correspondences between Jyotish and Hellenistic 
astrology.  Some say that Hellenistic astrology was grafted 
onto Jyotish.  The Nakshatra's which have 27 or 28 divisions 
and are based upon the Moon are actually much older.  The 
Nakshatra's have been around at least since 700 BCE.  The 
question is whether the Navamsa's have been around as long.  
This is because the Nakshatra when divided by 4 (padas) 
gives the Navamsa count of 108!  Hellenistic astrology 
recognizes these as the greater years of the Moon.  It 
seems likely that Jyotish tradition is preserving much of 
the earlier Hellenistic material that is now missing.

There are several small tweaks that I have added that are 
hardly worth mentioning except that there are so many of 
them in this version; the result is that the program is 
becoming much more polished.  The Olson time zone updates 
are included up through 2013g.  This is far from an 
exaustive list of the new changes but I plan to do a video 
on what is new in the program in the near future.

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update from 
2013a.  I also updated the Canada, Alaska, North Dakota 
and South Dakota CDS files with new time zone attributions.

Version - Thanks to Martijn van Bemmel, there is a 
new set of visually stunning professional icons in Delphic 
Oracle!  The same graphic replaces the original (X) on my 
website for the high resolution display (1280 px and 

Version - This update completes the remaining GUI 
options that were left visible but not complete in earlier 
versions: Antiscia, Declination Parallels, Mundane 
Parallels and Rapt Parallels.  This means that there are 
no visual elements left hanging which gives the appearance 
of completion.  The four main direction types have been 
tested (thanks to Martin Gansten, Petr Radek and Trojan 
Kotnik) and the bugs have been worked through and 
corrected for the semi-arc method, circle of position, 
under the pole and topocentric directions (so far to my 
satisfaction) for both traditional and modern direction 
types.  However, I think mundane directions should be 
tested more thoroughly.  I have matching results from my 
work in Martin Gansten's course in both the test app and 
Delphic Oracle, but I'd like to see more examples tested 
to make sure there are no problems through all 4 quadrants 
with mundane directions.  There are some abbreviations for 
the parallels that you should become familiar with:

A || = this is a standard antiscia of a promissor directed 
to a significator (planet listed after ||).
D || = this is a declination parallel of a given planet 
(planet listed after ||).  There will typically be two of 
these unless a planet near the solstice is either above the 
ecliptic (summer) or below (winter) in which case the 
declination will not intersect the ecliptic anywhere.  It 
is theoretically possible for there to be only 1, but such 
would have to intersect the ecliptic exactly on the 
solstice point which would be exceedingly rare.
M || M = this is a mundane parallel to the meridian (either 
MC or IC).  A planet will be listed next to this.
M || H = this is a mundane parallel to the horizon (either 
Asc or Desc).  Also will have a planet listed after this.
R || Asc = this is a rapt parallel to the ascendant (with 
planet listed after).
R || MC = this is a rapt parallel to the midheaven (with 
planet listed after).
R || Desc = this is a rapt parallel to the descendant (with 
planet listed after).
R || IC = this is a rapt parallel to the imum coeli (with 
planet listed after).

Mundane aspects necessitate that the aspect be the fixed 
point in the direction.  What this means is that if you 
have Aspects of Promissors to Significators checked, the 
promissor will be the fixed point in the direction which 
means that by the rules of calculation this is called a 
converse direction, so you will see all mundane directions 
listed as converse (or the conjunction as D/C).  
Traditionally though, this is a matter of point of view 
which can also be reversed.

I have updated the Themes Tab to include basic direction 
types used throughout history so that one does not get 
too confused as to what was actually calculated and mix 
selections which can cause calculations to not match any 
authors preference (and therefore appear wrong).  Part of 
the challenge is making sure that the options you select 
are appropriate for the direction type.  For instance one 
could select Topocentric directions but calculate in 
zodiaco (no latitude) which can be done, but doesn't match 
what Kuhr did historically.  Also one can select Ptolemaic 
semi-arc and calculate directions with latitude (when 
historically this was done only in the zodiac).  This is 
why I created the Themes Tab so that by double clicking 
you will have selections that make sense for the historical 
period you are interested in.  Of course you can stray from 
these predefined settings if you wish.

Version - The Fixed Stars section of the primary 
directions module has been linked up.  Only conjunctions 
are allowed (no aspects).  Latitude is used when ZP or ZL 
options are checked in the Time Lord System Options (F5).  
Latitude is always used in mundane directions.  Therefore 
if you have mundane checked and ZP or ZL, you will end up 
with duplicates.  Circumpolar stars will only calculate 
if you have the Z option checked.  Because these stars 
never rise or set, directions which involve proportions 
of diurnal and nocturnal arcs cannot be calculated.

Version - Implemented Junctinus variation of 
annual divisions in the Time Lords form and in the Time 
Lords graph.  The Graph version will require you to click 
the clear button in the Time Lord Settings window under 
Graph | Themes and you will see the new listing for annual 
divisions of Junctinus next to the other annual divisions 
in the left side listbox.

Version - Just some more tweaking of the Polich 
Page and Placidus under the Pole methods to reflect 
neo-converse conventions more accurately.

Version - Defaults have been re-organized in 
Primary Direction settings so that selections are not 
overridden when no option is selected until after 
verification that there is no selection for an option 
that must have a selection.

Version - Added mixed latitude options 
(Significator with latitude and promissor no latitude and 
vice versa) to the Primary Directions general tab along 
with the Kundig Key so that Polich Page topocentric 
directions can be calculated authentically.  If there are 
any other direction types that use mixed latitude, let me 
know because this release only applies that option to the 
Polich Page method.  There are two new abbreviations under 
M/Z to match this option: ZS = Zodiacal with latitude of 
significator (no latitude for promissor), ZP = Zodiacal 
with latitude for promissor (no latitude for significator).

The directions through the bounds appear to be fixed for 
the southern hemisphere.  To test this I used the 
Circumambulations through the ascendant and the values 
match to the date.  The problem was the AD (ascensional 
difference) was negative in the southern hemisphere and 
the subsequent algorithm doubled the ascensional difference 
when it should have been canceled.

The Placidus Under the Pole method has also been reworked 
(and debug data added).  Along with this is another option 
to include debug data or exclude it in the Primary 
Directions general options.

Version - The Primary Directions component now has 
synchronized debug data which allows for checking of the 
calculations of every direction by clicking on the 
direction under the M/Z column.  This same action will 
also calculate autogenerated charts for the date of the 
direction.  In order to see the internal data, just grab 
the splitter control near the top of the window and drag 
down.  You will see two memo fields filled with data (one 
for the significator and the other for the promissor).

In the Derived charts window, there are now 2 new 
revolution types based upon Ile Spasev's article 
the-year-into-13-monthly-revolutions/).  There is a 3rd 
type suggested there that isn't implemented but the two 
that are, are named Gauricus Monthly Revolution and Solar 
Monthly Profections.  These are actually like return 
charts but the first one adds 28 days, 2 hours and 17 
minutes which is a synodic cycle of the year divided by 
13.  The other is simply the addition of exactly 30 
degrees to the Sun's position to get the chart of a 
monthly profection.  In the Gauricus monthly revolution, 
you will be presented a dialog window after clicking OK 
in the Derived charts window so that you can add charts 
and modify the time zone which is critical to getting an 
accurate ascendant.  Simply click on the chart(s) you are 
interested in and it will open the add chart you are 
already familiar with for setting up natal charts.  It 
also allows you to filter out monthly revolution charts 
you aren't interested in.

Version - Neo Converse directions have been 
implemented in the main primariy direction types (except 
for Placidian Mundane directions for the time being).  
There is a new option called Neo Converse in the Primary 
Directions window.  This will cause modern directions 
(both direct and converse) to be calculated and the text 
NC will show indicating that the direction is Neo Converse 
according to modern rules of directing.  This is what you 
should select if you want to match values to Morinus 
software.  Traditional converse directions are directions 
where the significator is moved with the diurnal rotation.  
Neo converse directions have been defined as directions 
against the diurnal rotation.

The debug info has been split between significator and 
promissor in the primary directions window, but has still 
not been synchronized yet.  To use this, the best option 
is to limit the number of directions calculated.  It is 
used for values that are suspected to be in error and 
makes for easier cross checking.  To show this in the main 
window, just grab the splitter near the top and drag it 
down, then double click under the M/Z column at left and 
it will show internal data calculated.  The abbreviations 

Sig_ = this is the significator prefix with an underscore 
to indicate that it is an object of TDirectPoint.  After 
the underscore is the name of the property.

Pro_ = the same as above, but for the promissor object.

Name (aspect only) = this is the aspect name.  Since the 
significator or promissor can be any point, this is not 
specified here.
Name (bounds only) = This is the name of the bound if 
this point happens to be one of the term boundaries, 
otherwise it will be blank.
Quadrant = This is the quadrant of the significator or 
promissor such that below the horizon in the east = 
quadrant 1, above the horizon in the east is quadrant 2, 
above the horizon in the west is quadrant 3, and below 
the horizon in the west is quadrant 4.  This is what makes 
directions for hundreds / thousands of years possible for 
use in mundane astrology.
EclipticLat = Ecliptic latitude.
EclipticLong = Ecliptic longitude.
RA = Right Ascension.
Decl = Declination.
AD = Ascensional Difference. (difference between oblique 
and right ascension)
ED = Equinoctial Difference.
OA = Oblique Ascension.
OD = Oblique Descension.
MD = Meridian Distance.
HD = Horizontal Distance.
DSA = Diurnal Semi-Arc.
NSA = Nocturnal Semi-Arc.
PP = Pars Proportionalis (proportional point).
ProjectedMD = Projected Meridian Distance.
UMD = Upper Meridian Distance.
X, Y, Z are circle of position / placidus under the pole, 
etc derived trigometric values used to find the pole in 
pole specific methods.
Pole = The Pole of the direction in circle of position, 
placidus under the pole, etc.
ADUnderPole = Ascensional Difference under the pole.
OblUnderPole = This can be either Oblique Ascension under 
the pole or Oblique Descension under the pole depending upon 
AspectQuad = This is the quadrant that a mundane aspect is 
found in used only in Placidian mundane directions.
Antiscia = The Antiscia of the significator or promissor.
DeclPll = Declination Parallel.
MundaneMD = Mundane Meridian Distance (used in mundane 
MundaneHD = Mundane Horizontal Distance (used in mundane 

There is now a new checkbox in the Main Options (F3) under 
the Terran Atlas tab to turn off long Olson Time Zone rule 
labels.  When checked, only the UTC offset will show in the 
chart display which cleans up the appearance considerably.  
This will not affect the labels in charts already created 
and saved to your databases.

Version - The calculation of sect of the planets 
has been modified to add the medieval sect consideration 
(what Schmidt calls rejoicing conditions related to sect) 
to the chart hover over hints (the data that shows when 
you hover your mouse over a chart glyph).  This includes 
the new field "medieval sect" with values of Hayz, Ex 
Conditione, and Mixed.  There is also a special algorithm 
for finding the sect of Mercury based upon his common 
nature to both sects which is modified when it comes into 
contact with planets according to their sect affiliation.  
This option is on the Hellenistic tab of the main options 
on the new Sect tab and it only includes Mercury's 
conjunction with Jupiter, Saturn and Venus, Mars.  The 
Sun and Moon are excluded from this calculation due to 
the frequency of the occurrence (Sun) and the fact that 
the Moon applies to Mercury, but not the other way around 
(unless retrograde).

In the primary directions module I added debug info to the 
main window (grab the splitter at the top and drag it down 
to see the debug memo).  The data arrays aren't 
synchronized yet, so double clicking on a direction will 
not give results for that direction yet, but I hastened 
this release for the other features above.

Version - Added dates and values for greatest 
elongation for Mercury and Venus in the Reports window 
(last group at bottom left).  First set up a chart that 
represents the start date for calculating greatest 
elongation of Mercury and Venus from the Sun.  Then go to 
the Reports window and click on the Greatest Elongation 
tool button or select it from the menu.  The length of 
the report is determined by your selection in the Main 
Options (F3) under Graphic Ephemeris tab | Main tab (the 
bottom spin edit field which also controls heliacal 
phenomena report).  The accuracy of the data is to within 
the hour.  Calculations are monitored by a progress bar 
that allows canceling and the first entry is not actually 
a greatest elongation, but the elongation at birth.

Version - Directions through the bounds was 
plagued by an improper initialization of the internal 
DateTime component which assigns quadrants to all 
directions.  The bound routines were set up out of 
sequence.  Also the geographic latitude was masked 
internally by the default value of 43N27.  This appears 
to be fixed.

Version - Forgot to link up the ayanamsa for 
directing through the bounds so I set this up.

Version - This update includes directions through 
the bounds for all direction types and all bound types 
(Egyptian, Ptolemaic, Valens and Chaldean).  It will 
follow the selected bound type showing in the main chart 
(Main Options | Dignities - F3).  If you want to follow 
the tradition of Ptolemy for instance, and direct a planet 
through the bounds, select that planet under the 
significators list and then select bounds / terms under 
promissors.  If you also want to see the rays cast by 
other promissors to that planet, select the aspects 
desired and then select the planets desired under the 
promissors list.  If one planet is selected as a 
significator, then this will show a very similar format 
to what I have done in the time lords section with the 
Circumambulations technique of Dorotheus, except it will 
represent Ptolemaic directions for a given subject.  Once 
you have set up a group of selections the way you want 
them shown, save these as a theme under the themes tab.  
Just type in a theme name and click the Add button.  All 
you need to do to get all your setting back for a given 
tradition is double click on the theme you want to restore.

The directions will list the Sign first and then the bound 
second in the promissors list (such as Virgo Saturn, but 
using glyphs).  The significator will be the fixed point in 
the direction.  To my understanding, there has been no such 
thing as converse directions through the bounds, but if 
someone can point out otherwise it would be no problem 
adding them.  Aspects to bounds have not been implemented 
for the same reasons.  At this point all directions through 
the bounds are direct so it makes no difference what type 
of direction you have selected in the Primary directions 
window at this point.

Directions through the bounds, while typically zero 
latitude, do use latitude for the significator if you have 
that option selected under either the Mundane or Zodiacal 
direction options.  The cancel button has been enabled so 
you can cancel calculations of long direction lists.

Version - Includes several new options in regards 
to primary directions which are based upon Dr. Martin 
Gansten's PDDC course and Ed Falis's Astroframes program.  
Thanks to Dr. Martin Ganstin and Ed Falis for making this 
possible.  First, this update isn't quite complete, but I 
wanted it available to help test some results.  This 
update follows the same conventions that Martin Gansten 
outlines in his course and so far uses the traditional 
meanings of direct and converse.  Later there will also 
be a neo-converse option for modern direction types.  
There are some symbols you should be aware of and I have 
made the following abbreviations which show in the 
direction list output:

Under M/Z:

M = Mundane (this is classical mundane direction and 
aspects are cast from the fixed point always as this was 
the convention of Placidus.  Here direct and converse is 
a matter of perspective since the fixed point must always 
cast the aspect, if the aspect is the promissor, then the 
direction is converse.  Likewise if the fixed point 
happens to be the significator, this is direct.  If you 
have "aspects of significators" checked, then the 
significator must be the fixed point in the direction which 
means that it is a direct direction.  Aspects of promissors 
generate converse directions.  Ignore the direct/converse 
drop down list in this case since whether you want direct 
directions or converse depends only upon whether you have 
these two checkboxes checked at bottom right of the 
Selections tab.

MM = This is a mundane direction according to Magini who 
cast aspects in right ascension measured along the equator 
instead of the ecliptic.  Note that in many cases there 
will be duplicates where directions match.  This is because 
there are situations where latitude in zodiaco and mundane 
are the same definition.  They differ though when it comes 
to aspect calculations and when their definitions of 
latitude differ.

Z = This is a zodiacal direction with no latitude.  It was 
the most favored direction type of antiquity (Ptolemy) and 
was typically used with the Ptolemy key.

ZL = This is zodiacal with latitude.  Here this will be the 
same as mundane conjunction, but when aspects are cast, 
they are cast along the small circle parallel to the 

ZB = This is zodiacal direction according to the method of 
Bianchini in assigning latitude.

As for the Significator and Promissor columns, I have 
reversed these to fall more in line with Gansten's 
conventions for naming directions so that you can read it 
in order.  The significator of a direction is always 
listed first and the promissor last.  Saying that Sun to 
the conjunction of Mars is not a statement about the motion 
of the sky.  It is traditionally a statement of 
astrological import similar to the relationship of a 
subject to a direct object.

Under the D/C column:

D = Direct
C = Converse
D/C = direct or converse (only happens in placidian mundane 
NC = Neo Converse (not available yet)

Under the date column you have the ability to select short 
or long date format.  Long date format includes the time of 
day (UTC).

Julian Date is the julian date number.  I include this 
column so that you can have a true date sort by clicking 
on the header.

Under the Type column:

PSA = Proportional Semi-Arc method of Ptolemy (this is also 
sometimes called the Placidian semi-arc method).
RPC = Regiomontanus Position Circle method (aka circle of
 position method or the rational method)
PUP = Placidus Under the Pole - this is a curve fit that 
Placidus invented which is meant to approximate the PSA 
method that is mathematically more elegant.
PPT = Polich-Page Topocentric method.

Under the Key column is the key used to translate the 
adjacent AOD (arc of direction) into a date:

Ptolemy = 1 degree is 1 year
Naibod = average daily motion of the Sun is the rate of 
travel (as a yearly constant).
Placidus = average daily motion averaged over the arc of 
direction (requires iteration).
Brahe = average daily motion of the Sun on the birth date 
in question is the rate of travel.

In the Time Lord System Options (F5) there is a new Fixed 
Stars tab.  Ignore it for now until I've finished linking 
it to the primary directions component.  There are several 
new checkboxes on the Selections tab which match what I've 
alrerady mentioned above; the houses as significators is 
now operational, but I have yet to link directions to 
bounds, antiscia, or fixed stars.  The mundane and rapt 
parallels are also not finished.

You should also be aware that selecting too many directions 
will slow down calculations.  This is why I have included a 
progress bar to the right on the main direction window.  I 
have not included the Cancel button yet because it is not 
fully operational (setting the listview back into proper 
order after endupdate).  When it comes to primary 
directions, less is definitely more.  Selecting every 
option available will generate a huge list that will be 
impossible to navigate.  The reason for all the options is 
to cover the entire range of directions historically used 
by various astrologers through history. In their own 
practice, they never used all the options available to you 
now, but selected what was important for the subject matter 
they were looking at.  I suggest you do the same.  The 
Themes tab is there for this purpose and it will group 
settings according to various astrological traditions 
throughout history.  I will set these groups in a default 
arrangement when this module is finished according to 
author (Ptolemy, Lilly, Regiomontanus, Placidus, etc).

Version - Fixed a minor bug that prevented 3rd, 
7th, and 40th days of the Moon derived charts from being 

Version - The Chaldean confines are now in the 
chart wheel display and in time lords sequences.  This 
bound type is dependent upon the sect of the chart where 
Mercury or Saturn switch positions in the signs depending 
upon chart sect.  The diurnal places Saturn first, then 
Mercury, whereas the nocturnal will place Mercury first, 
then Saturn.

This also includes the updated Olson time zone database 
files 2012f - 2012j.

I have included about 1100 fixed stars which is part of 
the asteroid report.  One can filter asteroids, 
hypotheticals, planets and stars into or out of the report 
entirely.  They can be sorted by location in the zodiac by 
clicking on the header labeled "Ecl. Frac" or according to 
the criterion of all other headers.  There is also the 
ability to exclude stars that are fainter than a user 
defined magnitude or stars that have a declination or 
ecliptic latitude greater than a certain number.  A 
magnitude of 1.5 will give the 4 royal stars which is the 
default.  Some stars have a name and a nomenclature name 
and others just have a nomenclature name which follows 
the convention of a Greek letter followed by the 
constellation abbreviation such as *q
alTau" which is 
"alpha Taurus".  Alpha is by convention the brightest star 
and following in alphabetical order per constellation.  
This report is useful for determining which stars, planets, 
etc are in close conjunction.  The fixed stars module comes 
with an updated Swiss Ephemeris dll and was a necessary 
precursor to the coming update in the primary directions 
module which will include all direction types up to the 
modern era.

Version - Changed the prenatal lunation 
calculation to handle lunations that happen very close to 
the 0 Aries point so that it can handle lunations that 
happen to fall very close to that point.

Version - Includes the changes from the Olson 
database 2012d and 2012e.  Bumped up font sizes a bit in 
the wizards.

Version - Included user defined point for 
circumambulation technique (through the rays and bounds) 
so lots of various types can be directed.  This can be 
found in the time lords list window under System of Hermes 
menu.  The reorganization of the GUI sets the general 
period toolbar above the sub period toolbar.

Version - Fixed bug at end of array of planetary 
rays that duplicated the last list item.  Also fixed a few 
more spellings at the request of Ben Dykes.

Version - Includes the distributions of the solar 
revolution method using oblique ascensions at the request 
of Benjamin Dykes, PhD.  This follows the same window 
format as Al Firdaria and Primary directions except that 
chart selection is not present, but implied based upon 
what charts are showing in the main window.  To get solar 
revolutions, first set up a solar return and display the 
chart.  The first combo box titled "Chart Selections" 
offers "Solar Return Only" or "Solar Return to Natal".  
With the first selection you only need to display the 
solar return chart in the main window, select the directed 
point to direct to solar return positions and click the 
calculate button.  When the "Solar Return to Natal" option 
is selected in "Chart Selections", you need to display a 
bi-wheel (press Ctrl + W) and place a natal chart inside 
and the solar return on the outside.  The directed point 
is then a point from the solar return directed to natal 
positions.  The calculations use oblique ascensions in 
scaling encounters of aspects, terms and sign boundaries 
and include the option to use latitude for planets not on 
the ecliptic.  This affects only bodily encounters since 
aspect rays are automatically reduced to ecliptic 
positions at this point.  When one selects user defined 
point from the directed point list (last item), the degree, 
sign, minute and label fields become enabled.  Just select 
the degree and minute to direct and enter a label.  For 
example if this is the lot of the father, then enter 
"Father" and a typical direction will look like "Father 
-> dex squ Sun".

There are also several new GUI Styles that have been 
added which puts the library at well over 30 styles.

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates for 
2012c.  I have fixed the scrolling for the transit 
delineations and made the transit interface match Timaeus 
which had a superior arrangement.

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates for 
2012b.  America/Creston was added to the Olson time zone 
override rules as well as the main database.

Version - There are numerous improvements in 
this version.  I have added GUI Styles to the user 
interface which can be found at the top of the group bar 
on the left of the main window.  There are 26 different 
styles and they are far reaching affecting the appearance 
of every control except for your user defined themes.  
Upon switching styles, the main window brings up the chart 
designer to confirm if you want to change your color theme 
to match.  Click Apply or Save and you have a completely 
changed theme.

Also, I have extended the range of heliacal phenomena 
reports to iterate for up to 110 years.  This is an 
extensive calculation, so a progress bar will show when 
starting the calculation.  I have mimicked a separate 
thread in the application by adding the 
application.processmessages line inside the calculation 
loop so the application doesn't hang while this is being 

I have replaced the Gif Image unit by Anders Melander 
with the Jpeg unit so now html reports use true color 
Jpg's for chart images which significantly improves the 
appearance of the reports.  A brief flash of the preview 
will show when generating html reports which is part of 
the image generating process now and eliminates the need 
for the user to update settings to fit the screen one is 
using (in the past failure to do this resulted in the 
image being partially cut off).  Jpgs take longer to 
generate than gif images so be a little more patient 
while the shell brings up the default browser.

The main font used by Delphic Oracle and Timaeus is now
part of the Swiss Ephemeris install so that it is not 
downloaded twice.

Version - Added filters for the planetary day and 
hour to the Chart Design component so that these 
properties don't show in the Chart Designer.  There's no 
harm in showing them, but you don't need to edit these and 
it only introduces complexity for the end user so these 
are filtered out for the sake of simplicity.  I also fixed 
a bug in the Kurios Wizard where strings were not properly 
formatted causing incorrect read of Universal Hermetics 
Report.  They should now match in content.

Version - Changed the Tokelau time zone 
(Pacific/Fakaofo) to make the date switch concurrent with 
West Samoa (Pacific/Apia).  I have been tinkering with 
Primary directions (fixing the spelling in the link in the 
main group bar) and working to optimize the code.  Also 
fixed spelling for Philippines lookup (using PH for country 
abbreviation bypasses this problem, but now it will work 
for the long spelling as well).

Version - Added an editable name for Derivative 
charts that gives a unique name for iterations of returns.  
There is a new edit field for suggested name and doing 
successive charts after the first one will append a number 
so that these can be saved to one of your database files 
(*.zcf).  Clicking on a return type will give new 
suggestions for a name which you can edit to make shorter 
or add details.

Version - Added Significator aspects to Promissors 
to Primary Directions routines which is the other half 
Promissor aspects to Significators.  Selecting all 
calculation options can result in significant hang time so 
the next step is to add a progress bar.  I have therefore 
disabled automatic calculation upon showing the Primary 
Direction window to avoid unnecessary calculations, but 
keep in mind that changing the Chart combo box to switch 
between charts will generate a calculation so it is 
unnecessary to recalculate.  Also corrected the link for 
upgrades on the Help | About page.

Version - Includes the ability to capture the 
screen as a JPEG image with function shortcut (F7) by 
providing a file name and saving it to your HD.  This 
function can also be found under the view menu.  I have 
also added the planetary day and hour to the chart info 
in both the standard and square chart view.

Version - Includes the update from Olson zone file 
2011n which includes the changes for Cuba DST and Fiji.  I 
have also fixed a bug that affected the circumambulation 
through the bounds for users of sidereal zodiac.  The 
earlier versions added the ayanamsha twice ignoring the 
initial planet position which caused tropical sequences to 
be used.  This has been fixed in this version.

Version - Includes the update based upon the Olson 
zone files from 2011j - 2011m.  Have added 3 new zones to 
the Time Zone override button (Europe/Tiraspol, 
Africa/Juba, Asia/Hebron).

Version - Reset the default firdar options to 
Abu-Mashar and made GUI improvements to the Alfirdaria and 
Main windows.

Version - Added the Al-firdaria time lord 
procedure of the Arabs with option to change between 2 
types of nocturnal sequences based upon ambiguity in 
medieval texts about where the place the nodes.  Includes 
the ability to cross reference period onset dates to what 
is happening with transits and progressions of various 
types you specify by clicking on the period label in the 
list view.  Includes printing and acrobat file generation 
and covers a span of time of over 2000 years for research 
in mundane astrology.

Version - Corrects the LMT bug that Michael 
Sinclair pointed out and adds the changes to the Olson 
time zones listed in 2011i.

Version - I set the zodiac mode to be checked at 
the time of chart calculation so that one does not have to 
restart the program to use the new zodiac.  I have also 
added a change in the Terran Atlas for location lookups in 
Arizona (which uses Arkansas by mistake when filter mode 
is used).

Version - I have added the option to switch 
planetary hour type.  The one based upon sect has been the 
standard in Timaeus and Delphic Oracle for years (Bonatti) 
but I've been hearing that although that was the theory, 
that the actual practice was to use the day lord (planet 
that goes about) for 24 hours until the next day lord 
takes over the following sunrise.  This is the 2nd option 
named after Lilly, but I'm sure it was in practice before 
him.  This can be found on the new Medieval Tab in the 
general options (F3) in Delphic Oracle and on the Options 
tab | General Tab in Timaeus.

** Version - Includes the changes to the Russian 
time zones.  Russia abolished daylight saving time so all 
zones will stay in their current time without changes until 
the next politician comes along.

** Version - The second version of the Terran Atlas 
with 13 million records and 700 different location types 
for 250 countries has now been integrated into Delphic 
Oracle.  You will still have to download and install the 
standalone version of the Terran Atlas (2.0).  I have also 
worked on the rectification toolbar which updates the date 
and time in the chart window now.  Before, only the toolbar 
indicated the date and time of the chart while the natal 
data was still in place which could be confusing to some 

There is a migration tool to help you move your chart files 
(it is not necessary to do this and perfectly acceptable to 
leave your chart files in the old directories) and/or your 
registry settings.  It is highly recommended that you bring 
over your registry settings from version 5 to 6.  This same 
tool also works for updating from Timaeus 7 to version 8.

The Derivative Charts window has been enhanced to do 
planetary returns of all kinds for up to 100 returns.  
Obviously if doing Pluto returns, the range of the Swiss 
Ephemeris will be exceeded so in these cases those charts 
will not calculate planet positions.  I have also made it 
impossible to edit charts of certain types such as solar 
returns.  The Graphic Ephemeris has also been improved 
with persistent image spacing through docking and window 
resize operations so you no longer have to hit the redraw 
button to see the graph when switching between windows or 
resizing the graph.  I have also added a 45 degree dial to 
the graph options.

I have made numerous changes in the main window and docking 
procedures.  Users have the option of which windows to dock 
or float free.  This setting is in the main program options 
(F3) on the new Docking Tab.  It is similar to the 
Autogenerated Charts Tab in function where you drag windows 
from one side to the other to indicate whether it is a 
docked or floating window.  I changed both tabs so that 
clicking the Save button at the bottom saves these defaults 
(or one could use the save button placed between the lists).  
Be aware that if you drag a window from docked status to 
floating, a program restart is required for the system to 
update (dragging from floating to docked does not require 

The opened chart list is no longer at top right.  I have 
placed this at top left above the group bar panel.  There 
was a splitter between the Medieval and Hellenistic sections 
and I have placed these in the same group bar and placed the 
opened chart list above the splitter.  There is no memo 
anymore that displays chart details.  It wasn't necessary to 
take up the extra space, because simply clicking on a chart 
once displays the chart details in the popup hint (double 
clicking displays the chart wheel).  There were too many 
splitters in the main window, so now it is down to 3 
splitters.  The group bar has been color coordinated and you 
will notice several small changes in toolbar glyphs that 
helps the visual appearance.  Most of these icons are from and some are combinations of icons 
placed together from free icon sources.

Also, for a long time now I've been wishing to have the 
ability to update the transits on the fly without displaying 
current time lords and now there is an extra toolbutton 
placed to the current time lords toolbutton near the transit 
animation controls.  In the Miscellaneous Reports, I have 
fixed the spacing of text columns for the lots so they fall 
correctly in the rich edit memo pad (which users can edit).  
I also fixed a small bug in the Time Lords Graph where the 
clear button would become disabled if the window was hidden 
by docking another window in its place.

The Chart Designer Themes tab mirrors the 4 previous tabs 
(Wheels, Visibility, Colors, Glyphs) and there is a sub tab 
by the same name for each of these main tabs.  All 4 of these 
used to be on the same Themes tab with a listbox split up by 
dividers, but users with small screens had a difficult time 
seeing the flattened controls so each now has a tab for 
itself.  When you work on Wheel settings on the top level 
tab of the Chart Designer, then you go to the Themes | 
Wheels to save (or restore) these settings as a group.  The 
same can be done with the other 3 main tabs.  Themes are a 
convenient way to group settings so that you no longer have 
to set 20 - 80 controls every time you want to switch.  Set 
up a theme and save it, and the next time you double click 
that theme all of the associated values will be brought 
back and used by the program.

I have changed all splitter styles in to ssGroupBar and 
extended the grabber areas to maximum which gives a more 
streamlined appearance.  There have been a number of zone 
changes that have taken place during the equinox to Alaska, 
Russia, Chile, Turkey and a number of smaller countries.  
I have finished the new section on the essential dignities 
which includes full tabulation calculation of the almutem 
figuris according to Ibn Ezra, an essential dignities table 
that calculates almutens for the house cusps and planets, 
etc...  The degree attributions of Bonatti have also been 
added to the essential dignities table (bright, dark, smoky, 
empty, welled/pitted, azemena, degrees of increasing fortune 
and masculine and feminine degrees which Bonatti used 
primarily for horary.  Acrobat and printing routines for 
the almutem figuris and essential dignities tables have been 

** Version - This version saves the column widths  
for the primary direction list view window.  You can hover 
your mouse on the header divider and drag and it will 
remember the widths of these headers when you close or 
hide the window.

** Version - I have added Acrobat file generation 
and printing for the primary direction listings.  I 
recommend using the Acrobat function if you have your 
printer set to print all pages so that you can specify 
which pages to print because listings can go beyond 100+ 
pages quite easily.  The calculation still needs a 
progress bar for calculations because in some cases it 
can take more than a minute to complete if you have 
everything selected and you generate primary directions 
for 5,000+ years.  I corrected a minor bug in the 
selection of the primary directions that didn't filter 
out oppositions when unselected.

** Version - This update includes primary 
directions according to the Placidus semi-arc method.  
Hovering over the M/Z (Mundane/Zodiacal) column will 
highlight the direction and clicking on an item in this 
column will create autogenerated charts according to your 
autogenerated settings so that you can compare transits, 
progressions, etc to the current directional arc.  
Clicking on a column header will sort according to the 
contents of that header, so you can sort by significator, 
promissor, julian date, etc...

There has also been a new time zone added to the Olson 
time zone database (America/North Dakota/Beluah) because 
of the change from mountain to standard time for Mercer 
county.  You will see the new zone in the Olson time zone 
override window (button to the far right of the time 

** Version - There has been an update to the Olson 
database with regard to Hawaii rules during world war II 
so the CMDateTime component has been updated to include 
the changes which is part of delphicoracle.exe.  If you 
already have the database files for cities (downloaded 
Terran Atlas or later) then all you need is 
Delphic Oracle install.  The exception is if you use the 
stand alone version, then terranatlas.exe should be 
downloaded as well.  The time zone information is part of 
the date time component so that you can skip downloading 
the massive city database which rarely changes.

** Version - I fixed a bug in calculation of some 
of the Hermetic lots that affects certain charts depending 
upon your other lot options.  The case where a double 
reversal is not considered a conceptual problem has been 
reinstated in these cases.

** Version - I've added a crosshair to the time 
lord graph so that viewing concurrent time lord sequences 
in parallel can be more precisely defined as a guide for 
your eye. The time split line representing the crosshair 
will change orientation to either horizontal or vertical 
depending upon your graph orientation.  I removed the 
date setting and now require that graphs start with the 
birth date, but I have increased the range of calculation 
to a max of 300 years.  The limitations are based upon 
memory and a maximum calculation span for circumambulations 
which is 360 years.  Depending upon the resources of your 
system, your actual calculation span may vary.  Most 
systems should have no trouble maxing this range out.

** Version - When editing the Terran Atlas database 
I disabled the search timer for smoother operation.  You 
must keep the database in read only mode to do lookups.  
This helps stave off the possibility of data corruption 
should you hit the navigation edit buttons by accident, 
etc.  I also updated the DateTime class property DateStyle 
so that it updates the Terran Atlas accordingly with the 
same date style used in the rest of the program.

** Version - I've included the Olson TZ definitions 
from version of the Terran Atlas in this version of 
Delphic Oracle which reflects minor changes - see the 
Terran Atlas readme for details.

** Version - I've tightened up the data 
associations between the Canada file and the Olson time 
zone database to use all zones that were created rather 
than using a default zone based upon the most populated 
areas.  Some countries do not have a one to one 
correspondence between region number or province name to 
zone rule and had to be searched using localization 
routines.  There are a few areas like this such as Indiana, 
Idaho, eastern Oregon, etc.  At this point this makes the 
associations fairly tight (within about 5-10 miles in most 
cases) except for regions that are in extreme northern 
latitudes 70N or 70S.  Since so few people live in these 
areas, it isn't much of a problem, but if the location 
gives the wrong zone rule, there is the option to override 
the Olson time zone using the button attached to the far 
right of the time edit field.

** Version - I have made small changes in the way 
search is done on the default location so that the focus 
doesn't force a duplicate check on a location.

** Version - This release contains the integrated 
version of the Terran Atlas database.  You will need to 
download the standalone version of the Terran Atlas to use 
it in Delphic Oracle because this install doesn't contain 
the database files.  See the Terran Atlas readme file for 
information on how to use the Atlas search modes.  There 
is a new Terran Atlas Tab in the Main Options (F3) which 
allows you to switch primary Atlas, whether to place the 
database in edit mode, whether to show the Olson database 
time zone messages and a path to the atlas files.  There 
are actually 2 directories (unicode and ansicode) for 
each version of the Atlas.  The unicode version has 
special characters which might make data hard to find 
unless you have a special keyboard (to type umlauts and 
such).  If you don't want to type in special characters, 
then don't change the default directory.

** Version - Fixed bug that caused some Solar Arc 
directions to go backwards.  Added the ability to print 
sorted asteroid lists and create Acrobat files.  I've been 
working on the accuracy of return charts in the Derivative 
charts dialog window and added the topocentric option.  
Geocentric lunar returns and topocentric lunar returns for 
the natal location will work fine, but generating a 
relocated topocentric lunar return will show a position of 
the Moon that is not quite that of birth but may be 
derived from the topocentric lunar position at birth at 
the relocated nativity.  I will have to check into this 
further with the debugger.

** Version - Fixed a bug that prevented lot lists 
and Aspects to be printed as Acrobat files together.  I've 
also brought transit delineations from Timaeus to Delphic 
Oracle.  I am working to make these delineations come up 
as specific to the rulers of a given house.  For now they 
are lumped together, but in a future version the text 
selection will be specific to the house ruler.  For now 
you just need to know which planets rule a given house in 
your chart and look in the generated list of all 12 houses.

** Version - There is a new data window that shows 
ecliptic latitude, speed, right ascension, etc for all of 
the planets and currently 108 asteroids.  The lists will 
sort when clicking on the header column.  For instance, 
clicking on the speed column will sort asteroids or 
planets from fast to slow, or clicking on ecliptic 
longitude will sort according to longitude, etc.  The 
asteroid database is a fully customizable, user defined 
database that is capable of calculating all asteroids for 
which there are ephemeris files which you can download by 
FTP from the Astrodienst website (  See 
the help file for details on how to add new asteroids to 
the database and download files by FTP (there is a help 
button in the lower database section for this).  Because 
the update needs the files for the 108 asteroids, you need 
to download the new ephemeris installation from your 
registered users page which has also been updated to 
include these files.

** Version - Added the AutoSizeFont property to 
the chart designer (F2).  When set to True (default), this 
has the effect of automatically setting the font sizes for 
all your glyphs in the chart display based upon a number 
of screen factors.  Most of the time, this will be 
satisfactory, but if you wish to tweak the sizes, then you 
need to set AutoSizeFont = False so that your values will 
not be overwritten.  Make sure you click Apply or Save at 
the bottom of the Chart Designer to keep these values.

In the Database window, I have added code to match the 
column widths for the search and chart database data and 
these will remain consistent when you resize columns.

** Version - Fixed minor bug at the bottom of 
Universal Hermetics report that showed glyphs without 
using the Astro font.  A few shortcuts have been changed 
such as Ctrl + V which should be reserved for pasting but 
brought up print preview.  Print Preview no longer has a 
shortcut.  Also removing charts from the list used to be 
<Ctrl + Del> and now it is simply the delete key by 
itself.  I also made the Chart File Manager a little more 
intuitive by placing the save functions at the top and 
the new database creation at the bottom of the window.

A significant change is now in place regarding UAC (User 
Account Control) that will allow users to install to the 
Program Files directory that involves setting the 
execution level as "invoker" internally which is standard 
practice in Vista and Windows 7.  The Rave Engine 
printing procedures required installation to the Users 
Documents folder because the print.rav file was not 
picking up the path to the chart image for printing and 
Acrobat file generation.  I solved this by hard coding 
the path to the bitmap within the print.rav file under 
the Users Public folder: C:\Users\Public\Zoidiasoft 
Technologies\Delphic Oracle 5\chart.bmp instead of using 
Param.Bitmap datafield assignment (or FileLink) which 
wasn't working from the RvProject component.

The users .zcf files (chart database files) have been 
moved down one directory under \Zoidiasoft Technologies
\Delphic Oracle 5\Files in a default install.   Users 
do not need to change existing database files to fit 
unless they want to.  You can create your own databases 
in multiple directories as long as they are not in secure 
zones on your PC.  I removed the confusing Chart File 
dialog creation that required you to click OK allowing a 
potential name change which was bad practice and now it 
simply creates the file as long as it is a unique file 
name and gives feedback about where it was created 
immediately after.

If you want to change existing database files over to the 
new default location, first make a backup copy of your 
existing chart (*.zcf) files.  You can either do this 
manually using windows explorer or use the Chart | 
Database | Backup function.  Then you can copy these files 
over to the new location.  Last go into Chart | SaveAs and 
delete the file paths that you no longer need.  The Backup 
function will create backup files by the same name, except 
that it uses a .bak extension.  Simply renaming to use a 
.zcf extension will make the file work as a .zcf file.  
Alternatively, you can use the Chart | Database | Restore 
function and it will do this automatically.  Be careful 
with restore!  This will overwrite any changes that you've 
made since the last restore and you could potentially lose 
data.  There is an over-write prompt to keep you from 
doing this accidentally.

** Version - Finished the print and Acrobat 
routines for the square chart view.  Discovered the 
problem that some people are having with printing and this 
has to do with the Rave print engine.  There is a fix for 
this.  See the FAQ on my site for more information on how 
to fix your printer errors.

** Version - Fixed bug in the HTML report that 
caused broken images in the Lot List.

** Version - Added China Coast time to user 
defined time zones and added an Autolookup checkbox for 
the ACS Atlas in the Locations window (F4).

** Version - Made changes to the window docking 
routines to make better use of space.

** Version - Made minor modification to the print 
routines to make sure that only print.rav in the root 
directory is used (not the Acrobat directory).

** Version - I accidentally included the full path 
to the help file but should have used the relative path.  
Context sensitive help has been fixed in this version.  

Petri Laakso points out that the chart database files were 
overwritten with the new install.  I will have to include 
a backup routine for updates to Delphic Oracle.  For now, 
if you have any charts saved to .zcf files, make sure you 
go to that directory (using windows explorer) and copy the 
*.zcf files (such as natal.zcf) to an alternate location 
before you re-install.  After re-install, copy those files 
back overwriting the new files.  I have now checked "never 
overwrite" and "permanent" in the InstallShield properties 
for the database files, but just in case you should back 
these up until I write a routine that will do this.

** Version - This version has a complete help file
in html help format, a complete index, is searchable and 
has a table of contents.  This file has about 400 topics 
and is organized in 2 sections: how to and reference.  The 
reference section starts with a broad overview and then 
each function on the main menu is explained in the section 
listed under the sub menu which makes knowing where to 
look much easier.  Of course the help file is context 
sensitive and linked to each window of the application.  
Just press F1 and the focus will tell where to open the 
help file to.  It is also Vista compatible.

** Version - Updated the components in the Default 
Location window to include button edit fields (buttons 
attached to edit fields).  It also now returns the Place 
name after doing an ACS Atlas lookup.  I am currently 
writing help files in HTML format which are also context 
sensitive.  Main Group Bar now also retains styles between 

** Version - Fixed bug in main statusbar which sets 
the font to make astrological characters unrecognizable.  
The miscellaneous reports have also been updated with 
correct character recognition for the dignities, eminence 
sections, etc.  Toolbars still need work to prevent resize 
problems - I recommend opening this section with the 
docked tab area maximized for best effect for now.

** Version - Added a popup menu for delineations 
of chart positions to the main chart viewer tab. You can 
right click the chart to get delineations of planet 
positions. Added a few new color themes and settings. 
Fixed bug in the lunar monomoiria and 9 years of the Moon 
procedures that showed no glyph for Capricorn (9 years 
method) and did not correctly initialize the lunar 
monomoiria method.

I also initialized the print preview function so that it 
will show a Gif image upon showing the window.  It will 
also automatically size the window to be large enough to 
be able to show the main chart image in WYSIWYG format 
(What You See Is What You Get).  If the image is too 
large and you want it to be smaller so that the extra 
space isn't added to the graphic, then drag the window to 
be the same size as the chart and if it is too small, it 
will automatically correct to include all graphic memory.

** Version - Fixed bug that prevented transfer of 
decimal coordinates for latitude and longitude from the 
Locations window and the Derivative charts window.  Also 
fixed icon alignment so that image indexes make proper 
sense for the procedure it initiates.  Calendar window 
and Reports window are 2 examples.  Reset default size of 
aspectarian so that it is smaller for first time users.  I
also fixed the preview of the ascendant and midheaven 
degrees in the new chart setup window so that the glyph 
for Capricorn will show up (according to date style) such 
that European format will show the medieval cap glyph and 
American date style will show modern Capricorn glyph.

** Version - Fixed bug that prevented charts from 
being retained for the next user session.  The file was 
saved to the wrong directory because of a missing "\".

** Version - Aspect and Testimony lines are now 
drawn for the asHellenistic AspectStyle property of the 
AspectWheel.  The asShowAll shows platic (sign based only) 
aspects and the sign ascensions in the middle of the 
wheel.  The asPlatic style shows sign based aspects (or 
testimony) and also shows separating (divergent) 
configurations.  The asShowAscensions shows only the 
ascensional times without aspect lines.  At this time, 
the asHellenistic style does not show "outside the sign" 
aspects if any exist and does not restrict the Moon's orb
to a "day and a night".

I also updated the Chart Designer Apply button to show a
message dialog to let you know when default settings have 
been set.  Fixed bug in Circumambulations time lord 
procedure that set the first bound lord incorrectly in 
the time lord listings, time lord graph and current time 
lord listing.

** Version - Fixed bug in the PNA that caused 
planets that were in their own places or places of a sect 
mate to be in alien places.  Also rescaled the printing 
so that glyphs in the planet wheel and house wheel have 
better collision avoidance.

** Version - Added version 2.0 of the Swiss Eph 
Dll and moved the whole sign houses selection over to the 
main options (F3).  The Krusinski-Pisa dynamical divisions 
were added as a result of this.  Also, there was no longer 
a need for the whole sign checkbox in the window where 
wheel setups are done.  To enable the house numbering drop 
down list in the wheel setup, you will have to select the
whole sign house system under the dynamical divisions on 
the general tab of the main options (F3).

** Version - Routed the direct printing from the 
main window to the output printer so that printing works 
without having to generate a PDF file to print.  Print 
preview however still needs work.

** Version - Compiled a new version of the windows 
installer for users of Vista, Xp and Win 2000 using the 
old InstallShield application.  This installation is a 
solid one and will work on all 3 OS's.  A system restart 
is required.  Ignore the check for updates (uncheck this 
box) on the last page of the installation.  You might 
want to uninstall the InstallAware version to save space 
if you already downloaded version 5+, but that is not 

I added the ability to seek current paths that are needed 
after installation to update the chart database directories, 
Html / Printing directories and the root and retained 
charts directory.  These buttons can be found on the Paths 
Tab of the General Options (F3).  One should be careful not 
to use the Rewrite Chart Database button (there is a dialog 
to prevent accidental clicks) unless one is sure they want 
to redo the database.  If you use this, it will wipe out 
the links to databases you created.  Chart files that you 
saved to existing databases will be the only ones spared. 
This button is for users who are having difficulty setting 
up the correct paths.  If this is the first time installing 
version 5 then directory setting is handled automatically 
if you accept the default installation location.  If not, 
you will want to use the Seek Current Paths feature.

** Version - Fixed bug in Nautical Metaphor Wizard 
where wrong font was used.  Linked rectification tool to 
the lot listings so rectified values will show up in the 
printout and Acrobat reports.

** Version - Finished Acrobat output for the Lot 
Listings.  Set EmbedFont property in the Rave reporting 
engine to true.  Updated Chr() defaults in CMChartData 
to the current font.  Now saves the columns[0].width 
property in the ListView component for the lots when 
closed and restores the width when open to whatever width 
you set the columns so that the setting is persistent.

** Version - Added sorting to the Lot Listings 
using the ListView component.  Click on the columns to do 
an alphasort for that column.  The Ecliptic Longitude 
gives real values for the positions of the lots and will 
sort in true numeric fashion.  I still have to modify the 
Acrobat output and printing to reflect the new sorting.

I've also been hunting for vestiges of AztroZoidsoft.ttf 
settings in components which may not be on your machine 
because I changed this to AstroZT.ttf.  If you find any 
more odd looking glyphs in any areas of the program, let 
me know.

** Version - Fixed bug that didn't allow an 
override of the ACS Atlas when the zone button is pressed.

** Version - Fixed bug in the registration routine 
that would not allow users to upgrade which would cause 
program to seize after 30 days.

** Version - Fixed bug in the main status bar that 
prevented display of the astrological font.  Color 
coordinated all 3 display types for the Group Bar and 
added a new Chart group to the group bar which matches the 
Chart menu function.  Finished linking reports sub menu in 
the main menu.  Printing works for circular charts, but 
not for square charts (not programmed yet).

** Version - This is nearly a complete overhaul of 
the previous version at the deepest levels.  Written in 
D2009, it is Unicode compliant which means that foreign 
language versions of this program can be made available in 
the future.  The ACS Atlas lookups now use the wide 
character format instead of the old ASCII format.  The 
ChartWheel Designer allows the modification of wheels, 
visibility, colors and glyphs and draws up to 4 wheels at 
a time.  You can specify how far out from the center you 
want the wheels to be with the InnerRingRadius and 
OuterRingRadius properties and you can also determine 
whether these are visible at all.  You can generate many 
types of chart displays just by using some wheel types 
(making them visible) and hiding the ones you don't want 
visible.  For example to get a modern wheel I hid the 
sign, tick and bound wheels and in the HouseWheel, set 
ShowSignGlyphs to true (and Whole sign houses to false in 
the wheel setup dialog - CTRL + W).  Once all the 
properties are set for a given wheel type (uni-wheel, 
bi-wheel, etc) you should go to the Wheels Tab and specify 
a wheel theme, making sure to select the correct wheel 
type for your intended theme.  That way, you can get these 
settings back just by double clicking on a saved wheel 
theme and clicking apply.  The next time you draw the 
wheel it will be done with the settings for that wheel 
type.  The Visibility Tab gets rid of the checkboxes using 
two listboxes one with the selected planets and points and 
one with unselected planets and points, just drag between 
or select and press the left or right arrow buttons.  The 
Glyphs Tab allows you to select the glyphs (or pictures) 
you want to use for your planets, signs, etc.

On the Wheels Tab of the ChartWheel Designer at the top, 
select the wheel type you want to work on.  This will 
take several seconds to load the properties and you will 
see a label to the right of the categorize checkbox 
indicating what wheel type has been loaded.  Toggle the 
categorize checkbox to see the effects.  This checkbox 
will retain its state through sessions and it is not 
necessary to click the save or apply button as it is 
saved automatically when you close the window.  There 
are 3 categories that pertain to font sizes which can 
be modified according to your taste.  HouseGlyFontSize 
property in the Font Sizes - House Wheel category will 
only show a change if ShowSignGlyphs in the HouseWheel 
section is set to true and the HouseWheel is itself 

Each of the wheels of each type (PlanetWheel, TickWheel, 
etc...) all have an inner ring radius and an outer ring 
radius which define the contents of the wheel.  The 
OuterRingRadius is supposed to be larger than the 
InnerRingRadius property as the radius is a real number 
which has to be within a range of 0.0 to 1.0.  First 
decide which wheels you want visible and then set the
desired radii for each wheel making sure that none of 
values for the visible wheels overlap.  If they do, the 
drawing will probably look a bit strange.  I usually
match the radii of the InnerRingRadius and the next 
OuterRingRadius.  For example the HouseWheel - 
InnerRingRadius property would usually match the 
PlanetWheel - OuterRingRadius property (0.67) for the
LargeWheel (Uni-Wheel) type.  Once you have settings 
set up, it is a good idea to click apply and then 
redraw the chart style that you are interested in to 
see if you are getting the desired result.  Remember 
to show the same number of wheels as you are working on
so if you are working on a bi-wheel style, then you 
to select 2 charts to display to see the effects, as 
displaying a uni-wheel by double clicking on a chart 
at top right will not show your modifications.

Special properties on the Wheels Tab:

DegreeAsPortion: When PlanetListType is set to 
plDegreeOnly this will always round up the degrees a 
planet has such that a planet at 11Ta01 will show a 
12 when only listing degrees.  When degrees are listed 
alone the retrograde color is used for the degree 
notation (See Colors Tab at bottom).

AspectLineStyle / TestimonyLineStyle: This is in the
AspectWheel section and draws aspect and testimony 
lines according to the Antiochus Definitions as 
translated by Robert Schmidt.  As of the initial 
version, these have not been enabled to draw yet.

ShowSignGlyphs: In the House and Number wheel you can 
toggle this to true or false.  At this time the Number 
wheel version of this property has no effect because 
there is no drawing code for this in house numbering. 
This can be useful for the House Wheel though especially 
if you like to show a modern feel when the Tick, Sign 
and Bound wheels visible properties is set to false, 
then you can make the HouseGlyFontSize really large 
and pass this off as a sign wheel with Koch or Placidus 
dynamical divisions (be sure to uncheck use Whole Sign 
Houses - Ctrl + W).

Once you have everything showing the way you want it,
you will not want to lose these settings the next time 
you modify, so go to the Themes Tab and on the Wheels
section type in a new theme name (making sure the 
correct wheel type is showing to the left of the edit 
field) and then click on the add button to the right.  
The next time you want to get back to this group of 
settings all you have to do is double click on the 
theme and click Apply at the bottom.  The next time 
you draw a chart of that type, it will be done in 
that style.

Visibility Tab:

I did away with the checkboxes and replaced it with 
two listboxes indicating planets that are selected 
for display and those that are not.  There is a save 
and restore button sandwiched between these two list 
boxes that saves the visibility setting for a given 
planet wheel.  There are up to 4 planet wheels that 
can be displayed depending upon the chart type.  A 
Uni-Wheel will always use PlanetWheel(1) and will be 
inner most.  Make sure to select which wheel to set 
visibility for in the top CombBox.  You can drag 
multiple planets / points at a time here or click the 
arrow buttons.

Once you have the visibility settings done, specify a
visibility theme on the Themes tab in the same way 
that you did for the Wheels Tab above.  If you are 
working on a bi-wheel, then just set wheels 1 and 2 
and set a theme.

Colors Tab:

This has been changed from version 4 as well and now 
uses ColorEdit Dialogs for each planet / sign / point. 
Custom colors can be set up to the number of colors 
allowed by your display.

Once you colors are set, go to the Themes Tab to set 
a color theme.

Glyphs Tab:

This is new in version 5.  I decided not to hard-code 
the glyphs that you might decide to use and you can 
use virtually any glyph that is shown by the AstroZT 
font.  In the future I may enable font selection as 
well so you can use different fonts.  An artistic use 
for this is that for the signs, I have added pictures 
of the signs and not just the sign glyphs themselves.

Once the Glyphs are set, you can set a Glyph Theme 
on the Themes Tab to save this group of settings.

Auto-Generated Charts:

In Version 4 I added the ability to draw transits on 
the outside wheel from a natal chart when double 
clicking on a sub period, clicking on the time lords 
graph or the graphic ephemeris.  In version 5 you can 
specify what kinds of charts to automatically generate 
outside from the natal wheel and in which order, but 
because a quad-wheel is the largest number possible 
only 3 chart types can be selected at a time.  To set
this go to the Main Options (F3) and click on the 
Auto Generated Charts Tab.  There is a save and 
sandwiched between the selected chart types and the 
un-selected chart types.  Just drag over the charts 
that you want and then drag up and down in the list 
to specify the order.  The top most on the selected 
list represents the innermost next to the natal 
chart and the bottom is the outer most.  You can 
show secondary progression, tertiary progression,
solar arc and transits at this time.

The advantage to this display is that you can study 
time lords and these positions side-by-side and they 
will be synchronized with the onset of time lord 
periods that you have clicked on.  There is no need 
to set these charts up manually outside of the 
display area as would be the case with Solar Fire's 
progression / transits calculator.  The default 
location is used for all auto-generated charts (F4).

Chart Database:

The chart database has been redesigned so that several 
charts can be saved to the same file.  Each file is a 
file group with several charts and each group can be 
searched individually or searched globally.  These files 
have a .zcf ending, such as natal.zcf, event.zcf, etc.  
It is important to specify the correct path to these 
files in the save dialog if you have specified a different
location during installation.  You can specify your own 
new databases as well at the bottom of the file manager 
window (Save Dialog).  On Vista, these need to be saved 
to your documents folder as they can't be saved inside 
Vista secure zones.  You can import your old files from 
v 4 to version 5 under the chart menu and toolbar.

Docking Style:

Nearly all analysis windows will dock to the right of 
the chart display and the main window has several 
splitter controls with grabber arrows.  Clicking on an 
arrow will shift the splitter all the way in the 
direction of the arrow.  There are 3 states that the 
window can be docked in: minimized to the dock panel, 
tacked up to the top (maximized) or tacked sideways 
which will minimize the window that is not active.  
It is possible for windows to be behind other windows 
here, so it is a good idea to close out old windows 
when you are finished with them, but it can be useful 
to tab between several windows you are using during 
chart analysis.


The printing routines are not completely finished in 
this version and will be updated shortly (Square chart 
style is not finished yet).  Also for some reason the 
InstallAware sometimes forgets to install the font and 
it doesn't allow me to specify a system restart which 
is necessary.  So don't bother to start the program 
after installation, you should check to see if the font 
AstroZT.ttf (AstroZT Semibold) is installed first (not 
AstroZoidsoft semibold which is for version 4 if you 
have it).  If not present, just drag the font from your 
install directory to the windows font's directory and 


Minimum system requirements:

  * Intel Pentium or higher
  * Mac OSX 10.6+ (VMware)
  * Microsoft Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / Xp
  * Memory: 1 GB of RAM
  * 100 MB hard disk space
  * VGA or higher resolution monitor
  * Mouse or other pointing device

1.) Extract the files inside to a 
temporary directory. 
2.) Browse to the directory where you extracted the files. 
3.) Double click on Setup.exe and follow the onscreen

***** Don't forget to make backup copies!


-- In cases where a multi wheel is shown, the data for the 
Universal Hermetics, lots, delineations of houses and PNA 
are for the outermost wheel, not the inner most in the way 
one might expect.  The fix for this is simple... if this 
kind of orientation disturbs you, simply redraw the chart 
by double clicking on the chart you want to examine so 
that it is a single wheel and do the analysis that way.

-- The Export Editor sometimes shows the exported time 
lords in a machine designated font by default instead of  
the AstroZT.ttf font that is native to Delphic Oracle.  All 
you have to do here is select all the text in the editor 
and select the AstroZT font from the font combo box.


The online Help files that accompany this release may be 
updated from time to time to provide corrections, 
clarification, additional examples and other new 
information. Updates will be available for download from 
the Lost Horoscope X-Files Web site at:


Zoidiasoft Technologies home page:


For More Information On The Ancient methods:


The author, Curt Manwaring may be reached for tech support:
phone: 315-200-2025


Robert Schmidt's work in the translation of Hellenistic
astrological texts is the sole basis for this program.  
Without his help in understanding the philosophy and 
practice of astrology from that era, this program could 
not exist, nor would have ever had a reason to be written.

Bill Johnston (a student of Schmidt's) laid out the 
algorithms for many of the time lord procedures that I 
followed, along with suggestions for reports, and other 
features too numerous to mention.

The Swiss Ephemeris, of course, needs no explanation.

The ACS Atlas was developed by Astro Communications 
Services and can be found at:
Contact Bill Purchase for special pricing discounts.

Kenneth Hirst developed the "Astro" font back in 1993 and 
with a few modifications, it is now also licensed to Curtis 
Manwaring.  This font was originally used in the program 
"Astrology World".  As for the modifications, Ken 
"fontified" the drawings of the glyphs that I made for the 
lots of fortune, spirit, exaltation and basis.

Astro font is Copyright 1993, Cosmorama Enterprises, P.O. 
Box 5362, Irvine, California 92716. All rights reserved.
This font is proprietary.

Albert Timashev was very helpful in design suggestions
and testing.  He helped in debugging font and form display
issues that affect international users and showed me how to
import the ocx control for the ACS Atlas.  He is a Delphi
programmer and runs the site:

The TGifImage unit used for creating gif files from drawing 
code in Delphic Oracle is the work of Anders Melander and
is offered as freeware.  He is reachable at:

Finsensvej 79, 2tv.
DK-2000 Frederiksberg

Delphic Oracle's exe and dll files use UPX to keep file 
sizes small.  It was developed by Markus Oberhumer and 
Laszlo Molnar:



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