About Time WheelsTM
Time wheels are one of the unique ways that Delphic Oracle displays time lord activation in a chart, not available in any other program. Instead of placing planets in the wheel, shaded time sections show when the temporal field is active and hovering your mouse over the small glyph in the center of the time section (or over a time needle) will give information about that period that is currently active, the level that it's active on, and the date of onset which typically spans a period of time. It's very useful to know what areas of the chart have more prominence than others and time wheels achieve this by drawing your eye to the highlighted sections. In the case of profections of the various types, there's also the option to show the incremential pointer (a medieval invention). Time Wheels are part of the Autogenerated Charts function in Delphic Oracle WL and Delphic Oracle XPF versions.
Time Wheels are automatically generated by double clicking on a time lord listing or on graphs or any output such as the graphical ephemeris which gives dates. All listings such as Primary Directions, Firdariyyah, Distributions of the Solar Revolution, and all Hellenistic time lord procedures as well as graphical listings of these methods will generate the relevant time wheels for comparison simply by clicking on the graph or double clicking on the date. Simply set your default wheels on the Autogenerated Charts tab after pressing F3 and they can be selected and set in any order. Below is a picture of what time wheels looked like when they were first introduced (and still available in Delphic Oracle WL).
In the XPF version, the "music score" effect is gone (click image for larger view).
You can also include fixed stars or any wheel types (up to 5 wheels in all). I added an extra wheel because I was working with a natal chart with profections, transits and zodiacal releasings from the lot of fortune and spirit. But sometimes I work with just profections while viewing zodiacal releasing in list or graph form...
A similar arrangement is available in the XPF version as shown below...
As you can see, this can get quite crowded. By limiting the visibility of outer planets one can focus more easily on the relevant planets in some of the older time lord procedures. You can "drill down" the heirarchy of prediction methods by using the primary directions at the most general level and then use the profections and transits in the time wheel. By seeking the domicile or exaltation lord of the more general times and finding where that planet is in the nativity, one knows when the general times come into "focus" as Schmidt would say when the sub period is activated. For instance, if the general period is Leo, then if the Sun is in Taurus, the focus of the times is the Taurus period which is when "events" that mark the period are likely to be most noticable.
Another view of the XPF version with transits and profections of the ascendant on the outside. The main display is configurable in ways too many to count!
When you glide your mouse over the color shaded sections or arrows you can see the onset of these periods and they can be animated forward or backward in time with the use of the transit toolbar at the top. These shaded sections show what time lords are currently active at the time and by gliding your mouse over the planets, which shows the sect and winds you can tell which periods are difficult and which are easy. Most of the time there is a mixture, but a key to decoding these sequences is to compare past periods on the same level and then recall what the issues were at the time. Often one finds parallels between the same level periods (I usually look at the 2nd and 3rd level periods in this regard as lifetimes aren't long enough to compare major periods and level 4 periods tend to be too trivial to notice significant parallels). Valens has rules for interpreting the most general periods though which usually last more than a decade.
Time lords that are currently part of the Hellenistic section of the program:
- Quarters of the Moon
- Balbillus Procedure
- Idealized Balbillus (aka 129 Year System)
- Annual, Monthly and Daily Profections
- Lunar Monomoiria
- Zodiacal Releasing Fortune
- Zodiacal Releasing Spirit
- Zodiacal Releasing (user defined)
- Nine Years of the Moon
- Yearly Circular Period Circumambulations
- Monthly Circular Period Circumambulations
- Daily Circular Period Circumambulations
- Ascensional Times of the Signs
- Standard Annual Divisions
- Annual Divisions of Hephastio
- Annual Divisions of Maternus
- Valens Annual Divisions
- Valens X4 Annual Divisions
- Annual Division by Domicile
- Annual Divisions of Junctinus