Timaeus Software Release Notes

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

This program monitors the sky for changing astrological 
conditions and is geared toward medieval, horary and 
electional astrology.  It is also capable of sounding 
audible alerts when a planet/degree crosses an angle.  
It displays the current planetary hour glyph in the system 
tray.  Timaeus is a "real time" monitor of astrological 
events, but can be used to research future or past dates.













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
Installing Timaeus:

** To install, after unzipping the files to a temporary 
directory, click on setup.exe and follow the instructions.


Timaeus needs to know your geographic location.  To find
your location, go to:


You will need to set your time zone and check whether you
are currently on daylight/summer time.

Then check how often you want it to recalculate the hour
status and whether or not you want to have a beep at the
hour change.

If you want to monitor your birth chart for aspects, you
will have to set this up as well.


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.

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates 2015e - 

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates 2015c - 

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates 2015a - 

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

Version - Includes the Olson time zone updates 
2014h - 2014j.  GUI styles have been updated to match 
what's available in Delphic Oracle 7 which includes the 
themes used by Delphic Oracle as well.  You should find 
several new themes installed for colors, glyphs, wheels 
and visibility.  It is important to make sure Timaeus 
isn't running while you install this update.  When 
applying color themes, keep in mind that there is a 
ColorStyle property on the Wheels tab that should be set 
(if you don't like the way a color theme looks, change 
the color style for the wheel to something else and then 
apply and redraw.  The font file AstroZTreg.ttf is now 
the default (AstroZT) font file included in the 
installation for Timaeus.  If you have the semi-bold 
version of this font, you might want to remove it from 
the Windows Fonts folder to avoid potential confusion.
Also, all Rave reports have been converted to FastReports 
which includes all of the new exports found in Delphic 
Oracle 7.

Version - Added backup zone lookup for storage of 
duplicate locations when zone returns undefined in the 
Terran Atlas from the main source. 

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 - Includes the Olson time zone update 
2014g.  Also includes improvements from Delphic Oracle in regards to handling Terran Atlas duplicate 
data (which allows you to save location data as default 
that is a duplicate of the search result that is not 
first in the list).  The main difference here is that 
the default location of the Monitor tab overrides the 
default location you have for new chart setups whenever 
you double click on one of the system tray icons to show 
a chart.  This means that you can actually have 2 default 
locations active, but the one that is stored in the New 
Chart Setup window is overridden.  To get it back, when 
the window is showing, click on the location button and 
click Restore.

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update 
2014f.  Searches of the Terran Atlas included with Timaeus 
are now case insensitive.

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates 2014c - 
2014e.  Also includes the speed update for Delphic Oracle

Version - Includes the Olson time zone update 

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 - 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 - Raised the limit of the number of 
autogenerated charts to be calculated to 5 (forgot to 
remove the restriction on drag and drop or the use of 
transfer buttons between the 2 lists, but double click 
circumvented this restriction anyway).  Also enabled a 
couple of the View menu links which I forgot to connect.

Version - This version is almost identical to 
Delphic Oracle (minus the Hellenistic "System of Hermes" 
section) so much of the information about this version of 
Timaeus can be found in the Delphic Oracle 7 readme.  The 
chart designer is now identical with Delphic Oracle 7 and 
includes the display of fixed stars and all display types 
that Delphic Oracle 7 has, including the Medieval and 
Hellenistic square views.  It also contains all updates 
from the Medieval section of Delphic Oracle including the 
primary directions based upon Martin Gansten's PDDC course.  
As with version 7 of Delphic Oracle, it also includes 
import and export using Quickchart format so that you can 
bring charts from other programs into Timaeus 9 Pro.

Timaeus has also merged with the same databases used by 
Delphic Oracle 7 so you can create charts in Timaeus 9 Pro 
and save them and later open the same charts using Delphic 
Oracle 7.  Also, if you only use the system tray functions 
of Timaeus 9 Pro and have Delphic Oracle 7 installed, you 
have a new option to run Delphic Oracle by double clicking 
on the planetary hour or rising sign icons.  If you have 
no retained charts in Delphic Oracle 7, then it will 
generate a current chart with the ability to examine in 
Delphic Oracle instead of Timaeus.  This process is not as 
fast as using the native Timaeus display window, but it has 
the advantage of allowing you to use the more advanced 
methods in Delphic Oracle 7 without having to copy the 
current chart data.  To do this, right click on the 
planetary hour icon and select Options | General and check 
"Use Delphic Oracle to show current sky conditions".  For 
this to work, you must also have "Current Sky" option 
enabled in the "On Double click, Show..." on the top right 
of the same tab.

In regards to database sharing, I haven't implemented any 
mutex (mutual exclusion object) since this is set up for a 
single user who will presumably not edit the same database 
in both programs simultaneously.  If you're working in 
Timaeus and saving files to the shared databases (you can 
add your own that will only be seen by the program you use 
to add a new database), you will need to reopen the 
database in the other program to see the new data.  If you 
want to add databases that will be seen by both Timaeus 
and Delphic Oracle, simply add the same file name and path.  
The new database will be empty in both programs until you 
add charts.  If you have an existing database that you want 
the other program to see, be careful that you don't 
overwrite an existing database with a blank one.  First 
back it up using one of the programs to generate a *.bak 
file, then when you have added the same named database 
using the other program, use the restore function to 
recover the one that was overwritten using the *.bak file 
(found under Charts | Database | Restore).  The default 
location is in the users documents folder under \Zoidiasoft 
Technologies\Chart Database Files\.

If you're a user of Timaeus 9 Pro, you can upgrade to 
Delphic Oracle 7 at reduced price by logging into your 
registered users page.


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

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

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.

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".

Version - Fixed a bug in sidereal mode that gave 
incorrect alerts for transiting planets.  This bug did not 
affect rising sign alerts.

Version - Adds several more GUI styles to the list 
in the main window and includes a bug fix for those whose 
planetary hour icon disappears.  It is using a new data 
structure and the old outdated one from 2001 is now gone.

Version - Includes Olson time zone updates for 

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.  This also 
includes the GUI Styles and the switch from gif to jpeg 
files for html file generation.  See readme for Delphic 
Oracle as this includes the same changes for 
Timaeus 8 pro except for the extended heliacal phenomena 

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 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 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.  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.

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 - Added the Alfirdaria window to Timaeus 
Pro which matches the same additions that were added to 
Delphic Oracle -  The F5 key brings up 
the Medieval Time Lord / System settings for Alfirdaria 
which are added to an adjacent Tab from the Primary 
Directions tab and Essential Dignities Tab.

Version - Corrects the LMT bug that Michael 
Sinclair pointed out and adds the Olson time zone changes 
in file 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 - Fixed a bug where Installshield did not 
allocate the working directory to shortcuts and fixed the 
registry entries for docked / floating windows that caused 
a range check error.

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 users.

There is a migration tool to help you move your registry 
settings from Timaeus 7 to Timaeus 8 Pro.  You can leave 
your chart files where they are if you want, but you can 
also update to the new default location by creating new 
files by the same names as the ones you created in the old 
version and then simply overwriting the new files with the 
old ones in the new location.  The file format is still 
the same so this is perfectly safe.

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 this).

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 http://www.aha-soft.com and some are 
combinations of icons placed together from free icon 

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 finished.

Version - Includes updates to the Terran Atlas 
that have to do with zone changes this spring for Chile, 
Russia, Alaska and several other locations.

Version - There has 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 field).

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 timaeus.exe.  If you already 
have the database files for cities (downloaded Terran 
Atlas or later) then all you need is Timaeus 
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 - 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 
Timaeus 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 - Have integrated the new Terran Atlas 
into Timaeus.  You may notice some changes in the controls 
that are more modern such as button edits.  The Atlas 
seems to be working very well.  For more information about 
the Terran Atlas, visit:


Version - Fixed bug that caused some Solar Arc 
directions to go backwards.  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 - Went back over old code to make the 
Chart Designer (F2) load faster and eliminated the 
message dialog that lets you know that this is loading 
when you start it.  Paul Hysen created unique sounds for 
all the zodiac signs rising on the horizon and these are 
added as well.  Also I made the routine that finds the 
users documents folder unicode-safe.  The changes will 
give a speed improvement in this version that allows it 
to run nearly as fast as Delphic Oracle 5.

Version - Fixed planetary hour printing bug by 
using the export routines from Delphic Oracle.  Now you 
can print planetary hours for several days in sequence by 
exporting each day's and night's hours and printing the 
assembled sequence from the Export Editor.

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 (www.astro.com).  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 initialization bug that got into 
version because I forgot to set the tab to About 
which starts the initialization.  If your icon never 
changes in the system tray, this is why.  This release 
fixes this.

Version - Finished the help file integration for 
version 7 of Timaeus.  This file is very similar to 
Delphic Oracle so there are a few images that aren't quite
exact, but they are very close to what is in Timaeus as 
I brought over the same routines just with a slightly 
different layout on the screen.

Version - Changed default creation directory in 
Chart File Manager (new file creation) to be consistent 
with Timaeus 7 standards (startup usually overrides this 
anyway).  I also changed the initialization sequence so 
that retained charts start when Timaeus starts and not 
when showing the chart display window.  This also avoids 
potential duplication of the retained charts in the list. 
I finished adding the groups from the View and Edit Menu 
to the Group Bar on the left side of the chart viewer.  
The Planetary Hours function in the main chart viewer 
will bring up the hours for the date of the currently 
displayed chart, but if the chart display is not showing 
and you get the hours from right clicking on the icon in 
the system tray, then it brings up the hours for the 
current date.

Version - Minor bug fix for displaying current 
chart - brought over latitude and longitude fields from 
Monitor Tab so that chart displays current location.

Version - This version represents a move toward 
the same standards I used in programming Delphic Oracle 
with most of the code the same.  In a sense, this program 
is "Delphic Oracle Lite", but as I add more calculations 
to this program it is likely to get as powerful as Delphic 
Oracle and a "Pro version" of Timaeus is likely to come 
out.  The Chart Designer, Graphic Ephemeris, Rectification 
and Transits toolbars, and Chart Database formats are 
directly from Delphic Oracle and the chart drawing 
routines are the same as Delphic Oracle.  What is 
different is that Schmidt's interpretive material is not 
in Timaeus and Timaeus is geared more toward a medieval 
interpretation for those interested in this and also for 
Horary and Electional astrology.  For this reason the help 
file included in this first release of version 7 uses the 
parts of Delphic Oracle Help where it is the same or 
similar to Timaeus.  There will be a later help file 
update to address those areas where Timaeus is different 
and to make already existing topics customized to Timaeus.
Because Timaeus is becoming like Delphic Oracle in many 
ways, it is not quite a separate program, so users of 
Timaeus will be able to upgrade to Delphic Oracle and 
users of Delphic Oracle will get discounts on Timaeus 
through their registered user's upgrade page.

The first thing you will notice is that there are 2 icons 
in the system tray, one for the planetary hour as before, 
and another one with the glyph for the current rising 
sign.  Right clicking on these will give a popup menu 
with several links to program functions.  By default, 
double clicking on either of these icons will load the 
chart display, though you can change the behavior of the 
double click in the Main Program Options.  Hovering over 
will give statistics in more detail about the current 
hour and rising sign and I also plan in the near future 
to include the applications and separations of the Moon, 
VOC status, etc.

Thanks to Paul Hysen for the new sound files that are 
now a part of Timaeus 7.  The zip package that has been 
on my site for the last couple of months called "Tibetan 
chimes" are a group of files he modified so that it 
would be easier on the nerves.

Version - I have removed support for Tele Hypnosis 
after having investigated what this was about.  There has 
been a debate about whether astrological programmers 
should inject their own beliefs into what they write and 
the popular opinion has been that they should not in order 
to accomodate all schools of thought.  I just thought that 
it was some form of hypnosis which I personally think is a 
bit goofy but harmless.  But in this case, I believe that 
it crosses ethical lines even if I personally believe that 
it won't change anything for those who enage in such 
activities.  I was contacted by the Tifareth Support team 
and asked to add this because some of their users were 
using Timaeus.  I'm sorry if anyone was offended.

Version - Fixed bug that reset the date on the 
Horoscope tab back to the current date when transits are 
wanted for different dates.

Version - Allows launching of Tele Hypnosis 
Pro.NET from Timaeus when a new planetary hour begins.  
See the Options Tab for settings.  You must specify the 
path and filename of Tele Hypnosis Pro.NET correctly or 
the program will not launch.  Also the program only 
launches for planets that you have checked on the Options 

Version - Changed the date formatting in the 
Setup Wizard and changed the handling of latitude and 
longitude fields slightly.  The date format now allows a
'-' for the date separator.  I recommend that for dates 
prior to 0 AD that you type "BC" after the date with a 
single space in between.  You can use the '-' symbol to
separate date characters but also for dates in the BCE 
range.  Note that if you use '-' for BC dates such as: 
6/10/-321 or 6-10--321 (latter looks a bit strange but 
works), you must remember to add a year.  The above date 
is for 322 BC but must be written as -321 when using a 
'-' or you could just write it like this: 6-10-322 BC.

Version 6.0.8 - Removed the old technique of loading an 
application in the system tray using the IsLibrary prop 
in favor of using the TCoolTrayIcon component.  I haven't 
actually implemented this component fully yet since the  
old code works.  This is a test fix for a potential cause 
of Timaeus not running when the Kerio firewall is 
installed.  Different firewalls seem to have no ill effect 
on Timaeus such as the Norton or Windows firewalls.

Version 6.0.7 - This synchronizes the font used between 
Timaeus and Delphic Oracle so that those using both 
programs will not have different glyphs used between the
two applications.  There is a new checkbox to switch to 
and from the hermetic lot glyphs for the Asc, Mc, Fortune 
and Spirit on the Glyphs Tab of the ChartWheel Designer.

Version 6.0.6 - Contains a fix for chart orientation bug. 
If the lot of fortune falls near a sign boundary and the 
glyph separation routines put fortune into the next sign 
so that other glyphs would not be overwritten, then it 
was possible to have the wrong sign at the 9 o'clock 
position, due to the fact that the glyph separation value 
pushed it into the next sign.  This update uses the actual 
value for the lot of fortune when calculating the chart 
orientation now.  Also I'd been playing around with the 
re-sizing of the chart window and forgot to re-include a 
line centering the drawing of the boundaries / terms 
which is important if you want the flood fill color to 
not bleed into surrounding boundaries.  This has been 
fixed as well.

Version 6.0.5 - Contains a correction for the recurring 
GPF bug.  This was caused by not initializing one of the 
new CMDateTime components in the Swiss Ephemeris unit to 
the correct date style.

Version 6.0.4 - Added debug info for those of you who are 
having problems running Timaeus.  If you get a message 
stating "Access Violation at ... read of Address ..." then
send me an email with the error address location so that 
I can trace this error.

Version 6.0.3 - Changed the glyph separation properties 
so that integers are read instead of real numbers since 
some regional settings could cause problems upon startup.

Version 6.0.2 - Improved the efficiency of calculations of 
updates to planet and angle positions.  Also changed the 
behavior of the themes so that restoring a theme setting 
that has already been saved requires a double click on 
that theme.  This is so that a single click will highlight 
the theme so that it can be deleted without loading that 
theme's settings into the ChartWheel Designer.

Version 6.0.1 - Added the Chart Designer from Delphic
Oracle to Timaeus which includes themes for grouping your
color and visibility settings.  The installation includes
my registry settings for color and visibility.

When coming up with a new color theme for your charts, it
is helpful to set the foreground and background colors
first, keeping in mind the contrast between these 2 colors
is important.  When setting the glyph colors, it is also
important to keep the background color in mind.

Timaeus has the ability to show bi-wheels and 6 different
chart orientations along with fortune, dynamical or topical
house division numbering.  The Wheel setup button handles
this and is located on the birth charts tab and on the
toolbar for the chart display as well.

To see transits to your natal chart when you double click 
on the icon in your system tray, you need to set the 
double click behavior to "Transits to Natal" on the Options 
Tab.  You will also need to open your chart in the Birth 
Charts tab.   Timaeus assumes that if there are multiple 
charts showing, the one that is selected in the list is the 
chart to be shown in the inner wheel, and if no chart is 
selected, that the first one on the list is to be shown on 
the inside wheel when you double click.  If there are no
charts open, then Timaeus shows a single wheel with the 
current sky conditions.

The new Chart Viewer can also be put into real time or
static mode.  When in real time, the chart display shows
the current sky and keeps up with the position update
frequency you specify on the Settings Tab.  Static mode
is the default and keeps the display the same so you can
study the position.

Since the Chartwheel Designer is the same as the one in 
Delphic Oracle, you can read more about it online:


Timaeus now uses the Swiss Ephemeris to find the times of
sunrise and sunset.  This includes calculation for 
atmospheric refraction with weather conditions as inputs
on the Settings Tab for temperature, atmospheric pressure
and altitude above sea level in meters.  These last 3
settings have a very minimal effect, but should please
the hyper-virgos among you.

The ACS Atlas lookup now behaves differently.  Upon lookup,
the Atlas will either display the results if found, or 
give a message as to the result just to the right of the 
checkbox "ACS Atlas Auto Lookup".  If nothing shows and
new data is found, it is listed in the edit fields, but
if the Atlas requires further input, it will either say 
"Not Found" or "Duplicates".  In the first case, the Atlas
did not find what you were looking for.  In the 2nd, it 
found multiple results.  In either case, you must open the
Atlas window by clicking the globe speed button next to 
the Zone button.  This means that if you are fortunate 
enough to live in a location with a unique name, that you
can leave the Auto Lookup checkbox checked, and expect it
to update Timaeus when you make the switch from Daylight/
Summer time to Standard time and vice versa (Timaeus 
checks this at program startup).

One last note: On the chart display, you will notice that
if you hover your mouse over a glyph that there is alot of
new information.  The most information is found for the 
planets [Sun..Saturn].  The new info is hellenistic in 
origin and originally comes from Delphic Oracle v 4 which 
will be out soon.


Version 5.7.0 - Finished writing the delineations for the 
aspects according to house lord.

Version 5.6.6 - Added ability to draw dynamical house 
division lines along with whole sign house lines (at Zero 
degrees of each sign).  New checkboxes for these settings 
are found on the options tab under the house selection.

Version 5.6.5 - Fixed a bug in the time exception handling 
section of the Horoscope Tab.

Version 5.6.4 - Added transparency to the chart drawings 
for chart position locations.  Before this, if you used a 
small glyph separation value, the degree symbols could 
partially white out an adjacent degree symbols if they 
were too close.

Version 5.6.3 - I decided to reverse the conditional ACS
Atlas checkbox so that now Atlas lookups will only happen 
when Auto Lookup is checked.  It is important to note that 
when the Atlas finds a duplicate location, the ACS Atlas 
window will pop up so that you can specify which similarly
named location you want to select.  Afterwards, be sure 
to uncheck this checkbox because the tab order could 
cause the Atlas window to show again if you forget.  
Click Apply or Save to make the settings permanent.

Version 5.6.1 - Fixed bug in Atlas duplicate lookups by
adding a checkbox that suppresses further lookups after a
duplicate city has been found.  It is advised that the
first time you do a lookup for a location that you leave
this checkbox unchecked.

Version 5.5.4 - Added more delineations, but still a few
left to do.

Version 5.5.3 - I am in the middle of adding delineations 
of transits by local determination (lord of house).

Version 5.5.2 - Corrects a bug where Chiron shows at 0 
Aries if Kronos is not checked in the Options Tab (It 
should have been Chiron assignment, not Kronos).  Also 
added the ability to use shortcut keys in cut, copy and 
paste in edit fields for latitude, longitude, date, etc.

Version 5.5.1 - I have changed the internal file format in 
order make birth chart files (*.cht) independent of runtime 
changes between European, American and Scientific date 
formats.  A new format has been implemented and in order to 
use your existing chart files, you will need to download 
and run the file conversion utility (fileconv.zip).


Version 5.5 - adds the dll interface for the ACS Atlas. 
You will be able to lookup location and zone info for more 
than 250,000 distinct locations worldwide.  Internally a 
new chart file format has been implemented, but Timaeus 
can still read the old file format.  You may pick up your 
copy of the Atlas directly from Astro Communications 
Services at a discount (see below in the Credits section).
With the Atlas, Timaeus automatically checks for time zone 
changes that occur with daylight savings / summer time at 
startup, streamlines the setup of birth charts and allows 
you to switch between locations by a single click on the 
settings tab.

Version 5.0.4 - Lowered price to $19.95, and CD shipping
charge is now $5 instead of $6.  The exe and dll files are 
now compressed (without loss of computation speed) by UPX.
See credits section for more information.

Version 5.0.3 - Makes corrections to trial period checking
so that Timaeus does not end your trial period prematurely.

Version 5.0.2 - Uses the new InstallShield to install 
Timaeus which has a repair / modify feature.  This also
means that the installation file will be significantly
more compact, insuring quicker downloads.  A new icon will
appear on your desktop for the Setup Wizard.  You should 
run this the first time you run Timaeus to set up your
location and your first birth chart.

Version 5.0.1 - Adds an updated help file with thoroughly
integrated help context support.  Click on the question
mark at the top right of the window and click on what you
don't understand.  A help window will go directly to the 

Version 5.0.0 - There are two major features added to this
application.  First is the ability to cast charts for 
planetary positions and display them graphically as well as
the ability to display a chart for the current sky.  This
program now uses the Swiss Ephemeris to calculate planetary

The next feature added is similar to the audible alerts
when a planet/degree crosses an angle, but instead, Timaeus
monitors the sky for aspects to natal charts that you cast,
and displays aspect information and delineation meanings of
the aspects.  This is found on the horoscope tab.  To use 
this feature you will first have to cast a natal chart by
clicking "New" on the "birth charts" tab.  A new chart
dialog will open up.  Once you have created the chart it
will display in the main listbox on the birth charts tab.
All charts that remain in the list are automatically 
retained and do not need to be saved, but if you wish to 
transfer the chart to Delphic Oracle, you need to save the 
chart and open it in Delphic Oracle, which is the reason
for the other buttons because you can also open charts in
Timaeus that were created in Delphic Oracle.  You can 
monitor as many charts as you wish to.  Once you have the
charts set up, then you go to the horoscope tab and select
a chart from the "select chart" listbox.  Double clicking
here will display the chart, a single click sets that chart
as the one to be researched.  Next set the date directly 
below the listbox (switching to this tab automatically
sets it to the current date and time).  Now you are ready
to see what aspects exist between the current sky positions
and the natal chart, so click "transiting aspects" and a
new list at the top will say "Astrological Indicators for..."
(the name of the chart).  It lists the aspect, the number of
degrees it is from exact, and whether it is applying or 
separating.  Applying aspects will be exact in the future
and show things that are in the future, separating aspects
show things from the recent past.  By clicking on the 
aspect, you will get what it means in the memo field below.
The other button in the "Horoscope Types" section that says
"planetary hours" shows the meaning of the current hour, 
and is a hold over from previous versions of Timaeus.

*** One important note:  To save on system resources, the
program stops updating planetary hour and position stats
whenever you have the notebook tab window open, with the
exception that updates resume if the statistics, schedule,
registration or about tabs are showing.  This means that if
you have been looking at aspects, and have spent 20 minutes
with that window open, clicking "View Current Sky" will 
show the sky as it was 20 minutes ago.  To resume, click
on the statistics tab and wait until the interval has 

There are many new settings on the options tab, most are 
related to the way graphical charts are displayed.  The 
most important setting that you are probably interested in 
is the "Transiting Aspect Orb".  This is used to exclude
aspects outside a given range.  Make this value higher to
include more aspects in your listing on the horoscope tab, 
or make it smaller to reduce the number of aspects listed. 
The "Default tab on double click" option is for selecting 
the behavior of Timaeus when you double click the icon in 
the system tray.  Select "View Current Sky" if you want to
see a graphical representation of the planets in the sky
when you double click the icon in the system tray.  The 
other options show various tabs in the application itself.
The Swiss Ephemeris path is the path to where you installed
the Swiss Ephemeris if you have it, if not then it uses the 
Moshier ephemeris to calculate positions.  If you're using
the Moshier ephemeris, then check the checkbox below the 
ephemeris path to hide Swiss Ephemeris messages.  The 
button with the manila folder is used to browse to the 
location where you installed the Swiss Ephemeris.  There 
are options for setting the zodiac (tropical or sidereal)
whether to use the true or mean node, whether coordinates 
should be topocentric or geocentric and for date format of 
the charts.  The chart display options allow you to change
the size of the glyphs, hide or display glyphs, change 
their color, etc.  You may also drag the corner of the 
chart window to make the display larger or smaller.  
Timaeus retains information about the display options 
between reboots.  After changing the settings make sure you 
either click the OK or Apply buttons at the bottom to save 
the settings.


Version 4.0.6 contains a fix for the leap year bug.

Version 4.0 - This version calculates the positions of the
planets.  The planetary calculation algorithms used are 
those derived by Jean Meeus in his book "Astronomical 
Algorithms" (c) 1991.  Jeffrey Sax (Belgium Astronomical 
Society) wrote the Pascal routines that calculate the 
planetary positions in Timaeus following Meeus's algorithms 
(with the exception of the Sun's position, Asc, MC, I/O 
routines/ windows routines, etc... which were done by Curt 
Manwaring).  Calculations of planet positions are highly 
accurate for the current era and gradually get worse the 
farther away from J2000 (Jan 1, 2000) you calculate 
positions for.  Timaeus rounds position results to the 
nearest arc-minute and all of the planets except Pluto 
are well within this 1 min arc accuracy.  The accuracy 
of Pluto however is not as good and can be as far off as 
30 - 40 arc minutes off for any date in our lifetimes and 
gets worse, as the time diverges from J2000.

The option to use any sidereal zodiac has been included in 
this version (along with the tropical zodiac) in the new 
"Options Tab".

Also, the alert capabilities have been expanded to include
the transiting planets crossing any of the 4 angles.  As 
for alert sounds, that too has been expanded and you can 
add your own *.wav files as long as they correspond to the
reference in the Sounds drop down list box.  Make sure 
your spelling is correct and that you include the ".wav"
extension.  For example, "aries.wav" or "sound1.wav" are 
acceptable names and will be picked up by Timaeus as long 
as it is in the same directory as Timaeus.exe.  You can
test the sound with the button to the right of the sound
drop down list box to see if you did the assignment right.


Version 3.13 - I realized that when I fixed the bug for
the July errors last summer in version 2.1 that I had
inadvertently reinstated the Jan 11th bug (see below).  I
decided to redo several routines in my CMStarDate
component and also try the iteration method for finding 
sunrise and sunset (also explained below).  I only did 
one pass of the data (I want to know if it works first 
before going further).  Sunrise/Sunset times appear to be 
more accurate and I am guessing to within 30 seconds in 
most cases.  This method will be most accurate at the
equator and less accurate farther north or south.  At my
latitude of 43 N, the accuracy appears to be within 30 
seconds of clock time (checking against Solar Fire v4).
The Jan 11 bug appears to be gone, but I will only know 
for sure after running it for several months under various
geographic locations and with the help of users.  Please
let me know if you find hour start times running backwards
or odd length hours (about 3x's normal).

Version 3.12 makes some minor changes in hot keys, making
sure there is no redundancy in underlined letters.  It 
also takes some safety precautions to check for certain
preconditions prior to registration.

Version 3.11 includes slight changes in the registration
routine to make sure the days elapsed in trial period are
not showing after registering without restarting Timaeus.

Version 3.10 includes a setup wizard to guide you through
the proper steps of entering values in the settings tab.
It automatically shows itself when the "Settings.txt"
file is not present (meaning you have not saved your
settings) or this is your first time running Timaeus.  
You can also run this every time you wish to change your 
settings.  This wizard includes tips on how to use 
Microsoft Streets or the internet to find your latitude 
and longitude settings in either decimal or degree, 
minute, and seconds notation.

I have also moved the notification of days remaining in
the trial period to the more logical location of the
registration tab.  I also changed my company banner.

Version 3.03 includes small changes to make it easier to
register Timaeus.

Version 3.02 added code to make sure the invisible lisbox 
gets cleared before printing in case someone clicks the OK 
button on the schedule tab more than once to list the 
hours.  Timaeus will also now remember where you leave the 
main window after rebooting the machine.  It no longer 
automatically comes up to the center of the screen.  Many 
users prefer for the window to pop up near the system tray.  
If this is your first time running Timaeus, it will show up 
at the top left.

Version 3.01 makes small modifications to the data output
so that the appearance is a little cleaner.  I also took 
care of a long overdue improvement in the settings tab:
In previous versions, if you typed in a "n" or "s" for 
latitude or something similar in longitude, or just made 
a typo, and then selected "update every second" you would 
get an error every second (faster than you could close out 
the popup windows) which required a <CTL> | <ALT> | <DEL> to 
solve the problem.  Now if you make this mistake, there is 
only a single error message and a default value of either 
N or W is entered (depending upon whether it is latitude 
or longitude).  Also, lowercase values that are not in 
error are automatically converted to uppercase.

Related to the above issue, Timaeus now guesses your time
zone based upon what you entered into the longitude part
of your settings.  It isn't guaranteed to be correct, but 
it will be at least close.  You should still check it to
be sure.

Version 3.0 includes several new features:

*** Calculation of the ascendant, midheaven and vertex in
real time based upon the coordinates on your settings tab.
Until I include the nutation calculation, the accuracy of
these angles will be to about (+/-) 5 arc minutes (about
20 seconds of clock time).  The nutation algorithm will 
increase accuracy to about 1/10th of an arc minute (about
0.4 seconds of clock time).  However your actual accuracy
is partially dependent upon what you set the "update
frequency" to in your setting tab.

*** Hints in the system tray saying what the ascendant
and midheaven degrees are: in "dd SS mm" notation.

*** The ability to set user defined alerts for when any 
degree of the zodiac is rising, culminating, setting or 
anti-culminating.  These alerts can either be a system 
beep, user defined 'wav' file, or silent tray icon alert.  
All three options include changes in the system tray icon 
at alert time but the last option is silent.  Also the 
name you give for the alert will appear as a hint in the 
system tray at alert time.  The icon at alert time 
appears with a red exclamation point to the right of the 
glyph that represents the current planetary hour.  I 
included 12 alerts by default which will alert you when 
a given zodiac sign begins to rise (set at 0 degrees).  
You can set any degree you wish such as important degrees 
that are occupied by planets in your natal chart.  When 
setting an alert for the IC or descendant (say you want 
to know when your natal Moon at 11 degrees Leo sets),
just select the opposite degree (at 11 Aquarius) with 
the rising option, then name that alert something like
"Natal Moon setting".

*** The ability to print out planetary hours listed on
the schedule tab.  You can either click the speed button
to the lower right or right click the listing and select


Version 2.1 gets rid of the Jan 10/11th and July errors 
that produced incorrect sunrise/sunset times!  As far as
I know, planetary hours will now be accurate to within 2
minutes.  While I am not entirely happy with this level
of accuracy, it is quite sufficient for astrological use.
Astrologers who use planetary hours know that the time 
when a planetary hour changes is really about 50% of the 
previous hour and 50% of the next hour.  Most astrologers
recommend that you wait 10-15 minutes into the start of 
the hour to be sure the planetary energies are more 
"pure".  Part of the reason for this approximation is 
that the Sun's position is not known exactly and will 
move 1/2 degree every 12 hours, since 360 degrees 
represents 24 hours, 1/2 a degree represents about 2 
minutes.  I used the Algorithm in J. L Lawrence's 
"Basic Astronomy with a PC" for sunrise/sunset on pages 
69-70.  It interpolates a set of sunrise and sunset data 
based on midnight UT for the date in question and again 
24 hours later.  The problem is that the position of the 
Sun for a given location is only an approximation.  What 
is really needed is an iterative algorithm that will 
first approximate the Sun's position in that location at 
the expected time of sunrise to see if that position 
matches the position of the ascendant, if not then find 
the difference in degrees, converting to time and 
subtract or add the difference in terms of minutes and 
seconds, repeating until the difference reduces to a 
sufficient level of accuracy.

Here is what was in the old Readme.txt about this error:

(*** There remains one problem where planetary hours 
calculated on Jan 10th or 11th each year are aprox. 3 x's 
as long as they should be, resembling the error that those 
in the far east were having with previous versions.  This 
is a bug which corrects itself on the next day each year.
This error existed in the previous version and still 
affects everyone.  There is also the flipside of this 
which shortens the planetary hours about 6 months later 
for about 12 hours.  I charted this error and the pattern 
is that on July 6th each year those living in the San 
Diego - Los Angeles area (about a 250 mile wide corridor) 
will experience this error.  On July 7th this error zone 
moves to the north east near Las Vegas but is correct 
for the Los Angeles area.  On the 8th it moves to SW 
Utah, etc and moves in a line like this one day at a 
time until July 29th near the Hudson Bay in Canada.  
This error zone is probably in the pacific ocean before 
July 6th.)

In version 2.02 I have added code to update the meanings
if the hour should change after you first look at it.  
This was only an issue if you set the default tab to the
meanings tab.  Now it will update to the current hour
without your having to switch tabs back and forth.

In version 2.01 I have added code to update the latitude
and longitude for users in southern and eastern
hemispheres when they click the "Here / Now" button on
the schedule tab.  It was an oversight on my part but 
easily fixed by adding 2 lines of code.

In version 2.0:
Many have been asking for inclusion of a "Schedule Tab" 
to get a listing of planetary hours that are not current. 
It is now available in this version.  I have made it a 
simple matter to get the hours for the current date in 
your default location with one click of the "Here / Now" 
button.  Then all you have to do is select which hours to 
find (day or night) or click the "Find Hours" button.  You 
also have the flexibility to edit any of the search 
settings to find planetary hours for dates between Jan 1, 
4712 BC to Dec 31, 10,000 AD in any non-polar area of the 

Timaeus now includes "wav" files for sound at the change
of the hour.  This provides the advantage of knowing what
hour it is without having to look at the monitor at the
start of a new hour.  The system beep is still available
for those who lack a sound card in their PC.  To change
the hour find a new *.wav file to replace the hour sound
you wish to improve.  All you have to do is rename the 
"wav" file to the planet whose file you want to replace 
with the new file.  If you are unsure you want to get rid 
of the file then you should rename the original file to
*.oldwav.  Make sure this new file is in the same 
directory as timaeus.exe.

There is a new setting for loading a default notebook tab 
on the settings page.  Before if you double clicked the 
planet glyph in the system tray, it brought up the 
"Current Hour" tab without any way to change it.  Now 
you can set your own preference and save it along with 
the other settings.


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


Opening windows that dock to the dock tab area, some 
windows may pop under other docked windows rather than 
coming to the top.  This is easy to check: dock all 
windows until they show as Tabs at the bottom, then open 
new windows.


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:



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Timaeus uses the Swiss Ephemeris available at astro.com.

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Contact Astrolabe (www.astrology-x-files.com/acs-atlas-info.html) for details as they are 
maintaining the Atlas now.

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.


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