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Planetdance - Astrological Freeware by Jean Cremers

 
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Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Planetdance - Astrological Freeware by Jean Cremers Reply with quote

Planetdance, programmed by Jean Cremers from Groningen in the Netherlands, is an excellent piece of astrological freeware for Windows. Planetdance also works exceptionally well in Linux installed through Wine. Jean is constantly developing and improving Planetdance and I recommend that astrologers try his programme. It has many unique features, including an astrological scripting language that he has developed called Astrobasic. Users can write their own scripts to complement Planetdance. Jean includes these user developed scripts in many of the regular releases and updates of his software. Planetdance has recently been updated to include the latest release of Swiss Ephemeris.

Planetdance incorporates techniques from many astrological traditions including Hellenistic, medieval, modern and esoteric. Jean includes ideas from some of the Dutch schools including approaches pioneered by Wim van Dam.

I have recently been learning Astrobasic with Jean's help. Jean and I have been working intensively on the classical/Hellenistic module within Planetdance which now incorporates many new features. The following screenshots will give you a flavour of the classical techniques that are available within Planetdance. I am continuing to develop scripts for this module, with a forthcoming release focusing on classical aspect theory such as like-engirding and equal power.

This screenshot is of the main Hellenistic window. Users can experiment with Egyptian and Ptolemaic bounds in real time by switching between the two schemes. The bounds rulership listing and the bounds wheel will automatically change as the user chooses one or other of the bounds divisions. Users can also add dodekatemoria, dwads, antiscia and contra-antiscia to the wheel during a session and then remove them as they wish. A range of lots can be added to the wheel in the same manner. The Hermetic lots are automatically calculated and displayed in the wheel. The users preferred settings will be stored for the next session.



The following image shows the dodekatemoria positions displayed on the wheel.



The main Hellenistic window can be complemented with additional modules including planetary phases, a table of dignities, dodekatemoria/dwad listings, antiscia/contra-antiscia listings, and monomoiria listings. Jean has also programmed comprehensive time lord modules for profections and zodiacal releasing.

The screenshots below will give you an idea of Planetdance's capabilities.

Planetary Phases:



Table of Dignities:



Monomoiria:



Profections (One Hundred Years):



Forthcoming Module - Aspects:



Users can display these additional modules alongside the main Hellenistic wheel.

The module includes comprehensive help and sample texts from Ptolemy and Valens can be selected through the Resources menu. These are drawn from freely availabe on-line texts such as Mark Riley's translation of Valens' Anthology.

If you have some coding knowledge you will be able to make use of Jean's Astrobasic scripting language. Comprehensive on-line help is available and Jean will answer questions if you get stuck. I don't have much coding experience, but have been able to pick up Astrobasic quite quickly. If you have some coding knowledge, I encourage you to take a look at Astrobasic and to contribute to Jean's software by programming additional modules.

Linux users should be encouraged to take a serious look at Planetdance. This is an easy installation through Wine/Playonlinux and the software works faultlessly. Jean develops with Linux and Windows in mind and tests his releases on both operating systems. I have Planetdance working on Linux Mint 18.2, XFCE, and Playonlinux Wine manager. Planetdance will also work on very modest hardware including my old Pentium 4 laptop and a Linux based netbook.

Jean also makes Planetdance for Android. He charges a small cost for this, but it is nominal, and the Android version features quite a number of the main Planetdance routines. Planetdance for Android is available through the Playstore.

Jean's website is at www.jcremers.com. Facebook users can join the Planetdance Facebook group for additional help and support.
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Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, excellent work. As I wrote on the Planetdance forum, It would be possible the module of primary direction add to the program?
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Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:32 am    Post subject: Primary Directions Reply with quote

Hi Petr - thanks for the feedback. I'm beginning to think about a primary directions module. It will be a longer term project however. There's a few more basic modules I would like to do first. I agree primary directions would be a great addition to Planetdance.

All the best. Ed
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Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ed,
excellent news. I look forward to new modules.
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Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for those modules Ed, they are a great contribution. This is one of the things i had in mind when making astrobasic, so people could contribute their ideas. This is a great example.
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Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:18 pm    Post subject: Planetdance for Windows - latest release of software Reply with quote

Hi there - Jean has released the latest substantial update of Planetdance for Windows, his freeware offering. The update includes minor bug fixes plus the following update modules, including some of interest to those looking into Hellenistic Astrology:

Horoscope - Classical - Ed Greek Horoscope

Now includes a menu item for user to choose Robert Schmidt's variation of Greek lots for Eros, Victory, Courage, Nemesis and Necessity. Minor change to aspect grid.

Horoscope - Classical - Classical Aspects

A new script showing classical aspect relationships from a Hellenistic perspective.



Horoscope - Classical - Profection

Now includes option to profect Sun, Moon, Fortune, Daimon (Spirit) and MC as well as Ascendant.



Horoscope - Classical - Sect Considerations

A new script showing sect conditions from a Hellenistic perspective.



Horoscope - Extra - Mercury Elemental Year

A new script to calculate the inferior and superior conjunctions of the Sun and Mercury. Calculates five conjunctions prior to birth and five following birth. Conjunctions displayed in listing and chart wheel. Sub-charts for each of the conjunctions can be calculated from the menu. Sub-charts calculated for the place of birth for original chart.



Horoscope - Extra - Lunation Mandala

A new script to display new and full moons prior to and following birth. Fourteen lunation positions are displayed in the wheel and listing formats. Each of the pre- and post-natal lunation charts can be calculated from the menu. Sub-charts calculated for the place of birth for original chart.



If you would like to try Planetdance, visit Jean's site at:

http://www.jcremers.com

Thanks for your interest. Ed
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