Comments For Mobile (Cellular) Visitors

WHEN I setup this Blog some years back, as well as going even further back to when I fist started work on the original Astro-Ref website, most of the web visitors were using desktop or laptop computers, with a modest number of users visiting via their mobile devices. As such, most of the pages designed for the early website were formatted to work quite well for non-mobile devices.

From an astrologer’s point-of-view, the web, as well as a larger collective mindset, began a major paradigm shift with the period from 2003 to around 2010, signified by the Mutual Reception between Uranus and Neptune: Uranus making his track through Pisces (a sign co-ruled by Neptune), while Neptune made his track through Aquarius (a sign co-ruled by Uranus). By definition, these two planets were in Mutual Reception to one another during that time,as these planets occupied signs that they ruled (or co-ruled) respectively.

It’s not surptising then, that we’ve seen a dramatic upswing of technology (sic) with trends in mobile computing, as well as with social networks and increasing concerns as to techno-addictions and risks from chronic or long term use of cell phones, wi-fi, and other EMF pollution.

As this blog is mainly one to function as a Help supplement to the material available on the websites, I’ll not digress too much in these larger collective shifts, other than to make mention of them as they relate to the materials originally provided on the website.

That said, and despite some attempts to keep some useful posts updated for the visitors here and the website, I’d noted a significant downturn, not just in the number of visitors, but also in the time that most users actually divested on the website pages. This was espeially so per the mobile users to the website.

I finally made the time to view some of the website pages with a cell phone, at which time it became pretty obvious as to why the downturn in the traffic stats. While most of the material on the website pages is still readable; due to the original formatting of most of the pages, it usually requires the visitor(s) to do some local zooming on their phones to read the info on these pages.

After pondering this dillemma, I’ve decided not to do any major makeover on the site for the benefits of mobile users. There are now a number of ‘apps’, particularly for iOS and android phones, that can reproduce charts, aspects, and ephemera on those cell phones; hence no the need for this information with this cellular revolution (sic). Despite some of these apps, there are tables at the Astro-Ref site that provide perspectives and information that is not availabble on some of these apps; indeed some of this info isn’t available (yet) via any of the commercial available software, like Solar Fire(tm), the Cosmic Patterns programs (Kepler or Sirius), nor any shareware or freeware programs.

So for those of you who have the option to use the tables available on the Astro-Ref site with a laptop, desktop, or even a tablet, I’d recommend you consider accessing the tables with those, rather than via your cellular device(s).

At the Eclectic Astrology Blog, I’ll be trimming back some of the links to tables on the Astro-Ref site that aren’t as ‘cell-phone friendly’, in light of these shifts among those surfing the web with their cellular devices. There are still some folks who may find the info on the Astro-Ref website useful and worthwhile. So I’ll retain this blog and the website for folks who are willing to view this material in its original formatting. It’s simply much too much of a project for me to pursue in a makeover or upgrade at this time.

If any of you have any suggestion, comments on this, please feel free to do so!


Copyright(c) 2017, 2018 EH Cazimi

Return of The Personal Aspects For All Signs

   I’ve recently brought back an offering I made some years back on the Eclectic Astrology blog as my recent posts on the trends for 2017 into some detail of the different planet aspects and influences due through the year. While I’ve made mention on this blog about the aspects section of the Astro-Ref website, which provide a monthly, color-coded almanac of monthly events. I took these tables a step further some six years ago as a monthly offering for the visitors. That additional step was in displaying the ‘natural’ house positions these different events each month happen to occur for each of the twelve Zodiac signs. In simple terms, if you’re familiar with some of the facets of your chart, or have had it calculated and cast, these newer reports can show what life departments in your chart are more likely to be emphasized, rather than the more general interpretations for these transiting planet aspects.

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New Dwad Tables Now Available

   The topic of dwads and dwad charts as to how they are calculated and can be used is something I’ve addressed here. And the dwad calculations article remains one of the more viewed posts on ths blog. Having a basic dwad table available in in the dwad discussion, I decided to take the dwads table into more detail and jumped into a little programming to come up with a set of tables that can be used to get the actual dwad sign and degree equivalent for any planet position in the basic chart; that is to say to convert any chart position into its respective dwad position.

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Working With The Planet Hits Tables

   I’ve posted some info regarding a few new additions to the Astro-Ref section of the larger website I’ve migrated all my astrology material to; in particular the plots section with tables that report the monthly planet activity as aspects with respective scores for all hard, soft’ and ‘specialized’ aspects, totals among those groupings, and a ‘net’ score as an overall sum of hard and soft aspects for each month.

   For this post, we’ll take a closer look into how to better grasp the info in these tables and use them as a means to harness the aspects for each month in a more cohesive way. Although the programming used to compile these tables is pretty straightforward (a number of other astrology programs use similar routines to tally different factors in a chart), the information reported in these tables has been arranged so that we can zoom in on the monthly aspects so that we can get a sort of monthly profile of the flow of events and as each month’s tallies may be different from other months. That said, let’s take a look at an example, in this case, the tallies for 2017, and see how this can be done.

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Lunar Tables Update

  The Astro-Ref section of the updated website portal has been in place for awhile now, as well as it’s also been moved to a different Host. The move seems to have helped a bit, particularly as there’s a little more leeway for traffic to the new location.

  Having noted that some visitors have been looking at the available listings for the phases of the Moon (New Moon, Full Moon, and Quarter Phases) as well as the new section for Lunar Eclipses, the initial offering was available through 2015. I’ve recently updated that section to include dates through 2029. In addition, the new tables have been updated to include additional info for the Quarter Phases.

  For those of you familiar with the basics of planet aspects, the square (90 degree) aspect that makes up any Quarter Moon Phase can occur twice for any Lunar Cycle. As the Moon goes from New to Full, the first quarter as the square aspect is a Lower Square (also known as a dexter or opening square). Similarly, when the Moon makes her dance from the Full Moon back to the next New Moon, the third quarter (or second square within this cycle) is known as an Upper Square (also known as a sinister or closing square).

  In the new tables you will note that there is an ‘L’ or ‘U’ for these quarter phases, as either an upper or lower square phase. The New and Full Moon listings are marked by an asterisk ( * ). This then also allows an easier way to spot the New and Full Moons within the listings for each Lunar Cycle throughout the range of dates selected. Hopefully this addition will help some of you who make use of these tables.

   I’d also remind that the Lunar section also has tables and catalogues of Lunar Eclipses as well as tables when the Moon goes Void Of Course. Of course, some astrologers may insist that no planet really ever goes ‘Void’ – that it can be making some sort of aspect, even if it’s a minor one. The Void Tables are based on Ptolemaic aspects as they are more used within the scope of Horary Astrology work. While I’d agree that in some broader sense the issue of Void Moon (or other planets) may be valid, over the years I’ve found that within the use of aspects, Void Moon periods can be at best a little tricky and at worst an item that needs to be taken into account!


Copyright (c) 2016, EH Cazimi

Astro-Ref New Additions Pt I

  In my last post, I made mention of the Astro-Ref website now being up in Beta for those needing this sort of info. In that post, also mentioned is another section added to the website that includes tables of transiting planet activity as tallied data. In this brief post, I’ll add a few extra comments on those tables and some of the principles, in more programming terms, for the visitors to use to additional advantage.

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Astro-Ref Website Upgrade (in Beta)

  Some months back, I posted an article making mention that a few visitors to the Astro-Ref website had been having a field day by downloading a lot of the site pages. As the hosting site had a modest monthly bandwidth allotment, the more recent intrusion resulted in exceeding the monthly bandwidth, which in turn left me pulling the Astro-ref site offline from that host and perhaps leaving some of the more sincere visitors without much to use in the way of astrology info.

  At present the Astro-Ref site has been relocated to another host and merged into a larger ‘portal’ site with plans to host the Astro-Ref astrology data, but also another area to complement my Eclectic Astrology blog. This means that the Astro-ref site is once again available and with some new additions for the visitors. In addition to the 300 year online Ephemeris and aspects tables, the tables of ingresses (dates when planets change signs), and a good section on Planet Cycles, the following has also been added:

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