Why the loyal following?
It all begins with the main screen of Solar Fire. Immediately you feel a certain calm and order, a restful respite from information overload. And yet, somehow, it’s all there.
You can immediately see the current state of the program, what charts and options are currently selected and every one of the huge array of program functions is accessible from this deceptively simple main screen’s menu bar. How did such awesome power get packed into so simple and easy an interface? The secret is consistency, and thoughtful, careful planning.
The data files that Solar Fire uses are simple, straightforward and, most important, similar to each other.This means that once you learn how to select an aspect set, for example, selecting any of the myriad of other options is easy.
Entering the place, zone, latitude and longitude also could not be simpler, because Solar Fire comes with the built-in ACS International Atlas. Just type in the data and place and the latitude, longitude and time zone are automatically looked up for you.
ConstellationChart Data Files
Once saved, a chart is simple to find because of a number of thoughtful touches. You can group charts into any number of files – files for you, your family, your first-time clients, your ongoing clients, your research projects or books. In addition to the file name, you can write an 80-character description of what’s in the file; this appears on the screen to jog your memory each time the file is selected.
Even though a file can contain more than a thousand charts, you can locate a chart quickly by typing the first few letters of the name, or re-sorting the file into various alphabetical orders, by date of birth, or by when the chart was added to the file. And if you do not remember which file a chart is in, no problem – Solar Fire will look for the chart in all your files at once. Files are easily reorganized by moving, copying, deleting and editing charts. Plus, for every chart you store, you can keep unlimited comments that you can read and edit whenever the chart is selected.
Wheels – Plain and Fancy
Solar Fire lets you change the appearance of the charts. You can assign any colour that your computer screen offers to each individual planet, sign and aspect type. You can pick unusual fonts for the birth data and ‘Compliments of’ text, as well as from an exciting new array of wheels, from maximally readable to maximally colourful and exotic.
In case none of these wheels suit you, Solar Fire has a unique, innovative Wheel Designer that lets you easily design your own. Let’s face it: most of us do not need 200 wheels, we just need a few that we like.Using the Wheel Designer, you can have the fun of changing the size and number of circles and charts on each wheel, the line style, cusp style, placement size and type style and dozens of other attributes. The neatest thing about it is that you can see the changes take place as you make them. No waiting and no unpleasant surprises!
Blue Starry SquigglesPage Layout and Design
You can choose from an array of page designs available to suit your needs or design your own page complete with unique wheels, reports and even your own logo. You can find a page to suit your needs whether you are a horary, medieval, psychological or esoteric astrologer! Astrological publishing has never been this easy. Also note our lovely CHART ART displays (include images)
Chart Art Galore
Our team of Solar Fire designers and artists has added a range of 110+ Chart Art to create beautiful backdrops for your chart work. See our beautiful array of designs by Celine Lawrence (designer), Kay Steventon (artist), Hank Friedman (artist) and Eila Laurikainen (designer) and then choose your favourites.Since first releasing our Solar Fire Gold we have added new Chart Art with themes – Love Art for Relationship Astrology Work and Child Art for children’s charts.
50 Standard Points are available throughout the program. These include Sun through Pluto, North and South Lunar Nodes (mean or true), Part of Fortune (fixed or different day / night), Asc, MC, Vertex, and Equatorial Asc ( “East Point”); Earth, Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia and Astraea; 8 Uranian planets, Transpluto, Vulcan (D. Baker or LH Weston version), and the Black Moon Lilith (mean position).Also included are points such as Eris, Sedna, Selena (White Moon), Polar Ascendant and much more.
You can include any or all of these points in the main ring of wheels and in virtually all other options of Solar Fire, including the astro-location maps and planetarium view. You can create and save different point sets for different uses, and in Solar Fire’s lists and tables you can have the points arranged in the order that you prefer.
30 House Systems include Placidus, Koch, Campanus, Meridian, Morinus, Porphyry, Regiomontanus, Topocentric, Whole Signs, Alcabitius and Hindu Bhava. There are also equal houses from the Ascendant;equal with the Ascendant in the center of the 1st; equal with any planet, the lunar north Node, the Part of Fortune, the Equatorial Ascendant, 0 ° Aries or 0 ° of the Sun sign on the 1st; and equal with the MC on the 10th or the Vertex on the 7th. Houses can be calculated for geographic or geocentric latitude. In addition, Gauquelin sector positions are available in tables and in the chart and electional searches. Solar Fire v9 sees the addition of Part of Fortune Whole Sign System.
26 predefined aspects for the first 12 harmonics (conjunctions through semisextiles, plus septiles, noviles, undeciles and their multiples), and also parallels and contraparallels are included in Solar Fire. Each predefined aspect has its own glyph, and can have its own color and line style. You can also define additional aspects with their own arc widths, orbs, colours, line styles and alphabetical symbols.
You can set different orbs for natal, transiting and progressed use, and different orbs for the luminaries vs. other points. You can also create different orbs for each individual pair of points by choosing Solar Fire’s “planet ratio” orbs. Other available ways of doing aspects include moieties, unidirectional, sign-to-sign, and “3-D” (off-the-ecliptic) aspects. You can create and store an unlimited number of different aspect sets for different purposes.
We have taken the best of Devores’ Encyclopedia and added our own new definitions to make up the Solar Encyclopedia. Students of astronomical cycles will like the ingress, lunar-phase, rise / set, and return charts. Returns can be for any planet or asteroid, or to any specified point in the zodiac, and you can do a whole string of returns automatically from one input. You can also find ingresses and eclipses in the dynamic search option, and can create custom ephemeris pages for any period in history.
Birthday Pop Up Reminders
Every day that you open your Solar Fire your selected reminders will pop-up so you may never again forget the birthdays of clients, family and friends.
3000+ Rodden-rated charts in new chart categories including Adventure, Art & Design, Business, Crime & Infamy, Esoteric, Fashion & Society, Horse Racing, Literature, Media, Military, Music & Dance, Politics, Religion, Royalty, Science, Screen & Stage, Sports. PLUS the Australia Data collection.
(Also known as Cosmodynes) Many of you have requested this technique and our team has responded.Astrodynes can be viewed and printed in the new Report View tabulation list and have also been added as 8 different page objects. These can be added to a page using the Page Designer.