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Q:  The program looks good, and I would be interested in buying it, but I would like to be able to do future graphs for many people. Is such a version available?

Q:  I downloaded your demo, and tried to do a graph for this year, but the program doesn't seem to want to do it, even though I had no problems doing graphs for previous years. What´s the matter?

Q:  I downloaded your demo about a month ago, and have some problems with it. I keep getting "Error 13". Is it a problem with my computer, or with Omnicycles?

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I bought Omnicycles recently, and did some graphs for myself for the next few years. The year 2006 looks REALLY bad, since the red line is extremely high from May till September of that year. Do you think I ought to buy some life insurance or something?

Q: When I first bought Omnicycles, I used the aspect files which come with the program, but after a while I decided to modify some of them to make my own. OK, I understand the importance of recalculating the mean when you modify an aspect file, but the problem is, if I use a sample of, say, 1000 charts when calculating the mean, it takes a long time on my computer, even up to a few hours, depending on how many planets, etc., I use in the file. I own a Pentium 2. Is there any way to speed up the calculations when recalculating the mean for a new aps file?

Q:  Why don't the Omnigraphs show what specific planets are making the aspects?

Q:  Why don't the graphs tell exactly what's going to happen, instead of only general trends?

Q:  When working with Omnicycles, there are times when I do a graph, but then when it appears on the screen, there aren't any lines on it, neither red nor blue. Is this some kind of a bug, or am I doing something wrong?

Q:  Can I open Omnicycles 2 or 3 times simultaneously on my PC, to calculate several graphs at once?

Q:  On occasion, when opening an Omnigraph which I had calculated in a previous session, both lines appear black. Why aren't they in color, as usual?

Q:  If I change an aspect file in some way, yet do NOT recalculate the mean, are the results valid?

Q:  Can I buy a graph instead of buying the whole program? You see, I would like to have a graph for myself for the coming  year, but don't want to have to buy the program just to be able to do it.

Q:  Sometimes, when I've done a graph, and then enter the "graph menu" in order to use the "Zoom" function, I can´t select it; the word "Zoom" appears in grey, and won't let me select it. What's wrong?

Q:
 Can Omnicycles be used for gambling?

 

   
  Q: The program looks good, and I would be interested in buying it, but I would like to be able to do future graphs for many people. Is such a version available?

A: Yes, starting the end of May, 2005, we offer such a version, at the price of $149. For those who only want to do graphs for 1-3 people, the $49.95 version will still be available, as well as a version to do graphs for 6 people, priced at $89.

Q: I recently downloaded your demo version, and tried to do a graph for this year, but the program doesn't seem to want to do it, even though I had no problems doing graphs for previous years. What's the matter?

A: The demo version of OMNICYCLES astrology software will only do graphs until August, 2004; thus, to prepare graphs for September, 2004 and beyond, you´ll have to purchase the program. But hey, it's worth it!

   
 
Q:  I downloaded your demo about a month ago, and have some problems with it. I keep getting "Error 13". Is it a problem with my computer, or with Omnicycles?

A: This was a problem with Omnicycles, but has since been corrected. We suggest you download the latest "Omnicycles.exe" file (go HERE to do so), and your problems should be solved!

Q: I bought Omnicycles recently, and did some graphs for myself for the next few years. The year 2006 looks REALLY bad, since the red line is extremely high from May till September of that year. Do you think I ought to buy some life insurance or something?

A: Well, let's not exaggerate! The fact that there are a lot of  simultaneous tense aspects doesn't mean that your time is up; as a matter of fact, there will be many months during the course of a lifetime when there are lots of tense aspects at once. Yet though it´s impossible to say just what will happen, it is probable that those months won't be easy for you. An excess of stress, problems at work or in the home, health problems, a general feeling of restlessness or deep dissatisfaction - all are possibilities, yet facing difficult times and doing our best to get through them is one of the lessons of life. So don't panic! Keep calm, take care of yourself, don't worry needlessly, and if difficulties do arise, you'll most likely see that with the right attitude, you'll get through those months better than you thought you would. Nonetheless, if you're planning a vacation at that time, it might be advisable not to go the the Amazon jungle or some other potentially dangerous place - after all, so many  tense aspects at once probably won't give you an excess of luck, so why take risks?

   
 
Q: When I first bought Omnicycles, I used the aspect files which come which the program, but after a while I decided to modify some of them to make my own. OK, I understand the importance of recalculating the mean when you modify an aspect file, but the problem is, if I use a sample of, say, 1000 charts when calculating the mean, it takes a long time on my computer, even up to a few hours, depending on how many planets, etc., I use in the file. I own a Pentium 2. Is there any way to speed up the calculations when recalculating the mean for a new aps file?

A: Well, the only way to do that would be to calculate the mean using less sample chart calculations, for example, 500 instead of 1000. In our experience, you shouldn't use less than about 400 calculations when calculating the mean for a single chart. If, on the other hand, you use the charts of, for example, 10 different people when calculating the mean, 300 would do, but then, that would be 3000 calculations in all (10 X 300). Even on my computer, which runs at 1.8 GB (approx. equivalent to a Pentium 4), I've had to wait a couple of hours when doing the mean for certain aspect files containing many planets and aspects. But when you're finished, the file is all the more reliable, once you´ve inserted the new mean values into the appropriate lines in the .APS file. The best thing to do is to plan to have your PC do these calculations while you're working on something else, taking a nap, eating...  In any case, before you begin to recalculate the mean for your modified file, do be sure that everything in that file is just the way you want it: if it isn't, or if there are mistakes in the file (missing commas between values, for example), you'll have to calculate the mean yet another time, which of course is bothersome if it takes a long time on your computer. For more information: on the mean, click HERE; on how to modify aspect files, go HERE.

   
 
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Why don't the Omnigraphs show what specific planets are making the aspects?

A: The whole purpose of OMNICYCLES is to show the combined effect of all the planets, or of a group of them; thus, the graph lines represent exactly this. Nonetheless, you may always select a transit file which contains only one single planet, in order to see the strength of its aspects to the natal chart. In addition, you have the possibility of viewing the entire list of transit/natal aspects, together with the exact planetary positions, and orbs. To do this, simply select, from the main screen, File/Graph Data; then select the graph file whose data you wish to view.

   
 
Q: Why don't the graphs tell exactly what´s going to happen, instead of only general trends?

A: This is a limitation of astrology in general, not OMNICYCLES in particular. Astrology can really only predict trends. There are many reasons for this, perhaps the main one being that due to our free will, we are able to make decisions which will influence how we experience the astrological aspects of the moment. Another reason is probably that the future is not "predetermined", at least not for the most part. I see astrology as a sort of "energy analysis": each individual is an "energy field", and is constantly interacting with other energy fields - those of other people,  or that of the moment. With astrology, you can see whether the "energetic trends" of a certain time period harmonize with your own energy field or not. If so, it will usually be a "good" time, if not, there will be tension, problems, obstacles, etc. The great usefulness of astrology is that it allows you to "go with the flow", that is, to take advantage of the positive trends, and to exercise caution, patience and perseverance when you see that the going may get rough. Helping you to recognize the ebb and flow of these two general types of trends, for yourself or for others, is the purpose of OMNICYCLES.

   
 
Q: When working with Omnicycles, there are times when I calculate a graph, but then when it appears on the screen, there aren't any lines on it, neither red nor blue. Is this some kind of a bug, or am I doing something wrong?

A: Most likely neither. It can happen that when the graph is calculated, both the red and blue lines (or else just one of them) is so high that it can't be seen on the scale of the graph which first appears. The remedy is simple: place the mouse arrow on the graph, click the right button, and select "increase scale": the scale to the left will then change, from, for example, a maximum of 700% to 1000%. If you still don't see any lines, repeat this procedure until you do. By the same token, you can also REDUCE the scale of the graph, in order to magnify the more subtle movements in the graph´s lines for easier viewing and evaluation.

   
 
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Can I open Omnicycles 2 or 3 times simultaneously on my computer, in order to calculate several graphs at once?

A: I myself have tried this, but it doesn't seem to work well. When OMNICYCLES is running, it uses certain files for the tasks it is preparing, and if you open it again and give it a different task, it can get "confused". Besides, there is really no great advantage to opening several sessions at once, for if you have, for instance, three tasks calculating at once, the calculation time will be about three times longer to complete all three, so you might as well do them sequentially. However, I should mention that you may indeed work with different programs while OMNICYCLES is calculating; to date, I have done this many times, and have never had any problems at all.

Q: On occasion, when opening an Omnigraph which I had calculated in a previous session, both lines appear black. Why aren´t they in color, as usual?

A: This is probably due to the fact that the original aspect file you used was either renamed, or moved to another folder. You see, when OMNICYCLES opens a graph, it refers to the aspect file which was used to create the graph in order to get the values for the colors, and also the mean. If, at some time after the original calculation of the graph, you rename or move the aspect file used, the program cannot find it when opening the graph later. Make sure that the aspect file you used still has the same name, and is in the correct folder, and then try opening the graph again.
Of course, if you mean that the lines are black when they are both at their lowest point (0%), this is due to something else: if one line is on top of the other, the colors mix, giving the impression of "black" during the time they coincide. This will generally only happen when both are at the base line simultaneously, and is to be expected.

   
 
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If I change an aspect file in some way, yet do NOT recalculate the mean, are the results valid?

A: Only if you view the graph in points instead of percentages. After all, the precentages refer to variations from the mean, but if you have not calculated a valid mean for your new file, the percentages will refer to the mean which was present in the file BEFORE the changes were made, and thus won't really mean anything. If you view the results in points, however, you will see the absolute number of points along the graph, yet of course, you won't have anything to compare this to unless you use the file a lot. In any case, it's always better to refer to the true mean value when viewing a graph to be able to judge the effects of the transits more accurately.

   
 
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Can I buy a graph instead of buying the whole program? You see, I would like to have a graph for myself for the coming  year, but don't want to have to buy the program just to be able to do it.

A: Yes, as a matter of fact, we will soon be initiating a service which will allow you to buy the graphs separately: we do the calculating, and then send you a file containg a number of different graphs depicting the ups and downs for an entire year, along with detailed explanations on how to understand them. Stay tuned to our website to find out when this service will be available (we hope to start by January, 2004).
 

   
  Q: Sometimes, when I've done a graph, and then enter the "graph menu" in order to use the "Zoom" function, I can't select it; the word "Zoom" appears in grey, and won't let me select it. What's wrong?

A: Simple: Depending on the time period and interval used, sometimes there aren't that many points on the graph to begin with. For example (to use an extreme case), if you did a graph for one year, with an interval of 30 days, there would only be 12 points on the graph, so there's no point in using the zoom. The zoom function is only useful when there are a lot of points on the graph, since its purpose is allow you to view the points in smaller groups (i.e., smaller periods of time) in order to see things more clearly.
 

   
  Q: Can Omnicycles be used for gambling?

A: Well, we believe it can, though at the time only in a general way: Obviously, you would want to play during times when the blue line (harmony) is high, and especially avoid times when the blue line is low, and the red line high. Certain aspect files delivered with Omnicycles can be used to find the times when losses are most probable: for example, the aspect files which contain the transits of only Saturn and Neptune (the file "Sa-Ne-100-nof-Orb2.aps", for instance, which can be found above all in the folder named "TR-NA-Exact_birth_time").  Needless to say, we don't recommend that people gamble, and if you decide to use OMNICYCLES  to improve your chances, do so cautiously! We will be including information about the subject of astrology and gambling at some time in the near future; stay tuned to Omnicycles.com.

 

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