Enjoy great flexibility when preparing your astrology graphs(2): 

Simultaneous Aspects
At the bottom left of the "OMNIGRAPH" menu,
there are several options which may appear as marked when
you select an aspect file. We will have a look at all of the possible combinations,
to see their
influence on the results of the graph. And in the course of our explanation,
you will also see what we mean by "factors", "types", and
"groups"... 



2) FACTORS. A "factor" is a number by which the total number
of points for two or more simultaneous aspects is multiplied when those
aspects are both of the same type.
For the sake of a clear explanation,
a simple example.
On July 19, 2002, four
harmonious aspects (type "a")
were in effect between the transits
and my natal positions:
Mars/Venus, Jupiter/Moon, Jupiter/Mars, Saturn/Venus. Now, since all
four aspects
are of type "a" (harmonious), the points will be added together.


1) No options marked. 

If you
choose an aspect file in which none of the options are
marked (such files may be prepared by the user, following the instructions
in the manual), the total number of positive points (as explained in the
preceding paragraph) will be the simple sum of the points
for each aspect in effect; variations due to orb will not be taken into
account. In our example, the graph will look like this: 

2) The first option marked. 
Perhaps you feel (as most
astrologers do) that the strength of an aspect varies, depending on the orb.
In this case, the number of points should also vary, and this is what will
happen if you mark the first option. Within the maximum
allowed orb, the larger the orb, the fewer the points given.
In this case, our sample graph will look like this: 
3) The first two options marked. 
Here, "factors" are taken into account, in the following way: after the points are added together for the four aspects, their respective "factors" are added together. These are numbers which have been assigned to the various combinations of planets in the .APS (aspect) files, and which are added together in cases like this one, where there are two or more aspects of a single type present. In this case, since there are four "type a" aspects present, the factor for each of these aspects is: 
a)
modified, according to the orb of the aspect, and then b) added to the other aspects' factors. After that, this "final factor" is used to multiply the total number of points. To put it very simply: when the factors are used, the resulting number of final points will be MUCH higher than if the points for each aspect were simply added together. This is an option for those astrologers who feel that the total strength of (for example) four simultaneous aspects is greater than the simple sum of the aspects' points. In the resulting OMNIGRAPH, you will note that this procedure increases the number of points so much, that a different scale had to be chosen to represent the blue line (4000% instead of 1000%, as used in the preceding graphs): 
Perhaps you're wondering why the results in the graphs are represented in percentages, and not in points. Well, OMNICYCLES does allow you to view the results in points, but in order to be able to better judge their significance, itīs preferable to use the "percent" option: this shows how high (or low) the total number of points are in relation to the "mean". The mean is determined by calculating a large number of transits over a period of many years, and is the best way possible to see whether the transits during a certain time are stronger or weaker than average. (Click HERE to read more about the "mean".) 
4) All three options marked. 
This is a variant of the above, and employs the concept of
"groups". Here, the factors are also used; not for all of the aspects of one
type, but ONLY... a) when a single natal planet receives more than one transit, or else b) when a single planet in transit forms more than one aspect to natal planets. 
This option
is, in theory, really quite sound. Suppose, for example, you have Sun trine
Jupiter in your natal chart. On a certain date, transit Venus forms a trine
to BOTH
your Sun, AND to your Jupiter. In this case, the sum of the points of these
two individual aspects (VE trine SU, VE trine JU) will be multiplied by
their respective factors, resulting in many more points. On the other hand,
if at the same time there is a trine from (for example) transit Mars to your
Moon, and neither transit Mars nor Natal Moon are involved in other
"harmonious" aspect combinations, this aspect will only be assigned its
normal number of points; no factor will be applied to it. (Whereas if only
the first two options had been marked, as described in 3), above, the factor
for this aspect would have been added to the factors of the other two
harmonious aspects, and the sum of the points of all three aspects would
have been multiplied by the final factor). Hereīs the resulting graph
when all three options are marked; note that though the scale is the same as
above (4000%), the blue line does not rise as much as in the last graph: 

5) Two more options. 

Two more
options are available; these are variants of "1) No options marked", above.
In these cases, the orb is NOT
used to modify the points (i.e., an aspect will always receive its maximum
number of points, regardless of orb), yet the "factors" of the aspects
ARE
used. This results in an extremely high number of points (and resulting
exaggerated curves on the graph) when there are several simultaneous
aspects. Fun to play around with, but not really recommendable (though if
someone comes up with accurate results using these options, weīd love to
hear the details!) Which brings us to the question.... 
Which combination of options
do we recommend? Well, for quite a while, I experimented using both factors
as well as groups (all three options marked). This seemed to work well, yet
then I began to experience some difficulties. I found a case of someone who
had three simultaneous "tense" aspects, all of them major transits: Pluto
square Sun, Uranus square Moon, and Saturn square Mars. The problem was that
since no single planet (transit or natal) was involved in more than one
aspect, the "group" principle didnīt work: the graph line didnīt go much
higher than average, even though the individual who had these constellations
had said that it had been "the worst two months of his life"! When only the
factors were used (that is, with the first two marked, but not the third),
it was easily apparent: the red line on the graph shot up to a great height.
Because of the occasional occurence of cases such as these, I tend to prefer to use either a) only the first option marked, which modifies the points according to orb, but with no factors/groups. or else b) the first two options marked, thus using the "factors" for all of the aspects of a certain type (group). Nonetheless, the "group" concept does work exceptionally well in some cases: donīt hesitate to let us know which combination of options gives the best results for you and your clients! 

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