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Create your own aspect files...
(for those who like to experiment!)




 

 

OMNICYCLES generates its graphs using special files containing specific information about the planetary combinations, default values, average point values for this file (the all-important "mean": click HERE for more), and the tables of aspects to be used for the various transits. These files have the extension .APS. When you purchase OMNICYCLES, you will find more than 250 such files which we have already prepared for you: some with all of the transits, others with certain combinations (such as Saturn-Neptune transits only), still others for single planets. Thus, you probably won´t have to take the time to create your own files. Nonetheless, this possibility is indeed available: you may enter any of these .APS files and change any (or all) of the values you find there. You may activate or disactivate certain planets or cusps (either transit or natal), add aspects, vary the number of points given to each planetary combination or aspect, etc. After making your changes, you simply save the file with a new name, re-calculate the "mean" for this new file, and then begin to prepare graphs using the values you have chosen.

Most astrologers may not care to do this, for it does take some time, and after all, the pre-prepared .APS files we give you will suffice for just about any sort of graph you want. But for those who wish to experiment, we have included a guide to the .aps files in our manual, which contains descriptions of all the different sections and options within the aspect files. For the technically-interested: scroll down this page to view sample extracts from .APS files, with descriptions of the different variables which are fully modifiable...
 


 
 
 
   [UR]
 SU=6,3,6,3,8
 *NO=4,1.5,4,1.5,15
 MO=6,3,6,3,8
 ME=5,2,5,2,1
 VE=5,2,5,2,1
 MA=5,2,6,3,8
 JU=5,2,5,2,1
 SA=4,2,4,2,2
 UR=6,3,6,3,1
 NE=5,2,6,2,2
 PL=5,2,5,2,8
 *EP=5,1.2,5,2,4
 *VX=5,1.2,5,2,4
 AS=5,3,5,2,3
 *02=4,2,3,2,10
 *03=4,2,2,1,11
 IC=5,2,5,2,3
 *05=3,1,3,.2,5
 *06=3,.2,3,.2,4
 DS=5,2,5,2,3
 *08=4,2,3,2,10
 *09=4,2,2,1,11
 MC=5,2,5,2,3
 *11=3,.2,3,.2,11
 *12=3,.2,3,.2,4
 *PF=8,3,8,3,1
Sample extract 1: Transits of the planet URanus to natal factors. In this file, certain natal factors will not be considered, as they have been disactivated by placing an asterisk (*) in front of their abbreviations. Thus, the transits to the node (NO), East Point (EP), Vertex (VX) and the intermediate house cusps (2,3,5,6,etc) will not be used. The variables for the transits of Uranus to the natal MArs (for instance) are 6,3,6,3,8. Explanation:

MA=            5,                          2,                        6,                         3,                      8

          Positive points          + factor            negative points       - factor           Aspect table

Here we see that transits of Uranus to natal Mars will be assigned 5 positive points (should an aspect of this type - trine, sextile, etc. - be present), 6 negative points (should an opposition, square, etc. be present). The "factors" (if activated: this is an option)  for each type of aspect will be used to multiply the positive or negative points so that certain groups of aspects may be emphasized. For example, if you have activated the first "factor option", the total points of all the positive points will be multiplied by the sum of the individual positive factors of the transits in effect; the same will be done for the negative points. If, on the other hand, the second "factor option" is chosen, multiplication by the sum of the factors will only be undertaken if  a) a natal planet receives more than one aspect, or b) if a planet in transit forms more than one aspect. Here, the more aspects formed or received by a single planet, the greater the factor used for the multiplication of the points. These options are for those astrologers who feel that several simultaneous transits are worth more than the simple sum or their individual values. (Go HERE for more details on "factors" and "groups")

  
One final note: the
OMNICYCLES system never subtracts the negative points from the positive points, as is done in certain other astrological point systems. We feel that such a method would be doomed to failure from the beginning. Why? Well, consider the following example...

On a certain day, an individual's natal chart receives no transits: the total point value would be 0, thus, the line on the graph would be at it lowest position.  Two months later,

 
   the same natal chart receives MANY transits, let´s say  3 trines, and 3 squares, total points: 500 positive, 500 negative (we´re using "round" figures here for simplicity´s sake). Now, if we subtract the negative points from the positive, we get 0 points: the graph line is at its lowest point, just where it was two months before, when there were NO transits. In our opinion, this makes no sense; the simultaneous presence of MANY transits, both positive and negative, will almost always correspond to times of exceptional activity, whereas the lack of transits will be the more tranquil times of life.

  
For this reason,
OMNICYCLES always depicts BOTH  a positive line as well as a negative one. Please note that we use the terms "positive" and "negative" here only for the sake of convenience; some of you might prefer "harmonious" and "tense", "facilitating" and "challenging", or any other one of the many pairs of euphemisms which have been proposed by modern astrologers. We ourselves generally use "harmonious" and "tense", though fully aware that neither these terms, nor any others, will always be the most suitable.

   What's more... though the two lines of the
OMNIGRAPHS are generally called the "harmonious" (blue) line and the "tense" (red) line, these lines may be defined any way you want, depending on the aspects you choose. For example, you may create a file containing only quintiles and septiles (or other harmonics of your choice), using the first line for the quintiles, the second for the septiles. In order to show that these two aspect families may have nothing to do with the concepts "harmonious" and "tense", you may then change the colors of both lines, giving the first line - quintiles - the color yellow, and the second line - septiles - green (for example). As you can see, OMNICYCLES astrology software offers you a maximum of flexibility right down to the final details!

Sample Extract 2: The Aspect tables in the .APS files.    (Explanations for the color-coded features are below the table.)
     [Aspectos]
  0=Conjunction>,0,3,1,
  1=Conjunction<,360,3,1,
  2=Opposition,180,3,1,

  3=Trine>,120,2,1,
  4=Trine<,240,2,1,

  5=Square>,90,2,1,
  6=Square<,270,2,1,

  7=Parallel,-1,.25,1,
  8=Anti-parallel,-2,.1,1,

  9=Sextile>,60,.5,1,
  10=Sextile<,300,.5,1,
  11=Semisextile>,30,.5,1,
  12=Semisextile<,330,.5,1,
  13=Quincunx>,150,.5,1,
  14=Quincunxo<,210,.5,1,

 *15=Semisquare>,45,1,1,
 *16=Semisquare<,315,1,1,
 *17=Sesquisquare>,135,1,1,
 *14=Sesquisquare<,225,1,1
,
 
1
4,4,c,
4,4,c,
0,4,b,

4,0,a,
4,0,a,
0,4,b,
0,4,b,
4,4,c,
4,4,c,
2,0,a,
2,0,a,
1,0,a,
1,0,a,
.5,0,a,
.6,0,a,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,

 
   2
.1,4,c,
.1,4,c,
0,4,b,
2,0,a,
2,0,a,
0,4,b,
0,4,b,
.1,4,c,
.1,4,c,
2,1,c,
2,1,c,
0,1,b,
0,1,b,
0,1.5,b,
0,1.3,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,

 
   3
4,4,c,
4,4,c,
4,4,c,
4,0,a,
4,0,a,

0,4,b,
0,4,b,
4,4,c,
4,4,c,
4,0,a,
4,0,a,
1,1,c,
1,1,c,
1,1.3,c,
1,1.3,c,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,

 
   4
.1,4,c,
.1,4,c,
.1,4,c,
2,0,a,
2,0,a,
0,4,b,
0,4,b,
.1,4,c,
.1,4,c,
2,0,a,
2,0,a,
.6,1,c,
.6,1,c,
.5,1,c,
.5,1,c,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,

 
5
4,.1,c,
4,.1,c,
1,3,c,
4,0,a,
4,0,a
,
.5,2,b,
.5,2,b,
4,.1,c,
4,.1,c,
2,0,a,
2,0,a,

0,0,d,
0,0,d,
0,0,a,
0,0,d,
.2,1,c,
.2,1,c,
.2,1,c,
.2,1,c,

 
6
4,.1,c,
4,.1,c,
4,.1,c,
4,0,a,
4,0,a,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
4,.1,c,
4,.1,c,
4,0,a,
4,0,a,
0,0,d,
0,0,d,
0,0,d,
0,0,d,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,

 
7
2,4,c,
2,4,c,
0,4,b,
4,0,a,
4,0,a,
0,4,b,
0,4,b,
2,4,c,
2,4,c,
2,0,a,
2,0,a,
0,0,d,
0,0,d,
0,0,d,
0,0,d,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
 
8
2,4,c,
2,4,c,
0,4,b,
4,0,a,
4,0,a,
0,4,b,
0,4,b,
2,4,c,
2,4,c,
2,0,a,
2,0,a,
1,1.3,c,
1,1.3,c,
1,1.5,c,
1,1.5,c,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,
0,2,b,

 
etc... up to
25 different aspect tables may be used for each and every .APS file!
 
    EXPLANATIONS...  
   [Aspectos] This is one thing that cannot be modified: it´s simply a program code which defines the aspect-table section.
  3=Trine>,120,2,1,
  4=Trine<,240,2,1,
Each aspect, starting with the trine, is represented by both its waxing (>) and waning (<) phase, allowing you to assign a different number of points to each one. This field may be modified; for example, here you might want to use 3=Waxing Trine,120,1,1, instead of the default. As long as you keep the "3=" and the following commas in their correct positions, you may change this, or any other aspect name. Following the first comma is the aspect's distance when exact; next, the orb (2), and finally, what we call the "factor modifier": should you decide to use the "factor" (as described earlier on this page), you may then have the program modify it by multiplying the final factor of a group of aspects by this "factor modifier" before using it to multiply the total points. If the modifier is "1", as in this example, the factor will be used as-is. The "factor modifier" allows you to give extra weight to specific aspects by simply entering an .APS file and changing this number for the aspects you want to have more weight when using the factor. Sound complicated? Don't worry! The more than 250 pre-prepared .APS files will no doubt suffice for normal astrological work; we just thought we´d share such "technical" features with our clients, in case they are into research.
           4,0,a, This means that the aspect in this table will be assigned 4 positive points, 0 negative points, and is to be considered type "a", which means that it will contribute points to the first (normally a blue) line of the graphs.
       0,4,b, This aspect will be assigned 0 positive points, 4 negative points, and will be considered to be type "b", thus contributing to the second (normally a red) line o the graph.
     2,4,c,
    .5,2,b,
 In the first case ( 2,4,c,) this aspect will be assigned 2 positive points, 4 negative points, and, as a type "c" aspect, will contribute to BOTH the first as well as the second lines of the graph when "factors" are used. This makes it possible to treat some aspects as both "harmonious" as well as "tense", should you prefer. In the second case (.5,2,b,), .5 points will be assigned to the positive point-total, and 5 to the negative, yet if the factor is used, the aspect will ONLY be considered to be of the second (type "b", usually the "negative") type when multiplying the final points by the factor.
     0,0,d, Any aspect may be "turned off" in a particular table by using the code 0,0,d : no points will be assigned to it, and it will not appear in the final list which is used to gerenate the graph.
   0,0,a, By designating an aspect as type a,b or c, while giving it 0 points in both columns, you can make that aspect appear in the final list, yet it will not contribute any points to the graph. Granted, this is not a particularly useful feature, but if you aren´t sure how many points you want to give an aspect, yet want it to appear in the list, this is how you'd do it!
 7=Parallel,-1,.25,1,
  8=Anti-parallel,-2,.1,1,
Both parallels and anti-parallels of declination (their "distance" being designated by -1 and -2, respectively) may be employed for your graphs. Note that here, in this example, the orbs used are fractions; fractions, as well as whole numbers, may be used for the orbs of these, or of the other aspects. During the research phase of the development of OMNICYCLES, we often saw that the parallels were extremely powerful, every bit as much as the conjunction. (The antiparallel, however, did not exhibit the same strength; thus, we generally give it a much smaller orb).
*15=Semisquare>,45,1,1, If, after a certain point in an .APS file, you don´t want to use the aspects which follow, they may be "turned off" in their entirety (that is, all of the tables for this aspect will not be used) by placing an asterisk (*) before the aspect's number. use with caution, however: once one aspect is disactivated in this way, all of the following will not be used, either.

Though our example above has only 8 aspect tables,
OMNICYCLES allows you to use a total of 25 tables in each and every file, thus enabling you to assign any one of many different tables to each aspect combination. As you can see, the possibilities are practically endless!

 

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