Test the aspect files with the built-in research module
OMNICYCLES, we soon felt that it was
necessary to have some means of testing the aspect files we were creating.
Having files which permit the use of many transits, as well as a great of
variety of aspects, is great, but the question always remains: will it
"work"; that is, will the graph which it generates
reflect the reality of the person's life during the time period selected?
The best way to test a file, we thought, would be to use it to produce the
point values for many important events in a person's past. Now, one way to
do this would be to simply generate a graph for the weeks, months or years
of each of the events, yet that procedure, we soon saw, proved very
time-consuming. Therefore, we developed a special module which allowed us to
study the specific dates of a number of important events in the lives of one, or of several
people, in a few steps. This enabled us to calculate the point values
for all of the event-dates at once, compare the points to the mean, convert
them into percentages, put them into a list containing the aspects in effect
on each important date, and then show the average value of the "averages" of
all the dates. This final number gives an
indication of whether the values produced by a
specific aspect file are
the mean, and is thus an indication of whether
or not the file does indeed give results which are, perhaps, significant.
How is this done? Well, it really isn't as complicated as it might sound, as long as
you follow the instructions step by step. Please read on...
1) The aspect file you want to test. This can be any of the
aspect files (those with an .aps extension) delivered with the program, or
one which you yourself have modified or created.
1966,2,13,1,00,New York,NY,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Death of maternal grandmother
*1969,6,18,12,00,New York,NY,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Family moves to Boston-I lose friends
1972,1,27,00,20,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Bicycle accident - broken arm
1975,3,21,12,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Death of Uncle Frank
1979,11,02,20,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,I get food poisoning - sick for 3 days
*1983,5,22,12,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Girlfriend ends relationship - I feel terrible
1983,7,05,12,00,Atlanta,GA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Car breaks down on trip to Georgia
1984,9,24,10,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Fired from job
1985,4,16,18,30,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Car accident - $500 damage
1987,2,5,12,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Death of paternal grandfather
1990,12,3,14,15,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Bad argument with my wife
1995,8,3,12,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Son gets measles - really sick
1996,1,20,19,30,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,I hit cat while driving - feel terrible
1998,10,10,19,30,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,TV breaks down during World Series - I could cry!
1969,4,24,12,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,I get mumps - terribly ill
1973,2,3,19,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Favorite grandmother passes away
1983,5,28,20,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,High-school prom - boyfriend doesn't show up!
1983,5,29,18,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,I separate from boyfriend
1995,8,3,12,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Son gets measles - really sick
1995,8,3,12,00,Boston,MA,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Gets measles - really sick
For the purposes of our sample, I have created a group of events for a fictitious family. Though the events listed are not all of the same nature, they do have one thing in common: they are all quite unpleasant. Thus, what we will be checking in our sample investigation is basically: "Is there a correlation between the combined transits of Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and very unpleasant events in people´s lives?" Obviously, it would be more "scientific" to study events of a single nature in such a study, for instance, dates of the deaths of loved ones. However, a single individual will not experience a large number of that type of event. OMNICYCLES, for that reason, and as you can see in the sample file, permits you to use separate lists for different individuals in the same file. Thus, one might do a study with a file containing a specific type of event in the lives of many individuals. In our sample, which must here necessarily be short, we have used only three different persons. In any case, let´s continue by explaining how the information must be prepared for these files.
|#,natal.nat,Doe,John|| The first line
will contain a reference to the chart of the first person for whom you wish
to list events. It is important to note here that the commas are of great
importance, since they separate the different fields. They may not be
omitted, nor may commas be placed in sub-sections (for example, within the
final field, where the event description is given). The elements of this
first line, then, mean...
#, a program code, not modifiable
natal.nat, the name of the chart file where this person´s birth data is located
Doe,John the name of the person, exactly as it appears in OMNICYCLE's chart file
|1966,2,13,1,00,New York,NY,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps,Death of maternal grandmother||Beginning on the second line, you will have, one by one, the list of events you wish to include in your study.|
This example says that the event took place on Feb 13, 1966
(1966,2,13,), at 1 am (1,00,), in New York, NY (New
York,NY, - note that
there should be no space after the commas!). The time format is the 24-hour
system; thus, 1 am is 1,00, while 1 PM would be 13,00,. Following the
abbreviation for the state (or the name of the country, as our sample list
shows, as in "Madrid,Spain,") comes the name of the aspect file to be
tested. This must be present in each line, but don´t despair! You don´t have
to type it in by hand each time you want to use a new
aspect file. Once you have one file prepared, you may use the "replace"
option of a program such as "Wordpad" or "Microsoft "Word" to automatically
substitute the old aspect file name with the new one for all the lines at
once. Do be careful, however: if the name of the aspect file is entered
incorrectly, or if it is incomplete, or if, after saving the .DAT file, the
program cannot find the relevant .asp file in the
will not be able to calculate correctly, and you will get an error message.
After the comma following the name of the aspect file to be used, you can type in a description of the event which took place. No commas may be included in the description, and it´s probably best to keep it short.
Note that a couple of lines begin with an asterisk: This merely indicates that for this study, these events should NOT be used. It´s a simple, but very convenient feature, for it allows you to make one very large file containing many events of different sorts, and then make copies of it: each time you want to study a particular kind of event, you only have to enter a .dat file, disactivate (with an asterisk) the events you do NOT want to use, save the new file with a new name, and use it.
At the end of the block containing events, you see the code #F This merely tells the program that the list of events for this individual is complete. This code must always be present at the end of each person´s list. Should you decide to include the events for several people, you would now add the second person's info, exactly as you did for the first person.There's no limit to the number of people that can be in a file, nor is the number of events limited. (Should any user find that he/she has had problems with larger lists, let us know, and we´ll make the necessary corrections ASAP!).
After all the info has been placed into the .DAT file, save it, remembering the name you've given it, and also its location on your hard drive. Also, make sure that the .aps file you wish to test is present in the "invest" folder. If it´s not, then your final list may contain merely a bunch of zeroes instead of meaningful data! Therefore, it is imperative that the name of the .APS file listed in your data file is written EXACTLY like the name of the .aps file which you want to test, AND that this .aps file is present in the Omnicycles/invest folder. Now, open OMNICYCLES, select File/research from the main menu, and the program will prompt you to choose the .dat file you wish to use. You select the .dat file you created, and OMNICYCLES will begin to calculate. If, along the way, it discovers a city which is not present in the data base, you will be prompted to enter its coordinates. When finished, the list of calculations for each event date will appear on the screen, containing the calculated aspects for each of the dates, the number of total points for each event, and the percentage (in relation to the mean) for each event. (A note aside: the file created with this info will ALWAYS have the extension ".inv". The name of the file will be a series of number which represent the month/day/time the file was created. Thus, if the .inv file has the name 04080225.inv, it was created on April 8, at 2:25. We decided to use such an automatic file-naming system so that each file you generate using the research module will have a unique name, though we are well aware that you will almost always, after seeing the final results in the file, want to either erase it, or, in case you wish to save it, give it a name which you will more easily recognize in the future) The following is only a part of the list, showing the way the information is presented for the first two dates in the .DAT file:
1,John,Doe,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps, New York,NY, Koch,Death of maternal
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Mars, 90.871, 6, 4, 4,2,5,3,3, Cuadratura>,90,2,1, 0,4,b, Mercury,250.13,341.00,+0,-90.30201,.5643876
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Mars, 43.936, 6, 8, 4,2,6,3,2, Semicuad>,45,1.5,1, 0,2,b, Saturn,297.06,341.00,+0,-27.94022,.2910439
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Mars, 118.74, 6, 10, 4,1.5,6,4,2, Trígono>,120,2,1, 2,0,a, Neptune,222.26,341.00,+23.68772,-0,.3701206
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Mars, 180.88, 6, 11, 4,2,5,3,3, Oposición,180,2,1, 0,4,b, Pluto,160.12,341.00,+0,-89.3993,.5587456
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Mars, 292.18, 6, 18, 4,3,5,3,4, 16-3<,292.5,.75,.8, 0,1,b, Descendent,48.819,341.00,+0,-23.27329,.5818322
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Saturn, 91.681, 8, 1, 5,2,8,3,2, Cuadratura>,90,2,1, 0,4,b, Sun,255.06,346.74,+0,-40.76321,.1592313
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Saturn, 89.646, 8, 6, 4,2,7,4,2, Cuadratura>,90,2,1, 0,4,b, Mars,257.10,346.74,+0,-184.463,.8234957
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Uranus, 280.85, 9, 3, 8,3,8,3,6, Binovil<,280,1.3,1, 1.3,0,a, Moon,247.69,168.55,+28.17468,-0,.3386379
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Uranus, 271.45, 9, 6, 7,3,8,3,6, Cuadratura<,270,2,1, 0,4,b, Mars,257.10,168.55,+0,-69.27103,.2705899
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Uranus, 119.74, 9, 18, 8,3,8,3,10, Trígono>,120,2,1, 4,0,a, Descendent,48.819,168.55,+222.7408,-0,.8700814
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Neptune, 337.09, 10, 1, 6,2,9,3,3, 16-1<,337.5,.75,.8, 0,1,b, Sun,255.06,232.15,+0,-32.78668,.4553706
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Pluto, 280.04, 11, 3, 8,3,8,3,6, Binovil<,280,1.3,1, 1.3,0,a, Moon,247.69,167.74,+80.31011,-0,.9652658
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Pluto, 270.64, 11, 6, 8,3,8,3,6, Cuadratura<,270,2,1, 0,4,b, Mars,257.10,167.74,+0,-173.5419,.677898
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Pluto, 118.92, 11, 18, 7,3,7,3,10, Trígono>,120,2,1, 4,0,a, Descendent,48.819,167.74,+103.6612,-0,.4627733
13-02-1966 1.00 , + 458.5745, - 731.7407, + 149.3728, - 120.9489,%
2,John,Doe,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps, Boston,MA, Koch,Bicycle accident - broken arm
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Saturn, 269.08, 8, 9, 5,2,7,3,2, Cuadratura<,270,2,1, 0,4,b, Uranus,150.53,59.619,+0,-121.0166,.5402526
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Saturn, 89.709, 8, 15, 3,2,7,3,9, Cuadratura>,90,2,1, 0,4,b, Lower heaven,329.90,59.619,+0,-191.4733,.8547914
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Uranus, 315.45, 9, 5, 8,3,6,3,7, Semicuad<,315,1.5,1, 0,1.5,b, Venus,242.85,198.31,+0,-49.92667,.6934259
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Uranus, 301.21, 9, 6, 7,3,8,3,6, Sextil<,300,1.5,1, 2,0,a, Mars,257.10,198.31,+21.62411,-0,.1930724
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Uranus, 329.49, 9, 12, 8,3,8,3,10, Semisextil<,330,1,1, 1,1.3,c, Ascendent,228.81,198.31,+31.47098,-40.91228,.4917341
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Neptune, 1.9669, 10, 5, 6,2,8,3,6, Conjunción>,0,2,1, 2,4,c, Venus,242.85,244.81,+1.588594,-4.236252,1.654786E-02
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Neptune, 299.47, 10, 7, 5,2,8,3,6, Sextil<,300,1.5,1, 2,0,a, Jupiter,305.34,244.81,+51.95893,-0,.6494867
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Neptune, 0.06839, 10, 7, 5,2,8,3,6, Parallel,-1,.2,1, 2,4,c, Jupiter, -19.57, -19.50,+52.64499,-168.464,.6580624
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Neptune, 22.552, 10, 10, 6,2,8,3,2, 16-1>,22.5,.75,.8, 0,1,b, Neptune,222.26,244.81,+0,-59.50769,.9298077
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Pluto, 299.01, 11, 5, 8,3,4,3,7, Sextil<,300,1.5,1, 2,0,a, Venus,242.85,181.86,+44.14531,-0,.3448852
27-01-1972 00.33 [ 5.0] , Pluto, 319.60, 11, 10, 4,3,8,4,2, Novil<,320,1.3,1, .6,0,a, Neptune,222.26,181.86,+13.33762,-0,.6946676
27-01-1972 00.33, + 216.7705, - 635.5368, + 70.60928, - 105.0474,%
3,John,Doe,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps, Boston,MA, Koch,Death of Uncle Frank
By way of explanation of
the data in this list, we´ll use the first line from the first list:
13-02-1966 1.00 [ 5.0] , Mars, 90.871, 6, 4, 4,2,5,3,3, Square>,90,2,1, 0,4,b, Mercury,250.13,341.00,+0,-90.30201,.5643876
Let's look at this line part by part...
13-02-1966 01.00 [ 5.0] , The date, time, time zone of the event
.... Mars, 90.871, 6, 4, Transiting planet, numerical identifying numbers for Mars (6) and Mercury (4). These latter two numbers are included in the list, though they won´t be needed at all by the average user.
These are the values in the aspect file which
can be found for the transits of Mars to Mercury.
.....Square>,90,2,1, 0,4,b, The name of the aspect, along with the values for this aspect, as found in the last section of the .APS file. (Note: I inadvertently calculated the list above using a Spanish version of Omnicycles: the aspect names in the English version are, of course, in English!)
....Mercury,250.13,341.00, The natal planet receiving the aspect, its exact position expressed in absolute longitude (250.13 corresponds to 10°Capricorn, 22 minutes), and the exact position of the transiting planet (Mars, in this case, at 11°Piscis).
......+0,-90.30201,.5643876 These values, at the end of the line, mean: the number of positive points generated by this aspect (+0); the number of negative points (-90.3), and finally, the strength of the aspect, expressed in a decimal less than 1, and representing a percentage: in this case, the aspect has a strength of 56.43%, since it is not exact. (An exact aspect - that is, one which has an orb of 0, would be at 100% strength, expresses in this list as "1").
Okay, okay, I can hear you now: "Man, why does this have to be so complex?!" Well, the answer is simply that when we prepared the research module, we had at first intended it for our own use, to test the results obtained by using different aspect files. Later, we decided to share this part with our users. Thus, the result files (all ending in .inv, you´ll recall) contain many values which the average user will never need. But don´t despair! All you REALLY need to know when you test an .aps file with the research module are the FINAL results; as a matter of fact, you will usually ONLY be interested in the final three lines of the file: "Average number of points", "Total points", and "average percentage". And for most users, the ONLY one of these which is important is the last one, "Average percentage", since these are the values which will tell you whether or not the aspect file you have chosen to test gives results which are (or are not) better than average ("average" being 100%). Read on....
At the end of this long list, you can find a summary, containing only the final results (i.e., without the individual aspects found) for the dates:
1,John,Doe,PL-NE-UR-SA-MA.aps, New York,NY, Koch,Death of maternal
grandmother, + 458.5745, - 731.7407, + 149.3728%, - 120.9489%
Average # of points: + 303.6481 - 659.3968
As can be seen in
the final (here highlighted) figure, the average number of negative points
for this group of events, expressed in percentage in relation to a
mean (the 60-year mean vaules, both positive as well as
negative, have been pre-calculated for all the .aps files delivered with
and are stored in the respective .aps file, in the lines "mediap=
" - for the positive mean - and "median= " for the negative
mean), is 108.99%.
If this result had been obtained using a large number of events (several
hundred, for example),one
might conclude that this
specific group of planets, with the aspects used in the .APS file,
gives results which could perhaps be significant; one
would expect, after all, that the negative mean would be higher in this
study, since all of the events in the .DAT file were of an unpleasant
nature! (Note that the positive mean was +98.90%, that is, just about
true research of this sort requires much more data than that given in our
sample; for this reason, it would certainly be misleading to conclude
that this test run was really a success. This final list can be cut and pasted in a program such as
Microsoft's Excel (or any other data-spreadsheet program) for
a more detailed
analysis of the results.
So you see, though the list might seem extremely complex, you´ll really only need to look at its final line to see whether or not the file you´re testing is really promising or not. Though we could have made the program give you only this final result, we thought that some users might want to be able to see the list in its entirety.
By employing different aspect files, you can test your hypotheses as regards the effects of transits using any combination of planets and aspects you wish.
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