Creators of Omnicycles

David Bolton                                Juanma Martínez Puertas

Hi, my name is David Bolton. I began learning astrology in 1977, just after moving to Germany, where I resided for 13 years. During the first few years of study, I read, tested and practiced reading charts intensively, sometimes working ten or more hours daily.

Up to age 21, I hadn't believed in astrology, life after death, and other such "occult" matters. However, when still in college, someone had interpreted my Natal Chart. Though initially skeptical, I realized that the astrologer was telling me many things that were right on the mark - things that were not obvious at all. Thus, I started to think that maybe — just maybe — I had been wrong, and that perhaps there was "something" to astrology after all. Never one to be content with mere belief or conjecture, I thereafter decided I would learn as much as I could about astrology in order to see whether there was any truth to it.

About a year later I moved to Germany (1977), and began there to buy astrology books. I literally devoured them, yet never simply "believed". Instead, I learned how to cast charts (no personal computers back in those days!), and soon had dozens, then hundreds of them in my collection. Gradually, I saw that indeed: there really was a connection between a person's birth chart and his or her personality, characteristics, and life events. Intrigued, I never stopped learning more about the subject. I bought my first computer and astrology program back in 1986, and was then able to calculate and examine an even greater number of charts. In 1988 I wrote my first book on astrology (in German only: "Harmonics - Schlüssel zur astrologischen Aspektdeutung").

In 1987, while vacationing in Granada, Spain, I met Spanish astrologer Juan Manuel Puertas. We enjoyed many conversations together, exchanging experiences, theories, etc. about astrology. In 1990, I moved to Granada. Juanama was a computer programmer, and had already created a simple astrology program. Before long, we were planning a new, larger program, one that not only contained many techniques, but had comprehensive interpretative texts as well. That program was "Regulus" (the Spanish Regulus, not the program of the same name sold in the U.S.). Regulus was a relative success. In 1999, we sold the code for a large sum to an entrepreneur. In 2003, we decided to create another program — and with that, Omnicycles was born!

I myself have next to no programming skills. Thus the credit for the actual program all goes to "Juanma". My part in the project is that of what you might call "content designer": I decide what features the program should have, just what it should produce, and the like. I also am responsible for explanatory texts of all kinds (including the Omnicycles website).

Both Juanma and I believe that in astrology, it is crucial to always remain at least a bit skeptical, and not to blindly accept every new idea or theory that is presented in books, or on the Internet. I am convinced that a great number of the astrological ideas presented today have little or no value whatsoever. For instance: should we really believe that we shall obtain a deeper understanding of a chart by including dozens of asteroids, whose "meanings" derive almost solely from the mythological names that have been given them by astronomers? Instead, would it not be wiser to delve more deeply into the significance of chart factors whose basic meanings have virtually proven themselves - for example, the planets, signs and houses?

Yet even there, misconceptions and muddled thinking abound. Speaking of houses: how many astrologers have ever asked themselves why the notorious "House of Death" (House 8) occurs right after the house of marriage, yet two houses before the house of profession? Where is the logic in such a scheme? No — naively accepting everything that has been passed down to us from the ancients is hardly the way to bring our art/science into the 21st century. (Imagine if a scientist, in order to learn more about physics, decided to study the works of ancient Greek "Natural Philosophers", believing that they "knew the truth". Such a scientist would soon be the laughing stock of his profession!)

This is why in Omnicycles, we are concentrating on developing new methods of studying the basic, and most reliable, factors. For instance, we are planning a module that will make it much simpler to see the totality of the influences of the transits almost at a glance, instead of having to wade through lists of aspects and attempting to "piece it all together" — a process that takes a lot of time, even with a computer. Not that we aren't open to novelty, assuming that it is plain that that novelty almost surely represents a path towards a greater understanding of a chart.

Our "Google Earth" module is a prime example of this. Most astrologers have but a vague idea of the "mechanics" of a chart. Yet when the chart is studied in "real space" — i.e., when we see it projected onto the sphere of the Earth — we can begin to understand the true relations between the different factors, and in time, we can even devise our own techniques, based not on wild speculation, but on true astronomical relationships (which will always be the real foundation of astrology).

My own personal and professional interests include: astrology (of course!), psychology, philosophy, history; anything related to the scientific exploration of phenomena such as "ghost" appearances, or life after death; and the implications of modern physics. Also, acting (TV/movie), writing (see my book site), and most especially, classical music (with emphasis on keyboard music of the 16th through 18th centuries). You can see many of my harpsichord recordings on my Youtube channel:"The Digital Harpsichordist"

A tip: if you only ever read a single book of mine, I recommend that it be one that is free, and that has the power to save lives: "A Rational Approach to Cancer Treatment - and why Big Pharma isn't interested" (Click title to get the book right now in .pdf format).

In this work, I present a new paradigm for viewing cancer, and give extremely solid evidence that chemotherapy, in many if not most cases, does much more harm than good. Yet I also suggest just what steps someone who has been diagnosed with cancer should take to greatly increase his or her probability of not only surviving a few more years, but perhaps even of conquering the sickness for good. Please give this book a look, and feel free to send it to anyone you know whose own life, or that of a family member, has been threatened by this "dread disease".

Juan Manuel Martínez Puertas has decades of experience as a practicing astrologer specializing in giving personal astrological consulations, and also in programming. He has developed Astrology Software for a number of companies, and of course, he is also co-creator of our Omnicycles program. He has programmed not just Windows programs, but also the calculation routines used for websites.

In addition, "Juanma" is a teacher, not just of astrology, but also of meditation and other "esoteric" themes (such as how to achieve astral travel). He has often been a guest on radio and television programs in Spain.

He has actively particiated in many astrological and esoteric conferences in Spain, Argentina and Brazil.

Juanma is also an author. Anyone who reads Spanish should definitely check out his books (see the bottom of this page). The first, "Más allá del Túnel", is his autobiography, and I must say it is perhaps the most honest book of this kind that I have ever read. It gives great insight into the mind of a man who is truly exceptional (and no, I'm not just saying that because he is a friend of mine!). His second book , "Astrología Transdimensional", presents a somewhat different take on astrology, and is of course also well-worth reading.

Make sure you keep abreast of the new developments in Omnicycles, for I can assure you that there is much more to come! And don't hesitate to write us if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or the like:

                        David Bolton                               Juan Manuel Martínez Puertas