Astrology Software Review: Timaeus
Timaeus 126.96.36.199 (Shareware)
Author: Curtis Manwaring/Zoidiasoft Technologies
Astrology Level: 2/3/4
Our Rating: A
This shareware astrology program is a very handy system tray application that offers many useful (and fun!) features for students of astrology. Daily horoscopes reveal transiting aspects to natal planets. The interpretations are top-notch, and based on full birth data. The calculation of planetary hours are the program’s main feature. The glyph for the current planetary hour ruler is loaded into the system tray. Hovering the mouse over the glyph pulls up some details about how many minutes into the period and how many minutes remain in the period (planetary hours are not exactly 60 minutes!), as well as the current position of the Ascendant and Midheaven. If Saturn happens to be on the Midheaven when you hover your mouse over the glyph, the program lets you know.
Clicking on the system tray icon opens the program, where users are treated to a host of useful information. The author likens Timaeus to an “astrological weather forecast”, and that’s perhaps the best way to sum it up. Users can view statistics for the moment. See the screenshot at right for an example. Times for sunrise and sunset, planetary hour information, the current sign and degree for the Ascendant and Midheaven, as well as the positions of the planets are included on this “Statistics” screen. Of course, users set the program to their location. The program uses the ACS Atlas, so setting up locations and birth charts is a straightforward process.
Users can view the “current sky conditions”, which is a chart drawn for the moment and the default location. Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollon, Admetos, Vulcanus, Poseidon and Transpluto are included in addition to the standard points, and users can easily “pick and choose” which points to include in their charts.
A fun and handy (optional) feature is the program’s system of sound alerts. The program alerts users when there’s a new planetary hour ruler, a new sign on the Ascendant, and a planet rising. Users can also attach sounds to user-defined cosmic happenings, such as when a particular degree crosses an angle.
This shareware program operates for free for 30 days, after which users are given the option to purchase the program for $19.95 US. I must say that the program quickly becomes a companion–an indispensable one, at that. The price is very reasonable for a program that offers a surprisingly large number of features and customizable options. Highly recommended.
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