A Review of the Prometheus Astrology Program: Part Two
by Hank Friedman
While many programs allow you to create a chart for any planet rising, culminating, setting, or anti-culminating for today's date, Prometheus allows you to also do so for any of the asteroids (from a list of hundreds), Fixed Stars, Arabic Parts, Nodes and Apsides, Transplutonians, points at Apogee or Perigee, Zodiacal Position, Solstice Points, Lunations, Eclipses, and midpoints. Amazing! Even more impressive is that you can also generate ephemeris pages with the Ephemeris Generator for any or all of these!
Most other predictive methods, such as Returns, Progressions, Arc Directions, Profections, and Primary Directed charts offer enough options to satisfy every astrologer. Prometheus offers Antiscia and Contra-Antiscia charts, a large number of types of Zodiac Analogue charts, Harmonic and Arc Transform charts, Age Harmonic charts, Combined charts (e.g. Composite & Coalescent), Rotated charts, and Vedic charts (including Vargas and Dasa listings).
One of the program's most exceptional features is its Transit and Progression Search. It can search any time range for Progressed and Transiting Sign and House ingresses, Progressed to Progressed and Progressed to Natal aspects, Transiting Stations, VOC Moon, Solar and Lunar Eclipses, and Transiting aspects to natal, Arc directed, Progressed, and Transiting points. Prometheus shows a listing of events (sorted by the date of entry, event type, the moving or natal point, or aspect,) and then you can display a predictive graph or interpretive report.
I was delightedly surprised by the new way of displaying predictive events in Prometheus. Instead of just showing the events in chronological order in the Transit Graph, the currently active transits are shown above a dotted line with the rest below. And if you click on any date in the graph, you immediately see all of the events happening on that date. This is an amazingly useful feature!
If you click on any event in the listing or graph, you can view a Preview biwheel, or interpretations for that event or for all of the events on that date. Clicking on different events changes the Preview chart to that event. You can also instantly hone in on the current time period by choosing to view only the present week, month, 3 months, or year of the graph's events.
You can select what columns are shown in the Transit Results listing, including the moving or natal point's Azimuth, Latitude, direction, Right Ascension, Declination, and Speed (as well as the more usual columns); choose the placement for each column, and sort the listing by any column.
One feature that I feel has great value is that Prometheus offers you the option to select a set of aspects and orbs for each planet individually. So if you want a transit graph showing, for example, only the conjunctions by the transiting inner planets, and hard aspects by Mars, and all of the Ptolemaic aspects by the transiting outer planets, you can. Bravo!
Prometheus also has a Chart Database Search and an Electional Search that allow you to search both your chart files and date ranges for planets in signs, houses, aspects, phases, Sect, and speed (including Stations), as well as for Void of Course Moon and the Marc Edmund Jones chart shapes. You can create multi-factor searches using Boolean logic (AND/OR/NOT), like "find the times in the next year when Mars squares Venus and the Sun is in Sect in Cancer". After the search is complete, you can Preview any or all of the charts that meet the search criteria, or copy them to a new file.
The program also has impressive Eclipse, Void-of-Course Moon, Primary Direction, and Heliacal Event searches, and Heliacal Phases, all packed with information about each event. Note the huge number of options on the Primary Directions Search Screen.
One major component of Prometheus is a module called AstrologyExplorer 3D. This is a very well-developed planetarium module, with two different incredibly beautiful displays of the starry sky. The Planetarium and the Star Globe allow you to view astrological points in the sky, and tables and birth charts simultaneously. You can choose the orientation, projection, and alignment, as well as what points to display, the aspects and chart wheel to include. The Planetarium depicts the sky as it looks from Earth, while the Sky Globe shows the Celestial Sphere in its entirety.
Both displays can be animated, and also used to rectify a chart (adjust the birth time). There are many color schemes and styles to choose from, and better still the ability to edit any style or create a completely new one with complete control over every display element.
While viewing, you can turn on or off stars, star names, constellation names and outlines, the Zodiac band, house system, and different grids, too. Well done!
The program offers both spiral and standard Graphic Ephemeri, and a lovely monthly Astrological Calendar. Prometheus also includes a photo-realistic astromapping module, with all of the standard features plus a birth time shifting function (called rectify chart) and an animate function.
The more that I explored Prometheus, the more impressed that I became. The program's evolution will be swift, as the author wants to add many new features and functions to Prometheus. You can download a 10 day trial version, and discover what makes this such a powerful and beautifully-designed astrology program.
P.s. You can read Part One of my Mountain Astrologer review here, learn more about Prometheus here, and purchase it at the lowest price here.
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