PRIMARY DIRECTIONS SOFTWARE

" PLACIDUS " -

THE KING OF PRIMARY DIRECTIONS

by Rumen K. Kolev

 

"PLACIDUS" is the first computer astrology program in the world that can calculate all kinds of AUTHENTIC primary directions in all traditions of primary directioning: PLACIDUS, REGIOMONTANUS, CAMPANUS & TOPOCENTRIC- the most elite tool of the Predictive Astrology of all times. Version 5.1 is improved over the old version 4.3, but is reduced in price from $370 to $320 because the author has now come out with version 7.0, which adds an extensive module for ancient astrology and evaluating chart rulers - version 7.0 sells for $480.

Both Placidus versions calculate PLACIDIAN CLASSIC, PLACIDIAN UNDER THE POLE (KUEHR), REGIOMONTANIAN, CAMPANIAN AND TOPOCENTRIC PRIMARIES.

" PLACIDUS 5.1 and 7.0" can run in WINDOWS 98, WINDOWS 2000, WINDOWS XP, WINDOWS VISTA, and WINDOWS 7. They are the fruit of 15 years of labor.


Details of Placidus 7.0 and the Porphyrius Magus module


Click to see a Placidus screen wheel.

Click to see a primary directions list.

Click to see a list of mundo primaries to angles.

Click to see a 3D horizon horoscope.

Click to see a 3D ecliptic horoscope.

 

WHO IS THE CREATOR OF ' PLACIDUS ' ?

Rumen Kolev has studied Astrology since 1977. He is a USA citizen, coming originally from Bulgaria. He holds a B.A. in Economics and the equivalent in Mathematics from the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He has spent one year in the Ph.D. program in Economics at UCLA where he studied mathematical models for predictions in MacroEconomics and chaos theory. He holds also a MD degree from the Bulgarian Medical Academy in Varna.

 

WHAT ARE PRIMARY DIRECTIONS ?

Primary directions are the elite tool for predictions. They are described by Ptolemy in his " Tetrabiblos ", Book 3, Chapters XIV and XV. They were the main tool employed by all famous astrologers of the past: Placidus, Regiomontan, Naibod, Kepler, Tycho de Brahe, Cardan, Maginus, Argol, Gauric, Morin, Sepharial, Alan Leo, Kuehr and others.

 

HOW IS THIS PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS ?

There are programs that claim they can compute the primary directions. However, when put to the test, it turns out that they compute either a very small portion of the primary directions or, very often, something that unfortunately, is not primary directions. These programs ( in good faith, but without sufficient knowledge ) call primary directions something that has nothing to do with the real authentic primary directions employed and described by all authorities on the subject.

 

WHICH PRIMARY DIRECTIONS CAN " PLACIDUS " COMPUTE ?

 

" PLACIDUS " is able to compute virtually all kinds of primaries- both in the PLACIDIAN and the REGIOMONTANIAN TRADITIONS.

 

The Regiomontanian directions are calculated as by Regiomontanus, Maginus, Argolus, Naibod, William Lilly and Henry Coley.

 

The Placidian directions are Placidian Classic (Semi-Arc) directions and are computed by the program as were practiced by Ptolemy, Alcabitius, Montulmo, Lucas Gauricus, Simmonite, Zadkiel, Alan Leo, Pracht, Kloekler and Placidus himself.

 

The Placidian under the Pole directions as they were calculated by Sepharial, Robert deLuce, Placidus and the German astrologer Kuehr.

 

It can calculate also CAMPANIAN and TOPOCENTRIC DIRECTIONS.

The topocentric directions are calculated as by Alexander Marr, Page and Polich.

 

It can compute also the primaries according to van Dam which are a variation of the Placidian Classic primaries with a specific time-measure (key for conversion).

Also it can compute the variation of the zodiacal primaries that ascribes latitude to the zodiacal aspects as per Blanchinus, Argol, Lucas Gauricus.

 

Here is a list of some of the directions that the program can compute:

1 Mundo to MC/ASC
2 Mundo Interplanetary aspects
3 Mundo Parallels
4 Mundo Rapt Parallels
5 Mundo to Cusps
6 Planet to itself
7 Zodiacal to MC/ASC
8 Zodiacal Interplanetary aspects
9 Zodiacal aspects to ASC/MC
10 Zodiacal acc. to Lucas Gauric
11 Zod. & Mundo acc. to Regiomontan
12 Under the Pole of the Significator
13 Zod. & Mundo acc. to Campanus
14 Zod. & Mundo Topocentric
15 Primaries in the Lunar and Solar charts (Kuehr)

 

" PLACIDUS " can compute these directions direct and converse with 11 keys: Ptolemy, Cardan, Naibod, Placidus, Kepler, Kuendig, Sun Longitude travel ( for the birthday ), Sun Longitude Progressed travel, Synodic, van Dam and a Customer key.

The astrologer can input a key coefficient and calculate the directions with it. This is the customer key. The hit dates of the directions ( Day, Month, Year ) and the arc pop up in a chronological list in easy to understand notation and are ready to print. There are 4 print options: Normal- 1 key , Normal- 8 keys, Compact- 1 key and Compact- 6 keys.

The astrologer can choose the kind of directions, the promissors, the aspects and the significators that he wishes to calculate.

Everything possible is done to make the rectification process ( so important by the primaries ) easy and fast. The astrologer can change the birth time with steps of 1 second up to 1 hour and watch the new hit dates of almost all mundo directions and the zodiacal to the angles. He can change the key with one click of the mouse: the new hit dates come up immediately.

 

There is a module where you can point with the mouse at a specific birth-time on a time-scale (+-15 minutes from the entered birth-time) and see how ALL directions of planets to angles MOVE according to the new birth-time pointed by the mouse.

 

WHAT OTHER PREDICTIVE TECHNIQUES CAN " PLACIDUS " COMPUTE ?

" Placidus " can compute also other techniques as:

1 Transits
2 Direct Progressions
3 Reverse Progressions
4 Solar Return Chart
5 Solar Arc Directions
6 Symbolic Directions
7 Symbolic with a Customer key
8 Lunar return chart
9 Primary ingresses (Kuehr)
10 Primary transits (Kuehr)

 

DOES " PLACIDUS " HAVE ANIMATION ?

" Placidus " has 11 animation modules: 3-Dimensional
Horoscope, Navigator, Under the Pole
Plac/Regio/Topo-Navigator, 4-WHEEL under the Pole
(with 4 modes: Placidus,Regio, Topo,
Campanus),Placidian Mundo Laboratory, 4 Mundo
Directions Animations (Plac, Regio, Campanus,
Topocentric) and the modules "Planets to angles" and
"Adjust" for rectification.

In the Navigator we can choose from 14 techniques ( among them primary directions acc. to Placidus and Regiomontan ) and charts to put in each wheel. Then we can set the step from 1 second to 5 years, lay back and watch the planets move. The date to which the charts correspond, shows in the left corner in a text field. We can input a date of interest and the charts in the wheels will automatically assume their position for the given date! Similar is the design for the other animations.

 

WHAT IS THE PRECISION AND THE TIME FRAME " PLACIDUS " CAN WORK IN ?

'Placidus" 5.1 and later versions can work in ANY TIME FRAME.

It works with the algorithms of the famous astronomer Jean Meeus and for now is the best that Astronomy can offer. The precision is in parts of the arcsecond.

 

WHAT ARE THE PRINTING CAPABILITIES OF " PLACIDUS " ?

" Placidus " gives high quality black and white printouts of:

1 Natal Chart + the coordinates of the planets, the house cusps, the obliquity, the keys' coefficients, the intermediate variables for calculation of the Placidian primaries (Placidus Classic Speculum) and graphical display of the mundo and zodiacal primary directions to the angles with all keys- all these on one page.

2 Chronological lists of primaries (Placidian, Regiomontanian, Campanian or Topocentric), their arcs and hit dates in 4 print options.

3 High-quality print out of the Navigator: 3 wheels in each one of which, the astrologer can choose from 14 charts and techniques.

4 Screen copy of the 4 types of Mundo Directions Labs

5 High quality print-out of the Regiomontanus Speculum- intermediate variables and arcs of mundo conjunctions and oppositions.

6 High quality print-out of the Campanus Speculum- intermediate variables and arcs of mundo conjunctions and oppositions.

7 High quality print-out of the Topocentric Speculum- intermediate variables and arcs of mundo conjunctions and oppositions.

8 High quality print-out of the Placidus Under the Pole Speculum- intermediate variables and arcs of mundo conjunctions and oppositions.

9 High quality print-out of the 4-WHEEL under the Pole

10 High quality print-out of the Solar return chart

11 High quality print-out of the Lunar return chart

12 Chronological lists of primaries in the Solar and the Lunar return charts according to the system of Kuehr. Here the key is 360 degrees for 1 year (Solar) or 360 degrees for 27.7 days (Lunar).

13 Other......

 

CAN " PLACIDUS " DISPLAY THE M. GAUQUELIN POSITIONS OF THE PLANETS ?

Yes. " Placidus " has a special module that makes this possible. The diurnal path of the planets is divided in 12 big sectors (houses) and each one of them is subdivided in 30 sectors.

If your main interest are the primaries as acc. to REGIOMONTAN, you can use the NAVIGATOR or the 4-WHEEL under the Pole or UNDER THE POLE PLAC/REGIO-CAMPANUS/TOPO-NAVIGATOR.

 

THE REGIOMONTANUS MODULE OF THE PROGRAM ' PLACIDUS '

We can activate the Regiomontanus module from the Main Menu 'REGIO' option. It has 3 suboptions:

1. SPECULUM
2. UNDER THE POLE ANIMATION and
3. MUNDO DIRECTIONS ANIMATION

REGIOMONTANUS

SPECULUM

Here, we can see a full Regiomontanus speculum with all intermediate variables that serve for the calculations of the Regio primary directions. These are: Zenith Distance, Pole, Ascensional Difference under own Pole, DaySemiArc under own Pole, Regio House position, Regio House Sector position and so on. This is an important feature for all researchers in the field who may want to check step by step their own or someone else's hand calculations or in the end astrologers who may want to verify the authenticity of the program itself.

PRINT-OUT OF THE REGIOMONTANUS SPECULUM

We can also print the intermediate variables in high-quality print-outs. An ocean of Regio data will come out scrambled on one single sheet of paper. In the print-out we can see also the Ascensional Difference, the Oblique Ascension and the Oblique Descension of all planets under the Pole of all planets. We can see also the arcs of all interplanetary mundo conjunctions and oppositions between all planets.

 

UNDER THE POLE PLAC/REGIO-CAMPANUS/TOPOCENTRIC NAVIGATOR

This Regio module is a beautiful animation module that serves for the immediate visualization of the Interplanetary Regiomontanus Directions ( another name for this kind of directions is 'Directions under the Pole of the Significator as per Regiomontanus' ).

Here we choose the planet-significator from all ten planets or Pars Fortunae ( the first row at the lower part of the form )- the wheel automatically will configure in accordance with the calendar date that is displayed in a text-field in the upper left corner of the form.

The significator in these Regio directions is placed on the eastern horizon if it is eastern in the radix and on the western horizon if it is western in the natal chart. Then other points like zodiacal points of aspects, planets, terms et cet. are directed to this 'New Horizon'. These are the classic interplanetary zodiacal Regiomontanus Directions. COLEY and LILLY directed in this way. All these are displayed in the module.

If we look at the bottom of the form we will see a row of option buttons for the key we want to use. We can choose from 9 keys: Ptolemy, Cardan, Naibod, Placidus, Kepler, Kuendig, Sun travel in Longitude, synodic and Customer. If we click on a key button, the chart will automatically configure and update the current information anew as in accordance with the key in question.

Just above the chart we can read the values of the 'ARC IN TIME', the 'PRIMARY ARC' and the 'KEYS COEFFICIENT' that correspond for the moment in time shown in the text field.

On the left bottom corner of the form we can see the hit dates and the arcs of the mundo conjunctions and oppositions of all other planets with the current Significator.

On the bottom of this field we can see the button 'PEEP ALL ZODIACAL'. If we click on it, we will see which points of the zodiac are currently in Regio conjunctions with all planets- direct and converse.

With this we know all the time where are all 10 planets.

 

THE ANIMATION OF THE PLAC/REGIO-CAMPANUS/TOPOCENTRIC NAVIGATOR

In the upper left corner of the form are the animation controls. We can choose a step from 1 second to 100 years. Suppose we choose a step of 1 year. If now we click ' > ', the chart and all data on the screen will automatically configure for one year later than the current one. Then the new date will show in the text field reserved for the date. If we click on ' >> ' then the chart will start adding 1 year to the date and automatically change all info on the screen as according to the new dates. We have to hit ' STOP ' in order to discontinue the animation.

With the buttons ' < ' and ' << ' similarly, we can move back in time.

On the bottom of the form are two option buttons ' DIRECT ' and 'CONV. '. Hitting on them the program will calculate direct ( with the motion of the celestial sphere ) or converse ( against the diurnal motion )directions.

If we have in mind a date of interest and we want to 'check what was on the Regio Horizons of the planets then', we can write this date in the text-field. A button with text ' Click OK when finished ' will pop up in the middle of the screen. We first write the date of interest and then click the ' OK ' buton. The chart and all information will be redrawn for the new date.

 

WHAT TYPES OF REGIO DIRECTIONS CAN THE PROGRAM CALCULATE?

In the REGIO-NAVIGATOR we can calculate

1. Zodiacal points ( aspects, antiscia, terms...) to all 10 planets. These are the classical zodiacal directions of Regiomontanus under the Pole of the Significator. Practiced by all Masters in the Regio Tradition.

2. Planets ( real bodies ) to mundo conjunctions and oppositions with all other planets. These also are directions practiced by the old Masters ( Coley, Lilly, Argol, Regiomontanus, Morin et cet. ).

3*. Planets ( real bodies ) to ASC, MC, DESC, IC. This was surely practiced by all Masters in both Traditions ( Regiomontanus and Placidus ).

 

In the NAVIGATOR we can calculate,

3. Planets ( real bodies ) to zodiacal points. This was practiced by the old Masters for retrograde planets.

4. Planets ( real bodies ) to Regio mundo conjunction with other planets ( real bodies ). This was also the practice of all famous astrologers.

5. Planets ( real bodies ) to Regio conjunction with the zodiacal projections of other planets.

6. Planets ( real bodies ) to Cusps of Mundo Regio Houses.

7*. Planets ( real bodies ) to ASC, MC, DESC, IC.

This was surely practiced by all Masters in both Traditions ( Regiomontanus and Placidus ).

 

THE 3 DIMENSIONAL HOROSCOPE ANIMATION MODULE

For the first time, in Astrology, is developed a module which can show the natal chart on the celestial sphere. This is de facto an astronomical module for astrological purposes. Almost all types of Placidian primaries are very easy to see in 3-dimensional animation and consequently understand thoroughly with ease.

 

OTHER MODULES

There are more new modules like the animation 4-WHEEL where you can see all zodiacal directions for a given moment and a chosen key on the screen. You can switch here between 4 modes: Placidus under the Pole, Regio, Topo and Campanus.

 

SPECULUMS

There are Placidus Classic, Placidus Under the Pole, Regiomontanian, Campanian and Topocentric SPECULUMS where are given all intermediate and final parameters for computing the primary directions in question.

You may see them on the screen and also print them out.

Extremely valuable software tool for the astrologer to double-check the program and his own hand-calculations.

 

 

THE HELP OF "PLACIDUS"

The Help of the program is in fact an electronic book that covers almost all conceivable topics about the primary directions, the house systems, mathematical algorithms, authors, books and history of the primaries. It is richly illustrated with graphics.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS ?

For version 5.1, the computer should have around 20 Mb and, for version 7.0, 40 Mb free disc space for installation of the program. It should have Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7 with RAM of 32 Mb or more recommended.

 

ASTROLOGY IN 3 DIMENSIONS

Placidus has a full-fledged module for Astrology in 3 dimensions.

You can see everything in 3 dimensions as it really is on the celestial sphere. And from whatever point of observation you want. You can turn the sphere in animation. 5 House systems, Equatorial, Ecliptical and Horizontal grids, arcs of zodiacal aspects, arcs of RA, Declination, Latitude, Longitude, Azimuths, Altitudes, arcs of mundo conjunctions & oppositions according to Placidus, Regiomontanus, Topocentric, Koch and van Dam systems. All kinds of primary arcs & all kinds of primary directions. Progressions, transits and directions. All these in 3D. All these in animations with step of your choice. Zoom capability from 1 to 200. Observatorium. Drawings of the zodiacal constellations you can switch in and out....

You can project the celestial sphere upon the earth-globe and watch Real 3D AstroCartoGraphy....

 

WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE "PLACIDUS" ASTROLOGY SOFTWARE ?

" Placidus " version 5.1 is distributed for USD $ 320 and version 7.0 for USD $ 480. The upgrade prices from a version 4 program are $80 and $150.

 

BOOKLETS

Three additional books sell separately for $ 45 (or $15 each). You can order three books on primary directions by Rumen Kolev.

The first one is about the directions to the angles and the foundations of the primary directions. These directions are calculated the same way in the Placidian and the Regiomontanian Traditions.

The second book deals with the Interplanetary Directions ( mundo, zodiacal aspectual, parallels, rapt-parallels et.cet ) in the Placidian Tradition.

The third volume examines the Regiomontanus directions, their history and method, and their use by William Lilly, and goes through an example calculation from Lilly.

More volumes are planned, including for the Directions under the Pole of the Significator (Placidus).


BOOK 1:    THE PRIMARY DIRECTIONS TO THE ANGLES (MC, IC, ASC & DESC)
These directions are computed the same way in all systems.
The book is very clear in explanation and richly illustrated with graphics and pictures. The book is a step by step manual for learning the basics of the primary directions, the different time measures (keys), mundo and zodiacal directions and all parameters needed for the computation of the primaries- what is their meaning and how are they calculated and used.
Among the parameters: ascensional difference, semi arcs, meridian distance, promissor,significator, orbs...
The history of the primaries and the different kinds of primaries is also discussed.
Explained also are the basics of the celestial sphere, the coordinates and the spherical trigonometry formulae.
Many directions are computed on the charts of Adolf Hitler and J. Kennedy. At the end is discussed the assessment of events and periods, as revealed by the primaries to the angles, and rectification of the birth time with examples.
37 figures, 14 tables, 60 pages small size fonts.
Price: $15

BOOK 2:    INTERPLANETARY PLACIDEAN PRIMARY DIRECTIONS.
All kinds of interplanetary Placidean directions are clearly explained and illustrated.
These include mundo and zodiacal:
directions to house cusps, planet to itself, mundo parallels, conjunctions, rapt parallels, rapt conjunctions, aspectual directions...
In the end there is a discussion of the practical efficiency, time-sensitivity, power, exactness and frequency of the different directions.
Again many directions are computed on the charts of Adolf Hitler and J. Kennedy.
49 figures, 5 tables, 60 pages small size fonts.
Price: $15

BOOK 3:    PRIMARY DIRECTIONS OF REGIOMONTANUS AND W. LILLY
These directions were in vogue in the 15-17th centuries.
Their history is carefully examined.
Clear and step by step explanation and a practical example calculation.
Details of the practice of Regiomontanus himself.
A full analysis of the directions as computed and used by W. Lilly with recomputation of his examples from 'Christian Astrology'.
20 figures, 16 tables, 60 pages small size fonts.
Price: $15

BOOK 4:    GAURICUS & HENRY II - MEDIEVAL ASTROLOGICAL PROGNOSIS
The first volume of the Bulletin of the Placidus Research Center on History of Astrology is a thorough research of the famous prediction-story. The original sources in Latin are published as they were in the original old-print books and in English translation.
You will find here photos of the actual pages from books from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and from a manuscript written in 1460. All translated in English.
A very important 20 pages section describes in detail the Medieval Techniques for Prognosis.
The whole book is lavishly illustrated with 53 figures: portraits, medieval charts, pages from original Latin books and a manuscript, tables and graphics explaining the material.
57 pages of condensed information.
Price: $30
PDF Description: Gauricus & Henry II - Medieval Astrological Prognosis

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