Software review: Sphaera 2.12

With the Feast of the Light which in our calendar has been converted into Saint Lucy, from  the Latin lux, (light) makes its ingress on the market the first Italian software of traditional astrology (already provided with an English user guide).

Differently from other software generally used by the traditional astrology community, Placidus by Kolev (which has the enormous merit to have unveiled and systematized primary directions)  and the freeware  Morinus (about which  I will write again in the next future), Sphaera 2.12 converts in software the teachings of Cieloeterra association.

Marco Fumagalli, co-founder of the group with Giuseppe Bezza and well versed in calculation, produced several years ago a software reserved to the students of the group, but Sphaera 2.12, born from the files of Lucia Bellizia of Apotelesma and implemented by Giancarlo Ufficiale (under the supervision of a professional programmer, Enrico Malandra and the the good advice of Fabrizio Corrias of Almugea ) has a more ambitious goal, to reach the whole traditional community, and why not, to  show that astrology is more than the modern stuff.

The software is built on a series of Excel files, does not provide a chart in a graphical format, considering that at the moment whatever  freeware and/or web tool can easily replace this function.

Still it provides, between the rest:

– all the necessary planetary data and the table of dignities (included Paulus Alexandrinus Monomoria)

– a speculum with a complete series of astronomical/logical data in order to place planets and points in the real sky and calculate primary directions.

Between the rest of data we can notice the ascensional difference, daily and nocturnal temporal hour, meridian distance, pole height (according Placido), mixed ascensions, oblique ascension and degree of passage (the zodiacal degree which has the same distance from meridian than the considered point)

Sphaera 2.12
Sphaera 2.12: speculum

– aspects according longitude and according planetary mundane position;

– Lots calculating according Cieloeterra method, namely their mundane positions deduced by the method elaborated by Brunacci and Onorati, two students of Placido Titi, as explained in the 1675 edition of Placido’s Coeleste Philosophia (( Marco Fumagalli, La sorte oraria, il vero oroscopo lunare.  ));

Sphaera 2.12: Lots
Sphaera 2.12: Lots

–  “mundane” profections following Bezza method  ((  here the English version )) elaborated on the base of Ibn Ezra (( see extract of  The beginning of wisdom in the post about Gino Strada birth chart ));

– Placidean directions, zodiacal under the pole and mundane, by declination and by meridian equidistance;

– my favourite sheet 🙂 the part dedicated to fixed stars. Differently from the rest of programs, Sphaera lists them not just by their longitude, but by considering  their real position in the sky too. How in fact a star can rise at the Ascendant if it is circumpolar or anti-circumpolar?  In addition, with the words of Sphaera user guide:

Alpheratz, the brightest star of the Andromeda constellation, is catalogued at about 14 ° Aries, because its foot projected on the ecliptic lies there. But in Milan it rises with the 8th degree of Aquarius, in Rome with the 17th degree of the same sign, in Naples with the 18th. This means that when in those places there arises the 14th degree of Aries, Alpheratz has passed the Ascendant since a couple of hours, and therefore it is very high in the sky. This is the reason why the conjunctions of stars to the axis, to the planets and to the Lots can be measured only with their hourly coordinates, their hourly distances DH or their degree of passage. In other words, for those born in the aforementioned places Alpheratz will be not joined to the Ascendant if it falls at 14 ° Aries, but when it arrives respectively to 8 °, 17 ° and 18 ° Aquarius.

Spaera: circumpolar and anti circumpolar stars for the example birth chart
Sphaera: circumpolar and anti circumpolar stars for the example birth chart

Sphaera: stars
Sphaera: stars partial screenshot

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The brochure:

Written by Margherita Fiorello, CIDA certified member, for heaven astrolabe blog @ year 2010. If you want to be notified the next time I write something, subscribe to my RSS feed.



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