Morinus is one of my favorite astro-software. Anyway the pd-in-charts settings potentially very useful because beyond showing the primary chart for the aspect’s perfection, they allow to calculate the directions for a given moment, are very poorly implemented, being totally unconnected from the primary directions settings.
Many times I told about this mistake, and the same did some primary directions experts, but we were totally unheard. Why someone should set again the chart in pd-in-chart when s/he already set them in primary directions menu? It’s a mystery to me, the only result is a very high chance of getting the wrong result. So I hope this short guide will be useful.
Primary directions settings in Morinus are under the OPTIONS MENU.
The first thing to do is choosing a directions key under PRIMARY KEYS (traditionally these are PTOLEMY for semiarc, NAIBOD for Regiomontanus, TRUE EQUATORIAL SOLAR ARC for Placidian underthepole & mundane.
Let’s start from semi-arc directions. After having chosen the Ptolemy key in the primary key dialog, we will arrange primary directions settings like that:
Before casting the directed chart we should set the PD-in-chart dialog with ecliptic-feet option:
now we can cast the chart from the TABLES MENU/PRIMARY DIRECTIONS
If we want to use under-the-pole directions the following settings are needed ((don’t forget to set the true equatorial solar key in key settings:
in the same way Regiomontanus should be set like this (Naibod key)
pd in chart should be zodiacal-from the planets
we will do the same for mundane ones
and then in pd-in-charts, terrestrial option
whatever kind of directions, we can search a direction by the event date from the primary chart tables, clicking and choosing the needed date (or arc of direction)
Enjoy and good work!