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 Astrolabe - AUGuries, Volume 5, Issue 5 . Late Breaking News 
December 2006 
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Here is an abbreviated issue of AUGuries to announce a new patch for Solar Fire 6 and corrections to our feature on Mayan Astrology. We also are happy to annoucne that we will be selling AstroTides for a limited time to existing owners of Solar Fire 6 as well as offering it free to those who purchase the program this holiday season.

We welcome your feedback. Let us know what you'd like to see in our monthly issues of AUGuries. And, if you have an article or item to contribute, please do send it along to madalyn@alabe.com.

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  • Before There Were Astrolabes....
  • Solar Fire 6.0.30 Available for Download
  • Yes, Virginia, You Can Purchase AstroTides!
  • Clarification and Errata from AUGuries Vol 5, Issue 5 - Moon Magic/Mayan Wisdom

  • Solar Fire 6.0.30 Available for Download
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    In our opinion, one of the best reasons for buying Solar Fire is the fact that it is constantly being improved, either to fix little glitches or to take advantage of new advances in computer technology or astrology.

    A case in point is the latest update which changes the asteroid and new planet files to refer to dwarf planets instead of "possible new" planets, and to "Eris" instead of UB313. There are a number of other improvements as well including: the addition of the Polar Ascendant and Co-Ascendant to the chart analysis report; a new Astrologer's Assistant task file (LifeL_SC.tsk), based on the "Astrology of Development", forthcoming Llewellyn book by Stephanie Clement, Ph.D. which runs a series of merged dynamic reports including aspects of each planet to its natal position up to the first planetary return or end of life; a new View menu item to send charts for viewing in the Kepler program, if it is installed; and a new starfile - GC.fst for the Galactic Center.

    To read the complete revision history or to download this latest update, click on the Download Update link.

    Download Update

    Yes, Virginia, You Can Purchase AstroTides!
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    We had a great response to our special holiday offer of a free AstroTides software program with the purchase of a new or upgrade Solar Fire 6. In fact, many existing owners of Solar Fire would wrote asking to purchase the program.

    By special arrangement with Esoteric Technologies, we will offer AstroTides for sale for one month only at $65. AstroTides is a captivating program bringing the phases of the Moon to life on your screen. For decades astrology has centred on the Sun. In ancient times the Moon took a prominent place in an astrologer's toolkit. Now we have a simple program that charts the phases of the Moon and provides general and personal Lunar information for all astrologers with a choice of TROPICAL or SIDEREAL Zodiacs. This is ideal for anyone wanting to make plans according to the Moon and you can see up to 100 days at a glance!

    More about AstroTides

    Clarification and Errata from AUGuries Vol 5, Issue 5 - Moon Magic/Mayan Wisdom
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    Gary's Solstice Talk

    Even though our headline read "Gary Christen's Annual Solstice Lecture at Astrolabe," many people have been inquiring where the lecture will be held... hmmm... at Astrolabe in beautiful Brewster MA on Cape Cod! Come for a visit --December is a great time to be here! The Cape is dressed for the holidays and hotel rates are about as low as they go. There have also been some questions about the $50 Solstice readings. These readings are about 15 minutes long and use the Winter Solstice chart combined with your Sun and Solar Arc to give an overview of the coming year.

    The lecture is December 10, 2006 at 11:30 am. The fee for the lecture is $25. Recorded solstice readings are available for $50 pre-paid and are by advance registration only. You need not attend the lecture to reserve a reading. But, if you want both a reading and to attend the lecture, the cost is $70. Call Astrolabe at 1/800/843-6682 to reserve your reading.

    Bruce Scofield's Article

    A couple of our astute readers noticed that the introductory paragraphs of Bruce's article on "The Twenty Days Signs of MesoAmerican Astrology" as it appeared in AUGuries was merged with the introductory paragraphs from a previous issue. Looks like someone didn't cut and paste throroughly (my bad!). However, the article is fine on the website. My sincere apologies to Bruce.

    Those of you who appreciate irony may have found it quite interesting that the "leftover" thread from last time had to do with securing the U.S. border with Mexico and the problem of illegal immigration!

    Be sure to read the article and learn about the Day Signs. All things Mayan are hot right now. First, Good Morning America named the Mayan ruins one of the seven new wonders of the world. And, there's bound to be a flurry of interest in Mayan culture once Mel Gibson's Apocalypta hits the theatres next week. Be ahead of the curve and amaze your friends with your knowledge of yet another type of astrology.

    Read Bruce's Article

    Before There Were Astrolabes....
    Imagine you are an astrologer back in Ancient Greece and your anxiety-ridden client wants to know how the next eclipse will affect his chart. What would you say? Well, we now know it might be something like, "Hmm... let me pull out my antikythera mechanism and check for you."

    First discovered more than 100 years ago on the ocean floor just off the island of Antikythera, a team of international scientists declared on November 30 that the "antikythera mechanism" was a sophisticated device that could be used to track the position of the sun and moon in the zodiac, the position of eclipses and possibly the positions of Venus and Mercury.

    Read all about this ancient astronomical calculator at Nature.com. and even hear its sound recreated on a November 30 Nature Podcast.

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