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  • Can I use the Astro Gold I bought on other operating systems, too?

    Esoteric Technologies is pleased to offer excellent astrology apps for three different operating systems:  Astro Gold for iOS, Astro Gold for Mac OSX, and Astro Gold for Android.  They each have a slightly different set of features, although they have been designed to have a similar a look and feel and ease of use. Note that chart files created by any one of these apps can be sent to and used by any of the others, as well as being compatible with chart files created with the Windows program Solar Fire.

    However, it is important to understand that each of these is a separate app, designed by our programmers who spent years, in total, creating and developing each app to work at its very best on each specific operating system.  So when you purchase one of the apps for a specific operating system you are only purchasing the app for that specific operating system (although you can run it on more than one device you own which runs that same operating system, for example on both an iPhone and an iPad if you purchased the iOS app).  You are of course welcome to purchase the different apps if you have devices for more than one of these operating system, but the apps are not interchangeable - they are sold via totally different app store systems.  In other words, if you purchase Astro Gold for one operating system (such as the iOS app for an iPhone or iPad), and you decide to get a device with a different operating system (such as an Android), you cannot trade one Astro Gold app in for another.  If you want Astro Gold on your second (or third) operating system, they must be purchased separately.

  • How do I delete charts on Astro Gold iOS?

    To delete a chart inside a file, swipe across the cell displaying the chart details. This will present a delete button. (Swiping is a fairly standard way of deleting a cell when there is no special Edit button or similar available).

  • How to copy charts from Astro Gold for Mac OSX to your iOS device

    ITUNES METHOD

    1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your Mac
    2. Open iTunes on your Mac so it will be available when you are ready.
    3. Open Astro Gold on your Mac.
    4. Click the Select button to take you to your chart files, and then click Open chart.
    5. Click the file button at the top left, and it will show you your various chart files, and you will see the location of each one. For example, if you are looking for a file called MyCharts you may see it listed something like /user/Mac/Documents/MyCharts.SFcht. That means that you will find the MyCharts.SFcht file somewhere in your Documents folder. Please make a note of the location for each chart file you wish to copy onto your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
    6. Now you can close or minimize Astro Gold on the Mac, as you will not be needing it any further for this process.
    7. Go to the folder you noted as the location of your chart file(s), and open the folder, so if the file is in your Documents folder, you need to open Documents. You should either see your chart file in that folder, or if not, you may see another folder in there called Astro Gold...open that one.
    8. Now look for the chart file you want to copy, such as MyCharts.SFchat file. You'll go back to it shortly, but you can minimize that folder for a moment.
    9. Open the minimized iTunes program, and click on the picture at the top that looks like an iPhone. This basically is how your iPhone shows in iTunes.
    10. Find the Apps item and click on that, and it should open the Apps file. Don't worry about what is or isn't in there. Scroll down until you get to the section that says Sharing or Shared apps. Click on Astro Gold, and on the right side in the Documents section you should see all of the chart files that currently exist on the iPhone's Astro Gold app.
    11. Now, go back to that file you minimized, in your Documents file. Find the first one you want to copy (such as MyCharts.SFcht) and drag it into the Astro Gold Shared/Documents section in iTunes. If there is a file already in there, you will get a popup asking if you want to replace the old with the new. Say yes.
    12. Now, used iTunes to synchronize your iPhone, and you should have all the charts from the Mac in your iPhone.

    EMAIL METHOD

    Follow steps 1-5, above.
    6. Email each chart file you want to copy as an attachment, and send it to yourself at an address you can access from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
    7. Open the email on the device once received, and click to open the file attached. This will open the chart file in Astro Gold on this device.

    In reverse, you can also email the chart file from your mobile Astro Gold app to an email you can access on your Mac, and then click on it to open it in your Mac version of Astro Gold.

  • I am getting a new iPhone (or iPad). How can I transfer the Astro Gold app to my new device?

    It is quite easy to move Astro Gold to a new iPhone, but before you do so, it is important that you note two things. Firstly please back up all of your chart files first. Secondly please make sure you have logged onto iTunes with the same Apple ID you used when you purchased Astro Gold.

    BACKING UP YOUR CHARTS

    You can either do this using iTunes, or export your charts to yourself by email. Once you have backed your charts up, please note where you are storing them so you can access them later.

    PUTTING ASTRO GOLD ON YOUR NEW IPHONE

    Once you have purchased an App from iTunes, you can download it again anytime you need to, on any iPhone or iPad. You will not have to pay for it again. However, in order to do so you MUST be using the same Apple ID you used when you purchased Astro Gold. Simply go to the iTunes App Store on your new device, search for Astro Gold, and tap to download and install it on your new iPad or iPhone!

    RESTORING YOUR CHART FILES

    Now that you have Astro Gold on your new device you will want to make sure you have all of your chart files as well. The easiest way to do so is to connect your iPhone/iPad to a computer where you have previously downloaded iTunes (making sure you have logged onto iTunes with the same Apple ID you used when you purchased Astro Gold), and use iTunes to Synch with your device. That should put all of your chart files into Astro Gold on your new device.

    IF YOUR CHART FILES ARE NOT IN ASTRO GOLD

    You can now use the files you saved, in a folder on your computer, to restore your chart files.
    * If you emailed them to yourself to backup, and you have the email on the new device, you can click each chart file attached to the email to install it in Astro Gold.
    * Alternately, you can go to the File Sharing section of iTunes, click on Astro Gold, click the Add file button, select the chart files you saved, and click Open to install them in Astro Gold.

  • I bought Astro Gold for my iPhone. Can I also get it on my iPad?

    Apps you purchase from the iTunes Store can be installed across all your iOS devices as long as the iTunes account associated with those devices is the same. So if you have Astro Gold on your iPhone (or visa versa), you can also download and install it on your iPad for no additional charge. Just open the App Store on your second device, and search for Astro Gold, and tap on the download button.

  • I have purchased a professional report but I cannot see it. Where can I find it?

    Astro Gold for iPhone/iPad includes a number of Professional Reports, such as the Birth Chart Report, and the Birthday Report.

    Before you can locate your report, the first thing you need to do is to make sure the purchase was completed.  If the purchase was successful, you should have received a message from the Apple Store that said “Thank you.  Your purchase was successful.”  If you did not receive such a message, then for some reason you have not purchased the report, and it will not be available to you.  You will need to try again to purchase it.

    If, however, you did receive the Thank You message, your purchase did go through.  So now, let’s see how to locate it.

    Once you have paid for the report, it takes a few moments for it to be generated.   If you wait a few minutes, the report should open automatically in Astro Gold.

    But sometimes it doesn’t.  What happens on occasion is that a person will leave the purchase dialog before the report generation is finished.  In that case, Apple will issue a credit.  Then, what needs to be done is to go to the Report window again, as if planning to purchase the same type of report, and instead of a dollar amount there should be a Credit listed for that report.  Tap the Credit option, and because Astro Gold knows which report was purchased, it will open the report.

    Once you have the report on your screen, you will see a few options you can tap.  Done will close that report.

    To the left of the word Done you will see one that has a square with an arrow….tapping this one will allow you to send the report to an email address of your choice, or save it to any app you have that can read a PDF, such as iBooks, or DropBox.

    And further to the left is a little flag symbol. If you tap on that flag, you will then see it change colour, and you will be saving it on your iPhone or iPad as a Favourite.  If you choose to save it as a Favourite, then you will be able to find it any time you want at the bottom of the Professional Reports screen in the My Saved Reports section.

  • My Astro Gold chart is not showing any Retrograde symbols, can you help please?

    As you will appreciate Astro Gold was designed for small mobile screens and to avoid overcrowding the display, we found more suitable ways of displaying this data. If you are using the default wheel designs, Retrograde planets will have their degrees and minutes displayed in the colour red and Direct planets will have the information in Black. However, you may instead also choose a different Wheel Style that displays the Retrograde symbol explicitly, if you prefer.

    Mi horóscopo no es mostrando los planetas retrógrados. ¿Puede usted ayudar por favor?

    "Astro Gold" es diseñado unicamente para la pantalla del iPhone (o en el iPad). La pantalla del iPhone es muy pequeño y por lo que constantemente mantener un equilibrio entre la claridad y la información. Por esta razón, los grados y minutos de planetas retrógrados se muestran en el color rojo; y los grados y minutos de planetas directas se presenta en negro. Si lo desea, también puede seleccionar una vista de gráfico diferente, que muestra un icono retrógrados.

    Meine Astro Gold-Horoskopzeichnung zeigt die rückläufigen Planeten nicht an. Können Sie bitte helfen?

    Astro Gold für den iPhone-Bildschirm (wie auch für das iPad) ausgelegt. Das iPhone-Display ist sehr klein und so wird es ständig Kompromisse zwischen Klarheit und Informationen geben. Aus diesem Grund werden die Grade und Minuten der rückläufigen Planeten in der Farbe rot angezeigt und bei den direktläufigen Planeten werden die Informationen in schwarz dargestellt. Wenn Sie möchten, können Sie auch noch eine andere Horoskopansicht wählen, die das Rückläufigkeits-Symbol anzeigt.

  • What astrological points will Astro Gold calculate and how do I select which ones to display?

    Astro Gold can display up to 36 available points. These include:
    · Sun, Moon (standard, or lunar parallax correction), and planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
    · Minor planets Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia and Astraea
    · Mathematical points North Node (true or mean), South Node (true or mean), Ascendant, Midheaven, Vertex, East Point, Part of Fortune (set formula, or day/night formula)
    · Hypothetical points
    · Vulcan, Lilith (true or mean), TransPluto, Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollo, Admetos, Vulcanus, Poseidon

    To select which of these points you want to have displayed in chart wheels and reports:

    · Click on the Settings icon in the Toolbar to display the user preferences settings.
    · Click on Displayed Points - there you will see a list of all available points, with those selected indicated with a tick mark or highlight.
    · Click on any entry in this list to toggle it on or off.

  • What can I do if Astro Gold iOS cannot find my Place?

    Astro Gold for iOS has an excellent atlas, and most places you will look for when you go to create a chart will be found in this atlas. But sometimes a city cannot be found in this atlas, and when this happens, Astro Gold provides a way to search Google Maps for the location.

    Once you have entered the Country (or the State, if the location is in the USA), you next type in the Place (city, town, etc.), and click the circled arrow to the right of it to check the atlas. But if you know you have typed the location in correctly, and the atlas does not find it, a message will pop up stating Lookup failed, and letting you know that the Placename you typed was not found in the country (or State) you had typed. You click OK to get rid of that message, and you are back at the data entry screen. Now it is time (as long as you are connected to the internet either through your network carrier's data network, or through a Wi-Fi signal) to search Google Maps. And to do this, you click on the blue world globe symbol to the left of the Place field. A map will open up, and at the top there will be a place for you to type in the location. Once you have done so, tap the Search button, and if you have typed the location correctly, the map should hone in on the city or town, showing a banner with the location. Below the name in this banner you will see the words Tap to save and select this location. Go ahead and tap the banner, and you will be given the opportunity to save the found location to your personal atlas. The name of the city or town will show there, but you can change it to something else if you'd like. (For example, you may have searched for the location of your mother's birth town, so if you'd like you can name it "Mother's place".) Once you have accepted, or changed, the name of the location, tap the Save button. (If you have already saved the location previously, you will get a message stating this is a Duplicate Place, and asking if you want to proceed to overwrite the previous saved location.) Once you have saved the location, you will be returned to the data entry screen, and the longitude, latitude and time zone of the found location will be entered for you.

  • What can I do when Astro Gold says “Valid receipt not found”.

    If Apple is unable to obtain the necessary receipt details from your iTunes app store account (which may just be because you have no internet connection, or because their system is down) then you may see this message.

    1. Close the app.
    2. If necessary, make sure you are logged into the iTunes app store account for which Astro Gold was purchased. (Skip this step if you are sure you are already using the correct app store iTunes account).
    3. Re-open the app, again. It will then prompt you for your Apple ID password. Please enter this. As long as you are using the same ID as the one with which you purchased the Astro Gold app then all should be ok.

  • What House Systems can I choose from, and how can I select the house system I want to use?

    Astro Gold gives you a number of different house systems to choose from. You can choose one of the Traditional House Systems:
    · Alcabitius, Bhava, Campanus, Equal House, Koch, Meridian, Morinus, Placidus, Porphyry, Regiomantus, Solar Sign, Topocentric, and Whole Sign.

    Or, you can choose one of the other specialised house systems based on using a specific point as the cusp of a house, with the remaining houses in 30 degree increments from this point - this includes:
    · 0 Aries, Sun on 1st, Moon on 1st, Mercury on 1st, Venus on 1st, Mars on 1st, Jupiter on 1st, Saturn on 1st, Uranus on 1st, Neptune on 1st, Pluto on 1st, Node on 1st, East Point on 1st, Part of Fortune on 1st, Asc on 1st, Vertex on 7th, MC on the 10th

    Once you have decided which house system you wish to use, Astro Gold makes it easy to select it for your chart calculations.
    · Click in the Settings icon in the Toolbar to display the Preferences" dialog box.
    · Click on Calcs - there you will see the house system that is currently selected.
    · Click on the dropdown textbox labelled House System which lists all of your choices.
    · Click on the House System in the list you want - this will select that house system. Should you ever wish to change to another system, just repeat these four steps.

  • What is the difference between Displayed Points and Aspected Points?

    Displayed Points are those points which are displayed in chart wheels and grids, as well as included in reports and listings. If you unselect a displayed point in the app's settings, then it will no longer appear in any wheels, grids, reports or listings.

    Aspected Points are those which are used to display aspect lines inside the chart wheel (for wheel designs which include aspect lines in the middle). Note that this selection affects ONLY the aspect lines displayed inside a chart wheel. All grids, reports and listings include all points in the Displayed Points settings.

  • When I do a progressed chart in Astro Gold, why does it give me an Ascendant a few degrees different than the one calculated by AstroDienst?

    While most astrologers use the identical, on day equals one year, method for calculating the planets in a secondary progressed chart, there is less agreement over the method of calculating the house cusps.

    For this reason, Astro Gold gives you a choice of five different methods to calculate the house cusps:  Solar Arc in Longitude, Solar Arc in R.A., Naibod in Longitude, Naibod in R.A., and Mean Quotidian.  You can choose your method by tapping Settings, then Chart Calculations, then scrolling down and choosing from the dropdown menu under Progressions.

    According to AstroDienst, they have chosen the method that is most commonly used by astrologers in Continental Europe, and that is using the Naibod in R.A. method.  So if you select that method in the Astro Gold settings, your progressed house cusps should match those calculated by AstroDienst.

    Which method gives the most accurate predictive results?  That is up to you, the astrologer, to decide by experimenting.  The two most widely used methods are the Naibod method (mentioned above), and Solar Arc in R.A.  Noted astrologer Steve Forrest tells us that the “Solar Arc and Naibod produce very nearly identical results.”

  • Why did Astro Gold prompt me for my iTunes password when it launched?

    In some cases, as a one-off event, after installing an update to Astro Gold, or if restoring it from a backup or from iCloud, you may be prompted to enter your iTunes password. The reason for this is that, starting with iOS7, Apple implemented a system whereby they automatically store your app's purchase receipt, encrypted, within the app itself, at the time of purchase. They recommend that any apps of significant value (and Astro Gold is certainly one of those) look for this embedded encrypted receipt to ensure that the app is not a jailbroken/pirated version, and if not present then, automatically, to request verification from Apple. If this receipt is not present, the app asks Apple to query their records for your iTunes account, for which they prompt you for your password, and when they verify that you did indeed purchase it, they insert the encrypted receipt into the app, so that in future it is always recognised as a bone-fide installation.

    Note that this is NOT a prompt to purchase anything, and it is a prompt issued by Apple, and not by the app. Note that if it was for a purchase, Apple would ALWAYS tell you exactly what you are about to purchase, how much and ask your explicit permission before they charge your account, and in this case that does not happen. Instead they just require your password in order to verify that you are the owner who purchased the app, and thereafter this will not be required again.

  • Why do the positions of the outer planets beyond year 2400 seem incorrect?

    Astro Gold uses the Swiss Ephemeris for start of the art, precision calculations, but it is only able to accurately calculate positions in the range from 1200 BC to 2400 AD.

  • Is there a limit to the number of charts that can be stored in Astro Gold?

    Yes - the limitation is storage size. Each chart takes up only about 200 bytes of storage. For practical purposes it would be unwieldy to try to use a chart file with more than 1000 charts, though simply because it then becomes difficult to find the one you want, on the small iPhone screen.

  • Can I clear the Recently used charts?

    There is no option to clear the whole list. However, individual entries may be deleted from this list by side-swiping the entry then tapping on the Delete button that appears.

  • Can I Print the Astrology Reports which are in Astro Gold?

    There are two types of interpretations in Astro Gold.

    Firstly you can read interpretations on the screen of your Astro Gold. These come free with the app and cannot be printed or emailed.

    You also have the option to purchase Professional Reports within the app and yes, once you have opened the purchased report in your Astro Gold app, there is a small box with an arrow through it at the top right of your screen, which is the Send To icon. When you click on this icon, it will offer several options. You can choose the Mail option to email a copy of the report as a PDF. If you have set up a connection to a printer, using Airprint, you can also choose to send the report to your printer. And you may have other options you can use as well, such as sending a copy to your Dropbox if you have that app installed.

  • Can I display Astro Gold on my TV or using a Data Show Projector?

    If you have an Apple TV, then you can use AirPlay "Mirroring" to display the iPhone or iPad screen on the TV.

  • Can you please tell me how to zoom?

    Because the screen is small you just don't have room to have a control or button for every type of action. Hence it is sometimes necessary to rely on certain behaviours that Apple has built into the iOS user interface.

    Some examples of these are:

    1) Pinch to zoom out - if a view is zoomable and not already zoomed out to full extent then move fingers together to zoom out

    2) Reverse-pinch to zoom in - if a view is zoomable and not already zoomed in to full extent then move fingers apart to zoom in

  • My Astro Gold will not change orientation from Portrait to Landscape mode? Why not?

    App orientation: The app responds automatically to the orientation that the device reports to the app. This is not something that the app controls - it is part of the iOS operating system. If the orientation is upside down, you would need to tilt the device towards you to re-orient it to your side. The landscape/portrait changes in view follow Apple's recommendations - a lot of apps use the same paradigm in their design. It is possible to set the orientation lock on the iPad - this would prevent it ever going into landscape mode or upside down portrait mode, regardless of how the device is held.

  • I am having problems entering my place in Astro Gold. I live in the USA?

    The professional version of the Atlas used by Astro Gold is used around the world. However it does require you to enter anywhere in the USA with its state name in the "country" field, and not just to enter "USA". For instance you should enter "CA" or "California" (not "USA") into the "country" field if you want to look up Los Angeles. If you do enter "USA" in the "country" field, and then you will find that Astro Gold tells you that it can't find either the country or the place. We will consider having the app read "country/state" rather than just "country", but we cannot easily do this due to the space limitations of such a small screen.
    The reason that the ACS uses this different protocol for US places is that there are many duplicate names in different US states, so if the state name is not known it would often result in getting the wrong place. So the Atlas requires 'states' for the USA, and country names for everywhere else, and "country" really means "country or US state name".

  • What are the 7 different sidereal zodiacs options please?

    They are Fagan-Allen, Lahiri, DeLuce, Raman, UshaShashi, Krishnamurti and Djwhal Khul.

  • When advancing transits by one day sometimes it only advances 23 hours rather than 24?

    There is a potential ambiguity as to what should happen when you step by a "day". Should it be a 24 hour period, or should it be a calendar day locked to local clock time? The latter is usually 24 hours, but might also be 23 or 25 hours or even something different again, depending on whether daylight savings changes take place on that day, and how much daylight savings adjustment there is.

    When you step the chart in Astro Gold by a day, this is implemented as step of 24 elapsed hours, rather than a calendar day. It would be possible to implement the alternative method if people have a particular need for it, but note that you can still adjust for this manually by stepping the chart back or forth by an additional hour if you wish.

  • Will Astro Gold print out charts that fill 8×11 paper and will print time be similar to time it takes to print a document, which take only a few seconds?

    Astro Gold prints to whatever paper size is used by the printer which is connected via Apple' AirPrint system. However the speed of printing is beyond the control of the app. It depends on the printer technology.

  • Astro Gold is crashing when I try to print. What can I do?

    The answer is likely to lie with Apple and the printer. When the app sends to printer, it uses Apple's printing interface, and as soon as it is sent it is in Apple's hands, so to speak. There is a small possibility that the app could be crashing before it gets sent, but it seems unlikely.

    As usual, it would help establish what was going on with more certainty if there was some information in addition to just the fact that it crashes. For example a crash log from the app - the instructions are as follows. After plugging in the device, and syncing with iTunes, crash logs can be found in the following locations, depending on the platform:
    Mac OS X:
    ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/<device_name>

    Windows XP: 
    C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Apple Computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\<device_name>

    Windows Vista or 7
    C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\<device_name>

    is the user's login name for the computer.
    <device_name>is the name of the iOS device, for example, "John's iPhone".
    The relevant filename/s of the crash logs would have "AstroGold" in it.

  • My app is crashing and you have asked me to send a crash report. What should I do?

    Getting iPhone & iPad Crash Reports on a Windows PC:

    Sync the iOS device with iTunes, then look in the following locations:

    Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\
    Windows Vista & Windows 7: C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\

    Search for the appropriate device name, then look for the file by app name and time stamp

  • Is there a Forum for Astro Gold?

    Yes you can join our Face Book Astro Gold group where ideas are discussed, questions are asked and the latest news and features are announced. The link is http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/228977903781527/

    We welcome new members

  • Is the Black Moon in Astro Gold the same as the one in Solar Fire?

    The Black Moon is one of the chart points that can be displayed in any chart in both Solar Fire and Astro Gold. It is also sometimes known as the Black Moon Lilith, which can be a bit confusing because there is also a point some astrologers use called the Dark Moon Lilith, and another called the Asteroid Lilith. (Solar Fire can also calculate these two Liliths as well, but at present only the Black Moon Lilith is available as a regular chart point in both Solar Fire and Astro Gold.)

    The Black Moon is not an actual body, but rather is the empty focal point of the Moons orbit around the earth, which is also the apogee of the Moons orbit.

    There are two settings for the Black Moon in Solar Fire, and in Astro Gold, and in order for you to show the identically calculated point in both programs you need to make sure you have the settings correct in both programs. The settings are either the true (osculating) apogee or the mean apogee. (True Apogee - is the position of the moon's apogee, taking into account short term fluctuations (osculations) in the plane of the moons orbit. Mean Apogee - is the position of the moon's apogee according to a mathematical formula which ignores many of the minor perturbations in its orbit.)

    ASTRO GOLD
    Open Settings and scroll down until you see Black Moon. Click on Mean or True, as is your preference.

    SOLAR FIRE
    At the top of Solar Fire, click on Preferences, and then Edit settings. Click on the Calculations tab, and then in the Black Moon section click either True Apogee or Mean Apogee, whichever is your preference. Then click OK.

  • What are the requirements for Astro Gold iOS?

    Astro Gold v5 will run on any device that runs iOS8.0 or higher.

    • iPhone 4S or later (e.g. 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6S)
    • iPod Touch 5th Generation or later (e.g. 5th Gen, 6th Gen)
    • iPad 2nd Generation or later (e.g. 3nd Gen, 4th Gen, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro)

    Note that the iOS version requirement will change from time to time as Apple releases new iOS versions which make it hard to continue supporting older iOS versions. Users should view the Apple app store entry for Astro Gold to be sure to have the latest requirements.

    Also note that those who purchase Astro Gold for the their current devices will be able to continue using it indefinitely, although unless they keep sufficiently up-to-date with Apple's new iOS releases, they may eventually lose the ability to download future updates to the Astro Gold app.

  • I have just bought an iPad/iPhone. Do I have to pay for a new Astro Gold?

    Astro Gold is one purchase only for both iPad and iPhone. So, no, you do not have to pay again.

  • Can I use Astro Gold on an iPod Touch?

    Yes. Apple shows the requirements for any app on it's app description page. Currently this says "Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later." Note that Apple doesn't allow you to purchase or download any app which is not compatible with any devices that you are using with your current iTunes account.

    iPod Touch will also do voice memos so you can record the consultations and later email them to clients. Now we can do the chart from our pocket as well! So says one of our customers.

    Thank You!

  • How do I import or export Astro Gold Charts as backups or for exchange with Solar Fire?

    Chart Import/Export

    Chart files may also be interchanged between this app and any other computer via email. This can be used to save and restore backup copies of your chart files, and if you own the Solar Fire astrology program (v6 or higher), then you may also use your chart files interchangeably with that program.

    On iOS, chart files may be added to, or downloaded from this app via the iTunes File Sharing feature. However, emailing them is generally easier.

    Exporting Charts via Email

    To export chart files, tap on the Settings tab and select Export Chart Files. This allows you to select one or more chart files, which are then attached to an email and sent to whatever email address you wish.

    Importing Charts via Email

    To import a chart file, you must attach a Solar Fire v6+ chart file (*.SFcht) to an email and then send it to your device, and open it in the email app. In the email app, open this email and tap on the attached chart file, and you will be prompted whether or not you wish to open it in this app. If a chart file of the same name already exists in this app, then you will prompted whether to overwrite the existing file, or else to change its name before it is added. Name changes of this type involve adding an underscore and a number to the end of the filename. After adding a chart file this way, you can access it from a list of all chart files when selecting a chart to open from file, or when saving a chart to file, or when exporting a chart file.

    Using File Sharing (iOS)

    1. Open iTunes with your device plugged in (iPhone or iPad)
    2. Highlight the plugged in device
    3. Select the "App" tab
    4. Under "File Sharing", highlight the AstroGold app
    5. Select all the chart file entries
    6. Click on "Save to..." button and choose a location to store your backup of these chart files Then, if you ever lose your charts from Astro Gold (for example by deleting the app entirely), you can always restore them again by using the "Add..." button here and then choosing the same chart files from the location in which you stored them.

macOS

  • Can I store my Astro Gold for Mac charts in Dropbox?

    Yes, you can store chart files on Dropbox, and open them in Astro Gold on your Mac. You cannot store other settings, but the chart files can be stored anywhere.

    • All you need is to open the chart file that is in Dropbox, and it should automatically open in Astro Gold.
    • Click Select, click Open Chart, click File, and then click Open.
    • From there, go to Dropbox and click on the chart file to open it.
    • To save charts, simply choose Dropbox when you choose where you Save a chart.
  • Can I use the Astro Gold I bought on other operating systems, too?

    Esoteric Technologies is pleased to offer excellent astrology apps for three different operating systems:  Astro Gold for iOS, Astro Gold for Mac OSX, and Astro Gold for Android.  They each have a slightly different set of features, although they have been designed to have a similar a look and feel and ease of use. Note that chart files created by any one of these apps can be sent to and used by any of the others, as well as being compatible with chart files created with the Windows program Solar Fire.

    However, it is important to understand that each of these is a separate app, designed by our programmers who spent years, in total, creating and developing each app to work at its very best on each specific operating system.  So when you purchase one of the apps for a specific operating system you are only purchasing the app for that specific operating system (although you can run it on more than one device you own which runs that same operating system, for example on both an iPhone and an iPad if you purchased the iOS app).  You are of course welcome to purchase the different apps if you have devices for more than one of these operating system, but the apps are not interchangeable - they are sold via totally different app store systems.  In other words, if you purchase Astro Gold for one operating system (such as the iOS app for an iPhone or iPad), and you decide to get a device with a different operating system (such as an Android), you cannot trade one Astro Gold app in for another.  If you want Astro Gold on your second (or third) operating system, they must be purchased separately.

  • How to copy charts from Astro Gold for Mac OSX to your iOS device

    ITUNES METHOD

    1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your Mac
    2. Open iTunes on your Mac so it will be available when you are ready.
    3. Open Astro Gold on your Mac.
    4. Click the Select button to take you to your chart files, and then click Open chart.
    5. Click the file button at the top left, and it will show you your various chart files, and you will see the location of each one. For example, if you are looking for a file called MyCharts you may see it listed something like /user/Mac/Documents/MyCharts.SFcht. That means that you will find the MyCharts.SFcht file somewhere in your Documents folder. Please make a note of the location for each chart file you wish to copy onto your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
    6. Now you can close or minimize Astro Gold on the Mac, as you will not be needing it any further for this process.
    7. Go to the folder you noted as the location of your chart file(s), and open the folder, so if the file is in your Documents folder, you need to open Documents. You should either see your chart file in that folder, or if not, you may see another folder in there called Astro Gold...open that one.
    8. Now look for the chart file you want to copy, such as MyCharts.SFchat file. You'll go back to it shortly, but you can minimize that folder for a moment.
    9. Open the minimized iTunes program, and click on the picture at the top that looks like an iPhone. This basically is how your iPhone shows in iTunes.
    10. Find the Apps item and click on that, and it should open the Apps file. Don't worry about what is or isn't in there. Scroll down until you get to the section that says Sharing or Shared apps. Click on Astro Gold, and on the right side in the Documents section you should see all of the chart files that currently exist on the iPhone's Astro Gold app.
    11. Now, go back to that file you minimized, in your Documents file. Find the first one you want to copy (such as MyCharts.SFcht) and drag it into the Astro Gold Shared/Documents section in iTunes. If there is a file already in there, you will get a popup asking if you want to replace the old with the new. Say yes.
    12. Now, used iTunes to synchronize your iPhone, and you should have all the charts from the Mac in your iPhone.

    EMAIL METHOD

    Follow steps 1-5, above.
    6. Email each chart file you want to copy as an attachment, and send it to yourself at an address you can access from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
    7. Open the email on the device once received, and click to open the file attached. This will open the chart file in Astro Gold on this device.

    In reverse, you can also email the chart file from your mobile Astro Gold app to an email you can access on your Mac, and then click on it to open it in your Mac version of Astro Gold.

  • My Astro Gold chart is not showing any Retrograde symbols, can you help please?

    As you will appreciate Astro Gold was designed for small mobile screens and to avoid overcrowding the display, we found more suitable ways of displaying this data. If you are using the default wheel designs, Retrograde planets will have their degrees and minutes displayed in the colour red and Direct planets will have the information in Black. However, you may instead also choose a different Wheel Style that displays the Retrograde symbol explicitly, if you prefer.

    Mi horóscopo no es mostrando los planetas retrógrados. ¿Puede usted ayudar por favor?

    "Astro Gold" es diseñado unicamente para la pantalla del iPhone (o en el iPad). La pantalla del iPhone es muy pequeño y por lo que constantemente mantener un equilibrio entre la claridad y la información. Por esta razón, los grados y minutos de planetas retrógrados se muestran en el color rojo; y los grados y minutos de planetas directas se presenta en negro. Si lo desea, también puede seleccionar una vista de gráfico diferente, que muestra un icono retrógrados.

    Meine Astro Gold-Horoskopzeichnung zeigt die rückläufigen Planeten nicht an. Können Sie bitte helfen?

    Astro Gold für den iPhone-Bildschirm (wie auch für das iPad) ausgelegt. Das iPhone-Display ist sehr klein und so wird es ständig Kompromisse zwischen Klarheit und Informationen geben. Aus diesem Grund werden die Grade und Minuten der rückläufigen Planeten in der Farbe rot angezeigt und bei den direktläufigen Planeten werden die Informationen in schwarz dargestellt. Wenn Sie möchten, können Sie auch noch eine andere Horoskopansicht wählen, die das Rückläufigkeits-Symbol anzeigt.

  • My computer can’t open the app because it is from an unidentified developer.

    Mac computers have a system feature called Gatekeeper, which keeps users from automatically opening any app not downloaded directly from the Mac App Store. However, they do provide a fairly easy way to open apps like Astro Gold with only a few extra steps.

    If you so get a message telling you that the app cannot be opened, then click OK on the message to close it. Then
    open your Downloads folder and find the Astro Gold app you are trying to run. Drag Astro Gold into your Applications folder. Now, either Control-click, or right-click, the Astro Gold app you just put in Applications. This will give you a menu, and at the top of that menu, click the word Open. You should now get a message saying “Astro Gold” is from an unidentified developer, and are you sure you want to open it? Click on the Open button on that message. Astro Gold should open now, and it should open without a problem any other time you want to run it as well.

  • What astrological points will Astro Gold calculate and how do I select which ones to display?

    Astro Gold can display up to 36 available points. These include:
    · Sun, Moon (standard, or lunar parallax correction), and planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
    · Minor planets Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia and Astraea
    · Mathematical points North Node (true or mean), South Node (true or mean), Ascendant, Midheaven, Vertex, East Point, Part of Fortune (set formula, or day/night formula)
    · Hypothetical points
    · Vulcan, Lilith (true or mean), TransPluto, Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollo, Admetos, Vulcanus, Poseidon

    To select which of these points you want to have displayed in chart wheels and reports:

    · Click on the Settings icon in the Toolbar to display the user preferences settings.
    · Click on Displayed Points - there you will see a list of all available points, with those selected indicated with a tick mark or highlight.
    · Click on any entry in this list to toggle it on or off.

  • What House Systems can I choose from, and how can I select the house system I want to use?

    Astro Gold gives you a number of different house systems to choose from. You can choose one of the Traditional House Systems:
    · Alcabitius, Bhava, Campanus, Equal House, Koch, Meridian, Morinus, Placidus, Porphyry, Regiomantus, Solar Sign, Topocentric, and Whole Sign.

    Or, you can choose one of the other specialised house systems based on using a specific point as the cusp of a house, with the remaining houses in 30 degree increments from this point - this includes:
    · 0 Aries, Sun on 1st, Moon on 1st, Mercury on 1st, Venus on 1st, Mars on 1st, Jupiter on 1st, Saturn on 1st, Uranus on 1st, Neptune on 1st, Pluto on 1st, Node on 1st, East Point on 1st, Part of Fortune on 1st, Asc on 1st, Vertex on 7th, MC on the 10th

    Once you have decided which house system you wish to use, Astro Gold makes it easy to select it for your chart calculations.
    · Click in the Settings icon in the Toolbar to display the Preferences" dialog box.
    · Click on Calcs - there you will see the house system that is currently selected.
    · Click on the dropdown textbox labelled House System which lists all of your choices.
    · Click on the House System in the list you want - this will select that house system. Should you ever wish to change to another system, just repeat these four steps.

  • What is the difference between Displayed Points and Aspected Points?

    Displayed Points are those points which are displayed in chart wheels and grids, as well as included in reports and listings. If you unselect a displayed point in the app's settings, then it will no longer appear in any wheels, grids, reports or listings.

    Aspected Points are those which are used to display aspect lines inside the chart wheel (for wheel designs which include aspect lines in the middle). Note that this selection affects ONLY the aspect lines displayed inside a chart wheel. All grids, reports and listings include all points in the Displayed Points settings.

  • When I do a progressed chart in Astro Gold, why does it give me an Ascendant a few degrees different than the one calculated by AstroDienst?

    While most astrologers use the identical, on day equals one year, method for calculating the planets in a secondary progressed chart, there is less agreement over the method of calculating the house cusps.

    For this reason, Astro Gold gives you a choice of five different methods to calculate the house cusps:  Solar Arc in Longitude, Solar Arc in R.A., Naibod in Longitude, Naibod in R.A., and Mean Quotidian.  You can choose your method by tapping Settings, then Chart Calculations, then scrolling down and choosing from the dropdown menu under Progressions.

    According to AstroDienst, they have chosen the method that is most commonly used by astrologers in Continental Europe, and that is using the Naibod in R.A. method.  So if you select that method in the Astro Gold settings, your progressed house cusps should match those calculated by AstroDienst.

    Which method gives the most accurate predictive results?  That is up to you, the astrologer, to decide by experimenting.  The two most widely used methods are the Naibod method (mentioned above), and Solar Arc in R.A.  Noted astrologer Steve Forrest tells us that the “Solar Arc and Naibod produce very nearly identical results.”

  • Why do the positions of the outer planets beyond year 2400 seem incorrect?

    Astro Gold uses the Swiss Ephemeris for start of the art, precision calculations, but it is only able to accurately calculate positions in the range from 1200 BC to 2400 AD.

  • Is there a limit to the number of charts that can be stored in Astro Gold?

    Yes - the limitation is storage size. Each chart takes up only about 200 bytes of storage. For practical purposes it would be unwieldy to try to use a chart file with more than 1000 charts, though simply because it then becomes difficult to find the one you want, on the small iPhone screen.

  • I am having problems entering my place in Astro Gold. I live in the USA?

    The professional version of the Atlas used by Astro Gold is used around the world. However it does require you to enter anywhere in the USA with its state name in the "country" field, and not just to enter "USA". For instance you should enter "CA" or "California" (not "USA") into the "country" field if you want to look up Los Angeles. If you do enter "USA" in the "country" field, and then you will find that Astro Gold tells you that it can't find either the country or the place. We will consider having the app read "country/state" rather than just "country", but we cannot easily do this due to the space limitations of such a small screen.
    The reason that the ACS uses this different protocol for US places is that there are many duplicate names in different US states, so if the state name is not known it would often result in getting the wrong place. So the Atlas requires 'states' for the USA, and country names for everywhere else, and "country" really means "country or US state name".

  • What are the 7 different sidereal zodiacs options please?

    They are Fagan-Allen, Lahiri, DeLuce, Raman, UshaShashi, Krishnamurti and Djwhal Khul.

  • When advancing transits by one day sometimes it only advances 23 hours rather than 24?

    There is a potential ambiguity as to what should happen when you step by a "day". Should it be a 24 hour period, or should it be a calendar day locked to local clock time? The latter is usually 24 hours, but might also be 23 or 25 hours or even something different again, depending on whether daylight savings changes take place on that day, and how much daylight savings adjustment there is.

    When you step the chart in Astro Gold by a day, this is implemented as step of 24 elapsed hours, rather than a calendar day. It would be possible to implement the alternative method if people have a particular need for it, but note that you can still adjust for this manually by stepping the chart back or forth by an additional hour if you wish.

  • Is there a Forum for Astro Gold?

    Yes you can join our Face Book Astro Gold group where ideas are discussed, questions are asked and the latest news and features are announced. The link is http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/228977903781527/

    We welcome new members

  • Is the Black Moon in Astro Gold the same as the one in Solar Fire?

    The Black Moon is one of the chart points that can be displayed in any chart in both Solar Fire and Astro Gold. It is also sometimes known as the Black Moon Lilith, which can be a bit confusing because there is also a point some astrologers use called the Dark Moon Lilith, and another called the Asteroid Lilith. (Solar Fire can also calculate these two Liliths as well, but at present only the Black Moon Lilith is available as a regular chart point in both Solar Fire and Astro Gold.)

    The Black Moon is not an actual body, but rather is the empty focal point of the Moons orbit around the earth, which is also the apogee of the Moons orbit.

    There are two settings for the Black Moon in Solar Fire, and in Astro Gold, and in order for you to show the identically calculated point in both programs you need to make sure you have the settings correct in both programs. The settings are either the true (osculating) apogee or the mean apogee. (True Apogee - is the position of the moon's apogee, taking into account short term fluctuations (osculations) in the plane of the moons orbit. Mean Apogee - is the position of the moon's apogee according to a mathematical formula which ignores many of the minor perturbations in its orbit.)

    ASTRO GOLD
    Open Settings and scroll down until you see Black Moon. Click on Mean or True, as is your preference.

    SOLAR FIRE
    At the top of Solar Fire, click on Preferences, and then Edit settings. Click on the Calculations tab, and then in the Black Moon section click either True Apogee or Mean Apogee, whichever is your preference. Then click OK.

Android

  • Can I use the Astro Gold I bought on other operating systems, too?

    Esoteric Technologies is pleased to offer excellent astrology apps for three different operating systems:  Astro Gold for iOS, Astro Gold for Mac OSX, and Astro Gold for Android.  They each have a slightly different set of features, although they have been designed to have a similar a look and feel and ease of use. Note that chart files created by any one of these apps can be sent to and used by any of the others, as well as being compatible with chart files created with the Windows program Solar Fire.

    However, it is important to understand that each of these is a separate app, designed by our programmers who spent years, in total, creating and developing each app to work at its very best on each specific operating system.  So when you purchase one of the apps for a specific operating system you are only purchasing the app for that specific operating system (although you can run it on more than one device you own which runs that same operating system, for example on both an iPhone and an iPad if you purchased the iOS app).  You are of course welcome to purchase the different apps if you have devices for more than one of these operating system, but the apps are not interchangeable - they are sold via totally different app store systems.  In other words, if you purchase Astro Gold for one operating system (such as the iOS app for an iPhone or iPad), and you decide to get a device with a different operating system (such as an Android), you cannot trade one Astro Gold app in for another.  If you want Astro Gold on your second (or third) operating system, they must be purchased separately.

  • How do I import a Chart file from Solar Fire into Astro Gold for Android?

    Unlike iPhones and iPads, which are all basically the same, each manufacturer of an Android device builds it their own way, and not all of them handle email or email attachments in exactly the same. We have found a method that works on most Android devices to get the chart file you sent to your Android to show up in Astro Gold, but you need to kind of trick the device.
    The chart file you send in an email is still attached to the email, and so before we can get Astro Gold to view the chart file you need to detach the file from the email. So, open the email on the Android and you should have the option to download the file. Once it is downloaded it should go into your Download folder. Open that folder, tap the chart file that is in your Download folder and it should open it in Astro Gold.
    However in some cases this does not work. If it does not work for you then you may want to contact the manufacturer of your android device and tell them that you cannot open attachments that come with your emails and request that this is rectified.

  • How do I update the app on my Android device?

    Astro Gold for Android follows the same rules for updating as all other apps on your Android device. Here are the steps, as per Google, to follow when an updated version of Astro Gold (or any other app) is available.

    MANUAL UPDATING
    1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
    2. Touch the Menu icon Google Play Store Menu Icon> My Apps.
    3. Apps with an update available updates are labeled "Update."
    4. Look for Astro Gold, tap on it, and touch Update. (Unless you have multiple apps you want to update, in which case you can touch Update All to update other apps at the same time.)
    5. Note that if you see a notification asking if you accept any new permissions, say yes.
    6. On some devices, once Astro Gold has been updated, you may need to restart the device before the new version is activated.

    SETTING ASTRO GOLD TO AUTOMATICALLY UPATE
    1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
    2. Touch the Menu icon Google Play Store Menu Icon> My Apps.
    3. Select Astro Gol.
    4. Touch Menu More.
    5. Check the box next to "Auto-update."
    6. The app will update automatically when updates are available. To turn off automatic updates, uncheck the box.

  • How to delete charts in Astro Gold Android

    1. On the Selected Charts screen tap the arrow to go to the chart selection options
    2. Tap Select From File to go to your list of chart files

    If you want to delete a whole chart file at once
    a. Tap on the Edit option at the top right of the screen
    b. Tap on the Delete option (the minus sign) on the left of chart file you want to delete
    c. To give you a chance to change your mind, you will now be asked to Cancel, or Delete. If you tap Delete, all the charts in that file will be gone.

    If you want to delete a single chart
    a. Tap on the chart file that contains the chart you want to delete
    b. Long Press on the chart you want to delete, and hold your finger there for a few seconds to highlight the chart
    c. Tap on the trash symbol on the upper right of the screen. This will delete that chart immediately.

  • My Astro Gold chart is not showing any Retrograde symbols, can you help please?

    As you will appreciate Astro Gold was designed for small mobile screens and to avoid overcrowding the display, we found more suitable ways of displaying this data. If you are using the default wheel designs, Retrograde planets will have their degrees and minutes displayed in the colour red and Direct planets will have the information in Black. However, you may instead also choose a different Wheel Style that displays the Retrograde symbol explicitly, if you prefer.

    Mi horóscopo no es mostrando los planetas retrógrados. ¿Puede usted ayudar por favor?

    "Astro Gold" es diseñado unicamente para la pantalla del iPhone (o en el iPad). La pantalla del iPhone es muy pequeño y por lo que constantemente mantener un equilibrio entre la claridad y la información. Por esta razón, los grados y minutos de planetas retrógrados se muestran en el color rojo; y los grados y minutos de planetas directas se presenta en negro. Si lo desea, también puede seleccionar una vista de gráfico diferente, que muestra un icono retrógrados.

    Meine Astro Gold-Horoskopzeichnung zeigt die rückläufigen Planeten nicht an. Können Sie bitte helfen?

    Astro Gold für den iPhone-Bildschirm (wie auch für das iPad) ausgelegt. Das iPhone-Display ist sehr klein und so wird es ständig Kompromisse zwischen Klarheit und Informationen geben. Aus diesem Grund werden die Grade und Minuten der rückläufigen Planeten in der Farbe rot angezeigt und bei den direktläufigen Planeten werden die Informationen in schwarz dargestellt. Wenn Sie möchten, können Sie auch noch eine andere Horoskopansicht wählen, die das Rückläufigkeits-Symbol anzeigt.

  • What astrological points will Astro Gold calculate and how do I select which ones to display?

    Astro Gold can display up to 36 available points. These include:
    · Sun, Moon (standard, or lunar parallax correction), and planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
    · Minor planets Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia and Astraea
    · Mathematical points North Node (true or mean), South Node (true or mean), Ascendant, Midheaven, Vertex, East Point, Part of Fortune (set formula, or day/night formula)
    · Hypothetical points
    · Vulcan, Lilith (true or mean), TransPluto, Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollo, Admetos, Vulcanus, Poseidon

    To select which of these points you want to have displayed in chart wheels and reports:

    · Click on the Settings icon in the Toolbar to display the user preferences settings.
    · Click on Displayed Points - there you will see a list of all available points, with those selected indicated with a tick mark or highlight.
    · Click on any entry in this list to toggle it on or off.

  • What House Systems can I choose from, and how can I select the house system I want to use?

    Astro Gold gives you a number of different house systems to choose from. You can choose one of the Traditional House Systems:
    · Alcabitius, Bhava, Campanus, Equal House, Koch, Meridian, Morinus, Placidus, Porphyry, Regiomantus, Solar Sign, Topocentric, and Whole Sign.

    Or, you can choose one of the other specialised house systems based on using a specific point as the cusp of a house, with the remaining houses in 30 degree increments from this point - this includes:
    · 0 Aries, Sun on 1st, Moon on 1st, Mercury on 1st, Venus on 1st, Mars on 1st, Jupiter on 1st, Saturn on 1st, Uranus on 1st, Neptune on 1st, Pluto on 1st, Node on 1st, East Point on 1st, Part of Fortune on 1st, Asc on 1st, Vertex on 7th, MC on the 10th

    Once you have decided which house system you wish to use, Astro Gold makes it easy to select it for your chart calculations.
    · Click in the Settings icon in the Toolbar to display the Preferences" dialog box.
    · Click on Calcs - there you will see the house system that is currently selected.
    · Click on the dropdown textbox labelled House System which lists all of your choices.
    · Click on the House System in the list you want - this will select that house system. Should you ever wish to change to another system, just repeat these four steps.

  • What is the difference between Displayed Points and Aspected Points?

    Displayed Points are those points which are displayed in chart wheels and grids, as well as included in reports and listings. If you unselect a displayed point in the app's settings, then it will no longer appear in any wheels, grids, reports or listings.

    Aspected Points are those which are used to display aspect lines inside the chart wheel (for wheel designs which include aspect lines in the middle). Note that this selection affects ONLY the aspect lines displayed inside a chart wheel. All grids, reports and listings include all points in the Displayed Points settings.

  • When I do a progressed chart in Astro Gold, why does it give me an Ascendant a few degrees different than the one calculated by AstroDienst?

    While most astrologers use the identical, on day equals one year, method for calculating the planets in a secondary progressed chart, there is less agreement over the method of calculating the house cusps.

    For this reason, Astro Gold gives you a choice of five different methods to calculate the house cusps:  Solar Arc in Longitude, Solar Arc in R.A., Naibod in Longitude, Naibod in R.A., and Mean Quotidian.  You can choose your method by tapping Settings, then Chart Calculations, then scrolling down and choosing from the dropdown menu under Progressions.

    According to AstroDienst, they have chosen the method that is most commonly used by astrologers in Continental Europe, and that is using the Naibod in R.A. method.  So if you select that method in the Astro Gold settings, your progressed house cusps should match those calculated by AstroDienst.

    Which method gives the most accurate predictive results?  That is up to you, the astrologer, to decide by experimenting.  The two most widely used methods are the Naibod method (mentioned above), and Solar Arc in R.A.  Noted astrologer Steve Forrest tells us that the “Solar Arc and Naibod produce very nearly identical results.”

  • Why do the positions of the outer planets beyond year 2400 seem incorrect?

    Astro Gold uses the Swiss Ephemeris for start of the art, precision calculations, but it is only able to accurately calculate positions in the range from 1200 BC to 2400 AD.

  • Is there a limit to the number of charts that can be stored in Astro Gold?

    Yes - the limitation is storage size. Each chart takes up only about 200 bytes of storage. For practical purposes it would be unwieldy to try to use a chart file with more than 1000 charts, though simply because it then becomes difficult to find the one you want, on the small iPhone screen.

  • Can I clear the Recently used charts?

    There is no option to clear the whole list. However, individual entries may be deleted from this list by side-swiping the entry then tapping on the Delete button that appears.

  • Can you please tell me how to zoom?

    Because the screen is small you just don't have room to have a control or button for every type of action. Hence it is sometimes necessary to rely on certain behaviours that Apple has built into the iOS user interface.

    Some examples of these are:

    1) Pinch to zoom out - if a view is zoomable and not already zoomed out to full extent then move fingers together to zoom out

    2) Reverse-pinch to zoom in - if a view is zoomable and not already zoomed in to full extent then move fingers apart to zoom in

  • I am having problems entering my place in Astro Gold. I live in the USA?

    The professional version of the Atlas used by Astro Gold is used around the world. However it does require you to enter anywhere in the USA with its state name in the "country" field, and not just to enter "USA". For instance you should enter "CA" or "California" (not "USA") into the "country" field if you want to look up Los Angeles. If you do enter "USA" in the "country" field, and then you will find that Astro Gold tells you that it can't find either the country or the place. We will consider having the app read "country/state" rather than just "country", but we cannot easily do this due to the space limitations of such a small screen.
    The reason that the ACS uses this different protocol for US places is that there are many duplicate names in different US states, so if the state name is not known it would often result in getting the wrong place. So the Atlas requires 'states' for the USA, and country names for everywhere else, and "country" really means "country or US state name".

  • What are the 7 different sidereal zodiacs options please?

    They are Fagan-Allen, Lahiri, DeLuce, Raman, UshaShashi, Krishnamurti and Djwhal Khul.

  • Is there a Forum for Astro Gold?

    Yes you can join our Face Book Astro Gold group where ideas are discussed, questions are asked and the latest news and features are announced. The link is http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/228977903781527/

    We welcome new members

  • Is the Black Moon in Astro Gold the same as the one in Solar Fire?

    The Black Moon is one of the chart points that can be displayed in any chart in both Solar Fire and Astro Gold. It is also sometimes known as the Black Moon Lilith, which can be a bit confusing because there is also a point some astrologers use called the Dark Moon Lilith, and another called the Asteroid Lilith. (Solar Fire can also calculate these two Liliths as well, but at present only the Black Moon Lilith is available as a regular chart point in both Solar Fire and Astro Gold.)

    The Black Moon is not an actual body, but rather is the empty focal point of the Moons orbit around the earth, which is also the apogee of the Moons orbit.

    There are two settings for the Black Moon in Solar Fire, and in Astro Gold, and in order for you to show the identically calculated point in both programs you need to make sure you have the settings correct in both programs. The settings are either the true (osculating) apogee or the mean apogee. (True Apogee - is the position of the moon's apogee, taking into account short term fluctuations (osculations) in the plane of the moons orbit. Mean Apogee - is the position of the moon's apogee according to a mathematical formula which ignores many of the minor perturbations in its orbit.)

    ASTRO GOLD
    Open Settings and scroll down until you see Black Moon. Click on Mean or True, as is your preference.

    SOLAR FIRE
    At the top of Solar Fire, click on Preferences, and then Edit settings. Click on the Calculations tab, and then in the Black Moon section click either True Apogee or Mean Apogee, whichever is your preference. Then click OK.

  • How do I import or export Astro Gold Charts as backups or for exchange with Solar Fire?

    Chart Import/Export

    Chart files may also be interchanged between this app and any other computer via email. This can be used to save and restore backup copies of your chart files, and if you own the Solar Fire astrology program (v6 or higher), then you may also use your chart files interchangeably with that program.

    On iOS, chart files may be added to, or downloaded from this app via the iTunes File Sharing feature. However, emailing them is generally easier.

    Exporting Charts via Email

    To export chart files, tap on the Settings tab and select Export Chart Files. This allows you to select one or more chart files, which are then attached to an email and sent to whatever email address you wish.

    Importing Charts via Email

    To import a chart file, you must attach a Solar Fire v6+ chart file (*.SFcht) to an email and then send it to your device, and open it in the email app. In the email app, open this email and tap on the attached chart file, and you will be prompted whether or not you wish to open it in this app. If a chart file of the same name already exists in this app, then you will prompted whether to overwrite the existing file, or else to change its name before it is added. Name changes of this type involve adding an underscore and a number to the end of the filename. After adding a chart file this way, you can access it from a list of all chart files when selecting a chart to open from file, or when saving a chart to file, or when exporting a chart file.

    Using File Sharing (iOS)

    1. Open iTunes with your device plugged in (iPhone or iPad)
    2. Highlight the plugged in device
    3. Select the "App" tab
    4. Under "File Sharing", highlight the AstroGold app
    5. Select all the chart file entries
    6. Click on "Save to..." button and choose a location to store your backup of these chart files Then, if you ever lose your charts from Astro Gold (for example by deleting the app entirely), you can always restore them again by using the "Add..." button here and then choosing the same chart files from the location in which you stored them.

Tech Queries

  • Can I store my Astro Gold for Mac charts in Dropbox?

    Yes, you can store chart files on Dropbox, and open them in Astro Gold on your Mac. You cannot store other settings, but the chart files can be stored anywhere.

    • All you need is to open the chart file that is in Dropbox, and it should automatically open in Astro Gold.
    • Click Select, click Open Chart, click File, and then click Open.
    • From there, go to Dropbox and click on the chart file to open it.
    • To save charts, simply choose Dropbox when you choose where you Save a chart.
  • How do I update the app on my Android device?

    Astro Gold for Android follows the same rules for updating as all other apps on your Android device. Here are the steps, as per Google, to follow when an updated version of Astro Gold (or any other app) is available.

    MANUAL UPDATING
    1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
    2. Touch the Menu icon Google Play Store Menu Icon> My Apps.
    3. Apps with an update available updates are labeled "Update."
    4. Look for Astro Gold, tap on it, and touch Update. (Unless you have multiple apps you want to update, in which case you can touch Update All to update other apps at the same time.)
    5. Note that if you see a notification asking if you accept any new permissions, say yes.
    6. On some devices, once Astro Gold has been updated, you may need to restart the device before the new version is activated.

    SETTING ASTRO GOLD TO AUTOMATICALLY UPATE
    1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
    2. Touch the Menu icon Google Play Store Menu Icon> My Apps.
    3. Select Astro Gol.
    4. Touch Menu More.
    5. Check the box next to "Auto-update."
    6. The app will update automatically when updates are available. To turn off automatic updates, uncheck the box.

  • My Astro Gold chart is not showing any Retrograde symbols, can you help please?

    As you will appreciate Astro Gold was designed for small mobile screens and to avoid overcrowding the display, we found more suitable ways of displaying this data. If you are using the default wheel designs, Retrograde planets will have their degrees and minutes displayed in the colour red and Direct planets will have the information in Black. However, you may instead also choose a different Wheel Style that displays the Retrograde symbol explicitly, if you prefer.

    Mi horóscopo no es mostrando los planetas retrógrados. ¿Puede usted ayudar por favor?

    "Astro Gold" es diseñado unicamente para la pantalla del iPhone (o en el iPad). La pantalla del iPhone es muy pequeño y por lo que constantemente mantener un equilibrio entre la claridad y la información. Por esta razón, los grados y minutos de planetas retrógrados se muestran en el color rojo; y los grados y minutos de planetas directas se presenta en negro. Si lo desea, también puede seleccionar una vista de gráfico diferente, que muestra un icono retrógrados.

    Meine Astro Gold-Horoskopzeichnung zeigt die rückläufigen Planeten nicht an. Können Sie bitte helfen?

    Astro Gold für den iPhone-Bildschirm (wie auch für das iPad) ausgelegt. Das iPhone-Display ist sehr klein und so wird es ständig Kompromisse zwischen Klarheit und Informationen geben. Aus diesem Grund werden die Grade und Minuten der rückläufigen Planeten in der Farbe rot angezeigt und bei den direktläufigen Planeten werden die Informationen in schwarz dargestellt. Wenn Sie möchten, können Sie auch noch eine andere Horoskopansicht wählen, die das Rückläufigkeits-Symbol anzeigt.

  • My computer can’t open the app because it is from an unidentified developer.

    Mac computers have a system feature called Gatekeeper, which keeps users from automatically opening any app not downloaded directly from the Mac App Store. However, they do provide a fairly easy way to open apps like Astro Gold with only a few extra steps.

    If you so get a message telling you that the app cannot be opened, then click OK on the message to close it. Then
    open your Downloads folder and find the Astro Gold app you are trying to run. Drag Astro Gold into your Applications folder. Now, either Control-click, or right-click, the Astro Gold app you just put in Applications. This will give you a menu, and at the top of that menu, click the word Open. You should now get a message saying “Astro Gold” is from an unidentified developer, and are you sure you want to open it? Click on the Open button on that message. Astro Gold should open now, and it should open without a problem any other time you want to run it as well.

  • When I do a progressed chart in Astro Gold, why does it give me an Ascendant a few degrees different than the one calculated by AstroDienst?

    While most astrologers use the identical, on day equals one year, method for calculating the planets in a secondary progressed chart, there is less agreement over the method of calculating the house cusps.

    For this reason, Astro Gold gives you a choice of five different methods to calculate the house cusps:  Solar Arc in Longitude, Solar Arc in R.A., Naibod in Longitude, Naibod in R.A., and Mean Quotidian.  You can choose your method by tapping Settings, then Chart Calculations, then scrolling down and choosing from the dropdown menu under Progressions.

    According to AstroDienst, they have chosen the method that is most commonly used by astrologers in Continental Europe, and that is using the Naibod in R.A. method.  So if you select that method in the Astro Gold settings, your progressed house cusps should match those calculated by AstroDienst.

    Which method gives the most accurate predictive results?  That is up to you, the astrologer, to decide by experimenting.  The two most widely used methods are the Naibod method (mentioned above), and Solar Arc in R.A.  Noted astrologer Steve Forrest tells us that the “Solar Arc and Naibod produce very nearly identical results.”

  • Why did Astro Gold prompt me for my iTunes password when it launched?

    In some cases, as a one-off event, after installing an update to Astro Gold, or if restoring it from a backup or from iCloud, you may be prompted to enter your iTunes password. The reason for this is that, starting with iOS7, Apple implemented a system whereby they automatically store your app's purchase receipt, encrypted, within the app itself, at the time of purchase. They recommend that any apps of significant value (and Astro Gold is certainly one of those) look for this embedded encrypted receipt to ensure that the app is not a jailbroken/pirated version, and if not present then, automatically, to request verification from Apple. If this receipt is not present, the app asks Apple to query their records for your iTunes account, for which they prompt you for your password, and when they verify that you did indeed purchase it, they insert the encrypted receipt into the app, so that in future it is always recognised as a bone-fide installation.

    Note that this is NOT a prompt to purchase anything, and it is a prompt issued by Apple, and not by the app. Note that if it was for a purchase, Apple would ALWAYS tell you exactly what you are about to purchase, how much and ask your explicit permission before they charge your account, and in this case that does not happen. Instead they just require your password in order to verify that you are the owner who purchased the app, and thereafter this will not be required again.

  • Why do the positions of the outer planets beyond year 2400 seem incorrect?

    Astro Gold uses the Swiss Ephemeris for start of the art, precision calculations, but it is only able to accurately calculate positions in the range from 1200 BC to 2400 AD.

  • Is there a limit to the number of charts that can be stored in Astro Gold?

    Yes - the limitation is storage size. Each chart takes up only about 200 bytes of storage. For practical purposes it would be unwieldy to try to use a chart file with more than 1000 charts, though simply because it then becomes difficult to find the one you want, on the small iPhone screen.

  • Can I clear the Recently used charts?

    There is no option to clear the whole list. However, individual entries may be deleted from this list by side-swiping the entry then tapping on the Delete button that appears.

  • Can I Print the Astrology Reports which are in Astro Gold?

    There are two types of interpretations in Astro Gold.

    Firstly you can read interpretations on the screen of your Astro Gold. These come free with the app and cannot be printed or emailed.

    You also have the option to purchase Professional Reports within the app and yes, once you have opened the purchased report in your Astro Gold app, there is a small box with an arrow through it at the top right of your screen, which is the Send To icon. When you click on this icon, it will offer several options. You can choose the Mail option to email a copy of the report as a PDF. If you have set up a connection to a printer, using Airprint, you can also choose to send the report to your printer. And you may have other options you can use as well, such as sending a copy to your Dropbox if you have that app installed.

  • Can I display Astro Gold on my TV or using a Data Show Projector?

    If you have an Apple TV, then you can use AirPlay "Mirroring" to display the iPhone or iPad screen on the TV.

  • Can you please tell me how to zoom?

    Because the screen is small you just don't have room to have a control or button for every type of action. Hence it is sometimes necessary to rely on certain behaviours that Apple has built into the iOS user interface.

    Some examples of these are:

    1) Pinch to zoom out - if a view is zoomable and not already zoomed out to full extent then move fingers together to zoom out

    2) Reverse-pinch to zoom in - if a view is zoomable and not already zoomed in to full extent then move fingers apart to zoom in

  • My Astro Gold will not change orientation from Portrait to Landscape mode? Why not?

    App orientation: The app responds automatically to the orientation that the device reports to the app. This is not something that the app controls - it is part of the iOS operating system. If the orientation is upside down, you would need to tilt the device towards you to re-orient it to your side. The landscape/portrait changes in view follow Apple's recommendations - a lot of apps use the same paradigm in their design. It is possible to set the orientation lock on the iPad - this would prevent it ever going into landscape mode or upside down portrait mode, regardless of how the device is held.

  • I am having problems entering my place in Astro Gold. I live in the USA?

    The professional version of the Atlas used by Astro Gold is used around the world. However it does require you to enter anywhere in the USA with its state name in the "country" field, and not just to enter "USA". For instance you should enter "CA" or "California" (not "USA") into the "country" field if you want to look up Los Angeles. If you do enter "USA" in the "country" field, and then you will find that Astro Gold tells you that it can't find either the country or the place. We will consider having the app read "country/state" rather than just "country", but we cannot easily do this due to the space limitations of such a small screen.
    The reason that the ACS uses this different protocol for US places is that there are many duplicate names in different US states, so if the state name is not known it would often result in getting the wrong place. So the Atlas requires 'states' for the USA, and country names for everywhere else, and "country" really means "country or US state name".

  • What are the 7 different sidereal zodiacs options please?

    They are Fagan-Allen, Lahiri, DeLuce, Raman, UshaShashi, Krishnamurti and Djwhal Khul.

  • When advancing transits by one day sometimes it only advances 23 hours rather than 24?

    There is a potential ambiguity as to what should happen when you step by a "day". Should it be a 24 hour period, or should it be a calendar day locked to local clock time? The latter is usually 24 hours, but might also be 23 or 25 hours or even something different again, depending on whether daylight savings changes take place on that day, and how much daylight savings adjustment there is.

    When you step the chart in Astro Gold by a day, this is implemented as step of 24 elapsed hours, rather than a calendar day. It would be possible to implement the alternative method if people have a particular need for it, but note that you can still adjust for this manually by stepping the chart back or forth by an additional hour if you wish.

  • Will Astro Gold print out charts that fill 8×11 paper and will print time be similar to time it takes to print a document, which take only a few seconds?

    Astro Gold prints to whatever paper size is used by the printer which is connected via Apple' AirPrint system. However the speed of printing is beyond the control of the app. It depends on the printer technology.

  • Astro Gold is crashing when I try to print. What can I do?

    The answer is likely to lie with Apple and the printer. When the app sends to printer, it uses Apple's printing interface, and as soon as it is sent it is in Apple's hands, so to speak. There is a small possibility that the app could be crashing before it gets sent, but it seems unlikely.

    As usual, it would help establish what was going on with more certainty if there was some information in addition to just the fact that it crashes. For example a crash log from the app - the instructions are as follows. After plugging in the device, and syncing with iTunes, crash logs can be found in the following locations, depending on the platform:
    Mac OS X:
    ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/MobileDevice/<device_name>

    Windows XP: 
    C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Apple Computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\<device_name>

    Windows Vista or 7
    C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\<device_name>

    is the user's login name for the computer.
    <device_name>is the name of the iOS device, for example, "John's iPhone".
    The relevant filename/s of the crash logs would have "AstroGold" in it.

  • My app is crashing and you have asked me to send a crash report. What should I do?

    Getting iPhone & iPad Crash Reports on a Windows PC:

    Sync the iOS device with iTunes, then look in the following locations:

    Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\USER\Application Data\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\
    Windows Vista & Windows 7: C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Apple computer\Logs\CrashReporter\MobileDevice\

    Search for the appropriate device name, then look for the file by app name and time stamp

  • Is there a Forum for Astro Gold?

    Yes you can join our Face Book Astro Gold group where ideas are discussed, questions are asked and the latest news and features are announced. The link is http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/228977903781527/

    We welcome new members

  • Is the Black Moon in Astro Gold the same as the one in Solar Fire?

    The Black Moon is one of the chart points that can be displayed in any chart in both Solar Fire and Astro Gold. It is also sometimes known as the Black Moon Lilith, which can be a bit confusing because there is also a point some astrologers use called the Dark Moon Lilith, and another called the Asteroid Lilith. (Solar Fire can also calculate these two Liliths as well, but at present only the Black Moon Lilith is available as a regular chart point in both Solar Fire and Astro Gold.)

    The Black Moon is not an actual body, but rather is the empty focal point of the Moons orbit around the earth, which is also the apogee of the Moons orbit.

    There are two settings for the Black Moon in Solar Fire, and in Astro Gold, and in order for you to show the identically calculated point in both programs you need to make sure you have the settings correct in both programs. The settings are either the true (osculating) apogee or the mean apogee. (True Apogee - is the position of the moon's apogee, taking into account short term fluctuations (osculations) in the plane of the moons orbit. Mean Apogee - is the position of the moon's apogee according to a mathematical formula which ignores many of the minor perturbations in its orbit.)

    ASTRO GOLD
    Open Settings and scroll down until you see Black Moon. Click on Mean or True, as is your preference.

    SOLAR FIRE
    At the top of Solar Fire, click on Preferences, and then Edit settings. Click on the Calculations tab, and then in the Black Moon section click either True Apogee or Mean Apogee, whichever is your preference. Then click OK.

  • Moving Charts and Merging Charts from Solar Fire

    FROM ASTRO GOLD IPHONE/IPAD TO SOLAR FIRE

    It is very easy to copy chart files from your iPhone or iPad and add them to Solar Fire.  There are two basic methods.

    E-MAIL METHOD

    1. Click on Settings, then click on Export Chart File
    2. Find the file of charts that you want to send to Solar Fire and click it, which will put a tick mark next to that file’s name.    Then click on the Send button.
    3. An email will open up with the chart file you have selected showing as an attachment.  Enter an email address in the To field.  This should be an email address that you have access to on the computer containing Solar Fire.  Then click the Send button.
    4. Check your email on your computer, and you should see the email, from your Astro Gold App, with the subject line Exported Charts from Astro Gold App.  Double click on the attachment to that email, which should be the name of the chart file you just sent.  This attachment should end in .SFcht

    Now, you can double-click on the attachment to open it in Solar Fire, and you should be able to see all of the charts you just imported.  But the file may not be in the same folder as your other chart files, so rather than opening it directly, I suggest you do the following:

    1. Right click on the attachment, and save it to your desktop.
    2. Go to the top of Solar Fire and click Utilities, then click Open User Files Folder
    3. In this folder, find and open the folder called Charts
    4. Now, drag the .SFcht file, which you saved to your desktop, into the Charts file.

    You should now have access to all of the charts you just sent from Astro Gold.

    ITUNES METHOD

    1. With your iPhone or iPad connected to the computer where you have Solar Fire, open iTunes
    2. Click on the device symbol at the top left of your iTunes:
    3. On the left side of the screen, under Settings, click on Apps
    4. Scroll down to the bottom of iTunes to the File Sharing section and click on Astro Gold
    5. To the right of the Astro Gold icon you should now see all of your Chart Files.  Click on each one that you want to put into Solar Fire and drag it to your desktop, which will put a copy of the file there but won’t hurt the one on your iPad or iPhone
    6. Go to the top of Solar Fire and click Utilities, then click Open User Files Folder
    7. In this folder, find and open the folder called Charts
    8. Now, drag the .SFcht file, which you saved to your desktop, into the Charts file.

    You should now have access to all of the charts you just sent from Astro Gold.

    MERGING CHARTS

    Once you have the charts from Astro Gold copied into Solar Fire, you may wish to merge them with chart files you already had on Solar Fire.   This is quite easy to do.

    1. From the Main Screen click on the Chart menu.
    2. Click on the Open menu item, and the "Chart Database" dialog box will open.
    3. Click on the File button in the upper left corner to display the "File Management" dialog box with a list of your chart files.
    4. Select the chart file you want to merge charts into (from other files) by clicking on it. (If the file you want to merge charts into doesn't exist then create it.)
    5. Click on the Merge button. This opens the "Chart Merge Utility" dialog box.
    6. The list on the left shows all the chart files in the current folder. To see other chart files in other folders change the folder). The file that will receive all the charts from other files (the destination chart file) is shown in blue in the bottom right of the dialog box.  That file, at the moment, should also be listed on the right side, because that side shows all the files whose charts will be merged together, and so far you have only put the destination file there.
    7. For each chart file you want to add to the merge list (on the right) click on the file in the left list and then click on the Add button. The file will be added to the merge list on the right.  Alternatively you can double-click on the file and it will be automatically added to the merge list. Or you can select many files and then click the Add button.

    (If you decide you don’t want to use one of the files on the merge list, the process is similar for removing files. Select the file(s) first then click on the Remove button (double-clicking doesn't apply for this part of the process).)  When you are done, you should have all the files that you want to merge on the right side, and the destination file should also be at the bottom below the merge list.

    1. Now click on the Merge button and copies of the charts will be created in the destination chart file. A message will let you know the number of charts that were merged in this way. Click on the OK button and the "Merge" dialog will close.

     

    FROM SOLAR FIRE TO IPHONE/IPAD

    It is very easy to copy charts from Solar Fire to Astro Gold on your iPhone or iPad.  There are two methods.

    EMAIL METHOD

    1. Open your list of chart folders (the Chart Database).
    2. Open the chart file that contains the charts you want to upload to Astro Gold
    3. Now, you have two options.  You can either send some of the charts in that file, or all of the charts in that file.
    4. If you want to send some of the charts in that file, highlight the charts you want to send
    5. If you want to send all of the charts in that file, click on one of the charts
    6. Right click on one of the charts, and you will see several options.
    7. If you want to send only the highlighted charts to Astro Gold, click Email Selected Charts Only
    8. If you want to send all of the charts in that folder to Astro Gold, click Email All Charts.
    9. The Email Charts window will open.
    10. Make sure Attach chart file to email is ticked
    11. Unless you are sending charts from a very old file, pre-Solar Fire v6, make sure Solar Fire v6 or higher is ticked
    12. You can leave Include chart comments and Include life events unticked, but if they are ticked it won’t matter.  Make sure Write chart details as text in body of email is not ticked.  And leave Show me this dialog each time I send charts by email ticked.
    13. Click the OK button.
    14. Your selected charts, or chart file, should now show up as an email attachment.   You want to send it to an email account that you have on your iPhone or iPad, so put the appropriate address in the To field.  Then click the Send button.
    15. Check your email on your iPhone or iPad and you should see the chart file as an attachment to the email.  Click on the attachment to open it
    16. You should then be asked what app you want to use to open the file.  Click on the Astro Gold icon.
    17. If you already have a file of charts on the device with the same name you will be asked whether you want to Merge non-duplicate charts, Overwrite existing file, or add Add a new file name.  Click the one that best suits your needs.
    18. You should see a note pop up on your device telling you that your Import was successful.  Now you should have access to your selected charts.

    ITUNES METHOD

    This method avoids using email, but only enables you to copy whole chart files to Astro Gold, and not choose only selected charts in a chart file.

    1. Go to the top of Solar Fire and click Utilities, then click Open User Files Folder
    2. Find and open your Charts file
    3. Find the chart files you want to copy to Astro Gold, right click and copy them, then left click on your desktop and click paste, which will put a copy of that file on your desktop without hurting the original file.
    4. With your iPhone or iPad connected to the computer where you have Solar Fire, open iTunes
    5. Click on the device symbol at the top left of your iTunes:
    6. On the left side of the screen, under Settings, click on Apps
    7. Scroll down to the bottom of iTunes to the File Sharing section and click on Astro Gold
    8. To the right of the Astro Gold icon you should now see all of your Chart Files that are currently on your iPhone or iPad.  Drag the chart file you saved to your desktop into this folder with the other chart files.
    9. Now you should be able to access all of the charts you wanted in Astro Gold.
  • I posted my tech query on FaceBook and did not receive an answer. Where is the best place for me to get technical help?

    Facebook is an excellent forum for discussions.  We have a Solar Fire astrology group and an Astro Gold group, great places to help you better understand your software, and share ideas and techniques with others.

    If you have a technical question then it is possible that there may be other group members that are willing and able to help you, but in general this is not the best place to post technical issues, especially given that it may not be seen by anyone who can actually help.

    The first thing we suggest is that you check the documentation that comes with your app.  You may find that the solution is there and that you can resolve any issues yourself.

    If you can't find the answer in the documentation, it's time to contact our Technical Support people, and to make this easy for you, each of our apps provides you with a way to send them a description of your problem, and technical details about your specific setup.  This enables them to respond as swiftly as possible and work with you to find the answers to your issue, so please provide a clear description of your issues when you send off the support email.

    You can also contact us directly by email, or if you prefer, by telephone, Fax or regular mail.  If using one of these methods, make sure you include the following information:
    .       Describe in detail your specific issue
    .       If you are receiving an error message, please include the exact wording of the message, or a screenshot of the message.
    .       If you working on something when the problem occurred, exactly what were you trying to do?  And were you able to do the job previously without a problem, and if so, when did you first experience the issue?
    .       Which program you are using, and which version
    .       What operating system are you using,  and which version (Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac , iPhone?)

  • What is Astro Gold’s setting for the Nodes? Are all of your Astro Gold apps set the same?

    By default, the Astro Gold apps choose True Node rather than Mean Node as the initial setting. You can easily change this in Settings. The same rule applies to the Black Moon which is set to True.

Astro Gold Requirements

  • Can I use the Astro Gold I bought on other operating systems, too?

    Esoteric Technologies is pleased to offer excellent astrology apps for three different operating systems:  Astro Gold for iOS, Astro Gold for Mac OSX, and Astro Gold for Android.  They each have a slightly different set of features, although they have been designed to have a similar a look and feel and ease of use. Note that chart files created by any one of these apps can be sent to and used by any of the others, as well as being compatible with chart files created with the Windows program Solar Fire.

    However, it is important to understand that each of these is a separate app, designed by our programmers who spent years, in total, creating and developing each app to work at its very best on each specific operating system.  So when you purchase one of the apps for a specific operating system you are only purchasing the app for that specific operating system (although you can run it on more than one device you own which runs that same operating system, for example on both an iPhone and an iPad if you purchased the iOS app).  You are of course welcome to purchase the different apps if you have devices for more than one of these operating system, but the apps are not interchangeable - they are sold via totally different app store systems.  In other words, if you purchase Astro Gold for one operating system (such as the iOS app for an iPhone or iPad), and you decide to get a device with a different operating system (such as an Android), you cannot trade one Astro Gold app in for another.  If you want Astro Gold on your second (or third) operating system, they must be purchased separately.

  • What are the requirements for Astro Gold iOS?

    Astro Gold v5 will run on any device that runs iOS8.0 or higher.

    • iPhone 4S or later (e.g. 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6S)
    • iPod Touch 5th Generation or later (e.g. 5th Gen, 6th Gen)
    • iPad 2nd Generation or later (e.g. 3nd Gen, 4th Gen, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro)

    Note that the iOS version requirement will change from time to time as Apple releases new iOS versions which make it hard to continue supporting older iOS versions. Users should view the Apple app store entry for Astro Gold to be sure to have the latest requirements.

    Also note that those who purchase Astro Gold for the their current devices will be able to continue using it indefinitely, although unless they keep sufficiently up-to-date with Apple's new iOS releases, they may eventually lose the ability to download future updates to the Astro Gold app.

  • I have just bought an iPad/iPhone. Do I have to pay for a new Astro Gold?

    Astro Gold is one purchase only for both iPad and iPhone. So, no, you do not have to pay again.

  • Can I use Astro Gold on an iPod Touch?

    Yes. Apple shows the requirements for any app on it's app description page. Currently this says "Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later." Note that Apple doesn't allow you to purchase or download any app which is not compatible with any devices that you are using with your current iTunes account.

    iPod Touch will also do voice memos so you can record the consultations and later email them to clients. Now we can do the chart from our pocket as well! So says one of our customers.

    Thank You!

  • Will my Astro Gold work on an iPad mini?

    The iPad mini screen resolution is the same as that of the full iPad prior to the introduction of the Retina screen i.e. same as iPad 1 and iPad 2 models. Hence Astro Gold will work very well on it.

  • Can I run Astro Gold without an internet or wi fi connection?

    Once you have downloaded your app, yes the app can be run without an internet connection. However, in this case there is no means of importing or exporting charts, so only charts pre-supplied with the app, or created (and optionally saved) by the user within the app can be used.

How Tos

  • How do I delete charts on Astro Gold iOS?

    To delete a chart inside a file, swipe across the cell displaying the chart details. This will present a delete button. (Swiping is a fairly standard way of deleting a cell when there is no special Edit button or similar available).

  • How do I import a Chart file from Solar Fire into Astro Gold for Android?

    Unlike iPhones and iPads, which are all basically the same, each manufacturer of an Android device builds it their own way, and not all of them handle email or email attachments in exactly the same. We have found a method that works on most Android devices to get the chart file you sent to your Android to show up in Astro Gold, but you need to kind of trick the device.
    The chart file you send in an email is still attached to the email, and so before we can get Astro Gold to view the chart file you need to detach the file from the email. So, open the email on the Android and you should have the option to download the file. Once it is downloaded it should go into your Download folder. Open that folder, tap the chart file that is in your Download folder and it should open it in Astro Gold.
    However in some cases this does not work. If it does not work for you then you may want to contact the manufacturer of your android device and tell them that you cannot open attachments that come with your emails and request that this is rectified.

  • How do I update the app on my Android device?

    Astro Gold for Android follows the same rules for updating as all other apps on your Android device. Here are the steps, as per Google, to follow when an updated version of Astro Gold (or any other app) is available.

    MANUAL UPDATING
    1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
    2. Touch the Menu icon Google Play Store Menu Icon> My Apps.
    3. Apps with an update available updates are labeled "Update."
    4. Look for Astro Gold, tap on it, and touch Update. (Unless you have multiple apps you want to update, in which case you can touch Update All to update other apps at the same time.)
    5. Note that if you see a notification asking if you accept any new permissions, say yes.
    6. On some devices, once Astro Gold has been updated, you may need to restart the device before the new version is activated.

    SETTING ASTRO GOLD TO AUTOMATICALLY UPATE
    1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play.
    2. Touch the Menu icon Google Play Store Menu Icon> My Apps.
    3. Select Astro Gol.
    4. Touch Menu More.
    5. Check the box next to "Auto-update."
    6. The app will update automatically when updates are available. To turn off automatic updates, uncheck the box.

  • How to copy charts from Astro Gold for Mac OSX to your iOS device

    ITUNES METHOD

    1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your Mac
    2. Open iTunes on your Mac so it will be available when you are ready.
    3. Open Astro Gold on your Mac.
    4. Click the Select button to take you to your chart files, and then click Open chart.
    5. Click the file button at the top left, and it will show you your various chart files, and you will see the location of each one. For example, if you are looking for a file called MyCharts you may see it listed something like /user/Mac/Documents/MyCharts.SFcht. That means that you will find the MyCharts.SFcht file somewhere in your Documents folder. Please make a note of the location for each chart file you wish to copy onto your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
    6. Now you can close or minimize Astro Gold on the Mac, as you will not be needing it any further for this process.
    7. Go to the folder you noted as the location of your chart file(s), and open the folder, so if the file is in your Documents folder, you need to open Documents. You should either see your chart file in that folder, or if not, you may see another folder in there called Astro Gold...open that one.
    8. Now look for the chart file you want to copy, such as MyCharts.SFchat file. You'll go back to it shortly, but you can minimize that folder for a moment.
    9. Open the minimized iTunes program, and click on the picture at the top that looks like an iPhone. This basically is how your iPhone shows in iTunes.
    10. Find the Apps item and click on that, and it should open the Apps file. Don't worry about what is or isn't in there. Scroll down until you get to the section that says Sharing or Shared apps. Click on Astro Gold, and on the right side in the Documents section you should see all of the chart files that currently exist on the iPhone's Astro Gold app.
    11. Now, go back to that file you minimized, in your Documents file. Find the first one you want to copy (such as MyCharts.SFcht) and drag it into the Astro Gold Shared/Documents section in iTunes. If there is a file already in there, you will get a popup asking if you want to replace the old with the new. Say yes.
    12. Now, used iTunes to synchronize your iPhone, and you should have all the charts from the Mac in your iPhone.

    EMAIL METHOD

    Follow steps 1-5, above.
    6. Email each chart file you want to copy as an attachment, and send it to yourself at an address you can access from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
    7. Open the email on the device once received, and click to open the file attached. This will open the chart file in Astro Gold on this device.

    In reverse, you can also email the chart file from your mobile Astro Gold app to an email you can access on your Mac, and then click on it to open it in your Mac version of Astro Gold.

  • How to delete charts in Astro Gold Android

    1. On the Selected Charts screen tap the arrow to go to the chart selection options
    2. Tap Select From File to go to your list of chart files

    If you want to delete a whole chart file at once
    a. Tap on the Edit option at the top right of the screen
    b. Tap on the Delete option (the minus sign) on the left of chart file you want to delete
    c. To give you a chance to change your mind, you will now be asked to Cancel, or Delete. If you tap Delete, all the charts in that file will be gone.

    If you want to delete a single chart
    a. Tap on the chart file that contains the chart you want to delete
    b. Long Press on the chart you want to delete, and hold your finger there for a few seconds to highlight the chart
    c. Tap on the trash symbol on the upper right of the screen. This will delete that chart immediately.

  • I am getting a new iPhone (or iPad). How can I transfer the Astro Gold app to my new device?

    It is quite easy to move Astro Gold to a new iPhone, but before you do so, it is important that you note two things. Firstly please back up all of your chart files first. Secondly please make sure you have logged onto iTunes with the same Apple ID you used when you purchased Astro Gold.

    BACKING UP YOUR CHARTS

    You can either do this using iTunes, or export your charts to yourself by email. Once you have backed your charts up, please note where you are storing them so you can access them later.

    PUTTING ASTRO GOLD ON YOUR NEW IPHONE

    Once you have purchased an App from iTunes, you can download it again anytime you need to, on any iPhone or iPad. You will not have to pay for it again. However, in order to do so you MUST be using the same Apple ID you used when you purchased Astro Gold. Simply go to the iTunes App Store on your new device, search for Astro Gold, and tap to download and install it on your new iPad or iPhone!

    RESTORING YOUR CHART FILES

    Now that you have Astro Gold on your new device you will want to make sure you have all of your chart files as well. The easiest way to do so is to connect your iPhone/iPad to a computer where you have previously downloaded iTunes (making sure you have logged onto iTunes with the same Apple ID you used when you purchased Astro Gold), and use iTunes to Synch with your device. That should put all of your chart files into Astro Gold on your new device.

    IF YOUR CHART FILES ARE NOT IN ASTRO GOLD

    You can now use the files you saved, in a folder on your computer, to restore your chart files.
    * If you emailed them to yourself to backup, and you have the email on the new device, you can click each chart file attached to the email to install it in Astro Gold.
    * Alternately, you can go to the File Sharing section of iTunes, click on Astro Gold, click the Add file button, select the chart files you saved, and click Open to install them in Astro Gold.

  • I have purchased a professional report but I cannot see it. Where can I find it?

    Astro Gold for iPhone/iPad includes a number of Professional Reports, such as the Birth Chart Report, and the Birthday Report.

    Before you can locate your report, the first thing you need to do is to make sure the purchase was completed.  If the purchase was successful, you should have received a message from the Apple Store that said “Thank you.  Your purchase was successful.”  If you did not receive such a message, then for some reason you have not purchased the report, and it will not be available to you.  You will need to try again to purchase it.

    If, however, you did receive the Thank You message, your purchase did go through.  So now, let’s see how to locate it.

    Once you have paid for the report, it takes a few moments for it to be generated.   If you wait a few minutes, the report should open automatically in Astro Gold.

    But sometimes it doesn’t.  What happens on occasion is that a person will leave the purchase dialog before the report generation is finished.  In that case, Apple will issue a credit.  Then, what needs to be done is to go to the Report window again, as if planning to purchase the same type of report, and instead of a dollar amount there should be a Credit listed for that report.  Tap the Credit option, and because Astro Gold knows which report was purchased, it will open the report.

    Once you have the report on your screen, you will see a few options you can tap.  Done will close that report.

    To the left of the word Done you will see one that has a square with an arrow….tapping this one will allow you to send the report to an email address of your choice, or save it to any app you have that can read a PDF, such as iBooks, or DropBox.

    And further to the left is a little flag symbol. If you tap on that flag, you will then see it change colour, and you will be saving it on your iPhone or iPad as a Favourite.  If you choose to save it as a Favourite, then you will be able to find it any time you want at the bottom of the Professional Reports screen in the My Saved Reports section.

  • What astrological points will Astro Gold calculate and how do I select which ones to display?

    Astro Gold can display up to 36 available points. These include:
    · Sun, Moon (standard, or lunar parallax correction), and planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
    · Minor planets Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia and Astraea
    · Mathematical points North Node (true or mean), South Node (true or mean), Ascendant, Midheaven, Vertex, East Point, Part of Fortune (set formula, or day/night formula)
    · Hypothetical points
    · Vulcan, Lilith (true or mean), TransPluto, Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollo, Admetos, Vulcanus, Poseidon

    To select which of these points you want to have displayed in chart wheels and reports:

    · Click on the Settings icon in the Toolbar to display the user preferences settings.
    · Click on Displayed Points - there you will see a list of all available points, with those selected indicated with a tick mark or highlight.
    · Click on any entry in this list to toggle it on or off.

  • What can I do if Astro Gold iOS cannot find my Place?

    Astro Gold for iOS has an excellent atlas, and most places you will look for when you go to create a chart will be found in this atlas. But sometimes a city cannot be found in this atlas, and when this happens, Astro Gold provides a way to search Google Maps for the location.

    Once you have entered the Country (or the State, if the location is in the USA), you next type in the Place (city, town, etc.), and click the circled arrow to the right of it to check the atlas. But if you know you have typed the location in correctly, and the atlas does not find it, a message will pop up stating Lookup failed, and letting you know that the Placename you typed was not found in the country (or State) you had typed. You click OK to get rid of that message, and you are back at the data entry screen. Now it is time (as long as you are connected to the internet either through your network carrier's data network, or through a Wi-Fi signal) to search Google Maps. And to do this, you click on the blue world globe symbol to the left of the Place field. A map will open up, and at the top there will be a place for you to type in the location. Once you have done so, tap the Search button, and if you have typed the location correctly, the map should hone in on the city or town, showing a banner with the location. Below the name in this banner you will see the words Tap to save and select this location. Go ahead and tap the banner, and you will be given the opportunity to save the found location to your personal atlas. The name of the city or town will show there, but you can change it to something else if you'd like. (For example, you may have searched for the location of your mother's birth town, so if you'd like you can name it "Mother's place".) Once you have accepted, or changed, the name of the location, tap the Save button. (If you have already saved the location previously, you will get a message stating this is a Duplicate Place, and asking if you want to proceed to overwrite the previous saved location.) Once you have saved the location, you will be returned to the data entry screen, and the longitude, latitude and time zone of the found location will be entered for you.

  • What House Systems can I choose from, and how can I select the house system I want to use?

    Astro Gold gives you a number of different house systems to choose from. You can choose one of the Traditional House Systems:
    · Alcabitius, Bhava, Campanus, Equal House, Koch, Meridian, Morinus, Placidus, Porphyry, Regiomantus, Solar Sign, Topocentric, and Whole Sign.

    Or, you can choose one of the other specialised house systems based on using a specific point as the cusp of a house, with the remaining houses in 30 degree increments from this point - this includes:
    · 0 Aries, Sun on 1st, Moon on 1st, Mercury on 1st, Venus on 1st, Mars on 1st, Jupiter on 1st, Saturn on 1st, Uranus on 1st, Neptune on 1st, Pluto on 1st, Node on 1st, East Point on 1st, Part of Fortune on 1st, Asc on 1st, Vertex on 7th, MC on the 10th

    Once you have decided which house system you wish to use, Astro Gold makes it easy to select it for your chart calculations.
    · Click in the Settings icon in the Toolbar to display the Preferences" dialog box.
    · Click on Calcs - there you will see the house system that is currently selected.
    · Click on the dropdown textbox labelled House System which lists all of your choices.
    · Click on the House System in the list you want - this will select that house system. Should you ever wish to change to another system, just repeat these four steps.

  • What is the difference between Displayed Points and Aspected Points?

    Displayed Points are those points which are displayed in chart wheels and grids, as well as included in reports and listings. If you unselect a displayed point in the app's settings, then it will no longer appear in any wheels, grids, reports or listings.

    Aspected Points are those which are used to display aspect lines inside the chart wheel (for wheel designs which include aspect lines in the middle). Note that this selection affects ONLY the aspect lines displayed inside a chart wheel. All grids, reports and listings include all points in the Displayed Points settings.

  • How do I Save charts?

    A single tap brings up the screen with list of chart files from which one can be selected to save into.

  • How do I import or export Astro Gold Charts as backups or for exchange with Solar Fire?

    Chart Import/Export

    Chart files may also be interchanged between this app and any other computer via email. This can be used to save and restore backup copies of your chart files, and if you own the Solar Fire astrology program (v6 or higher), then you may also use your chart files interchangeably with that program.

    On iOS, chart files may be added to, or downloaded from this app via the iTunes File Sharing feature. However, emailing them is generally easier.

    Exporting Charts via Email

    To export chart files, tap on the Settings tab and select Export Chart Files. This allows you to select one or more chart files, which are then attached to an email and sent to whatever email address you wish.

    Importing Charts via Email

    To import a chart file, you must attach a Solar Fire v6+ chart file (*.SFcht) to an email and then send it to your device, and open it in the email app. In the email app, open this email and tap on the attached chart file, and you will be prompted whether or not you wish to open it in this app. If a chart file of the same name already exists in this app, then you will prompted whether to overwrite the existing file, or else to change its name before it is added. Name changes of this type involve adding an underscore and a number to the end of the filename. After adding a chart file this way, you can access it from a list of all chart files when selecting a chart to open from file, or when saving a chart to file, or when exporting a chart file.

    Using File Sharing (iOS)

    1. Open iTunes with your device plugged in (iPhone or iPad)
    2. Highlight the plugged in device
    3. Select the "App" tab
    4. Under "File Sharing", highlight the AstroGold app
    5. Select all the chart file entries
    6. Click on "Save to..." button and choose a location to store your backup of these chart files Then, if you ever lose your charts from Astro Gold (for example by deleting the app entirely), you can always restore them again by using the "Add..." button here and then choosing the same chart files from the location in which you stored them.
  • How do I calculate a Solar Return?

    It is quite easy to use Astro Gold to calculate your Solar Return, but there are a few things you need to know before you start.

    As you know, our calendar has 365 days for three years in a row, and then 366 days in the fourth, or Leap Year. This is because the actual time it takes the Earth to go once around the Sun is about 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and about 45 seconds, but we experience one day as 24 whole hours. Thus, the calendar year is actually a fiction enabling us to put all of our days in nice neat packages (years). The Solar Return is a chart calculated for the exact moment the Sun returns to where it was at the moment of your birth, astrologically. That means when the Sun moves exactly 360 degrees zero minutes and zero seconds, it is once again lined up exactly on your birth Sun. But because of what we do to keep all of our days in nice neat years, the moment the Sun returns, on the calendar, can be on your birthdate, but is sometimes the day before or the day after. Thus a person born on January 1, 1951, will often have his Solar Return on January 1, but sometimes it may actually be on December 31.

    Now let's look at using Astro Gold to do someone's Solar Return.

    Of course, you need to create a birth chart first, and Astro Gold will then derive your Solar Return from that. So let's assume you've created the birth chart. Now go to the chart selection screen, and click Subsidiary Chart. Then, select Solar Returns. This will take you to the Cast Solar Returns screen. Click the area that asks Which Return. On the Returns window, check the year that you want the return for. To make it easier for you, Astro Gold puts the year, then the person's age next to it. So if you were doing the Solar Return for a child who would be 3 years old in 2017, you would pick the item that says 2017, 3yo. This will take you back to the Cast Solar Return Screen. If you want to do the return for a different place than the birth location, turn off the Use Natal option and enter the new location. Once you have finished that, click Go to create the Solar Return Chart. And don't fear that it is wrong if it is the day before or after your birthday. Just remember that our calendar is a convenient fiction….but the Solar Return occurs at an exact zodiacal degree, minute and second.