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Regulus 1.6

by Juan P. Saba

Reviewed in The Mountain Astrologer by Hank Friedman

Regulus is the latest in a series of astrology programs designed by Juan P. Saba for professional astrologers, and specifically for those using Huber astrological techniques. "The Huber Method", as it is called, includes many of the principles of modern Western astrology, yet has a different approach to them in several areas. For example, the signs, planets, houses, and aspect patterns are seen as operating on different levels of existence, and are deliberately placed in specific locations in Huber charts. The aspects are grouped into three discrete sets, representing different types of energies, and aspect figures (like Grand Trines) are delineated in depth. The strength of planets is assessed by their positions in both a sign-based chart and in a house-based chart, and the difference between the two types of strength is very important.

One of the core Huber concepts is the Age Point, which moves around the chart in 72 years, 6 years per house (using the Koch house system). Important life events occur when the Age Point reaches specific places in each house (its beginning, Inverse Point, and Low Point), changes sign, and aspects planets & planetary midpoints. (There are also two additional secondary Age Points, used for advanced work.)

For those who are unfamiliar with the Huber approach to astrology, I recommend reading the new book "The Cosmic Egg Timer" by Joyce Hopewell and Richard Llewellyn, which is an excellent introduction to this method, as well as all of the books by Bruno, Louise, and Michael Huber. The Huber method, however, has progressed far beyond the material covered in these books. In order to understand and use many of the advanced features of Regulus, an astrologer will need to have taken the Huber's certification program. Additionally, some of Regulus' features have been invented by its creator, and go beyond what the Huber's have taught.

Regulus is incredibly sophisticated, powerful, and comprehensive, with more features than I can possibly mention in this review. It runs under Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 and XP; and on Macintosh computers with Parallels or Boot Camp. One should have a computer running at 300 MHz or faster, with 150 MB of hard disk space available for the full software package. Regulus is a bilingual program, you can select either English or Spanish as the language of operation. Since Regulus is modular, astrologers can purchase one or more modules, if they don't need the capabilities of the full program.

Regulus is surprisingly easy to use, because it has a collapsible tree style of navigation, while also offering both pull-down menus and icons. (See Figure One: Regulus' main screen.) You have the choice of running Regulus within one "frame", i.e. where you open one chart, table, or graph at a time into the main screen; or using a multiple windows mode, where you can open as many screens as you want, and move between them at will. The Help section of Regulus covers all of Regulus' features, but occasionally uses English that is hard to understand; hopefully this will be addressed by the time you read this review.

Regulus is not limited to Huber-specific charting. It offers a very wide range of common astrological functions, such as natal charts, bi- tri- and quad-wheels; midpoint, Arabic Part, harmonic, lunations, and fixed star listings; and composite, progressed, transit, and return charts. It also includes many features found only in the top professional astrology programs, such as the ability to attach notes to each chart, to import chart files from four different chart formats, and to display six charts on a page, and offers very extensive customizing features (e.g. colors, house system, aspects and orbs, etc.), an ephemeris generator, and an eclipse finder (complete with mapping the path of totality). Regulus provides 10 different styles of charts, plus the ability to design your own chart forms. Additionally, there is a statistics module, which shows a linear or pie graph and table of the distribution for the planets by sign or house, or signs in houses (for all of the charts in a database) complete with color coding for those statistically significantly more or less frequent than expected. If you want to run Regulus with different configurations (e.g. a specific house system, planets displayed, etc.), you can create any number of user profiles to select during different sessions.

It is important to emphasize that even methods used in other Western astrology software, such as portraying a graphic ephemeris or a transit graph, have additional Huber touches when done in Regulus. The transit graph, for example, portrays not only transiting planets aspecting natal planets (and sign and house ingresses), but also aspects to house cusps. You can see graphs for individual transiting planets to natal points, or a well-crafted Outer in One page that shows all of the outer transit planet aspects and ingresses on one page. Similarly, the program's transit, progressed, and directed hit listing finds aspects to house cusps as well as to planets and angles, and you can sort the listing in many ways, and call up the chart of a specific event with a mouse click.

The software comes with a complete research module, which in addition to searching chart files for factors such as planets in specific signs, houses, aspects, and retrograde, and chart comments, birth date, birth place, etc., also has Huber-centered searches including searches for intercepted signs, specific signs in houses, planets at low points or invert points, aspects to house cusps, unaspected planets, and over 40 different Huber aspect patterns (e.g. patterns that form three or four cornered structures like Grand Squares, and linear patterns).

Regulus does a superb job of working with Huber concepts. For example, after creating a natal chart, you can right-click with your mouse as you look at a chart, to pop up a menu of amazingly valuable additional functions including both a circular graph and a table of the dynamic energy in a chart (derived from the difference in planetary strength by sign vs. house), and a Huber aspect grid showing Good Will and Unidirectional aspects, the harmonic proportion of aspects, and more. Regulus also analyzes a birth chart and shows all of the Huber aspect patterns therein. Aspect Pattern delineation is one of the most powerful elements of the Huber Method, explicated in the Huber's brilliant new book "Aspect Pattern Astrology" (See Figure Two: Huber Aspect Patterns) Note: one of the deficiencies of the book, the use of black-and-white charts for all of the aspect patterns, is remedied in Regulus, which has the ability to both display and print out " with colored aspect lines " a complete glossary of aspect patterns.

Among the outstanding options is the Age Progression Date table, which shows for every year the Age Point's ingresses into signs and houses, aspects to planets and to midpoints, and arrival at Inverse and Low Points in each house. (See Figure 3: Age Progression Date Report) Regulus even offers a second format for this page that shows, in separate tables, the Age Point's aspects to each individual planet, and an additional table of its ingresses and Low and Inverse Point dates.

Huber work uses many different charts derived from the natal chart. Because of this, the program offers the same set of wheels, tables, and reports for the natal chart, the soul chart, the nodal chart, and local charts. The reports are pages that display essential information about the chart, such as the exact positions of the planets in sign and house charts; the exact positions of the house cusps, invert points, and low points; both sign and house aspect grids, tables of planetary strength by sign and house, the quality and proportion of each type of aspect, and the age point's position at each year of life.

Among the Huber methods available in Regulus are Radix analysis, Family analysis, Soul analysis, Nodal analysis, Local Analysis (using a relocated chart), Rest analysis, and House analysis. In the program's Double Presentation and Triple Presentation screens, you can see two or three different types of wheels displayed at once. You can see, for instance, Radix, Nodal, and House wheels all on one page.

One of the pioneering features of the Huber approach is how planets are seen as representing aspects of the psyche. The Sun, Moon, and Saturn represent the mind, heart, and body respectively, and aspects between them show the level of integration of the personality. The Nodal chart is used to show the subtle or unconscious level of integration, and the Integration chart (provided in Regulus) shows the interaction between these planets in the natal and nodal charts. The Individual Click Chart, in Regulus, focuses upon the most important connections between the natal and nodal charts, and the areas of life they activate.

Regulus has "live" screens, where you can interact with the chart to move points to different places around the wheel. One of the most important of these is called the Radix Progression, and it shows a person's chart with one or more varieties of the Age Point displayed (the standard Age Point, nodal Age Point, temperamental Age Point, and/or Crossing Axis). By clicking on any place on the chart wheel, the Age Point moves there and you can see the date and the aspects made to natal planets and midpoints. The program can display a date (or time) box which allows you to shift the date (or time) forward or backwards by different increments while you watch the Age Point move around the circle, and shows the date, aspects and exact position of each Age Point. Wonderful!

There is also a powerful version of this tool called Event Analysis to be used for rectification, i.e. to help you to fine-tune a person's birth time. This feature is applicable to traditional astrology techniques, like Returns, Transits, Progressions and Directions as well for Age Progression. Before using this feature, you enter a person's life events into the Events Editor. Then, for Age Progression work, you run the Progression for Rectification tool, which displays the positions of, and aspects created by, the Age Points for the dates of each of the events. You can then shift the birth time forward or backward in time by one minute increments, and see corresponding shifts to each event's Age Points' position and aspects, and determine if the adjustments create a more accurate representation of the events that occurred. The newly added Animation Panel allows you to specify a number-of-days increment, and have the chart automatically move forward or backwards in time at one second per increment. This is an excellently developed tool.

Several of the other screens also allow you to jump immediately to the charts for the important life events that you've entered into the program, including the Nodal Circular Progression, the House Circular Progression, and the Soul Circular Progression. These further enhance the ability of Huber astrologers to rectify charts.

Another very carefully designed screen is called the AP Bio Chart (See Figure 4: The AP Bio Chart). This page shows a transit graph, Huber style, with color coding, the aspects made by each of the planets and their increasing and decreasing intensities, the position of the Age Point over time, and more.

One truly superb capability found in Regulus is its History tab. Clicking on the History tab brings up a list of the last 500 jobs you have done. When you click on any line, the program runs that job again. You can even sort the list by the date of the job, the type of calculation, or by the person whose data it was run for. You can remove lines, save history listings, and reload them at a later date. Imagine, for instance, re-visiting an entire session several weeks after you ran it. This is great!

Another of the many fine touches in Regulus is the ability to see a print preview of all screens, zoom in or out of the preview, select the printer to use, and save the page as a JPG or BMP file. I also appreciate the program's ability to show an Arabic Part, midpoint, or fixed star's position in a birth chart and the aspects it makes to natal points.

While the Huber method uses a six-year-per-house rate of Age Point progression, other astrologers have explored different rates. Regulus' Progression Table displays the sign and house ingresses and planetary aspects made by Age Points progressing at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 years per house, for a period of ten years at a time. What a great tool for research!

For those who wish to create their own natal or transit reports, Regulus has a built-in report editor and generator. In creating a natal report, you can enter text for each planet and the node by sign, house, and aspect, for unaspected planets, for the rising sign, for the combined rising and Sun signs, for the lack of a mode or element, and for the sign of each house cusp. For the transit report, you can enter text for the general meaning of each transiting planet, as well as for each transiting planet by house, and in aspect to natal planets, the node, the Ascendant, and the MC. While no text is included in Regulus at this time (the author plans to include delineations in future versions), the editor allows you to build complete natal and transit reports.

Many of Regulus' vast range of features will be most appreciated by astrologers well-trained in the Huber method. Nevertheless, Regulus' beautifully designed features will open doors to this method (and to Age Point exploration) for many astrologers, empowering us to learn more.

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