29 Mar Astrology Freeware 101: What are the top 5 astrology freeware programs?
Even before the advent of the WWW, there were quite a few programs that calculated planetary positions, generated astrology charts, transits and progressions and had an ephemeris.
I probably could blame my interest in Astrology on one of these programs that came with my first computer in the 1980’s.
Many of these pioneers have graciously made these programs available for free on the internet. This freeware was always exceptional in quality and still is.
All of the programs mentioned in this Top 5 freeware list have the same specifications as the professional mainstream software programs without a lot of the branding and graphics.
The Top 5 Freeware Astrology Programs
Astro123 allows you to generate natal and synastry (relationship) chart reports for your family and friends. Vocation helps with vocational astrology. AstroWin has tons of calculations such as progressions, transits, solar and lunar returns, astro-locality, and much more. Several programs contain source code so you may develop your own astrology programs. There’s an astroclock program, a planetary hours program, a transits program with daily transit reports, a midpoint program, and online chart and report generators.
StarLite allows you to enter birth information and obtain a natal chart wheel either displayed on the screen or printed out. Startlite has no other calculation capabilities.
Cosmic Star: The Cosmic Star program is also a Freeware program that can produce a Natal Chart and a short natal report.
Astrology for Windows version 2.3 (AstrolDeluxe)
Astrology for Windows is a comprehensive astrology program that accurately calculates and displays the positions of the planets and houses in either the Tropical or Sidereal zodiac and seven house systems over approximately 8,000 years. The Windows Help includes an introduction to astrology chapter and bibliography. From the Help Menu one runs a separate demo program showing the additional features of the commercial AstrolDeluxe for Windows on which this program is based. All program text is in an editable file, allowing Astrology for Windows to be easily localized for different languages and countries. Fifteen languages are supported in this release.
Astrolog is currently used in over 35 countries on six continents. It is relatively unique in astrology software for the following reasons:
It’s 100% freeware, it runs on multiple platforms, such as DOS, Windows, Mac, and Unix, the full source code is available, features are accessible from the command line and from shell scripts, and it offers many features not found in most other programs.
5. What Watch
What Watch draws and prints chart wheels, including synastry and composite, draws tables of essential dignities, calculates element and quality balances and allows analysing birth aspects using a “harmonic aspectarian”. It is also a tool for the experienced astrologer who wants to follow closely transit, progression and solar arc cycles, including transits on composite charts. The program creates ephemeris lists for any given combination of planets providing dates of the transit itself, of stations and of sign changes.
What Watch can share data with other astrology programs using the Astrological Exchange Format AAF and is free for private and educational purposes.