Kastrolog is a KDE port of Astrolog, Walter D.
Pullen's famous, powerful and free astrology software. It can, for a given
time and place, compute the planets and stars positions, display the
corresponding astrological chart and print it. Kastrolog can also compute
the transits and progressions relatively to the natal chart, compare two
charts or more, make an astro-synastry chart, display a chart mid-points,
sort the aspects by influence, animate a chart, etc...
In addition to the classical Astrolog features described above, kastrolog
includes the following improvements :
- A faster and better display. Now, the computing and the
display are separated. Since the image redraw no longer involves the
whole computing process, the display runs really faster :-)
- Kastrolog is shipped with an enhanced version of the Astro-SemiBold
font. This font includes new glyphs for the asteroids, chiron, vertex, east
point, descendant and IC. Moreover, the graphical display uses now the
scalable courier font instead of the native vector font.
- Multi-Windows feature. Kastrolog can display several independent
windows containing any kind of chart.
- Timezone feature. One of the most difficult problems in astrology
computing is the determination of the daylight setting and possibly the
timezone offset. For political and economical reasons, the
"standard" time of a country can be altered by adding or
subtracting 1 hour twice a year and even more. This change is not
constant along the history and throughout the world. Fortunately, many
of the UNIX or UNIX-like OSes propose a system of data files for time
determination simply named zoneinfo. These files are often located in
the /usr/share/zoneinfo or /usr/local/share/zoneinfo directories. Each
zoneinfo file has the name of a major city and is stored in a
subdirectory whose the name is the one of the country, region or
continent it belongs to. In order to benefit from this feature, select
the "Info/Set Chart Info" menu. You will see a
"ZoneInfo file" button. If you click on it, a file selector
dialog box will appear, which allows you to choose the closest region
and city within the corresponding region of your birthplace. Then, the
daylight button and TimeZone field will be updated
- kst files. Now, the kastrolog data files have their own extention,
named .kst with a mime type and an icon associated to it. The Drag and Drop
feature is also supported for this type of file. Moreover, the kst files
accept accented characters for foreign names.
- Multilingual application. Kastrolog is basically in English,
but it has been designed for easy translation. For the moment, only
the English and French versions are available. If you need other
versions, (German, Spanish, etc...) you have to write the
corresponding .po files. Contact me in case of trouble.
- The kas2latex utility. Kas2latex is a perl script which
produces a .dvi output file containing a pretty ephemeris for the given
years, 4 months a page in legal paper size, for the 10 planets + north
node. This ephemeris has been designed to resemble the classical book
"The concise planetary ephemeris, (Hieratic Publishing Co)".
Simply run kas2latex and provide the year of beginning, plus the number
of years. You can then preview the produced ephem.dvi with kdvi or
xdvi, and print it out with dvips or dvilj4.
Kastrolog has been specifically developed for KDE. KDE is a powerful, popular and free
desktop for UNIX like operating systems, like Linux or FreeBSD. It has
only been tested on Linux.
The kas2latex utility requires a Perl 5.005 and a Tex package containing
Latex and the wasy font, such as the Tetex package. Kas2latex only works
in English and for the legal paper size.
A whole team, including
Christophe Gros, Walter D. Pullen, James Neely, Brian D. Willoughby, Alois
Trendl and Valentin Abramov.
Kastrolog is under GPL licence for the KDE port part. (C++ sources,
includes, extra doc, etc ...) The original astrolog software is under free
licence as in the readme.540 file.