Tips and Tricks for Shri Jyoti Star

Updated September 2013

Andrew Foss, the creator of Shri Jyoti Star, continues to add new features to the latest version of his software, Shri Jyoti Star 6, and provides them to customers via free updates on his website.

That's why everyone owning version 6 should check for new updates monthly. Some of the features mentioned below are offered only in the most recent updates, so if you can't find them in your program, please be sure to download the latest version.

You can click here to go to the Registered Users Area of his website -- be sure to have your User Name (i.e. email address) and Password so that you can enter the update area.

[By the way, if you haven't viewed my Shri Jyoti Star video already, you can do so by clicking here.]

Great features (and how to access them)

1. Creating a transit chart with the Ascendant (Lagna) of the birth chart.

In order to easily see which natal houses the transiting planets are in, it's handy to have a chart for the moment with the natal Ascendant. Here are the steps:

     A. Select a person (in the Data Entry screen) and click on the "OK + transit" button.

     B. Click on a blank area of the Main Screen to pop up the Choices and Options Menu, (or click on the screen where you want to replace what is shown with a transit chart).

     C. At the top left of the Choices and Options screen is the word For: and the name of the current chart and a down triangle. Click on the down triangle and select the transit chart.

     D. Click OK and the transit chart will appear on the Main Screen.

     E. Right-click with your mouse on the transit chart, and in the pop-up menu that appears, click on "Use as Ascendant Other Chart's" , and when the menu opens to the right, click on Ascendant.

     F. That's it. From now on, the Transit chart will always have the natal Ascendant.

2. Zooming in on an Astromap.

     A. Select a person (in the Data Entry screen) and click on the "OK" button.

     B. On the Main Screen, click on the Time/Space Change choice at the top of the page, and then click on the first item: AstroMapping/Relocate.

     C. Right-click on the map where you want it to zoom in. Each time you right-click, it will zoom in more (up to the limits of the zoom).

3. Making all of the symbols the same size in a chart.

While it is easier to see the glyphs or two-letter abbreviations of the planets in small charts by having them fill the available space, when you get to larger charts, it looks better when you make all of the symbol sizes the same size.

To do this:

     A. Select a person (in the Data Entry screen) and click on the "OK"button.

     B. Place a large chart on the screen (or place your mouse cursor over a large chart already on the screen).

     C. Right-click on the large chart and then click on This Chart, and on the menu that opens to the right, click on Equalise Glyph Sizes.

4. Seeing the Degrees in Small Charts.

There are times when you want to be able to see and read the degree positions of the planets more easily in a small chart.

Here's how to make the degrees more readable in a small chart:

     A. Select a person (in the Data Entry screen) and click on the "OK" button.

     B. Place a small chart on the screen (or place your mouse cursor over a small chart already on the screen).

     C. Right-click on the small chart and then click on This Chart, and on the menu that opens to the right, click on Big Degrees.

     D. Important Note: the above steps only work if the chart already displays the degree positions. If it doesn't, then click on the chart, and on the Choices and Options menu, at the right of the screen under the title: Degrees, etc, click on the down triangle and select Show degrees.

5. Getting the most accurate charts possible

Because the ACS atlas has been recently updated in Shri Jyoti Star (in late August 2011) and other minor bugs were fixed in January 2012, it is important to upgrade to the latest version, especially if you haven't since last August.

There were many errors in the earlier ACS atlas due to mistakes made by the previous owner of the data, but they have all been fixed.

You can go to the login page to update your Shri Jyoti Star by clicking here.

6. Starting Shri Jyoti Star using the most recently used chart

One simple trick is to press the F8 function key after running Shri Jyoti Star. Immediately the most recently used chart will be re-loaded.

This can be very handy.

7. Selecting the points to show in a chart

Shri Jyoti Star allows you to add to any chart the outer planets, Arudha Padas, UpaGrahas, Sahams (Arabic Parts), the Muntha or the Yogi Point, all of the Bhavas, Special Ascendants, and more.

To add any of these points, click on a chart to open the Choices and Options menu:

and then click on the Planets, etc. in Charts button at the top right:

and check the boxes for the points you want to see displayed (and uncheck boxes to remove points).

Then click on the Ok + Go to Main Screen button to add those points only to the chart you clicked on, or click on the OK Apply to Page button if you want to see the points that you selected shown on every chart and table on the page.

8. Creating Example Charts

Let's say you want to teach a class and want to present charts that only have a few planets in them, to illustrate a principle (e.g. yogas, special aspects, etc.).

Or you're writing a book and want to include charts with specific planets in specific signs.

Shri Jyoti Star is the only program that allows you to create such charts.

To create them, run Shri Jyoti Star and load a person's chart.

On the main screen, page up or down to a blank page, or a page with some empty space on it, and click on the empty space.

The Choices and Options Menu will appear:

Click on the Teaching Examples button (see where the red arrow is pointing in the above image) and a new window will appear.

As the above image shows, you can add a title to the chart, and select what points to include in the chart and the sign of each.

As a teacher of Vedic astrology and writer, I cannot tell you how priceless this feature is to me.


9. Finding the full chart of a person or event from a few planetary positions

Unique to Shri Jyoti Star is the ability to place planets in specific signs (and optionally specify their degree positions) and then find out when that person was born or the event occurred.

Most people don't realize that you can quickly narrow down the event or birth date knowing just a few planet's sign positions.

This can be useful in many situations such as:

You are reading a book which doesn't give the birth or event information for a specific chart and you want to find the date so that you can explore all of the planetary positions, dasas, the panchanga, etc.

To help you to locate a chart in your file, if you remember a few planetary positions but not the person's name. (You would find the date, and then search for that date in your chart file).

How to do this:

First, after running Shri Jyoti Star and opening a chart, on the Main Screen click on the Special menu item, and then on Classical Yogas and Time Search:

This window appears:

Note the highlighted words at the top: Drag and drop in signs then search.

This means to click on a planet from the list (pointed to by the red arrow) and then click on the sign in the Southern Style chart wheel that the planet occupies. (See the green arrow, which points to the Leo section of the chart). This will place the planet in that sign.

After placing the planets in the chart, click on the Search Time button -- indicated by the blue arrow in the above image -- and the program will find the times when the chart exists.

[Note: in the middle of the screen, the Time Direction should be Back not Forward.]

10. Creating images or PDF files from Shri Jyoti Star screens to email to yourself or others.

Since Shri Jyoti Star doesn't have a built-in PDF creating function, one way to create PDF files from Shri Jyoti Star screens is to use the incredibly powerful PriPrinter program, which you can learn about and purchase at:

If you just want to create images of any screen to email to yourself or others, Shri Jyoti Star can do that:

On the main screen, click on File, Send Email, and then choose This Page (as image) if you want a JPEG image sent to you, or This Page (as EMF) if you want a meta-file image sent to you.

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