a Global Astrology Mapping, and Report Writer
GaiaMaps is designed as a graphically interactive astrological mapping program, presented within a multiple document interface (MDI) Windows environment.
The software is constructed to visually enhance the presentation of astrological locality mapping theory, and to make the application of that theory clearer for astrology students and world travelers to understand, and utilize.
GaiaMaps is designed to compute, and map in two dimensions Locality, Geodetic, and Local Space astrology chart maps for any date and time in the years between 1800 and 2399.
The program also provides a reporting mechanism to generate personalized reports for any chosen locality, birth chart and map type.
Mapping and reporting can be generated for traditional planetary bodies, four major asteroids (Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta), the Centaur Chiron, and the Lunar Nodes. Additionally, several other celestial objects may be mapped for experimental purposes, for which no report descriptions are available at this time.
Background Information on the Astrology behind Locational Mapping is in a ‘Mapping Primer’ HTML help file.
The core ephemeris calculations are handled by efficient Swiss Ephemeris functions contained in a custom compiled Windows MFC extension DLL.
The ephemeris files included with the program covering the program's designed timespan are contained in several external files derived directly from NASA’s JPL DE406 data, but compressed for speed and size by the Swiss Ephemeris. You can find more information about the Swiss Ephemeris at their web site:
Additional information on the JPL Ephemeris is located at the JPL web site: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov
GaiaMaps employs Microsoft’s ADO database technology to store and manage it's charts, reports and geographic locations in Microsoft Access97 compatible database files.