One of Kepler's most understated features is its excellent Time Line Forecast. This is essentially way of depicting transits and progressions, one event per line, with shading to indicate applying and separating orbs, an underline to show direct and retrograde motion of the transiting planet, and the date of exact hit.
What many users of Kepler do not realize, however, is that the Time Line can be customized to be even more useful and more powerful.
Here are some of the ways to do so:
Note: to do any of these customizings, first run Kepler, and select a person and view their chart. Then under the top menu item Forecast, click on Time Line Format to open the Time Line window.
1. You can get the Time Line to show natal aspects between the transiting and natal planet, to see if the transit will be potentiated by a natal relationship. Click here to see an example.
a. Click on the Customize Planets and Aspects rectangular button at the left bottom of the window. Click on F=Display House or Sign Position.
b. At upper right of screen, click to add a check to the checkbox next to the words Display Natal Aspects.
c. Also, you can check the "also display aspects with planets ruling signs of planets in aspect" to include not only a listing of natal planets but also planets that are ruling the signs of the transiting (or progressed) planets that are in aspect. Some astrologers like to know if these planets are in aspect in the natal chart as well. You can use ancient or modern rulership rules.
d. Note that on the same screen as in step b above, you can choose to show planetary stations and Void-of-Course Moon (if the Moon is selected as a transiting point), but only for Transit-to-Transit (not Transit-to-Natal) searches.
When customizing the Time Line in Kepler, note that the forecast highlighted at the top of the screen is the one being customized. For example, if you highlight "Day-for-a-Year: Prog-to-Natal", then at the bottom of the screen "Day-fora-Year: Prog-to-Natal" will be displayed again with a blue highlight color, confirming that you are customizing the progressed to natal selections. When producing a forecast for 1 year, you may, for example, want only outer planet transits (that is, Jupiter through Pluto transits), but want all of the progressed planets. You can customize each type of forecast individually.
2. You can configure the Time Line to include Solar and Lunar Eclipses that aspect a person's natal planets (or all Solar and Lunar eclipses).
a. Click on the Customize Planets and Aspects rectangular button at the left bottom of the window. Click on A. Planets (planet-to-planet). Under the left column, Transiting Planets, if the checkbox to the left of the word Sun is unchecked, click on it to place a check in the box. Then click OK at the bottom left of the window.
b. Next click on C. Aspects (planet-to-planet) and on the right side of the screen in the section Detect Transiting Sun, add a check (by clicking on the empty checkbox) next to Solar Eclipses, and Lunar Eclipses. Then in the section below that, add a check to Eclipses, New/Full Moons only. Then click on the OK button below that.
c. Click on the Done. Return to previous menu button.
d. Select the Starting Date and Duration for your Time Line graph at the top left of the screen, and then click the OK button at the bottom right of the window to see the graph.
Note: There may or may not be any eclipse on a natal point during the time period you are looking for. I suggest choosing a duration of 1 year, and looking at a few years, to see when eclipses hit your chart.
Kepler offers many, many customizing features throughout the program, and it is well worth your while to explore these and implement the ones that you want.
In order to avoid missing important events when you do short transit searches, you can configure Sirius and Kepler to catch every event, even when the transit has already entered orb but doesn't reach exact hit during the duration of the search.
You can read the instructions to address this issue here.
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