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Christopher Warnock, Esq.
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Below are complete instructions for The Planetary Hours Program, easy to use astrological software for Windows 95, 98, Me and XP that instantly computes the planetary hours. Thousands of pre-defined locations in the U.S. make set up simple. Here are easy to print text file TPHP Instructions.
Students of the Planetary Magic Mini-Course receive TPHP for free as part of the course.
In order to install and use TPHP, users need to be able to do basic Windows tasks like creating and naming a new folder, saving an attachment to a particular folder, using zip decompression software, and running a program. Task unique to TPHP are explained below.




Installing TPHP

Runing TPHP
Using TPHP

Location Setting-Set Longitude & Latitude Screen
Predefined US Location Setting
Manual Location Setting

Planetary Hours Screen-Setting the Date
Compute, Print, Write, System Tray, Exit





Installing TPHP


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A file, named TPHP.zip is attached to your welcome e-mail. Create a new folder called TPHP in your program files folder and save TPHP.zip to the new TPHP folder.
Unzip TPHP.zip to the TPHP folder. If you do not already have zip decompression software on your computer (it is included with Windows XP, for example) you can download Winzip for free by following this link.
Once you have unzipped TPHP.zip run the program setup.exe which has appeared in the TPHP folder.




Running TPHP


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Go to the TPHP folder. Run the program TPHP.exe.




Using TPHP


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When you run TPHP the main screen will appear. At the bottom of the screen are two buttons. Click "OK" to continue and calculate planetary hours. Clicking "Exit" will exit the program.

TPHP Main Screen
TPHP Main Screen


Once you click "OK" you will be taken to the Planetary Hours Screen

TPHP Planetary Hours Screen
TPHP Planetary Hours Screen





Setting the Location


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When you run TPHP for the first time the default location is set as Greenwich, England. Unless you happen to live in Greenwich you will need to change location. You should also follow this procedure whenever you need to determine the planetary hours for a location different from that currently selected.
Click the "Change Location" button on the Planetary Hours Screen and you will be taken to the Set Latitude and Longitude Screen

TPHP Set Latitude and Longitude Screen
TPHP Set Latitude and Longitude Screen





Set Latitude and Longitude Screen-Predefined Location Setting


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If you live in the U.S. you can select the proper longitude and latitude for your location from a large number of predefined locations. If you do not live in the US or need to manually enter a US location go onto Manually Setting Location.
For most US locations you use TPHP's predefined settings. Go to the bottom half of the "Set Latitude and Longitude" Screen. You can either use the scrollbar on the right or speed up the process by selecting a state code on the left. This takes you directly to the chosen state. You can then select the first letter of the city name. Finally scroll down and click on the appropriate city name. This automatically sets the proper location as well as latitude and longitude. This sets the proper location, the latitude, the longitude, and the time zone.
Check to make sure that the proper time zone has been selected for your location.

Eastern Daylight Time is -4
Eastern Standard Time is -5
Central Daylight Time is -5
Central Standard Time is -6
Mountain Daylight Time is -6
Mountain Standard Time is -7
Pacific Daylight Time is -7
Pacific Standard Time is -8
Alaska Daylight Time is -8
Alaska Standard Time is -9
Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time is -9
Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is -10


For some locations (e.g. Indiana) TPHP will ask for you to select the proper time zone and daylight savings time method.
On the Set Latitude and Longitude screen to change the time zone manually click the arrow in the box that says, "Standard TZ" and select the proper time zone from the pull down menu.
You can have Daylight Savings Time adjusted automatically by choosing the US method of daylight savings time or the European method.
The US method goes to DST on last Sunday in April, back to standard time on last Sunday in October. The change occurs at 2am in each time zone.
The European method goes to DST on last Sunday in March, back to standard time on last Sunday in October. The change occurs at 1am GMT, independent of the time zone observed at any particular location.
Click the appropriate radio button on the Daylight box. You can also choose to adjust Daylight Savings time manually by choosing manual.
Then click "Done" You will return to the Planetary Hours screen. Make sure the proper location appears.
Note that if you change the values for a predefined location by entering new values it will overwrite the original values and there is no automatic way to restore the old values.




Set Latitude and Longitude Screen-Manually Setting Latitude and Longitude


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If you do not live in the US or if your location is not on the TPHP list you can manually enter your latitude and longitude.
Click on the entry that says "New Name" at bottom half of the screen. The "Place Name" field will become blank. Put your cursor in the latitude and latitude boxes at the top of the screen and delete all of the numbers and letters there.
To type a latitude, type the number of degrees North or South. Then type "N" for degrees North, or "S" for degrees South. Type the number of minutes, followed by a single-quote mark. Type the number of seconds. If you press "Enter" (or left-click your mouse) after entering "N" or "S", TPHP assumes that you intended 0 minutes and 0 seconds. If you press "Enter" (or left-click your mouse) after entering the single-quote, TPHP assumes that you intended 0 seconds. The number of degrees and the number of minutes must be integers. The number of seconds may include a decimal fraction as well, if you know the data to that degree of precision. Entering a longitude is the same as entering a latitude, except that you use "E" and "W" instead of "N" and "S".
After entering the latitude and longitude type the new place name (by itself, no state or anything in front of it) in the "Place Name" box. Place Names entered by the user will be automatically prefixed with "==", and will appear in the list before any entries for states. Also, the "==" will appear in the "State code" list. Click on the "Set time zone from longitude" button. Check to make sure that the proper time zone has been selected for your location.

BST British Summer Time +1
IST Irish Summer Time +1
WET Western Europe Time 0
WEST Western Europe Summer Time +1
CET Central Europe Time +1
CEST Central Europe Summer Time, +2
EET Eastern Europe Time +2
EEST Eastern Europe Summer Time +3
MSK Moscow Time +3
MSD Moscow Summer Time +4


AEST Australian Eastern Standard Time +10
AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time +11
ACST Australian Central Standard Time +9.5
ACDT Australian Central Daylight Time +10.5
AWST Australian Western Standard Time +8


Your own local time may differ.
To change the time zone click the arrow in the box that says, "Standard TZ" select the proper time zone from the pull down menu.
You can have Daylight Savings Time adjusted automatically by choosing the US method of daylight savings time or the European method. Click the appropriate radio button on the Daylight box. You can also choose to adjust Daylight Savings time manually by choosing manual. Remember that time calculations are based on your computer's internal clock which must have the correct time set.
Then click "Done". You will return to the Planetary Hours screen. Make sure the proper location appears.

TPHP Planetary Hours Screen
TPHP Planetary Hours Screen





Planetary Hours Screen-Setting the Date


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Click the "Set to today's date" button to choose the current date. Note that it is listed as year, month and date. Thus January 5, 2003 is 2003-01-05. If you want to enter a new date just type it in using the format of yyyy-mm-dd, i.e. a four digit year, two digit month and two digit day.
You can also use the "Adjust the date" button Click it and you will be taken to the Adjust the date Screen. Click the + button to add and the - button to subtract the appropriate days, weeks, months, years, etc. Then click "Exit" to return to the Planetary Hours Screen.




Planetary Hours Screen-Compute, Print, Write, System Tray, Exit


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Press the "Compute" button for a readout of the planetary hours for the date selected.
Click the "Print" button to print out the current computed planetary hours on your default printer.
If you click the "Write" button it creates file called TPHP.txt in the folder where you placed TPHP, with a list of the currently computed planetary hours. Every time you click "Write" it will overwrite the previous TPHP.txt with a new containing the currently computed planetary hours. If you wish to save a TPHP.txt file before overwriting it with a new computation you can rename it.
If you click the "Sys Tray" button it will place the program in the System tray on your task bar. It will continually update the current planetary hour ruler. Just place the cursor over the TPHP sun icon for a current readout. Once the program is in the Systems Tray you can right click on the TPHP sun icon and choose either return or exit. Selecting "Return" brings you back to the Planetary Hours Screen. Selecting "Exit" exits TPHP.
Click "Exit" to exit the program.




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