The Natal Transits tool allows you to display important aspects that correlate not with another planet, but with a selected date. This essentially allows you to plot when a planet is Trine, Square Conjunct, Opposite (or any other selected angle) with its Longitude position on the selected date.
To add the tool to your chart, select the tool from the Astro tool group, and left-click on the bar on the chart you wish to calculate the tool from. Optuma will then draw the tool using the default settings.
Scripting Function: NA()
Actions & Properties
Copy Data to Clipboard: Will copy the tool’s values to the clipboard which can then be inserted into a spreadsheet, for example, allowing for further analysis.
Add to Toolbar: Adds the selected tool to your custom toolbar.
Apply Settings to All: When multiple Natal Transits tools have been applied to a chart, page or workbook, this action can be used to apply the settings of the one selected to other instances of the tool. This is a great time saver if an adjustment is made to the tool - such as line colour - as this allows all the other Natal Transits tools in the chart, page or entire workbook to be updated instantly.
Copy Tool: Allows you to copy the selected tool, which can then be pasted onto a different chart window.
Move to Back: If the tool is displaying in front of other tools or indicators clicking this action will move the tool view to the background.
Move to Front: If the tool is displaying behind other tools or indicators on the chart, clicking this action will bring the tool to the forefront.
Set Time Alert: Selecting this action will set a Time Alert at the value the Vertical Line is positioned.
Restore Default Settings: Click this action if you have adjusted the default settings of the tool, and wish to return to the standard properties originally installed with Optuma.
Save Settings as Default: If you have adjusted any of the tool’s properties (colour, for example) you can save the adjustments as your new default setting. Each time you apply a new Natal Transits to a chart, the tool will display using the new settings.
Delete: Deletes the tool from the chart.
Tool Name: Allows you to adjust the name of the tool, as it’s displayed in the Structure Panel.
Natal Planets: Allows you to select the Natal planets.
Transit Planets: Allows you to select the Transit planets that are to be compared to the Natal planets.
Aspects: Allows you to select the Aspects / Angles that the tool will display between the Natal and Transit planets.
Exact Only: When selected only exact matches will be displayed. For example, if you set a 120 degree angle, only the exact angle of 120 degrees will generate a result, not other multiples such as 240.
Start Date: Can be set to use either the Natal start date or the chart start date.
Natal Date: When the Start Date is set to Natal you are then able to nominate the Natal date by left clicking the calendar icon.
Natal Time: When the Start Date is set to Natal you are then able to nominate the desired starting time by left clicking the adjacent calendar icon.
Direction: Available from Optuma 2.0 and onward, the Direction property allows you to control the direction of the intervals plotted by the Natal Transits tool. There are 3 options available, Forwards (default), Backward and Both.
Geo / Helio / Sidereal: This setting allows you to change the Natal Transits setting between GeoCentric, HelioCentric, Sidereal, or TopoCentric (which allows you to select the city and the Natal Houses (eg Ascendant, Midheaven) for the Natal Planet.
GMT Offset: Use this option to adjust the Natal Transits time zone setting for a specific market. Select the required GMT setting and the Natal Transits will automatically update.
Coordinate Type: Select between Ecliptic (Longitude & Latitude) or Equatorial (Right Ascension & Declination).
Line Style: Expands to display the line properties for the Natal Transits. The following properties can be adjusted:
- Line Style - The Line Style property allows you to adjust the type of line displayed. There are 8 options available: Solid, Dots, Dash, Dash Dots, Long Dash, Long Dash Dot, Long Dash Dot Dot, Stippled.
- Line Width - Allows you to adjust the width of the line for the Natal Transits. Moving the slider bar to the right increases the thickness of the line.
- Line Colour - Allows you to adjust the colour of the Natal Transits lines.
Orb Properties: Expands to display the properties of the Orb, the following items can be adjusted:
- Show Orbs - Enables you to show or hide the orbs.
- Orb - This setting allows you to adjust the acceptable variance for the Natal Transits.
- Orb Transparency - Use this slider bar to adjust the transparency of the Orb. Moving the slider to the left will increase the transparency.
- Full-Size Height - When selected the Orb will extend the full length of the chart, but not across indicators that are displayed in a separate view such as volume.
- Orb Over All Views - When selected the Orb will extend the full length of the chart and will also extend to tools that are displayed in separate views, e.g. volume.
Show Symbols: When selected the Natal Symbols will be displayed on the chart.
Position: Use this option to adjust the position of the Natal Transits symbols. The following positions can be selected: High, Low, Top, Bottom or Floating.
Symbol Size: Allows you to adjust the size of the Natal Transits symbols. Moving the slider bar to the right increases the Symbol size.
Symbol Colour: Allows you to adjust the colour of the Natal Symbols colour.
Stack Symbols: When multiple Natal Transit symbols are added to a chart, this property allows you to stack them instead of having them appear in front of each other.
Tool Transparency: Use this slider bar to adjust the transparency of the tool. Moving the slider to the left will increase the transparency of the tool.
Visible: Un-tick this checkbox to hide the tool from the chart.