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Shri Jyoti Star 7 Pro



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Topics: Ayanamsha, Backup data, Using Dashas, The Choices and Options dialog, Editing Colors, Arudha Exceptions, Muntha

What is the Chitrapaksha Ayanamsha?

Chitrapaksha is based on putting the star Spica (Chitra) at exact 0 degrees Libra. Spica is the brightest star that is close to the Zodiac. This is how most of the ancients defined the start of the Zodiac. Lahiri is meant to be this but it is calculated in an approximate way based on 19th Century measurements so is slightly off. I recommend the True Chitrapaksha as given in Shri Jyoti Star 7. The small difference can be important.

Backing up or moving your data to another computer

The default location for the files that contain your data, layouts and options is the Shri Jyoti Star folder in the My Documents folder. In recent versions of Windows such as Windows 8 this is also called Documents. Open this using File Explorer also called Windows Explorer or Computer in earlier versions of Windows.

For a complete backup, copy this folder to a flash drive, external hard drive, cloud account or any suitable media. If you have just installed Shri Jyoti Star on a new computer it will have created a new Shri Jyoti Star folder, which can be safely replaced with the back up copy. Take care if you have created any data or layouts on the new computer because these will be lost. In this case rename the folder first.

Just to backup your current data file, there is a useful built in feature. In the Data Entry under the File menu use the item 'Charts Batabase (Backup/Restore/Transfer)'/'Backup to Media' to transfer the databse you are currently using to an external media. Then use 'Charts Batabase (Backup/Restore/Transfer)'/'Restore from Media' to reload that file when you want to.

Can I make space to the right of the Dashas as in V6?

Search in the dialog for 'Dashas: Flush Left Columns'. Check this and then click 'Done'.

(Note the Multi-factor scoring of the Dashas, it gives you an insight into the health of the dasha rulers. This is one of the color schemes selectable from the right-click or the Choices and Options dialog including monochrome)

flush left columns

Where's the 2 Column, 2 Level Dasha?

Find and place it like this, then adjust the height as shown.

dashas with 2 columns

Search for the Height choice, click on it and choose a number. You will get as many choices as there are cells high in your layout, up to 10.

Dashas change height 1

Choose the height to change it from 1

Dashas change height 2


Can the background color on alternating lines of the Choices and Options dialog be switched off?

Click the Home button and uncheck the 'This Dialog:' item.

Alternating color

Can the text in the Choices and Options dialog be made larger or smaller?

Click the 'A' and 'A' buttons on the upper right of the dialog.

Font change buttons

How to Edit Colors?

Click 'Edit Colors in Color Schemes' and you get the dialog shown. Select the color scheme at the top of the Color dialog, and then click on the item to be changed in the area below. Click 'OK' and then 'Done'.

Edit Colors


Can I allow the Arudha Lagna to be in the 1st or 7th house?

Search in the dialog for 'Global: Arudhas: No exceptions for 1, 7'. Check this and then click 'Done'.

Arudha exceptions

How is the Muntha calculated?

The Muntha is the natal progressed Ascendant as seen in a Varshphal (annual Solar return) chart. As there are many types of charts, other than Varshphal charts and it is possible to put the Muntha in these, it is not always obvious which is the natal chart whose Ascendant has been progressed (for one sign per year). Therefore, for simplicity, the following rule is adopted (since 7.1.6).

If the chart with the Muntha is a Varshphal chart, then the other native's* Ascendant is progressed to the year of the VP (this) chart.

If the chart with the Muntha is not a Varshphal chart, then this chart's Ascendant is progressed to the year of the other native*.

*The other native is either the Primary native (default heading color is red) or the Native 2 (default heading color blue), whichever is not the native for the chart with the muntha referred to above. For example, if the chart with the muntha is for the Primary, then the other native is the Native 2.

At the top left of the Main Screen, there are the birth data for the Primary (default: red) and Native 2 (default: blue). Native 2 data is to the right of the Primary data.


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