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Shri Jyoti Star 9 Pro



More will be added as questions come in.

Topics:Upgrading to V9, Backup data, Crossover Tips, Recover Data, Ayanamsha, Using Dashas, The Choices and Options dialog, Editing Colors, Arudha Exceptions, Muntha

Upgrading to V9 - How to access the new Layout Examples and new Atlas

V9 ships with two Layout Example files. If you upgrade, you will still see the old LayExs.sjl file as your Layout Examples. To easily change, in the Main Screen go to the File menu and select Layouts and Layout Examples (Advanced)/Import as Layout Examples. In the dialog you get, select LayExs2.sjl and click Open. That is it.

In versions up to 9.0.2, if you have V7 or V6 installed, V9 will likely still be using the old Atlas file. This is easy to fix. Go to the File menu in Data Entry and select PC Atlas Version and Path. In the dialog Integrated should be selected. Click on Find Atlas and then Open sjstt.nam. Click OK and you are done.

Backing up or moving your data to another computer

To install the software on another computer you can download the latest update from your acount on this web site. Just log in at the top. This is recommended but you can also use a Shri Jyoti Star CD or install file previously saved. A new registration will be needed after startup.

Moving or backing up Data: 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 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.

Crossover Tips

Getting Setup: See here.

Moving files to the new setup: In Crossover, you select your bottle and then go to the Bottle menu and choose C drive. Then you can navigate to the Shri Jyoti Star folder (users/crossover/My Documents/Shri Jyoti Star). Then you should be able to drag and drop your files from wherever they are to there.

Updating: Under Crossover, you will NOT get notifications in the software if there is an update available. Log into your account at this site to check the version number. Occasionally, updates will be promoted on my Facebook page (link on this page), or by Twitter or email.

Accessing Data Backup Files

To backup your data from your hard drive, see the instructions above. If you deleted some data and you need to get it back, Shri Jyoti Star 9 and 7 keep up to 10 layers of backup files. Each time you delete something, it keeps a backup. Here's how to load a backup file: In Data Entry under the File menu select Open Database. At the bottom right of the dialog, change the file type to Shri Jyoti backup files. Select the most recent and open it. Follow the instructions and save it under a new name. If you need to go back further, select an earlier file.

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.

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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