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Is anyone here using LaTeX to typeset astrology charts? Would pgf/tikz be an appropriate tool to use for that purpose?

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You can use the marvosym font package. It has some astrology symbols in it. I am not sure though if it is adequate for what you are looking. However, with a special font it will be much easier than pgf/TikZ.

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I already have starfont installed. I was looking for something to draw the chart wheel. – Larry Coleman Dec 9 '10 at 20:09
@Larry I am afraid then you will have to use TikZ perhaps with a font combination astro is another font you can use in conjuction with TikZ. – Yiannis Lazarides Dec 9 '10 at 20:22
@Yiannis: I'm already looking at the documentation for TikZ. I'm a programmer by trade, so it's not really that onerous. I'll be writing a program using the Swiss Ephemeris to generate the LaTeX input. – Larry Coleman Dec 9 '10 at 20:25
@Larry That is great once you finish it will be a nice example to show here. – Yiannis Lazarides Dec 9 '10 at 20:30
@Yiannis: I've installed TikZ on both my laptop and desktop machines. I'll post an answer after working through the tutorials and trying a few things. Thanks for your help! – Larry Coleman Dec 9 '10 at 21:48

Matthew Skala has a few resources on this topic:

Here is an example chart from the manual: alt text

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The links to actual packages on the page are dead. – Caramdir Dec 9 '10 at 19:50
Sorry, I've added a link to his new blog where the links should work. – Philipp Dec 9 '10 at 22:13
That looks really nice. I'm planning to learn TikZ anyway, as I'm going to need to tweak the layout a little. – Larry Coleman Dec 10 '10 at 13:52

This is what I came up with for a Traditional/Vedic style chart. It could probably use some improvement, but I'm still learning TikZ, so I'd appreciate helpful edits.

  \draw (-3in,-3in) -- (-3in,3in);
  \draw (-3in,-3in) -- (3in,-3in);
  \draw (3in,-3in) -- (3in,3in);
  \draw (-3in,3in) -- (3in,3in);
  \draw (-3in,-1.5in) -- (3in,-1.5in);
  \draw (-3in,1.5in) -- (3in,1.5in);
  \draw (-1.5in,-3in) -- (-1.5in,3in);
  \draw (1.5in,-3in) -- (1.5in,3in);
  \draw (0in,1.5in) -- (0in,3in);
  \draw (0in,-1.5in) -- (0in,-3in);
  \draw (-3in,0in) -- (-1.5in,0in);
  \draw (1.5in,0in) -- (3in,0in);
  \node [text width=2.75in] at (0in,0in) {
       Larry Coleman \\
       November 12, 1967 
       7:20 AM EST \\
       Belleville, MI 83:29W 42:12N \\
       Natal Chart
  \node [below right,text width=1in] at (-3in,0in) {
    I. Scorpio. \\
    Mercury & 1:45 \\
    Ascendant & 18:29 \\
    Sun & 19:26 \\ 
    Neptune & 23:55 
  \node [below right] at (-3in,-1.5in) {II. Sagittarius.};
  \node [below right,text width=1in] at (-1.5in,-1.5in) {
    III. Capricorn. \\
    \begin{tabular}{l l}
      Mars & 15:14
  \node [below right,text width=1in] at (0in,-1.5in) {
    IV. Aquarius.};
  \node [below right,text width=1in] at (1.5in,-1.5in) {
    V. Pisces. \\
    \begin{tabular}{l l}
      \Chiron & 25:16 \Retrograde \\ 
      \Moon & 28:40
  \node [below right,text width=1in] at (1.5in,0in) {
    VI. Aries. \\
      Saturn & 6:17 \Retrograde \\
      North Node & 26:37 \Retrograde
  \node [below right] at (1.5in,1.5in) {VII. Taurus.};
  \node [below right] at (1.5in,3in) {VIII. Gemini.};
  \node [below right,text width=1in] at (0in,3in) {
    IX. Cancer. \\
    \begin{tabular}{l l}
      Fortune & 9:15 
  \node [below right] at (-1.5in,3in) {X. Leo};
  \node [below right,text width=1in] at (-3in,3in) {
    XI. Virgo. \\
    Midheaven & 0:23 \\
    Jupiter & 3:25 \\
    Pluto & 22:21 \\
    Uranus & 27:58
  \node [below right,text width=1in] at (-3in,1.5in) {
    XII. Libra. \\
    \begin{tabular}{l l}
      Venus & 2:53
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Thanks for coming back to post the solution. One possibility is to automate the calculations, i.e., one could do \dateofbirth{} and get a chart! Is there a link as to how one works all these out? – Yiannis Lazarides Jan 9 '11 at 14:59
@Yiannis: I copied and pasted the planet's positions from the output of another program. I'm working on a program using the Swiss Ephemeris that will output something similar to what I've posted. I'll let you know. – Larry Coleman Jan 9 '11 at 16:01

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