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Polaris is a 16 bits Windows program that was developed to run under 16 bits Windows for Workgroups (1993) and Windows 95 by the Israeli astrologer Isaac Starkman. Polaris is used to do automatic birth time rectification using several progressive techniques. The rectification method relies mainly on Alexander Marr's techniques with Primary Directions (PD) using the Topocentric system.

The program calculates for a range of birth times the transits of life events and gives scores to them. The method of scoring is partly is described in the book Predictive astrology of Starkman's friend Juan Estadella.

To do the mathematical calculations, the processors of nineties needed the help of a mathematical co-processor to get the job done in a reasonable time, just like the processors of that time needed specialised video and sound charts to play video. A math co-processor or Floating-point unit (FPU) speeds up floating point calculations a hundred times, so that the 5400 calculations done every 8 seconds during a 12 hours time span would take hours or days, but not weeks or months.

The Pentium Intel processors that followed up the 80486DX chip integrated floating-point hardware on the main processor chip, but when Polaris was written cheaper 486SX chips with a disabled FPU were still prevalent. For this reason Polaris checks if a mathematical co-processor is available. If the co-processor is recognised, fast code for arithmetic calculations are sent to the floating point unit. If the math co-processor is not recognised more elaborate calculations must be done by the not in floating point calculations specialised main processor, which slows the calculations a hundred times.

Under Polaris / Help / About Polaris you can see if the FPU will be used by Polaris. In this case Polaris sees a 486 Intel processor without a mathematical co-processor (not present). So, more elaborate routines will be used to do the astrological calculations.

Polaris recognises a Windows version 3.95 with plenty of memory, while it actually was used in a Virtual Box PC emulator running Windows 4.0 (2000) with fixpack 4 under Windows 10 on an Asus Mini PC with an OctalCore AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor with a clock speed of 4300 MHz. It could run 4300/50 is 86 times faster than a 486DX at 50 Mhz with a mathematical co-processor , but because the eight floating point units of the AMD processor were not recognised the mathematical calculations still take many hours.

But the good news is that even a 2 Gigabyte laptop processor runs 40 times faster than a 50 Mhz 486 processor. So, if Polaris does not recognise your math co-processor, you do not need to wait days or weeks for calculations on modern hardware. And because the modern PC hardware and operating systems are much more stable than the operating systems and hardware of the nineties, running Polaris on modern hard- and emulation software is still the best way to check the claims of Starkman and Marr that rectification using Primary Directions with the Topocentric system works.

See: Chart Rectification - Astrodienst Astrowiki :

The reconstruction of a birth time, usually through timing important events in the person's life, and correlating them with hypothetical house cusps or axes. Many astrologers consider an exact birth time to be indispensable for an accurate natal chart interpretation, as determination of the rising sign, as well as locating planets and signs in houses, depend upon an accurate birth time. The accuracy of some predictive methods such as Primary Directions depends on the birth time being accurate to within a minute.

But if you can get support for the mathematical co-processor on a modern 4 MHZ PC , the calculations needed to check their rectification claims will be done in minutes instead of many hours, which makes both the rectification process and fact checking much faster.

On what date and at which time Charles Chaplin was born in London according to the Topocentric directions? And how does this fit with the by AstroDienst provided facts? Compare the picture below with the ADB.

In the case presented 25*60*60/4 is 22.500 birth-times between April 15 19h00 and April 16 1889 20h00 were evaluated according to the Topocentric House System in only 7 minutes. The calculation timed needed can be concluded from the difference between Start and End Time. We see one top peak for 15 April and many peaks for 16 April at GMT times when birth-times were recorded hourly. How do we interpret the mathematically found facts? Was Chaplin born at 8 PM in London at April 16, 1889 as most astrologers expected or circa 8 PM on the day before? If Polaris “works”, Polaris should suggest the best fitting birth time by way of many calculated rectification peaks. But what does this mean? And which score or better combination of scores was most predictive?

The winner takes it all principle

One might assume that the correct time should be listed in the top eighteen results as shown above, but there are still 25*60*60/4 is 45.000 minus 18 other candidates in a 25 hours rectification contest. They were not listed. Could they be ignored? No, as many tiny effects still do matter. In a democratically chosen parliamentary system minority parties should still have a voice. Maybe they wil not have sufficient impact on the major economic questions, but they still should have a voice on questions that do matter for them. And statistically seen, one of not shown 45.000 minus 18 possible is thousand times more likely to provide the best candidate, unless the correlation between high scores and the correct birth time is super strong. If the top 18 performers in a contest score together 36 thousands points, they still score less than 45.000 losers having only one like. So getting the right result is always very unlikely with 45.000 minus G'ds One degree of freedom. Unlike you happen to be a special knight of G'd.

Four is all said Pythagorus, as the sum of 1+2+3+4 was 10/1 or a new beginning from zero.

But let us not speculate on the symmetry of sacred numbers, but just do some blunt statistics. Suppose we had only four possible birth-times with a relative likelihood of respectively 1, 2, 3 and 4 more likely. Which time would you choose? Most people would bet on the best rated time with a 4/10 is 40 % chance of being correct, without realising that the risk on a wrong bet would be 60%. Should we trust a candidate that clearly won the election with only 10 % more votes? Most members of the other parties would clearly state: No!

So guessing the right birth time after only displaying the Top(ocentric) top twenty winners in a gigantic contest with thousands of candidates seems statistically seen very unreasonable. But the found distribution of few rich men and many poor men is also unfair. Should we deny that unfair reality? No, as it is still the observed reality.

But the empirical problem is that there will always be some difference between what we (fore)see as right and what we in practice get. Scientists then speak of the usual bias and standard error. The big scientific question is how to deal with those potential sources of error. For that reason empiricists developed clever experiments and statistical methods to evaluate their experimental results.

Denial of the empirically found facts is according to statisticians, scientists and psychologists always a bad idea. The uncomfortable truths of our opponents should not be denied, but respected. I and You (1) can deny the vision of our spouse (2), but you cannot deny the vision of your children (3). As they will be in charge as soon as their parents di or divorce. So the number six (1+2+3=6) has a special meaning to mankind in numerical biblical thinking.

Is there any empirical evidence that rectification works? I was not aware of it, so I started a rectifying a chart contest under ADB members on the ADB Forum.

In the ADB thread Rectifying a chart candidate Eelco Van Kleffens, Richard Starkman provided astrologically seen the most likely correct birth-time. I was four-and-a- half minutes away from the 17h00 local BC birth time. The chosen 16h35m56s GMT time ranked fifth in the Transit peaks list, but scored better in other points.

« Reply #35 - on: 30.05.2016 at 09:20 [UT+1] »
With 24 events I rectified his chart to 16.55.28 LT (16.35.56 GMT) Asc 16Gem 35'.
Transits to the Moon can be useful way for finding the approximate degree of the Moon. Examples:
1. 18 Oct 1911 death of step mother
Neptune conjunct Moon orb 9'
2. Death of mother
Mars (noon GMT) conjunct Moon 10'
So, the 5th peak is the most close, though the 3rd, 7th and 8th could also be close. Analysis with primary directions, secondary and PSSR leads to the 5th peak.
Some examples for Primary Directions:
1. 17 April 1943 death of step mother
SN 180 Moon 10'
2. 16 January 1919 publication
Asc 180 Mercury 0'
Mercury 180 Asc 6'
3. 10 August 1939 Minister
MC 120 Sun 1'
4. 12 July 1893 death of sister
Neptune 0 Asc 3'
Mars 90 III 4'
III 90 Mars 5'
Asc 0 Neptune 0

On 26.06.2016 at 01:18 [UT+1] former ADB user ganglion ended the contest that had started at 21.05.2016 at 19:16 [UT+1]

Re: Rectifying a chart candidate Eelco Van Kleffen
« Reply #49 - on: 26.06.2016 at 01:18 [UT+1] »
Quote from somethoughts on 19.06.2016 at 13:07 [UT+1]:
This person is really hard to get a grip on
Would fit Gemini, the chameleon (type 3) of the enneagram.
Actually it did 5 PM, as Starkman expected.
The BC states that Eelco van Kleffens was born on "des namiddags ten vijf ure ten Heerenveen" on the 17th of November of 1894.
Regulus Astrology Posts: 20
« Reply #52 - on: 27.06.2016 at 17:20 [UT+1] »
Congrats to Isaac Starkman. Let the contests continue!

The idea behind rectification is that with knowledge of the exact birth-time major personal events could be astrologically predicted and explained using small orbs based on empirically found facts. Thus not with the habitual astrological I guess expectations, but with more or less certainty that empiricists using P-values are acquainted with. They know that the factor change does exists and can trouble the mind. Chart rectifiers know that things are not always the way they apparently seem to be.

The best rectified birth-time is thus most likely the time in the expected range, say plus minus a hour around the found BC time, that seems to be best explaining the earlier found events. And that corrected time should also better predict future events, which is the major reason that in astrology believing people are interested in chart rectification.

But if their is no reliable BC time available, rectification should use a large time span, risking the popping up of many false positive times. I guess the not by wings supported April 15 1889 peak at 19hh44m28s of Charles Chaplin could be one of them.

But without rather exact AA birth times empirically inclined astrologers cannot know anything for sure. They could only speculate on it. And that is what all humans actually do, when they encounter newly discovered facts. During the Covid pandemic, every internet troll or self-proclaimed virus expert could propose his or her unique view on the found facts. They applied their own or shared with others unique theory on it, without realising that their sophistically tricks has already been debunked for centuries ago. It was just the way you or your ancestors saw it. But your well educated view on the whole does not yet see the whole story. It is the conditon humaine the Belgian surrealist René Magritte referred to:

Magritte had this to say of his 1933 (16/7) work:
In front of a window seen from inside a room, I placed a painting representing exactly that portion of the landscape covered by the painting. Thus, the tree in the picture hid the tree behind it, outside the room. For the spectator, it was both inside the room within the painting and outside in the real landscape.[4]

That is the eternal tunnelled vision trap people are stuck in. About this problem wrote famous rock stars like Peter Gabriel in his Genesis song the Carpet crawlers and Jimmy Page in his Stairway to Heaven. How to overcome it?

Realising this human ego trap is step one. Doing independent research is step two. Publishing the found results is the third step. But in many countries and groups the simple idea of telling the truth is still seen as an illegitimate act. As it disturbers the cosy views of others. As it questions the official view of law and order. For this reason many Russians were criminalised.


Polaris was developed for Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (WfWG). It runs on any Operating System that supports 16 bits Windows applications. In theory the following operating systems could be used:

Most licensed users ran Polaris on an dedicated Windows 9x or XP PC with a mathematical coprocessor. With the exception of the OS/2 or Linux derivatives, the supported operating systems should not be used in a network environment, as the risk of a virus infection is very large. But long lasting calculations can easily be interrupted on fragile hardware and one day the outdated hardware will definitely fail. But replacing an old computer with a new and faster hardware can be a nightmare, as the old operating systems have no support for modern hardware. So now old and once cherished and fairly paid for software could be lost, when you update your old laptop or PC in nowhere land. Could you rescue your old software and data?

Yes, you can. As you can clone the essential software of an outdated Windows PC or laptop forever and restore it as a Windows Hyper-V mirror that is running in a window on a much faster modern PC.

Computer virtualization

The only rational way to go around with outdated software on a new PC is virtualization. As you cannot install an outdated operating system on a modern PC with a modern ACPI BIOS, but a virtual PC emulator mimicking old hardware can run outdated operating systems super fast. And though there will be some overhead because of the PC simulation, most programs that do not need a fast 3D video-card will run in practice almost as fast under a well tuned Virtual PC computer as they would under the original operating system and hardware.

I managed to run Polaris super fast under Windows 2000 in Oracle VM VirtualBox. Installing Polaris under win2k under version 6.1 of VirtualBox solved for me many problems.

In earlier versions of VirtualBox I could not enable the mathematical co-processor under the guest OS. I could benefit from a 4 GHz processor speed - a modern 4 GHz processor is at least 4000/25 is 160 times faster than a slow a 25 MHz 486 processor - but the built-in advanced mathematical co-processor was not recognised by Polaris. So Polaris used hundred time slower calculating routines. But now the fast mathematical co-processor routines can be used as you can see in the screen shot below. Rectification's can now be done at warp speed. It takes ten minutes instead of many hours or days on a modern PC.

The so-called host PC is a 64 bits Windows 10 system. The 64 bits VirtualBox computer emulator runs the 32 bits Windows 2000 guest that runs 16 bits Polaris. Windows 2000 was the first stable (NT technology) Windows version with full support of DOS, 16 and 32 bits Windows applications. It is lean and mean compared to Windows XP and does not need the dangerous (and now disabled) online activation to keep running. You need a installation CD or iso file with a valid serial number to install Windows 2000.

Networking was disabled in Virtual Box to prevent viral and worm infections of the outdated Windows version. But exchange of files without network card is still possible by using locally Shared folders on the host PC:

Shared folders physically reside on the host and are then shared with the guest, which uses a special file system driver in the Guest Additions to talk to the host. For Windows guests, shared folders are implemented as a pseudo-network redirector. For Linux and Oracle Solaris guests, the Guest Additions provide a virtual file system.

The Guest Additions for Windows should be installed to enable excellent 2D video support, clipboard, drag and drop and shared folders that integrate the guest with the host PC without major security risks.

Polaris was designed to print the output to a local printer. I thus installed a Xerox postscript printer under Windows 2000 that prints the output to a ps-file in a shared folder to view or print the results under a postscript viewer like GNU Ghostview. The by the virtual printer produced postcript files are found in the Polaris directory.

Users of Windows Professional 10 might be using the Hyper-V hypervisor provided by Microsoft. Recent versions of Virtual Box can run under the Hyper-V drivers, but at the cost of tremendous speed and features. See: Using Hyper-V with Oracle VM VirtualBox.

No configuration is required. Oracle VM VirtualBox detects Hyper-V automatically and uses Hyper-V as the virtualization engine for the host system. The CPU icon in the VM window status bar indicates that Hyper-V is being used.
When using this feature, some host systems might experience significant Oracle VM VirtualBox performance degradation.

Microsoft's Hyper-V is of no use for our purpose. It disabled the working math co-processor under Virtual Box and it does not even allow us to install Windows 2000. You can read in Run Hyper-V, VirtualBox and VMware on same Computer how to enable or disable Hyper-V after a Windows reboot.

Why should we do this?

Of course this method of retrieving alternative data from an outdated 16 bits computer program (March 1996) may be troublesome for modern computer users, but the by Alexander Marr provided and by Richard Starkman implemented rectification methods are the only proved to be effective rectification methods that I know.

Alice: Which rabbit hole I should obey? As there are so many rabbit holes one could start with.

See also the well known Butterfly effect:

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.

But in science being able to repeat the original experiments is crucial. And to do this one needs to have access to the original documentation and methods used. And this is not the same as the hear say knowledge and usual interpretations afterwards of mainstream scholars.

For this simple reason getting Polaris to work (star) again under modern hardware was important to me. Can we reproduce Starkman's rectification findings? Would we draw the same conclusions from the same input?

Who knows how many times William Lilly's Christian Astrology was edited, before it became a best-seller like the Christian Bible? Which details were left out and which details were stressed to do some better story telling? Welcome in the New Age!

Useful references

Download Polaris rectification software

How to Install Windows 2000 in VirtualBox - SYSNETTECH Solutions

64-bit versions of Windows do not support 16-bit components, 16-bit processes, or 16-bit applications

Conrad mirrors Microsoft Software Library Mirror - Conrad's Home with the self extracting zipped Winfloat package.

The DOS TSR prevents the Windows GPF in WIN87EM.DLL under 16 and 32 bits Windows that crashed Polaris. But it also disables any opportunity to run Polaris at Warp speed. As the calculations done by Polaris will be hundred or more times slower, when the access to the mathematical coprocessors in modern computers are securely dismantled by some for the Operating System hidden KGB agency.

The crippled and censured operating system will still run at the cost of immense performance degradation. Welcome to Putin's wisdom machine!

Ghostscript, Ghostview and GSview:

WinWorld: Windows 2000 Final:

Windows 2000 was a modernization of Windows NT 4.0 which brought many of the desktop changes, including Active Desktop, to Microsoft's Windows NT line. Four editions of Windows 2000 were released, Professional, Server, Advanced Server, Datacenter Server. Improvements over NT 4.0 include new Accessibility Options, increased language and locale support, NTFS 3.0, the Encrypting File System and Active Directory. Windows 2000 was first planned to replace both Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 although using the NT kernel for consumer and professional editions would not happen until Windows 2000's successor, Windows XP.

Chart Rectification - Astrodienst Astrowiki :

The reconstruction of a birth time, usually through timing important events in the person's life, and correlating them with hypothetical house cusps or axes. Many astrologers consider an exact birth time to be indispensable for an accurate natal chart interpretation, as determination of the rising sign, as well as locating planets and signs in houses, depend upon an accurate birth time. The accuracy of some predictive methods such as Primary Directions depends on the birth time being accurate to within a minute.

Topocentric House System - Astrodienst Astrowiki:

The topocentric house system (a.k.a. Polich-Page system) was invented in Argentina by the Hungarian-German astrologer Wendel Polich and the British Anthony Nelson Page and presented to the public for the first time in the journal Spica in 1964. It is especially popular in the Spanish-speaking world.
The authors state that they have discovered the house system empirically by observing Primary Directions and argue that it is therefore scientifically the most well-founded of all house systems. Since this assertion is supposedly not based on statistical evidence, it should be treated with caution. Topocentric house cusps generally deviate less than one degree from Placidus house cusps in the lower and middle latitudes. The differences become more apparent only towards the arctic circle and beyond.

ADB links:

How do current ADB Forum members think about astrological research?

Old 16-bit Application Causing GPF in WIN87EM.DLL, intermittently

#12646 (XP Guest GPF in WIN87EM.DLL at 0001:02C9 or 0001:02C6 =&gt; Fixed in SVN) – Oracle VM VirtualBox

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Daily Horoscope: Polaris Software- A Critical Analysis:

Posted on August 23, 2010. Filed under: Astrology and Related Bunk, Irony in the Title, Random, Science |

My relationship with Starkman started at the ADB thread Rectifying a chart - a challenge:

Statisticians and scientists like to work with large numbers. Not just some personal experiences/observations.
When you using like me Radix5 (or Jigsaw) to do astrological statistics, astrological principles are implied. You don''t need to be an astrologer or believer to study it.
Let's agree to disagree. How many Jews have the same opinion in the synagogue?

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I would like to end with Psalm 82:6 referring to the sixth day on which mankind was created:

6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’

But do not forget to understand the disclaimers:

1 God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”:
2 “How long will you a defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
Tikkun olam:
Tikkun olam ( lit. 'repair of the world') is a concept in Judaism, interpreted by some within Orthodox Judaism as the prospect of overcoming all forms of idolatry, and by other Jewish thinkers such as Reform Judaism as an aspiration to behave and act constructively and beneficially.
Documented use of the term dates back to the Mishnaic period (ca. 10–220 CE). Since medieval times, kabbalistic literature has broadened use of the term. In the modern era, among the post-Haskalah movements, tikkun olam is the idea that Jews bear responsibility not only for their own moral, spiritual, and material welfare, but also for the welfare of society at large. For many contemporary pluralistic rabbis, the term refers to "Jewish social justice" or "the establishment of Godly qualities throughout the world".

Shalom! Be welcome on sometimes seemingly weird days of creation. Be welcome on this meeting again and again! This is our bloody world! And it is not the same as the censured Kremlin version of it.